Thursday, February 15, 2024

Monday, February 26th

 DAY 2

MORNING PRAYER

The words “Do not be afraid” appear about 365 times throughout the Bible. For example, the angel tells Mary not to be afraid when she is asked to be the mother of Jesus. Joseph is told not to be afraid, but to take Mary as his wife. Jesus calls Simon Peter to follow him, telling him not to be afraid, and when Jesus rose from the dead, he says to his friends, “Don’t be afraid … I leave you my peace”.Having faith can help us put aside fear, for faith will bring us hope in life.   

Loving God,

Help us not to be afraid

Help us to become the best version of ourselves,

by addressing things that we want to change

Lead us and guide us on this journey.

Help us to trust in you and be not afraid

Through Christ our Lord, 

Amen 

SCHOOL SUPERVISION

Main Entrance - Mrs. Nelson
North Entrance - Mr. Seto/Mrs. Morhart
South Entrance - 
Mrs. Rissling

CAFETERIA

Monday - Pizza $3.50

 ANNOUNCEMENTS

SEMAINE DU L'IMMERSION

PINK SHIRT DAY: Wednesday, February 28th
Pink Shirt Day began in 2007 when a student in Nova Scotia was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. It has since been recognized, annually and worldwide, as a day to stand against bullying. Staff and students are encouraged to wear pink on Wednesday, February 28th.

ÉCOLE ST MARY OPEN HOUSE
Students and staff are encouraged to invite families to attend the École St Mary Open House on Wednesday, March 6th and Thursday, March 7th from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. The doors will be open at 6:30 pm.


FEBRUARY: Aboriginal Storytelling Month

For Indigenous people, storytelling is both a gift, and a very old custom, used to teach, entertain, and remember. In December 2022, the provincial government declared that February would be the official month of Indigenous storytelling. “Culturally, when the snow has hit the ground, it has been a very old custom to gather together and share stories to learn culture and language and teachings”. 
To honour this tradition, 
1) the original and translated Cree legend, “Chahkabesh and the Giant Woman” is available at https://www.pathoftheelders.com/images/docs/14x2.pdf.
2) the original and translated Cree legend, "Chahkabesh Snares the Sun" is available at https://pathoftheelders.com/images/docs/15x2.pdf
3) the original and translated Cree legend, "Chahkabesh is Swallowed by the Giant Fish" is available at https://www.pathoftheelders.com/images/docs/16x2.pdf
4) the original and translated Cree legend, "Chahkabesh is Drawn Up by the Moon" is available at https://www.pathoftheelders.com/images/docs/17x2.pdf
5) the original and translated Cree legend, "Weesakechahk Carries Around His Song Bag" is available at https://www.pathoftheelders.com/images/docs/18x2.pdf
6) the original and translated Cree legend, "Weesakechahk Tricks the Bear" is available at https://www.pathoftheelders.com/images/docs/19x2.pdf
7) the original and translated Cree legend, "Weesakechahk Flies South with the Waveys" is available at https://www.pathoftheelders.com/images/docs/20x2.pdf
8) the original and translated Cree legend, "The Man who was Devoured by Rabbits" is available at https://www.pathoftheelders.com/images/docs/21x2.pdf

FEBRUARY: Black History Month

On February 26, 1851, the Anti-Slavery Society of Canada was formed. The Anti-Slavery Society adopted a constitution, bylaws and resolutions. The society condemned enslavement as inhumane and indicted the US for not outlawing slavery. The society launched aid programs, relief organizations and a night school to train a small group of refugees in farming. 

CBC’s THE FIRST PAGE: Student Writing Contest

The contest involves writing the first page (300 - 400 words) of a novel set 150 years in the future, with the protagonist facing an issue that's topical today and setting the scene for how it plays out in a century and a half. This contest has two categories: Grades 7 to 9 and Grades 10 to 12. Each winner will receive a one-year subscription to OwlCrate (delivery of a monthly box with a book and book-related goodies) and the school will receive 50 free books. All shortlisted entries will be published on CBCBooks.ca. The deadline to enter is February 28, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET. To submit go to CBC Literary Prizes Submission Manager (submittable.com). To read the 2023 winners’ stories go to 

myBlueprint/SCOTIA  BANK SCHOLARSHIPS: $3750

The Scotiabank scholarships for students age 16 – age 18 focus on four themes (Diversity, Financial Wellness, Women Future Leaders, STEM) and four regions of Canada. The Contest Period is from Monday, January 15, 2024, at 9:00:01 AM ET to Friday, May 3rd, 2024, at 11:59:59 PM ET. Upon successful completion and submission of the scholarship application, the eligible entrant will receive one (1) entry into the Contest. Only one Scholarship prize will be awarded per eligible entrant. (If an entrant submits more than one Entry, they will be disqualified.) For additional information, please go to https://education.myblueprint.ca/scotia/


