St. Mary's Catholic School

School Newsletter - May 29, 2022

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7th Sunday of Easter - Ascension Sunday

Today we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord! For 40 days after his resurrection on Easter Sunday, the Bible says that Jesus traveled and preached with his apostles, preparing them for his departure from Earth. Ascension Day marks the moment Jesus literally ascended into heaven before his disciples, at the village of Bethany, near Jerusalem.

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

"Jesus is the only and eternal Priest who, by his passion, has traversed death and the grave and is risen and ascended into Heaven. He is with God the Father, where he always intercedes in our favour. As St. John affirms in his First Letter: He is our Advocate." - Pope Francis.

Graduation 2022 Week Highlights

The week was kicked off with Grad Cap and Gown Liturgy at St. Martin's of Tours Parish. A huge thank you to Miss Yaremcio for sharing her musical talents as well as Father Robert for celebrating mass with the grads. What a powerful message for our Grads to look upward in their faith journeys as they begin a new chapter of life. *Photo Credit Fronde Dubuc and Caryl Potts*

The blessing of our 2022 Graduates took place on Thursday in a whole school assembly. We also said farewell and many blessings on her retirement to Ms. Beverly Andriashyk who has worked at St. Mary's for over 15 years.

The celebrations ended on Friday with the Graduation banquet at the Social Centre. What a beautiful conclusion to the week with the grads dressed up and looking amazing. There are so many thank you's to parents and staff for all your work decorating, and organizing, but we want to especially recognize the tireless work of Ms. Kassidy Dmytriw for her work as the Grad Coordinator.

We are so proud of all our graduates and we can't wait to see what adventures they embark on.

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Parent Council Meeting June 1st @ 7:00pm

Please join us in-person for our FINAL Parent Council Meeting of the year to stay informed with what is happening at STMY and how you can be involved. Feel free to contact the Main Office for more information.


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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My BluePrints Course Registration for students entering grades 10 - 12 next year will be soon!

The course planning process for next school year has begun! Thank you for taking the time to look over this very important email very carefully as it gives directions and resources for entering course your selections for next year.

Your child will be bringing home a Course Selection/Option Form home tomorrow (Monday May 30th to help guide your discussions. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ON COURSE REGISTRATION OR STREAMING OPTIONS TEACHERS AND ADMIN WILL BE AVAILABLE DURING THE OPEN HOUSE TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS FACE 2 FACE.

Course registration is a two step process - students are to first plan their course selections (using the provided resources) and then WE WILL BE MEETING WITH CLASSES to help enter them into myblueprint (our course planning program).

Here are the Digital copy of the enrollment planning sheets are below if you wish to print one out:

Grade 10 Course Planner Sheet

Grade 11 Course Planner Sheet

Grade 12 Course Planner Sheet

We have provided some “5 minute how - to” videos for you to follow at each grade level that students are entering next year. Thank you Mr. Walker for making these for us in years past!

If you are entering grade 10, click here first:Grade 10 Course Planner

If you are entering grade 11, click here first:Grade 11 Course Planner

If you are entering grade 12, click here first:Grade 12 Course Planner

Here is a copy of graduation requirements in Alberta (from the Alberta Guide to Education): Graduation Requirements

Once you have gone through the initial planning process, we will be touching base with students to walk them through registering online for courses.

Email Mr. Murphy at if you have any questions.


Your St. Mary’s Administrative Team

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Mark your Calendar:

  • May 31: STMY Open House @ 5-7pm

  • May 31: SAINTS Spirit Day (Wear your SAINTS School Apparel)

  • June 1: Parent Council Meeting (Last one of the year) @ 7:00

  • June 1: Early Dismissal/Staff Meeting

  • June 3: Loco Burro Hot Lunch

  • June 7: Final School Mass @ Holy Trinity

  • June 16: Last Day of Regular Classes for All Students

  • June 16-28: Exam Week (See Schedule above)

  • June 29: Professional Development Day - School Closed to Students
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Jr. High Track District Results

We had an amazing showing at districts this past week! Our team tied for second overall and 14 students captured medals to earn a spot in the zone track meet on June 2.

Cameron Dixon: 1st in shot put, discuss and javelin

Andrew Henderson: 1st in 100m, 200m and long jump

Lucas Kobelsky: 1st in triple jump and high jump

Tatianna Salinas-Saez: 1st in long jump and javelin

Ben Strydom: 1st in 400m and 2nd in 1500m

Madyson Nichol: 1st in discuss

Brooklyn Peyton: 2nd in 100m and 200m

Aidan Palmer: 2nd in high jump

Renat Yaremko: 2nd triple jump

Grayson Morrow: 3rd in 200m and 400m races and 2nd in long jump

Marlee Ogrodnick: 3rd in 400m and shot put

Joe Miller: 3rd in 800m

Dawson Lizzotte: 3rd in discuss

Alec Strydom: 3rd in 800m

The zone meet will take place on Thursday at Strathcona Athletic Park in Sherwood Park.

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Community Announcements:

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Parish Plans:

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GRACE Contest Winner

Congratulations to Kristine Quintos for winning the GRACE contest with her Called to More creative drawing. Students from across EICS submitted various artistic renditions, poems, and videos; Kristine's poster was chosen as one of the winning submissions. Well done Kristine!
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Confirmation 2023

Parent Organization meeting: 6:00 pm Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Archbishop Richard Smith will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Martin of Tours at the 4:30 pm Mass on Saturday, May 27, 2023.

Sacrament of Confirmation:

Although many receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in their early teenage years, long after they have already received First Communion (Holy Eucharist), Confirmation is considered the second Sacrament of Initiation. In some writings, Confirmation is considered to be the “perfecting” of the Baptism, in that the Baptized are “more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.

Please call the Parish Office at 780-632-3272 to register. The Confirmands in Grade 6 or older, including adults, may register. You must supply a copy of the Confirmand's Baptism Certificate if you were baptized elsewhere, (not at St. Martin of Tours, Holy Heart of Mary, or St. Gregory the Great.)

Please register as soon as possible. Please complete the attached form and email it back to the church office, or register at the office.

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