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St. Edmunds Newsletter – April 2024

st. Edmunds April 2024 Newsletter

Let us take this time to reflect on the profound significance of Easter. It is a time of renewal, of rebirth, and of the triumph of light over darkness. As we approach the celebration of our Risen Savior, may we embrace His teachings of love, compassion, and selflessness.

In our actions and in our words, let us strive to be beacons of light and hope to those around us. Let us extend a hand of kindness to those in need and let us offer a listening ear to those who are burdened with sorrow. Together, let us embody the spirit of Easter by sharing God’s love with all whom we encounter.  May we be guided by God’s will and inspired by the example of Jesus Christ. May His love illuminate our path and fill our hearts with joy and peace.

On behalf of our entire staff, I extend our very best wishes to all families for a happy and Holy Easter. May the peace of the risen Christ bless your homes, your hearts and your families.

On behalf of Fr. Steny, all parents, students and staff are invited to join St. Edmund Parish for the liturgical celebrations:

  • March 28th Holy Thursday – Last Supper re-enactment at 7 pm followed by adoration at the Repose Altar until 11 pm.
    • (School-led Stations of the Cross at 11 am and dismissal at noon)
  • March 29th Good Friday – Outdoor Stations of the Cross at 10 am; Passion is at 3pm.
  • March 30th Easter Vigil at 9 pm
  • March 31st Easter Sunday – Masses at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am (Children’s Liturgy).

Praying for Others:

Mite Boxes – Over the Lenten season, families have been asked to collect offerings and pray for the young men in our Archdiocese who are studying and discerning a vocation to the priesthood.  Mite boxes can be returned on Tuesday, April 2nd.

Sacraments – Our Grade 2 and Grade 7 classes have begun preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation.  Please keep them and their teachers in your prayers during this special time in their faith formation.

  • Sacrament of First Reconciliation Wednesday, April 3rd  11:00 a.m.
  • Communion Rehearsal Thursday, May 2nd 7:00 p.m.
  • Sacrament of First Holy Communion Sunday, May 5th  2:00 p.m.
  • Confirmation Rehearsal Tuesday, May 28th 6:30 p.m.
  • Sacrament of Confirmation Wednesday, May 29th , 5:30 p.m.

Intermediate Spelling Bee & Speech Arts

Our in-house school competition will be taking place on Tuesday, April 9th!  We are proud of those students who are taking on the challenge and look forward to having a student represent St. Ed’s at the CISVA Spelling Final on Tuesday, April 30th at Holy Cross Elementary.

We also look forward to all our intermediate students who will be taking part in this year’s North Shore Speech Arts Festival which will take place here at St. Edmunds’ for the full week of April 22-26th. Please let the office know if you would be available to help out on our host days, Monday 22nd  or Friday 26th.

Crosswalk Supervision Thank you to all the parent volunteers who assist daily with the safety of our children and community.  We still need volunteers.  If you need participation hours or are able to volunteer extra time, we would greatly appreciate it!  (Note: Our fabulous track team will be walking back from Mahon Park on most mornings in April & May and we really appreciate having a crossing guard on 6th and Jones!)

Uniform Updates – It is the expectation that all students come to school dressed in full uniform every day.  Please ensure that your child has their school sweater and black school dress shoes.  Please ensure all articles of clothing are labelled with your child’s name.  Please be sure to order your uniform from Cambridge for next school year by June 15th to ensure that you receive your order by September.

Fundraising & Walkathon Thank you to all the families who purchased Purdy’s Chocolates last month and have put forward bids on our online Silent Auction for Canucks Game Tickets!  We are also gearing up for our annual Walkathon which will take place during the week of April 8-11th.  All our fundraising efforts are going towards the purchase of new Chromebooks as well as supporting our Athletics and Fine Arts programs.  We truly appreciate your efforts to reach out to family and friends for donations!

Track & Field With much gratitude to Mr. Dotto who sent out permission forms before Spring Break for students in grades 3 to 7 to join our terrific TBIRD Track & Field program.  Stay tuned for a schedule and if you have any questions or are able to help out with practices, please contact Mr. Dotto.

Calendar Highlights:

Tues. April 2             School reopens after Easter Holiday – Full School Day

Wed. April 3             Special Mass for “Our Lady of Fatima” @ 9 am

Sacrament of First Reconciliation – Gr. 2 @ 11 am

April 8-11                  Walkathon Fundraiser

Mon. April 8             Early dismissal at 12 pm

Tues. April 9             Intermediate Spelling Bee

PAC Meeting 7 pm

Wed. April 10           School Mass led by Gr. 1 @ 9 am

Thurs. April 11         Walkathon Hot Dog Lunch (Full school day)

Fri. April 12               No Classes – Student-Led Conferences (at your appointed time)

Tues. April 16           PEC Meeting 7 pm

Wed. April 17           9 am Gr. 4 Class Mass

April 22-26                CISVA Intermediate Speech Arts @ St. Edmunds

Wed. April 24           9 am Gr. 7 Class Mass

Tues. April 30           CISVA Spelling Bee Final @ Holy Cross Elementary

Special note:  Prayers for Peace is every Thursday. 

Congratulations to our grade six boys team who made it all the way to the Final Four this season. They competed at the Richmond Oval before spring break and brought home the bronze medal! Way to go, boys!

For any parents who are interested in this choral opportunity for their child, please email Ms. Maryna at