St. Mary's Catholic School

Weekly Snapshot Newsletter - October 29 - November 2

Happy Halloween, All Saints, and All Souls Day to our St. Mary's Families!

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Interested in the Catholic Origins of the Celebration of Halloween?

We’ve all heard the allegations: Halloween is a pagan rite dating back to some pre-Christian festival among the Celtic Druids that escaped church suppression, or worse, if you let your children join in on Halloween festivities you are connecting them with something unchristian or even demonic.


Nothing could be further from the truth. The origins of Halloween are, in fact, very Christian. Halloween falls on October 31 because of a pope, and its observances are the result of medieval Catholic piety.


Of course, there is a lot more to the story!


How important it is to remember the real origins of All Hallows Eve, along with the two greater and more important Catholic festivals that follow it - All Saints Day on November 1 and All Souls Day on November 2! Read the rest of the article at the link below to find out more!


https://www.ucatholic.com/blog/the-catholic-origins-of-halloween/

On Halloween there will be a costume contest, a Haunted House, and more! Brought to you by your student council - watch social media for updates!

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This Thursday was our school's HEADSTRONG Mental Health Summit. It was a GREAT opportunity to begin to #endthestigma and #starttheconversation around Mental Health!

At the end of the day, students shared what they had learned! Ask your son or daughter how they will #endthestigma around Mental Health!

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Poinsettia Fundraiser for High School Basketball

This Winter we are selling beautiful, locally grown Poinsettias to help raise money for our high school basketball teams.

By purchasing a beautiful Poinsettia this Winter, not only will you be spreading holiday cheer, you will also be supporting an amazing cause!

We hope that you will see something you like below and help support our cause. We couldn't do it without you!

Please ensure that if you are ordering online that you have a student athlete who is able to collect the funds from you, either by cash or by cheques made payable to St. Mary's Catholic School. The deadline to order is Monday, November 19; any unpaid orders will not be placed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our student athletes, email jacquelines@eics.ab.ca or call 780-632-3934 to speak with Mark Kobelsky.

Thank you so much for your support!


Here is the link to our fundraising website: https://smcs.growingsmilesfundraising.com/home

St. Mary's Catholic High School Sr Boys and Girls Basketball Teams

Volunteer opportunity for students!

Reindeer Lane and Vegreville food bank are both looking for volunteers asap - students please check the volunteer board by the conference room across from the office for more info. Remember, as a part of each Religious Education course at St. Mary's all students have Christian Service (Volunteer) Hours to complete! Even if your religion course is next semester, get those hours completed sooner rather than later! See your teachers for more info!

Catholic Education Sunday, November 4th

This Sunday, November 4th, is Catholic Education Sunday.


What a great opportunity to give thanks at mass for the gift of Catholic Education and to work to protect and further it! We will be celebrating and observing this day at both St. Martin of Tours and Holy Trinity Parish this weekend.


Please click the following link to read the letter issued by our Alberta Bishops on the importance of this great day: https://www.acsta.ab.ca/images/pdfs/catholic-education-sunday/2018-09-19_alberta-nwt_catholic_bishops_letter_on_catholic_ed._sunday.pdf

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Important Notice for Parents and Guardians - Safe Arrival / School Messenger

Important Notice for Parents and Guardians - many still need to get set up on our district's new absence and school message reporting system, please click the button below to find out how to get connected.
Safe Arrival and School Messenger Parent Guide

Please click the link above to access a step by step parent guide to connect with our school messenger and absence reporting system.

Time to update PowerSchool info - Yearly Consents and Demographic Info

Many parents and guardians also need to log into powerschool to ensure that their demographic data and student consent forms are up to date. These are both yearly updates. Please take a moment to log into PowerSchool by clicking the button below and update these items (they will show in red if they have not been updated). Call the school if you have any questions on how to do this! Thank you!

Hey Grades 7-9 - Check out the AFTER HOURS program! You can still sign up! Forms are at the office.

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Parent meeting on October 30th at 7pm in the Library!

ELAA Post Secondary Event

ELAA (Educational Liaison Association of Alberta) endeavors to connect students with post-secondary opportunities available in Alberta through the coordinated activities of our members (Alberta universities, colleges, polytechnics, as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Forces) with visits to as many high schools as possible.



Hosting school:

Vegreville Composite High School



Date:

Friday, November 23, 2018



Time:

9:00-11:00 am


St Mary's will be bringing our students over as guests to this great event which switches between our two Vegreville high schools from year to year.

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Important dates / Looking ahead:

October 30th - Grad Parent Meeting at 7PM in the Library


November 4th - Catholic Education Sunday


November 7 & 8th - Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews (each evening - email will be sent out with the link to sign up later this week and will be in the following newsletter)


November 9th - Remembrance Day Ceremony @10:00 AM


November 9th - St. Mary's Awards Night @7PM


November 11th - Remembrance Day (Observed)


November 12 - 16th November Break - No School


November 21st - Picture Retake Day with Lifetouch

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