MWI Weekly News

Spring Concert

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our concert. We are grateful for staff members who helped in preparing the students and setting up the gym: Mme Laurence, Mrs. MacLeod, Ms. Rivera, Mme Daphney, Ms. Bullock, Mr. Leskow, Mme Sandy, Mrs. Stapleton, Mr. Madunicky and Mr. James. Thank you to our performers for sharing your gifts and talents. A special thank you to Mrs. Paxman for leading our students in the preparations for this event and sharing her love of music. We are also grateful for your support and contributions to Catholic Social Services: St. Katherine Drexel Place. We raised a total of $414.00. Thank you very much!

 

Alberta Election -April 16

Alberta’s Election is coming up next Tuesday, April 16th. Our school is designated as a polling station. While we anticipate heavier vehicle and foot traffic in and around the school that day, we will ensure that there is always adequate supervision of students.

As a result, we are looking for volunteers to work 1 to 2 hour shifts who could greet and direct voters to the gym. Please contact Mrs. Cooper beth.cooper@ecsd.net if you have any questions or would like to submit your name to volunteer. Thank you.

 

Seussical the Musical…Coming Soon

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MWI Parent Session: Focus on Self-Regulation

We will be hosting a parent information session for kindergarten to grade 3 parents on the topic of self-regulation. Mrs. Carissa Settle, an Occupational Therapist from ECSD Genesis Early Learning Centre, will provide you with ideas to help support your child self-regulate. The Focus on Self-Regulation session will take place on Wednesday, May 8 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Art Room.

This is an evening for parents. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the following form: Focus on Self-Regulation_Parent session.

 

 

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Please note there will no longer be a School Council meeting on April 16th. The next meeting will be taking place on Tuesday, June 11th.

 

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Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

  • April 15: Alberta Opera Performance- Pinocchio
  • April 16: Election Day- MWI is a polling site
  • April 18: One Voice @ 11:30 am
  • April 19: Good Friday – NO SCHOOL
  • April 22: Easter Monday – NO SCHOOL
  • April 24 : Easter Mass @ St Thomas More Church @ 9:15 am
  • April 26: Healthy Hunger Hot Lunch (Subway)
  • April 30 & May 1: Seussical performances
  • May 6-10: Catholic Education Week
  • May 8: Gr 6 English Language Arts Provincial Achievement Test – Part A writing
  • May 10: Gr 6 French Language Arts Provincial Achievement Test – Part A writing

MWI Weekly News

The Golden Wolves Ways

At our assembly this Thursday, staff and students gathered to kick off our Golden Wolves Ways school focus. Members of the Leadership Club, and various staff members talked about how we can demonstrate being kind, respectful and responsible with words and action.

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Accepting Registrations

MWI continues to accept registrations for both the English and French programs. Registration documents are available online and at the office. For more information, please contact the office: 780-430-1121.

 

St. Katherine Drexel Place Hampers

As we journey further into Lent, we have been focusing on almsgiving. As was done last year, we are creating hampers for families at Catholic Social Service’s St. Katharine Drexel Place. Each class is creating a list of needed items so please look for any announcements or agenda messages informing you on how you can help. We greatly appreciate any donations or items for the hampers and thank you for your generosity.

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Parking Lot Safety

PLACE THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS BEFORE CONVENIENCE! 

With the end of winter, it is a good time to review some important details on our traffic polices. Morning traffic in front of our school can be easily avoided by either coming earlier (around 8:30 am) or parking a block away from the school and having your child(ren) walk the rest of the way. Drivers need to be aware that the school’s parking lot is not accessible to parents for pick up or drop off in the morning before school, at Kindergarten noon dismissal or drop off, or at pick up at the end of the day.

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We also ask that you prevent your children from jaywalking across the street in front of the school.  Use the marked crosswalks to ensure your child is safe. Please review the  Traffic and Parking Procedures booklet that was sent home today.

 

Say ‘OUI’ to a French Course for MWI Parents

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Parents are invited to sign up for French classes offered by Canadian Parents for French. Classes will be held in the art room beginning Wednesday, April 17th from 6 – 7:30 pm.  Courses will run every Wednesday night for 8 weeks. Thank you to Mrs. Rempel, one of our MWI parents, for coordinating this opportunity at our school. Please email: maria.cpf@outlook.com for more information and to sign up.

