MWI Weekly News

Food Bank

Thank you to our grade 6 students leaders who dropped off 256 kg (560 lbs) of food items. We are grateful for your generosity. Thank you also to our parents who transported the items and accompanied the students to the Food Bank.

Demonstration of Learning

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Teachers will be hosting a Demonstration of Learning in their classrooms on Thursday, December 6th from 1:30-4:30 pm and 5:30-7:30 pm. We look forward to seeing all our families attend.

Families of students in Kindergarten to grade 5 will be asked to sign up for a time to visit the classroom. You will receive a sign-up link by email next week to reserve a time. Grade 6 students will be participating in student-led conferences.  Grade 6 families will receive a sign-up link by email next week to reserve a time.

Please note that classrooms will be closed between 4:30 – 5:30 pm for a staff supper break.

Book fair volunteers

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be taking place during our Demonstration of Learning. We are looking for volunteers between November 29 and December 7th to help with various roles: set-up, sales and packing up displays. The Book Fair allows the school to earn credits toward the purchase of books and materials for the classrooms and library. The event relies on parent volunteers to make it happen. Please contact Mrs. Ostashevska: Oksana.Ostashevska@ecsd.net for further details and to sign up. Thank you for your support!

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Silent Auction November 19 – 23

School Council’s Online Silent Auction will be taking place in November.

  • November 19-20: Sneak peak of the online auction items
  • November 21-23: Online bidding opens up on Wednesday November 21st at 12:00 am and remains open until 6:00 pm on Friday November 23rd
  • November 23: Items on display at the school from 5:30-6:00 pm to view items in person.  Payment & Pick up at MWI from 6:00-8:00pm in conjunction with Family Movie Night

Please refer to the MWI Silent Auction letter 2018 for more details.

Poinsettia and Winter Arrangement Sales

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MWI School Council is pleased to offer ‘Festive Winter Arrangements’ for sale. The Festive Winter Arrangements include: Poinsettias, Christmas Planter boxes, Hanging Greenery Boughs and Fresh Wreaths. Orders can be placed online at https://healthyhunger.ca/ until November 23rd.  Festive Arrangements pick up will be on December 6th during the MWI Demonstration of Learning between 1:30 – 7:30 pm. Please refer to the following flyer for more information:  Poinsettia flyer 2018

Small Foot Family Movie Night – November 23rd

Join us in the MWI Gym on Friday, November 23rd to gather as a community to enjoy the movie, SMALL FOOT!

  • Gym Doors open at 5:45
  • Movie 6:15-8:00
  • Free Admission
  • Concession Sales:
    • $1.50 for Popcorn & Candy
    • $0.50 Water Bottles & Hot Chocolate

Subway Hot Lunch- orders due by November 25

Order hot lunch at https://healthyhunger.ca before November 25th. Subway lunch will take place on November 30th.

School Council Meeting

The next School Council meeting is coming up on Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00 pm in the art room. If you have any items for the agenda, please email mwischoolcouncil@gmail.com by Tuesday, November 20th. In order to have adequate time and preparation for the meeting, it is very important to have your items added in advance. Thank you!

Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

  • November 19- 23: School Council Silent Auction
  • November 21: Photo retakes
  • November 23: Family Movie Night
  • November 30: Healthy Hunger- Subway lunch (order deadline: Nov. 25th)
  • November 27: School Council Meeting @ 7:00 pm
  • December 6: Mingle Jingle/Demo of Learning (1:30 – 4:30 pm; 5:30 – 7:30 pm)
  • December 10: Christmas Concerts-French Immersion (performances at 1:30 pm & 6:30 pm)
  • December 11: Christmas Concerts-English (performances at 1:30 pm & 6:30 pm)
  • December 20: Full day of school
  • December 21: Early dismissal

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Lest We Forget

Today we gathered to pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember Canadians who have served and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. Thank you to Corporal Burger and Corporal Osborne as well as our many parents, guardians and grandparents for joining us in this significant celebration. We are always grateful for your support!

