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St. Edmunds June 2019

It is hard to believe that the school year is coming to an en d. We look back with appreciation for all the learning and growth that has taken place and all the friendships that have been developed and enriched within our St. Edmund’s community.

I would like to thank all of you for giving the staff and myself complete support in the education of your children. Many thanks also to our staff for their never-ending enthusiasm, professional leadership and dedication to our curricular programming and extra-curricular activities.

To our Grade Seven students and all others who are leaving St. Edmund’s School, we wish you much happiness. We trust that the Christian attitude you have developed and the skills you have learned will contribute to your success and the success of others in the future.

We extend a special welcome to our new Kindergarten class and we are thrilled to have you join our St. Edmund’s community!

The month of June is always filled with many wonderful learning opportunities and special events. Make the most of this last month of school and have a safe and happy summer.

Community News: Congratulations & Gratitude

Staffing Updates
St. Edmunds has been blessed with a great team of educators who have shown loving care and dedication to bring out the best in our students. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Ms. Ramona Tarcea, Ms. Chante Izzard, Ms. Christina Grasso & Mr. Jeff Duncan. May God bless continue to bless then as we wish them the very best on their professional and personal journeys.
Welcome to Mr. Peter Horner and Ms. Florence Kummen will be joining our Learning Support staff in the 2019-2020 school year.

Celebrating Fr. Jerry

We wish Fr. Jerry many blessings as he leaves us after the July 20th weekend to minister to a new flock in Calgary. The parish will be celebrating the Feast of Mount Carmel Mass on Tuesday July 16th at 7 pm. Fr . Jerry will be the main celebrant and a reception will follow at which time we will also be bidding him farewell. Please see the parish bulletin for details regarding a dinner event celebrating Fr. Jerry. We will also celebrate Fr. Jerry at our final school mass on June 27th. We look forward to having our community come together to give thanks for Fr. Jerry’s pastoral leadership.

Upcoming Events & Reminders:

Sports Day is June 14th – our annual Sports Day will be organized by the Grade 7 Class. The day will begin at 9:00 am and students will be dismi ssed from school at 12:00. Students are expected to wear their team colours and be ready for the weather conditions. (Bring a tracksuit or sweatpants in case of colder weather; a hat and sunscreen for warmer weather.) Please stay tuned for further information.

Grade 7 Graduation Evening – will be held on Tuesday June 25th at 7pm. We will begin this event in our gym by recognizing the special gifts of each of our graduates. Following our 2 recognition ceremonies (one formal and one “informal”), we will enjoy the company of our grade 7s and their families with a small reception back at the gym. Our sincerest best wishes to St. Edmund’s Class of 2018.

School Library – The school library is now closed. We ask that students return any books they may have out, as soon as possible, so that inventory can be taken. Thank you for your co-operation.

Tbird Events

Floor Hockey Tournament – The 12th Annual Thunderbird Invitational Hockey Tournament that w as held on May 23rd was another great success. Everyone who participated as a player, coach or fan had a great time. Thank you to all our volunteer parents and former students who assisted with concessions, reffing and coaching. Many thanks to Mr . Dotto, Mr. Grossi, for your continual excitement and leadership in organizing this great event and a big congratulations to our Tbirds who made it all the way to the semi-final!

Track & Field – The T-birds continue to show their team spirit and effort in doing their personal best du ring this year’s Track & Field season. All of our athletes have been putting in a great deal of time and effort in attending morning, lunch hour, and after school practices throughout the season. I also w ant to extend my appreciation to all the staff who coached our kids, and especially Mr. Dwight Organ for assisting with our coaching this season!

Pray for our athletes as they participate in Day 2 of the CISVA Finals on June 5th at Swangard Stadium. Only those athletes who have scheduled events on Day 2 will attend. Once again, please ensure you drop off your child at school by 7:20 am to take the chartered bus to Swangard Stadium.

Fine Arts Showcase – Thank you for attending our “Disney & Broadway” evening event. The children were excited to display their costumes, singing talents, and artistic talents at the Fine Arts showcase. M any thanks to all our staff who made this evening a successful event.

“Geering Up” – Developing our Engineering Skills

Grade 2’s had the opportunity to become scientists to discover what things cause our world to change over time.  Grade 3’s “geered up” for a workshop that explored three methods of thermal energy transfer and learned how to harness the power of heat! Grade 4’s with the help of UBC engineering students explored how the different properties of matter can be changed by adding or removing energy. Mr. Grossi engaged his Grade 5’s in building Rube Goldberg machines that use a chain reaction to accomplish a very simple task in a very complicated manner!

Building Community through Badminton!

Come play badminton at STA and get ready for the competitive badminton season. The school badminton coaches (Margaret Schmidt and Shirley Tanoto) will supervise and provide instruction to interested students on a few dates in the summer and also in the fall.

When: On a few Sundays in July/August, 2-3:30 pm; dates are yet to be determined
Where: Saint Thomas Aquinas Secondary gym
Who: Students (girls and boys) entering grade 8 at STA in Sept. 2019

Cost: $2 per session

What to bring: indoor shoes, water bottle, racket (if you have one)
Register: text your name, grade and contact phone number to 604-307-1543 or email; I will then text you the actual dates and you can come if you are available