MWI Weekly News

Summer Blessings

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Grade 6 Farewell

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Families and special guests joined us in honouring and saying farewell to our grade 6 students on Thursday, June 27th. Not only are we proud of how these students have grown academically, but in how they have shared their gifts and talents to make a positive impact on our MWI community. Thank you to our grade 6 teachers, Mr. Leskow, Mme Sandy and Mrs. Stapleton, for your dedication and commitment in preparing our students to take the next step into junior high. Many blessings to our grade 6 students. Bon succès et bonne chance. We will miss you!

Mini World Cup

Despite the weather, MWI held its annual Mini World Cup on Wednesday, June 26th. Many countries were represented with cheers, flags and posters. It was a fun way to get the students more active and developing team-building skills. Thank you to Mr. Leskow for organizing the day.

Basketball Nets Update

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Due to several interruptions, including the intermittent weather for this past month, the basketball nets that were slated to be installed this year have been postponed. These setbacks were beyond our control. We apologize for this delay and want to reassure you that the nets will be installed. Our goal is that they are ready for the beginning of September.

School Supplies for 2019-2020

Families have the opportunity to purchase school supplies through School Start for the upcoming 2019/2020 school year. Please click here for more information. Supply lists can also be found on our website – LINK.

MWI School Council News

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Back to School BBQ! 20192020

To RSVP, please click here.

District News

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Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

  • Report cards available on Parent Portal – link
  • September 3: Back to School
  • September 6: School Council’s Back to School BBQ
  • September 12: Meet the Teacher @ 6:30pm

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MWI featured on Global News

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Global News digital journalist Kim Smith, who does the ‘Family Matters’ segment on Global TV, was at MWI with a videographer on Tuesday, June 18th. The segment focussed on the many considerations that take place when making class lists. Thank you to our Administrative Leadership team, Mme Lisa and the morning French kindergarten students who participated in this video segment. To view the video click here.

 

MWI Mini World Cup

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The Monsignor William Irwin Mini World Cup soccer tournament will take place in the afternoon of Wednesday the 26th of June, 2019.

Each class will have a country and they can dress in team colours. Homeroom teachers will be sharing which country their class is representing at a later time, so students can dress in team or country colours.

We will require a total of 8 referees as we plan to have 4 fields with four games going on at the same time. Games will be 10-15 minutes each and each class will have 3-5 games. Parents interested in volunteering as referees or interested in helping with this event, please contact Mr. Leskow at michael.leskow@ecsd.net . We thank you for your support!

 

Lost and Found

 

Lost and Found items will be on display until Wednesday, June 27th. All remaining items after this date, will be donated to a charitable organization. Please encourage your children to visit the lost and found tables located in the common area near the office.

Class Configurations for 2019-2020

Below, you will find the classroom 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 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 on Friday, August 30th that will advise them of their child’s placement for the school year.  The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3rd.

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downloadIt 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. Maria Exposito, Mrs. Nisha Mercybai, Mrs. Cheryl Habel, Mrs. Alena Liddell, Ms. Candace Ney, Mme Kimberly Toews,  Mme Kelsey Hefford and Ms. Julie McConnell. We are grateful for all that they have done for MWI’s school community.

Mme Laurence Boily will be beginning her maternity leave in the fall. Many blessings to her and her family.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new staff members: Ms Audrey Sydora, Mrs. Catrina Mandaliti, M. Li Ayuen, Mme Julia Tremblay and Mme Lara Tonita. We are looking forward to having them as part of our team.

School Supplies for 2019-2020

Families have the opportunity to purchase school supplies through School Start for the upcoming 2019/2020 school year. Please click here for more information. Supply lists can also be found on our website – LINK.

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Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

  • June 25: Year End Mass @ St. Thomas More Parish (1 pm)
  • June 26 : Soccer Day (afternoon)
  • June 27:
    • Full day
    • Grade 6 Farewell @ 2 pm (MWI gym)
  • June 28:
    • Half-day (dismissal at 12:13 pm)
    • Report cards available on Parent Portal – link
  • September 3: Back to School
  • September 6: School Council’s Back to School BBQ

 

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MWI School Council News

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Thank you to all of the many parents who came out to help with the Ninja Dash. From start to finish it takes around 60 volunteers to make this event happen and the overwhelming support from the MWI parent community is much appreciated. We are pleased to announce that this year’s race raised over $24,000 – a new record! The students put a lot of work into fundraising and we love to recognize them for their efforts. This year’s top fundraiser and proud owner of a new bike is Gabriel in 4C! The winning class of the Boston Pizza lunch is Ms. Talbot’s 3A class. The students raised the most money AND had the highest participation at 100%!

