St. Marguerite Catholic School
Hearts and Hands for Jesus!
Part of Evergreen Catholic School Divison
School Programs

Our Learning Commons

A collaborative space in our school where students do their weekly book exchange and work on curricular outcomes.  As stated in the Alberta Education Learning Commons policy:

A learning commons is an inclusive, flexible, learner-centred, physical and/or virtual space for collaboration, inquiry, imagination and play to expand and deepen learning.


A learning commons is an agile and responsive learning and teaching environment available to individuals and groups to use for multiple, often simultaneous, purposes.  It supports literacy, numeracy, competency development and student learning outcomes through access to and instruction in the effective use of print and digital resources.


Academic

Educational practices that are flexible and responsive to the strengths and needs of individual students can create inclusive learning experiences that ensure all students are reaching their potential.  St. Marguerite is proud to offer various programs and opportunities for children to be successful:

  • One-to-One Chromebooks for grade four students

  • French as a Second Language beginning in grade four

  • Student in grade one to four have 2 fifty minutes blocks of music instruction per week

  • Tutorial Blocks for support and extension of student learning

  • Out of School and In School field trips to support curricular outcomes


Catholic Education

Catholic schools are a publicly funded, vibrant part of the public education system in Alberta.  Catholic schools provide an environment for their students which encourages not only high academic achievement, but also person and communal spiritual formation. The presence of the Catholic faith is permeated within every element of the school.


Our mission statement at St. Marguerite school is:


St. Marguerite Catholic School is a community of learners loved by God and called to live  the Gospel. With Jesus as our teacher, we learn to use our gifts to love and serve our world.


We live out our mission through our daily interactions with one another.  Students participate in monthly liturgies, daily prayer and religion classes.  Students co-designed the chapel, a sacred space in our school where we can gather as a faith community to share in the Eucharist, learn and pray.  Our Catholic faith is also permeated in other school wide activities such as Catholic Education Week, Christmas Concert and visits to Holy Trinity Catholic Church.


If you are seeking information on your child receiving the Sacraments or Holy Trinity Catholic Church, please click HERE


St. Marguerite offers a 475 hour Kindergarten program for students who are five years of age before December 31 of the current school year.  Our program is a full day program in which students attend alternating days ( Monday/Wednesday OR Tuesday/Thursday) and scheduled Fridays.


Kindergarten


The program is designed to be a development of early literacy, numeracy and social skills and includes activities such as:

  • Discovery Time:Numbers, Science Exploration, Dramatic Play, Storytelling, Reading, Building, Calm Corner,

  • Loose Parts, Art Center, Sensory Bins, Technology

  • Prayer

  • Physical Education

  • Outdoor Exploration

  • Letter of the week

  • Show & share

  • Field Trips

  • Learning Commons

  • Kimochis

  • Family events


Click on the links for more information such as Calendars and Handbook


Daily Physical Activity


As per Alberta Education guidelines, students participate in Daily Physical Activity (DPA).  Students go to the gym four times a week where they receive instruction on skill and game development.  DPA on alternate days can either be done in the classroom, outside or in the gym based on availability.


Students in grade one to four at St. Marguerite school also have the opportunity to participate annually in swimming lessons and skating.  We host school wide activities such as Winter Carnival, Track & Field (grades three and four) Fun Day ( grades one and two).


Technology


“Ultimately, the power of technology should be harnessed to support innovation and discovery, not simply to aid teaching. We need to engage learners to use these new technologies as designers and creators of knowledge.”

- Inspiring Education: A Dialogue with Albertans


Students at St. Marguerite Catholic School have access to a wide variety of technology.  We understand that technology is used as a tool for personalizing learning. Our school has one stand alone computer lab,a portable laptop cart and classroom iPads to support learning activities.  Our Learning Commons also has a range of high and low tech opportunities such as coding through robotics, stop motion and green screen capabilities. Students are taught the responsibilities of Digital Citizenship.  More information for parents can be found HERE


Home School Communication


Open and positive communication between home and school is a key component of the educational development of children who attend St. Marguerite Catholic School. We are all here for the children and together we can build an enriched learning environment for them.


A weekly e-mail with key reminders for upcoming events will be sent out every Monday.  Special announcements will be sent home with the students when necessary. A monthly newsletter highlighting school events will be sent home and put on the school website.  Please check the school website at www.stmargcs.ca for regular updates.


Many of our teachers also use an app called SeeSaw. Not only does it allow for quick communication with parents, teachers and students also use it as a digital portfolio to keep parents informed on learning tasks and student progress.  Please contact your child’s teacher for more information on Seesaw.


Parent, student and teacher conferences will be scheduled throughout the year, but we encourage you not to wait for them if you feel you need to meet with your child’s teacher or the administration. Together we will help all students achieve their personal best.


Links to staff email can be found HERE