Monday, December 11, 2023

Tuesday, December 12th



Today we celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On this day in 1531 the Virgin Mary appeared to a young peasant in Mexico named Juan Diego and asked him to go to the Bishop and tell him that Mary, Mother of God asked him to build a church. We can use this day as a reminder that God and his Holy Family are always with us—all we have to do is have faith.  

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for always being with us even when we feel alone.

Allow us to be aware of your presence, 

and the presence of your Saints in heaven, 

as we walk through our lives.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, your only son, our Lord.



Main Entrance - Mr. Bashutsky
North Entrance - Mr. Hunko
South Entrance - Mrs. Ruszkowski


Tuesday - Meatball, Mashed potatoes, & Gravy $4.00


SASKPOWER PLANNED OUTAGE: Tuesday, December 12th

SaskPower has a scheduled power outage that will be affecting the school on Tuesday, December 12th. The outage is planned between the hours of 7:30 am - 8:30 am and 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Please enter through the Main entrance or North entrance on this morning, as the south exterior door will be locked. If possible, students should avoid being dropped off prior to 8:30 am. Students who need to be dropped off during the planned outage are to remain in the Commons area until power is restored.  At the conclusion of the day, we are asking students to be picked up immediately at the end of the day. Students who waiting for rides, will wait in the Commons.

SPRING MUSICAL: Audition/Backstage Information Meeting

Students who are interested in being part of this year's musical are to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, December 14th at 12:30 pm in room B27. We will be discussing the audition process and technician interviews. The audition packages will also be ready for actors. 


Students or staff who are wanting to purchase a 2022/2023 yearbook are to go to the main office.


École St. Mary students are invited to demonstrate their skill of beading at the December 2023 Beading Competition on Thursday, December 14th from 9 am to 3 pm. The competition involves beading an ornament within the time of 9 am to 3 pm. (Lunch is not provided.) Please register with Mrs. Constant by Tuesday, December 12th at 4 pm. Registration forms are available in room B26. Registrants will receive an information handout which includes the competition criteria: bird, snowflake or other pre-prepared template, attaching a way to hang the ornament, edging detail (Picot edging) and cleaning of the work space.  Participants and judges will follow the provincial skills competition regulations. Winners of the school competition will be encouraged to participate in the regional competition with the regional winner advancing to provincials. Practice beading is available at lunch in room B26, as well as for students who want to learn how to bead, and not compete. Please see Mrs. Constant if you have any questions.

MODEL UN: Volunteers Still Needed

A practice Model UN event will be held on Tuesday, December 19th from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm at École St Mary High School. This requires 4-6 Pages to distribute notes between delegations (from country to country). No previous Page experience is required. Students who are interested in volunteering can contact Mr. Joncas or Mr. Welter. 


All Saskatchewan high school students are invited to submit poetry or prose (fiction and creative non-fiction) for a chance to be featured in Windscript Vol. 40, 2024 and earn $40. For important rules and guidelines, please visit The deadline to submit is Thursday, December 14th.

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 If you are interested in being a host family, please contact Jeannette Eddolls: 306-960-4648 or


“Thinking about becoming a lifeguard? Great news! In December, the City of Prince Albert is offering both prerequisites for National Lifeguard which allows employment at swimming pools across Canada.

1)    Bronze MedallionDecember 15th-December 17th, at the Frank J. Dunn Pool

The prerequisite is either being 13 years of age or possessing Bronze Star (need not be current). No formal swimming lesson experience is required; however, applicants must have swimming ability and skill. Bronze Medallion is a prerequisite for assistant lifeguard training in Bronze Cross. The fee is $176.50. Registration can be completed in person at the pool or online at the link:

2)    Bronze CrossDecember 27th - December 31st at the Frank J. Dunn Pool

The prerequisite is possession of Bronze Medallion (need not be current). This is an assistant lifeguard course, and the prerequisite for National Lifeguard - Pool, the standard course required to work at swimming pools across Canada. The fee is $191.00. Registration can be in person at the pool or completed online at the link:


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 If you have any questions, or want assistance, please see Mrs. Rapin in Student Services (office 116).


Best and Brightest Entrance Scholarships

Best and Brightest Entrance Scholarships are USask’s highest valued, renewable entrance scholarships and are awarded based on academics, leadership and contributions to school and community life. Five of these awards, known as the Circle of Honour Awards, are designated for Indigenous students. To be considered, students must complete an application for admission by December 1, 2023 and must fill out and submit the online application for Best and Brightest Scholarships by December 152023 in PAWS

Competitive Entrance Awards

Competitive Entrance Awards include numerous scholarships and bursaries that can be accessed by many students with diverse experiences. Students can be considered based on academic achievement, financial need and/or contributions to school and community life. Some awards recognize backgrounds, acknowledge contributions to certain clubs or reward achievement in music and athletics. All entering students are encouraged to apply. To be considered, students must complete an application for admission by February 15, 2024 and fill out and submit the online application for Competitive Entrance Awards by March 1, 2024 in PAWS

Guaranteed Entrance Scholarships

Students will automatically be considered for a Guaranteed Entrance Scholarship when they apply for admission. These scholarships recognize academic achievements and are awarded based on the admission average.