Thank you also to our teachers Mme Laplante, Mme Daphney, Mme Laurence, Mme Brassard, Mrs. Paxman, as well as Mr. Madunicky for planning and leading our celebration. A special thank you to our liturgical dancers and their supervising teachers, Mrs. D’Agostini and Mme Dorothy for their beautiful expression of dance reflecting the significance of Remembrance Day.IMG_9198

Literacy and Numeracy Parent Night

Thank you to Ms Ney, Ms Sonneveld, Mme Dorothy and Mme Stephanie for promoting the importance of literacy and numeracy and how it can be incorporated in our daily lives. Parents were inspired with interactive learning activities to do at home. Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun!

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Canadian Parents for French (CPF) event, Nov. 30th

Mark your calendars for CPF’s Festival des lumières. Come join the winter festivities to celebrate a French Festival of Lights in the Dark. Please refer to the following for more details: festival des livres

Lost & Found

A reminder to students and parents to stop by our lost & found near the gym.

 

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Halloween Candy and Food Bank Drive

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Thank you for your participation and support!

Silent Auction November 19 – 21

School Council’s Online Silent Auction will be taking place in November.

  • November 19-20: Sneak peak of the online auction items
  • November 21-23: Online bidding opens up on Wednesday November 21st at 12:00 am and remains open until 6:00 pm on Friday November 23rd
  • November 23: Items on display at the school from 5:30-6:00 pm to view items in person.  Payment & Pick up at MWI from 6:00-8:00pm in conjunction with Family Movie Night

Please refer to the MWI Silent Auction letter 2018 for more details.

Poinsettia and Winter Arrangement Sales

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MWI School Council is pleased to offer ‘Festive Winter Arrangements’ for sale. The Festive Winter Arrangements include: Poinsettias, Christmas Planter boxes, Hanging Greenery Boughs and Fresh Wreaths. Orders can be placed online at https://healthyhunger.ca/ until November 23rd.  Festive Arrangements pick up will be on December 6th during the MWI Demonstration of Learning between 1:30 – 7:30 pm. Please refer to the following flyer for more information:  Poinsettia flyer 2018

Small Foot Family Movie Night- November 23rd

Join us in the MWI Gym on Friday, November 23rd to gather as a community to enjoy the movie SMALL FOOT!

  • Gym Doors open at 5:45
  • Movie 6:15-8:00
  • Free Admission
  • Concession Sales:
    • $1.50 for Popcorn & Candy
    • $0.50 Water Bottles & Hot Chocolate

Subway Hot Lunch- orders due by November 25

Order hot lunch at https://healthyhunger.ca before November 25th. Subway lunch will take place on November 30th.

Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

  • November 12: NO SCHOOL TODAY- DAY IN LIEU FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY
  • November 30: Healthy Hunger- Subway lunch (order deadline: Nov. 25th)
  • November 21 – 23: School Council Silent Auction
  • November 21: Photo retakes
  • November 23: Family Movie Night
  • November 27: School Council Meeting @ 7 pm
  • December 6: Mingle Jingle/Demo of Learning (1:30 – 4:30 pm; 5:30 – 7:30 pm)
  • December 10: Christmas Concerts- French immersion
  • December 11: Christmas Concerts- English
  • December 20: Full day of school
  • December 21: Early dismissal

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Celebrating ECSD’s 130th Anniversary

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November 2, 2018 marks exactly 130 years since we opened our first Edmonton Catholic School in 1888. Today staff and students recognized ESCD’s 130th Anniversary and joined in expressing gratitude for this legacy and for the future of Catholic education.

Trustees and ECS Foundation Visit

Today we welcomed Edmonton Catholic Schools Trustees as well as representatives from Edmonton Catholic Schools Foundation to our school. Our guests dialogued with staff and students with the goal to become more informed about our school community and the students we serve. We are grateful for the support of our Board of Trustees and the ECS Foundation. Please refer to the Board_Messenger_October 23 for more news about our Board of Trustees.

