Madonna News

March 07, 2021

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Keeping Your Children Safe on the Internet. FOR PARENTS & STAFF ONLY

The Saffron Centre is presenting to parents and staff on internet safety for children and adolescents. Learn about online streaming, apps, gaming, and safety strategies.


Topic: Cyberworld - Madonna & Holy Spirit

Time: Mar 16, 2021 07:00 PM


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85915965213?pwd=UUJRNllJcXNZeUtFM0lZS0J6ZUdUdz09

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School Council

On March 04, School Council participated in a very engaging "Thought Exchange" in which the following question was posed:


What would you like to see happening in our school council meetings?


Here are the "Key Thoughts" that were generated in the "Thought Exchange".

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Do you have any thoughts or ideas that would like to share with our School Council? Please email the School Council with your thoughts, ideas, and questions. This is an easy way to have a voice and participate in School Council. Here is their email address madonnacses@gmail.com
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Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration

Please note that Kindergarten Registration Opens February 1, 2021.

We will be offering the following class configurations.


  • Monday/ Wednesday and designated Fridays Full Days 8:40 - 3:15
  • Tuesday/Thursday and designated Fridays Full Days 8:40 - 3:15


Please note Kindergarten information and the videos click the link below.

https://mcs.eics.ab.ca/programs/kindergarten-2021-2022


Registration is online please check our website very bottom right. OR click the link below.

https://www.eics.ab.ca/parents-and-students/school-registration


Please contact the school with any questions you may have. 780.467.7972

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Tournament of Books

During the month of March, students will be participating in a Tournament of Books. Students will have some wonderful children's literature read to them by members of our school staff! Our students thoroughly enjoy the experience every year! The Week One Winners are:
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Tiny T. Rex - read by Mrs. Stadnick

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The Night Gardener - read by Miss Gauthier

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Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal - read by Mrs. Prenoslo

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On Account of The Gum - read by Mrs. Lindbeck

Tournament of Books - Week 2

Here is the list of great books that will be read in Week 2 of the Tournament of Books.
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Parent - Teacher - Student Interviews

Grade 1 to 4 students will have their virtual interviews March 24th and 25th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

Kindergarten students will have their virtual interviews March 22nd, 24th or 25th.

Go to https://www.schoolbookings.net and enter event code gt5vt and follow the 3 easy steps!

Parents will be able to choose a telephone call or a Google Meet format.

If you have any questions please call the school office at 780-467-7972.

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Sacraments

To register your child in GRADE 2 OR OLDER for FIRST COMMUNION or RECONCILIATION please email: sacraments@olph.ca


Important Dates:

  • Virtual Reconciliation Retreat for Children & Parents - Saturday, February 27 at 12:00 pm
  • First Reconciliation Celebration (at the church) - Saturday, March 13 at 11:30 am
  • Virtual First Communion Retreat for Children & Parents - Saturday, April 10 at 12:00 pm
  • First Communion Teaching Mass & Practise (at the church) - Monday, April 19 or Wednesday, April 21at 6:15 pm
  • First Holy Communion Masses - Saturday, May 01 at 5:00 pm or Sunday, May 02 at 12:30 pm
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - Monday to Friday - 9:15 am to 9:45 am
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - Monday to Friday - 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - Saturdays - 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Adoration: First Friday of Every Month - March 5 - 10:30 am
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GoGuardian Beacon

Dear Parent or Guardian:


This year, Elk Island Catholic Schools has implemented a software monitoring program designed to help keep students safe. The monitoring program is called GoGuardian Beacon and is designed as a suicide prevention tool. We have set up the GoGuardian Beacon to detect when a student searches, creates, views or interacts with online content that could be related to suicide or self-harm. When something of this nature is detected, designated school staff members receive an email alert notifying them of the student and the specific actions the student did that prompted the alert. School staff will respond accordingly to each alert. Often, it will result in a phone call to parents or guardians letting them know about the alert that was generated. Additionally, through conversations, the school team will determine what other follow-up might be needed for supporting the student.


Using the GoGuardian Beacon monitoring system provides another layer of support for keeping our students safe and providing essential care for them. It is important to recognize that the GoGuardian Beacon software cannot detect every possible situation when a student might be suicidal. However, it is an effective way to grow in our awareness of which students may need extra support.


It is important for you to know that GoGuardian Beacon operates when a student is logged into his/her school-managed account on a chromebook. The program does not monitor what students do on their own personal devices, even if they are logged into their school account. We want to assure you that your child’s privacy is important to our school division and any information collected by GoGuardian Beacon is only shared with designated staff and is not put into PowerSchool or PASI (the database that houses all student records).


We know that parents, guardians, and school staff all play a vital role in each student’s support network. We appreciate your support of the division as we implement the GoGuardian Beacon monitoring system. If you have questions or concerns about it, please reach out to a member of our school’s administration team at 780-467-7972


Sincerely,



Mrs. Antoniuk and Mrs. Lindbeck

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Upcoming Events

March

1 - 26 - Tournament of Books

4 - Bend the Rules

4 - Virtual priest visit with 3G, 3/4P, and 4P

5 - No School for Students - Division Faith & Wellness Day

10 - Adoration at Madonna

10 - Storytime with Mrs. Wagner

11 - Virtual priest visit with 1S, 1/2F, and 2L

17 - Storytime with Mrs. Wagner

17 - St. Patricks Day

18 - Spirit Day - Jersey Day - Sports Day

18 - Virtual priest visit with 3G, 3/4P, and 4P

14 - Daylight Saving Time starts

22 - Additional day for Kindergarten Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

24 - Storytime with Mrs. Wagner

24 - 25 - Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences - all grades

25 - Assembly & Gotcha draw

26 - No School - Spring Break begins ( March 26 to April 5)


April

6 - First day of classes

7 - Storytime with Mrs. Wagner

7 - Early Dismissal - 2:15 pm

8 - Spirit Days - Crazy Sock Day

8 - Virtual priest visit with 3G, 3/4P, and 4P

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Madonna Staff gathered for mass on Faith & Wellness Day