Student best average

Scholarship value



93% to 94.9%


90% to 92.9%


85% to 89.9%


For additional information, please see Mrs. Rapin or go to


Chancellor’s Scholarship

The Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded annually to 14 undergraduate students who meet a variety of criteria, including a minimum admission average of 95%. This scholarship is being offered to students directly from high school, or high school graduates who have not completed any post-secondary course (other than those completed while the student was still in high school, such as the High School Accelerated Program). One award is reserved for Indigenous applicants and one award is reserved for out-of-province applicants. The recipients will receive $10,000 a year over four years, plus on-campus housing for the first year. The value of each scholarship is just over $46,000.  An application is required and includes a written statement, resume, reference letter, and referee. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2023.

Application-Required Scholarships

Students can apply for undergraduate scholarships and awards using the Student Awards Management System (SAMS). There are lots of different awards available, some that require an application and others that are automatic. Students can browse the awards as a guest or create an account when they are ready to apply!

Automatic Entrance Awards

Students must be entering directly from high school to an undergraduate degree program.

Student best average

Scholarship value


$3,000 (March 15)

93% to 94.99%

$1,500 (March 15)

90% to 92.99%

$1,000 (March 15)

Faculty of Business: 85% or higher

$1,000 (August 15)

For more information, see Mrs. Rapin or go to


Schulich Leader Scholarships are the largest and most prestigious undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) scholarships in Canada. This scholarship was established to encourage the best and brightest students to be the next generation of entrepreneurial-minded, technology innovators. Schulich Leader Scholarships are open to all Canadian high schools with graduating students planning to pursue an undergraduate degree in an eligible STEM program at one of our 20 partner universities. This year the foundation is awarding 50 engineering scholarships valued at $120,000 each and 50 science, technology or math scholarships valued at $100,000 each. It is important to note that students who are planning for a career as a medical practitioner/researcher (doctor, dentist, nurse, psychologist, pharmacist, optometrist, etc.) are NOT eligible to apply. École St. Mary High School can only nominate ONE candidate and nomination is competitive. If you are interested in being considered for nomination, please email a list of school/community involvement, leadership activities, and a statement about financial need to Mrs. Rapin ( in Student Services by Friday, December 15, 2023, before 12:00pm to be considered for nomination. To find out more about  visit or .


This bursary is open to any student who is in the process of graduating from high school or currently studying or registered at a post-secondary institution. Applicants will be evaluated on their community and school involvement, knowledge of Kin Canada and financial need. The application form must be submitted by February 1st, 2024 and winners will be notified before June 30 by their sponsoring club. For additional information and to apply, please go to


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 each session are as follows:

September 6 - 28 (after school)

October 2 - 23 (after school)

October 23 - December 7 (lunch hour)

November 1 - November 24 (after school)

December 11 - January 19 (after school)

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

Information and instructional videos are available at


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


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 and/or view the November/December Newsletter. 


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

RECONCILIATION PROJECT: Community Building Youth Futures
Are you passionate about creating awareness and pursuing reconciliation in your community? Join the Reconciliation Project with CBYF Prince Albert! Open to students in grades 10-12, the task is for students to research their own culture, or another culture of their choice, and create a bridge between colonial experiences in Canada and worldwide. This will include understanding the historical facts of real events, how those events have affected cultural groups, and what that means for reconciliation efforts and pursuing a healthy dialogue and healing. Students are to create a three-part project and incorporate their ideas and research into: 

(1) a video or essay to present your research 

(2) an art piece that will represent your chosen research culture and the pursuit of reconciliation, and 

(3) a short story or poem that will support your art piece. 

All supplies needed to create the project will be provided by CBYF Prince Albert, as well as writing and research support. For more information on The Reconciliation Project, contact For more information on CBYF Prince Albert visit our Facebook page or website
Student ages 7 to 18 are invited to attend the FREE open art studio at the Margo Fournier Arts Centre (


Monday - Pork Bites & Potato Wedges $4.00
Tuesday - Meatball, Mashed potatoes, & Gravy $4.00
Wednesday - Pancakes & Bacon $4.00
Thursday - Crispy Chicken Sandwich $3.50
Friday - Pulled Pork Sandwich $3.50

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