Sunday, February 19 , 2023

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Family Day Message

I LOVE Family Day! Family Day reminds us all to focus our thoughts, energies, and time to those closest to us—the members of our own families.

Our busy lives are filled with learning, teaching, and working, and it is easy to allow ourselves to lose sight of what should always be most important—our family! It is also easy to lose sight of the important role we play within the family of God—in our own parish families. Family Day gives us an opportunity to reconnect with our families and share some quality time together.

Our SILC family—our students, parents, and staff— have enjoyed many successes during the school year, thanks to your continued dedication to Catholic education and the well being of the students who are entrusted to our care. On behalf of the staff of St. Isidore #SILCFamily, we wish you all, and the members of your families, a happy, memorable, restful, and safe Family Day 2023.

Grace & peace,

Tracy Melnyk, Principal

PINK Shirt Day - Be Kind - STOP Bullying!

WE are made for mission, to make a difference. I’ve always been inspired by the words of Gandhi: “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

Yet sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in doing “big things” that impact on others, and we can forget how important the small things are. Rather than focusing on changing the world, perhaps if we each focused on doing our little bit of good where we are, on simply being kind to those around us, we could create a tidal wave of transformation.

As a Church, there are countless invitations to consider how we can best meet the needs of the marginalised and how we can advocate for those who are oppressed. However, in the midst of our aspiring to bring about lasting change in the lives of others, we need to be careful to never forget basic kindness in the way we deal with one another and all those we meet. Jesus made a lasting impression in the lives of people by his capacity to not only perform miracles, but because he had genuine encounters with ordinary people. He met people as they were, in their daily lives.

As we strive to live in imitation of Jesus, we are invited to make conscious choices to touch people’s lives in small but meaningful ways.

Let us be aware that if we want to bring about change, if we want our society to be more empathetic and kind, it begins with US! May we be the voice of kindness that we wish to see in our families, in our school, in our communities, and in our world.

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Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday

Shrove Tuesday is a day that's celebrated by many Christians around the world before the start of Lent. That's the six-week period that leads up to Easter.

Here's the story behind this day (and it does involve pancakes!)

The word shrove is the past tense of shrive, which means to confess.

In the Middle Ages, this day was a time for people to confess their sins and ask for forgiveness. This allowed Christians to enter into the season of Lent and prepare for Easter with a clean spirit.

Shrove Tuesday takes place on a different date each year, depending on when Easter falls. In 2023, Shrove Tuesday takes place on February 21st.

Long ago, after people went to church to confess their sins on Shrove Tuesday, they often returned home to have a feast. One of the dishes that was often made was pancakes. And that tradition has continued to this day. Some people make rolled-up paper-thin pancakes called crèpes with yummy fillings.

In places around the world, including Canada, England, Ireland and Australia, people stuff themselves with pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.

That’s why it’s sometimes known as Pancake Tuesday or Pancake Day.

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Ash Wednesday

Please join us on Wednesday, February 22 at 8:30 Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help as we join together for Ash Wednesday. All are welcome.

Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.

Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too.

Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person's forehead, he speaks the words: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

Ashes also symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God.

Writings from the Second-century Church refer to the wearing of ashes as a sign of penance.

Priests administer ashes during Mass and all are invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance. Even non-Christians and the excommunicated are welcome to receive the ashes. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year's palm Sunday Mass.

Registrations are now OPEN for 2023-2024

St. Isidore Learning Centre (SILC) is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year. Register early - as we are a "School of Choice" space fills up fast! When you head to our website to "Register", you will see a few options. Please choose the correct program:

  • Online Education - Primarily learning online from home using our Canvas Online LMS - Teacher Directed (Grade 1-12)
  • Outreach Education - Students who require an "in person" connection with teachers and are required to have weekly check-ins in the SILC Centre (Grades 9-12)
  • Chesterton Academy - Fully Synchronous "Joyfully Catholic Classical High School Cohort" Grade 9-12 ONLY. **Tuition Fees may be applied Contact Headmaster McLarney for more information: Check out the website:
  • Home Education - Parent Directed Home Education with our partners, THEE -

Please follow the instructions carefully. All students, even those already attending, must fill out a new registration form. While St. Isidore is a "School of Choice" and not a designated boundary school, we reserve the right to deny any registration that is not complete. Space is limited.