Halloween

Staff and students enjoyed celebrating Halloween on Wednesday. Numerous learning activities took place this week with the Halloween theme. We would like to thank our parents/guardians and grandparents who cheered for students as they participated in the Halloween Parade. Thank you also for continuing to sign-in at the office. We are proud to say that over 165 guests participated in our Halloween fun!

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Safety Presentations by Enbridge

On October 25th, Enbridge engineers presented a variety of safety presentations to our students. Topics included: Hidden Hazards, Winter Safety Pond Safety, Winter Sport Safety, Electrical Safety, Chemical Safety, and Cyber Awareness & Digital Citizenship. These topics provoked thoughtful discussions and created a better awareness for safety in many aspects of our students’ lives. Thank you to our presenters for sharing their expertise!

Artist in Residence

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Arianne Lemire, a bilingual francophone artist will lead an art experience for all students between November 5 – 12th. Students will be reflecting on our district’s theme Walking Together in God’s Love while creating an art project.

What is required for this project?

  • Each student is required to bring a single shoe to begin on Monday, November 5th. This shoe will become part of a sculpture and therefore will not be able to be used as footwear again. The shoe can be a worn, out-grown shoe.
  • An online payment of $9 is required to cover the project expenses. Please visit the Parent Portal to make your payment.
  • Students will also need to have 3 – 5 pictures/images (color or black & white) printed on a sheet of paper for this project. Each picture/image should not exceed 5cm X 5cm in size. These pictures can represent how they or others Walk Together in God’s Love.

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Halloween Candy and Food Bank Drive

Have left over candy that you don’t want around your house anymore?  Join us in the annual MWI Candy drive and bring it to the school so we can pass it along to the Edmonton Food Bank.  Why stop at just candy?  Please consider donating any non-perishable foods for our Food Bank. Prizes will be awarded to the classes that donate the most! Please refer to the following list for Food Bank item ideas. Thank you for your participation and support!

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Silent Auction November 19 – 21

School Council’s Online Silent Auction will be taking place in November. A reminder that School Council is still accepting donations for the auction until November 1st.

  • November 19-20: Sneak peak of the online auction items
  • November 21-23: Online bidding opens up on Wednesday November 21st at 12:00 am and remains open until 6:00 pm on Friday November 23rd
  • November 23: Items on display at the school from 5:30-6:00 pm to view items in person.  Payment & Pick up at MWI from 6:00-8:00pm in conjunction with Family Movie Night

Please refer to the MWI Silent Auction letter 2018 for more details.

Poinsettia and Winter Arrangement Sales

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MWI School Council is pleased to offer ‘Festive Winter Arrangements’ for sale. The Festive Winter Arrangements include: Poinsettias, Christmas Planter boxes, Hanging Greenery Boughs and Fresh Wreaths. Orders can be placed online at https://healthyhunger.ca/ until November 23rd.  Festive Arrangements pick up will be on December 6th during the MWI Demonstration of Learning between 1:00 – 8:00pm. Please refer to the following flyer for more information:  Poinsettia flyer 2018

Small Foot Family Movie Night- November 23rd

Join us in the MWI Gym on Friday, November 23rd to gather as a community to enjoy the movie SMALL FOOT!

  • Gym Doors open at 5:45
  • Movie 6:15-8:00
  • Free Admission
  • Concession Sales:
    • $1.50 for Popcorn & Candy
    • $0.50 Water Bottles & Hot Chocolate

Subway Hot Lunch- orders due by November 25

Order hot lunch at https://healthyhunger.ca/index.php before November 25th. Subway lunch will take place on November 30th.

 

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Catholic Education Sunday at St. Thomas More

Sunday, November 4th is dedicated to Catholic Education. St. Thomas More Parish will celebrate the gift of Catholic Education at the 10:00 am Mass. STM’s family of schools will be honoured and celebrated at this Mass. School children will participate in various liturgical roles. Please consider joining us to celebrate the gift of Catholic Education.

