Sister Alphonse Academy Bulletin!

19/October/2020

Dear Sister Alphonse Academy Families,

We hope this bulletin finds you happy, well and safe. We are looking forward to another week of exciting learning and team work.


Blessings,


Christine Samson,

Principal

csamson@gsacrd.ab.ca


Lisa Kleparchuk,

Vice Principal

lkleparchuk@gsacrd.ab.ca

Come Celebrate with us!

Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 11am

This is an online event.

Our Grade Four students will be gifted with their Bibles this week! We are excited to have Father Ignacy and Mr. Bernie Hyrciw from the Knights of Columbus join us in this special event. Please feel free to virtually attend this special liturgy. Please see the Google meet link below.


Grade 4 Bible Celebration

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Gospel Word of the Week!

Scriptural passage for the day: (Biblegateway.com)


Psalm 27:14 (New Revised Standard Version)



"Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!"


We know God is with us! He calls us to be strong and be patient. Each one of us is called to Arise: Get Up! and persevere, have patience, and demonstrate caring for one another as Jesus did. Take care and God bless.

Covid - Health & Safety Updates!

Superintendent’s Update - Week ending October 16, 2020:

Please click on the link below to read the latest update from Dr. Clint Moroziuk, Superintendent of GSACRD Schools:


COVID-19 Update - Oct. 9, 2020


Please open the link below to see an important change in the symptoms and isolating:


Alberta Health Daily Checklist - Updated Oct. 8, 2020


Covid-19 - How long to stay home from school


Please discuss/remind your children of the following health and safety guidelines. Working together between home and school really makes a difference! We are noticing that students are needing more reminders lately of the following:

  • Wearing masks on the bus is mandatory. Staff have had to remind students of this lately.

  • Wearing masks in the school while seated closely to someone, walking in the school/classroom, or being in a closer proximity activity is mandatory in Grades 4-9. Mask breaks are provided.

  • Please remember to wash your mask often as per the instructions that were provided with the mask. Please also remember to bring a mask to school each day. We have had some of our Grade 4 - 9 students not arriving with a mask lately.


Thank you so much for your support!

Lockers and coat hooks are back!

With the weather starting to get colder, our SAA staff began assigning coat hooks and lockers to our students! Access to the lockers and coat hooks is staggered, with small groups of students being given access at one time. We are continuing to be diligent with safety and the lockers/coat hooks will continue to be sanitized as well. Thank you for your patience as we move to transition all students.

Halloween at SAA!

  1. Students may dress in Halloween costuming on October 30th, with general safety guidelines in place which promote our Catholic teaching. No violent props, and please remind students that we are a K - 9 school and small children are also in the building. We will let children dress up at school, or have the choice of wearing orange and black.


Please see the attached guidelines that have been shared from Alberta Health Services regarding Halloween treats:


Alberta Health for families (Wash hands and disinfect packages before eating candy) https://www.alberta.ca/halloween-during-covid19.aspx

Friends of Sister Alphonse Academy Fundraiser!

$10 Multi-Purpose Quilted Zippered Bags


100% of the proceeds go directly to SAA!!


-Multi use bags

-$10 each

-Strong zipper closure and quilted fabric

-100% Cotton and Machine washable

-Great for snacks, camping, cosmetic/hair accessories, toys, pencil case, PPE, stocking stuffer, gift bag (baking or a bottle of wine) the options are endless!!


Please contact Meghan Wagner meghanwagner5@gmail.com for ordering information or any questions you may have.


A BIG SHOUT OUT AND THANK YOU to JEANNE ROUSE for donating the fabric, her time and hard work in sewing all of these bags for SAA!

Our SAA Recreation Academy!

Students practiced their putting skills at The Putting Horse Ranch near Spruce Grove (grades 7-9) and at WEM (grades 4-6). Weather may be cooler, but when dress warmly we can still enjoy the great outdoors!!!
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Our Grade 2 Sister Alphonse Academy Knights!

Thank you for you generosity to support the St.Albert Food Bank! We are living like Jesus when we help others. The piles of food bank donations show that Grade 2s could feed Ivan, from the book One and Only Ivan for 2 days, as he eats 45lbs of food daily with their food bank donations.
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The Virtual Scholastic Book Fair is Here!

