Sunday, February 26 , 2023
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
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.
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", https://silc.eics.ab.ca/register-now 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: email@example.com Check out the website: https://chesterton.eics.ab.ca/
- Home Education - Parent Directed Home Education with our partners, THEE - https://thee.ca/
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: https://silc.eics.ab.ca/register-now
Any questions? Feel free to contact our secretary, Natalie Mangatal, 780-449-6463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2023-2024 School Year Calendars
2023-2024 School Year Calendars Released
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!
Grad 2023 Portrait Bookings - Open NOW!
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 - email@example.com
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 https://silc.eics.ab.ca/summer-school-2023 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
ATCO - First Nations, Métis, Inuit
Rupertsland Post-Secondary Education Funding - Métis specific
Off Campus Info
YOUNG WOMEN IN TRADES AND TECHNOLOGIES – DISCOVER YOUR FUTURE INFORMATION SESSIONS
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!
SKILLED TRADES NIGHT
March 14 | 6-8PM| Harry Ainlay High School
Join us to connect with employers, learn about upcoming opportunities, and try out hands-on activities.
YOUNG WOMEN IN TRADES AND TECHNOLOGIES – SPRING CAMP
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.
CAREERS REFINERY INTERNSHIPS FOR INDIGENOUS YOUTH
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.
Board Highlights & GrACE Highlights for January
The Staff of 2022-2023
The Staff of 2022-2023:
Principal: Mrs. Tracy Melnyk email@example.com
Assistant Principal: Mrs. Melissa Damur firstname.lastname@example.org
Chesterton Headmaster: Dr. Gerard McLarney email@example.com
Creative Director, Chesterton & Chaplain : Mrs. Justine Wright firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Mrs. Natalie Mangatal email@example.com
Family Wellness Worker: Katy Parsons firstname.lastname@example.org
Inclusive Learning Facilitator: Mrs. Shari Morin email@example.com
Mrs. Christy Oikonen - Elementary (Grades 1-6) firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Daniel Hughes - Jr / Sr Social Studies - email@example.com
Mr. Brandon Geiger - Jr / Sr Science & Math - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Jillian Hughes - Jr High LA & Phys Ed & Health - email@example.com
Mrs. DeeDee Perrott - Sr. Science & Chesterton firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Eva Fung- Sr Math email@example.com
Mrs. Katarina Urdova - Chesterton Math - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Brett Fawcett - Chesterton and Religious Studies - email@example.com
OLPH Parish Corner
Stay connected. Our parish makes it very easy for us all to attend. See the links below:
OLPH - https://www.olph.ca/
Online Sunday Mass is here - https://www.olph.ca/video/
Weekly OLPH Bulletins - https://www.olph.ca/about/communications/
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