Here is a list of a our Top Fundraisers from each class:

Aubriella (00A), Daniel (00B), Zoey (00C), Rio (00D), Emerson (1A), Olin (1B), Amelia (1/2C), Elizabeth Z (1D), Albert (2A), Eden (2/3B), Alieah (2D), Matthew (3A), Hanna (3C), Sophia (3D), Megan (4A), Gabriella (4B), Gabriel (4C), Leonie and Chloe (5/6A- tie), Reese (5B), Rachel (5C), Kiera (6B), Danielle (6C)

 Many thanks to our prize sponsors:

  • Versys Verified Systems
  • Boston Pizza
  • Mastermind Toys
  • The Little Gym
  • City Fit Shop
  • Panago
  • Starbucks

Ninja Dash Prizes Awarded

The 2019 Ninja Dash raised over $24,000!

The students did a fantastic job fundraising this year. This year’s goal was to raise funds to transform part of our library into a Makerspace/Learning Commons. Staff and students have participated in “Community Consultations” to provide their input in identifying what they would like to see and do in this new space. They are very excited for future learning opportunities!

Without the support of School Council and parent volunteers, this opportunity would not be possible. Thank you to our parent volunteers who helped set up, manage and clean up the course. It was a fantastic day of fun and community building.

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Well done, Ninja Wolves. Bravo Loups d’orés!

Grade 3 Recorder Concert

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On Wednesday, June 12, our grades 3A, 2/3B, 3C and 3D students performed a recorder concert for parents, grandparents and invited guests. Since January, the students have been learning how to play the recorder. We are proud of our students for continuing to share their musical gifts and talents, and they should be proud of their hard work. Thank you to everyone who came to support them! Special thanks to Mrs. Paxman, for her leadership in developing our music program.

Terwillegar Community League Donation

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Thank you to Terwillegar Community League for their donation to purchase resources for our school.  With this donation, all homeroom teachers received Physical Activity Recipe Cards from Ever Active Schools. These recipe cards have lessons in each of the six dimensions of physical education (gymnastics, dance, individual activities, alternative environment games and a daily physical activity). We look forward to continuing to promote healthy and active living to our students.

MWI Mini World Cup

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The Monsignor William Irwin Mini World Cup soccer tournament will take place in the afternoon of Wednesday the 26th of June, 2019.

Each class will have a country and they can dress in team colours. Homeroom teachers will be sharing which country their class is representing at a later time, so students can dress in team or country colours.

We will require a total of 8 referees as we plan to have 4 fields with four games going on at the same time. Games will be 10-15 minutes each and each class will have 3-5 games. Parents interested in volunteering as referees or interested in helping with this event, please contact Mr. Leskow at michael.leskow@ecsd.net . We thank you for your support!

Good luck to Grade 6

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Grade 6 students will continue writing more Provincial Achievement Tests next week. We wish them luck as they prepare for these tests.

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Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) are administered to students in grades 6 have three main purposes:

  • to determine if students are learning what they are expected to learn;
  •  to report to Albertans how well students have achieved provincial standards at given points in their schooling;
  • to assist schools, authorities, and the province in monitoring and improving student learning.

 

School Supplies for 2019-2020

Families have the opportunity to purchase school supplies through School Start for the 2019/2020 school year. Please click here for more information.

 

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Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

  • June 25: Year End Mass @ St. Thomas More Parish (1 pm)
  • June 26 : Soccer Day (afternoon)
  • June 27:
    • Full day
    • Grade 6 Farewell @ 2 pm
  • June 28:
    • Half-day (dismissal at 12:13 pm)
    • Report cards available on Parent Portal

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MWI Choir sings at Catholic Social Services – Father Irwin Fundraiser

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On Tuesday, June 4, Catholic Social Services held its annual Father Bill Irwin Luncheon at the Royal Glenora Club. Our Grade 4 choir was invited to sing at this prestigious event. With the direction of Mrs. Paxman, the choir sang a song from Seussical and the school’s Father Bill song. They performed amazingly! They represented our school well and were treated to a lunch afterwards.

