ECACS March Newsletter

"Growing in Christ, Making a Difference."

Superintendent Message

We are entering our second week of Lent and getting closer to spring each day. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) are pleased to introduce Journey Through Lent, a new video series that offers reflections on Gospel readings for each Sunday in Lent. As Canadian Catholic faithful continue to experience the pandemic’s challenging realities, this series is meant to be a source of deep spiritual solace and insightful pastoral preparation for Easter.


The school division will be engaging in the new Alberta Assurance Framework over the next school year. The Assurance Framework provides a collaborative opportunity to develop the guiding principles and domains centred around a culture of continuous improvement to enhance public trust and confidence that East Central Catholic is meeting students' needs and students are successful. (Domains - Quality Catholic Education, Student Growth & Achievement, Teaching & Leading, Learning Supports, Governance, Local Societal Context)


ECCS will be exploring a variety of strategies to engage stakeholders that align with fundamental assurance guidelines such as:

• Fostering a collaborative process to engage all stakeholders to voice their unique perspectives to create a shared responsibility for student growth and achievement.

• Building organizational capacity and a commitment to continuous improvement aligned with evidence from various sources to ensure responsive and transparent decision-making.

• Identifying and utilizing local and societal contexts, enabling innovative and flexible responses in classrooms, schools, divisions and the government.

• Recognizing the unique learning needs of students and foster equitable and inclusive learning environments.


Stay tuned to school and division communications for an opportunity to participate in assurance feedback sessions and surveys. We are looking forward to developing a shared vision for the future of education in the East Central Catholic School Division.


We teach; we share; we learn; we care. We grow in Christ, believing that together we can make a difference."

Our Lenten Journey to the Passion of Christ

Lent which officially began on Wednesday, February 17th with Ash Wednesday is a very special liturgical season for Catholics and Christians alike. Lent lasts for a period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter and by observing Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Our school, homes, and Church communities place focused efforts into three important actions that help us in our travel with Christ to His cross. Almsgiving, Prayer, and fasting each play a part in preparing our hearts and minds for the passion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. During this difficult time of Covid, search for ways in which you and your family members can provide support and acts of kindness to others, time for prayer with a reflection on the bible, and commit yourself to give up something as a symbol of your suffering with Christ. Below are some important upcoming dates for our Lenten Journey:

March 7th - 3rd Sunday of Lent

March 14th - 4th Sunday of Lent

March 21st - 5th Sunday of Lent

March 28th - Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday)

April 1st - Holy Thursday

April 2nd - Good Friday

April 4th - Easter Sunday

Important Dates for March and April


North Schools

(St. Thomas Aquinas, Blessed Sacrament, Blessed Sacrament Outreach, St. Jerome's, School of Hope)


March 5 - Professional Development Day - No School for Students


April 2 - Good Friday - Schools Closed

April 5 - Easter Monday - Schools Closed

April 6-9 - Easter Break - Schools Closed


South Schools

(Christ-King School, Theresetta School)


March 5 - Professional Development - No School for Students

March 29 to April 1 - Spring Break - Schools Closed


April 2 - Good Friday - Schools Closed

April 5 - Easter Monday - Schools Closed

Alberta Government February 6 Sporting Update

Mandatory restrictions - Province wide - Effective Feb. 8


School and team sport activities
Children and youth will be allowed to participate in limited school and team sport activities.
Lessons, practices and conditioning activities are allowed for indoor and outdoor, team-based, minor sports/activities and school athletics.

Games are not allowed.


All participants must be 18 years old or younger, except coaches or trainers.
Maximum of 10 total individuals, including all coaches, trainers, and participants.
Physical distancing must be maintained between participants at all times:
3-metres physical distance for indoor activities
2-metres physical distance for outdoor activities
Coaches or trainers may enter physical distancing space for brief interactions with participants (for example, to correct form or technique)
Participants must be masked at all times, except during the training activity. Coaches/trainers/etc. must remain masked at all times.

Access to change rooms must be limited, including accelerated arrival and departure, emergencies (for example, first aid) and washroom use.


Performance activities

Children’s performance activities are permitted if related to school activities, such as music class.


