St. Mary's Catholic School

School Newsletter - May 8, 2022

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4th Sunday of Easter

Today is the FOURTH Sunday of Easter! Today is commonly known as "Good Shepherd Sunday"

We continue to celebrate with Easter Joy that Christ is Risen!!!

"Have the courage to go against the tide of current values that do not conform to the path of Jesus" - Pope Francis

Hello... It's May!

It is hard to believe that we are only two months from the end of the school year! Here are some clips from this past week with students creating Outdoor Ed. homemade water filters, participating in mock trials in English class, to partnering with St. Martin's Catholic School for Phys. Ed, as well as bringing awareness to mental health issues in our community by having Hat's on for Mental Health. The hallways are always buzzing with excitement here at STMY.

The ELA 20 students put on a mock trial to finish off their study of The Crucible this week. Students embraced the challenge, dressing up, bringing in “surprise evidence”, and passionately presenting their arguments, leading to an exciting and entertaining morning! Great job grade 11s!

Over the next 6 weeks, the PE 20/30 class will have the opportunity to visit and get active with the grades 1-6 classes. This week, they started by making teams, running relays, and competing in an all out game of Groundhogs, before the grade 11 and 12 students led their teams in some cool-down stretches. In the next few weeks, the students will lead the kids in various sports and activities including volleyball, basketball, and floor hockey. It is amazing to be able to be able to build relationships with these grades; We are ALL SAINTS!

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Exam Week Information for June:

As you are well aware, exam week at St. Mary’s is right around the corner. We know that our students and staff have worked hard this year and we are so proud of them. Final exams carry a significant weight of the students’ final mark and as such are written according to the schedule below.

Due to learning disruptions caused by the pandemic, diploma exam weighting and PAT exams at STMY will be temporarily reduced to 10% for the 2021-22 school year only. Non-Government Exams will be up to the professional judgment of the instructor, which is usually posted in their Course Outline and follows EICS Guidelines of not being weighted unreasonably.

Exams are also structured to be written in half of the allotted time, therefore you will notice that all of the non-government exams are scheduled for 8:30-11:30 and created to be completed on average of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

All option classes will have their final exams written in class before the last day of instruction for the semester. Exam week is from Thursday, June 16th to Tuesday, June 28th.

All students are expected to be here and prepared to write exams beginning at 8:30 a.m. and students must remain in their exam until 10:00 a.m. If after 10 am, the student is able to be picked up or walk home with parent permission, please remind them to sign out at the office and then leave the school grounds. Students wishing to remain at the school may stay in the exam room for the rest of the morning and then study hall for the afternoon. It would be the expectation that any remaining students be prepared to use this time for quiet study. If you wish to give permission for your child to leave following their exam, please sign and return the permission slip below.

Some students prefer to study at home. Students in junior high (7-9) require written consent to be given to acknowledge that parents are aware that their child is leaving and not in school. These permission forms will be sent home in June to be collected before exam week starts Some junior high and high school students do stay in school because of rural bussing and for extra help. If they wish to remain on-site, they must remain in the study hall classroom. Students in grades 10-12 do not require permission to leave after their exam during exam week.

If you have any questions about Exam Week please do not hesitate to contact the school.

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Mark your Calendar:

  • May 11-12: STMY Students participating in Adoration

  • May 17: Junior high track and field competition at Veg. Comp.

  • May 18: League 5 Track and Field Competition

  • May 18: Parent Council Meeting (Last one of the year) @ 7:00

  • May 20: School Closure Day

  • May 23: Victoria Day - School Closed for Students

  • May 24: Grad Mass @ St. Martin of Tours Parish

  • May 24: Junior high track and field competition in Sherwood Park for qualifying athletes.

  • May 27: Grad Formal Celebration @ Social Centre

  • May 31: STMY Open House @ 5-7pm
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Track and Field Season underway...

Track and Field sign-up sheets have been posted outside the gym for grades 7-9 students. Pay attention to the ages listed at the bottom of the sheet. The first track meet is at Veg Comp on May 17.

Sr. High Practices have already started... if you have further questions see Mr. Manderson for more information.

Community Announcements:

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REAL Foundation 17th Annual Golf Tournament

The REAL Foundation supports Catholic education by offering faith enrichment opportunities in all Elk Island Catholic Schools. Some of the extracurricular activities funded by the REAL Foundation, include:

• Catholic education in-services and training for students/teachers

• Special presentations and guest speakers

• Conferences on student leadership

• Religious retreats

• Scholarships

Last year, the Foundation supported our Catholic schools by funding all Grade 4 Bibles, the uplifting presentation of Face2Face Ministries at seven EICS schools, sponsoring high school students to the National Catholic Youth Conference, 5-$1000 REAL Scholarships for Christian Leadership in each of the five EICS high schools, the $1000 Catholic Sprit Award and other activities.

Support the REAL Foundation and Catholic education by sponsoring the 17th Annual REAL Golf Tournament being held on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. There are many ways to sponsor and support including: hole sponsorship, sponsorship of lunch, dinner and refreshments, providing door prizes or simply taking part in the tournament as a player or team! Tax receipts will be issued for the full value of all donations.

17th Annual REAL Foundation Golf Tournament

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Broadmoor Golf Course, Sherwood Park

To become a sponsor of the tournament, contact:

Dave Kornder at 780-449-1314 / 780-266-0157

To register a team or to learn more about

the REAL Foundation, visit:

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WYD Lisbon 2023: Are you ready?

World Youth Day 2023

There will be an information evening for World Youth Day 2023 at St Martin of Tours Parish on Wednesday, April 27th at 6pm. Anyone who is interested in traveling to Lisbon, Portugal with a group from the parish are invited to attend the meeting. Please note that participants for World Youth Day must be at least 18 years old by July 20th, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact Miss Yaremcio.
What is the WYD?

Parish Plans:

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