St. Mary's Catholic School

School Newsletter - Dec. 19th, 2021

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Today marks the Fourth Sunday of the Advent Season!

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Christmas Break Wednesday, Dec. 22nd - Tuesday, January 4th.

Just a reminder that Christmas break begins this Wednesday and that we are back in school in 2 weeks on January 5th which is also EARLY DISMISSAL Day. Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Santa Games

For the past week, our students have been getting into the holiday spirit by participating in Santa Games during lunchtime. They had fun dropping candy canes on a garland, unpacking presents blindfolded, and stomping on holiday balloons. A huge thank you to Mrs. Stuart and Mrs. Woitas who have headed up these amazing competition events that the students have absolutely loved!
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January Final Exam Schedule is Finalized

Here is the schedule for our Final Exams taking place in January 2022! Good luck to all our students who are writing exams!
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Study Skills and Test Taking - Wednesdays at Lunch

We have noticed many students with high anxiety surrounding test taking, especially around PAT's and Diplomas. Starting this week STMY is offering extra coping and studying skills seminars at lunchtime in the Library. Please speak to Ms. Sonora Bohaychuk for further details.

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Sr. Boys Basketball @ Breton Tournament.

The Sr. Boys Saints were on the road to Breton this past weekend where they had quite the adventure. The Boys faced off against JH Picard and had a tough go dropping their first game of the tournament. The final game of the tournament saw the boys defeat the home team Breton by a score of 58-40. Great job gentlemen, keep working hard this season!
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Community Announcements:

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Loonie for Lurana Fundraiser

This advent EICS is continuing to partner with Catholic Social Services to support women and

children in Lurana Shelter. Lurana is a 21 day domestic abuse emergency shelter. The women and children who stay there have no-where else to go. Their home is unsafe. They may have left their home with only the clothes on their back. They need the staff in CSS’ Lurana Shelter to help them heal.

Despite Covid restrictions, since April 97 women and 101 children have been served in Lurana

from every part of our province. Families have small private bedrooms and share the kitchen

and washroom. Every person served will also receive a ‘Basket of Blessings’ purchased by the

students, staff and parents of Elk Island Catholic School Division.

Each basket is tailored to the specific needs of women and children as they enter Lurana

Shelter. A typical adult basket may include soap, toothbrushes and other toiletries, feminine

hygiene products, make-up, hair brushes/combs and other basics. A typical children’s basket

may include necessities like soothers, a rattle or other small toy, a book, a small blanket.

All adult and children’s Baskets of Blessings also include a teddy bear. Clients of Lurana often report that they keep this teddy bear their whole lives.

STMY will be encouraging students to bring a loonie for Lurana over the next couple of weeks before Christmas to support the purchase of Baskets of Blessing. If you would like to donate further please go to:

Catholic Social Services is once again deeply grateful to all our supporters throughout EICS for your solidarity in these testing times for so many vulnerable Albertans.

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Shalom - Peace

Fourth Week of Advent

Reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah:

The Lord spoke to Isaiah and said, “Go out to meet Ahaz, and say to the King: ‘Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.’”

But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.”

Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the virgin is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel,” that is, God is with us.


Oh, Jesus who descended from Jesse, you are a sign of God's love. I feel hopeful and expectant, filled with a rebirth of joy and love. I depend you so much. You are a rock for my belief and a sign of God's love. Fill me with your praise! I want to sing your glory, filled with joy for the message of hope you send. I don't always understand when you are acting on my behalf.

Thank you for the message of hope you send me. Give me true faith and love as I celebrate the mystery of how you came to be with us.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel!


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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