December 4, 2022 - The Second Sunday of Advent
Prayer for the Second Sunday's Advent Wreath Lighting
On Sunday, please take a special moment as a family to light the second candle in your Advent wreath. This is a special and holy time for your family. You may use the prayer below inspired by a quote by Saint Josemaría Escrivá, or another prayer of your choosing:
“The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son, and you will name Him Jesus... Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to Your word.” Then the angel departed from her” (Luke 1:30-31; 38a).
"Our mother is a model of correspondence to grace. If we contemplate her life, our Lord will give us the light we need to divinize our everyday existence … First, let us imitate her love. Charity cannot be content with just nice feelings; it must find its way into our conversations and, above all, into our deeds. The Virgin did not merely pronounce her fiat; in every moment she fulfilled that firm and irrevocable decision. So should we."
In Mary, we see the true power of one 'yes.' May we use this Advent season to prepare our hearts to give God our 'yes' as well.
Setting aside time to be together as a family strengthens our love for each other and for God, especially at this busy time of the year. This activity calendar offers a suggested simple family activity for each day, Sunday, November 27, the first day of Advent, through Monday, January 9, The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
Basket of Blessings
This advent EICS is continuing to partner with Catholic Social Services to support women and children in Lurana Shelter.
Lurana is a 21 day domestic abuse emergency shelter. The women and children who stay there have nowhere else to go. Their home is unsafe. They may have left their home with only the clothes on their back. They need the staff in CSS’ Lurana shelter to help them heal.
When they arrive at Lurana CSS staff will give them a bedroom to stay in. Staff will also provide them with a Basket of Blessings purchased by the students, teachers and parents of Elk Island Catholic School Division.
With your donations staff will purchase an adult basket and/or a children’s basket(s). Each basket will be tailored to the specific needs of women and children as they enter Lurana shelter.
Our SILC Goal is $300 (3 baskets)
St. Isidore (SILC) Team link
SILC's 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Contest
Our St. Isidore Learning Centre (SILC) family is spread across numerous cities and towns! So we wanted to have some fun despite being far apart.
Ready for a little friendly competition? Join our 3rd Annual GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION!
TOP submission in each grade category will be recognized (Prizes to be determined!)
***PICTURES MUST BE EMAILED BY 4 PM FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16TH****
JUDGING TO BE DONE BY THE SILC TEACHERS ON MONDAY DECEMBER 19TH
Category #1: Grades 1- 3
Category #2: Grades 4-6
Category #3: Grades 7- 9
Category #4: Grades 10- 12
SEND pictures to Mrs. Oikonen email@example.com. Please have name and Grade in email
Check out out site for cool inspiration, recipes, and of course... the rules :)
SILC Junior High ENGAGEMENT DAY!!!
Semester 1 Deadline Fast Approaching
All students who are wishing to complete their course in Semester 1 so they can have the necessary prerequisite for Semester 2 MUST complete course work by January 17/23.
Again, this is ONLY for high school students who are working in Semesters.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your teachers.
Diploma Exams begin Thursday, January 12th and your Semester 1 marks are due this week!
See the calendar at the end of the newsletter and write your Diploma Exam Dates down!
Please check PowerSchool to keep tabs on your marks. Teachers will place a temporary "0%" in when your work has not been handed in and is overdue. It is so important to attend to your learning on a regular basis.
It's never too early to prepare for your Math 30 Diploma Exams in January!
Math 30-1 Online Diploma Preparation
Math 30-2 Online Diploma Preparation
Welcome to Week 14 of online learning! Please encourage and help your child with their Christmas Concert submission. Many hands make for a great Christmas concert! Check out the poster for more details or if you have any questions, please email me.
We also have a SILC Gingerbread Contest starting this week. Click the link below to check out the details!
We will be having individual meets for the next 2 weeks. You can sign up now! There are links in the newsletters and on our December calendar. Just a reminder that there will be no google meets on Thursday as I will be at a curriculum meeting all day.
Here is what we will be doing this week.
GrACE Newsletter for November
Attached please find the most recent GrACE newsletter highlighting news and events in Catholic education across Alberta and NWT this past month. Please read, share and distribute to all stakeholders in Catholic schools.
