Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools Released This Letter to all Families of Students in Grades 7 to 9 on Monday, April 25
Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to navigate COVID-19 and what is best for our students. The cases this past weekend have impacted many staff and students, resulting in a shortage of substitute teachers. As we continue to receive positive COVID-19 alerts from Alberta Health Services, we realize that we must take action to ensure we are able to keep substitute teachers in front of our Kindergarten to Grade 6 students where possible. Ideally, we would like to keep all students in a face-to-face classroom and we are hopeful that with this temporary shift we will be able to mitigate some of the transmission of COVID-19.
Therefore, RDCRS Grade 7 to Grade 9 classes in seven schools will be shifting temporarily to online learning beginning, Tuesday, April 27, 2021- May 7 , 2021. We will resume in-person learning on May 10, 2021.
Schools impacted by this operational shift are:
- ● St. Francis of Assisi Middle School (Grade 7-Grade 9)
- ● St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School (Grade 7-Grade 9)
- ● St. Patrick’s Community School (Grade 7-Grade 9)
- ● École Camille J Lerouge School (Grade 7-Grade 9)
- ● St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School (Grade 7-Grade 9)
- ● St. Gregory the Great Catholic School (Grade 7 to Grade 9 – Extended to May 7)
- ● École Mother Teresa School (Grade 7-Grade 9: English and French classes)
RDCRS students from Grade 7 to Grade 9 will be offered online learning following a weekly class schedule so that students can work directly with their teachers throughout the day. Transitioning of school supplies, textbooks and chromebooks will occur on Monday, April 26, 2021. More details about online learning structures will be communicated to your child in their regular scheduled classes online on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, with their teacher. This will ensure that we will be able to keep moving forward with the curriculum and continue the strong learning that is happening within classes. Your child’s homeroom teacher will contact families via email this evening with further details.
Please know that this decision was not made lightly and, as we continue to realize the strains that COVID-19 places on us, we need to be flexible with our decision making and place our students and their learning at the center of all conversations. We will support your family with technology if your child requires it. Scheduling for technology pick-up will be available beginning tomorrow.
As always, do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher, school counsellors, and school administrators for additional support or clarification. While this is a challenging time, we continue to trust in the Lord with all our heart, leaning on each other for support and companionship. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
Have a safe and blessed day. God bless.
Kathleen Finnigan, Superintendent of Schools Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools
Police arrest two more people following killing of eight-year-old girl in Alberta
An Edmonton Police Service logo is shown at a press conference in Edmonton, Oct. 2, 2017. Police in Edmonton have charged two more people following the killing of an eight-year-old girl whose remains were found on a First Nation south of the provincial capital in April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Police in Edmonton have charged two more people following the killing of an eight-year-old girl whose remains were found on a First Nation south of the provincial capital.
Officers responded on April 24 to a welfare call about the girl at an Edmonton home but were unable to locate her.
Her remains were discovered five days later on the Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis.
Shayden Lightning, who is 21, and Raighne Stoney, who is 36, have been charged with being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.
Three others were initially charged in the case.
Police are not releasing the names of two of the accused in order to protect the identities of other children related to the victim, whose identity is under a publication ban.
A 27-year-old woman faces a charge of first-degree murder and a 25-year-old man faces charges of being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.
Edward Nievera, 67, was charged with being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.
Edmonton police Staff Sgt. Colin Leathem said in a release Friday that the recent arrests will be the last in the case and that the investigation has concluded.
“We want to thank the RCMP in Maskwacis and Wetaskiwin for their assistance with this investigation,” he said. “Needless to say, this was an exceptionally distressing investigation to work on, and they went above and beyond in helping to facilitate these final arrests and bring this file to conclusion.
“While nothing can change the horror of what occurred, we hope (the arrests) can provide some measure of justice to those who knew and loved this little girl.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2023.
United Way Central Alberta delivers over $1 million to 22 community service organizations through the government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund
News release from the United Way of Central Alberta
United Way Central Alberta (UWCA) is pleased to announce over $1 million in funding to support 22 projects in Central Alberta through the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund.
