St. Mary's Catholic School

Weekly Snapshot Newsletter-Week of April 30th - May 4th

Happy Fifth Sunday of Easter! This week at St. Mary's we are blessed to be able to experience Eucharistic Adoration!

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What is Eucharistic Adoration?

Have you ever been over at a good friend’s house for supper, someone that you really enjoy being with, and when you finish eating, you want to spend more time with that friend, so you talked in the living room, or went outside on the porch? Eating a meal with your friend was satisfying, but you still wanted to relax and just hang around for just a little while longer.

Well, since the Mass is the source and summit of our Christian life, it means a lot to us; it is a holy meal where we partake of the Body and Blood of Jesus. But like any friend, we need some extra time together to develop our friendship with Jesus even more. We can do this with Jesus in our adoration of Him before the tabernacle or, more directly by gazing on the Blessed Sacrament (the bread which is truly Jesus) - exposed in the monstrance (from the Latin meaning to "demonstrate" or "show") for adoration.

We will have Holy Mass together as a school on Monday, and following this, during the week each class will have an opportunity to experience spending time in Eucharistic Adoration - one of the most beautiful prayers of the Church. It is quite literally a chance to spend time with Jesus. How blessed we are that our Lord offers himself to us in the form of bread and wine!

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Thank you to all who came out to our Open House, and a HUGE thank you to our amazing Volunteer Students!

This past week our Sr. Foods had their "Wing Challenge" it was DELICIOUS! Our Judges had a hard time picking the very best!

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Congrats to Alexis and Brandon who advanced to Badminton provincials in Grimshaw this past weekend!

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Gamesclub is here - but we need your help! St. Mary's is accepting donations of video games and board games, video game systems, and assorted gaming materials in good shape for our students to use in Gamesclub. Able to donate? please contact Mr. Walker at the school :)

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Highway Clean Up: Saturday May 5th 9:00AM - 4:00PM in support of St. Mary's Athletics. We need your help! Able to help? Please contact Mr. Paulichuk at the school :)

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Important dates / Looking ahead:

April 30th - Adoration Mass @ 2pm - to begin our week of Eucharistic Adoration

May 5- Highway cleanup.

May 14- Ryan Liard "Bigger than Life" Anti - Bullying presentation

May 16- Senior Track leagues

May 23- Track Zones

May 25- Grad mass and Ceremony

May 27-29th Alberta Student Leadership Conference

June 6th - "Halo Awards"

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St. Mary's Cell Phone Policy

As you may have heard the buzz from students this past week, St. Mary's has revisited its focus on cell phone usage. While Cell Phones were never considered appropriate technology for our one-to-one initiative (they are simply not suited to school work), and have always been considered not educationally appropriate in all settings, students have increasingly begun to use them in the classroom. What may have begun on an "as needed" basis, for example when a student has forgotten their chromebook, has now become often commonplace and distracting. In addition, many parents have begun contacting students on cell phones and vice versa during class time. All this has added to increased distraction from the educational mission of the school.

Hence, St. Mary's will now be uniformly enforcing classrooms as cell phone free zones. Students will still be able to access their phones during breaks, lunch, and before and after school. However, usage during class will be restricted. This means if you need to contact your son or daughter during class times you will need to first contact the office.

Students in violation of the cell phone policy will have their phones retained at the office until the end of the school day. Parental contact will be made for repeat offenders.

One to One Technology Initiative - INFO

Gearing up for Year 3 of the One-to-One Technology Program

With​ ​the​ ​successful​ ​implementation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​One​ ​to​ ​One​ ​technology​ ​program,​ ​EICS​ ​is​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​enter​ ​into year 3 of the​ ​initiative.

  • Beginning in September of 2018-2019, the option to purchase or lease to own a Chromebook will be offered by Staples and not directly from the school.

  • Because of the positive feedback we’ve received from you about the service and support provided by Staples, we continue to recommend them to our parent community.

  • Here is a link to their most recent offer, which now includes payment options.

  • We will continue to maintain a small inventory of Chromebooks at the school in the event that the student forgets to bring or charge their own device.

  • Any further questions, please contact your school administration.

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St. Martin of Tours Parish May calendar - Just click the following link:

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