Madonna News

December 5, 2021

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Advent Week 2

The Advent season is one of the most beautiful times in the school. We gather every morning as a school. We sing the song "Violets in the Snow", we share a Jesse Tree Symbol and its significance as students and staff offer up the prayers of their hearts.

The colours of the candles are usually three purple candles and one pink candle.

This week the second candle is lite, also purple represents faith. It is called the “Bethlehem Candle” as a reminder of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.

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EICS Engagement on the 2022-2026 Division Education Assurance Plan

Elk Island Catholic School (EICS) parent/staff community,

As part of our ongoing open engagement with our EICS community, we invite you to participate in developing our 2022-2026 Division Education Assurance Plan.

In Alberta, school boards are responsible for providing assurance to their stakeholders that they are fulfilling their responsibilities, meeting the needs of students, and enabling their success. The key to building public assurance is engaging with our education partners in the Division’s planning and reporting cycle. The parent, student, and EICS community voice is integral to building this plan and helps create a culture of continuous improvement.

EICS will be engaging with our communities beginning December 1, 2021 through the ThoughtExchange online engagement process. It is a very easy and open thought process with only two questions to prompt discussion, collect input and a starring process to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard.

To participate in the ThoughtExchange, please click the following:

The exchange will close on December 15th and will be the starting point for the ongoing analysis by the EICS Board of Trustees and EICS leadership
in creating the 2022-2026 Division Education Assurance plan.

Ted Paszek, Chair
EICS Board of Trustees

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December 9th ... Wear Christmas Colours

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On December 13 DRESS YOUR BEST! Dress your best for the Advent Christmas Concert Video Recording.

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Madonna Events


6 - Hand in Swiming Forms

9- School Spirit Day ... dress up in Christmas Colours

9 - Virtual Priest Visits

10 - Flex Option

13 - Recording the Christmas Concert -- Students are to wear their Sunday Best

16 - BEND the RULES.--- Money Collected for Lurana Shelter

17 - Virtual Christmas Concert Link will be sent out

21 - Last Day of School before Christmas Break

December 22nd to January 4 = Christmas Break NO School


5 - First Day Back and Early Dismissal ... school is over at 2:15 pm

12 - Swimming Lessons 3G and 4P

13 - Swimming Lessons 1F , 1N , 2/3 H , 2/3 S

Students are playing OUTSIDE at recess, please send proper winter clothing everyday. It is very cold this week.

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Swimming Forms are PAST DUE


Swimming Lessons Fee due by January 7th

The cost for swimming lessons including busing is $56.88 (The cost of lessons is $46 and transportation is $10.88). Payment can be made through your parent portal account. Payment must be made prior to their first lesson in order to participate. Please note: This fee is due by Friday, January 7th, 2022.

The Swimming Lesson Letter and Forms are on the Madonna Catholic School Website too.

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Congratulations! These Students had their First Communion on Nov. 28th at OLPH parish.

Sign up Your Child for the Next Sessions for Sacraments at OLPH Parish

  1. First Reconciliation & First Communion for children grade 2 and older
  2. Confirmation for children grade 6 and older
  3. Baptism for children not baptized as infants
    • Special preparation is available for families who did not baptize their children yet but wish to “catch up” and participate in sacraments with the peer group. Please contact the parish by email to learn more at

Parents / Guardians FREE WORKSHOPS FOR YOU.. Technology and the Brain, Self-Regulation in elementary School Children. Understanding Depression download the letter below

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Christmas Concert In Person .... No ... But Concert Recording.

We are so happy to announce that we will put an Advent Christmas Concert video together for you and your family again this year.

Each class will be performing twice: Song and Poem, 2 Songs, A reading of a story.

On Monday, Dec. 13th, we ask that you send your kids to school wearing their Sunday best clothing and we will video record the concert. The video link will be sent out on Dec.17th.

If you do not want your child recorded, please let your child's teacher know and we will keep them out of the recording.

We will also, send you a link on Dec.17th to make a donation to Lurana Shelter/ Sign of Hope stuff a stocking campaign. . Like every Christmas, we collect at the concert $$ for Lurana Shelter.

We are so happy that we can keep the Christmas Spirit as a special part of Madonna School.

Also, On the Last day of classes before Christmas - December 21, School Council will be providing popcorn for your children.