Madonna News

January 7, 2022

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Merry Christmas to Our Ukrainian Families

The rituals of Ukrainian Christmas Eve (Jan 6) and Ukrainian Christmas Day (Jan 7) are dedicated to God, to the welfare of the family, and to the remembrance of the ancestors. A prayer is said and the father says the traditional Christmas greeting, "Khrystos rodyvsya!" (Christ is born!) which is answered by the family with "Slavite Yoho!" (Let Us Glorify Him!)

Welcome Back

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome Back!

School re-starts on Monday, January 10th in person.


We look so forward to welcoming students back to classes and are working hard to keep our schools as safe as possible


PLEASE Stay Home if Feeling Unwell

● All individuals must review the Alberta Health Daily Checklist https://open.alberta.ca/publications/covid-19-information-alberta-health-daily-checklist with their children before sending them to school each day. Students and staff exhibiting any symptoms must remain at home until symptoms resolve. This is the single most important thing each of us can do to support our schools at this time.


● If your child has any of the core symptoms,https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-testing-in-alberta.aspx you are legally required to isolate. If they test negative on a rapid covid test, they must still stay home and away from others until symptoms resolve.


● For fully vaccinated students and staff (2 doses) who test positive on a rapid test for COVID-19: Isolate for 5 days from the start of symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer, if symptoms are not related to a pre-existing condition. For the 5 days following isolation, wear a mask at all times outside of the home.


● For fully vaccinated students and staff (2 doses) who test positive on a

rapid test for COVID-19:

○ Isolate for 5 days from the start of symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer, if symptoms are not related to a pre-existing condition. For the 5 days following isolation, wear a mask at all times outside of the home.


● For students not fully vaccinated (1 dose or less) who test positive for

covid on a rapid test:

○ Isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms or until they

resolve, whichever is longer, if symptoms are not related to a

pre-existing condition.


● Additional isolation information can be found here. https://www.alberta.ca/isolation.aspx


PLEASE NOTE THAT AS SOON AS WE RECEIVE RAPID TEST KITS AND MASKS FROM THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT - FOR YOUR CHILDREN - WE WILL COMMUNICATE THAT TO YOU and let you know all expectations AND process around this.


Let's keep our school as safe as possible.


Thank you kindly,

Mrs. K. Antoniuk


Please note that the letter sent to families by the school division is below.

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School Christmas Mass January 12th at OLPH Parish at 1:00 pm ... In person for Grade 4 only, the rest of the school will be attending mass virtually. Parents and families are welcome to join the mass through the live stream link on the OLPH website.

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Madonna Events

January

10- First DAY Back

12 - Indigenous Tournament of Books Begins

12 - Swimming Lessons AM 3G and 4P

12th @ 1:00 pm Virtual Mass for the School ...

13 - Virtual Indigenous Assembly

13 - Swimming Lessons AM 1F , 1N ,

13 - Swimming Lessons PM 2/3 H , 2 S


19 - Tournament of Books Book Reading

19 - Swimming Lessons AM 3G and 4P

19 - SCHOOL COUNCIL Virtual Mtg @ 7 pm

20 - Virtual Assembly

20 - Swimming Lessons AM 1F , 1N ,

20 - Swimming Lessons PM 2/3 H , 2 S


26 - Tournament of Books Book Reading

26 - Swimming Lessons AM 3G and 4P


27 - Virtual Gotcha Assembly

27 - Swimming Lessons AM 1F , 1N ,

27 - Swimming Lessons PM 2/3 H , 2 S


February

1 - Kindergarten Winter Wonderland TTH PM

2 - EARLY DISMISSAL school is over at 2:15 pm

2- Kindergarten Winter Wonderland MW AM

2 - Swimming Lessons AM 3G and 4P

3 - Swimming Lessons AM 1F , 1N ,

3 - Swimming Lessons PM 2/3 H , 2 S

4- REPORT CARDS AVAILABLE IN POWERSCHOOL


9 - Tournament of Books

9 - Swimming Lessons AM 3G , 4P

10 - NO SCHOOL Teachers Convention

11 - NO SCHOOL Teachers Convention


14 - 18 Random Acts of Kindness Week.