Superintendent’s Message November 2018

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Chapter Two – Rejoice and Be Glad

Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

  • November 1-7: Halloween Candy and Food Bank Drive
  • November 4: Letter on Catholic Education Sunday at STM Parish – 10 am Mass
  • November 5 – 12: Artist in Residence
  • November 6: Grade One Parent Literacy and Numeracy Night
  • November 9: Remembrance Day Celebration @12:45 pm
  • November 30: Healthy Hunger- Subway lunch (order deadline: Nov. 25th)
  • November 21 – 23: School Council Silent Auction
  • November 21: Photo retakes
  • November 23: Family Movie Night
  • December 6: Mingle Jingle/Demonstration of Learning
  • December 10: Christmas Concerts- French immersion
  • December 11: Christmas Concerts- English

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Grade 4 – 6 Makerspace Conference

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On Saturday, October 20th, 41 students from MWI attended a makerspace conference at Monsignor Fee Otterson School. Throughout the conference, students participated in engaging and hands-on sessions that encouraged them to: Problem-solve, Tinker, Code, Create, Design, Make, Collaborate as well as Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM). Thanks to Mrs. D’Agostini for offering this great opportunity and accompanying the students!

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Grade 5 Chemistry

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Critical thinking, collaboration and communication competencies were developed in today’s Grade 5 science experiment. Students worked together to investigate, evaluate and develop scientific ideas.

Bricks for Kids-grade 1

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Students developed their problem-solving and collaboration skills while building Lego windmills and airplanes. Students developed an appreciation for how things work, while having fun.

Halloween

Next Wednesday is Halloween. Please note the afternoon schedule for our Halloween parade and classroom activities.

  • 12:30 – 1:00 pm: Students will be given time to change into their costumes.
  • 1 – 1:45 pm: Students will gather in the gym for the Halloween parade.
  • 1:45 – 2:00 pm: Recess
  • 2:00 – 3:18 pm: Individual classroom activities
  • Our morning Kindergarten students will visit classrooms for their parade.
  • School Council members will be selling MWI Spirit wear in the afternoon.Capture

We request that costumes are appropriate for a school-setting. Please refrain from sending costumes with weapons.

Artist in Residence

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Arianne Lemire, a bilingual francophone artist will lead an art experience for all students between November 5 – 12th. Students will be reflecting on our district’s theme Walking Together in God’s Love while creating an art projectEach student is required to bring a single shoe for the project. This shoe will become part of a sculpture and therefore will not be able to be used as footwear again. The shoe can be a worn, out-grown shoe. Please send your child’s shoe to school next week, in order to begin the project November 5th.

An online payment of $9 is required to cover the project expenses. Please visit the Parent Portal to make your payment. Thank you.

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Silent Auction November 19 – 21

School Council’s Online Silent Auction will be taking place in November. A reminder that School Council is still accepting donations for the auction until November 1st.

  • November 19-20: Sneak peak of the auction items
  • November 21-23: Online bidding
  • November 23: Items on display at the school and final bidding in conjunction with MWI Family Movie Night

Please refer to the MWI Silent Auction letter 2018 for more details.

Poinsettia and Winter Arrangement Sales

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MWI School Council is pleased to offer ‘Festive Winter Arrangements’ for sale. The Festive Winter Arrangements include: Poinsettias, Christmas Planter boxes, Hanging Greenery Boughs and Fresh Wreaths. Orders will close on November 23rd. You can pick up your orders at the school on December 6th during Demonstration of Learning. Please refer to the following flyer for more information:  Poinsettia flyer 2018

ECSD Online Financial Budget Survey

Edmonton Catholic Schools believes it is essential to involve parents in providing input into the budget process. In preparation for the upcoming 2019-2020 budget it is important that the district gather as much information as possible. Therefore, as a parent of Edmonton Catholic Schools, your feedback will provide a valuable contribution in the decision-making process. We would like to gather your input through an online survey. For more information, please click on the following:  Parent Online Budget Survey 2019-20

