SAA Students Shine at Christmas Concert

Congratulations to the students of Sister Alphonse Academy who put on a wonderful performance for their families and friends on the evening of Wednesday, December 12. Under the direction of our music teacher Mrs. Manderson we all learned about our Christmas Gifts and celebrated the greatest gift of all which is the birth of God's Son. Thanks go out to our pianist Mrs. Lavrinenko who played so beautifully. Congratulations to the students in grade six who performed in the play during the concert. Thanks to our parent volunteers, GSACRD Maintenance and Operations, the staff at SAA and our grade seven students for all their support and help.

 

Advent

Every Monday in December the students and staff of Sister Alphonse Academy gather to light an Advent Candle, reflect, pray and prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. 

Advent Project - Welcome Baskets

Since our school opened SAA students have been constantly reflecting upon the question, "How can we Welcome Others?" Through our Global Read Aloud many students read stories about refugees. To culminate this project we are planning on creating Welcome Baskets for refugee or immigrant families. You can help by sending items that will go into our Caring Crates under the tree. These items will be used for our Welcome Baskets. Students are asked to bring in items until December 18. Mr. Rich Horning of Catholic Social Services was here to speak to our students about the work that they do to support refugee and immigrant families.

Sister Alphonse Academy is Officially Open!

Dignitaries, students, staff, parents and friends of Sister Alphonse Academy gathered on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 23 to officially celebrate the opening of Sister Alphonse Academy. It was a wonderful celebration and we thank everyone for joining us! We were blessed to have Archbishop Richard Smith join us and bless our school. In addition, we were pleased to welcome the Honourable David Eggen, Minister of Education, Trevor Horne, MLA Spruce Grove - St. Albert, Jacquie Hansen, Acting Deputy Mayor of the City of St. Albert, Serena Shaw, Alberta Catholic Schools Trustee Association. From the Greater St. Albert Catholic School Board -Chairperson Joe Becigneul, Vice Chairperson Rene Tremblay, Trustee Joan Crockett, Trustee Cathy Proulx, Trustee Noreen Radford, Trustee Serena Shaw and Trustee Greg Schell. In addition, Senior Administration from Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools - Superintendent David Keohane, Asst. Superintendents Dr. Rhonda Nixon and Clint Moroziuk and Secretary Treasurer Deb Schlag. We were also blessed to have six members of the Grey Nuns attend as well!

 

The Grey Nuns presented our students with special gifts to honour the Legacy of Sister Alphonse. We have a special place for them!

 

Welcome to Sister Alphonse Academy

Sister Alphonse Academy continues to accept registrations for the 2018-19 school year.

We will begin to accept registrations for the 2019/20 school year beginning on January 21, 2019 for kindergarten and February 28, 2019 for students in grades one to nine.

Our K-9 school provides a faith based, 21st century education in a brand new facility that opened on September 4. Check out our program choices for kindergarten and K-6 child care options for parents. We are also pleased to offer students in grades 4-9 Recreation Academy Programming and a diverse menu of option choices. Our facility includes a CTF Woods Lab, Design Lab, Foods and Fashion Lab, Music Room and Learning Commons. The school has been designed and furnished with flexible learning spaces and configurations for all types of learners. 

Registration packages for students in Kindergarten - Grade 9 can be picked up at Sister Alphonse Academy, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:20 pm.

SAA Grade K - 9 Registration Package Links  https://www.saa.gsacrd.ab.ca/registration . 

 

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SAA School App

SAA School APP

The SAA App for iOS and android is now available. Just search for “My School Day” on the app store. When you run it, it will guide you through selecting Sister Alphonse Academy- this only needs to be done once. The app will be used to send out news and notifications from our school. 

Report an Absence - Safe Arrival System

Absence Reporting – SAFE ARRIVAL SYSTEM

Our District has upgraded the Safe Arrival absence reporting process to support families in having their children arrive safely to school. This absence reporting system will allow the school to verify student attendance, and quickly notify parents and guardians of absences that were unexpected or unplanned..

Report your child’s absence in advance with 3 convenient methods:

  1. On a mobile device, install the District App (search “Greater St. Albert Schools” in the Apple App or Google Play stores). Select SafeArrival - Attendance - Report an Absence. (Please note, to sign up for the new School Messenger SafeArrival it is best to use a computer)
  2. On the SAA website select REPORT ABSENCES or SafeArrival website, go.schoolmessenger.ca. Sign Up to create your account, then select Attendance followed by Report an Absence.
  3. Call the toll-free number 1-844-502-5100 to report an absence using the toll free system.

What happens if I do not report my child(s) absence?

If your student is marked absent and it is not explained in advance, the SafeArrival system will send notifications by automated phone call, text message, email, or mobile app push notification to get a reason for the absence. If our system is unable to reach the designated contacts, office staff will follow up. Calls and contacts will continue until you choose an option to explain the absence.

Begin using the system September 4, 2018 - Click on the Report Absences tab to the left to begin.

Playground A and B are completed and Open!

Thumbs Up!!

Thumbs Up!!

The landscaping around our building and construction of Playground A and B are now complete. We would like to give a big thanks to our Playground Committee that worked very hard so that our kids could have a playground when the school opened, it was a big task but they achieved their goal. Huge thanks also goes to: Mrs. Donna Hinchey and Mr. Dean McMullan of the Community Recreation Department at the City of St. Albert and to Mr. Ron Gamache and Mr. Neil Roberts of the Operations and Maintenance Department of GSACRD. Without their support and guidance we would not have been able to do it.

 

 

SAA School Council is Established!!

We are very pleased to inform our school community that we have officially created the Sister Alphonse Academy School Council at the Establishment Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20. Mrs. Angela Dejong of the Alberta School Council Association chaired The Establishment Meeting which has provided the framework for the SAA School Council by coming to consensus on the following agenda items:

- The model of governance shall be TOWN HALL(all parents who have children enrolled at SAA are members of the SAA School Council)

- The Executive of School Council shall be comprised of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary. All executive positions shall be term positions of one year.

- We are pleased to announce that the following parents have volunteered and were acclaimed: Chairperson - Mr. Chris Turner, Vice Chairperson - Mrs. Karla Bergstrom, Secretary - Mrs. Gillian Bourgeois.

We are so grateful to these parents for stepping forward to lead our School Council this year. We are also very grateful and would like to give a big thank you to all the parents who were at the meeting and worked together collaboratively to establish our SAA School Council.

For more information related to School Council Meeting times and dates as well as council information throughout the year click here.

 

School Spirit/Formal Wear Now Available

Get your spirit/formal wear for the 2018/19 school year. We have entered into an agreement with Anything Branded to provide good quality athletic, spirit and formal wear at a reasonable price. Next order delivery date will be sometime in early 2019 once we have completed the school team Knights Logo. More information will be provided soon. 

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