October 30, 2022 - Catholic Social Services' Sunday

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Catholic Social Services Sunday, October 30th

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

In today’s gospel, we met Zaccheus who is shunned by all around him. Despite his great financial wealth, he is spiritually bankrupt. However, Zaccheus yearns for the truth of Christ. So, he climbs a tree so that he can be a witness to that truth.

When Jesus sees Zaccheus he looks at him with the eyes of God’s eternal love. Jesus sees beyond all of the social judgements and Zaccheus experiences being seen in a way he has never been seen before. This encounter transforms him.

Such is the work of Catholic Social Services in our own Archdiocese. It heals and transforms.

When vulnerable people come to Catholic Social Services they are people at the margins of our society. They may be women and children facing domestic abuse, refugees leaving a war-torn homeland, people with developmental disabilities who require around-the-clock supports, seniors living in isolation, a pregnant girl with nowhere to turn for support, or a high-risk teenager with no place to call home.

Whatever their circumstances, each year more than 20,000 vulnerable Albertans encounter God’s love through the 1900 staff and 400 volunteers at Catholic Social Services who faithfully serve a noble mission. Part of the agency’s success is fuelled by the generosity of our Catholic community who volunteer time or make much-needed financial donations.

Last year, I designated the final Sunday in October as the inaugural Catholic Social Services

Sunday. On this, our second annual Catholic Social Services Sunday, I offer my most sincere

gratitude for this very special local agency.

I pray that each of you will hold a distinct place in your hearts for all the vulnerable people in our community served by the fine people at Catholic Social Services.

Sincerely in Christ,

Richard W. Smith

Archbishop of Edmonton

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Catholic Education Sunday - November 13th

Please join us to celebrate the gift of Catholic Education on Sunday, November 13th, 7 pm Mass at OLPH Church for Catholic Education Sunday! Together, St. Isidore and Archbishop Jordan will be hosting this Mass. All are invited. We hope to see you there!
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Save the date! Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews will be held virtually again this year.

**Booking Link closes on Sunday, October 30 at 6pm**

Interviews will be held on:

Wednesday, November 2 from 4:00-7:30pm

Thursday, November 3 from 4:00-7:30pm

If these dates and times do not work for you, please connect directly with your child's teacher to arrange an alternate time for the meeting.

**Attention Mrs. Oikonen's Elementary Students: Your link will be on the classroom's "Homeroom Pages". Email Mrs. Oikonen if you have any troubles:

Grades 7-12...Please follow the booking link here to book your appointments. Each slot is 10 minutes in length. Please be respectful of everyone's time; it is a tight turnaround, for sure :)

You will receive an email from the teacher you booked with. In that email will be a Google link for your interview. Please be mindful these interviews can only be 10 minutes as we have several parents to get through. If you require a longer interview, please arrange an alternate date and time.

Thank you.

**Please note: Because some teachers are only part-time, their availability also reflects this in the schedule.

Diploma Exams and Registrations for January 2023

If you are currently registered in a diploma exam course at St. Isidore, and are local to our area, your teacher will advise the office and we will register you to write the examination here, for the course in which you are enrolled and have completed - there is no fee for a first time write! If you are upgrading and intend to rewrite a diploma exam, you are responsible for registering and paying the rewrite fee prior to the exam date.

If you do not live in the Sherwood Park area, then you will have to find a Diploma Writing Centre in your area. You will need to create an Alberta Education "myPass" account for that. Please do that ASAP:

ALL students REWRITING diploma exams MUST register and pre-pay DIRECTLY with Alberta Education by the established deadlines to ensure an exam and label will be supplied to the school for the diploma writing session. For each rewrite there is a non-refundable fee of $26.25.

Details on registering and paying rewrite fees are explained on Alberta Education's website.

2023 Rewrite Registration and Pre-payment Deadlines:

Writing Session Deadline:

January 2023 - November 1, 2022

June 2023 - April 8, 2023

Students can register to write and rewrite diploma exams using the Alberta Education secure self-service website: and receive instant registration confirmation.

Visit Alberta Education for more information on writing diploma exams.

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Remembrance Day Virtual Service

Please join us on Thursday, November 3rd at noon to commemorate all of our fallen and those who fought for our peace.

Why Remember?

We must remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless. They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Canada. The meaning of their sacrifice rests with our collective national consciousness; our future is their monument.

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Chaplain News -Mass & Adoration

SILC Mass and Adoration will occur right at Central Learning Services building on Friday, November 4th, 2022.

All SILC students and their families are invited to mass at 10am with Fr. Jim. Please come a few minutes early to sign in and get a seat.

Adoration will occur right afterwards so please feel free to stay as long as you want in silent prayer.

We will be having the Blessed Sacrament in our Chapel and opportunity for Adoration until 3pm that day.

What is Adoration? Watch our video from Father Jim below.

