Together in Learning and Faith

January 12, 2020

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Kindergarten Registration Begins Saturday, February 1st!

Kindergarten registration for EICS schools will begin ONLINE the morning of Saturday, February 1, 2020. EICS schools will be sharing information about programming and open houses over the next few weeks on their school websites.

To go to the EICS Kindergarten webpage - please click here.

To download the EICS Kindergarten Information Brochure - EICS Kindergarten February 2019

Open House February 18, 2020

Want to see OLA in action, step into each class and meet the team, get a feel for the energy in this learning community? Join us for our Open House during the day, between 8:45am and 3:13pm on Tuesday February 18, 2020.

Please feel free to share this with family and friends who will be attending OLA next year. We would be delighted to meet them and show off the school, our wonderful children and their great learning and growing. Our Servant Leadership Squads are eager to take you on a tour!

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Share Your Passion!

Children learn and retain more when they are engaged and when their parents learn with them. So...

We are calling on parents to offer a session to children sharing their passions in the form of Power Options. Want to teach children how to crochet as a way to be peaceful? Want to share your knowledge for engineering and how to construct safe structures? Love chemistry and mixing different liquids together? Do you love spreading joy, and want to make a small craft to deliver to the neighbourhood around OLA? These are just a few ideas of how you can share your passions, knowledge and talents to OLA children!

We are inviting parents to offer a One-Hour Power Option workshop from 1:00pm - 2:00pm on Wednesday February 5 and a repeat session on March 4 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm.

If you are interested in offering a workshop, please contact Mme Gravelle at before January 28th. Even if you have a passion that you'd love to share, and just don't know how, please contact Mme Gravelle to discuss the possibilities!

January's Power Options Included: Snowflake Decorating, Playground Games, Exercise Your Brain, Winter Art, Card Making, Guided Drawing and Sign Language.

Connect with Mme Gravelle at to offer a workshop in February and March!

A Story for Every Child

Last year's event was a huge success, and it touched so many hearts! Those who participated were truly moved by much it would filled up their cups!

Please come and spend an hour with an OLA child sharing with them a love of reading, introducing them to your favourite book or topic, and simply sitting and talking to a child so they know they matter.

Information to let us know that you are attending will be coming out soon.

Please mark this date and time in your calendar.

Monday February 24, from 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Spread the word and we hope to see you there!

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Last week we remained indoors for recesses both Thursday and Friday. We almost warmed up to -25 Wind Chill, but not quite. On Friday Mme Gravelle offered an indoor game of Yoshi to all children. Easily 100 children came to play!

This week, temperatures are predicted to drop even more, which again means more indoor recesses. We will endeavor to provide opportunities for children to "burn off" excess energy. As you know, staying indoors for an extended period of time can have adverse affects on a child's ability to learn, as well as impact their social, emotional and physical wellbeing.

Whenever possible at home this week, thank you for encouraging your child to dress up extra warm and go outside, even for 10 minutes. They will love it if you join them! Time outside will help children sleep better, increase their concentration, keep them healthy and they will experience a greater sense of peace and wellbeing.

Should the temperatures hover around -26WC and we've experienced consecutive indoor recesses, the opportunity may be provided to play outside for up to 10 minutes for children who are properly dressed. Mme Gravelle would love to join them and their outdoor play!

EICS Message on Transportation & Cold Weather

Environment Canada is forecasting extreme cold conditions this coming week. We are asking parents to have alternate transportation arrangements in place in the event that busing is canceled due to the weather.

We will make every attempt to advise parents the night before of delays or cancellations, but in the event of a bus breakdown notification may be last minute. Notice will be sent out via the following:

  • using the BUS PLANNER notification system
  • School Messenger
  • updates posted on the Bus Status page of our EICS website.

Many thanks for your attention to this matter and please stay safe and be prepared for this cold temperature situation.

EICS Transportation Policy on Cold Weather:

School bus service shall be suspended at a temperature of -40C as measured at the appropriate Environmental Weather Service Centre. School bus operators are responsible for the safety of your child and take poor weather and road conditions very seriously.

