Reminder: There is no school on Monday, May 23 for Victoria Day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 24. Have a safe long weekend!
Congratulations to Mrs. Beth Larson who has accepted the position of Vice Principal of Holy Family Academy. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, Mrs. Larson began her teaching career at Holy Family Academy in 2002. Click here to read the full announcement: https://www.redeemer.ab.ca/news/staff-announcement-vice-principal-holy-family-academy--1652971729156
CTR Catholic is pleased to announce the recipients of the St. Joseph Parent of Distinction Award. The award recognizes an individual who demonstrates the ability to promote parental engagement and involvement in the Catholic education system. Truly exceptional in their dedication and initiative, this individual has dynamic leadership qualities and encourages opportunity to influence student learning success in the school community. Award winners are Heather Baldwin, Notre Dame Collegiate in High River; Kathy Resch, Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy in Canmore; Andrea Thornton, Assumption RC in Oyen; Julie Trotter Holy Trinity Academy in Okotoks; and Dallas Wagner, Holy Family Academy in Brooks. The award winners were honored at the Council of School Councils meeting held May 18 at the Catholic Education Centre in Okotoks. Thank you to these special parents and all our parents for your commitment to Catholic education!
Introducing Little Flower Pre-Kindergarten at St. Mary's School in Okotoks! All students from Okotoks and Foothills area are welcome, both Catholic and non-Catholic. Program options include five mornings per week or four afternoons per week. For more information visit: https://stmarys.redeemer.ab.ca/littleflower To register click here: https://redeemer.schoolengage.ca/#/login #littleflowerprek
Thank you to all the volunteers from CTR Catholic who assisted Feed the Hungry Calgary this past Sunday. With your help, 350 guests were served with 428 food packages, including Shepherd’s Pie and cookies from “An Affair to Remember." The Society of St. Vincent de Paul – St. Peter’s Conference also made a donation of COBS bread and buns. These were added to the food packages to be enjoyed by the guests. Blessings to all of you for your servant hearts! 🙏
In order to better serve our families in the Okotoks and Foothills area, Christ The Redeemer (CTR) Catholic Schools is pleased to announce that we will be offering a pre-kindergarten program for four year olds this fall at St. Mary's School The program, called Little Flower Pre-Kindergarten, will be offered on-site at St. Mary’s School in Okotoks and is open to all families living in the Okotoks and Foothills area, both Catholic and non-Catholic. For full program details visit: https://stmarys.redeemer.ab.ca/littleflower #littleflowerprek
Paralympian and former graduate of Holy Trinity Academy, Zak Madell visited Holy Spirit Academy, École Good Shepherd School St. John Paul II Collegiate to celebrate International Wheelchair Day. The purpose of the visit was to provide mentorship and foster a community of inclusivity. Zak even brought his Olympic Silver Medal for show and tell. Thank you Zak Madell for a beautiful visit with our students and sharing your story! CTR would also like the Calgary Foundation for the Stepping Stones grant that made the visit possible.
Today we celebrate all mothers - the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. "We love because he first loved us." John 4:19
Yesterday I spent an hour with the Grade 6's at Good Shepherd. We talked Municipal Government so they would be aready for their Mock Council Meeting next week in Council Chambers. I truly love the questions they ask. They are so varied and are genuinely curious about how things work. Things I learnt from the visit - a Graffiti Wall in the community they think is a good idea, they prefer to be a Town not a City, they are just as divided on what to do about deer as the rest of the community, more skateboarding (recreation) is important, 30 mins is not enough time for questions and never ask them all to answer a question at once. Thanks for hanging out with me and I am looking forward to seeing what issue you debate during your mock Council meeting next week. Christ the Redeemer Catholic School Division
Congratulations to this year's Edwin Parr award winners! The award celebrates CTR's outstanding first year teachers.
Check out this CBC radio interview with our very own music teacher Catherine Scott from the The Centre for Learning at Home along with Russ Gavin, band leader at Stanford University, and COO of JackTrip, an online audio technology company, as they talk about CFL's new Music@HOME program which allows students to perform synchronously in a virtual setting. Students can literally experience both band and choir like they were together in person regardless of where they are located across the province. https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-17-edmonton-am/clip/15910393-new-technology-helping-young-musicians-learn-home
CTR Catholic schools has made mental health and wellbeing a focus by helping teachers introduce universal mental health strategies into their classrooms daily through our Healthy School initiative. Today, staff and students across the division are wearing hats today to raise awareness for mental health. We want to thank you for your support of our schools and the mental health and wellbeing of all CTR families. #hatsonformentalheath
Congratulations to this year's Edwin Parr award winners! The award celebrates CTR's outstanding first year teachers.
