St. Mary's Catholic School

School Newsletter - May 15, 2022

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5th Sunday of Easter

Today is the FIFTH Sunday of Easter! Today is commonly known Cantate Sunday due to the incipit "Cantáte Dómino" (Sing to the Lord) assigned to this day in the Roman Rite.

We continue to celebrate with Easter Joy that Christ is Risen!!!

"The Lord does not call us to be soloists, but to be part of a choir that can sometimes miss a note or two, but must always try to sing in unison." - Pope Francis.

"Base"ic Fun around STMY

While the Chemistry 20 class enjoyed a lab on Acid and Base indicators, Phys Ed with Mr. Paulichuk practiced track and field in the gym with the Grade 9 students.

Mr. Manderson: "To remove scale from the bath, acid works much better than a base, I'm not gonna lye!"

Mr. Paulichuk: "Did you guys hear the joke that track and field kids always tell? Yeah it’s kind of a 'running' joke. The kids always throw it around. Everyone is quick to jump on an opportunity to tell it and the admin always want to 'discus' it."

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Exam Week Information for June:

As you are well aware, exam week at St. Mary’s is right around the corner. We know that our students and staff have worked hard this year and we are so proud of them. Final exams carry a significant weight of the students’ final mark and as such are written according to the schedule below.

Due to learning disruptions caused by the pandemic, diploma exam weighting and PAT exams at STMY will be temporarily reduced to 10% for the 2021-22 school year only. Non-Government Exams will be up to the professional judgment of the instructor, which is usually posted in their Course Outline and follows EICS Guidelines of not being weighted unreasonably.

Exams are also structured to be written in half of the allotted time, therefore you will notice that all of the non-government exams are scheduled for 8:30-11:30 and created to be completed on average of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

All option classes will have their final exams written in class before the last day of instruction for the semester. Exam week is from Thursday, June 16th to Tuesday, June 28th.

All students are expected to be here and prepared to write exams beginning at 8:30 a.m. and students must remain in their exam until 10:00 a.m. If after 10 am, the student is able to be picked up or walk home with parent permission, please remind them to sign out at the office and then leave the school grounds. Students wishing to remain at the school may stay in the exam room for the rest of the morning and then study hall for the afternoon. It would be the expectation that any remaining students be prepared to use this time for quiet study. If you wish to give permission for your child to leave following their exam, please sign and return the permission slip below.

Some students prefer to study at home. Students in junior high (7-9) require written consent to be given to acknowledge that parents are aware that their child is leaving and not in school. These permission forms will be sent home in June to be collected before exam week starts Some junior high and high school students do stay in school because of rural bussing and for extra help. If they wish to remain on-site, they must remain in the study hall classroom. Students in grades 10-12 do not require permission to leave after their exam during exam week.

If you have any questions about Exam Week please do not hesitate to contact the school.

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Mark your Calendar:

  • May 17: Junior high track and field competition at Veg. Comp.

  • May 18: League 5 Track and Field Competition

  • May 20: School Closure Day

  • May 23: Victoria Day - School Closed for Students

  • May 24: Grad Mass @ St. Martin of Tours Parish

  • May 24: Junior high track and field competition in Sherwood Park for qualifying athletes.

  • May 27: Grad Formal Celebration @ Social Centre

  • May 31: STMY Open House @ 5-7pm

  • June 1: Parent Council Meeting (Last one of the year) @ 7:00
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Track and Field Season underway...

Track and Field sign-up sheets have been posted outside the gym for grades 7-9 students. Pay attention to the ages listed at the bottom of the sheet. The first track meet is at Veg Comp on May 17.

Sr. High Practices have already started... if you have further questions see Mr. Manderson for more information.

Athletic Club Highway Cleanup

The STMY SAINTS Athletic Club participated in the Alberta Highway Cleanup on May 7th. This was a fantastic morning of serving our community while being able to fundraise for our school athletics.

A HUGE thank you to all of the students staff and parents who donated their Saturday morning for this event. A special thank you to Mr. Salsbury for driving the bus and being the even organizer as well as Caryn Stuart and Michelle Henderson for being our parent drivers and bringing around snacks and beverages to our workers. Way to go SAINTS!

Community Announcements:

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REAL Foundation 17th Annual Golf Tournament

The REAL Foundation supports Catholic education by offering faith enrichment opportunities in all Elk Island Catholic Schools. Some of the extracurricular activities funded by the REAL Foundation, include:

• Catholic education in-services and training for students/teachers

• Special presentations and guest speakers

• Conferences on student leadership

• Religious retreats

• Scholarships

Last year, the Foundation supported our Catholic schools by funding all Grade 4 Bibles, the uplifting presentation of Face2Face Ministries at seven EICS schools, sponsoring high school students to the National Catholic Youth Conference, 5-$1000 REAL Scholarships for Christian Leadership in each of the five EICS high schools, the $1000 Catholic Sprit Award and other activities.

Support the REAL Foundation and Catholic education by sponsoring the 17th Annual REAL Golf Tournament being held on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. There are many ways to sponsor and support including: hole sponsorship, sponsorship of lunch, dinner and refreshments, providing door prizes or simply taking part in the tournament as a player or team! Tax receipts will be issued for the full value of all donations.

17th Annual REAL Foundation Golf Tournament

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Broadmoor Golf Course, Sherwood Park

To become a sponsor of the tournament, contact:

Dave Kornder at 780-449-1314 / 780-266-0157

To register a team or to learn more about

the REAL Foundation, visit:

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WYD Lisbon 2023: Are you ready?

World Youth Day 2023

There will be an information evening for World Youth Day 2023 at St Martin of Tours Parish on Wednesday, April 27th at 6pm. Anyone who is interested in traveling to Lisbon, Portugal with a group from the parish are invited to attend the meeting. Please note that participants for World Youth Day must be at least 18 years old by July 20th, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact Miss Yaremcio.
What is the WYD?

Parish Plans:

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