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Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools Upcoming Events

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Here’s a list of events coming up at schools throughout the region.
Monday, October 17, 2016 St. Elizabeth Seton School – Read-a-Thon Fundraiser
Location: St. Elizabeth Seton School (35 Addinell Ave, Red Deer, AB T4R 1V5)St. Elizabeth Seton School have started their annual Read-a-Thon Fundraiser. This is a 21-day reading challenge where students are encouraged to read for 15-30 minutes each day and have the opportunity to win draws and prizes from our Parent Council. This event runs from October 3-24. Please contact Erika Pottage at 403-343-6017 for more information. 

Monday, October 17, 2016 St. Francis of Assisi Middle School – Community Helpers Training Location: St. Francis of Assisi Middle School (321 Lindsay Ave, Red Deer, AB T4R 3M1) Community Helpers is a supportive listening and suicide prevention training program for youth and adults identified by their peers as helping individuals. This program is available in schools and communities within Central Alberta. The training is tailored to meet the needs of the group and allows participants to meet others in their community and school also identified as helpers. The training bridges the gap between the identified helpers and community resources. This event is scheduled for October 17-18 for Grade 8 and 9 community helpers, and October 20-21 for Grade 6 and 7 community helpers. For more information, please contact Brandon Heck at 403-314-1449

Monday, October 17, 2016 St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School – Read-a-thon
Location: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School (4453 – 51 Avenue Innisfail, AB T4G 1A7) School Council is holding their annual Read-a-thon fundraiser from October 3-19 where students are encouraged to set a daily reading goal over a 17 day period. A prize ballot is given to participating students for minutes read, for example, one ballot may be equal to ten minutes of reading. Students will then have the option to put their ballots into a variety of prize buckets where one winner will be drawn from each bucket. Ballots are also given out for funds raised.
For more information, please contact Shane Chisholm at 403-227-2123.
Monday, October 17, 2016
St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School – Maniac Magee/Classroom Quilt
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Location: St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School (3821 39 St, Red Deer, AB T4N 0Y6)Students are reading the novel, “Maniac Magee.” The main character in the novel has gifts and talents that are similar to a super hero. On this date, students will create a page that outlines their own gifts and talents. Each page will make up a part of a classroom quilt. Each page can include pictures, works of art, poems, etc. and  should reflect the personality of each student. The pages will be laminated before the quilt is constructed.
Please contact Charmaine Babey at 403-346-8951 for more information. 
Monday, October 17, 2016
St. Dominic Catholic High School – Senior Girls Volleyball Game
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: St. Dominic Catholic High School (5502 50 St, Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1W6)
St. Dominic Senior Girls Volleyball team will play at home against Rimbey on this date. Come out and cheer on the Huskies!
Please contact Mark Fraser at 403-845-5313 for more information.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
St. Teresa of Avila School – Sacred Tree Lessons
Time: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: St. Teresa of Avila School (190 Glendale Blvd, Red Deer, AB T4P 2P7)Our First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Support Team will visit five classrooms on this date to introduce students to Sacred Tree Lessons. The Sacred Tree Lesson will be delivered in all classrooms throughout this day and the following day. The Sacred Tree lessons support our Division Faith Theme: Rooted, Nourished and Growing.
Please contact Rori-Lynn Daniel at 403-346-0505 for more information. 
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
St. Francis of Assisi Middle School – Junior Achievement
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: St. Francis of Assisi Middle School (321 Lindsay Ave, Red Deer, AB T4R 3M1)Volunteers with the Junior Achievement organization will present to Grade 7 classes on October 18 and 20. The presentation focuses on a variety of money related topics from budgeting to consumer rights to modern methods of payment and safety issues surrounding those. Please contact Brian Munro at 403-314-1449 for more information. 
October 18, 2016
École Our Lady of the Rosary School – Lion’s Club Eye Screening
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Location: École Our Lady of the Rosary School (4520 Ryders Ridge Blvd, Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 0E1)Members of the Sylvan Lake Lion’s Club will conduct an eye screening test on Kindergarten students on October 18-19.
Please contact Loretta Zolinski at 403-343-2568 for more information. 
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
St. Patrick’s Community School – Falling into Christmas Trade Fair
Time: 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: St. Patrick’s Community School (#300, 56 Holt St, Red Deer, AB T4N 6A6)
Plan ahead for Christmas and support a good cause by supporting St. Patrick’s Annual Trade Fair. There will be food trucks, vendors and bake sale tables all in one place on this evening for your shopping convenience. Proceeds from the bake tables will go towards Christmas food hampers to help families in need within our community.
Food Trucks:
  • Taste Budz
  • Golden Mini Donuts
  • Papa Baldy’s Pizza
  • Country House Kitchen and Catering