 

Good luck to Grade 6

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Grade 6 students will be writing more Provincial Achievement Tests over the next two weeks. We wish them luck as they prepare for these tests.

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Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) are administered to students in grades 6 have three main purposes:

  • to determine if students are learning what they are expected to learn;
  •  to report to Albertans how well students have achieved provincial standards at given points in their schooling;
  • to assist schools, authorities, and the province in monitoring and improving student learning.

 

New Reporting Process for 2019-2020

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Edmonton Catholic Schools continue to work toward academic success for every student. To this end, starting in the 2019-2020 school year, we will implement a new feature within PowerSchool which will help parents monitor their child’s academic growth throughout the school year. This student progress program was piloted and successfully implemented in 9 of our Elementary schools during this school year.

The PowerSchool Parent Portal remains the web-based system linking home to school (where attendance and bussing information can be found, and where fees can be paid.)  In the new school year, through the PowerSchool site, parents will also be able to view their child’s on-going progress at the time of student assessment with Level of Achievement marks related to curricular outcomes, in addition to occasional comments and/or assignment information. Parents will be able to access information about their child’s progress during the learning process, as well as at key points during the year when summary information about achievement is posted. There will also be a student progress summary report available online at the end of January and June.

In September, more information will be forthcoming. There will also be a video tutorial specifically for Elementary parents available on our school website, this fall. This video will help parents go through the PowerSchool sign in process and show you how to view your child’s progress.

We look forward to providing more timely and ongoing feedback to our students with this new reporting process.

 

Yearbook and Class/School Photos

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The 2018/19 Yearbook is being prepared and  will arrive at the school in the fall. We order based on the number of pre-purchase orders.  If you wish to have a memory from this past year, please go online and select the option to purchase a  $25 yearbook.  When they arrive in the fall, they will be distributed to all those who have pre purchased one.  If your child is going to Grade 7, they will be either sent home with a sibling, if there is one here at MWI, or they will be sent to the school they will be attending. Please purchase by June 21.

Class/School Photos

All students will be receiving a class photo at no extra charge. These photos will be distributed before the end of June.

Families interested in purchasing a whole-school photo will be provided with information on how to order one at a later time this month.

District News

Board_Messenger_May 28

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Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

  • June 11: School Council meeting @ 7 pm (Library)
  • June 12: Grade 3 Recorder concert (gym)
  • June 25: Year End Mass @ St. Thomas More Parish (1 pm)
  • June 26 : Soccer Day (afternoon)
  • June 27:
    • Full day
    • Grade 6 Farewell @ 2 pm
  • June 28: Half-day (dismissal at 12:13 pm)

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Ninja Dash

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School Council’s Ninja Dash organizing committee begins planning for MWI Ninja Dash event in the Spring. A great deal of time was dedicated to creating the course and coordinating tasks, sponsors, etc. Thank you to our parent volunteers, sponsors and school community for supporting this incredible event. Staff and students had a fantastic time!

 

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The MWI SC would like to thank the following generous businesses for their help in putting on the Ninja Dash and supporting race day:

  • H&W Produce
  • Fountain Tire
  • Margo Sells Home’s, Running Room
  • Cob’s Riverbend Square
  • Panago
  • Johnson Charolais.

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The next School Council meeting, which will also be the Annual General Meeting will be Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 pm in the Library. Please join us! And if you have any items for the agenda, please email mwischoolcouncil@gmail.com by Tuesday, June 4.

World Catholic Education Day

Thursday, staff and students celebrated World Catholic Education Day in several ways.

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Both morning and afternoon kindergarten classes collaborated to create God’s 7 Days of Creation.

At our One Voice celebration, we gathered to pray and sing as a school community.

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Teachers reflected on how they are called to help in the faith formation of our students. Our goal is to prepare students to be socially active, responsible and moral, and to reflect Christian values in their daily lives.