The Community Services Recovery Fund is a one-time investment of $400 million to help community service organizations (charities, non-profits, Indigenous governing bodies) adapt, modernize, and be better equipped to improve the efficacy, accessibility, and sustainability of the community services that they provide though the pandemic recovery and beyond.
The following projects are being supported within Central Alberta:
• $63,000 was invested to fund Bashaw and District Support Services Association towards a regional wellness initiative;
• $59,609 was invested to fund Boys and Girls Club of Olds and Area towards a Youth and Parental Supports Pilot Project;
• $75,704 was invested to fund Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer towards program service innovation;
• $52,000 was invested to fund Camrose Adult Learning Council towards Immersive Technologies;
• $62,552 was invested to fund Camrose Association for Community Living towards Next Level Wellness;
• $36,286 was invested to fund Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta East Central Region 2000 towards Recovery College technology;
• $9,621 was invested to fund Carstairs Public Library towards permanent adaptions;
• $89,638 was invested to fund Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association to transform program delivery;
• $41,320 was invested to fund Drumheller Community Learning Society towards Empowering Youth;
• $47,000 was invested to fund Family Violence Action Society: Camrose and District towards infrastructure design;
• $14,000 was invested to fund Friends to the Drayton Valley Library Society towards a children, family, and youth space;
• $9,036 was invested to fund Mary C Moore Public Library towards Kinsmen Program Room Makerspace;
• $76,230 was invested to fund Mountain Rose Women’s Shelter Association towards West Central Community Connections;
• $16,135 was invested to fund Ponoka Youth Centre towards mental health support;
• $9,714 was invested to fund Red Deer Public Library towards their Youth and Literacy Program;
• $98,112 was invested to fund Rocky Primary Counselling Centre of Alberta towards mental health;
• $98,083 was invested to fund Shalom Counselling Centre of Alberta towards healthy families;
• $21,296 was invested to fund Stettler Community Support Centre towards community outreach;
• $81,600 was invested to fund Stettler Information and Referral Centre towards Stettler Circle of Services innovation and expansion;
• $10,757 was invested to fund The Lord’s Food Bank towards hot meal program revitalization;
• $40,337 was invested to fund Ubuntu-Mobilizing Central Alberta towards Collective Alberta-Project; and
• $85,970 Was invested to fund Wetaskiwin & District Association for Community Services towards re-building community and personal engagement.
Community service organizations are at the forefront of addressing communities’ needs. Since the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have struggled with increased demand for their services, reduced revenues, declines in charitable giving due to the rising cost of living, and a greater need to make use of digital tools. Many organizations are struggling to recover and adapt their services to the changing needs of Central Alberta.
For more information, visit the Community Services Recovery Fund website. For more information on United Way Central Alberta, you can visit our website or contact us at [email protected] or 403.343.3900.
“The value United Way Central Alberta adds as a locally governed and operated funder is that we have the trusted systems in place to identify local needs and ensure dollars are invested where they are needed most”- United Way Central Alberta CEO, Chelsea O’Donoghue.
“United Way Central Alberta is proud to have worked with the Government of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada as part of the Community Services Recovery Fund” – United Way Central Alberta CEO, Chelsea O’Donoghue.
• The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support community service organizations, including charities, non-profits and Indigenous governing bodies, as they adapt their organizations for pandemic recovery.
• Now more than ever, community service organizations play a key role in addressing complex social problems faced by many communities across Canada.
• From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, community service organizations across Canada have shown impressive stamina and creativity in their response to the diverse and increasingly challenging needs of their
• The Community Services Recovery Fund responds to what community service organizations need right now and supports them as they adapt to the long-term impacts of the pandemic.
• As community service organizations across Canada work to support recovery in their communities, the CSRF will help them adapt and modernize their operations to grow their impact.
• The Government of Canada is delivering the CSRF through three National Funders (Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada). The National Funders are distributing funding to
eligible community service organizations, including charities, non-profits, and Indigenous governing bodies, providing services in communities across Canada.
• The Government of Canada supports a more inclusive model of economic growth, one that creates opportunities for everyone in Canada, as the long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continue.
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