Vendors:

  • Kastiel Welding
  • heritage Makers
  • Youngevity
  • Scentsy
  • Arbonne
  • Thrive Life
  • Perfecting your Fashion
  • Younique
  • Tupperware
  • Mongolia & Vine
  • Fussy Party Decor
  • Balderson Creations
  • Pottery Verve
  • Avon
  • Steeped Tea
  • And many more to come…Please contact Cheryl Nichols at (403) 343-3238 for more information. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

St. Dominic Catholic High School – Junior Girls Volleyball Game Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Location: St. Dominic Catholic High School (5502 50 St, Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1W6)

St. Dominic Junior Girls Volleyball Team will play at home on this date against David Thompson High School. Come out and cheer on the Huskies!

For more information, please contact Paige Sears-Owchar at 403-845-5313.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Town Hall Meeting
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Father Henri Voisin School (60 Clearview Dr, Red Deer, AB T4P 0K4)

Deputy Minister of Education, Curtis Clarke invites all parents to join a Conversation with Education Minister David Eggen to discuss curriculum development on Tuesday, October 18 at Father Henri Voisin School from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. This event is open to the public, and media are invited to attend as well.

It is recommended that anyone attending this event read this document: The Guiding Framework for the Design and Development of Kindergarten to Grade 12 Provincial Curriculum.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
École Secondaire Notre Dame High School – Senior Girls and Boys Volleyball Game
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: École Secondaire Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School (4204 – 58 Street Red Deer, AB T4N 2L6)

The Senior Girls and Boys Volleyball teams will play away games at Lindsay Thurber High School on this date. Girls play at 6:00 p.m. with the Boys to follow.

Please contact Gino Castellan at 403-342-4800 for more information. Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: École Secondaire Notre Dame High School (50 Lees St, Red Deer, AB T4R 2P6)

All 2017 graduating students and their parents are encouraged to attend this meeting for important information regarding graduation and scholarships. This event will be held in the school’s gymnasium. Please contact Shannon Nivens at 403-342-4800 for more information.

 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
École Our Lady of the Rosary School – Lion’s Club Eye Screening
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Location: École Our Lady of the Rosary School (4520 Ryders Ridge Blvd, Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 0E1)

Members of the Sylvan Lake Lion’s Club will conduct an eye screening test on Kindergarten students on October 18-19.

Please contact Loretta Zolinski at 403-343-2568 for more information. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
St. Teresa of Avila School – MusicKidz: Physical Literacy Community Connections
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: St. Teresa of Avila School (190 Glendale Blvd, Red Deer, AB T4P 2P7)

Wendy Bownes, a music specialist with the MusicKidz program will visit Grade 1-5 Foundations students on this date. Wendy will deliver engaging and interactive music that allows learners of all abilities to participate, enjoy music, and express themselves through music. MusicKidz is part of Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools Physical Literacy Community Connections (PLCC) programming.

The PLCC programming provides a variety of opportunities for students in our Foundations Programs to actively interact in a variety of activities throughout the community to enhance their learning experiences.

Please contact Tobi Langlois at 403-346-0505 for more information.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School – Reading with Father Tom
Time: 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School (4453 – 51 Avenue Innisfail, AB T4G 1A7)

Father Tom will join Grade 1 and 2 students to read with them as part of the school’s Read-a-Thon.

Please contact Shane Chisholm at 403-227-2123 for more details.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Healthy Active School Symposium
Time: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Location: CrossRoads Church (38105 Range Road 275, Red Deer, AB T4S 2N4)

The Healthy Active School Symposium (HASS) provides an opportunity for students on the Health Champion team to get together with other Health Champions in Red Deer to discuss ideas and promote a healthy lifestyle. This action-packed day will be held on October 20.

