As we move into January, we approach the mid-point of the school year and realize that program planning and community engagement opportunities await. With the enthusiasm of Christmas behind us, January can be a difficult time of year. However, as the opportunities of a new year become more apparent, illuminating them makes for a very promising future. Helen Keller spent most of her life visually blinded from the events of the day. Yet, her prominence rose in contributing to her greater community because she sought growth at every turn. As she once stated, “keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” We can’t help but grow in our school communities where new and life giving opportunities are created and supported. For new and current families within the district this will include:
- Albert Kindergarten Expo - Thursday, January 17
- Morinville Kindergarten Expo - Thursday, January 31
- Legal Kindergarten Expo - Thursday, February 28
- Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January 18 to 25
- Provincial Education Survey - open until February 22 for parents of students in grades 4, 7 & 10
Details regarding these events are available on our District Website.
As we transition into early spring, we will look forward to promoting two exciting community engagement sessions to enhance the critical role of parents in the learning equation.
On March 13, Christine Quong, an Educational Technology Consultant with the ERLC (Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium) will be hosting a parent session from 7:00 – 8:00 pm dedicated to Parenting in the Digital Age. At this session we look forward to helping parents support their children with a balanced approach to applying social media to their lives. More information will be coming in the next few weeks.
An opportunity that promotes the important role of parents in helping their children grow will take place at an exciting upcoming community engagement session titled: Strength Based Parenting: Developing Your Children’s Innate Talents. Our district is one of a kind in the province in its promotion of a strength-based culture for staff and students. Therefore, we believe it’s important to extend the conversation with parents to learn about their strengths to meaningfully impact the futures of their children. Research tells us that this kind of focus furthers the well-being, academic success, and career aspirations of our youth. The session is for parents in grades six and grade nine and will be held on April 15, 2019 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Venue details are to be announced.
Lastly, our District continues to share the good news of Catholic education in our province, and how it enables students to contribute meaningfully to a prosperous Alberta. If you want to support us in this regard, follow the provincial movement known as GrACE (Grateful Advocates for Catholic Education) on social media and promote its work and postings through @GrACE4cathed and #IbelieveinCatholiceducation.
May this New Year be filled with new possibilities for your family, and may you continue to experience growth within Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools.
David Keohane, Superintendent