Happy Father’s Day
Wishing all our fathers and father figures a blessed day!
Thanks for all that you do for our students and the MWI community.
National Indigenous Peoples Day- June 21st
National Indigenous Peoples Day provides us all with the opportunity to celebrate and learn more about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures and the rich contributions of Indigenous peoples to the fabric of our great country.
Visit our ECSD website for more information and to access resources: National Indigenous History Month LINK
Father Bill Day and Year-end Celebration- June 23
To recognize Monsignor William Irwin’s (Father Bill) birthday and the school’s 10-year anniversary, we have an action-packed day planned for students on Wednesday, June 23rd. We have organized outdoor games for each homeroom class, guided wolf drawing lessons, Golden Wolf t-shirt and pen raffles throughout the day, writing prompts on ‘What does it means to be a Golden Wolf?’ and much more! Students are also invited to dress in MWI spirit wear or in our school colors (blue, grey and gold).
Mural Mosaic blessing
We would like to invite our families to participate in this special occasion too. Families will be invited to join in a live YouTube event from 1 – 1:30 pm for our mural mosaic blessing by Father Curtis. A link to the event will be shared by email.
Name our Golden Wolf contest
To recognize our 10 year anniversary, we are inviting families to participate in MWI’s “Name our Golden Wolf” contest. Families can submit up to two names. Staff and students will vote for the best name next week. Entries will be accepted until June 23rd. Link is below. Thank you for your participation!
Book donations for Catholic Social services
As part of honouring our school namesake on Father Bill Day, we are collecting slightly used books for distribution through Catholic Social Services. Please consider looking through your bookshelves for books in good condition that your family can donate. All the books we receive will be given to single mothers and children living in Katherine Drexell Place or families recently immigrated to Canada. Classes will be collecting book donations starting Monday, June 21st until Father Bill Day on Wednesday, June 23rd. Thank you for your attention and support of our social justice project in honour of Monsignor William Irwin and his instrumental work in supporting the less fortunate in our community.
MWI Farewell Parade- June 25th
Class Configurations for 2021- 2022
Below, you will find the homeroom class configurations for next year. We thank our staff for their efforts and flexibility as we worked together to establish a plan that best meets the needs of our students and with the resources at our disposal. It is important to note that there is always a possibility that changes may need to be made in September when we determine our final enrolment numbers.
As in past years, parents will receive an email prior to the first day of school (Friday, August 27th) that will advise them of their child’s placement for the school year. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 1st. Kindergarten students will receive details for their staggered entry dates and times at a later time. Letters will be sent home next week with these details.
We are excited to share the MWI staff members for 2021-2022:
It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to some of our valued staff members, who will be moving on to other assignments next year: Mrs. Anu Menon, Mrs. Zandra Knibbs, Mrs. Shiayama George, Mrs. Jennifer Gilliard, Mme Danuta Levesque, Mrs. Monsorat Owolabi, Mme Stéphanie, Ms. Isabelle Nguyen, Ms. Ewelina Odyjewski, Mme Marianne Bérubé, Ms. Jessica Prodor, Mr. Abram Meagher, and Ms. Linnae Jaurnell. We are grateful for all that they have done for MWI’s school community.
Congratulations to Mrs. Beth Cooper who will be retiring this year! Thank you Mrs. Cooper for ten wonderful years supporting MWI staff, students and their families. You will be greatly missed! Families will have an opportunity to say congratulations and goodbye to Mrs. Cooper at our farewell parade on June 25th.
Welcome to the following staff members who will be joining our team in the fall.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to returning staff members: Mme Daphney Lockhead and Mrs. Catrina Mandaliti. We are looking forward to having them return to our team. Also joining our team will be: Mrs. Panciroli, M. Tchokote, Mrs. Mathers, Ms. Mopas, Mrs. Ford, Ms. Clarke and Ms. Bidulka. Welcome to MWI!
2021-2022 School Hours
Please note that our school day will begin earlier next school year. Below is our new schedule.
A reminder that our kindergarten program occurs on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. There is no school for kindergarten students on Thursdays.
Division Parent Survey- We need your feedback!
Due to the pandemic, the parent/guardian survey will be conducted online this year. Parents/guardians are requested to respond on behalf of each child registered in the Division by logging into PowerSchool (https://powerschool.ecsd.net) and then clicking on the SchoolEngage icon on the left hand side.
Please respond to each child’s survey from the point of view of each child’s educational experience. The survey will begin on May 31st, 2021 at 9 am and will close on June 24th, 2021 at midnight. Please complete the survey and add your voice to the future of Catholic education in your child’s school and Division. Your participation in this survey is appreciated!
Kindergarten Registrations for 2021-2022
Do you have a child born in 2016? Have you registered your child in Kindergarten yet?
- If you haven’t, please go to REGISTER NOW so that we can reserve a spot for you.
- We have a special welcome package we want to send your child, once the application is submitted.
We have been working hard to produce a yearbook which will contain photos and memories of the past year at École Monsignor William Irwin School. If you wish to purchase one they are available by going to https://ybpay.lifetouch.ca/ Yearbook ID code:10902221 or see the attached poster. This will be the only method of purchase. Order deadline is June 23, 2021. The yearbooks will arrive in September and we will forward them on to you new school if you are currently in Grade 6.
School Supplies 2021-2022
Want to get ahead and purchase your school supplies for the fall? Our teachers have created lists of items you will need for each grade level for next year. We have partnered with School Start for the 2021/2022 for your convenience. However, you may purchase your supplies from wherever you wish, and you do not need to purchase the same brand names which are indicated on the lists.
Please visit our website to see individual grade-level supply lists and for additional information on how to order. Please note that the school does not use this as a fundraiser.
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Gateway Parent and Caregiver Resources and Support
Over the last two years, we have heard from Parents, Caregivers and met many people who have found themselves lost in the diagnosis and for resources.
Gateway is a family resource and employment resource centre that provides education, family support, mentorship and inclusive employment. It is our mission to assist the community to understand disabilities.
Our Mission – Gateway will be a global leader and influencer in community development that looks to our roots and expertise to break barriers for people with disabilities.
We have developed three plain language workshops to educate and bring awareness to services that support those with disabilities that are having difficulty accessing resources.
These workshops will empower families with the knowledge they need to access much needed supports for the disability sector they may not be aware of that. These would be provided by Zoom and additional materials they can print off or download.
The Sessions are as follows:
- Session 1: Disability in Alberta: What does it mean? Disability Services in available for your child or adult with disabilities. What is FSCD? What is AISH? What is PDD and do you qualify for them?
- Session 2: Disability in Your Community: Valued Roles, Transition Planning, Navigating the System, Planning for the Future and Employment
- Session 3: Tough Conversations: Guardianship, Trusteeship, Community Action, City of Edmonton, Aging Caregivers and First Responders.
Workshops are free and can be accessed through our website or Eventbrite.
Gateway Association: https://gatewayassociation.ca/
Upcoming Events/Important Dates:
- June 21
- National Indigenous Peoples Day
- June 23
- Father Bill Day and Year-end Celebration
- June 24 –
- Full Day: Regular Programming
- Last day for kindergarten
- June 25
- Half Day: Early dismissal
- Last day for grades 1 – 6 students
- Grade 6 Homeroom Farewell celebrations (virtual)
- Farewell Parade (1 – 3 PM) for all families
- Refer to details included in this blog entry