MWI Weekly News

Summer Blessings

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Au Revoir Grade 6 Students

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Thank you to our grade 6 families who participated in our Drive-by Farewell Parade. Although we could not celebrate together as a community, we still want to honour and thank you. Not only are we proud of how our grade 6 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!

 

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Drive-by Farewell Parade

We were so delighted to see our MWI families on Tuesday, June 23rd and Wednesday, June 24th. We missed you all! Wishing everyone a blessed summer filled with rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.

 

School Supplies for 2020 – 2021

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School Supplies for September 2020 are now available for purchase from School Start.  Please click here for more information. Additional information can be found on our website – LINK.

 

Chromebook Purchase Option

Please note that Chromebooks can be purchased directly from Compugen’s Web portal (at reduced vendor pricing) for parents interested in purchasing a Chromebook for their child.  Click on the following to make a purchase or for more information: Chromebook Parent Purchase Program

If you have issues with Compugen’s online website, please contact:

  • Anoop Sond 780-969-0060
  • Brenda Stewart 780-670-5131

Division News

Issue 3 Volume 1_June 2020

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Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

Our Division is currently working with Alberta Education to determine what September re-entry will look like. They have directed us to prepare for three possible scenarios: return to near normal classroom instruction, partial return to classes/return with restrictions in place and remaining in a remote learning situation. Which scenario we end up beginning the year with is entirely dependent on the pandemic status at the end of the summer and our ability to ensure that our students and staff can maintain their health and safety. The Ministry has indicated that they will decide what re-entry will be by August 1st in order to allow us ample time to be prepared for learning in the 2020-21 school year. We will let our families know what fall classes will look like as soon as this has been determined. Rest assured, we will ensure the health and safety of our students is a priority, and we will have plans that enable us to be agile and flexible in order to support the teaching and learning process no matter what comes at us next year. MWI staff will be ready!

  • June 26: Report cards available on Parent Portal – LINK
  • August 26: Office opens
  • September 2: First Day of School

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June 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day

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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.  Like so many events this year, our celebrations of this day have, out of necessity, become virtual celebrations.

Visit our public website for more information and to access A Teacher/Parent Guide to Celebrating The Strength and Diversity of Indigenous People in Canada.

 

Where’s My Teacher?

Have some fun and search for our MWI teachers! Click here to access the images. Thank you to Mrs. Stapleton for coordinating this fun activity!

Class Configurations for 2020 – 2021

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 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 29th) that will advise them of their child’s placement for the school year.  The first day of school is Wednesday, September 2nd.

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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. Alena Liddell, Mrs. Anu Menon, Mrs. Shiny George, Mrs. Susan Azhar Haidari, Mme Julia Parrotta, Mr. Li Ayuen, Mme Stephanie Pennycook and Mr. Madunicky. We are grateful for all that they have done for MWI’s school community. 

 

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We would like to extend a warm welcome to returning staff members: Mrs. Rachel Chan, Mme Daphney Lockhead and Mme Michelle Brassard. We are looking forward to having them return to our team.

Welcome to Mme Denise Vallée. She will be replacing Mr. Madunicky as our Assistant Principal. Ms. Boscan, Mrs. Schrettlinger and Ms. Sindhu will be joining our Educational Assistant team. Welcome to everyone!

 

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As the year comes to a close we would like to thank our parents and volunteers. Your spirit, energy and commitment to students makes a difference at MWI!

 

 

School Supplies for 2020 – 2021

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School Supplies for September 2020 are now available for purchase from School Start.  Please click here for more information. Additional information can be found on our website – LINK.

 

Chromebook Purchase Option

Please note that Chromebooks can be purchased directly from Compugen’s Web portal (at reduced vendor pricing) for parents interested in purchasing a Chromebook for their child.  Click on the following for more information: Chromebook Parent Purchase Program

If you have issues with Compugen’s online website, please contact:

  • Anoop Sond 780-969-0060
  • Brenda Stewart 780-670-5131

 

upcoming events

 

MWI Farewell Parade

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As our last month of school comes to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank families for your continued engagement with remote teaching & learning. The guidance and support you have provided your children helps them to be more successful in their learning. Our last day of school is June 26th. Teachers will communicate plans for homeroom virtual celebrations taking place the last week of June.

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Division News

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St Thomas More Parish News

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Workbooks for your children that were not picked up from the school are now available for pick-up at the parish office between regular office hours (Mon – Fri, 9am – 4 pm; closed over the lunch hour 12-1pm).

Please work through the workbooks with your children and we will be ready to celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in the fall (September or October) when the new school year has started!

We look forward to seeing you celebrate together as the MWI school family!

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MWI Farewell Parade

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MWI Drive thru map link

 

Items to be Returned

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Chromebooks and chargers must be returned to the school between June 22 and June 24, 2020. Please contact the office to make arrangements prior to dropping off computers at the school.

Textbooks, classroom/library books can be returned at any time during school hours. There is a box at the front entrance to collect these items.

 

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Yearbook

If you wish to purchase a yearbook for the School year 2019-2020, please see the attached poster. Yearbook 2019-20

They are only available through the Lifetouch purchase website.  Please purchase by June 26th in order to have one available in September.

They are $20 and will be delivered to the school in September.  We will then distribute them to the students.  We will either send the current Grade 6 students yearbooks with a sibling or forward them to the school they are going to next year.

 

Fall Re-Entry Plan

Alberta’s Education Minister Adriana LaGrange has shared that the government is planning for three options in the coming year.