 

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Spring is in the air and Easter is right around the corner.  The MWI School Council is offering an Easter fundraiser together with the help of COBS Riverbend Square.

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We are selling COBS bestselling “Traditional HotXBuns” for $7.25/half dozen.  The 6 pack of HotXBuns will be delivered to your child at school on Tuesday April 16th.  Orders will be accepted on Healthy Hunger (www.HealthyHunger.ca)  until midnight Monday, April 11th.  Thanks in advance for your support!

 

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Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

  • April 9: Grades 4 – 6 Spring Concert 1:30 pm & 6:30 pm
  • April 15: Alberta Opera Performance- Pinocchio
  • April 19: Good Friday – NO SCHOOL
  • April 22: Easter Monday – NO SCHOOL
  • April 24 : Easter Mass @ St Thomas More Church
  • April 26: Healthy Hunger Hot Lunch (Subway)
  • April 30 & May 1: Seussical performances

MWI Weekly News

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Wishing you a restful Spring Break! We look forward to seeing everyone
on April 1st, when classes resume.

Running Room Indoor Games

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On Saturday, March 16th , our running club participated in the Running Room Indoor Games at the Butterdome. Many of our students qualified for the semi-finals and finals. Thank you to our Golden Wolves for being great representatives for MWI and for demonstrating their perseverance throughout the season. Congratulations to all runners! Many thanks to Ms Rivera, Mme Laurence and Mme Julia for leading our running club this year.

 

MWI Sings at Oil Kings Game

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Also on Saturday, March 16th, our school choir performed the National Anthem at the Oil Kings game against the Calgary Hitmen. Not only did the Oil Kings win, but they claimed the Central Division Title! Thank you to Mrs. Paxman for preparing our students for the event and a special thanks to School Council for organizing the ticket sales.

Coding…en français…with Kids Code Jeunesse

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Many thanks to Ling @kidscodejeunesse for helping our 2/3B and 6B students learn more about coding using the microbit….. en français. Many competencies were developed with this learning experience!

 

Simple Structures

 

 

Grade 4 students shared their understanding of simple machines with various classes this week. As part of the Science curriculum, students learn about basic components of simple machines: how they are assembled, how they operate, how they are used. They also explore different techniques that can be used to transfer motion from one component to another, using simple connectors and various levers, gears, pulleys and band driven systems. The students were challenged to create an interactive game to demonstrate their learning. This experience also developed Alberta Education competencies such as : collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity & innovation. Well done, grade 4!

Electricity and Makey Makeys

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Thank you to Mrs. D’Agostini, our Tech Coach for leading the grade 5/6 class in a Makey Makey lesson. The students experimented with connecting different everyday objects to computer programs.

Say ‘OUI’ to French Course for MWI Parents

CPF Parent Course

Parents are invited to sign up for French classes offered by Canadian Parents for French. Classes will be held in the art room beginning Wednesday, April 17th from 6 – 7:30 pm.  Courses will run every Wednesday night for 8 weeks. Thank you to Mrs. Rempel, one of our MWI parents, for coordinating this opportunity at our school. Please email: maria.cpf@outlook.com for more information and to sign up.

 

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Become part of the Golden Wolves pack. Take advantage of the 15% off spirit wear special at Entripy for the month of March. Click here to access the site. School Council will also be selling spirit wear at our Demonstration of Learning on Thursday, March 14th.

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Spring is in the air and Easter is right around the corner.  The MWI School Council is offering an Easter fundraiser together with the help of COBS Riverbend Square.

hot cross buns

We are selling COBS bestselling “Traditional HotXBuns” for $7.25/half dozen.  The 6 pack of HotXBuns will be delivered to your child at school on Tuesday April 16th.  Orders will be accepted on Healthy Hunger (www.HealthyHunger.ca)  until midnight Monday, April 11th.  Thanks in advance for your support!