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Yearbook and Class/School Photos

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The 2018/19 Yearbook is being prepared and  will arrive at the school in the fall. We order based on the number of pre-purchase orders.  If you wish to have a memory from this past year, please go online and select the option to purchase a  $25 yearbook.  When they arrive in the fall, they will be distributed to all those who have pre purchased one.  If your child is going to Grade 7, they will be either sent home with a sibling, if there is one here at MWI, or they will be sent to the school they will be attending. Please purchase by June 21.

Class/School Photos

All students will be receiving a class photo at no extra charge. These photos will be distributed before the end of June.

Families interested in purchasing a whole-school photo will be provided with information on how to order one at a later time this month.

District News

Superintendent’s Message June 2019

St. Thomas More Parish News

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Holy Communion/ Reconciliation Sacraments

We would like to recognize a number of students who are receiving their first Holy Communion / Reconciliation sacrament at St. Thomas More Parish.

Kase B.

Simon K.

Spencer P.

Payton P.

Sarah D.

Gabriel A.

Alyse P.

Chloe A.

Alexia H.

Liam H.

Jared R.

Renan M.

Evan S.

Helene G.

Albert H.

Avery H.

Azziel L.

Nathaniel S.

Olaedo I.

Lucas L.

Colt J.

Josie W.

Ryleigh K.

Thea M.

Alieah S.

Jackson H.

Cole V.

Edward N.

Renata P.

Marcus P.

Christopher S.

Martina F.

 

Transportation Fees increase for 2019-2020

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Please note that Bus Pass Fees will increase for our next school year from $32 to $33.50.

 

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Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

  • June 11: School Council meeting @ 7 pm (Library)
  • June 25: Year End Mass @ St. Thomas More Parish (1 pm)
  • June 26 : Soccer Day (afternoon)
  • June 27:
    • Full day
    • Grade 6 Farewell @ 2 pm
  • June 28: Half-day (dismissal at 12:13 pm)

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Golden Wolves Assembly

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This Thursday, at our Golden Wolves Assembly, guests from Catholic Social Services and  St. Katherine Drexel Place shared their appreciation and gratitude for the generous donations from our students and their families during our Lenten Project season. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the family hampers and to Mr. Madunicky for taking the lead on this event. The Assembly was also an opportunity to recognize classes that have filled their containers with bracelets, demonstrating students’ collective efforts in being kind, responsible and respectful. Bravo Loups d’orés!

A Visit to Devonshire Care Centre

 

Thank you to Mrs. D’Agostini and Mme Dorothy for organizing a special trip to Devonshire Care Centre with our Liturgical Club dancers. The students brought smiles to the residents faces and were thankful for the opportunity to share their gifts and talents with them.

Session: Parenting Digitally Empowered Students

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Thank you to Danny Maas, ECSD’s Emerging Technology Manager, for sharing with our parent community resources and strategies to address a variety of topics such as: screen time, sleep, cyberbullying, media influence, security & privacy and addiction. For those who missed the session and would like to access information regarding some of these topics, please consult the following resources:

May is the month of Mary

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The rosary is a powerful prayer. It settles our hearts and minds. It puts things in perspective and allows us to see things as they really are. It reaches deep down into our souls and puts us at ease, creating a peace that is rare and beautiful. To put it simply: It just works.

Of course, in order for the rosary to start working in your life, you have to start praying it! The hardest part of anything is getting started. Our hope is that you will be inspired to give the rosary a try and discover the power of the rosary for yourself: How to Pray the Rosary

Thank you to Sarah from St. Thomas More Parish who shared with our kindergarten students the significance of the Rosary. Students created their personal rosaries to pray.

 

Student Placements and Promotions

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We ask for your support in allowing our teachers to establish class lists and placements for the upcoming school year.  They are the experts and know your child best within the school context.  We strive to create a learning environment that will result in success for each of our students. As stated in our Administrative Procedures, many factors are taken into account when creating balanced classroom groupings, such as:

• gender
• learning styles
• learning needs
• work habits
• academic achievement
• social relationships
• group dynamics

The placement process is an extremely important educational decision and is given a great deal of time and consideration. If you would like to share any specific information about your child that you feel would impact this process, we would be happy to factor it into our decision-making process. If you have a concern about a teacher, you must remember our policy of “first contact” that states that you must first share your concern with the teacher. Requests will be shared with the teaching staff.