Congratulations to this year's Edwin Parr award winners! The award celebrates CTR's outstanding first year teachers.
On behalf of St. John Paul II Collegiate Parent Council, all parents in the Okotoks community are welcome to attend an informative parent session on Tuesday, May 10th at 7 pm, in-person, in the St. JPII gymnasium (53 Cimarron Drive, Okotoks). Mr. Les Redick is an experienced researcher and presenter on the topic of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and his sessions have been well-received by CTR audiences in past. The session is of value also for parents whose children do not have ADHD, as he touches on adolescent brain development, executive functioning, and organization. All parents are invited to attend this meaningful parent engagement and learning session – feel free to invite parents whose children do not attend St. JPII!
Congratulations to Mr. Mike Fleck who has accepted the position of Principal of Holy Family Academy. After graduating with a Bachelor of Physical Education, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, Mr. Fleck began his teaching career at St. Joseph’s Collegiate in 2000. Mr. Fleck has taught in all four divisions in his teaching career including high school science, Grade 8, 6, 5, and 2 homerooms as well as physical education at all levels. In January of 2013, Mr. Fleck joined the administration team as Vice Principal of Holy Family Academy. Mr. Fleck is committed to educational opportunities. He was in the very first cohort of the Christ the Redeemer Aspiring Leaders group in 2007. He attended Start Right in 2013 and the Leadership Essentials for Administrators conference in 2014. Mr. Fleck also regularly attends leadership related professional development in order to gain ideas and improve his practice. Mr. Fleck has taken on various other leadership roles including Elementary Physical Education Lead for Christ the Redeemer, ATA Representative, EPC Representative, NSC member, and at Holy Family Academy over the years, Faith Lead, Technology Lead, and ER lead to name a few. In accepting the role as Principal of Holy Family Academy, Mr. Fleck shares, “Holy Family Academy is an outstanding Catholic school committed to academic excellence in a safe and caring environment. I am humbled and excited to be given the opportunity to serve as it’s next Principal.” Superintendent Dr. Scott Morrison shares, “Mr. Fleck is a talented elementary educator who had served all three schools in Brooks with passion, excellence, and dedication. We are very confident Holy Family will continue to thrive under his leadership.”
Congratulations to Mr. Mike Jerrett who has accepted the position of Vice-Principal of The Centre for Learning@HOME. Visit our website for full announcement: https://www.redeemer.ab.ca/news/staffing-announcement-vice-principal-at-the-centre-for-learninghome-1651262996338
Our teachers continue to display their creativity, talent and commitment to literacy and wellbeing. Read the full story here: https://highriveronline.com/articles/local-teacher-and-author-drops-third-book-of-inspirational-poems
Congratulations to Holy Spirit Academy first year teacher Ms. Belinda Ziehl who was selected as this year's Edwin Parr Nominee. Each school division across the province selects one outstanding first year teacher to represent their division. Ms. Ziehl is CTR Catholics representative. Learn more about her contributions as a first year teacher by watching this video. Congratulations Ms. Ziehl!
CTR Catholic would like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of all our Administrative Professionals in our schools and at division office. Thank you for all you do to help our schools run smoothly!
What a gift to be able to gather together to celebrate the Mass as a school community! #IBelieveinCatholicEd
St. Mary's School in Okotoks is now offering a Before and After School program... available this fall! Check it out!
