October 2022 Newsletter
I will bless the Lord at all times. Praise shall always be on my lips;
my soul shall glory in the Lord; for God has been so good to me.
(Taste and See, James E. Moore)
We also celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Schools on the third Sunday of October. Each of our Grade 5 students receives a bookmark with a prayer to Our Lady of Schools as part of their religion program. Our Lady of Schools is a devotion to Mary started in 1894 in France by a priest who introduced it in his local schools with the approval of Pope Leo XIII. In 1947, Pope Pius XII proclaimed Our Lady of Schools as the patron saint of schools and of students in the province of Quebec, and in 1952, he extended this by declaring her the patron saint of all schools and students in Canada.
We will be hosting an Open House at our new Lumen Christi Catholic Education Centre, 9405 50 Street NW on October 15 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. There will be a brief program at 10:30 a.m. that will repeat at 12:30 p.m. You are invited to come see our new common home.
On October 24, our Board of Trustees will be holding a Community of School Councils event at our new Lumen Christi Catholic Education Centre. The evening will run from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. and registration is required. Members of School Councils are invited to attend and share their opinions with the Board as they prepare to set new priorities for the next 3-year planning cycle. Contact your principal for registration information.
As part of the Government of Alberta’s K-6 curriculum renewal, Kindergarten to Grade 6 students are learning a new provincial curriculum in English Language Arts and Literature (K-3), Mathematics (K-3), and Physical Education and Wellness (K-6). Some ECSD classrooms are also taking part in piloting a draft curriculum in Science (K-6) and French Immersion Language Arts and Literature (K-3). Our Division has been preparing for implementation since the new curriculum was released in the Spring. Our priority is ensuring student success and supporting our teachers during implementation. Professional development for ECSD teachers will continue all year. Our Learning Services team hosted a livestream last month to unpack the new curriculum which can be viewed on our website at ecsd.net/curriculum.
I will leave you with a tweet from Pope Francis on September 15. He shared, “Grateful hearts overflowing with praise harbour no regrets, but welcome each day as a grace.”
Have a wonderful October!
Yours in Christ,
Robert Martin, Chief Superintendent