Online Learning Pathway Newsletter

September 27-October 31, 2021

Principal's Message

I want to start this newsletter with a heartfelt thank you to the students and families of our Online Learning Pathway. It's been an interesting start learning new systems between our two school divisions and figuring out how our partnership will work from a practical side. So far, everything seems to be going well, despite the few hiccups we've had. I appreciate your patience, thoughtfulness and support that you have given myself and our teachers this year. We are all very grateful to all of you!

Our students are working hard to complete complete their work. It's so nice to see them engaging online in school and I've noticed a real sense of support and general kindness from the students to each other and to the staff. They are very friendly teenagers!

As we round out September and move into October, we have several events coming up. They are on our website calendar which you can download to your own Google or iCal calendar for easy reference. I've also listed them below for you.

I look forward to seeing all of you online!

Many Blessings!

Renee Trottier


Calendar Events

September 27-October 8 - Food Drive.

September 29 - Terry Fox donations are due

September 29 - St. Gabriel Feast Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation service at 11:30.

September 30 - School closed in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

October 7 - Thanksgiving liturgy at 11:30.

October 8 - Last day to donate to the food drive

October 8 - Evergreen PD Day. No school for Evergreen students

October 11 - Thanksgiving Monday - School is closed.

October 22 - GSACRD PD Day - No school for GSACRD students.

October 29 - Halloween Dress Up Day!

November 3 - Parent Teacher Interviews 5:00-8:00

November 4 - Remembrance Day liturgy at 11:45

November 4 - Parent Teacher Interviews 3:30-6:30

National Truth and Reconciliation Day - September 30

September 30 is National Truth and Reconciliation Day and Orange Shirt Day. Our schools will be closed.

On September 29, the Online Learning Pathway and St. Gabriel Education Centre will recognize National Truth and Reconciliation Day with a service that will start at 11:30 and will last approximately 30 minutes. Students are encouraged to wear orange on this day.

The day honours the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not. This day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation, on her first day of school, where she arrived dressed in a new orange shirt, which was taken from her. It is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.

On September 30, we encourage all Canadians to wear orange to raise awareness of the very tragic legacy of residential schools, and to honour the thousands of Survivors.

Food Drive - September 27-October 8

"A portion of the harvest is set aside for the poor and the stranger"

(Leviticus 19:9-10).

Please bring in non-perishable food items or grocery gift cards for our food drive. All items will be going to support the people of several Indigenous communities that the Lac St. Anne parish serves.

Thanksgiving Liturgy

Please join us on October 7 at 11:30 for our Thanksgiving liturgy of the word. Father Ignacy from St. Albert Parish will be presiding.

Online Learning Pathway Halloween!

We encourage all students to dress up for Halloween on October 29. Please remember that we are a school so costumes should be tasteful. Avoid excessively violent, gory, scary or culturally insensitive costumes or costumes that are overly revealing. Feel free to ask me if you're in doubt. Join Mrs. Trottier during block 7 for some fun Halloween games.

Catholic Corner

ARISE! Get Up, Get Going and Go with God!

"Arise! I have appointed you as a witness of what you have seen!"

(Acts 26:16)

Our GSACRD Faith theme is in its second year of, "Arise! Get Up, Get Going and Go with God!"

This year, we are focusing on the "Get Going!" part of our theme. How do students, staff and parents know, model and witness Jesus Christ?

Saint Gabriel the Archangel

Saint Gabriel the Archangel - Patron Saint of messengers

Feast Day - September 29

On September 29, we will recognize our Patron Saint by offering prayers to St. Gabriel during our morning prayers.

Saint Gabriel serves as a messenger of God to the people. He is one of three Archangels whose feast day is celebrated on Sept. 29. Saint Gabriel shares his feast day with Saint Michael and St. Raphael. In the Old Testament, Saint Gabriel first appeared to Daniel to help him interpret his visions. In the New Testament, he appears again to Zacharias and tells him that Elizabeth, Zacharias' wife will give birth to a son called, John who will eventually go on to be called John the Baptist and he will baptize Jesus. In the gospel of Luke, Gabriel appears again to Mary to inform her that she will give birth to the Son of God and she will call him Jesus. Gabriel is considered to be the closest to God, to the point of being referred to as the "left hand of God". He brings God's messages to us in ways that we can understand so that we can listen with a pure heart and accept the will of God.

A Prayer to Saint Gabriel

O God,

who from among

all your angels chose

the Archangel Gabriel

to announce the mystery

of the Incarnation,

mercifully grant that

we who solemnly remember him

on earth may feel the benefit of

his patronage in heaven,

who lives and reigns

forever and ever.


October - The Month of the Rosary


October 7th is the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, sometimes referred to as the Feast of the Holy Rosary. The day was dedicated by St. Pius V who credited a victory over the invading Turks to the intercession of Mary through the rosary. Pope Benedict XVI described the image of Our Lady of the Rosary in a 2007 Angelus:

“The traditional image of Our Lady of the Rosary portrays Mary who with one arm supports the Child Jesus and with the other is offering the rosary beads to St Dominic. This important iconography shows that the Rosary is a means given by the Virgin to contemplate Jesus and, in meditating on his life, to love him and follow him ever more faithfully. It is this message that Our Lady has also bequeathed to us in her various apparitions.”

Mental Health and Wellness

Don't forget to check out our "Mental Health and Wellness" section on our website for wellness ideas, tips, resources and sessions that are being offered. Click on "community supports" for information about services in St. Albert and area to support you or your family.

Counselling Services

OLP students have access to counselling services through their primary registered school. School counsellors are able to provide social and emotional support to students both online or at school. Counselling referrals can be made by parents or teachers. Support is provided for individual or family concerns and referrals to outside agencies can be accessed through school counsellors.


If your child is going to be absent from school:

Please note - your child will be entered with an unexcused absence if we have not been informed that they will be absent.

Digital Citizenship

Although students may be learning at home, this is a gentle reminder that everyone must treat our digital spaces (Google Classroom/Google Meets) as a physical classroom. The same expectations of students are required: students must be respectful, attentive and engaged.

Did you change your contact information?

Remember to call your child's base school AND our Online Learning Pathway teachers if you changed your email address, phone number or physical address. If you're not getting communication from us, it's because we don't have your correct contact info.

Let's celebrate the end of September with a little Earth, Wind and Fire!

Earth, Wind & Fire - September (Official HD Video)

Online Learning Pathway School

The Online Learning Pathway School is a partnership with Evergreen Catholic School Division and Greater St. Albert School Division. It is attended by students from Legal, Morinville, St. Albert, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Westlock, and Hinton. Students are learning from home in an online environment with a teacher directing lessons via Google Meet. Contact us if you have questions or comments.