Newsletter March 9 – March 13, 2020


Mission Statement: The mission of St. Malachy’s Memorial High School is to create an environment in which students excel academically and to provide a safe and supportive community which encourages growth and contribution to the larger community.

Vision Statement: St. Malachy’s Memorial High School is committed to educating the whole person. Through a rigorous and comprehensive program of studies we prepare students academically, socially and morally to assume their places as conscientious, involved and contributing members of society.

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing March Break.

I’m sure the continual updates in the news regarding the spread of the Covid-19 virus is on a lot of family’s minds as we prepare to head back to school tomorrow. At this point I am taking direction from the Department of Education (EECD) with their press release (place link into your browser: web1.nbed.nb.ca/sites/ASD-S/Pages/Welcome.aspx) and keeping up with any current changes. If over the break you travelled to any of the identified areas of China, Iran, Japan, Northern Italy, South Korea, Hong Kong, or Singapore please read the identified press release regarding additional precautionary measures. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will require all children, students, staff, volunteers and family members of those individuals who have travelled to the above countries or regions to avoid any public school, early learning facilities, or school district offices for fourteen days from their date of their return to New Brunswick. If you are uncertain if this applies to you, please call the school at 658- 5361 and we will be happy to help find the answer.

In addition, there are many things we can do to stay healthy during the influenza season:

• Hand washing: Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer (minimum content of 70% alcohol is important), especially after coughing or sneezing.

• Cough/sneeze etiquette: Cough and sneeze into arm or tissue.

• Stay home when sick: Students should tell parents if not feeling well, and together, make a plan to stay home from school.

• Keep clean: Keep hands away from face and mouth.

• Stay healthy: Stay healthy by eating healthy foods, keeping physically active, getting enough sleep.

For more information on the coronavirus www.gnb.ca/coronavirus.

NB Skills Competition and Training takes place this Wednesday in Moncton. We will be sending our largest team yet with 21 students. Students will be competing or attending training sessions in Carpentry, 2D Character Computer Animation, 3D Character Computer Animation, Graphic Design Technology, IT Network Systems Administration, Photography, Robotics and Video Production.

The annual St. Malachy’s, Dave Patterson Memorial Girls Volleyball Tournament will take place on Saturday, March 14th in the STM, Bishop Bray Gymnasium, beginning at 9:00 AM. Stop by and see some great volleyball and show your support for this school sponsored event.

St. Malachy’s will also be hosting a Reach for the Top tournament on Saturday March 14th.

The Course Selection Process for 2020-2021 continues this week. On Tuesday there will be a presentation for current Grade 10 and 11 students about the IDEA Centre program plus options for Cooperative Education 120 for students going into grade 12 next year. During advisory classes teachers will assist students in selecting and submitting their courses into PowerSchool before the March 13th deadline.

Schedule for the week:

Monday March 9th – Regular Schedule. ** 8:00 AM – CLT Meeting in the Learning Commons.

Tuesday March 10th – Regular Schedule. ** 11:00 am Grade 10 and 11 students: Information on the IDEA Centre and Cooperative Education 120 options ** 3:40 pm Departmental PLC meetings.

Wednesday March 11th – Regular Schedule. ** 9:15 ESST meeting – Guidance Center.

Thursday March 12th – 6 Period Saints in Action/ Study Hall Schedule: Schedule as follows P1, Saints in Action / Study Hall, P2, P3, L, P5, P4.

Friday March 13th – Regular Schedule.

Upcoming Events

Next Parent School Support Committee meeting is scheduled for March 17, 2020

Provincial (9-12) Teacher Professional Learning Day – April 3, 2020. ** No classes for students **

Have a great week!

Brad