SILC News

Sunday, September 11th

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Prayers for the James Smith Cree Nation

The horrendous events at James Smith Cree Nation and nearby Weldon, Saskatchewan are heartbreaking and beyond comprehension. We offer deepest condolences to the community as they support one another through this profound loss. To those who have lost loved ones, and to those who will continue to struggle with physical and emotional injury, we hold you close to our hearts and in our prayers. God bless.

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New to the SILC Family - Mr. Matthew Bennett

Hi I am Mr.Bennett and I am so excited to be a part of the St.Isidore family this school year. I grew up in Fort Saskatchewan and now live in Sherwood Park with my Wife and our dog named Uzi. I grew up playing almost any sport you can think of but have consistently played hockey my entire life. I am extremely excited to get to know the St.Isidore community and make this the best year ever!


Mr. Bennett will be teaching some Junior High Language Arts, Health, and Phys. Ed and some High school options as well as a bit of English.


Need to get a hold on Mr. Bennett? Email him at: matthew.bennett@eics.ab.ca

School Council Establishment - Inaugural Meeting



At the heart of the St.Isidore Learning Centre is the desire to support every student to achieve their level of success. We look forward to hearing your feedback and connecting with you through our upcoming Parent School Council meeting. We are so hopeful to be able to establish a St. Isidore Parent School Council this year. Our meeting will be virtual (on Zoom) to accomodate all as I know we are spread out all over the world. Mark your calendars for September15th, 6:30 PM (MST). Please email Principal, Tracy Melnyk, to let us know if you can come. tracym@eics.ab.ca ALL ARE WELCOME! Please see the PDF attachment below for more information. "SC Intro & Establishment Poster"

New Options - OUTDOOR EDUCATION Added

Hello... Are you in grade 7, 8, 9, or 10? Would you like to have a few other options to try? We have added a few sections of Outdoor Education. If you are interested in this course and would like it added to your schedule, let us know! Email melissad@eics.ab.ca for more info.


Your child will go beyond the school walls to explore what they can do outdoors, to learn more about the environment and to understand their role in protecting it. They will appreciate life in all its forms and understand basic ecological processes. Through various outdoor activities, they will develop skill, judgement and confidence in, and sensitivity to the importance of, taking care of their environment. For more information, refer to the program of studies.

Welcome BBQ for Ukrainian Families

EICS, along with BUCPS (Bilingual Ukrainian Catholic Parents Society) and St. Sophia's Parish are excited to work together to host a BBQ for our Ukrainian newcomers and their host families from all of our school communities.


The link for families to register is: https://bit.ly/welcomeukrainians


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SILC Terry Fox Walk / Run @ 11 am - JOIN US!

St. Isidore is hosting the annual Terry Fox School run on THURSDAY, SEPT 22


We will be meeting at 11am to do our route. All are welcome!


If you wish to submit a taxable donation, please go to this link!


https://schools.terryfox.ca/StIsidoreLearningCenter

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Elementary Classroom

Hello from Mrs. Oikonen!

Welcome to week 3 of online learning. I hope things are going well for your family. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me! A couple of things for this week:

1. We will be doing individual meets this week. If your child is in grade 1/2/3, please sign up for 2 consecutive blocks. I will be doing a phonological awareness assessment with your child and a reading assessment. This will provide me a starting point with your child so we can continue to build on their reading skills.

2. If your child is in grade 4/5/6, please sign up for 1 block. I will be doing a reading assessment with your child. You will find the link to the sign- up page on your child's grade level newsletter.

3. Just a reminder that grade 5/6 google meet starts at 9am and grade 1/2/3/4 google meet starts at 9:30am.

4. I have had some interest about Scholastic Book Club. On your child's Language Arts page, you will find a parent letter with instructions for signing up for an account and our class code. The books will be sent directly to your house. You will also find the links to the September book flyer and the September/October book flyer.

5. Here are the links to our calendar and grade level newsletters.


September Newsletter


Grade 1 Newsletter


Grade 2 Newsletter


Grade 3 Newsletter


Grade 4 Newsletter


Grade 5 Newsletter


Grade 6 Newsletter

Chesterton Retreat on Friday

On Friday, September 9th, Chesterton Academy met in person at Mactaggart Conservatory in Edmonton for a beautiful Fall Walk

We spent time meeting new classmates and reflecting on Romans 12 which is the scripture for this year's EICS Theme Better Together: One body in Christ. We reflected on Sacrifice!


