September Information 2021-2022
With our first few days behind us, I would like to share with you a few important pieces of information:
This year our enrollment has increased by 111 students from our previous June numbers. Currently there are 1015 students in our building. We have 5 classes of each Kindergarten to Grade 3 classes; 4 classes of Grade 4-7; and 2 classes of Grade 8 & 9.
AM Kindergarten -A
Mrs. Trish McGuinness
PM Kindergarten -B
AM Kindergarten -C
Mrs. Sandy Roulstone
PM Kindergarten -D
AM Kindergarten -E
Mrs. Connie Mackney
Elem Music Gr 1-5
Emotional Behavior Specialist
Therapeutic Assistant for Behavior Therapy
Lynnea Ingraham, Kathy Bodnar
Therapeutic Assistant for Speech & Language
Gena Ash, Rachel Knutson, Haley Steinke
Therapeutic Assistant for Occupational Therapy
Sydney Brox, Deepa Paul, Cassie Shaw
Ms. Kerri-Lyn Graham
Mrs. Pinkiben Tailor
Mrs. Shuhen Wu
Ms. Michelle Ceria
Ms. Anila Graham
Mrs. Michelle Grande
Mr. Ernesto Abarico (Head Custodian)
Mr. Nerlou Ibale
Mr. Greg Matusewicz (Senior Custodian)
(Part-time light duty)
In May of 2021 we were approved to receive 7 new modular classrooms that will be attached to the west side of the school. Unfortunately, due to the Covid pandemic and the scarcity of building materials the delivery of these classrooms has been delayed by several months. So, until that time; we have accommodated students in a variety of ways, by opening the staffroom as a classroom, using the open-air classroom over the learning commons; using what was the daycare space and will be our elementary music room; and using the former 100V classroom as a Grade 5 classroom. Once our modular classrooms arrive the grade 3 & grade 5 classes will move to the new spaces. We are hoping this will happen after Christmas. These modular classrooms are newly built with beautifully big windows and a wide-open space for learning. They are painted in soft tones, making them pleasing spaces for learning.
Drop off and Pick up of Students:
This increase in student enrollment has caused even further challenges when parents and busses are trying to safely drop off students. We ask you to be extra cautious as you are arriving, dropping off or picking up your child before and after school. We now have 12 busses that need to access the bus lane.
Drop and Go or Pick Up and Go Lane:
The lane next to the bus lane in front of our school is now a drop and go lane; NO PARKING IS ALLOWED! We thank parents for following our directions when dropping off their children.
After School Pick Up: There is still a problem with the afternoon pick up of students for families who wish to use this lane. If you are planning on picking your child up at the front of the school it would be best to delay your arrival until 2:50, at that time you will be able to enter the lot; students will be there after having been dismissed at 2:40, allowing the flow of pick up and drop off to happen faster.
Important Dates for September October:
Federal Election – our school will be used as a polling station
No School National Day of Truth and Reconciliation
No School Thanksgiving
No School Staff Professional Development – Faith Development Day
Please be sure to check our school website for the most recent information and updates. We do not send out monthly newsletters, but connect with our families by Swift messaging in PowerSchool. It is important that you provide us with an e-mail address we can contact you at; as well as a phone number where quick text messages can be sent on a regular basis.
Policy of First Contact:
Edmonton Catholic Schools has a policy of first contact, meaning that it is expected that you will first communicate with the person that there is a concern with. If you are not satisfied with the conversation or you feel that you have not been heard; then you can contact the administration involving us so that we can facilitate a resolution. Communication is key to all we do, please be sure to bring any questions or concerns to your teachers or the administrative team. It is only by communicating effectively that we can address your concerns.
I look forward to another exciting school year working with you and your family.
St. Thomas Aquinas.
Our Timberwolves reading program is in full swing! Students are participating in our first ever, whole school reading program by completing their home reading, and earning a ticket, then once every 2 weeks a winner is drawn from EACH CLASS to choose a book from our VERY FULL book cabinet. The books were selected by the students as ones they would like to win, funds have been very generously donated from our School Council to purchase the books.