SILC News

Sunday, September 18th, 2922

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National Day of Mourning - Monday. September 19th

I know we all share deep sorrow in the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her longstanding commitment to public service and dignified leadership in uncertain times was an example to us all. Albertans join fellow members of the Commonwealth in mourning her death and extend heartfelt condolences to all members of the Royal Family.


In solemn recognition of Her late Majesty, the Government of Alberta has announced that September 19, 2022 will be a provincial day of mourning.


Schools are encouraged to offer opportunities for students to take part in the day of mourning. Students and their families may wish to participate in an outdoor ceremony at the Alberta legislature at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 19, the day of her funeral in London. The ceremony will be live-streamed for students who are not able to attend in-person. Additional details on the ceremony are available https://www.alberta.ca/queen-elizabeth-memorial-services.aspx.

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Principal's Advisory Committee - Students and Parents

Thank you to our parents who attended our "School Council Introduction & Establishment" meeting with Alberta School Councils' Association on Thursday night! Unfortunately, we were unable to establish a Parent School Council again this year; however, the parents in attendance brought forth some excellent ideas! Their voice and representation were so appreciated. A gigantic applause for Vicki, Laura, and Jessica who are now a part of the "Principal's Advisory Committee" YAY!! Their advice and opinions will be sought regarding all things St. Isidore! If you'd like to be a part of sharing your ideas with St. Isidore, please email me at tracym@eics.ab.ca and I will put you on my list! I will look to the Committee for advice on all things school related! Topics could include: Faith, achievement, attendance, budget, calendar, school education plans, retreats, grad and much more!!


Students - this is for you too! If you'd like to share your thoughts with Mrs. Melnyk, let me know. I'd love to build a committee with our students too. This is your school and your VOICE matters to me!! All grades, 1-12, are encouraged to let Mrs. Melnyk know if you'd like to be a part of our committee! It won't interfere with your school work, I promise :) Email me: tracym@eics.ab.ca for more information!

Students Grade 10 & Up...Sign up for myPass

It is expected that all students at St. Isidore (SILC) be responsible for creating and assessing their individual myPass accounts. MyPass is an Alberta Education self-service website set up for Alberta students to:


● View diploma exam results and request rescores

● Register to write a diploma exam

● Order High School transcripts

● View progress towards a credential (diploma or certificate)

● View and print a Detailed Academic Report (DAR)

● View student personal information



If you have not done so already, please sign up NOW as Post Secondary Institutions open up the application process on October 1, 2022 (at midnight)!! Some programs are highly competitive so getting your application in early is essential!


See below for a step-by-step guide on how to create your myPass account!

How to use myPass

Volunteer Opportunity

Strathcona County is seeking enthusiastic volunteers from the community to join in the celebration of the 2023 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games. We welcome students 16 years of age and older to sign up to be a part of the event!


Students and community members can view all volunteer positions at the 2023 Games website - www.strathcona.ca/soa2023

Need Math Help? Let the "Grand Math Connection" Help!

Check out their new blog post:

https://mathpqjq.com/6-ways-to-maximize-this-math-20-1-course/


The Grand Math Connection has excellent resources and is available for your perusal at:

https://mathpqjq.com/

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 4. Just a reminder that you will need to complete all week 3 assignments before you will be able to move onto week 4 assignments. There will be no google meets on Monday, Sept. 19. I will be checking my emails in the afternoon if you need any assistance. We will be having cohort meets this week. Please check our September calendar for the day and time for your child. If you are able, please join us this Thursday at 11:00am at St. Isidore for the Terry Fox Walk/Run. It would be great to see you! I will be walking for my dad! We will not have google meets on Thursday. And just a reminder that Friday is a Professional Development Day for all teachers, therefore there is no school for students.

Here are the links to our September calendar and our newsletters!

Have a fantastic week my friends!


September Calendar


Grade 1 Newsletter


Grade 2 Newsletter


Grade 3 Newsletter


Grade 4 Newsletter


Grade 5 Newsletter


Grade 6 Newsletter

The RE/MAX 2023 Quest for Excellence Scholarship Program

The RE/MAX Quest for Excellence scholarship program is a cash scholarship that recognizes students for their ongoing community contributions and pursuit of leadership. New in 2023, RE/MAX Canada is pleased to expand its existing Quest for Excellence scholarship program starting this year, now offering 40 scholarships of $1,000 each to students across Canada (except for Quebec).

Open to ALL grade 12 students. The essays are to be submitted online from September 12, 2022 until March 13, 2023. Students can enter here.


To learn more about Quest for Excellence, please visit:
https://rem.ax/Quest_for_Excellence_Program

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship program, please contact: questforexcellence@remax.ca


Good luck!

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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

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...


  • Monday, September 19 - National Day of Mourning

  • Wednesday, Sept 21 - EICS Board Meeting - Public @2:30

  • Thursday, September 22 - Annual Terry Fox Run

  • Friday, September 23 - School Closed for Professional Development

  • Thursday, September 29 - Orange Shirt Day!

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

  • Sunday, October 2 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY MRS. DAMUR!!

  • Friday, October 7 - School Closed for Professional Development

  • Monday, October 10 - School Closed for Thanksgiving Day

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