St. Thomas More Parish News

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1st Reconciliation & 1ST Communion

Our preparation program starts in February and registration dates are the 1st Saturday of the month, 9- 11 am! For more information pick up a green brochure from your school, or go on to our website at https://stm.caedm.ca/sacraments/     Contact: Kathleen Eistetter at stm.sacrament@stmparish.com or 780-434-6313

Baptism:  for children up to 7 years old

Are you interested in Baptizing your child in the Catholic Faith! Now’s a great time! Contact: Diane Middleton – Sacrament Assistant at the Parish Office – 780-434-6313 ext. 233

Catholic Education Sunday at St. Thomas More

Sunday, November 4th is dedicated to Catholic Education. St. Thomas More Parish will celebrate the gift of Catholic Education at the 10:00 am Mass. STM’s family of schools will be honoured and celebrated at this Mass. School children will participate in various liturgical roles. Please consider joining us to celebrate the gift of Catholic Education.

Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

  • November 1-7: Halloween Candy Drive
  • November 4: Catholic Education Sunday at STM Parish – 10 am Mass
  • November 5 – 15: Artist in Residence
  • November 6: Grade One Parent Literacy and Numeracy Night
  • November 21 – 23: School Council Silent Auction
  • November 21: Photo retakes
  • November 23: Family Movie Night
  • December 6: Mingle Jingle/Demonstration of Learning

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Just Make It- Makerspace Conference

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On Saturday, October 20th, 41 students from MWI will be attending a makerspace conference at Monsignor Fee Otterson School. Throughout the conference, students will have the opportunity to participate in engaging and hands-on sessions that will encourage them to: Problem-solve, Tinker, Code, Create, Design, Make, Collaborate as well as Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM).

Sessions include: Numeracy & Art Challenges with Pencil Code, Tinkering with Edison, Costume Cardboard Customization, Wind Blade Challenge and much more!

Thanks to Mrs. D’Agostini for offering this great opportunity and accompanying the students!

Rockin’ it in grade 3

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Grade three students spent time inquiring about the similarities and differences between rocks and minerals. The skills of science inquiry include asking questions, proposing ideas, observing, experimenting, and interpreting the evidence that is gathered. Observation and inferences are key elements in the science program.

Parenting Skills Group

The Parent Education and Reflection (P.E.A.R.) Group is a FREE parenting program for parents and caregivers of children aged 4-8 years who are looking to strengthen their foundational parenting skills, address parenting challenges, and support their child’s healthy social and emotional development. For more information consult the following document:  PEARGROUPPOSTER

Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

  • October 23: Full day field trip for all Kindergarten classes
  • October 26: Hot Lunch – Opa! Order by October 21
  • November 1-7: Halloween Candy Drive
  • November 4: Catholic Education Sunday at STM Parish – 10 am Mass
  • November 21: Photo retakes

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Winner of READ IN Week Bulletin Board Contest

During READ IN Week, staff and students were asked to recreate their favorite book and “Bring it to Life”. There were so many creative representations of books, that it was difficult to select the finalists. Congratulations to Grade 4C and 2/3B who were chosen as the winners! Each class will celebrate with a pizza party.

Grade 4C represented the book: Where Oliver Fits by Cale Atkinson

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Grade 2/3B represented the book: Tourbillon d’émotions par Janan Cain

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Grade 6 CCAT

The Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test will be administered to all ECSD students in grade 6 during the time period of October 15 – 26th. The CCAT does not test the curriculum taught in the classroom. It measures reasoning skills and problem-solving abilities which are common to a number of subject areas. Students do not need to study for this test.

School Fees Reminder

A reminder to parents: If you have not already paid your child’s school fees, please visit the Parental Portal to make your payment. Thank you to those that have already done so.

