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Prayer is the key to heaven but Faith unlocks the door. ~Anonymous

The staff of St. Bernadette School wish everyone a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

What a busy month December has been! Throughout the month, we celebrated the season of Advent, with two of our celebrations shared over the Morning Broadcast. We were fortunate to be able to celebrate the second week of Advent with a school Mass at St. Clare Parish. Father Glenn was our officiant and led the children in a homily how God wants us to fill our hearts with his love so that our actions will be filled with kindness and gentleness toward others. Father's Glenn's message was well received as the very next day, our little school partnered with Santa YEG to make 500 gift bags for the homeless of Edmonton! With a grant from Yardstick Training, sandwich fixings, oranges, cookies and treats were purchased and with our student 'elves', gift bags and blessing cards were made. Later that evening, staff and volunteers travelled to the Boyle Street Community Center and the Mustard Seed Mission downtown to hand these gifts of the heart to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ whom have fallen on challenging times. As parents, you can feel so very proud of the kindness and care that you have instilled in your children!New Year Prayer.jpg


Yet again, the St. Bernadette Bison Volleyball team represented our school well in the St. Nicholas Volleyball Tournament in early December. They won the trophy and as our ambassadors, were graceful and classy winners. Mr. Turlione, Miss Gabucci and Mr. Jaeger have reinforced this attitude as well as the great athletics.

Remaining on the subject of sports, the annual game of volleyball between the staff and students was a hard-fought battle! The student team was the Flaming Phoenix.  They were the winning team from the intramural season. Despite a slow start, the staff team managed to squeak out a victory to reclaim the title for the year! Stay tuned for the rematch next December!

 

Finally, December culminated in the Christmas concert. Music, song and drama were intertwined to produce a musical prayer. Called "The Christmas Lamb," we were taken on a voyage around the world with three shepherds as they journeyed to find the message of our Savior's birth. The students were amazing and created a magical evening for all! Special thanks go out to Mrs. Shalapay for leading our community in this production.

 

Mrs. Gallace and I would like to say thank you for your support over the past weeks during Mrs. Mandolesi's absence. We have appreciated your messages of support as we have stepped in to fill her shoes. We are blessed to have such a supportive community!

 

On behalf of the staff, we wish you a Christmas filled with hope, faith, hope and love. Enjoy the time away from the regular school routine and we look forward to seeing you on January 7th!

 

Eileen Loughlin                                                                  Dana Gallace

Acting Principal                                                                 Acting Assistant Principal


Sarah Mandolesi                                                         
Principal                                                                        
email: Sarah.Mandolesi@ecsd.net
phone:   780-474-4167


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