Principal’s Welcome!

Welcome to June at
St. Alphonsus School!

Our Grade 6's Grow in the Image and Likeness of God!

Father’s Day Weekend Blessings Everyone!

I know our elementary students were bursting with pride as they walked out the doors with their gifts this afternoon!  I hope your Father’s Day is blessed with love whether you are able to be with your dad, talk on the phone or send up a prayer for him.

The Grade 2 class was very supportive when I shared with them that this is my first father’s day with out my dad.  They offered me many ideas of placing flower’s on my dad’s grave, praying for him and having cake in his memory.  I was filled with thankfulness for being able to share our love of God so openly in Catholic School!  Once again, I note that your children are amazing!

Reflecting on our past week, I sent out many accolades to our School Council for hosting our annual Family BBQ.  I especially note a BIG bouquet to Michelle Harris for organizing with a small but mighty group of parent volunteers to assist with food preparation, BBQing and clean up.  God bless you for lending your hands!  Thanks also to the parents who volunteered on our Grade 7 and 8 Italian Feast Walk on Wednesday as well.

I have attached an exam schedule for our Grade 6 to 9 students that was published in the June Newsletter as well as a Junior High Honor Roll Letter and JH Recognition Criteria.  Medallion recipient letters were sent home with students today.  Honor Roll Certificate Recipients are able to be determined after Wednesday, June 18 as pre-exam marks are finalized.  Please note that final exams are not included in honor roll due to time restrictions of students writing on the last day of school. Our recognition criteria was published in the fall and sent home with students in the November Progress Report.  Mrs. Macgillivray has been goal setting with our JH students throughout the year in health class.

Academic Recognition Letter to JH Parents 2014
Final Exams and Provincial Achievement Testing
Alphonsus JH Recognition Program

It’s a great weekend for studying as exams start next week!  Please check D2L or email your teacher if you have questions.

Monday, June 16th, Day 6
Study for exams!

Tuesday, June 17 Day 1
Year End Liturgy and Sacramental Recognition – Parents and Family are warmly invited to join us!  Our liturgy is hosted by Kindergarten Lake and Grade 2 Castelo.  Our Catholic Community of Caring Buddy Classes worked last Friday to have a special year end visual at this liturgy as well!  (Thanks to Mrs. Macgillivray for leading this activity!)

Wednesday, June 18,  Day 2
Last day for CTS classes going out to St. Monica
Grade 6 ELA PAT 9am
More Studying for exams!

Thursday, June 19, Day 3
Grade 6 Math PAT 9:00 am
Grade 7 & 8 Social Studies Final Exam Period 1 & 2
Grade 9 Tutorials P 1 & 2
JH Honor Roll can be determined by parents and students on D2L (refer to Academic Recognition letter for criteria)

Friday, June 20, Day 4
Grade 6 Science PAT 9:00 am
Grade 7,8 & 9 Religion Final 9:00 – 11:00 am
JH Early Exam Day Dismissal at 11:00 am – please ensure your child has a way home at this early time.

Please feel welcome to contact your child’s teacher if you have questions regarding what to study or the exam schedule.

Mrs. Albert would like to remind parents to provide the school with a self-addressed stamped large envelope if your child will not be present on June 26 to take home his or her progress report.

With peace,
Mrs. Gruending on behalf of the staff


June is our Time to Celebrate Learning, Life and Friendships!

Last night we celebrated our Grade 9 Class of 2014 with a mass and ceremony identifying their achievements over the years.  Students shared letters with their parents and received certificates and a journal as their “future remains unwritten”.

Click the link below for a copy of our June newsletter.
2014 St. Alphonsus Newsletter and Calendar

Friday June 6 Greetings Everyone!

It is hard to believe that the first week in June is already over!

I extend my thanks to everyone who came out to watch our Elementary play, “Assignment Earth” on Tuesday and Wednesday!  We are so proud of our students under the direction of Ms. Fabiano and Ms. deSomma for their outstanding performances!  And thank you for always supporting our school!

We also honored and bid farewell to our outstanding Grade 9 class of 2014 last evening.  Father Ugo warmly presided at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish and made us feel very welcome.  A special thanks to Ms. Ball for organizing all the refreshments and the hall!  Also, to our Grade 9 teachers Mr. McDonald, Ms. Weiss and Mr. Collins for organizing the liturgy and to our music team of Ms. Riegel, Ms. Castelo and Mr. Haley who worked with our choir!

Currently, our JH Track team is competing at Glenmore Athletic Park under the coaching of Ms. Arcuri, Mr. Monaghan and Mr. Collins – our prayers of support are with them! 

We appreciate all the parents who were able to attend our Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Wednesday.  If you volunteered this year, but were unable to attend, please send me an email or give Norma a call at the office as we wish to ensure you receive a package of our student “Art Cards” that were presented as our thank you gifts!

Next week there are a number evening events at St. Alphonsus that we invite parents to attend. Please see below for the details!

Also, this link will take you to our website if you need exam schedules that can be found in our June Newsletter!  Please keep in touch with your child’s teacher(s) if you have any exam related questions! JH parents may find more information on D2L as well.

Monday, June 9, Day 1
Welcome to Kindergarten Night at 6:00pm for new to Kindergarten Children and Parents

Tuesday, June 10, Day 2
School Council Meeting @ 6:30 in the Learning Commons.  This is election night and all parents are warmly welcomed and strongly encourage to attend!

Wednesday, June 11, Day 3
Grade 7 & 8 Italian Field Trip
Family BBQ – 5 pm start with food service until about 7:15 pm.

Thursday, June 12,  Day 4
Mark Cut off Date for JH students which means all assignments must be in to be included in Progress Report.

Friday, June 13, Day 5
CCC Buddy Group Year End Activity for all students at 2:15 pm

Save the Date!
Tuesday, June 17 Day 1
Year End Liturgy with Sacramental Recognition to follow!  10:45 am start in the gym.

Blessings for a wonderful weekend!
With peace,
Mrs. Gruending


Extravaganza Venue Change May 28, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are very excited to count down to our Fine Arts Extravaganza tomorrow night (May 28) at the University Theatre.

Please note this concert was originally scheduled for the Rosza Theatre but will now be held at the Eckard-Gramatte Hall located in the University Theatre (which is directly across the road from the Rosza Centre to the East).  This venue is where our Elementary Advent Concert is regularly held.  The address is near 2500 University Drive N.W. within the University of Calgary Campus.   For your convenience, we have included a map at the bottom of this update.  The University Theatre is marked:  UT.

Please note that in this new venue, our visual arts will be showcased in three distinct areas: one in the front foyer, one in the upper seating level and one in the upstairs mezzanine. We will have signage posted to direct your viewing.

If you have not purchased your tickets as of today, tickets will be available at the University Theatre door for $8.00.  Gallery viewing opens at 6:00 pm with musical performances starting at 7:00 pm.

We look forward to seeing you there as we celebrate the creativity and talents of our students together!

With peace,
Mrs. Gruending                                  Mr. Bonertz
Principal                                             Vice Principal

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