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Silent Auction November 19 – 21

School Council’s Online Silent Auction will be taking place in November.

  • November 19-20: Sneak peak of the auction items
  • November 21-23: Online bidding
  • November 23: Items on display at the school and final bidding in conjunction with MWI Family Movie Night

Please refer to the MWI Silent Auction letter 2018 for more details.

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Mental Health Monthly

Parents and Caregivers can find monthly videos and newsletters on our District’s site Mental Health Monthly. Here you will find a variety of topics concerning your child’s mental health. A different mental health topic is featured each month, so be sure to check often. October’s newsletter topic is: Play Your Way to Positive Mental Health

Catholic Education Sunday

Please note that Catholic Education Sunday will be held on Sunday, November 4th at St. Thomas More Parish during the 10:00 am Mass . Please refer to the Catholic Education Sunday letter for further information.

Upcoming Dates/Important Events:

  • October 18: One Voice in the gymnasium @ 11:30 am
  • October 19: School photos
  • October 26: Hot Lunch – Opa! Order by October 21
  • November 1-7: Halloween Candy Drive
  • November 4: Catholic Education Sunday – STM Parish 10 am Mass
  • November 21: Photo retakes

 

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Read in Week 2018

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Monsignor William Irwin students and staff celebrated Read in Week with daily activities designed to emphasize the importance of reading. Thank you to our parents/guardians and special guests who shared their love of reading to our students. We would like to also thank Ms. Talbot, Mrs. Dumanski, Mrs. Bryks, Mme Lisa and Ms. Nguyen for organizing a literacy-rich week.

Grade 4 Bible Blessing

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The Grade 4 students were gifted with their own personal Bible that follow them through the years. Thank you to Deacon Randy who joined us in our Bible Blessing celebration and who recognized the importance of passing along stories of our faith from one generation to another.

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Thanksgiving Celebration

Staff and students gathered together on Friday, October 5th to celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a special time of year where we remember to give thanks for all our blessings:

  • For all of our five sense that perceive creation around us. We are grateful.
  • For the treasure of loved one who encourage us to be who we are. We are grateful.
  • For the eyes of faith, for seeing and believing in the presence of God. We are grateful.
  • For God calling us to work with our gifts, grateful that we can be of service to others. We are grateful.
  • For the Thanksgiving meal that we will share, for those whose hands prepare it and for those with whom we will share it. We are grateful.

Thank you to Mrs. Dumanski, Mrs. Sonneveld and Ms. Ney and their students who led the celebration.

Construction-notice

 

The Modular and Yard Rehabilitation Project, in collaboration with Honeywell Building Solutions and Alberta Infrastructure will begin the week of October 9th.

  • This project will be to pave some of the high traffic areas on the north and east sides of the school.
  • It is being completed so that the large fenced off areas that were prominent last year, will not have to happen again.
  • The duration of the project will be approximately 10 days depending on weather.
  • Some recess door exits and recess locations will be closed off during the project to ensure the safety of staff and students.
  • For a few days, grade 5 and 6 students will have to access the portable through the excavated areas, which will be a step of 6-8 inches.
  • Honeywell will ensure there are emergency access routes open at all times. A modified evacuation plan will be in place should the need arise.
  • When equipment will be moving, there will be an assigned flag person to supervise the school field and ensure there are no students or staff nearby. All efforts will be made to ensure construction traffic is halted during recesses.

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The first drop-in registration for the sacraments of First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation will take place this Saturday, October 6th. A brochure detailing more information was sent home with the Grade 2 students this week. Please note drop-in registrations will also occur on each first Saturday of the month until February.

 

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We now have an Instagram Account! Consider following us @mwi_school_ecsd

Upcoming Events/Important Dates

  • October 16 – Parent Info Session October 16
  • October 19 – Individual school photos
  • October 25 – Grade 1 Information Evening
  • October 26 – Hot Lunch Opa! Order by October 21.
  • November 4  – Catholic Education Sunday

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