The Scholastic book fair is returning to our school in a brand-new way!! From October 19 - November 1, 2020, families will be able to explore a virtual book fair from the comfort of their own homes!


SAA Scholastic Book Fair!


Starting October 19, Sister Alphonse’s online book fair will go live, and families will be able to shop the Fair like any e-commerce site. Orders will then be shipped to your house, with free shipping for orders over $35. For those who wish to avoid shipping costs, there will be a Family Event day on Wednesday, Oct. 21st and Wednesday Oct. 28th where shopping between 6pm-8pm will be free shipping!!! Remember, all books sold at the fair will help our school get new books into our library.


SAA Spirit Wear Online Orders!

The order for KNIGHTS spirit wear is now on sale again for the next two weeks. As soon as the online store closes delivery to the school is about 2-3 weeks later.

The store closes on Oct 20 at midnight. Click on the link to the store to place your order.


SAA Clothing!

Parent/Teacher Interviews & Report Cards!

Elementary and Junior High Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held on November 3rd and 5th respectively, from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Elementary Report cards will be distributed on November 27th. Junior High students will not receive a paper report card, but will have their marks updated continually on Powerschool. The Parent sign up for the Parent/Teacher Interviews will be shared shortly.

School Fees are now due, thank you!

Our School cash online is up and running! Please pay any school fees you are owing online by October 31, 2020. If you experience any problems with the system, please let our office know at 780-809-2996.

Director position opportunity!

Seeking Candidates for Foundation Directors

Make a difference in Catholic Education by becoming a Foundation Director!


The Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools Education Foundation calls for interested community members to submit their name to serve as a Foundation Director. This opportunity can introduce you to new experiences and a world of possibilities to help students build a better future.

Board Composition

The Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools Education Foundation Board of Directors consists of between 7 and 11 Directors, and a Chairperson, Vice- Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, Parliamentarian, and Past Chair in the Executive Roles of the Board. Executive members may also be Directors, but that is not necessary. A Board member may hold a maximum of two positions on the Board at any given time.


Following the AGM, held September 24, 2020, there are still some Director positions that remain vacant. The Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools Education Foundation Board is seeking qualified members to serve in the following roles:

DIRECTOR – Student Member (from MCHS – grade 9-12) for a two-year term (2020-2022)

DIRECTOR – Student Member (from grade 9 at any Division Jr. High) for a two-year term (2020-2022)

DIRECTOR – Community Member: Town of Legal or a Member-at-Large for 2 two-year term (2020-2022)may live in or around the Town of Legal or anywhere in the Division boundaries if filled as a Member at Large

DIRECTOR – Community Member: Town of Morinville for a two-year term (2020-2022)

DIRECTOR – Professional Legal Community Member for a two-year term (2020-2022) – this person would be a lawyer or para-legal living anywhere in the Division boundaries

All Directors without Portfolio or an Executive Role serve for a minimum of 1-year term, although a longer two term, as listed above, is preferred to ensure adequate continuity of the Board of Directors. The position is effective once elected or appointed and continues to the next AGM where the position is advertised.


The Board of Directors is an excellent opportunity to get involved in Catholic Education in your community and to make a difference in building better futures, one student at a time.

Application Process

To submit your name for consideration or request more information on any of these positions, please send an e-mail to foundation@gsacrd.ab.ca

The e-mail should include a brief statement on why you are qualified to fill this position and your full name, address, phone number, and email. Elections are normally held once per year, at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), however, in the event of vacant positions, Directors and Executive Members may be appointed to an open position, subject to approval by 2/3 of the Executive Committee. The Application/Nomination Process is ongoing as long as a vacancy exists.


Thanks,

Deb Schlag

Treasurer, GSACS Foundation

Mrs. Samson receives an Award!

Congratulations to Mrs. Samson for receiving the Excellence in Catholic Education Award. These were awarded in the Spring but due to Covid Mrs. Samson had not been honoured in person with the awards. On Thursday afternoon, our Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Clint Moroziuk presented the awards to Mrs. Samson. We are blessed to have you lead and serve us at SAA with your faith and dedication to Catholic Education through your interactions with students, staff and families.