Dear Parents and Guardians,
A wonderful September start up included a great Community BBQ, a magic show for the kids, program night for the parents and the startup of many clubs including cheer, soccer, cross-country running, robotics, book club and social justice. We held our opening celebration on Sept. 3 and we had a school wide Terry Fox Run/Walk on Sept. 24. Our staff has been involved in a variety of professional development already. They are getting to know your children and are providing quality instruction every day. It is a pleasure to visit the classrooms and to see the exciting activities that students are engaged in. Our final enrollment on September 30 was 822. Welcome to a great start!
In October we will continue our learning journey. We are hosting our first of two primary literacy evenings on Oct. 2. Our Thanksgiving celebration will start at 1:00 on October 8; please join us. Our grade nine students will be attending the PARTY Program at the Misericordia Hospital this month, while the grade eights attend a Junior Achievement program and our grade seven students have a retreat. Don’t forget to get those permission forms back! Oct. 23 we will be having a full day professional development at Providence Renewal Center that will focus on Prayer and Evangelization. Remember that children get to sleep in that day as there is no school! All of this as well as practicing a lockdown, a second fire drill, starting the volleyball season, social justice presentations and an opportunity to attend a “Young Author’s Conference” for grade three through six. Keep your eye on our calendar to keep up to date.
The staff of Sister Annata Brockman wishes you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Remember to include in your prayers the gratitude you have for all that we have in our community, our city and the incredible country we live in, Canada.
Message to Families
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. John 3:16
My dear partners in Catholic education… it is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news that our beloved District Chaplain, Father Michael Mireau, affectionately known to students and staff as Father Catfish, has passed away. Father Mike has ministered to the students and staff of Edmonton Catholic Schools in the role of our District Chaplain and as Chaplain of St. Francis Xavier High School since August, 2010. Many of you were blessed to have Father Mike as your parish priest, as well.
As you know, Father Mike walked a long road to Our Father through his battle with cancer. A true Minister to our district family, Father Mike openly shared his difficult journey with us in order that we might grow in our knowledge of how faith can carry us through adversity and pain, and ultimately bring us comfort, solace, and great promise. He showed us Shalom in its truest sense.
Father Mike will always be known and loved as an individual with a passion for youth who committed his life to showing them the beauty and importance of Jesus in their lives. His legacy is part of the fabric of the Archdiocese of Edmonton and Edmonton Catholic Schools.
As a testament to our respect for Father Mike, our flags will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset on the day of his funeral.
Let us join together as a community of believers to be thankful for the gift of the time that we had with Father Mike and to take comfort in the knowledge that he is at rest in God.
As Father Mike always said, “God is Love”. May he always be embraced in the fullness of this love.