November GrACE Newsletter: GrACE News - Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta (ccssa.ca)
Your support and prayers make a difference. Thank you!
Alberta Education Engagement on Grades 7-12 Career Education Programming
I am pleased to assist the Career Education Task Force in announcing engagement opportunities for Albertans to provide input on career education programming for students in grades 7 to 12. Led by Shane Getson, parliamentary secretary for Economic Corridors, the task force is listening to Albertans across the province to determine how to innovate and strengthen career education programming for students and employers.
From now until December 9, 2022, the task force would like to hear from students in grades 7 to 12, parents, teachers, career counsellors, post-secondary educators, employers and young adults. Albertans can share ideas at online and in- person engagement sessions in 11 communities across the province. They are encouraged to participate in their region or
they have the flexibility to attend any session that works best for them. During the sessions, participants will be able to provide local insights on career education programming and hear the unique perspectives of others.
There are also online surveys for the public and students in grade 7 to 12 to provide feedback on career education programming. Albertans can register for an engagement session, take the survey and sign up for career education updates
On behalf of the Alberta government, thank you for your support as we continue our work to build better connections between schools and employers. Your feedback will help the task force ensure that Alberta’s future career education programming prepares students for new opportunities in our increasingly diversified labour market.
Minister of Education
AHS Important Newsletter Regarding Influenza
Alberta Health Services (AHS) Survey - Childhood Immunizations
Alberta Health Services understands that there is a lot of information available to Albertans about immunization. This can be stressful and confusing for parents and guardians.
AHS would like to hear from Alberta families about routine childhood immunization for children newborn to age 15 years. We want to talk to you about your thoughts, ideas, concerns, and opinions on immunizations, particularly for your children. Please share your thoughts by completing the survey below by December 31, 2022.
The Staff of 2022-2023
The Staff of 2022-2023:
Principal: Mrs. Tracy Melnyk firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal: Mrs. Melissa Damur email@example.com
Chesterton Headmaster: Dr. Gerard McLarney firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative Director, Chesterton & Chaplain : Mrs. Justine Wright email@example.com
Secretary: Mrs. Natalie Mangatal firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Wellness Worker: Katy Parsons email@example.com
Inclusive Learning Facilitator: Mrs. Shari Morin firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Christy Oikonen - Elementary (Grades 1-6) email@example.com
Mr. Daniel Hughes - Jr / Sr Social Studies - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Brandon Geiger - Jr / Sr Science & Math - email@example.com
Mrs. DeeDee Perrott - Sr. Science & Chesterton firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Eva Fung- Sr Math email@example.com
Mr. Matthew Bennett - Jr High firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Katarina Urdova - Chesterton Math - email@example.com
Mr. Brett Fawcett - Chesterton and Religious Studies - firstname.lastname@example.org
OLPH Parish Corner
Stay connected. Our parish makes it very easy for us all to attend. See the links below:
OLPH - https://www.olph.ca/
Online Sunday Mass is here - https://www.olph.ca/video/
Weekly OLPH Bulletins - https://www.olph.ca/about/communications/
Important Dates to Remember...
December 9 - Chestersession with Bishop David Motiuk - In person at OLPH
December 15 - Jr High ENGAGEMENT Day at 9 am!
December 19 - SILC Virtual Christmas Concert @ 1:00pm
December 20 - Last day before Christmas Break
December 21- Januray 3 - Christmas Breal
January 4 - First day back from Christmas Break
January 12 - English 30 Diploma Exam - PART A @ 8:45 am
January 13 - Social 30 Diploma Exam - PART A @8:45 am
January 17 - Semester 1 Course Marks are Due (for semestered students)!
January 19 - Math 30 Diploma Exam - 9 am **Bring your scientific calculator
January 20 - English 30 Diploma Exam - PART B - 9 am
January 23 - Social 30 Diploma Exam - Part B - 9 am
January 24 - Biology 30 Diploma Exam - 9 am
January 25 - Chemistry 30 Diploma Exam - 9 am
January 26 - Physics 30 Diploma Exam - 9 am
January 27 - Science 30 Diploma Exam - 9 am
January 30 - PD Day - Schools closed to students
January 31 - First day of Semester 2
February 9 & 10 - Schools Closed for Teachers Convention