Register here for the 2023-2024 school year:

Any questions? Feel free to contact our secretary, Natalie Mangatal, 780-449-6463 or email

See what the buzz is all about for St. Isidore Elementary
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Check out the new Cogito Academy at Madonna for grades K-4

Happening next fall at Madonna Catholic School
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Grad 2023 Portrait Bookings - Open NOW!

For our 2023 Graduates...

You would have received an email from Mrs. Melnyk this week to walk you through how to book your Grad portraits.

Please book a spot on March 15, 16, or 17 following the instructions below from ICON.

You must pick up your grad cap prior to your appointment. Call SILC to make arrangements : 780-449-6463 - PLEASE KEEP THIS CAP FOR YOUR CONVOCATION IN JUNE.

Any questions, email Mrs. Melnyk -

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St. Isidore Summer School offers courses that allow YOU to earn credits, upgrade marks, lighten workloads for the year ahead or finish pre-requisite courses.

Summer School Registration is opening on January 19! St. Isidore Summer School is opening registration earlier as schools and students plan their term two classes and look forward to student schedules for the upcoming school year.

Term 1: July 4-13; Term 2: July 14-24; Full Term: July 4-24

We are offering synchronous, asynchronous, and in-person courses. Check out to view the courses that will be offered and how to reserve your spot! See the Course Listings here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Melissa Damur, Summer School Principal

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Math 30 help!

Are you registered for Math 30-1 and feeling a little anxious? Have you completed Math 20-1 and wondering if you can handle Math 30-1? The blog post below may be able to help.

Elementary Classroom

Hello from Mrs.Oikonen!

Welcome to week 24 of online learning. I hope you all made some great memories on this Family Day weekend! We have an exciting week this week!

Wednesday, Feb 22

1. Ash Wednesday Livestreamed Celebration: 8:30am- 9:30am

2. Pink Shirt Day: Virtual Author Visit: 10:30am- 11:30am - Wear your pink shirt to our presentation.

Thursday, Feb 23

1. Curling Day in Canada Presentation: 10:30am- 11:15am

Take a closer look at what else we will be doing this week!

February Calendar

Grade 1 Newsletter

Grade 2 Newsletter

Grade 3 Newsletter

Grade 4 Newsletter

Grade 5 Newsletter

Grade 6 Newslette

Indigenous Student Opportunities

Still I Rise conference - May 4, 2023, sponsored by Ever Active Schools

  • Grades 6-12 youth

  • Indigenous and non-Indigenous students walking together towards reconciliation

  • No cost, but registration is required

  • One-day virtual event. Students can join individually, or classes can join together.

Scholarships and Bursaries - various deadlines for application

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Off Campus Info

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Our Lady of Victory Camp!

Our Lady of Victory Camp registration for summer 2023 is open! A camp long run in the Archdiocese of Edmonton, it offers week-long faith experiences where everyone can Encounter Christ, Encounter Community, and Encounter Creation. It is an opportunity to meet new friends, be outdoors, play epic games and sports, try archery and/or canoeing, celebrate the sacraments and more. All while getting to know Jesus.

More information about our camp can be found at our website Children can be registered by going to our registration site at and creating an account. If you have any questions regarding programs or registration please email us at or call us at 587-447-2837.

We are now part of Flocknote, which is the best way to receive our updates. You can let us know you would like to receive them this way, or sign up to receive them at, and sign up in the small box to the left of your screen. Or you can sign up via text by texting CAMP to 514-900-0130. Please be sure to sign up using both your cell phone number and your email so you can receive messages both ways!

God bless,

Donna Hansen

Camp Administrator

Our Lady of Victory Camp

(587) 447 - 2837
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Board Highlights & GrACE Highlights for January

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 -

Ms. Jillian Hughes - Jr High LA & Phys Ed & Health -

Mrs. DeeDee Perrott - Sr. Science & Chesterton

Mrs. Eva Fung- Sr Math

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...

  • February 20 - Happy Family Day - No School

  • February 21 - Shrove Tuesday

  • February 21 - Pink Shirt Day

  • February 22 - Ash Wednesday, SILC Mass @ 8:30 OLPH

  • March 3 - No school for students - PD Day for staff

  • March 15, 16, &17 - Grad Photo Appointments

  • March 24- Spring Break Begins - No School!

  • April 3 - First day back from Spring Break

  • June 9 - Grade 12 Graduation Mass & Convocation & Banquet

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Facebook: @StIsidoreEICS

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