 

District News

Superintendent’s Message April 2019

ECSD Parent Newsletters – God Chooses the Best in Us

Board_Messenger_March 19

St. Thomas More Parish News

St Thomas More Parish is undertaking a very special Lenten Parish Mission. Here are some details about it:

Parish Mission Poster 2019

Parish Mission Biographies 2019

 

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Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

  • March 25 – 29 : Spring Break- NO SCHOOL
  • April 1 : Back to School
  • April 9: Spring Concert 1:30 pm & 6:30 pm
  • April 15: Alberta Opera Performance- Pinocchio
  • April 19: Good Friday – NO SCHOOL
  • April 22: Easter Monday – NO SCHOOL
  • April 30 & May 1: Seussical performances

MWI Weekly Update

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Snow Valley Ski

Grades 4 – 6 students enjoyed a day on the hill this Monday, March 11th. It was a great time spent outdoors in the sun. Thank you to our teachers and parent volunteers for accompanying our students.

 

Numeracy Week

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Thank you to Mrs. Talbot and Mme Toews who led our school through a week’s worth of numeracy activities.

  • Wednesday, March 13 – Numeracy Shirt day. Students were seen wearing shirts with numbers, patterns, shapes, etc.
  • Thursday, March 14 –  A family numeracy challenge was presented to parents as a way to include to whole school community in Numeracy Week. Congratulations to Isaac and his family who were the winners of the Family Numeracy Challenge.

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  • Friday, March 15 – “Stop, drop, and roll” . All students played a math game to develop their statistics & probability skills.

 

Demonstration of Learning

Thank you to all our families for supporting our Demonstration of Learning on Thursday evening. We saw great evidence of student learning throughout the school.

A special thanks to School Council and MWI parents for organizing treats the following morning! Parents are always invited to join and volunteer for School Council events. Contact mwischoolcouncil@gmail.com for further information.

 

Golden Wolves Volleyball vs Teachers

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MWI staff and our Golden Wolves volleyball team were excited to compete in a friendly match this Friday. There were lots of cheers and encouragement by the fans. Thank you Mrs. Paxman and Mme Julia for coaching the team this year and organizing this final event to cap off the season. Three cheers for our Golden Wolves!!

Lenten Social Justice Project

Starting next week, students will begin a special initiative focused on almsgiving. Part of this initiative will be a Lenten Social Justice Project. Classes will create hampers for families who reside at St. Katharine Drexel Place. For the month of April, each class will assemble a hamper for a specific family. More details will be shared after Spring Break.

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Parish Mission

St Thomas More Parish is undertaking a very special Lenten Parish Mission. Here are some details about it:

Parish Mission Poster 2019

Parish Mission Biographies 2019

 

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Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

  • March 25 – 29 : Spring Break- NO SCHOOL
  • April 1 : Back to School
  • April 9: Spring Concert 1 pm & 6:30 pm
  • April 19: Good Friday – NO SCHOOL
  • April 22: Easter Monday – NO SCHOOL
  • April 30 & May 1: Seussical performances

MWI Weekly Update

 

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Loving Father,

I invite you into my life today
and make myself available to you.
Help me to become the-best-version-of-myself
by seeking your will and becoming a living example
of your love in the world.
Open my heart to the areas of my life that need to change
in order for me to carry out the mission
and experience the joy you have imagined for my life.
Inspire me to live the Catholic faith
in ways that are dynamic and engaging.
Show me how to best get involved in the life of my parish.
Make our community hungry for best practices
and continuous learning.
Give me courage when I am afraid,
hope when I am discouraged,
and clarity in times of decision.
Teach me to enjoy uncertainty and lead your Church
to become all you imagined it would be
for the people of our times.

Amen.

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Célébrons Carnaval

Carnaval Week began with Shrove Tuesday Pancakes followed by outdoor activities on Tuesday afternoon. Thank you to School Council parents for organizing and distributing the pancake lunch. Thank you to Mme Melissa and the grade 6 FSL students for planning and leading such an active fun-filled afternoon.

 

Ash Wednesday

 

Thank you to Mrs. Mann, Mme Lisa, Mme Toews and their students for leading our Ash Wednesday celebration. It was a special moment to mark the beginning of our season of Lent.