Please contact Char Andrew at 403-343-1055 for more information. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016
École Our Lady of the Rosary School – Pre-K Family Session, Conversation Connection
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: École Our Lady of the Rosary School (4520 Ryders Ridge Blvd, Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 0E1)

Pre-kindergarten families are invited to attend this event with our Coordinator of Inclusive Learning, Suzy Potts. Mrs. Potts will provide different strategies to help with speech.

Join us for an interactive session that will focus on expanding language, thinking skills and conversation with common activities and daily routines. Students will make a snack, create a game and complete a craft. They will also participate in an interactive reading experience with Pete the Cat. This session will be led by our Speech and Language Pathologists.

For more information, please contact Suzy Potts at 403-343-1055.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

École Secondaire Notre Dame High School – Junior Girls and Boys Volleyball
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Hunting Hills High School (150 Lockwood Ave, Red Deer, AB T4R 2M4)

Junior Girls and Boys Volleyball teams will play away games vs. Hunting Hills High School on this date. Girls start at 6:00 p.m. with the boys to follow.

Please contact Gino Castellan at 403-342-4800 for more information.

Friday, October 21, 2016
St. Teresa of Avila School – Exploring our Natural World
Time: 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Location: St. Teresa of Avila School (190 Glendale Blvd, Red Deer, AB T4P 2P7)

Tanya, the Kerry Wood Nature Centre Programmer, will provide students in Grades 1-5 in the Foundations Program with vast opportunities to discover more about the great outdoors. Students will be able to broaden their classroom knowledge with hands-on exploration of animals, plants, birds and many other elements that we are fortunate to be surrounded by in the Red Deer area. Kerry Wood is a part of Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools’ Physical Literacy and Community Connections (PLCC) programming.

For more information, please contact Tobi Langlois at 403-346-0505.

Friday, October 21, 2016
École Secondaire Notre Dame High School – Junior Volleyball Cougar Classic
Time: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: École Secondaire Notre Dame High School (50 Lees St, Red Deer, AB T4R 2P6)

Games will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday October 21 and continue through to October 22 at 8:00 p.m. The official schedule is posted here. Please contact Gino Castellan at 403-342-4800 for more information.

Friday, October 21, 2016
St. Dominic Catholic High School – Junior Girls Volleyball Tournament
Time: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: St. Dominic Catholic High School (5502 50 St, Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1W6)

The Junior Girls Volleyball Team will host a volleyball tournament on October 21-22. Come out and cheer on the Huskies!

For more information, please contact Mark Fraser at 403-845-5313.

Friday, October 21, 2016
École Secondaire Notre Dame High School – Football Game
Time: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: ME Global Athletic Park (5644 56 Ave, Lacombe, AB T4L 1N6)

The Cougars Football team will play an away game against Lacombe Composite High School on this date. Let’s go, Cougars!

Please contact Gino Castellan at 403-342-4800 for more information. 

Friday, October 21, 2016
Walk ‘n Talk
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Kin Kanyon Park, (off 47 Ave, Red Deer, AB T4N 6K6)

Join our Family School Enhancement Counsellors and First Nations, Métis and Inuit Support Team for an evening event open to all RDCRS families. This Walk ‘n Talk event encourages healthy physical activity and conversation.

Please meet at Kin Kanyon Park off 47 Ave in Red Deer. Glow sticks/bracelets will be provided, as well as refreshments and a bonfire. Families are encouraged to bring their own flashlights or their own glow sticks as well.

For more information, please contact Julie Masson at 403-346-8951.

Friday, October 21, 2016
École Secondaire Notre Dame High School – Memorial Scholarship and Academic Awards Night
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: École Secondaire Notre Dame High School (50 Lees St, Red Deer, AB T4R 2P6)

Grade 12 academic achievements and Memorial Scholarships will be awarded. Students are to attend by invitation only. Media welcome to attend.

For more information, please call Shannon Nivens at 403-342-4800.

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RDC President Joel Ward bids farewell… Thank You

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This article was submitted by RDC President Joel Ward

Because of You

This is my final article as President of RDC/University as I am retiring. Our new President, Dr. Peter Nunoda, starts his tenure in September. Please welcome him and his family as you did me ten years ago.

As I reflect on my ten years as President, it is clear that the future for RDC as a University is unlimited, and it is because of all of you.

