September 2022 Newsletter
School of Hope - Hope Home Schooling
September 2, 2022
We hope you had a great summer. My name is Scott MacDonald and I am the principal at School of Hope and Hope Home Schooling. I have been an educator for over 20 years and I have taught at the elementary, junior high and senior high grades. I moved to Vermilion from Cold Lake where I was a vice principal for the last 7 years. Catholic education is of the utmost importance to me and I am honoured to be able to serve the families from across Alberta. I am excited to be part of School of Hope and cannot wait to start meeting students and families from our school.
It is wonderful to have so many returning students and I want to welcome all of our new families. We are looking forward to getting to know you as the year progresses. This newsletter is sent out monthly. We hope you take a few minutes each month to read our newsletter to help keep you up to date on what is happening at the school. Our key values are flexibility and relationships and I’ll strive to build upon the great things already happening at School of Hope.
SOH A-maze-ing Kickoff
We would love to meet each of you at our SOH A-maze-ing Kickoffs. If you are able, please join us in Lethbridge on September 16th, Wainwright on September 22nd, Calgary on September 22, and/or Edmonton on September 23rd. As we are a school without walls, not all of our teachers will be joining us in all locations but we do encourage you to come out and meet the educators from their respective areas. This will be an excellent opportunity for us to come together as a school community to build relationships.
Dates to Remember
Sept 15 - Art Club (grades 1-3 at 1:30)
Sept 16 - Safety City (grades 1-3 in Edmonton at 10:00-11:30)
Sept 16 - Lethbridge (A-maze-ing Kickoff - 1:30-3:30)
Sept 22 - Wainwright (A-maze-ing Kickoff - 1:00-3:00)
Sept 22 - Calgary (A-maze-ing Kickoff - 1:00-3:00))
Sept 23 - Edmonton (A-maze-ing Kickoff - 1:00-3:00)
Sept 28 - Drama Club Meeting (grades 7-12 at 2:00)
New to School of Hope:
We would like to welcome 4 new staff members to our school this year and they are
excited to get to know everyone.
Mr. Mac is the new principal and has over 20 years of teaching experience.
Mrs. Bast is the new grade 3 teacher who comes to us with 26 years of educational experience.
Ms. Macklin teaches English and she has 4 years of teaching experience.
Mrs. Goodspeed is the Academic Counsellor as well as a teacher and she has 11 years of teaching experience.
Teachers are your number one contact person for help. They are able to answer most questions or point you in the right direction, so please reach out!
For grades 1-9 your homeroom teacher will be contacting you soon if they haven’t already done so. They will:
Introduce themselves and start to get to know you and your child!
Ensure you know how and when they can be contacted
Go over work expectations
Ensure you know how to log into courses and online lessons
For high school students, you will be getting called by your core course teachers. They will go over a similar list as in the younger grades.
Online learning work expectations are similar to those in brick and mortar buildings. Your teachers will be expecting work handed in each week. Not only will it help your child stay on track to finish the course on time, but teachers will be able to see if your child is understanding the concepts being taught, and will be able to help them if they need it. It is also one of the ways we monitor attendance.
Although the baseline expectation is to receive work each week, it is important to remember that one of our core values is flexibility. We realize that many circumstances and opportunities may occur in the year (ex. Seasonal farm work, family vacations, sickness, domestic changes, etc.) Our families are encouraged to contact their teacher to arrange a teacher approved alternative schedule that will allow them to meet their circumstances and still finish their course work.
Canvas courses were opened on August 31st, and should be accessible. Online lessons will begin September 6th. Lessons will be recorded and posted in the Canvas course so that you can access them later that day, or any time going forward. This can be very useful to review at a later time! Links for those lessons will be available in your Canvas courses.
Tech issues? Call our tech support expert, Iain at 1-8888-350-4673 ext 3203.
Textbooks and Resources
Texts and resources have been shipped throughout the summer and continue to be mailed each day. Families who registered in the spring or first half of August should already have their books, while those who registered in the last part of August until now should have resources on the way soon. If you are waiting for resources, many of our courses do not require texts to get started. We suggest contacting your teacher who may be able to point out where you could get started, or may be able to send you a temporary digital copy of the first section of a required text so you may get started on the course. *Note - last year’s resources must be returned before getting this year’s!
Our facilitators are finishing up the process of dividing up family lists. This process is based on maintaining existing facilitator/family pairings when possible, assuring facilitators have a reasonable number of families/students to care for, and attempting to make efficient use of facilitator travel time. You should be getting contacted next week by your facilitator, where they will introduce themselves and begin the process of booking 1st visits.
Thank you for choosing the School of Hope, and allowing us the opportunity to serve you. Have a great school year!
Scott MacDonald, Michel Despins and Alicia Rudkowsky
School of Hope/ Hope Homeschooling Admin
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
A group of parents representing all grade levels that provide advice and guidance to the School of Hope's administration. Together, we ensure that students have the best educational experience, teacher interactions and learning outcomes.
If you are interested in joining the parent council, please contact SOH principal Scott MacDonald. He can be reached at 1-780-853-2188 Ext 120 or emailed
Please read the minutes for the May Parent Council Meeting by clicking the PDF below.
Next Meeting Date: Monday, September 26 , 2022 6:30 PM
If you have School of Hope resources to return to the office, please follow the directions on the PDF below. If you are returning next school year, you do not have to send the Chromebook back.
- PLEASE DO NOT RETURN HEAD SETS
- Keeping resources to use next year-If you wish to keep a resource so that you or a sibling can use it next year, please contact Monica Beck (email@example.com) at the school office and indicate which resources you would like to keep.