Congratulations to Mrs. Susan Currie who has accepted the position of Vice-Principal of St. Anthony's School. Since beginning her teaching career with Christ The Redeemer (CTR) Catholic Schools Mrs. Currie has taught in almost every division at St. Anthony’s School. Her teaching assignments have included a broad range of classes from Kindergarten in Elementary to Junior and Senior High Art, Humanities, Math, Astronomy, and Construction. Mrs. Currie is a committed life-long learner with an educational background as diverse as her teaching experience. She graduated from the University of New Brunswick with First Class Honors and Distinction in her Anthropology, Chemistry, and Education Degrees. She is continually pursuing educational opportunities and has completed CTR’s Aspiring Leaders program, the Start Right Program for Beginning School Leaders and is currently enrolled in St. Mary’s University Leadership Quality Standard Certification program. As a Master Teacher at St. Anthony’s School, Mrs. Currie has taken on various leadership roles in multiple capacities, including that of Faith Leader, Options Leader, Technology Leader, and most recently Leader of the Humanities Division. In accepting this new leadership role of Vice-Principal, Mrs. Currie stated “It’s truly been a blessing working with the wonderful staff and community at St. Anthony’s School over the past decade. I’m greatly looking forward to continuing this journey in a new role in which I can further serve and support the needs of our staff and community.” New Principal Celeste Schrock shares, “Mrs. Currie is a true master teacher having excelled at teaching all levels from kindergarten to high school. She brings a vast knowledge of the various disciplines and exceptional organizational skills to the administration team. She is faith-filled, thoughtful, and intentional in everything she does and establishes strong working relationships with others.” Congratulations!
Congratulations to Ms. Betina Gross who has accepted the position of Vice-Principal of St. Anthony's School. After graduating from the University of Regina in 1996 with a Bachelors of Education, Ms. Gross began her career teaching in a number of schools in Saskatchewan including; Sylvania, Vanguard and later Swift Current. In 2008 she joined Christ The Redeemer (CTR) Catholic Schools as the learning support teacher at St. Anthony’s School in Drumheller. During this time Ms. Gross completed her post degree certificate in Special Education. Betina also took on the role of Early Reading Intervention Leader. Her passion for teaching reading eventually brought her back the classroom to teach Grade 1 and more recently Grade 6. Ms. Gross shares, “I am honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to serve the St. Anthony’s School community. I look forward to joining the administration team to continue the tradition of excellence that has been established in our school.” New Principal Celeste Schrock shares, “Ms. Gross brings to our administration team a wealth of expertise. Since joining St. Anthony’s she has served in a variety of roles, and she has excelled in each of them. For Ms. Gross, teaching is a true vocation. She is passionate about Catholic education, committed to excellence in teaching and learning, and greatly values the importance of positive relationships.” Congratulations!
Today we mourn the death of Christ. The Liturgy of the Eucharist, which the Church throughout the world celebrates every other day of the year, is a proclamation of Christ’s victory over death. The lack of that liturgy on Good Friday reminds us of the immense agony and humiliation that Jesus went through to bring about that victory. You may notice other unusual things at your church today. The altar will be stripped bare, and depending on the church you go to, there is little to no music. On Good Friday, the scriptures are fulfilled - "it is finished".
Wishing all Christ The Redeemer staff, students and families a blessed Easter and fun-filled spring break! Classes will resume on Monday, April 25th 🐰
Today we celebrate the Institution of the Mass and the priesthood. the first day of the Triduum - a period of 3 days of prayer: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil). Holy Thursday brings to mind the Lord’s Last Supper with the Apostles. Every minute of this Last Supper reflects both the Majesty of Jesus who knows He is to die the following day, and His love and affection for each and every one of us. What Christ did can be summarized in a few words from St. John: He loved them to the end. Today we are invited to meditate and pray on the love Jesus has for each one of us, and how we respond to it. #IBelieveInCatholicEd
Congratulations to Mr. Grant Gay who has accepted the position of Director of Catholic Education at the Catholic Education Centre. For full story click here: https://www.redeemer.ab.ca/news/staffing-announcement-director-of-catholic-education-1649800209102
Exciting news from Holy Spirit Academy in High River who will be offering a before and after school program to families in the fall!
The Christ the Redeemer Catholic School Board of Trustees Highlights from its regular meeting on March 26, 2022 are now available. Click here: https://www.smore.com/qngap
Check out this short video below for 24 facts about CTR Catholic you might not have known! Registration for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and all other grades is open at all CTR schools in Okotoks, High River, Brooks, Canmore, Oyen and Drumheller. Register today: https://www.redeemer.ab.ca/register
Did You Know? ... CTR offers online course options to all students. Our students have the opportunity to access hundreds of online courses from one of the most successful online schools in the province through the Centre for Learning@HOME. Visit https://albertahomeeducation.ca/
CTR schools offer international trips. CTR students are invited to participate in international travel at every secondary school in the division. The Board approved the resumption of planning for international travel for next spring at their last meeting.