Because of you, the government of Alberta finally said ‘yes’ to RDC becoming a university. It is perhaps the most significant decision ever made to ensure our region will grow and prosper.

Because of you, our campuses have grown. The Donald School of Business and the Welikoklad Event Centre ensure downtown will be vibrant. The Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre is an iconic landmark defining our community to all who pass on the QE2. Our new residence, clad in solar panels, and our Alternative Energy Lab are examples of RDC/U’s leadership in becoming carbon neutral and energy independent.

Because of you, 16 new programs have been launched, which ensures more learners can remain in central Alberta to complete their education. Our ten-year academic plan, led by Dr. Paulette Hanna, ensures we will launch even more programs, including new degrees, as we complete our university transition.

Our future as a comprehensive regional teaching university will be strengthened and enhanced by launching new programs including trades and apprenticeship, certificates, diplomas and degrees, and we will continue to measure success by who we let in, not who we keep out.

I have always been reluctant to share my story, but it demonstrates the power of post-secondary education, and its ability to change lives.

I got kicked out of high school at 16 for reasons I won’t go into (let’s just say I didn’t like school and school didn’t like me.) So, 16 years of age, out of school, with no prospects and no real family, I ran away from home. With all my worldly possessions in a shopping bag, $10 in my pocket, hair down to my butt with an attitude to match, I hitch-hiked west.

I stayed in hostels, hustled pool, made money where I could – and saw people at their worst, including myself. Lots happened in those years, but that really isn’t the point of the story.

Fast forward eight years and, with the help of a few people who had faith in me, just as there are many of you who helped others along the way, I went to university. I was put on probation and needed to prove I could handle the work for one semester and, if I was successful, I would be allowed to continue. Well, I graduated and the doors of possibility flew open.

It is at college that I learned the transformative power of education to change lives. I was given a second chance, and for that I am grateful. The experience taught me to never give up, keep learning, and it taught me to stand up for what I believed.

It is because of you, and what RDC does, that second chances are given, lives are changed, and society benefits.

It has been an honour and privilege to serve as the tenth President of RDC/U. Please accept my sincere thanks for your support of our college and the work we will do together to ensure RDC becomes a great University for all.

Joel Ward is President & CEO of Red Deer College. RDC

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Still a few spots left at RDC Summer Camp “experiences”

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From RDC: RDC’s Summer Camps open new doors of possibilities for youth and teens

Red Deer College is welcoming youth and teens from across Alberta as they participate in more than 40 exciting and interactive Summer Camps on campus. The camps will be offered from July 2 until August 23, and there are opportunities covering a vast range of interests for participants ranging from 6 to 19 years old.

For the artistically inclined, SummerScapes is a comprehensive visual arts workshop that gives teens a chance to work with professional artists and study the core subjects of drawing, painting, sculpting and ceramics.

RDC Film Camp

From July 8 to 13, film students, video game designers and animation students will tell their stories as they work side-by-side with some of Alberta’s finest actors, filmmakers, programmers and instructors. In Film Camp, murder mystery films will be explored, as students learn how to produce, direct, shoot, write, act and edit their own short movies.

The teen camp, Video Game Design, allows students to collaborate with programmers and artists to create their own video games through writing and design. Students will learn story and character development, production, strategy and level designs, along with scripting, animation and more.

The Amination camp encourages teens to tell stories using Maya, the industry standard for high-end 3D computer animation, effects, and modelling. Students progress through motion and rendering exercises and finish with a collection of animations of their own design.

RDC also has a variety of youth camps, including URockGirl, which uses science and engineering to create fun hands-on projects like henna and mood bracelets. Other activity-based science camps include Junior Imagineers, which gives youth the opportunity to combine science and the power of the mind to learn magic tricks and techniques from a real magician.

RDC Junior Chefs Camp

Youth inspired to get cooking will appreciate Junior Chefs, where they get to use real industrial kitchens. Campers will learn cooking and baking techniques from Red Seal chefs, developing skills that will last a lifetime.

RDC Sports Camps

Those interested in many of the Sports camps, including basketball, conditioning, squash, sport academy and volleyball, will enjoy the world-class facilities in RDC’s vibrant and inclusive Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Spots are still available in a variety of camps throughout the summer. For a complete list of camps and to register, visit rdc.ab.ca/summercamps or contact the School of Continuing Education at 403.356.4900.

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