St. Mary's Catholic School

School Newsletter - Jan. 16th, 2022

An EICS Message Regarding the Updated School Year Plan:

As part of our ongoing dedication in providing health and safety measures for the in-school environment, we have recently updated our School Plan for 2022.

We realize that these changes are challenging for our families, but please understand that we are doing this to keep our students and staff safe and healthy in order to continue in-class schooling. We so appreciate your patience and understanding as we all navigate these incredibly challenging days together. Take care, stay well and God bless.
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Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 26!

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in Canada by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, social media video view and use of our Facebook frame or Snapchat lens.

When it comes to mental health, now more than ever, every action counts!

This year, with COVID-19 affecting every aspect of our lives, Canadians are feeling the impact of the pandemic on their mental health. Now more than ever, mental health matters and every action counts.

Small actions from recognizing stressors, to being there for a loved one can help support mental health and strengthen our communities during this difficult time. Below you will find helpful information and tips developed by the Canadian Psychological Association about how you can help yourself, your friends, and your family cope with stress and look after their mental health. For more information and resources related to COVID-19 and mental health, consult their “Psychology Works” fact sheets.

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Just a Reminder...

With the rising cases of COVID and the encouragement for students who display symptoms to stay home from school, there will inevitably be school absences by many in the upcoming weeks. Therefore it is imperative that students be checking their student emails, and google classroom regularly to stay informed on their course responsibilities. Teachers will be focussing on the in-class instruction and will do their best to touch base with absent students to clarify assignments and expectations but will not be available for one-to-one instruction for those who have missed multiple days. Thank you for your understanding with this.
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January Exam Schedule has been REVISED

As many of you know Grade 12 Diploma Examinations have been canceled for this January writing period. We wanted to give you some information regarding what this means for our students at STMY. EICS Administrators have met to discuss Final Exam best practice policy in order to make sure consistency was taking place across the school division.

Important Exam Information:

  • There are still examinations happening for ALL GRADES INCLUDING Grade 12. While Provincial Diplomas have been canceled it is still important for students and parents to understand that teachers are responsible to report on student achievement. Examinations are one assessment tool used for assessment practice and will continue. Grade 12 examinations will be created by their instructor to indicate learning in the course materials that were taught and have been made similar to other grade final exams to take no longer than 1.5 hours on average with 3 hours total provided.

  • The Grade 9 Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT) have NOT been canceled. The government of Alberta has made it clear that only Grade 12 Diplomas for January have been canceled and not PAT's in Grade 6 and 9, so these will continue as previously planned with the exception that the written Part A in English will be moved to the final week of January instead of earlier in January as previously announced.

  • Exam Weighting: Grade 12 Exams along with Grade 9 PAT's will be weighted at 10% of the overall mark as previously indicated. Grade 10 and 11 examinations will follow the assessment practices outlined in the EICS Administrative Procedure which leaves assessment weighting up to the professional judgment of each teacher providing that no one assessment will exceed 20% of the overall final mark. This decision was made to be consistent across grade levels as well as the overall impact on assessment throughout the year.

Below is the NEW REVISED SCHEDULE for our Final Exams taking place in January 2022! You will notice that the final instruction day for all Grades 9-12 is now January 21st. The exam week has been shortened to one week in order to allow for two extra days of instruction for high school students. This allows the school to make up 2 of the 3 days that were missed this past week. If you have any questions regarding the newly revised schedule please don't hesitate to contact Mr. Salsbury or Mr. Murphy at the office. Good luck to all our students who are writing exams!
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EIPS Jr High Athletics Update:

EIPS Jr High Athletics will resume next week with practices only. Game play is hopefully to resume on Jan 24th. EIPS will pick up the schedule starting on the Jan 24th week and will look at rescheduling missed games.

Community Announcements:

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Vegreville Family & Community Support Services Youth Centre Survey:

Community and agency members have put together a survey to hear from our local youth about having a youth center in town.

If you have or work with youth in grades 6-12, please take a few minutes to have them fill out this survey. The information we gain from these surveys are very important in helping us create an ideal center for them.

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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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