Frequently Asked Questions
What is the grade configuration?
Our school has been designed as a K-9 school. We opened on September 4, 2018 with a K - 7 configuration, in September of 2019 we had a K-8 configuration and we anticipate having a K-9 configuration in September/20 . We welcome all registration inquiries from K - 9 for the 2020/21 school year.
Why do you call it an Academy?
The term “Academy” is used to reflect a unique offering. Catholic education is a unique offering and you will find that Catholic Schools across the country often name their schools as Academies. In addition, programming planned for the school will also provide unique offerings in the community.
Who is the Principal and Vice Principal? How were staff selected?
The Principal of the school is Mr. Greg Lamer, who has experience with both elementary and junior high age categories. This is Mr. Lamer's fourth assignment. He had the privilege of serving as Principal at Vincent J. Maloney Catholic Junior High School, Ecole Notre Dame Elementary School and Ecole G. P. Vanier Elementary School. The Vice Principal of the school is Mrs. Lisa Kleparchuk. This is her second assignment as Vice Principal, she previously served at Ecole Notre Dame. We currently have a staff of 15, including ten teachers and 5 Support Staff. Teaching staff were selected through an application process within the School District. Please click on the Staff Link to learn more about our current staff.
Why is it a K-9, not a K-6? What are the benefits?
The K-9 configuration is well-researched and a common school model across the province. It is also a popular grade configuration for many of the new schools being built. A K-9 grade range lends itself to some unique programming and mentorship opportunities having a wider range of ages in the school. It also provides a very stable K-9 home for students which requires only one school transition to High School. Parents are provided with an opportunity to have all their children in one school for a greater part of a child's K-12 schooling.
Has a School Council and/or Fundraising Society been established?
An Establishment Meeting was held late in September of 2018 and at that meeting the Sister Alphonse School Council was formed. They have played an integral part in the early successes of our school. Parents are welcome to attend meetings which are generally held on Wednesdays of the third week of each month. In 2019 the Friends of Sister Alphonse Fundraising Society was formed. For more information please click on the SAA School Council Link.
Does the school accommodate children with mild, moderate and severe needs?
Sister Alphonse Academy and all of our schools within GSACRD are inclusive environments that provide students with the supports they require to be successful. We support the needs of all children using a Tiered Support Model. The Learning Support Facilitator works with the classroom/homeroom teacher to support learning for all children.
When can we tour the school?
Contact our school office about a tour between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:30 pm Monday - Friday anytime during the school year. We encourage families that are considering registration for the 2020/21 school year to attend our Open House on Thursday March 12. For parents with children who will be attending ECS we also encourage you to attend our District Kindergarten Expo which will be held on Thursday January 16, 2020.
Do students wear a School Uniform?
We do not request that students wear a school uniform but we provide parents with the option to purchase school spirit wear and clothing for their child. We designate one day a week and special days within the school as days to wear formal school wear. Information about how to order school spirit wear and clothing is posted on our website at different times of the year.
When will supply lists be posted for students?
School Supply Lists are currently posted for the 2019/20 school year. Click HERE to view supply lists. 2020/21 school supply lists will be posted in May of 2020.
What kind of technology will be required for my child?
Students in grade 4-9 are expected to bring a robust electronic device to school that has the following capabilities; keyboard, interactive - flash and java, camera, audio/video recorder and playback, can read PDF files, Wi-Fi enabled, access/use apps (IOS or Android) headphone jack and reasonable battery life. Ex. Chromebook, MacBook, robust tablet. Students in K-3 are not required to bring a device with them. K-3 classrooms have access to Chromebooks and iPads for teacher and student use in the classroom and the Learning Commons.
What School Fees will be required to register?
School Fees for Sister Alphonse Academy have not been approved by the Board of Trustees and Government of Alberta for the 2020/21 school year. Basic school fees for the 2019/20 school year were $68. At the grade 4 – 9 levels, there are additional fees for some Dynamic and Complimentary Options to support additional costs for special projects and/or off-site activities. Fees for interscholastic sports teams, clubs, and field trips can be expected throughout the year.
The recommended Basic School Fee at SAA for the 2020/21 school year is $88. These have yet to be approved by the Board of Trustees. There is no fee for kindergarten unless parents choose Progressive or Full Day Kindergarten.
Can my child register for Sister Alphonse Academy if they are not a resident student or live outside the school boundary area?
Our K – 9 boundary serves resident(Catholic and within attendance boundary) students in the community of Jensen Lakes and parts of Erin Ridge North (residences north of Erin Ridge Road). We welcome inquiries for student enrolment from outside of our school boundary areas and from students who are non-resident. Parents are reminded that there is no bus transportation to SAA from outside of our school boundary area. Confirmation is dependent upon a number of variables including space, enrolment, programming requirements, and resources. Please contact school administration for more information. At this time we have been able to confirm most registration inquiries for students outside of our school boundary for the 2020/21 school year.