Madonna School News

December 1, 2019

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Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas (or sometimes from the 1st December to Christmas Day!). Advent means 'Coming' in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world.

This Week we light the first Candle:

The first candle, which is purple, symbolizes hope. It is sometimes called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets, especially Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. It represents the expectation felt in anticipation of the coming Messiah.

You are Invited to join us daily for our Advent Song and Jesse Tree Reading

Each day during advent, immediately after attendance in the am 8:50 am the school will gather for 10min in the MPR. We will sing, "Violets in the Snow" and we will read the meaning of the Jesse Tree Symbol.

This is such a beautiful time as a school community. Please come in and join us. This starts December 2nd and goes until December 20th.

Up Coming Events


3 - Swimming Lessons - Gr.1, Gr.1/2 and Gr.3 LAST CLASS


4 - Christmas Tinker Lab for Brighter Beginnings 9 am & 5:30 pm

5 - Swimming Lessons - Gr. 2 & Gr. 4

6 - FLEX

6 - Bend the Rules DAY - Monies Raised go to Valeda House

9 - FACE - to - FACE Ministries FAITH DAY for all students

10 - Edmonton Waste Management Gr. 4

11- Cooking Hazard FOP Brighter Beginnings 9:00 am

12 - Swimming Lessons - Gr. 2 & Gr. 4 LAST CLASS

13 - Christmas Concert @ OLPH Parish 6pm

16 - Gr. 4 Sherwood Park Bowling

17 - 4LP Heritage Precinct All Day

17 - 4P Carolling at Pioneer Court

18 - 4P at Heritage Precinct All Day

20- FLEX, Gotcha & Christmas Carolling

21- Jan. 5th Christmas Holidays



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Advent Christmas Concert

The Pre- Kindergarten to Grade 4 students will be performing in our schools' Advent Christmas Concert. The event is on, Friday, December 13th @ 6:30 pm at OLPH Parish. Refreshments will follow the concert in the foyer. We will be taking a collection for Valeda House. Students are to arrive at 6:15 pm. Please have students wear their Sunday best.
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Valeda House: Helping homeless women get back on their feet

This Advent, Madonna Catholic School would like to continue to raise funds to assist our EICS Division Social Justice Project to support Catholic Social Services’ Valeda House. Our goal this year is for our school to raise $978.00.

We will collect donations at the Madonna School Advent Concert on Dec. 13, at 6:30 at OLPH church.

We look forward to another Bend the Rules day on Friday, Dec. 6th. All proceeds from this event will go to Valeda House.

Thank you for your continued support,

Please read the letter below from EICS regarding the final budget and its implications.

Budget Implications for Madonna School

Madonna School is affected by the November Provincial Budget. We are realigning some programming and resources at this time. Details are forthcoming.
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Bend the Rules Day December 6

All students are invited to Bend the Rules!

Each rule bent will cost the student $1.00. Students may choose from the following:

  • Chew gum

  • Wear slippers

  • Bring a stuffie or fidget

  • Have lunch with a friend

  • Wear a Santa hat

All money collected will be donated to Valeda House.

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PD Day

Staff at Madonna had a great day on Friday, Nov. 29th.

The morning session consisted of:

  • Prayer and learning about Pope Francis Letter to the World, "Care for Our Common Home".
  • Teachers spent time with a Literacy Consultant with a focus on Comprehension.

In the afternoon:

  • Teachers had a workshop on: Indigenous Alberta—The Footsteps of Our Ancestors
  • The Educational Assistants and Mrs. Roberts transformed the school. We are ready for Advent and Christmas.

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Join other families in the Parish Hall on Friday, December 6th for a family movie night featuring: "The Nativity Story." Bring your favourite movie snack to share "potluck style" and your own beverage.

You are welcome to bring a lawn chair and a blanket too>