Thanks to Dr. Mclarney, Mr. Fawcett, Mrs. Wright and the PARENTS who dropped off their students for this great day!

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The SILC Classroom is OPEN!!!

Wow, it feel like forever since out SILC Classroom has been available to students... but this year, "We are baaaaack"! Come on in and see us! Need some help with your courses? Need to write an exam? Want to come in and get post-secondary advice? You are WELCOME back!!


SILC has it's own entrance on the East side of the building, main level; however, you can access us from the main doors as well. Students who are driving, feel free to park in the parking lot and let reception know you have parked there. Students taking Public Transportation, walk across from Bethel Transit Station and come on in!


The SILC Classroom (Centre) is open to student drop-in:

Monday - 8:30 - 3:30

Tuesday - 8:30 - 3:30

Wednesday - 8:30 - 3:30

Thursday - 8:30 - 3:30

Friday - By appointment only.


Feel free to join us for "Faith Fridays" every Friday at OLPH Church for Rosary & Mass & Fellowship . We also use Fridays for Chestersessions, fieldtrips, exams, team meetings etc...


We can't wait to see you soon!!!


Here is what you can expect to find when you come in and visit us... Thanks Mrs. Wright for the aweseme video!!

SILC Centre Intro Video
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Student Schedules and PowerSchool

Students schedules are available in PowerSchool. Log in with your User Name and Password to: https://eics.powerschool.com/public/ However, your courses will not be availabe in your Canvas Online Classroom until Tuesday, August 30th.


If you need to make changes to your schedule (grades 10-12 only), email Mrs. Damur melissad@eics.ab.ca or Mrs. Melnyk tracym@eics.ab.ca.


PowerSchool is your "one stop shop" to monitor: grades, student progress, student fees, updated contact information. Please get in the habit of checking it regularly.


Mrs. Wright put together a video to guide you through the process of becoming "PowerSchool Savvy".


Having problem logging in? Contact the office at 780-449-6463

How to Powerschool Parent and Student

Accessing the Canvas Classroom

Your Canvas Classroom is your "Online Classroom". You will find all of your classes nicely organized for you there.


It is VERY Important... On the first day, log In to ensure all of your courses are there. Chesterton Students will only see their first semester course, that is ok! All other SILC students will see the courses they are currently taking.


Each class requires you to complete the first "quiz" or "questionnaire" THIS MUST BE COMPLETED FOR EVERY CLASS ON THE FIRST DAY. Yes, most of your answers will be the same, but it is important to complete this for every class so every teacher has the most accurate information for your education plan. St Isidore is a very unique and flexible environment and we do this so you have all of the flexibility and personalization you need. So, my friends, that is your very first job... Go in to every course and fill out the "Questionnaire" on Day 1!


What do you need before you begin?


  • Good Internet

  • Laptop or Computer or Chromebook - no iPhones, iPads, or tablets, Canvas is hard for student work on these.

  • Logging in every day and keeping up with your work!!!!! EVERY DAY!!!

  • Having troubles? ASK your teacher for help - do not be shy!

  • Still having troubles? Come in to the Centre or a virtual meeting with your teacher. Please don’t wait too long. We are here to help :)

  • Get in the habit of logging into your Powerschool Account regularly to check your marks. If deadlines pass, a mark of “zero” will be put in as a placeholder "MISSING" until you hand in your work. I cannot stress enough the importance of being diligent with your work! You must login using the same username and password that you use for your EICS gmail and your Canvas classroom: PowerSchool Login

  • If you were with EICS (even if you came from: ABJ, SAB, OLMP, or St. Mary) last year, your password is still the same. If you are new, you will be given a generic password that you must change immediately!


Are You New to SILC and EICS?

When you registered with SILC (EICS) you were assigned a six digit user number. Your parents set up their own account when they registered you and can find your number easily for you. If you are struggling, please email us or call 780-449-6463 and say, “Hello! I am a new student and need my 6 digit User Number to login please :)”


This is your student number that was assigned to you, and will stay with you as long as you are a student of EICS. PLEASE, do NOT share your 6 digit username or password with anybody as this is your security login in for your email and your course work in your Canvas Classroom. Allowing others into your account is a violation of the EICS Tech User Agreement

Students will work on web-based courses using our Canvas Learning Management System (LMS).


How to log on to your Canvas Classroom:

  1. **CLOSE & logout of all other Google/email/browser applications and start with a fresh Google Internet Browser. This means personal gmail accounts. Log out of EVERYTHING!