These options include:

  • schools open for regular classes
  • schools open for in person classes but with certain health restrictions that affect operations (hybrid model)
  • teacher-directed remote learning to continue at home

Our division is currently planning for these three options in anticipation of Alberta Education’s announcement this summer.

 

New Students

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Accepting Registrations

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

School Supplies for 2020 – 2021

supplies

School Supplies for September 2020 are now available for purchase from School Start.  Please click here for more information. Additional information can be found on our website – LINK.

 

Chromebook Purchase Option

Please note that Chromebooks can be purchased directly from Compugen’s Web portal (at reduced vendor pricing) for parents interested in purchasing a Chromebook for their child.  Click on the following for more information: Chromebook Parent Purchase Program

If you have issues with Compugen’s online website, please contact:

  • Anoop Sond 780-969-0060
  • Brenda Stewart 780-670-5131

 

upcoming events

 

  • June 16 – MWI School Council Meeting
  • June 23 & 24 – (10 am – 12 pm)   Drive-by Goodbye Parade (see above for details)
  • June 26 – Last Day of School

 

MWI Weekly News

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In the past week, we have witnessed with great concern the rallies and riots in the United States and around the world, the result of the violent deaths of African Americans amid the face of systemic racism. Pope Francis himself remarked this morning about the disturbing social unrest in the United States following the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd. He said: “My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life. At the same time, we have to recognize that the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.”

As the end of our school year fast approaches, it is difficult to make sense of the unrest around the world. We live in uncertain times, trying to understand the plight of our global neighbors. We must turn our eyes to the anguish of those affected by racism and violence while also grieving and mourning the loss of human life.

Almighty and merciful God, Lord of the universe. All that you have created is good and your compassion for the sins of humankind knows no limits. We come to you to ask for peace in our world and its people: to abolish hatred; to restore friendship; and to instil in the hearts of your people the gifts of forgiveness and reconciliation. Prince of Peace, we pray for those who have been killed and impacted by these acts of violence and unrest. Heal and console their bodies and hearts, and give us the strength and courage to walk alongside them in their journey.

We pray this through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

(Message from Chief Superintendent, Robert Martin)

 

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As we begin our last month of school, we would like to take this opportunity to thank families for your continued engagement with remote teaching & learning. The guidance and support you have provided your children helps them to be more successful in their learning. Classes will continue until June 26th. Formal instruction will still be occuring in the upcoming weeks in order for teachers to assess student work and prepare our students’ final June Summary Report. Homeroom teachers will be sharing details on timelines for when assessments, class celebrations and optional activities will take place.

Fall Re-Entry Plan

Alberta’s Education Minister Adriana LaGrange has shared that the government is planning for three options in the coming year.

These options include:

  • schools open for regular classes
  • schools open for in person classes but with certain health restrictions that affect operations (hybrid model)
  • teacher-directed remote learning to continue at home

Our division is currently planning for these three options in anticipation of Alberta Education’s announcement this summer.

Items to be Returned

book return

Chromebooks and chargers must be returned to the school between June 22 and June 24, 2020. Please contact the office to make arrangements prior to dropping off computers at the school.

Textbooks, classroom/library books can be returned at any time during school hours. There is a box at the front entrance to collect these items.

Yearbook

If you wish to purchase a yearbook for the School year 2019-2020, please see the attached poster. Yearbook 2019-20

They are only available through the Lifetouch purchase website.  Please purchase by June 26th in order to have one available in September.

They are $20 and will be delivered to the school in September.  We will then distribute them to the students.  We will either send the current Grade 6 students yearbooks with a sibling or forward them to the school they are going to next year.

 

Remote Learning Update- Assessments

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Classroom teachers have been directed by ECSD to continue assessing student in English language arts, French language arts (for our French immersion students) and Mathematics. We will continue to report in Powerschool Parent Portal for these subject areas. On occasion, there may be an assessment in another subject (Religion, Science, Social Studies) if it is cross-curricular in nature. Your child’s teacher will communicate more information when formal assessments take place. Although we appreciate parent support, during these formal assessments, teachers would like to assess what students can do independently.

We know students and families are concerned about how students will be prepared for the next grade. When face-to-face classes resume, teachers will determine where students are in their learning and will plan accordingly. Teachers are prepared to re-teach important content if necessary.

If you have any questions about your child’s learning, we encourage you to contact your child’s teacher. Thank you for your support and understanding during this time.

Reminder: District’s New Reporting System on Power School

To assist parents in navigating the PowerSchool Parent Portal to view your child’s ongoing progress, please refer to the following site: https://sites.google.com/ecsd.net/parent-guide-to-new-reporting/home

This site will be updated with new information throughout the year. If you have any questions regarding the new reporting procedures, you can contact the school at 780-430-1121.

 

School Supplies for 2020 – 2021

supplies

School Supplies for September 2020 are now available for purchase from School Start.  Please click here for more information.

 

Chromebook Purchase Option

Please note that Chromebooks can be purchased directly from Compugen’s Web portal (at reduced vendor pricing) for parents interested in purchasing a Chromebook for their child.  Click on the following for more information: Chromebook Parent Purchase Program

If you have issues with Compugen’s online website, please contact:

  • Anoop Sond 780-969-0060
  • Brenda Stewart 780-670-5131

 

 

upcoming events

 

  • June 23 & 24 – (10 am – 12 pm)   Drive-by Goodbye Parade (details shared next week)
  • June 26 – Last Day of School