Sunday, September 25th, 2022

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Orange Shirt Day - Thursday, Sept 29

On Orange Shirt Day, we acknowledge Canada’s Indigenous history and remember all the children and families whose lives were irrevocably changed through the tragedy that is to be found in residential schools. It is a time to honor those who survived, and to remember those who did not.

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation,, was established to create an enduring archive of the stories of residential schools. It is a rich repository of text and of video from the work of the TRC that provides many opportunities for us to use the powerful tool of education as an integral part of the journey to reconciliation.

Typically the recognition of this event is on September 30 but this year I invite you to join me in wearing an orange shirt on Thursday, September 29, 2022, to show that we commit to the principle that Every Child Matters.

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation - School Closure on Friday, Sept. 30th

September 30th - National Truth and Reconciliation Day - a day of remembrance and school closure for all staff and students of EICS.

This day provides an opportunity for all Canadians to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools, and commit to working for truth and reconciliation in the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. The opportunity set before us – with this national holiday – is to renew and strengthen relationships, by recognizing and affirming the individual and collective dignity of Indigenous Peoples while affirming our commitment to love and respect each other as members of the same human family. In other words, it is to resolve to live by Christ's example of loving each other as he loved us.

Below you can find some ideas on how to spend your National Day for Truth and Reconciliation!

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Terry Fox Run & Walk #TryLikeTerry

Thanks to a few of our SILC Elementary families who were able to come out on Thursday, September 22nd for our Terry Fox School Walk. It was a beautiful day. We had families submit photos to us as well. Cancer research is important for many of us! Still time to donate at this link

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SILC Yearbook Committee

We are looking for students and/or parents to help put together this year's SILC Yearbook!

There can be different sections you can be called to work on:

SILC Elementary

SILC Junior High

SILC High School

SILC Chesterton Academy!

See the link below to sign up!

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Art 10 Showcase

Check out what our Art 10 students have been up to. Very talented crew we have here at SILC!

"A picture is a poem without words" - Horace

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Wellness Corner with Katy!

Hello SILC Fam! Your Friendly Neighborhood FWW here. Are you needing someone to talk to about how you've been feeling lately? Do you need a non-judgmental listening ear? Do you need some information on other resources and services available? Or are you just looking for a friendly face to check in with? If so, scan the QR code to send an instant message to your FWW!


Katy Parsons, BCYC, RSW

Family Wellness Worker

St. Isidore Learning Center - 780-449-6463

A Rad Resource:

Information Library

Alberta Youth Wellness Hubs

Mental Health Co-Pilots

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Elementary Classroom

Hello from Mrs.Oikonen!

Thank you to everyone who came to St. Isidore for our Terry Fox Walk. Just a reminder that if you and your family participated in a Terry Fox Walk/Run, please send pictures so we can add them to our Class Album and our SILC Yearbook.

Just a few changes for next week. You will have to refresh your homepage to see the changes on our September calendar.

1. Business as usual on Monday. We will have individual meets this week. You will find the sign- up button on our September calendar and on our newsletters.

2. We will not have our regular meets on Tuesday. Instead, we will be joining a virtual author visit at 10:30 am via zoom. I will be able to add the link to the poster on the homepages about 10 minutes before the meet so you will be able to access it from your homes. Please try to join the zoom meeting about 5 minutes before the starting time, so you will be able to set- up zoom on your child's computer. the presenter will let you in the room when it is time. It will be approximately 1 hour to 1.5 hours.

3. Business as usual on Wednesday.

4. Thursday is Orange Shirt Day. Please wear the colour orange to our meet. All grades will meet at 9:30am as we have a special guest attending our meet.

5. There is no school on Friday as we recognize and learn about Our Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Here are our newsletters and September Calendar.

September Calendar

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

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Students Grade 10 & Up...Sign up for myPass

It is expected that all students at St. Isidore (SILC) be responsible for creating and assessing their individual myPass accounts. MyPass is an Alberta Education self-service website set up for Alberta students to:

● View diploma exam results and request rescores

● Register to write a diploma exam

● Order High School transcripts

● View progress towards a credential (diploma or certificate)

● View and print a Detailed Academic Report (DAR)

● View student personal information

If you have not done so already, please sign up NOW as Post Secondary Institutions open up the application process on October 1, 2022 (at midnight)!! Some programs are highly competitive so getting your application in early is essential!

See below for a step-by-step guide on how to create your myPass account!

How to use myPass

Volunteer Opportunity

Strathcona County is seeking enthusiastic volunteers from the community to join in the celebration of the 2023 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games. We welcome students 16 years of age and older to sign up to be a part of the event!

Students and community members can view all volunteer positions at the 2023 Games website -

Need Math Help? Let the "Grand Math Connection" Help!

Check out their new blog post:

The Grand Math Connection has excellent resources and is available for your perusal at:

The RE/MAX 2023 Quest for Excellence Scholarship Program

The RE/MAX Quest for Excellence scholarship program is a cash scholarship that recognizes students for their ongoing community contributions and pursuit of leadership. New in 2023, RE/MAX Canada is pleased to expand its existing Quest for Excellence scholarship program starting this year, now offering 40 scholarships of $1,000 each to students across Canada (except for Quebec).

Open to ALL grade 12 students. The essays are to be submitted online from September 12, 2022 until March 13, 2023. Students can enter here.

To learn more about Quest for Excellence, please visit:

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship program, please contact:

Good luck!

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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 -

Mrs. DeeDee Perrott - Sr. Science & Chesterton

Mrs. Eva Fung- Sr Math

Mr. Matthew Bennett - Jr High

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:

Sacramental Preparation:

Alll parents the deadline to join Fall preparation classes here at the church is September 7. This is for all grades: First Reconciliation/First Communion AND Confirmation.

OLPH parish has a Family Faith Formation approach to sacramental preparation, so we offer several dates and options throughout the school year to help busy parents choose a time that will work best for them to participate fully and actively with their child.

Specific Reminders for Classroom Teachers:

Grade 2-5: Students can register for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, which can be taken one right after the other. Three different sessions will be offered again this schools year, Fall, Winter or Spring. If a child has not been baptized yet, we will also work with that family on additional age appropriate preparation!

Grade 6-8: Students can register for Confirmation. The program at OLPH runs over 5 months and will be offered twice this year, in the first and second semester of the school year. If a student has not yet celebrated first communion or reconciliation, their preparation for those sacraments will be incorporated into their preparation for Confirmation so the child can be fully initiated.

Interest in volunteering at the church…can contact Natalie Lavigne at 780-467-5470 (ext 225) or email

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Important Dates to Remember...

  • Thursday, September 29 - Orange Shirt Day at SILC!

  • Friday, September 30 - School Closed for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

  • Sunday, October 2 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY MRS. DAMUR!!

  • Friday, October 7 - School Closed for Professional Development

  • Monday, October 10 - School Closed for Thanksgiving Day

  • November 7-11 - FALL BREAK No School!

  • November 11 - Remembrance Day - No School. "Lest We Forget"

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