Parents will be advised via an email and call out system of any bus cancelations and delays. Parents are asked to:

  • Ensure all contact information in PowerSchool is accurate and up to date.
  • Ensure that parents of students on EICS Transportation are enrolled in the BusPlanner notification system. To find out how to register, please click on the following BusPlanner instructions.
  • Go to and go to the Transportation main page for bus status.
  • Call 780.449.6480 for our transportation after-hours greeting for details.

Schools are always open unless there is a specific school-related emergency.

School Council Meeting Date Change

Given the predicted cold temperatures this week, OLA School Council Executive will be rescheduling the School Council meeting to next week, Thursday January 23 @ 7pm in the library. We look forward to seeing you there, as we will be seeking your feedback. See below.

EICS School Calendar for 2020 - 2021

Last week our EICS Trustees shared their draft of the school calendar for the coming year. You are welcome to share your thoughts on the calendar at the OLA School Council Meeting next Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 pm. The OLA School Leadership Team will be on hand and are eager to hear your feedback. Looking forward to seeing you!
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Alberta Education will be conducting their annual Accountability Pillar Survey in the new year. Parents of students in grade 4, 7 and 10 should receive a mailed survey from Alberta Education.

As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education to ensure that we are equipping students for success. Please watch for your survey in the mail - and let your voice be heard. Thank you.

Rockin' Learning in our PJs!

Growing Brains, Sharing Smiles . . .

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Blanket Exercise this Wednesday

Parents and Staff of EICS students are invited to take part in a Blanket Exercise to be held at Central Learning Services (310 Broadview Road) in Sherwood Park on Wednesday, January 15, beginning at 6:30 pm.

The Blanket Exercise is an active participation learning activity based on the major themes and findings of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. The goal is to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Everyone is actively involved as they step onto blankets that represent the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. For further information, please view this KAIROS Blanket Exercise video.

Participants are asked to bring a blanket that can be placed on the floor and stepped on for this activity.

Please RSVP by Monday, January 13 by filling out this linked Google Form. We will also have Eva Stang join us at this event. Eva, a Métis Culture and Knowledge Keeper, has been working with EICS this year, supporting the continued growth in staff and administrator knowledge of Indigenous perspectives.

If you have any questions, please email Crystal Cholin, Learning Services Consultant, at (

Welcome to the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (2:54)

OLA Parish News

First Eucharist Preparation

Catholic children in Grade 3 (or older) are invited to prepare for the Sacrament of the Eucharist (First Holy Communion) at Our Lady of the Angels Parish. Registration is open until January 31, 2020.

Class dates:

  • February 9, 2020 OLA Church meeting room 10:00 am (Parents required to stay)
  • February 15, 2020 OLA Church meeting room 10:00 am
  • March 1, 2020 OLA Church 2:00 pm Celebration Mass

Registration forms are available online at or at the church office. There is a $25 registration fee to cover the costs of materials. Please provide a copy of your child's baptism certificate when registering. Questions can be directed to the OLA Church office at 780-998-3288.

Looking Ahead . . .

Monday, January 13

  • Grade 3 Teacher's Pet: Communities of the World
  • Faith in Action Assembly 12:30 pm - everyone welcome

Tuesday, January 14

Wednesday, January 15

  • Wellness Servant Leadership Squad Team Meeting
  • Blanket Exercise at EICS Central Learning Services 6:30 pm

Thursday, January 16

Friday, January 17

  • School Day for T/Th Pre-K/Kinders

and a Little Further Ahead . . .

January 23 OLA School Council Meeting at 7pm - share feedback about the calendar

January 27-31 Adoration in Chapel

January 28 Final day to share the Power Option you would like to offer OLA children

February 1 Kindergarten Registration opens online

February 5 Progress Reports for grades 1-4 available via PowerSchool Parent Portal

February 6-7 Teacher's Convention - No School for Students

February 24 MARK YOUR CALENDARS - A Story for Every Child 12:30pm - 1:30pm - Come celebrate a love of reading! Spread the word! Calling on 185 community members to read to each of our children. More details to follow!

To see what is coming even further ahead, please visit our website calendar.

You can check out our M/W Kinder calendar here,

our T/Th Pre-K/Kinder calendar here,

and our Pre-K AM calendar here.

"Worship means bending low before the Most High and to discover in His presence that life’s greatness does not consist in having, but in loving."

Pope Francis


January 10, 2020

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