 

Friday Carnaval Events

Students experienced a full day of music, song, dance and stories. Below is a list of performers that shared their talents with our students:

TRAD’BADOUR with ROGER and DANIEL

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Hailing from St. Paul, Alberta, Roger Dallaire and Daniel Gervais have been working together for nearly fifteen years. Roger Dallaire is a one-of-a-kind story-teller and musician. Daniel Gervais is a two-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion. Their show is a kitchen party with singing, fiddling, picking and grinning.

FRENCH-CANADIAN SPOONS AND GIGUE with RENELLE

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INTERNATIONAL DANCE with OLIVIA

IMG_0079Olivia is a teacher at l’Association La Girandole and has danced, performed and toured with many semi-professional dance troupes. Anchored in folk dance, this workshop allowed students to delve into the world of diverse cultures, musicality and most importantly dance! Each grade learned one international dance and found similarities between what they already know and what they have yet to learn.

AFRO BEATS with MACHA

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Macha taught the current steps from Africa’s most popular street dance style in youth culture called Afrobeats. The energetic and upbeat steps that make up this dance style come from various African countries such as South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Congo, and more with inspiration from hip hop, house, and traditional African dances.

METIS SASH WEAVING offered by MUSÉE HÉRITAGE MUSEUM

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BISON KIT offered by MUSÉE HÉRITAGE MUSEUM

Is it buffalo or bison? Students learned the history behind this question. They had the opportunity to look closely at bones, fur, projectile points and other items included in the kit. They discussed how and why the Aboriginal people depended on the buffalo for their livelihood.

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FRENCH TAFFY ON SNOW offered by Daniel Lachance

 

The Lachance maple syrup farm is a small (44 acre) farm located 90 minutes south of Quebec City in St Zacharie near the US border, in the area known as “La Beauce”. Originally, Honoré and Alice Lachance (Richard, Daniel and Diane’s grandparents) along with their 9 children tapped the trees and collected syrup each spring to produce about 1000 litres of maple syrup. The cabane à sucre (sugar shack) and the accompanying lands were purchased by Richard, Daniel and Diane in 1997. It soon became the reason to come home as the family returns every year to work the farm and reconnect with family and friends. The syrup is brought back to us every spring, to enjoy!

Scholastic Book Fair

Our book fair will be held next week, March 11 – 15, and during our Demonstration of Learning evening on Thursday, March 14th. The book fair will be held in the library. Thank you to Mrs. Ostashevska, as well as our student and parent volunteers for your assistance in this annual event.

 

 

Report Cards and Demonstration of Learning

Report cards will be available on Monday, March 11 at 3:30 pm on the Parent Portal for Grades 1 – 6 students. Please contact the office if you need assistance with the Parent Portal.

Our Student-Led Demonstration of Learning is on Thursday, March 14 from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm – 7:30pm. We are using the School Appointment system to book time slots.

  • Kindergarten – Grade 5 families will have 30-minute time slots
  • Grade 5/6 and Grade 6 families will have 10-minute time slots

For more information, click on the following: Demo of Learning_ March 2019

 

Numeracy Week

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This year marks the fifth year for Numeracy Week. This year’s theme is “Quantitative Information” (Statistics & Probability). Events include:

  • Wednesday, March 13 – Numeracy Shirt day. Students are encouraged to wear a shirt with numbers, patterns, shapes, etc.
  • Thursday, March 14 –  A family numeracy challenge is being presented to parents as a way to include to whole school community in Numeracy Week. See the following document for details: Numeracy Week Family Game Contest
  • Friday, March 15 – “Stop, drop, and roll” . Students will play a math game to develop their statistics & probability skills.

 

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Become part of the Golden Wolves pack. Take advantage of the 15% off spirit wear special at Entripy for the month of March. Click here to access the site. School Council will also be selling spirit wear at our Demonstration of Learning on Thursday, March 14th.