GLOBAL PARTNERS NORTH AMERICA: Host Families Needed
Twenty-one (21) female high school students from Japan will be in Prince Albert from Tuesday, March 19th - Sunday, March 31st, 2024. Host families are needed for this time period. The students will attend classes at École St Mary High School on school days, and spend time with host families during evenings and weekends. Additional information (responsibilities of Host Families, Global Partners North America, Students) is available at http://pa.pursueonline.com/index.php/community/. If you are interested in being a host family, please contact Jeannette Eddolls: 306-960-4648 or jeannette.m@velocity.ca

U of S EARLY ADMISSIONS

Attention grade 12 students! Applications are now open for admissions to the University of Saskatchewan. Apply early to take advantage of benefits like early admission and access to scholarships. Some scholarship applications are due before the application deadline. To find information about how to apply, programs and deadlines, scholarship applications, and how to submit your documents, please go to https://admissions.usask.ca/requirements/apply.php#1Findaprogram If you have any questions, or want assistance, please see Mrs. Rapin in Student Services (office 116).


DRIVER EDUCATION 2023 - 2024

Students who are interested in the 2023 - 2024 driver education program are to register online through Microsoft Forms: 2023 - 2024 Drivers Ed Registration Form Mr. Bourdon will then place students into groups on Edsby. A reminder that spots fill up quickly, so it is important to select your three top options to best accommodate each student. 

The start dates for session are as follows:

January 31 - February 29 (after school)

March 4 - March 25 (after school)

March 4 - April 24 (lunch hour)

April 8 - April 26 (after school)

May 1 - May 23 (after school)

July 2 - July 10 summer class (9:00am - 1:00pm)

Please note the following:

·         Students must be 15 years old by the start of the session.

·         Sessions will be in the Room 246.

·         All sessions begin at 3:30pm and end at 5:30pm. (except for the summer/lunch sessions).

·         During your driver education class, you will need:

·         your birth certificate

·         your MYSGI account number(needed on the first day of class)

·         Students must go to SGI to get their MySGI customer number.

·         a pencil/pen and notebook


SUPPORT MENSTRUAL EQUITY INITIATIVE: Free Products

École St Mary High School has received free feminine menstrual products (pads and tampons) to support our students. Students who want these free products can go to the main office or see Mrs. Cantin in Room 115.  The initiative is a three-year partnership (Ministry of Education, the Status of Women Office, SaskBuilds, school division) created to distribute products in a cost-effective equitable and accessible manner. The initiative was established between the Ministry of Education and the Shoppers Foundation of Women's Health to provide 12 million menstrual products.


EDSBY SUPPORT
Information and instructional videos are available at https://pacsd.ca/our-students/edsby-for-students/

FREE MICROSOFT 365 FOR STUDENTS

Students enrolled in the Prince Albert Catholic School Division have the opportunity to install Microsoft Office 365 on their desktops, laptops and mobile devices. Instructions and additional information is available at http://pa.pursueonline.com/index.php/community/

COMMUNITY

PRINCE ALBERT PUBLIC LIBRARY (PAPL)
Find out about all the FREE print and digital access to novels, graphic novels, music, movies, comedy shows, crafts, book clubs and more that is available at the Prince Albert Public Library. For detailed information visit https://princealbertlibrary.ca/ and/or view the January/February Newsletter. (FREE February movies: "Love Again", "Retribution", "Mummies", "The Amazing Maurice", "Scooby Doo and Krypto Too")

KARATE CLASSES

Are you looking for a fitness and discipline activity? If yes, Prince Albert Budokai Karate is hosting its classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1405 Bishop Pascal Place (Elevation Academy Gym - Former Rivier). Beginners' classes are at 6 pm and advanced classes are at 7 pm. We welcome new and returning students. If you have any questions, please contact Sensei Chris Lair at 306-922-5247 or by email at chrislair@sasktel.net.

CAFETERIA

Monday - Pizza $3.50
Tuesday - Pork Bites & Rotini Salad $4.00
Wednesday - Jollof Rice & Roasted Chicken $4.00
Thursday - Sweet 'n' Sour Meatballs & Rice $4.00 
Friday - Cheesy Naan & Spring Mix Salad $3.50