Congratulations to Darren Dornstauder who has accepted the position of Vice-Principal of Holy Trinity Academy. Mr. Dornstauder started teaching with Christ the Redeemer in 2013 at St. John Paul II Collegiate and has previously taught at Notre Dame High School in Red Deer. In 2020, Mr. Dornstauder graduated from the University of Alberta with a Masters degree in Secondary Education. Mr. Dornstauder currently serves as the co-lead of Health & Physical Education for CTR. In addition to his divisional role, Mr. Dornstauder is a member of the Executive Council with HPEC through the ATA, as well as a mentor teacher for beginning teachers across Alberta with Ever Active Schools. Mr. Dornstauder shares, “I am very humbled and excited for this opportunity to work with and serve the staff, students, and community of Holy Trinity Academy. I believe HTA exemplifies excellence in Catholic education through their commitment to academics, faith, and community, and I am motivated in becoming a contributing member of this school and culture.” Future Principal of Holy Trinity Academy, Diana Atkinson shares, “I am incredibly excited to welcome Mr. Dornstauder to Holy Trinity Academy. Mr. Dornstauder’s strong faith, coupled with his commitment to excellence in academics, health and wellness, lifelong learning and supporting our school community through excellence in teaching and leading make him an outstanding addition to our school and to our Administration Team.”
Congratulations to Mrs. Celeste Schrock who has accepted the position of Principal of St. Anthony's School. After graduating from the Nova Scotia Teachers College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Education, Mrs. Schrock moved west to begin her teaching career at St. Anthony’s School as a junior high PE and Math teacher. In 2001 she completed her Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from Mount St. Vincent University. In 2005, when a second Vice-Principal position was added to the school, Mrs. Schrock was given the opportunity to join the school administrative team. She has served in that role ever since. Over the years Mrs. Schrock has taught a range of grades from elementary to high school and a variety of subjects. Mrs. Schrock shares, “St. Anthony’s School has a long history of high-quality, Catholic Education in the Drumheller Valley. It is an honor to be given the responsibility of continuing that tradition as the next Principal.” Superintendent Dr. Scott Morrison shares, “Mrs. Schrock is a long-serving and talented member of the St. Anthony’s School community. She is a master teacher with superb interpersonal skills, and she’s committed to maintaining St. Anthony’s level of excellence.” Mrs. Schrock will begin her transition to St. Anthony's School in the spring.
Did You Know? ... CTR Offers Stellar Fine Arts Programming. Band, music and drama programs that are second-to-none provide students with opportunities to explore the fine arts including a division-led art gallery and contest, entitled Curated. Art Collective, which honors the talents of all our students. Visit our schools websites to find out more! www.redeemer.ab.ca
Christ the Redeemer (CTR) Catholic Schools is pleased to announce Ms. Lacey Dubeau as Vice Principal of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy. After graduating from the University of Windsor in 2011 with a Bachelor of Education, Lacey began her teaching career with CTR Catholic at St. John Paul II Collegiate in Okotoks. In 2012, she moved to Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy in Canmore where she taught as an elementary classroom teacher. In 2016, Lacey transferred to Holy Spirit Academy in High River where she has taught for the past six years in various grades. In addition to her experience as a teacher, she has assumed a variety of leadership roles, including Team Lead, Divisional Team Lead, and Indigenous Team Lead. Inspired by her mentors in CTR Catholic, Lacey completed her Master of Education at the University of Calgary in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Education Research. Lacey shares, “Although I will miss all of my amazing colleagues at Holy Spirit Academy, I am excited to continue my leadership journey in CTR Catholic and return to a school and community that has always had a piece of my heart.” The Principal of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy, Mr. Jamie Landry, shares, “We are very pleased to welcome Ms. Dubeau back to Our Lady of the Snows. Ms. Dubeau is a dynamic educator with a vast tool kit of skills in differentiated instruction, learning support, and conflict resolution and is an authentic Catholic leader.” Ms. Dubeau will begin her position in the fall of 2022.