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District News

Parent Engagement Poster

GrACE Letter to Families

Board_Messenger_February 26

 

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Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

  • March 11:
    • Report Cards available on PowerSchool Parent Portal
    • Grades 4 – 6 Ski Field trip
  • March 13: Numeracy Week- Shirt Day
  • March 14:
    • Demonstration of Learning (1:30 – 4:30 pm; 5:30 – 7:30 pm)
    • Family Numeracy Challenge-contest
  • March 15:
    • Pyjama Day
    • Staff vs Students Volleyball  games
  • March 25 – 29 : Spring Break- NO SCHOOL
  • April 1 : Back to School

MWI Weekly Update

Pink Shirt Day

AT MWI WE CHOOSE KINDNESS.

Choose Kindness

Today, our school community gathered to acknowledge Pink Shirt Day and to recognize the need to continue being kind in words and actions. We also shared stories about how Monsignor William Irwin, our school namesake, had an impact on others. His message was that when we see others struggle, we need to be God’s hands, heart and voice.

Thank you to our Leadership Club students who described what being a Golden Wolf means to them. Many of their reflections highlighted the following character traits. We are Kind. We are Responsible. We are Respectful. These traits are also reflected in our school Mission and Vision.

Going forward, when students demonstrate these character traits, they will have an opportunity to earn a bracelet. This will be a visible symbol of their commitment to being kind, responsible and respectful Golden Wolves. We look forward to sharing how our classes and school as a whole will define challenges in earning these bracelets.

 

MWI Choir is Singing for the Oil Kings

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ORDER DEADLINE MARCH 3

Please consider joining us Saturday, March 16th to support our choir as they perform the National Anthem on ice at Rogers Place.

Tickets are for sale for $20.00 each on healthyhunger.ca only until March 3rd.  Tickets will be sent home with your child by Wednesday, March 13th.  Should you have any questions, please contact the office.

 

District News

Superintendent’s Message March 2019

BE THE CHURCH – Newsletter Insert

 

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Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

  • February 28/March 1 – Teachers’ Convention – NO SCHOOL
  • March 4 – 8 :
    • Semaine Carnaval
    • Grade 3 CCATs
    • Shrove Tuesday (March 5) – Healthy Hunger Pancakes
    • Ash Wednesday (March 6)
  • March 11: Report Cards available on PowerSchool Parent Portal
  • March 14: Demonstration of Learning
  • March 25 – 29 : Spring Break- NO SCHOOL

MWI Weekly Update

 

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Random Acts of Kindness

Thank you to Mrs. Stapleton and our Leadership Team who organized kindness activities throughout the week. Individual classes also took part in Random Acts of Kindness Week, demonstrating their appreciation for others.

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Running Room Indoor Games

Thank you to Ms. Rivera, Mme Laurence and Mme Julia, as well as our grades 4 – 6 students, who represented MWI at the Running Room Indoor Games. Congratulations to the runners who qualified for the March 16th finals.

 

 

Kindergarten Open House

 

We hosted our Open House on February 21st. Students from various clubs performed for parents and led tours around the school. It was evident that MWI students take great pride in their school. Thank you to our Seussical Club, Liturgical Club, Coding Club and Leadership Club for participating in the evening.

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Event

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The Knights of Columbus Free Throw competition is taking place tomorrow, February 23 at Louis St. Laurent. Thank you to Mrs. Mann for accompanying the students. Good luck to our Golden Wolves who are participating!

Pink Shirt Day- February 27

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A reminder that next Wednesday, February 27th is Pink Shirt Day. We are encouraging all staff and students to wear pink that day and to continue being kind in words and in actions.

MWI Choir is Singing for the Oil Kings

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Please consider joining us Saturday, March 16th to support our choir as they perform the National Anthem on ice at Rogers Place.

Tickets are for sale for $20.00 each on healthyhunger.ca only until March 3rd.  Tickets will be sent home with your child by Wednesday, March 13th.  Should you have any questions, please contact the office.

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Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

  • February 26 – School Council meeting @ 7:00 pm
  • February 28/March 1 – Teachers’ Convention – NO SCHOOL
  • March 4 – 8 :
    • Semaine Carnaval
    • Grade 3 CCATs
    • Shrove Tuesday (March 5) – Healthy Hunger Pancakes
    • Ash Wednesday (March 6)
  • March 11: Report Cards available on PowerSchool Parent Portal
  • March 14: Demonstration of Learning
  • March 25 – 29 : Spring Break- NO SCHOOL