Contact the office if you would like a list of books that need to be returned or if you have any questions about your returns. (The office is open all summer)
School of Hope Clothing
Welcome to the official online shopping portal for the School of Hope. Enjoy browsing a wide selection of products from a variety of brands. You can customize them with the approved logo and graphics available. You can choose approved merchandise to fit your needs 24/7 with no minimum order quantities.
School of Hope & Lakeland College Dual Credit Programming
East Central Catholic School Division and Lakeland College are excited to announce in light of the recent Alberta Education Funding Manual update dual-credit programming for students who enroll through the School of Hope distance education program. This free dual-credit distance education programming offering is possible through an ongoing partnership between Lakeland College and ECACS.
Please review the attached Dual Credit brochure, program overview video, dual-credit registration page (2021-2022) and associated frequently asked questions. For further information please feel free to reach out to our Dual Credit team members to address any additional questions or concerns.
Registration for the 2022-2023 school year for Dual Credit will open on April 4, 2022.
The last day to accept registrations for Dual Credit is October 14, 2022.
Vice Principal - Michel Despins
School Of Hope - East Central Alberta Catholic Schools
Dean Of Health, Wellness & Human Services - Janice Aughey
School of Hope and Hope Home Schooling Activates
Grade 1-3 Art Club
Please join Mrs. Fortune and Ms. Schwenk for a back to school craft on September 15th at 1:30pm! You will need popsicle sticks, white glue, paint (red or green-your choice), and brown and green construction paper. See you soon!
SOH A-maze-ing Kickoff
Lethbridge Corn Maze
Lethbridge and area families, please join us in our A-maze-ing Kickoff to start the new school year at the Lethbridge Corn Maze. Friday, September 16 1:30-3:30 PM. Please pay upon arrival.
Calgary Farm Yard
Calgary and area families, please join us in our A-maze-ing Kickoff to start the new school year at the Calgary Farm Yard. Thursday September 22 1:00-3:00 PM. Please pay upon arrival.
Edmonton Corn Maze
Edmonton and area families, please join us in our A-maze-ing Kickoff to start the new school year at the Edmonton Corn Maze. Friday September 23 1:00-3:00 PM. Please pay upon arrival.
Zajic Corn Maze - Wainwright
Vermilion and area families, please join us in our A-maze-ing Kickoff to start the new school year at the Zajic Corn Maze (Wainwright). Thursday September 22 1:00-3:00 PM. Please bring an item for the Food Bank
Strikers Lane Bowling
Lets Bowl!! Vermilion Strikers Bowling Lanes for a fun afternoon of bowling October 13, 2022 2:00 PM. 4902-49 Ave Vermilion, AB $7.00 per person
Registration deadline October 6, 2022
Kiwanis Safety City Grade 1 and 2
Please bring your own helmet. If unable, one will be provided for you!
Registration deadline September 15, 2022
Good books and good company, everyone is welcome!
Join Ms. Campbell for the School of Hope Book Club. Monthly starting Friday Oct 14, 2022 at 2:00 PM.
Finding Cleo - PODCASTS
For grades 10-12 Interested in listening to a Podcast? Consider Finding Cleo - Where is Cleo? Taken by child welfare workers in the 1970’s and adopted in the U.S., the young Cree girl’s family believes she disappeared while hitchhiking back home to Saskatchewan. CBC news investigative reporter Connie Walker joins the search to find out what really happened to Cleo.
Old Faithful - VIRTUAL TOUR
Old Faithful - This virtual tour provides a streaming view of Old Faithful Geyser and other happenings around the Upper Geyser Basin—one of the most unique and dynamic places on earth with about 500 active geysers.
Sept 5 Monday - Labour Day
Sept 6 Tuesday - First day of On-Line Classes
Sept 15 Thursday - Gr. 1-3 Art Club 1:30 PM
Sept 16 Friday - Gr. 1-2 Safety City Edmonton 10:00 PM
Sept 16 Friday - Lethbridge (A-maze-ing Kickoff) 1:30 PM
Sept 22 Thursday - Wainwright (A-maze-ing Kickoff - 1:00-3:00)
Sept 22 Thursday - Calgary (A-maze-ing Kickoff - 1:00-3:00))
Sept 23 Friday - Edmonton (A-maze-ing Kickoff - 1:00-3:00)
Sept 28 Wednesday - Drama Club Meeting (grades 7-12 at 2:00)
Sept 30 Friday- National Truth and Reconciliation Day
Oct 7 Friday - PD Day - No School
Oct 10 Monday - Thanksgiving
Oct 13 Thursday - Lets Bowl
Oct 14 Friday - Book Club Grade 10-12
Addiction and Mental Health News
September edition of the AHS Addiction & Mental Health Newsletter focuses on using Connection to build resilience.
The themes include:
- Create Connections = Build Resilience
- Family Connections = Build Resilience
- Neighbourhood Connections = Build Resilience
- School Connections = Build Resilience
Family School Liaison Program
My name is Loranne Ganton and I am the Family School Liaison Worker for St. Jerome’s Catholic School, Blessed Sacrament Outreach School and The School of Hope. Please don’t hesitate to email or call me with any questions you may have!
Registered Child and Youth Care Counsellor
St.Jerome Catholic School - 780-853-5251
Blessed Sacrament Outreach - 780-842-3944
School of Hope - 780-853-2188
School of Hope
Our vision is to enable students across the province to build a personalized educational program to match the uniqueness of their learning needs, their environment, and their interests. The School of Hope is dedicated to the success of student learning and the satisfaction and growth of our school community.