St. Mary's Catholic School

School Newsletter - Dec. 5th, 2021

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Today marks the Second Sunday of the Advent Season!

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EICS Thought Exchange

As part of our ongoing open engagement with our EICS community, we invite you to participate in developing our 2022-2026 Division Education Assurance Plan.


In Alberta, school boards are responsible for providing assurance to their stakeholders that they are fulfilling their responsibilities, meeting the needs of students, and enabling their success. The key to building public assurance is engaging with our education partners in the Division’s planning and reporting cycle. The parent, student, and EICS community voices are integral to building this plan and help create a culture of continuous improvement.

EICS will be engaging with our communities beginning December 1, 2021, through the ThoughtExchange online engagement process. It is a very easy and open thought process with only two questions to prompt discussion, collect input, and a starring process to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard.

To participate in the ThoughtExchange, please click on the following link:

The exchange will close on December 15th and will be the starting point for the ongoing analysis by the EICS Board of Trustees and EICS leadership in creating the 2022-2026 Division Education Assurance plan.


Many thanks for your participation.
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Study Skills and Test Taking - Wednesdays at Lunch

We have noticed many students with high anxiety surrounding test taking, especially around PAT's and Diplomas. Starting this week STMY is offering extra coping and studying skills seminars at lunchtime in the Library. Please speak to Ms. Sonora Bohaychuk for further details.

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Appropriate Winter/School Attire

With the winter season upon us, this is just a reminder that students may have activities outside or the school may be put into a position where we have to evacuate the school and that students need to be prepared for the winter climate and dressed appropriately. At a minimum, winter attire such as a winter coat, mitts, and toque are essential in case of a school emergency. Students that utilize the bus for field trips during our winter months must have essential winter clothing to be allowed on the bus.


Students are also asked to show good judgment by wearing suitable clothing in accordance with the school policy. It is expected that students' clothing be appropriate to our Catholic school setting. As a Catholic School, we recognize the value of dressing in a manner that reflects the respect shown to ourselves and to others. Clothing with objectionable lettering, cresting, or clothing that is revealing is not consistent with the Catholic philosophy of St. Mary’s Catholic School and will not be allowed to be worn on school property or at school-sponsored events and functions.

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Fee Waiver Deadline - Dec. 13th

Parents, please don't forget to apply for your fee waivers before December 13th. Contact Mrs. Michaelchuk at the main office for more details.

School Fundraiser

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Pick Up Your Bear Tracks Ice Melter

Bear Tracks Ice Melter is available for pick up next Wednesday, December 8 from 3pm-3:30pm at the St. Mary's Bus Barn! Now is the time to make sure you have enough Ice Melt to keep your side walks safe! Also makes a great gift for your neighbour, friend or whoever is on your list!

BEAR TRACKS provides a safe and efficient way to melt ice and compacted snow on sidewalks and driveways. Plus, it is PET FRIENDLY!

Pails are available for $23 each and will be available for pick up at the Bus Barn (just south of the school)

**Cash Only - Exact Amount Only Please**

If you can't make it on Wednesday, please contact the St. Mary's office at 780-632-3934 to make arrangements!

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STMY Jr. Girls Basketball VS Veg Comp

The Jr. Girls basketball team was in action against the Veg. Comp in league action this past Thursday. It was an energetic affair with both teams learning the game and competing hard. The Cougars came out strong against the Saints driving up the tempo of the game and taking advantage of some defensive lapses by the young Saints team. The third quarter saw the Saints attempt to come back as they outscored the Cougars but the lead was too large to overcome. There was a lot of learning and growth for both teams. Below you can rewatch the game. A big thank you to all of our coaches and volunteers that made this game possible!
Jr Girls Basketball - 1st league game

Athletic Announcements:

Basketball Season is here:


  • Sr. Boys basketball Tournament in Breton (Dec. 10-11th)

Community Announcements:

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Loonie for Lurana Fundraiser

This advent EICS is continuing to partner with Catholic Social Services to support women and

children in Lurana Shelter. Lurana is a 21 day domestic abuse emergency shelter. The women and children who stay there have no-where else to go. Their home is unsafe. They may have left their home with only the clothes on their back. They need the staff in CSS’ Lurana Shelter to help them heal.

Despite Covid restrictions, since April 97 women and 101 children have been served in Lurana

from every part of our province. Families have small private bedrooms and share the kitchen

and washroom. Every person served will also receive a ‘Basket of Blessings’ purchased by the

students, staff and parents of Elk Island Catholic School Division.

Each basket is tailored to the specific needs of women and children as they enter Lurana

Shelter. A typical adult basket may include soap, toothbrushes and other toiletries, feminine

hygiene products, make-up, hair brushes/combs and other basics. A typical children’s basket

may include necessities like soothers, a rattle or other small toy, a book, a small blanket.

All adult and children’s Baskets of Blessings also include a teddy bear. Clients of Lurana often report that they keep this teddy bear their whole lives.


STMY will be encouraging students to bring a loonie for Lurana over the next couple of weeks before Christmas to support the purchase of Baskets of Blessing. If you would like to donate further please go to: https://bit.ly/BlessLurana .


Catholic Social Services is once again deeply grateful to all our supporters throughout EICS for your solidarity in these testing times for so many vulnerable Albertans.

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AFTER HOURS SCHEDULE and upcoming Events

Just a reminder about the After Hours Program. Please find the REGISTRATION FORM HERE. If you have any further questions or want more information, please don't hesitate to contact Emma Murray at FCSS in Vegreville ph: 780.632.3966 em: emurray@vegreville.com

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Peace - Advent Week 2

Second Week of Advent

Reading from the Prophet Isaiah:

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins A voice of one calling “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”


Prayer:

Father in heaven, during this second week of Advent, help us see clearly the times when we have sinned. Accept our sorrow for having pulled away from you, and give us firm resolve to stay close to you.


God above, help us conduct ourselves in holiness. We long to be the people you expect us to be. Help us as we strive to make our souls spotless and our hearts and minds at peace.

Help us, Lord, to remember that we were baptized for a reason. Help us realize our baptismal call to live as children of God.


And dear God, don’t let us miss chances this week to be welcoming to other people and to work in harmony and peace with everyone. Help us as we try to change our ways so that we are good examples of people who love and follow the Lord.

Parish Plans:

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Please register to attend Saturday or Sunday Mass:

They are using the webpage: SignUpGenius. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c44abab2dabfac70-register


On the page that comes up click on the box or boxes of the Masses you wish to attend. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Submit and Sign-Up”. On the page that then comes up, enter your name, email, phone number and in “Quantity” put in the number of people attending with you. Then click on “Sign-Up Now”

Please contact Barb at the office if you are unable to register online and she will do it for you.

ph: 780-632-3272

em: StMartinTours.Vegreville@caedm.ca

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