  2. In Google Chrome, open your EICS school email by heading to: mail.eics.ab.ca

  3. Log in using your 6*****@eics.ab.ca & password. Your username is your 6 digit EICS Student ID. If you are a returning student, your passwords will be the same as last year. If you are new ...The default password for your first login will be sent privately - YOU MUST CREATE A NEW PASSWORD and don’t forget it! If you ever need a password change, go to: Change Password

  4. Then, in a new Chrome tab, go to: eics.instructure.com

  5. You should see your SILC Canvas Dashboard with your classes there.


Please head to our website for up-to-date info: https://silc.eics.ab.ca/



PARENTS - Want to see how your children are progressing? You can download a Parent Observer App. Watch Mrs. Wright's video below.

UPDATED Canvas Parents App

SILC Exam Policy


Now that all Covid restrictions have been lifted, we are reverting back to the "pre-Covid" normal SILC world. What does that mean? That our Centre will be open to all of our students this year. Come by and meet with your teachers to get help with anything that you need! SILC students in grades 7-12 will be required to complete a Mid Term Exam and a Final Exam. These exams are mandatory and will be proctored to ensure student understanding and accurate assessment of curricular outcomes. There will be 3 modes to complete student Mid-Term and Finals:


  • In person at the Centre
  • Online through our proctor service "Proctorio"
  • Arranged with your teacher over a Google Meet


Any questions? Reach out to your teachers.

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The Staff of 2022-2023

The Staff of 2022-2023:


Principal: Mrs. Tracy Melnyk tracym@eics.ab.ca

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Melissa Damur melissad@eics.ab.ca

Chesterton Headmaster: Dr. Gerard McLarney gerardm@eics.ab.ca

Creative Director, Chesterton & Chaplain : Mrs. Justine Wright justinew@eis.ab.ca

Secretary: Mrs. Natalie Mangatal nataliem@eics.ab.ca

Family Wellness Worker: Katy Parsons katy.parsons@eics.ab.ca

Inclusive Learning Facilitator: Mrs. Shari Morin sharim@eics.ab.ca


Mrs. Christy Oikonen - Elementary (Grades 1-6) christyo@eics.ab.ca

Mr. Daniel Hughes - Jr / Sr Social Studies - daniel.hughes@eics.ab.ca

Mr. Brandon Geiger - Jr / Sr Science & Math - brandon.geiger@eics.ab.ca

Mrs. DeeDee Perrott - Sr. Science & Chesterton deedee.perrott@eics.ab.ca

Mrs. Eva Fung- Sr Math eva.fung@eics.ab.ca

Mr. Matthew Bennett - Jr High matthew.bennett@eics.ab.ca

Mrs. Katarina Urdova - Chesterton Math - katrina.urdova@eics.ab.ca

Mr. Brett Fawcett - Chesterton and Religious Studies - brett.fawcett@eics.ab.ca

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OLPH Parish Corner


Stay connected. Our parish makes it very easy for us all to attend. See the links below:


Sacramental Preparation:


Alll parents the deadline to join Fall preparation classes here at the church is September 7. This is for all grades: First Reconciliation/First Communion AND Confirmation.



OLPH parish has a Family Faith Formation approach to sacramental preparation, so we offer several dates and options throughout the school year to help busy parents choose a time that will work best for them to participate fully and actively with their child.


Specific Reminders for Classroom Teachers:


Grade 2-5: Students can register for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, which can be taken one right after the other. Three different sessions will be offered again this schools year, Fall, Winter or Spring. If a child has not been baptized yet, we will also work with that family on additional age appropriate preparation!


Grade 6-8: Students can register for Confirmation. The program at OLPH runs over 5 months and will be offered twice this year, in the first and second semester of the school year. If a student has not yet celebrated first communion or reconciliation, their preparation for those sacraments will be incorporated into their preparation for Confirmation so the child can be fully initiated.


Interest in volunteering at the church…can contact Natalie Lavigne at 780-467-5470 (ext 225) or email sacraments@olph.ca.

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Important Dates to Remember...


  • Friday, September 16 - FAITH FRIDAY - Join us for Mass at OLPH, 8:30 am. All are welcome!

  • Thursday, September 22 - Annual Terry Fox Run

  • Friday, September 23 - School Closed for Professional Development

  • Friday, September 30 - School Closed for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

  • Friday, October 7 - School Closed for Professional Development

  • Monday, October 10 - School Closed for Thanksgiving Day

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