Off-site facilities
K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions are allowed to use off-site facilities to support curriculum-related educational activities.

Career and Technology Studies Trailer Receives Construction Tools

On February 24th, the CTS trailer received a delivery of tools to help support the programming needs of carpentry and woodworking. This type of programming offers our students a fantastic opportunity to expand their working knowledge of the trades through hands-on learning techniques. Each work station within the trailer will have its own tool bin from which students can select a variety of woodworking and small engine repair equipment. ECCS is proud to offer our smaller school communities this type of facility as it not only enhances student learning and achievement but it also offers our young citizens a wider scope of thinking and knowing about occupational choices that are available. More information to come and we look forward to sharing some photos of the lab trailer in use!

March Fun Fact - Did you know?

The first month of spring is March, which starts between the 19th and the 21st, and that March is the equivalent of September in the southern hemisphere.

School Division Website and Newsletter Transition

East Central Alberta Catholic appreciates everyone's patience and understanding as to the division transitions to a new website and newsletter platforms. The division website was transitioned over the summer months and can be located at the following URL:

East Central Alberta Catholic Schools - https://www.ecacs.ca

Blessed Sacrament School - https://bss.ecacs.ca

Blessed Sacrament Outreach - https://bso.ecacs.ca

St. Jerome School - https://stj.ecacs.ca

St. Thomas Aquinas School - https://sta.ecacs.ca

Theresetta School - https://theresetta.ecacs.ca

Christ-King School - https://ck.ecacs.ca


*Reach out to your school administration to ensure you are receiving your the new Smore Newsletter updates.

Dynamic Catholic Website

Matthew Kelly's website "The Dynamic Catholic" is a wonderful faith-filled on-line experience that motivates praise, and builds upon worship renewal, and recognizes the many miraculous blessings that we have been given as Catholics. Check out this site and enjoy the many resources and possibilities for Catholics and Christians alike.

2020 Lakeland College Course Updates

Explore a career path and earn both high school and college credits! Online Dual Credit courses are available to you at Lakeland College. Courses are delivered through live, online classes or class recordings posted on Lakeland's learning management system, D2L. If any of the courses listed are of interest to you, please download the application below and e-mail it to dualcredit@lakelandcollege.ca.


Subscribe to Lakeland College Dual Credit Updates.

Christ-King Learning Commons and CTS Mobile Trail Space

Check out Christ-King's Learning Commons Space and Mobile CTS Trailer facility.

School Board Trustee Elections

School Board Trustee Elections


As part of the municipal general elections, Albertans vote for their school board trustees. A general election takes place once every four years.


Click here for more information regarding election procedures, forms and regulations for school districts/authorities. To access East Central Catholic trustee nomination forms click here.



The next general election in Alberta is in October 2021.

(Source - https://www.acsta.ab.ca/resources/becoming-a-trustee)

If you have any questions or concerns about the process please call division office @ 780-842-3992.

Minister's Youth Council

Student voices are critical to our education system and I am committed to listening to the 700,000+ students in our province. I am proud of how the 41 members of this year’s Minister’s Youth Council are sharing their diverse views with me and contributing to Alberta’s education system. While facing the challenges of COVID-19, these hard-working youth have been meeting on Zoom – a change from the in-person meetings in normal times – and continue to have many meaningful and fun experiences as they learn about and share their perspectives on topics like leadership, the education system, government, mental health, post-secondary and much more.


Looking to next year, I am excited to announce the start of recruitment for the 2021/22 Minister’s Youth Council. We are looking for approximately 40 junior and senior high school students, ages 14 to 19, with diverse interests, identities, backgrounds and perspectives from all regions of Alberta. Of those 40, we will be accepting up to eight returning council members and at least 32 new members. The council will continue to give students the opportunity to make an impact on education, build their leadership skills at the provincial level and leave a legacy that will last well into the future.


Students can apply until March 24, 2021. For more information and instructions on how students can apply, I invite you to visit alberta.ca/student-engagement.aspx. Also attached for your information, and to share with students as appropriate, are a poster and postcard.

I look forward to working with students on continuing to improve our education system.


Sincerely,


Adriana LaGrange

Minister of Education

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