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Edmonton Catholic Schools

Superintendent's Message - June 2018

ECSD Parent Newsletters - Father's Day - Loving and Caring for Our Neighbours.pdf

The important thing is that each believer discern his or her own path, that they bring out the very best of themselves, the most personal gifts that God has placed in their hearts.

~ Pope Francis, Rejoice and be Glad, paragraph 11~

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and this provides us with a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the growth and learning that has taken place over the course of the year that has empowered our students to journey further down the lifelong path of discovering their own giftedness as children of God.  This is at the heart of Catholic education in Edmonton Catholic Schools.

Edmonton Catholic Schools’ Student Senate has had a very productive year.  You can learn more about this very important body of student representatives at .  As part of their work to champion Catholic education, they launched the Humans of ECSD project.  Humans of ECSD explores the personal experience of students and staff at Edmonton Catholic Schools. Our Student Senators interviewed and photographed people from their school communities and asked them to describe in their own voice the depth and richness Catholic education provides. This digital story-telling campaign takes its cues from the Humans of New York project.

We are pleased to offer Diploma Exam Preparation Sessions at various locations throughout the city.  Visit and click on the Diploma Preparation Banner to see the complete schedule of course offerings.

Our Budget for the 2018-19 school year is before the Board of Trustees on the afternoon of May 29th at their Public Board Meeting.  The approved budget will be posted on our website at

June 21 each year marks National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada.  Many of our schools will be hosting activities to help all students grow in appreciation of the contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada and to build an appreciation of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures.

Alberta Education will be sharing information about the draft K-4 provincial curriculum with stakeholders between the period of May 31st and June 15th. The feedback gathered from the spring information sessions will be shared with the teacher writing groups and inform their ongoing work.  The organizational structure of the new curriculum involves essential understandings, guiding questions, and learner outcomes.  Conceptual and procedural knowledge, provincial competencies, and literacy and numeracy progressions serve to support teachers in planning for student understanding of the learner outcomes.  One of the key goals of the K-4 curriculum is to lead students to deeper understandings that transfer across different situations.  Teachers will assess and report on the learning outcomes. The curriculum timeline tool, which may be viewed at:  showcases past and future engagements and activities and allows users to identify how various stakeholders are included. The implementation dates, assessment plan, and accompanying resources are yet to be determined. We will keep parents apprised of new information as it becomes available. 

Alberta Education is also seeking the input of stakeholders with respect to the criteria that is currently being used to determine which students are eligible for free busing to and from school in Alberta.  This online survey is open until June 15, and you can access it by clicking on the link  Your voice is extremely important.  You may answer as an individual or as a group.

Edmonton Transit is redesigning their Bus Network and is also seeking stakeholder input to ensure that the new strategy meets your needs.  You can go online and view the draft routes and guiding principles and complete an online survey until June 30 at

As we begin to look forward to all of the wonderful opportunities for recreation, exploration, and relationship that summer brings to our family life, let us take a moment and pray for our fathers, grandfathers, brothers, and all of the men who fill those roles in our lives.

God our Father,

We give you thanks and praise for fathers of all ages.

We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation; May they find courage and perseverance to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice.

We pray for our fathers around the world whose children are lost or suffering; May they know that the God of compassion walks with them in their sorrow.

We pray for men who are not fathers but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice.

We remember fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love.

Bless them all as they serve you through their vocation to nurture your children.


(adapted from

Have a wonderful, blessed summer full of joy and peace! 


Joan Carr