Sunday, February 26 , 2023

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From the Principal's Desk

The season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday; February 22 this year. Thank you to our families who joined us for Mass. It was a packed house!

The season of Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our lives and our faith through the lens of the gift of love that our God gave to us in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. When faced with such love, it is so easy to enter into an ever-deepening relationship with our Father.

To echo Father Vince, the acts of prayer, almsgiving, and fasting focuses our attention on our relationships with God and with others and allow us to examine our lives as we journey with Jesus to His death and resurrection.

May this Lent bring you ever more deeply into relationship with Christ, serving Him through all those whom you encounter on your journey to the Easter promise.

“Let us pray for one another so that, by sharing in the victory of Christ, we may open our doors to the weak and poor. Then we will be able to experience and share to the full the joy of Easter.”

Grace & peace,

Tracy Melnyk, Principal

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EICS Offers Beacon of Hope to Ukrainian Refugees

In recognition of the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, students and staff across Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS) are joining together to fundraise in support of Ukrainian refugees and other refugees that are welcomed by Catholic Social Services (CSS).

Called Beacon of Hope, this EICS fundraising drive has a particular focus during the Lenten season to fundraise for support and services that will be offered to Ukrainian refugees. Since the invasion began on Feb. 24, 2022, EICS has welcomed more than 50 Ukrainian students throughout all of our schools.

“Our Catholic faith calls for us not just to serve the students in our schools, but to serve our larger communities,” said EICS Superintendent Paul Corrigan. “Beacon of Hope is an opportunity for us to continue to support these newcomer families, and by extension offer additional support outside of school to our Ukrainian refugee students.”

Donations through Beacon of Hope will be used by CSS to fund emergency accommodation, meals, winter clothing, transportation, and school supplies.

“Amid their personal journeys of fleeing Ukraine and moving to a foreign country, it’s critical that Ukrainian students feel safe, at home, and welcome in their new community. These students and families have been a blessing to us in Elk Island Catholic Schools. Combined with other initiatives that our schools have held to support refugee students from Ukraine over the last year, we pray that Beacon of Hope will offer more solace for those who need it,” Corrigan said.

Catholic Social Services estimates that it responds to as many as 60 calls a day from newcomer Ukrainians who are seeking assistance. Most of these newcomers are women and children who have fled the war in Ukraine in search of an opportunity to rebuild their lives. More than 2,500 Ukrainian refugees have been assisted by CSS in the last year – many of them needing emergency accommodations after arriving with few personal belongings and no access to funding. Another 2,300 refugees from other countries have also been assisted by CSS since March 2022.

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Registrations are now OPEN for 2023-2024

St. Isidore Learning Centre (SILC) is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year. Register early - as we are a "School of Choice" space fills up fast! When you head to our website to "Register", you will see a few options. Please choose the correct program:

  • Online Education - Primarily learning online from home using our Canvas Online LMS - Teacher Directed (Grade 1-12)
  • Outreach Education - Students who require an "in person" connection with teachers and are required to have weekly check-ins in the SILC Centre (Grades 9-12)
  • Chesterton Academy - Fully Synchronous "Joyfully Catholic Classical High School Cohort" Grade 9-12 ONLY. **Tuition Fees may be applied Contact Headmaster McLarney for more information: Check out the website:
  • Home Education - Parent Directed Home Education with our partners, THEE -

Please follow the instructions carefully. All students, even those already attending, must fill out a new registration form. While St. Isidore is a "School of Choice" and not a designated boundary school, we reserve the right to deny any registration that is not complete. Space is limited.

Register here for the 2023-2024 school year:

Any questions? Feel free to contact our secretary, Natalie Mangatal, 780-449-6463 or email

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St. Isidore- Preparing Youth for the Future of Work

2023-2024 School Year Calendars

The 2023/24 approved school year calendars are available by clicking this link:

Elementary Classroom

Hello from Mrs.Oikonen!

Welcome to week 25 of online learning! We will be having individual meets this week. You will be able to sign up on our March calendar and on your newsletter. I will be listening to the students read. On Friday, I will be participating in a Faith and Wellness PD Day and will not be available for help.

Check out what we will be doing this week!

March Calendar

Grade 1 Newsletter

Grade 2 Newsletter

Grade 3 Newsletter

Grade 4 Newsletter

Grade 5 Newsletter

Grade 6 Newsletter

Grad 2023 Portrait Bookings - Open NOW!

For our 2023 Graduates...

You would have received an email from Mrs. Melnyk this week to walk you through how to book your Grad portraits.

Please book a spot on March 15, 16, or 17 following the instructions below from ICON.

You must pick up your grad cap prior to your appointment. Call SILC to make arrangements : 780-449-6463 - PLEASE KEEP THIS CAP FOR YOUR CONVOCATION IN JUNE.

Any questions, email Mrs. Melnyk -

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St. Isidore Summer School offers courses that allow YOU to earn credits, upgrade marks, lighten workloads for the year ahead or finish pre-requisite courses.

Summer School Registration is opening on January 19! St. Isidore Summer School is opening registration earlier as schools and students plan their term two classes and look forward to student schedules for the upcoming school year.

Term 1: July 4-13; Term 2: July 14-24; Full Term: July 4-24

We are offering synchronous, asynchronous, and in-person courses. Check out to view the courses that will be offered and how to reserve your spot! See the Course Listings here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Melissa Damur, Summer School Principal

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Math 30 help!

Are you registered for Math 30-1 and feeling a little anxious? Have you completed Math 20-1 and wondering if you can handle Math 30-1? The blog post below may be able to help.

Indigenous Student Opportunities

Still I Rise conference - May 4, 2023, sponsored by Ever Active Schools

  • Grades 6-12 youth

  • Indigenous and non-Indigenous students walking together towards reconciliation

  • No cost, but registration is required

  • One-day virtual event. Students can join individually, or classes can join together.

Scholarships and Bursaries - various deadlines for application

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Off Campus Info


March 7 | 6-8PM | Harry Ainlay High School

Parents and students are invited to learn more about opportunities available for young women in skilled trades and technologies. Join us at an information session to hear from mentors and employers, learn about their career journeys and try out hands-on activities!



March 14 | 6-8PM| Harry Ainlay High School

Join us to connect with employers, learn about upcoming opportunities, and try out hands-on activities.



March 27-30 | Edmonton

Our in-person spring camp returns in 2023! Female students interested in gaining hands-on experience in the skilled trades, technologies, forestry and agriculture are encouraged to apply to attend. Spots are limited.



Suncor Energy Edmonton Refinery

Suncor is offering paid work placements for Indigenous students to explore different career pathways at the Edmonton refinery this summer. Check out the poster/QR code for more information. The application deadline is March 17.


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Board Highlights & GrACE Highlights for January

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 -

Ms. Jillian Hughes - Jr High LA & Phys Ed & Health -

Mrs. DeeDee Perrott - Sr. Science & Chesterton

Mrs. Eva Fung- Sr Math

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:

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Important Dates to Remember...

  • February 27 - Chaplet of Divine Mercy 1pm

  • March 1 - Rosary at 12 noon

  • March 3 - No school for students - PD Day for staff

  • March 15, 16, &17 - Grad Photo Appointments

  • March 24- Spring Break Begins - No School!

  • April 3 - First day back from Spring Break

  • June 9 - Grade 12 Graduation Mass & Convocation & Banquet

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Follow us on Social Media

Want to stay connected?

Follow us on Twitter at: @silc_eics

Facebook: @StIsidoreEICS

Instagram: @silceics

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