September

What a great start to the year!

Congratulations to 8-5 who took the Tug-O-War championship, GREAT job!!

Thank you to all our families that came to our Meet the Staff!

Students had their pictures taken on the 9th and received an order form to bring home. All ordering information and deadlines are listed on the form. If you have any questions, please contact ICON at 780-449-3558. Retakes occur on Friday, October 14th in the morning.

Download September's Calendar here.

Download the September Bulletin here.

Congratulations to our 2015-2016 award recipients!!

VJM students raised $900 for The Terry Fox Foundation cancer research, WAY TO GO!!

Our cafeteria is now OPEN! Cafeteria cards can be purchased online or at the office. Click here to see the menu/price list

Our School Council Annual General Meeting and first regular monthly School Council meeting was held on Tuesday, September 27 at 6:30 pm in our library. Review the agenda here

Fall is here and we are in full swing.

Download the October Calendar here.

Download the October Bulletin here.

Grade 9s are taking part in Ministry Retreats at St. Albert Catholic Parish learning about all the ministries the Parish offers for students to be involved in. Grade 9s then volunteer at the St. Albert Food Bank as part of their service projects.

Starting October 8th, be sure to log in to PowerSchool to help your child select their Excel Choice blocks for October 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th, November 1st & 3rd.

Teachers are starting to enter marks into PowerSchool, set up your email notifications using the instructions here.

Don't forget, we are piloting the Safe Arrivals Absence Reporting system starting October 3rd. See below for more information.

Access to PowerSchool

Your child received a letter containing your parent access ID and parent access password along with instructions on setting up your PowerSchool account(s).

IF YOU CREATED AN ACCOUNT LAST YEAR, you do NOT need to create a NEW account and can now log into PowerSchool. If you have misplaced your password, you can contact our office for help in resetting your account.

Parents/guardians are able to link multiple GSACRD junior high & high school children to one account. PowerSchool will also allow multi-user accounts. This means that individual parents/guardians can create their own accounts and link their children to them.

Please obtain the letter from your child and use the instructions on the backside to create your new account(s). You can also access the instruction here.

Please note that teachers will be setting up their PowerSchool Gradebook over the next few weeks so do not expect that marks will start appearing until the end of the month. The main purpose for opening PowerSchool to parents/guardians at this time is so you can view the Excel sessions (listed as “Flex Session” in PowerSchool.) Your child(ren) is/are now able to register in Excel block sessions on Tuesdays & Thursdays a few times each month. You and your child(ren) can view the sessions and make choices based on their needs and preferences.

Please contact the school if you have any questions or need any assistance.

New Absence Reporting System Pilot

Starting OCTOBER 3rd, Vincent J. Maloney will be piloting a new absence reporting system. 

To enhance our existing absence check procedure, we are introducing a new, more efficient student absence reporting system called SchoolConnects SafeArrival.  This new system will reduce the time it takes to verify student attendance, make it easy for you to report your child’s absence and easy for staff to respond to unexplained student absences. 

With SafeArrival, you are asked to report your child’s absence (in advance or before morning bell time) using one of these 3 convenient methods:

  1. Call the automated interactive telephone system via a toll-free number
    1-844-818-9908
    to report an absence.
  2. Log into the website, gsac.schoolconnects.com, to access the SafeArrival website where an account can be set up to report absences. (Parents with email addresses on file at the school will receive an invitation to log in to the Parent Portal and activate their account.)
  3. Set up a SafeArrival account then download the SafeArrival app to quickly and conveniently report absences from your mobile device. Search for the SafeArrival app by Synrevoice Technologies in:
    • Apple App Store – for Apple devices
    • Google Play Store – for Android devices

LOGIN INFORMATION WILL BE SENT BY EMAIL IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS TO PARENTS  WHO HAVE SUPPLIED AN EMAIL ADDRESS TO THE SCHOOL IN THE REGISTRATION PACKAGE.If you do not have an email address but have a cell phone number on file with the school, you will be able to create a login account by going to the web address gsac.schoolconnects.com . On the login page, click on the ‘Don’t have an account?’ link and follow the instructions.

Please download the information letter and be sure to contact our front office if you have any questions.

VolleyBall Tryouts

Click here for practice & game days & times.

 

Good Luck to our Juniors at the Spruce Grove Jr. Tournament this weekend!

Cheer Team

Click here for information on our District Cheer Team including practice times and competition dates.

VJM School Modernization

It’s official and the process is now underway. Alberta Infrastructure has announced that Colliers International has been hired as Project Leaders for our school modernization. ONPA Architects has been named as the Prime Consultant. More details to come in the next couple of months!

CHECK OUT OUR APP!

There’s a VJM app for ios and android devices. Just search “vjm” on the app store or click the links below to download. Enter your child’s schedule and receive push notifications from the school. Have quick access to News, the school’s Twitter feed, our website, PowerSchool and our School Handbook. Click here to download the introduction sheets.

click here for ios devices, (iPhone, iPad, etc.)

Click here for android devices, (Samsung, htc, etc.)

District Faith Theme

The greatest promise for all of our students this year will be a new faith theme. Along with the other schools in our district, we at VJM are celebrating, Opening the Doors of Mercy, ­ Love in Action. To this end, VJM will continue its commitment to our works of service, school masses, liturgies celebrations and retreats. We look forward to our continued relationship with St. Albert Parish as well as exploring ways to enhance faith discovery within the classroom and the home.

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