St. Mary's Catholic School

School Newsletter - Feb. 20th , 2022

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Pink Shirt Day - This Wednesday!

Now a movement celebrated across the globe, Pink Shirt Day has humble beginnings. Inspired by an act of kindness in small-town Nova Scotia, CKNW Kids' Fund, working with partners Boys & Girls Clubs and 980 CKNW, was inspired to raise funds to support anti-bullying programs. Here is a snippet of an article detailing the original incident:

“David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied [for wearing a pink shirt]…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school. ‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’ So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled. The bullies were never heard from again.”— GLOBE & MAIL

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It's almost Ash Wednesday!

March 2nd, our school community is so very blessed to be able to have Ft. Robert Lee from St. Martin of Tours Parish share Ash Wendsday Liturgy with us! Thank you to our school chaplain, Ms. Amy Yaremcio and Father Robert Lee for arranging this for our school.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent and in many ways it feels like the pandemic, etc. has been the longest of Lents with many things "given up" or gone from our lives for a time. Some people described last Lent as the "Lentiest of Lents" and perhaps this upcoming Lent will feel much the same. Perhaps our way of responding to Lent in 2022 might be not to simply give something else up, but to introduce a spiritual practice into our lives that can bring us closer to God. For example, daily prayer or bible reading - or perhaps even a Catholic podcast such as "The Bible in a Year" Podcast by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a great 20 minute daily podcast available on all major podcast platforms and can be directly accessed here:

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Spectators Now Welcome!

In line with the move to remove public health restrictions by the Government of Alberta, Elk Island Catholic Schools will now invite spectators to our gymnasiums and schools to watch sports events beginning Thursday, February 17, 2022. We encourage families to sit together as a group and masks are still required for all adults in conjunction with current provincial public health regulations. To keep up to date on all the guidelines in the EICS 2022 School Plan, please refer to the EICS School Plan

With regards to Field Trips, interviews and Parent volunteers- those items will be addressed at upcoming admin meetings.

We are very excited to be able to welcome our families and community back into our schools and want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during the past two years.

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  • February 21: Family Day Holiday - School closed to students.

  • February 23: Pink Shirt Day

  • February 23: Student-Athlete Parent Meeting at 7pm

  • February 24th: Grad Photos

  • March 2: Ash Wednesday

  • March 4: Faith and Wellness PD for EICS STAFF - School Closed to Students
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Wednesday, February 23rd @ 7:00pm

Attention all parents of STMY Saints Athletes. We are having a meeting to discuss the formation of a school-wide Student Athletics Club that will focus on helping to bring school unity, culture, as well as help lower the costs for families involved in athletics.

At this meeting, there will be a short presentation that focuses on the WHY of this club as well as to give an opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions.

Here is the link for the meeting: we would love to see you there and have your support!
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Community Announcements:

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Oil Kings Faith and Fun Night

Faith and Fun Night as the Oil Kings take on Calgary on March 4 at 7:00 PM.

If anyone, students and families would like to attend, St. Martin of Tours Parish have a saved block of seats. Please let the PARISH office know before Friday, Feb. 25.

Tickets are only $18 per seat, which includes:

  • Access to our Molson Hockey House post-game to meet with other youth groups
  • Video games, music, ping pong and more!
  • Exclusive prizes and giveaways

This night is all about "Building Friendship, Fellowship & Fun".

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Parish Plans:

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Please register to attend Saturday or Sunday Mass:

They are using the webpage: SignUpGenius.

On the page that comes up click on the box or boxes of the Masses you wish to attend. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Submit and Sign-Up”. On the page that then comes up, enter your name, email, phone number and in “Quantity” put in the number of people attending with you. Then click on “Sign-Up Now”

Please contact Barb at the office if you are unable to register online and she will do it for you.

ph: 780-632-3272


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