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Edmonton Catholic Schools

Superintendent's Message March 2018

ECSD 2018 - Spring Newsletter - March.pdf

Living in the Word of God- Mercy.pdf

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

 ~John 13:1~

This passage comes from the Gospel reading for Holy Thursday.  The Gospel of John is also known as the Gospel of Love because it is written to clearly tell us of the great love that God has for us.  That love is embodied in the person of Jesus.  Knowing of the immense suffering that Jesus is about to endure as his death approaches, it is humbling to even try to imagine the magnitude of His love for us.

Our Catholic community was deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and shepherd, Archbishop Emeritus Joseph MacNeil.  One of our schools proudly bears his name and his motto “Let us grow together in Christ”.    Archbishop MacNeil was a significant part of the fabric of so many of our lives, especially through the sacrament of Confirmation.  We invite you to visit  and click on the ‘Remembering Archbishop Joseph MacNeil’ banner to share a favorite story or picture of him.   

ECSD has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mount Royal University to collaborate and offer students two courses to explore their passions and interests in Aviation.  The two dual credit Aviation courses, which are required courses within the Mount Royal University Bissett School of Business Aviation Diploma, will be offered at St. Joseph High School to interested grade 11 & 12 students from ECSD who meet the pre-requisites of English 30 – 1, Math 30 – 1, and medical clearance.  By offering the courses after school hours, it will enable students from across ECSD to enroll in the courses.  Students will be able to develop their knowledge to achieve Transport Canada requirements respecting navigation and aviation operations, along with Basic Meteorology to interpret weather information for pilots as supplied by Atmospheric Environment Services.  In partnership with WestJet, students will be able to experience flight simulation and in-flight experiences with trained pilots.  WestJet will support this opportunity through personnel, simulator experiences, and site visitations at YEG.

Edmonton Catholic Schools is excited to plan for our new K-6 school in The Orchards at Ellerslie.  The culture and ethos of a Catholic school evolves from its name.  We want to choose a name that is meaningful to our Catholic community, and that conveys the school’s identity to the broader community.  We are currently taking suggestions from the public and would love to hear your voice.  Visit and click on the Name our New School Banner to learn more about the guidelines and criteria.  We will be accepting entries until March 31.

There are so many opportunities for our students to showcase their learning.  An excellent example of this is the annual Jean Forest Leadership Academy Luncheon to celebrate International Women’s Day.  This year's Women's Day theme is

Press for Progress! and the girls of JFLA are embracing this challenge by building on their leadership and engaging in community service as students in the Academy. The guest speaker at this year’s luncheon will be mental health advocate and professional photographer Blake Loates.  She will be speaking about the need to Press for Progress in the fight to end the stigma of mental illness. Visit and look under “What’s New in the District” to learn more about the luncheon and how to purchase tickets.

The month of March also provides us with the opportunity to focus student learning more intentionally on the importance of numbers in our daily lives during our annual Numeracy Week event.  Our students will spend time gaining an appreciation of the fact the numeracy is not just significant in math class!

The year moves by so swiftly.  Our year-round schools will begin their Spring Break on March 19, and our regular calendar schools will begin their break on March 26.  All classes will resume on Tuesday, April 3. This is a wonderful time for students and staff to rest and recharge in preparation for the busy-ness of the last few months of school.

I leave you with another passage from the Gospel of John as we continue our Lenten journey:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” ~ John 3:16

Have a wonderful month!


Joan Carr