April was a very productive month. We were blessed by a visit from Most Reverend Archbishop Richard Smith. On April 21 Archbishop Smith visited the classrooms of our Grade 8 and 9 classes, answering their questions. The Archbishop took a great deal of time sharing with the students how the Church comes to the decisions it makes. I hope the students were able to take away how much thinking and discernment is involved in making decisions and that they are better able to take time, themselves, to think through important decisions in their own lives. Our Junior High students also performed at a most enjoyable concert on April 28. What spectacular growth we see in their skills over the three years they are with our Band. We look forward to our Junior High Musical later in May!
We wish Mrs. Langlois our best as she enters into motherhood in the month of May. Ms. Coscarella will be joining our Grade 6 team. Mrs. Hobden will be away from May 5 until mid-June and Mrs. Switzer, a seasoned music teacher, will be replacing her. We welcome both Mrs. Switzer and Ms. Coscarella to our community.
On behalf of the students and staff of SAB, a group of teachers shared our three year journey at ULead, an international conference on education in Banff in April. It was such an honour to represent Edmonton Catholic Schools with our presentation so that other schools can learn from us to improve learning at their schools. Edmonton Catholic Schools was well represented at this conference and shared many sessions on many topics. We look forward to sharing parts of our presentation at our June School Council meeting and perhaps at other gatherings.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of our moms!
Office 365 Home Access for Students
Most students have been introduced to the Office 365 environment. This introduction has also focused on the ECSD Responsible Use Agreement and how important it is to be a good Digital Citizen when you are in online environments.
- Students can access Office 365 by going to myecsd.net or portal.office.com
- On myECSD students need to enter their id #: ecsd\XXXXXXX and the password they use to logon at school.
- Click on the “Students” tab: look under tools, click on OneDrive for Business or Outlook.
- Either way they will be redirected to the Edmonton Catholic Schools Office 365 home page.
- Enter username: XXXXXXX@school.ecsd.net (7-digit id #)and password: (same as ECSD login at school).
- Now the office 365 site will come up
- Click on to view the menu of what is available. Students will be able to use the office web apps to create projects online and their work will be automatically saved to their OneDrive for business account which has 1TB of storage.
- If you click on you will be able to download the Office Suite on your devices (you have up to 10 downloads).
- In Outlook all members of ECSD members have 50 GB of district email that enables them to communicate with others.
Got a PC or Mac? Students can logon to their Office 365 account and download Office on up to 10 computers. Please refer to directions above.
Alberta Education Announcement -
Adobe Home Use Software Licensing for Students
This program provides all students in school authorities participating in the Provincial Adobe License with the opportunity to purchase yearly subscriptions to the Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop Application for $45 CAD.
Steps to purchase:
Step 1: Visit the https://ae-students.onthehub.com/ website.
Step 2: Create an account by clicking on "Sign In" (located at the top right-hand corner of this page) and then clicking on the "Register" button.
Step 3: Type your Office 365 Email Address, then 'Continue':
Step 4: Fill in your name and the password you would like. For Group, select 'Students'. Type the Captcha text, and 'Register'.
Step 5: You will need to visit your email accout at https://outlook.ecsd.net and confirm your email address by selecting the link.
Step 6: Now that your account is created, you'll be able to make the subscription purchase of Adobe CC software at a cost of $45/year.