Physical Literacy Summer send-off

June 7, 2017

 Dear Parents,

 Just like learning to read and write, children need to learn how to move! Children learn through play, experiencing a variety of activities in different environments, and through practice and repetition. All year long, your child has been developing physical literacy here at St. Patrick’s Community School in Physical Education, in the classroom, on the playground and beyond. We encourage to keep moving over the summer! For inspiration we have attached the Canada 150 Playlist. This list was created in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and includes many activities that you and your family can try over the summer. You can find more information online (and entered to win great prizes!) at Have a fun and active summer!

FNMI - June 6 Liturgy

The First Nations, Métis, and Inuit team is getting ready to host their Second Liturgy of the Word on June 6, 2017. Our theme is Rooted, Nourished and Growing.

A World of Flavours

May 1st, 2017
Dear Parents/Guardians,
We would like to celebrate the many cultures which are part of our school by having an International Appetizer/Dessert Event – A WORLD OF FLAVOURS. All students and families of St. Pat’s are invited to attend. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 17th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, in the school gym.

This evening will be an opportunity to sample a variety of appetizers/finger foods and desserts from various cultures. Families are asked to bring an appetizer (finger food) or dessert from their home country; enough to serve ~ 12.
Due to allergies, please do not use any nuts.
We encourage families to dress in any traditional clothing from their native countries as part of the celebration.
You can phone the school with the number attending, and whether you will be bringing an appetizer or dessert: office 403-343-3238.

St. Gregory the Great Info Night

Our new Blackfalds school, St. Gregory the Great, is hosting an information night for new students on April 19.  Please see attached poster for details.

RDCRS Reads - Survey

Hello Parents, 

This summer, we had a school-wide reading program called RDCRS Reads, and we would greatly appreciate your feedback about it. The program has expanded a great deal and the feedback we receive is very important to guide us. Thanks in advance for your effort to support this program!

Take Survey

Alberta Education Curriculum Survey

Last week, Education Minister David Eggen and Premier Rachel Notley announced the launch of our online curriculum survey as part of our broad engagement to hear feedback from Albertans in every corner of the province. The survey can be accessed at, and will be available for everyone in the province until November 18, 2016.


Emergency Response Plan

Schools are considered to be one of the safest places in our communities. However, in reality an emergency can strike anywhere at any time.

During any emergency, our first priority is the safety of our students and staff. In order to provide an effective response to any school crisis the Division has developed an Emergency Response Plan. This works in conjunction with other local emergency plans since a school emergency could require the involvement of numerous agencies. The plans created for individual schools, along with the Division Plan, are reviewed annually and after an emergency occurs.

To help better understand our emergency protocols, we have please review the "School Emergency Program" handout. This handout includes important information about student release in an emergency that may happen from an evacuation site. It also introduces our new "Community Hotline" number, which is where a recorded message will be available when any functional protocol is initiated. 

We ask parents to familiarize themselves with our School Emergency Program.

Book Donations Welcome!

This year we have a book exchange at St. Pats.  Students can bring an appropriate reading book from home and take a different book home to read.  This book exchange is in the hallway bulletin board by the (Elementary Hallway ) in St John Paul 11. Ave.  We are getting low on books for all ages so please bring in some books to donate.  Thanks for using our book exchange.  Happy reading!        

Fentanyl Information Sheet

Deputy Minister of Education, Curtis Clarke, has asked schools across the province to share information regarding a growing health crisis across Canada related to rising numbers of deaths associated with illicit Fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a pain reliever that is more potent than morphine. Illicit Fentanyl may be mixed with, or substituted for, heroin, prescription opiates or other street drugs to strengthen their potency. Substance users are at risk of overdosing when they unknowingly ingest drugs mixed with Fentanyl.

The Government of Alberta knows the importance of informing students and parents of ways to avoid harm caused by the use of illicit drugs, in particular Fentanyl. We ask for your support by sharing the attached Fentanyl Fact Sheet with middle and high school students, parents and educators.

The Fact Sheet provides information on the potential dangers of illicit Fentanyl and offers reliable information. 

Thank you for your assistance in spreading this information about the dangers of this illicit drug.

Save on Foods 2016

Save on Foods has begun a fundraiser with our school.  Please see attached letter for details.  Save on Foods 2016

International Dessert Event 2016

Come out and eat dessert!  We are having an International Dessert evening on April 28th, 5:30 - 6:30.  Click letter for details.

International Dessert Event 2016

Kindergarten Here I Come!

Please bring your own Kindergarten aged children to this event and pass along this info, to any family or friends who have children Kindergarten age for next year. 

Kindergarten Here I Come poster

CATCA - Community Evening

Subject: Community evening

Central Alberta Teacher's Convention Association's (CATCA's) community night on Wednesday, February 17th
Time: 7:00 - 9:15 p.m.  
Place: Margaret Parson's Theatre, Red Deer College
We are doing a FREE pre-screening of the show Generation RX

The link to the event can be found here
This event is held for anyone in the Red Deer Community as is completely free.  The producer of the movie will be on site after to answer any questions you may have.

"Power of a Girl" Mother/Daughter Conference

See attached poster for details about the upcoming 5th Annual Mother/Daughter conference on Feburary 27th!

Mother/Daughter Conference 2016

Guidelines for Best Practices letter

Please see the recent release of the Alberta Education document "Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Gender Expressions"

Guidelines for Best Practices letter

Math Help for Grade 3 - 5

RDCRS Math Information Night for Parents and Students
"How to Help your Child in Grade 3 - 5 Math"
Wednesday January 27th 6 - 7:30pm
Notre Dame High School
Presentation by Sandi Berg from CARC
Session Description: Lost? Confused? Want to know more about the strategies your child is learning in math class? Together, we will build our understanding, explore ideas and make connections between what students are learning today and the traditional methods.

Don't let your lack of confidence in your math skills deter you from attending. This is a very hands-on session that will allow your to explore concepts beyond the memorization of algorithms. Grade 3 - 5 students are welcome to attend with their parents.

The google form provided below will be used to register for the session.

Please fill out the form RDCRS Math Information Night for Parents and Students. To fill it out, visit:

Term Grades and Comments - Parent Letter

Middle School parents, click on link for information letter explaining how to view all course grades and comments in PowerSchool.

Term Grades and Comments - Parent Letter

Syrian Refugees - Frequently Asked Questions

 Syrian Refugees - Frequently Asked Questions


 Want more information Syrian refugees coming to Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools?

An information session will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School (3821 39 Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 0Y6) on December 8 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. on refugee resettlement in Red Deer, and our Division’s plan to support this process.

A representative from C.A.R.E and Catholic Social Services will be present. Information will be shared to help support Syrian refugee resettlement in Red Deer.


CSD Parent Letter - Reporting

Please see the attached letter for information regarding Career and Skill Development (CSD) courses (formerly called option classes), and a new way teachers will be reporting student progress in these classes. 

CSD Parent Letter - Reporting

RDCRS Reads! Summer Reading Survey

Our school, in conjunction with the public library, ran a summer reading program for the second summer in a row this past July. If your child participated in the Summer Reading Program we would be extremely grateful if you would fill out a short survey that will help us to determine how this program might run in future years. You could also try to print out a hard copy and send it to school with your child or ask for a hard copy.

Here are the links to the online surveys. Thanks in advance for your input. God bless.

Elementary Parents:

Middle School Parents:

Gr. 4-9 Students:

Gr. 1-3 Students:

Math Curriculum Update

Recent media attention has highlighted questions about Alberta’s math program.  To assist school authorities and parents, Alberta Education has created a number of of online resources. For more information, visit Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools Mathematics Curriculum web page.