November 2018 Message

This Sunday, November 4, we celebrate Catholic Education Sunday in Alberta.  This year the theme of Catholic Education Sunday is ‘Rejoice and Be Glad.’  Here is an excerpt from the letter from the Bishops of Alberta and NWT:

Our theme is further inspired by Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation and the call to holiness. It highlights the important role that our schools play in nurturing the call to holiness for our children and youth. Our schools also help students know Christ through religious education, prayer, and a safe, caring school community that encourages them to discern their vocations. Pope Francis reminds young people that Jesus looks to them and invites them to journey with him. They are urged to be open to God’s plan in becoming joyful disciples.

The bishops remind us to “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Mt. 5:12).  Let us work together in the spirit of Catholic Education to make Father Leonard Van Tighem School a place to ‘Rejoice and be glad’ for all members of our learning community.

Recently, the staff of Father Leonard Van Tighem completed our 2018-19 Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP).  This CIP is the third and last year of a three-year plan from 2016-19.  The three priorities continue to be:

  • Staff and students will grow in their faith and experience the richness of Catholic Education;
  • All students will develop literacy and numeracy skills that will prepare them for a changing future;
  • First Nations, Metis, and Inuit learners will achieve equitable student outcomes.

You can find a copy of our CIP by clicking on this link:,_2018_submitted.pdf

During the next School Council, we plan on sharing our Alberta Education Accountability Report Card with parents.   Our school continues to be a very positive learning environment for our students.  This table summarizes our results:

Acc Pillar FLVT October 2018

Father Leonard Van Tighem School’s Accountability Report was very positive.  We were above the provincial average in the following categories of Safe and Caring, Program of Studies, Education Quality, Drop Out Rate, Work Preparation, Citizenship, and School Improvement.  We were slightly below in Parental Involvement, but this went up.  Our Provincial Achievement Tests Acceptable rating was well above the provincial average, and our Excellence rating is an issue that the staff is addressing.

Have a wonderful November,

Greg Kostiuk

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