May 31, 2021
On May 27, the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced it located the remains of 215 children who were students at the Kamloops Residential School. Our hearts are with the families of each child whose death at the school went unacknowledged. To reiterate from the messaging from Elk Island Public Schools, the loss of these young lives is a tragedy beyond words.
To honour the 215 children, and every child whose life was taken, we are organizing a brief ceremony, including a moment of silence and encouraging staff and students to wear orange on Wednesday, June 2. As well, SAL will fly flags at half-mast for 215 hours—an hour for each child—from May 31 to June 8.
As we close our final day of May on Monday and welcome June on Tuesday, we understand this final month will be filled with emotion.
It doesn’t seem too long ago in August that we were talking about masking, sanitizing procedures, the new quarter system and how we were going to navigate this pandemic. Well, here we are, our last month of this historic 2020-21 school year.
As we know and understand, this school year has been unlike any other and we would like to again, extend our gratitude to our parents and students for being such team players and working through the challenges together. This summer will provide a chance to decompress, reflect, and look forward to what the fall may bring.
This final month of June is a time to focus on student achievement, wrap up final credits, submit outstanding assignments, and focus on final assessments.
Also, and to highlight our month of June, we are super excited to honor our class of 2021 with graduation ceremonies June 23 to 25, 2021! This group of graduates will always hold a special place in our heart for the adversity they have faced and all that they have overcome.
We will be hosting a final parent grad meeting next Tuesday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m. to go over specifics and provide another opportunity should our grade 12 parents have questions. Not to worry, while other schools in the community may have cancelled grad, we are moving full steam ahead with parents and significant others being able to attend and participate in this auspicious occasion.
Have an excellent week everyone,
Graduation 2021 Information
Congratulations to our graduating class of 2021. Our students have persevered through this year and have led the school through this pandemic with integrity, compassion, and respect. Please find below the final graduation list of this school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Liane Schultz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
myPass:myPass is an Alberta Education secure self-service website for high school students to view and print diploma exam results, review credentials towards a high school diploma, order transcripts and more! Every student should have their own myPass account so if you have not yet signed up for a myPass account, please see Mrs. Painchaud in the Guidance Department or call (780) 449-5882.
Grad Quotes for the Yearbook:
The Yearbook Committee is needing quotes for the Yearbook for this year. The quotes will be inserted beside your grad photo. Please click on the link and don't miss out to have your favourite saying or quote inserted into the Yearbook!
If you have not booked your timeslot for Graduation 2021, please go to www.schoolinterviews.ca and use code sabre to enter. Bookings close on June 14, 2021.
Success Team Resource of the Week
Calling all Strathcona County Next Gen!
Looking to make a change in your community this year? Have a voice in shaping the future of your community. Next Gen Action Groups are a space for you to make an impact, lead and have a voice, explore your passions, share ideas, build skills and test solutions to realize change in your community.
The Gemstones Program
Gemstones is an LGBTQ2S+ program for youth ages 12 and up.
Gemstones will look at current LGBT issues, and ways to support the youths interests and skills sets.
It is a safe and inclusive space for youth to gather, support one another, connect, and build positive relationships with peers.
No registration required: Direct message @canteen.youth on Instagram or phone 780-416-1500 for more information.