Maria Chrzanowska Polish Saturday School
The Maria Chrzanowska Polish Saturday School in Edmonton was established on September 21, 1991 and it was named after a well known supporter of Polish education and culture in Edmonton, Mrs. Maria Chrzanowska, who had taught at Henryk Sienkiewicz Polish Saturday School for thirty one years. Krystyna Antoniewicz became the first school principal followed by Urszula Kunikiewicz in 1996.
The school parents' committee was actively involved in preparing and selling traditional Polish dishes and cakes every Sunday after Mass to raise money for the rent of classrooms, books, the school's maintenance and teachers' salaries.
Fundraising has over the years been an important role of the parents' committee. Classes are held every Saturday at the Austin O'Brien High School and children learn Polish language, history, geography, customs and traditions of Poland.
The classes include kindergarten through to grade nine.
The school organizes two main celebrations: Patron's Day in November to remember the school's patron Maria Chrzanowska and Mother's and Father's Day in May. The school is also involved in celebrations of Polish Independence Day in November and the Constitution Day on May 3rd. The children have also participated in the annual Adam Mickiewicz writing competition organized by the Polish Teachers' Association for all Polish schools in Canada.
The Maria Chrzanowska Polish Saturday School is a member of the International Heritage Languages Association.
More detailed information regarding Maria Chrzanowska Polish Saturday School can be found at the school's website (www.polishschool.ca) and in a book published by the Canadian Polish Historical Society of Alberta in 2009 and entitled "Polish Education in Edmonton 1906-2006".