21 - NO SCHOOL FAMILY DAY

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Swimming Lessons Fee due date changed to January 10th

The cost for swimming lessons including busing is $56.88 (The cost of lessons is $46 and transportation is $10.88). Payment can be made through your parent portal account. Payment must be made prior to their first lesson in order to participate. Please note: This fee is due by Monday, January 10th, 2022.


PLEASE NOTE THAT WHEN WE ARE AT THE POOL WE DO NOT MIX WITH THE PUBLIC

Our students are in private lessons at the pool with their class only.


IF your child has their lessons first thing in the morning (Wednesday - 3G and Thursday 1F and 1N )Please have your child wear their swimsuit under their clothing on because we head to the pool right away. Pack a separate swim bag ... This would include UNDERWEAR, an extra pair of socks, towel, googles (optional) and an extra plastic bag for wet clothes and a comb or brush.


Swimming Lesson - Begin next week.

BUS TIMES

  • WEDNESDAY AM

  • Grade 3 Mrs. Gauthier --> Bus leaves at 8:40 am to Kinsmen Pool 3G students need to be wearing their swimsuits under their clothes to school. Send: Towels, brush, and underwear in a separate bag and a bag an extra bag for wet clothes.

  • Grade 4 Podoborozny --> Bus leaves at 9:25 am to Kinsmen Pool 4P students need to be wearing their swimsuits under their clothes to school. Send: Towels, brush, and underwear in a separate bag and a bag an extra bag for wet clothes.


  • THURSDAY AM

  • Grade 1 Mrs. Forslund --> Bus leaves at 8:40 am 1F students need to be wearing their swimsuit under their clothes to school. Send: Towels, brush, and underwear in a separate bag and an extra bag for wet clothes.

  • Grade 1 Mrs. Noel --> Bus leaves at 9:25 am 1N students need to be wearing their swimsuit under their clothes to school. Send: Towels, brush, and underwear in a separate bag and an extra bag for wet clothes.

  • THURSDAY PM
  • Grade 2/3 Mrs. Hunt --> Bus leaves at 12:40 pm to Emerald Hills Pool
  • Grade 2 Miss Salsbury --> Bus leaves at 1:25 pm to Emerald Hills Pool

The Tournament of Books is soon to start

I am very excited to share with you that we are once again starting our Annual MCS Tournament of Books with Mrs. Wagner our Librarian leading this event.


This year we have an Indigenous Theme for the Tournament of Books

Two Books a Week will be read to the students

We will be starting with ...


Mikissuk's Secret written by Isabelle Lafonta and illustrated by Stephanie-Yves Barroux

AND

The Salmon Twins written and illustrated by Caroll Simpson


I wonder what the students will choose as their favorite book this next week?


The Indigenous Tournament of Books is in January and in March.....

In February we will focus on Black History Month.


LET US GET SUPER EXCITED ABOUT BOOKS!

Are your children Metis? Please note the Chromebook Initiative below.

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January 19th at 7 pm

ALL PARENTS ARE INVITED TO COME.


Here is the link for the meeting.

http://meet.google.com/juj-kiqz-ocr


Please note the letter from the School Council below

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To Kick the New Year off Parent Council AKA School Council is having a Bottle Drive

Where: Madonna Catholic School Parking Lot


When: Sunday January 30th, 2022 from 11AM-2PM

Bring your bottles to Madonna Parking lot, we will have a trailer there for collection.


Please tell your friends and families about this too, their bottles are welcome !

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Sign up Your Child for the Next Sessions for Sacraments at OLPH Parish

  1. First Reconciliation & First Communion for children grade 2 and older
  2. Confirmation for children grade 6 and older
  3. Baptism for children not baptized as infants
    • Special preparation is available for families who did not baptize their children yet but wish to “catch up” and participate in sacraments with the peer group. Please contact the parish by email to learn more at sacraments@olph.ca