Sunday, March12 , 2023

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Daylight Savings Time

It is almost time to SPRING the clocks ahead! Don't forget to move your clocks ahead one hour early Sunday morning (March 12)

Save the date - Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews will be held virtually again this year. The booking link will open up to parents on Thursday, March 16th, at 9 am.

Interviews will be held on:

Tuesday, March 21 from 4:00-7:30pm

Thursday, March 23 from 4:00-7:30pm

If these dates and times do not work for you, please connect directly with your child's teacher to arrange an alternate time for the meeting.

Please follow the booking link here to book your appointments. Each slot is 10 minutes in length. Please be respectful of everyone's time; it is a tight turnaround, for sure :)


You will receive an email from the teacher you booked with. In that email will be a Google link for your interview. Please be mindful these interviews can only be 10 minutes as we have several parents to get through. If you require a longer interview, please arrange an alternate date and time.

Thank you.

**Please note: Because some teachers are only part-time, their availability also reflects this in the schedule.

St. Isidore Virtual & In Person OPEN HOUSE - Wednesday, April 12

Are you looking to register for online / outreach learning grade 1 to 12 this Fall? Check out our #SILCfamily Virtual and In Person Open Houses below! NEW SILC SWAG and enter a draw for your school fees to be paid for the year! Click on the links for your virtual experience!! Also, attend in person on Wednesday, April 12th 2pm -4pm & 5-7pm. In the meantime, check out our "Virtual " Open House links below:






EICS Offers Beacon of Hope to Ukrainian Refugees

In recognition of the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, students and staff across Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS) are joining together to fundraise in support of Ukrainian refugees and other refugees that are welcomed by Catholic Social Services (CSS).

Called Beacon of Hope, this EICS fundraising drive has a particular focus during the Lenten season to fundraise for support and services that will be offered to Ukrainian refugees. Since the invasion began on Feb. 24, 2022, EICS has welcomed more than 50 Ukrainian students throughout all of our schools.

“Our Catholic faith calls for us not just to serve the students in our schools, but to serve our larger communities,” said EICS Superintendent Paul Corrigan. “Beacon of Hope is an opportunity for us to continue to support these newcomer families, and by extension offer additional support outside of school to our Ukrainian refugee students.”

Donations through Beacon of Hope will be used by CSS to fund emergency accommodation, meals, winter clothing, transportation, and school supplies.

“Amid their personal journeys of fleeing Ukraine and moving to a foreign country, it’s critical that Ukrainian students feel safe, at home, and welcome in their new community. These students and families have been a blessing to us in Elk Island Catholic Schools. Combined with other initiatives that our schools have held to support refugee students from Ukraine over the last year, we pray that Beacon of Hope will offer more solace for those who need it,” Corrigan said.

Catholic Social Services estimates that it responds to as many as 60 calls a day from newcomer Ukrainians who are seeking assistance. Most of these newcomers are women and children who have fled the war in Ukraine in search of an opportunity to rebuild their lives. More than 2,500 Ukrainian refugees have been assisted by CSS in the last year – many of them needing emergency accommodations after arriving with few personal belongings and no access to funding. Another 2,300 refugees from other countries have also been assisted by CSS since March 2022.

SILC Team link under EICS page

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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

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St. Isidore- Preparing Youth for the Future of Work

Minister’s Youth Council - Applications Due March 24th, 2023

Recruitment for the 2023/24 Minister’s Youth Council will officially begin on February 15, 2023. We are looking for approximately 40 junior and senior high school students from across Alberta, between the ages of 14 and 19 and representing diverse interests, identities, backgrounds and perspectives, to join next year’s council.

Of the 40 council members, we will accept up to eight returning members and at least 32 new members. Participation on the council will give students the opportunity to make a real impact on Alberta’s education system, build their leadership skills and leave a legacy that will last for generations to come.

The deadline for students to apply is March 24, 2023. For more information, please visit

Hey students... please apply!!

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2023-2024 School Year Calendars

The 2023/24 approved school year calendars are available by clicking this link:

Here is the approved 2023-2023 school calendar for Sherwood Park.

  • First day of school: Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023
  • Fall break: Week of Monday, Nov. 6, 2023
  • Christmas break: Monday, Dec. 25, 2023 - Friday, Jan. 5, 2024
  • Spring break: Week of Monday, March 25, 2024
  • Victoria Day weekend: Thursday, May 16, 2024 - Monday, May 20, 2024
  • Last day of school: Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Elementary Classroom

Hello from Mrs.Oikonen!

Welcome to week 27 of online learning! This week we will be having regular whole class meets on Monday. I will be meeting with group 1 and 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday. There is also a drawing meet on Tuesday for all grades. We will be having a St. Patrick's Day party on Thursday for all grades. If you haven't already, please sign up for a Parent/Teacher Interview time. You can find the link on our March calendar and on your child's weekly newsletter.

Here's what we will be doing this week:

March Calendar

Grade 1 Newsletter

Grade 2 Newsletter

Grade 3 Newsletter

Grade 4 Newsletter

Grade 5 Newsletter

Grade 6 Newsletter

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.

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


March 14 | 6-8PM| Harry Ainlay High School

Join us to connect with employers, learn about upcoming opportunities, and try out hands-on activities.



March 27-30 | Edmonton

Our in-person spring camp returns in 2023! Female students interested in gaining hands-on experience in the skilled trades, technologies, forestry and agriculture are encouraged to apply to attend. Spots are limited.



Suncor Energy Edmonton Refinery

Suncor is offering paid work placements for Indigenous students to explore different career pathways at the Edmonton refinery this summer. Check out the poster/QR code for more information. The application deadline is March 17.


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Board Highlights & GrACE Highlights for February

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...

  • March 13 - Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3pm

  • March 15 - Rosary at noon

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

  • March 21 - Parent Teacher Interviews 4:00 - 7:30pm

  • March 23 - Parent Teacher Interviews 4:00 - 7:30pm

  • March 24- Spring Break Begins - No School!

  • April 3 - First day back from Spring Break

  • April 12 - SILC OPEN HOUSE

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

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Follow us on Social Media

Want to stay connected?

Follow us on Twitter at: @silc_eics

Facebook: @StIsidoreEICS

Instagram: @silceics

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