Madonna Catholic School

Parent Information Bulletin. September 18th - 24th 2016

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Grace Before Meals

Week Two
Good Job!

Fr. Leo talks openly about a way that parents can assure children of their confidence in them. The solution is simple, CELEBRATE! Use every opportunity you can find to specifically tell your child what they are doing right! Positive messages wear away any negative self-perception and build a sense of self worth. When times are tough, let your kids know you're willing to settle for less drama in exchange for a sincere hug. You are telling your children that it's their existence is a reason to celebrate every day.

( Fr. Leo Patalinghug, Grace before Meals ). Enjoy!

Let's Talk

Did your grade school teacher use gold stars? How did it feel to get one?

How did it feel when you did not get one?

Some sports leagues give trophies to everyone on the team, while others limit awards to their champions and stars. Which approach do you think is the most helpful to the players and why?

Have you ever helped a small child to learn to walk or learn the alphabet? How do you encourage him to keep going when the going gets though?

What do you want to celbrate next? How would you like to do this?

Let's Listen

Zephaniah 3: 14-20 Matthew 25: 14-30 Luke 15: 11-32 ll Corinthians 8

Let's Cook

Father Leo's Aglio E Olio and Caprese Salad

Thursday Faith Assembly - The Parable of the Good Samaritan Luke 10:33-37

The Simple Path
The fruit of silence is PRAYER.
The fruit of prayer is FAITH.
The fruit of faith is LOVE.
The fruit of love is SERVICE.
The fruit of service is PEACE.

O God, give us your Spirit's gifts of right judgement and courage

so that we may truly be the hands, feet, and voice of Jesus for everyone we meet.

We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Swimming Information

Grade 1 to 4 students will be participating in Strathcona’s Swimming & Water Safety programs from October to December at the Emerald Hills Leisure Centre. Participation in swimming lessons provide students with the opportunity to meet a variety of learning outcomes in the physical education curriculum

Please register your child by completing the letter that was sent home on Thursday September 15 and sending it back to the school. A reminder that this year payment must be made before your child can attend.

Swimming Levels can be found here:

Families in Need.

If your family is in the position to help assist with field trip or activitie fees for students here at the school, please consider making a donation to our Students in Need fund. All donations over 20.00 will receive a receipt for income tax purposes.

If your family requires support with fees and would like to discuss an installment plan for fees, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Littlemore.

School Fee waiver forms can be accessed at Be sure to read all the information and include all the documents before sending to the Secretary Treasurer at Elk Island Catholic Schools.

Continuing to expand our library collection through community generosity! Indigo Adopt a School 2016-2017

Over the past three years through the Indigo Adopt a school program our school library has received over 4500.00 in books for our school library.

With your donations, and those of freidns and family, every action you take will be eligible for a matched book donation by the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

Donate to our school library at

The Adopt a School website will open for donations and support on September 18 at 12:00am EST. Last date to donate is October 9th. Thank you so much for your generosity

Important Notes

  • The Hot Lunch letters went home on Friday. You can also find one on the Madonna Website.The deadline to receive orders is Friday, September 23, 2016.

  • Speaking of lunch..........are you Sending fruit cups or salads in your child's lunch? Please include a spoon or fork, thanks!

  • The Transportation Office is requesting that parents refrain from sending a note giving permission to their child to ride another child's school bus. The buses within the Hamlet of Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan and Camrose are almost at capacity and your child may not be permitted to board their friends bus. Thank you. Lynne Lambert Director of Transportation Services

  • The office is often very busy and we might not be able to pick up your phone call. As - your call is important to us please leave a message and we will get back to you as quickly as we can. Thank you.
  • Picture Day Thursday September 22.
  • Parent Data Verification forms, found on the Parent Portal on Powerschool are now due. Please Call Mrs Roberts in the office if you are having difficulty accessing the portal.
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Elk Island Catholic Schools now has an app on the Apple (IOS) and Google Play stores.

This exciting new tool will allow parents and students with instant access to critical resources and information on their hand-held phone or device.

A few of the highlights include:

  • View and subscribe to news and calendars in a number of EICS schools.

  • Instant access to your child’s information through PowerSchool.

  • Up to minute bus status information for all EICS buses.

  • Easy ability to find school-level resources.

  • Many more features to come over the next few months with the goal of making this app a one-stop shop for key information and resources for EICS students and parents.