Did You Know? ... Our Schools Are Fun! CTR classrooms are full of laughter, friendship and fun as students learn together. School spirit is abundant in all our schools. #ctrhealthyschools
Did You Know? ... Christ The Redeemer Catholic Schools offers publicly-funded Catholic education. There is no cost to attend our schools! Register today! https://www.redeemer.ab.ca/register
Did You Know? ... CTR has over 540 teachers and 300 support staff across 7 communities! CTR provides education to more than 10,000 students.
Check out CTR's own Centre for Learning at Home, the province's top online school. Information sessions coming up!
Did You Know? CTR, formed in 1995, has 15 traditional schools in 7 communities, and an additional three outreach schools and one online and home education school, The Centre for Learning@HOME, which has close to 3,000 students. CTR educates over 10,000 students. Visit our website for more: www.redeemer.ab.ca
Did You Know? ... CTR Offers Full Day Kindergarten. Early Start: CTR’s kindergarten programs are open to all and focus on active learning, skill development, and relationships. CTR offers full day, full time kindergarten in many schools. Visit our website for more detailed information and to register today: www.redeemer.ab.ca/kindergarten
Did You Know? ... CTR Supports Inclusion and Continues the Work to Combat Racism. CTR Catholic is committed to ensuring equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for all. Through the Many And One initiative, we will work to understand, address, and dismantle racism, discrimination, and bias through listening, sharing and action. All students, staff and parents encourage, value and support one another to create a safe and caring school community where no one is excluded for any reason. #ctrhealthyschools #ctrmanyandone
CTR is excited to announce submissions are now being accepted to the third annual Curated. Art Collective. Curated. CTR Art Collective highlights the talent, skill and creativity of our CTR students and teachers across all of our communities from kindergarten to Grade 12. Students are asked to speak to their teacher to submit their artwork. Submissions will also be accepted online and can also be uploaded here: https://ctr.formstack.com/forms/curated_artcollective_submission_2022 The deadline to submit artwork is June 3, 2022. Original pieces must be delivered to the Catholic Education Centre in Okotoks by June 8, 2022. A selection committee will judge the pieces in each grade division for the Golden Brush Award and the honor of being on display at the Catholic Education Centre in Okotoks for one year! Questions? Contact email@example.com #curatedartcollective
Did You Know? ... CTR Has A Comprehensive Staff Wellness Initiative. CTR is committed to staff wellness through supports, benefits, and regular check-ins with all staff. We know that healthy teachers support the development of healthy students. Our commitment to our staff is also a commitment to our students. #ctrhealthyschools
Christ the Redeemer (CTR) Catholic Schools is pleased to announce Mrs. Lindsay Avramovic as Vice Principal of St. Francis of Assisi Academy. After graduating from the University of Ottawa in 2011 with a Bachelor of Education, Mrs. Lindsay Avramovic began her teaching career with Christ The Redeemer at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy in Canmore. During that time, she served as an elementary teacher before being appointed to Vice Principal in 2017. In addition to her role as Vice Principal, she also served in the areas of Learning Support and English Language Learning. In 2019, she was appointed as the Director of Catholic Education where she has served the district in providing faith formation opportunities for students and staff, overseeing curriculum, and advocating for Catholic education. Inspired by leaders and mentors within CTR, Mrs. Avramovic pursued her Masters in Administration and Educational Leadership at the University of New Brunswick, graduating in the spring of 2021. Eager to continue her pursuit of lifelong learning, Mrs. Avramovic recently began her Doctorate in Education at Western University with a critical focus on theories of educational leadership and K-12 organizations. Mrs. Avramovic shares, “I am overjoyed for the opportunity to join the administrative team and the beautiful community of staff, students and parents at St. Francis of Assisi. I look forward to joining in their mission of fostering a community of lifelong learners, where challenges are opportunities for growth, and individual gifts and talents are valued. Most importantly, living our Catholic faith with great love –reflecting the peace and goodness of Christ to all.” Principal Mr. James Leidl shares, “Mrs. Avramovic is a passionate and devoted advocate of Catholic education. She is a servant leader with diverse experiences that will be of tremendous value to our school community. Her energy and positivity make her a perfect fit for the role of Vice Principal at St. Francis of Assisi Academy." Mrs. Avramovic will begin her transition in the spring.