Adoration Teaching
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Adoremus and Credo - Young Adult Prayer and Faith Formation

What a wonderful opportunity for our SILC Families to participate in. Adoremus & Credo is put on by Newman Theological College and the Archdiocese of Edmonton.

**One amendment: since St. Joseph's Basilica will be under construction, the Nov 5th Adoremus will be held at St. Joachim’s Parish (9928 110 St NW ).

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Metis Week

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It's never too early to prepare for your Math 30 Diploma Exams in January!

Here you will find some local Math 30 Diploma Prep courses. Everything you need to know to prepare yourselves for the Diploma Exam.

Math 30-1 Online Diploma Preparation

Math 30-2 Online Diploma Preparation

SILC's 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest

Once again, SILC is hosting their annual Great Pumpkin Carving Contest. Open to all students, in grades 1-12. Prizes will be awarded! Hurry, entries due Monday, October 31 at noon! Winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 1st.
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Elementary Classroom

Hello from Mrs. Oikonen,

Welcome to week 10 of online learning! It looks like we are going to have a busy week!

1. We will be having our online Halloween Party on Monday at 9:30am for all grades and wear your costume! Please send me an email with a picture of your child dressed in their costume so I will be able to add it to our Class Album.

2. The deadline for sending your submission to the SILC Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Contest is Oct. 31 at noon. There will be a winner chosen for grades 1-3 and a winner chosen for grades 4- 6.

3. Our Coding and Drawing Drop- In Meets will start next week. Check the November calendar for dates and times. All grades are welcome.

4. I will be starting some individual meets with some of our students. I would have contacted you in the last week or so. Please check the November calendar for dates and times.

5. We have Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews on Wednesday and Thursday. You will find the link to the sign- up sheet on our November calendar.

6. On Thursday, we will be having a Remembrance Day Celebration at 9:30AM. All families are welcome to join the google meet.

7. Our Fall Break is from Nov. 7- 11. There is no school this week.

8. There will be no google meets from Nov. 14- 18. I will be attending my brother's wedding in Mexico. All modules and assignments will be ready to go for the week. If you need assistance with any of the lessons, you will be able to email Mr. Hughes or Mr. Geiger. You can find their emails on our November calendar.

Take a look at what your child will be working on this week.

November Calendar

Grade 1 Newsletter

Grade 2 Newsletter

Grade 3 Newsletter

Grade 4 Newsletter

Grade 5 Newsletter

Grade 6 Newsletter

November 2022 Newsletter - Free Mental Health Webinars - AMH Education Services

AMH Education Services, Edmonton Zone, is proud to offer free addiction and mental health virtual programming for parents and caregivers of children and youth, as well as sessions for all adults.

If you want to learn more about how to support a child or youth that you live or work with, or if you want additional strategies for supporting your own wellness, you are welcome to register for these sessions.

  • Caregiver Education Sessions

These online sessions are intended to provide parents, caregivers, teachers, and community members with introductory information regarding mental health challenges that can affect children and youth. This month, we are offering a two-part lunch & learn webinar series that focuses on supporting executive functioning in children, and a lunch & learn webinar on non-suicidal self-injury in adolescents. We are also offering an evening webinar for parents and their teens to attend together on technology and the teenage brain.

  • Adult Education Sessions (New!)

This month, we are offering an evening session on addressing substance use with a harm-reduction approach. We are also running a lunch & learn session on understanding depression. These sessions are for any adult wanting to support their own wellness, or the wellness of a youth they live or work with.

To register for a session, follow the links found in the attached newsletter or visit:

Visit our website for tip sheets, videos, and more!

The Staff of 2022-2023

The Staff of 2022-2023:

Principal: Mrs. Tracy Melnyk

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Melissa Damur

Chesterton Headmaster: Dr. Gerard McLarney

Creative Director, Chesterton & Chaplain : Mrs. Justine Wright

Secretary: Mrs. Natalie Mangatal

Family Wellness Worker: Katy Parsons

Inclusive Learning Facilitator: Mrs. Shari Morin

Mrs. Christy Oikonen - Elementary (Grades 1-6)

Mr. Daniel Hughes - Jr / Sr Social Studies -

Mr. Brandon Geiger - Jr / Sr Science & Math -

Mrs. DeeDee Perrott - Sr. Science & Chesterton

Mrs. Eva Fung- Sr Math

Mr. Matthew Bennett - Jr High

Mrs. Katarina Urdova - Chesterton Math -

Mr. Brett Fawcett - Chesterton and Religious Studies -

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OLPH Parish Corner

Stay connected. Our parish makes it very easy for us all to attend. See the links below:

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Important Dates to Remember...

  • November 2 - Parent Teacher Interviews

  • November 3 - Parent Teacher Interviews

  • November 3 - Remembrance Day Virtual Celebration

  • November 4 - Chesterton Retreat

  • November 4 - SILC Mass & Adoration

  • November 7-11 - FALL BREAK No School!

  • November 11 - Remembrance Day - No School. "Lest We Forget"

  • November 13 - Catholic Education Sunday - Mass 7pm

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