Please email our Administration by May 29th with any information you wish to share.

We thank our teachers for the tremendous amount of work they put into ensuring a successful classroom placement for every child.

Transportation Fees increase for 2019-2020

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Please note that Bus Pass Fees will increase for our next school year from $32 to $33.50.

 

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Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

  • May 27: Classroom Photo Day
  • May 29: Ninja Dash
  • May 30 :
    • World Catholic Education Day
    • One Voice @ 11:30 am
  • June 11: School Council meeting @ 7 pm (Art room)
  • June 25: Year End Mass @ St. Thomas More Parish (1 pm)
  • June 26 : Soccer Day
  • June 27:
    • Full day
    • Grade 6 Farewell @ 2 pm
  • June 28: Half-day (dismissal at 12:13 pm)

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Ninja Dash Pep Rally

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The Ninja Dash Planning Committee is excited to be organizing the School Council’s main fundraiser for the year, Monsignor William Irwin’s 5th Annual Ninja Dash, happening Wednesday, May 29th. The purpose of this event is to work together as a community and help raise funds for the school.

Last year, the goal was to raise enough funds to install basketball hoops on the tarmac, behind the school. These hoops are slated to be installed in June. This year, we are focussing on transforming part of the library into a makerspace. Collaboration is key in designing a makerspace. Staff and students have been providing input through our ‘community consultations’ and sharing the necessary equipment and materials required  to design the space.

This event requires many volunteers to be successful. It is a busy time of the year for everyone and we recognize we all have different work schedules therefore we have provided multiple dates/time opportunities for you to choose from:

Tuesday May 28th – night set up at the MWI gymnasium
Wednesday May 29th –  early morning course set up
Wednesday May 29th – full day Course Leaders
Wednesday May 29th – morning or afternoon water & snack distribution shifts

Please consider signing up to volunteer:  : Ninja Dash volunteer sign-up

Thank you to MWI’s School Council members for their energy and excitement in promoting our upcoming Ninja Dash.

 

FC Edmonton

 

Thanks to FC Edmonton for leading soccer sessions on Friday afternoon. Students played games, participated in drills and had an opportunity to ask questions about the sport.

Diabetes Canada

Earlier this month, the grade four students started an initiative to help create positive change for other people and the world. Students recognized the amount of clothing that was ending up in the landfill and wanted to help out in some way. By partnering up with Diabetes Canada students learned the value of used clothing and how it can make a difference. They also organized a Save a Life Candy Sale to help raise money for the Canadian Diabetes Association that supports people living with diabetes. The students raised over $350! We would like to thank all the parents, students, and staff for your donations and support!

Student Placements and Promotions

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We ask for your support in allowing our teachers to establish class lists and placements for the upcoming school year.  They are the experts and know your child best within the school context.  We strive to create a learning environment that will result in success for each of our students. As stated in our Administrative Procedures, many factors are taken into account when creating balanced classroom groupings, such as:

• gender
• learning styles
• learning needs
• work habits
• academic achievement
• social relationships
• group dynamics

The placement process is an extremely important educational decision and is given a great deal of time and consideration. If you would like to share any specific information about your child that you feel would impact this process, we would be happy to factor it into our decision-making process. If you have a concern about a teacher, you must remember our policy of “first contact” that states that you must first share your concern with the teacher. Requests will be shared with the teaching staff.

Please email our Administration by May 29th with any information you wish to share.

We thank our teachers for the tremendous amount of work they put into ensuring a successful classroom placement for every child.

Transportation Fees increase for 2019-2020

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Please note that Bus Pass Fees will increase for our next school year from $32 to $33.50.

 

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Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

  • May 20: Victoria Day- NO SCHOOL
  • May 21: Parenting Digitally Empowered Students session from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Art Room
  • May 27: Classroom Photo Day
  • May 29: Ninja Dash
  • May 30 :
    • World Catholic Education Day
    • One Voice @ 11:30 am
  • June 11: School Council meeting @ 7 pm (Art room)
  • June 25: Year End Mass @ St. Thomas More Parish (1 pm)
  • June 26 : Soccer Day
  • June 27:
    • Full day
    • Grade 6 Farewell @ 2 pm
  • June 28: Half-day (dismissal at 12:13 pm)