As we enter the month of June, it is a joy to look back at the accomplishments of our community. Our purpose in life is to serve others, and as I completed our School Growth Plan, our progress in this area is considerable. Many collections have taken place over the past nine months, most recently for the needs of the community of Fort McMurray, but also the Terry Fox Run, Marian Center, Food Bank, Christmas Hampers and hats, mitts, socks and scarves collections. Beyond the idea of collections, many of our students have been involved in service to others. Visiting the seniors at McConnell Place, sharing our musical talents at a variety of venues, making and serving meals for student at other schools and preparing a meal at the Marian Center. In addition to these, the Grade 6 Generosity Project, where students created 12 different service projects! What a wonderful reflection on serving others. I wonder if your family would be able to continue this of “giving back” over the summer.
A second area that we are so pleased to celebrate is our reading levels. Each year we begin the year by identifying the reading level of each student. Throughout the year students are taught “reading” at their level and when they experience difficulty we try to put supports in place for them. This year we were fortunate to have three additional staff members trained in Early Literacy Intervention, resulting in a larger number of small groups whose needs were met differently. It is exciting to report our “struggling readers” list has been reduced significantly due to the hard work of teachers and the support of parent – but mostly by the hard work and dedication of our students. What success!
As we progress through the month of June there will be many events and a few challenges. Please keep your eye on our calendar so you are able to join us for fieldtrips and events. We ask that you keep routines in place as we continue to learn in our classrooms throughout June and as we prepare for final exams. We wish our Grade 9 students the very best as they move into High School. I will send an update near the end of June to inform you of teacher assignments and September dates. Your child’s teacher will send an email in late August to invite you to their classroom and to let you know which room number they will be in.
It has been a wonderful four years serving you and your community. I see so many challenges that we have overcome together and the wonderful community spirit that we have started to build. Thank you so much for your input and your support. I look forward to my next career challenge and wish you all well next year under the guidance and leadership of Mr. Gautheir. Enjoy your summer!
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.