St. Teresa of Calcutta Elementary School opened her doors to students, staff, and parents for the first time September 2003. The school (Pre-K to 6) is located in the heart of the inner-city of Edmonton, offering a unique student-centered education. A strong sense of community is nurtured by celebrating our diverse cultural heritage and needs inclusively, and building a sense of 'welcome and belonging' in the daily lives of our children.
In serving and supporting the needs of our children and families, St. Teresa of Calcutta Elementary School is the host to a variety of community services and organizations:
- Social Worker
- English as Second Language Liaison workers available upon request
- Pediatrician/School Nurse/Dental Care
- Food/Clothing Bank
- School Lunch Program (E4C)--including Breakfast and Snack Programs
- Big Brothers Big Sisters In-school Mentorship Program
- Edmonton Inner City Children's Project Society
- Keyboards for Kids/University of Alberta Student Keyboard Program
- YONA-Sistema - Partnership with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (www.yona-sistema.com)
At St. Teresa of Calcutta Elementary School we will respond to student learning by:
- Communicating with students, parents, teachers and out of school professionals which will be an integral part for improving and supporting student learning
- Recognizing our biases, our areas of growth, and working collectively to widen our knowledge base
- Implementing school wide "think aloud" strategies and assessment practices
- Providing opportunities to connect with other grades
- Modifying or adapting student programs, using IPPs
- Accommodating for different learning styles and needs
- Building "language"--verbal/nonverbal to promote social skills
- Using alternative teaching environments
- Using FM systems in the classrooms
- Celebrating student success
- Showcasing student work in class, through student portfolios, in the hallways, etc.
- Using technology to support student
We inspire to build a community based on Christian values and beliefs in which each person can grow to be the best they can be in every way.
We endeavor to create a loving atmosphere of mutual respect that fosters this growth.
We are challenged to recognize and nurture the God given talents of each member of our community for the good of all.
"Who we are is God's gift to us--who we become is our gift to God."
Edmonton Catholic School's Eight Characters of Education
"In one Spirit we were all baptized into one body."
(1 Corinthians 12:13)
Edmonton Catholic Schools seek to create a learning environment that reflects the identity and
character of the Catholic Church, and express the uniqueness of the Catholic experience.
"We must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it."
We Learn through life. Catholic education brings a focus to learning to discover, evaluate, and
interpret the human experience, which is always in tradition. It provides insight into how learning
can lead to fullness and freedom for all people.
"He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor."
Justice is a mandate of Catholic faith. Catholic schools aim towards a synthesis of faith and culture,
of faith and life, syntheses that characterize mature faith.
"God saw everything that was made, and indeed, it was very good."
The idea of a Catholic school is to educate its members into a world that is sacred and holy because
it is God's creation. Appreciation for God's gift finds expression in the attitudes and actions of a
school community through liturgy and stewardship.
"Whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me."
The Catholic community is inclusive of diverse peoples and perspectives; free of discrimination and
sectarianism; and welcomes strangers, especially those most in need.
"And being found in human form, he humbles himself."
Catholic schools, in partnership with the family and the entire community, strive to form strong and
responsible persons who are capable of making free and correct choices, and are able to form in
themselves a clear idea of the meaning of life.
"Know how you ought to answer everyone."
In Catholic education, the learners are invited to be active agents of their learning, and have an attitude
of openness to the truth. Such openness welcomes everyone into the learning process.
"You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy."
Spirituality in Catholic schools consists in letting God be present in each moment of the day, becoming
attuned to God's presence in the ups and downs of the life journey of the school community. Prayer and a
commitment to the moral and ethical values of the gospel provide the opening to God's presence.
A Parent's Prayer
They are little only once LORD.
Grant me the wisdom and patience to teach them to follow in your footsteps and prepare them for what is to come.
They are little only once LORD.
Make me take the time to play pretend, to read or tell a story; to cuddle.
Don't let me for one minute think anything is more important than the school play, the recital, the big game, fishing, or the quiet walk hand in hand.
All too soon LORD they will grow up and there is no turning back.
Let me have my memories with no regrets.
Please help me be a good parent, LORD.
When I must discipline - let me do it in love, let me be firm, but fair, let me correct and explain with patience.
They are growing away LORD.
While I have the chance let me do my best for them.
For the rest of our lives, please LORD, let me be their very best friend.
by Mary Loveridge Robbins