Choose Joy!

Week of September 21, 2020

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Quote of the Week

One of our OLA students exited the bus one morning and engaged in this beautiful conversation with an OLA team member on supervision:


Student: "I don't know your name, but I really like you."

Supervisor: "Thank you, that's so nice to say! My name is Mrs. V. I like you too."

Student: "I like you because you always choose Joy!"

This week @ OLA

Monday, September 21

  • A great day to learn and grow together!


Tuesday, September 22

  • More spectacular learning and growing!


Wednesday, September 23

  • Choosing Joy today!

  • CEPAC Virtual Meeting @ 7pm for all School Council Chairs & Vice-Chairs


Thursday, September 24

  • A great day to be in community together!


Friday, September 25

  • Terry Fox Run 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Honoured with each Cohort


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

You can view our Kindergarten Calendar here.

Terry Fox Run

OLA will be participating in the Terry Fox Run on Friday, September 25th from 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm. The Terry Fox Foundation is encouraging online donations. Please send your toonies and other donations online this year through the Terry Fox, School Run - Sponsor OLA website.


Back in 1980 when Terry started his Marathon of Hope, there was no such thing as social media, cellphones, not even the internet. Terry relied heavily on news coverage and used empty buckets to collect cash for cancer research as he ran along Canada’s roads and highways. Now we are in 2020, and we are all so connected by the world wide web, even more so this year. Keeping this in mind, we encourage all of you to fundraise online this year. Visit Terry Fox, School Run - Sponsor OLA to donate today. And remember to share the link with all your friends and family so we can raise even more money to fight and find a cure for cancer!

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Thank you to the Big People!

We send a very special thank you

to each of the adults who are loving and caring for OLA littles.


You are doing a great job, and we are so grateful for your partnership. We know it's challenging to come and pick up children in the middle of the day when they begin to show symptoms. We also know it's no easy task to follow the Alberta Health Guidelines for returning to school after symptoms begin.


Because of your honesty and commitment to work within the guidelines set out for schools, you are making a big difference in keeping children, staff and OLA families safe and healthy.


You've got this!


Together, we've got this!

Because God's got us!

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Student Illness and your Child's Learning

If your child is home with these symptoms:


  • Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing, Runny Nose, Sore Throat, Chills Painful swallowing, Stuffy Nose, Headache, Muscle or joint aches, Feeling unwell, fatigue or severe exhaustion, Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite), Loss of sense of smell or taste, Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye.


Please email Mrs. Desaulniers, susande@eics.ab.ca and cc: your child's homeroom teacher to share what symptoms your child is experiencing as well as an approximate date for your child's return so we can plan for your child's learning and growing in Literacy and Numeracy while away.

What will my Child Learn this year?

In addition to learning how much God loves each and every one of His children, learning how to play, be curious, encourage, care for each other, spread joy and peace and deepen their relationships with Christ, along with building strong meaningful connections with their teachers, OLA's support team and their peers, children work to achieve specific learning outcomes as outlined by Alberta Education.


As you may know, the Alberta Curriculum will be changing. We are waiting word from the government as to the implementation timeline. For now, to be companions on your child's learning journey, we invite you to click on the links below. The first link allows you to dig a little deeper into each subject area. The second link is an overall view of what will be explored at that grade level.


Kindergarten, Kindergarten at a Glance

Grade 1, Grade 1 at a Glance

Grade 2, Grade 2 at a Glance

Grade 3, Grade 3 at a Glance

Grade 4, Grade 4 at a Glance

Grade 5, Grade 5 at a Glance


If you have additional questions about what your child will be learning, or have questions about your child's learning needs, -hank you for reaching out to your child's homeroom teacher by calling 780-998-3716 or by email through our school website.

Arriving and Playing in the Morning

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We look forward to seeing you every day!!


If you are dropping your child off, thank you for using the three drop off and pick up points identified on the map above (white arrows). Thank you also for organizing a meeting place inside the play area, to meet your child after school so that together you may exit the play area and return to your car.


Grade 1 - 4 children are invited to play in their morning play areas from 8:33am - 8:45am.

A reminder that supervision begins at 8:33am. If your child arrives prior to that time, they are arriving unsupervised. Thank you for remaining with your child until a supervisor arrives.


BRAVO OLAers! You're rocking this...When the bell rings at 8:45am, students in grades 1-4 will go to their entrance doors and wait on a polka dot while their teacher welcomes them into the school in their colour groups. Kindergarten children are encouraged to enter the school through their entrance door upon their arrival between 8:33am and 8:45am.


The health and wellness of OLA Children continues to be a priority.

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Kindergarten enjoying the outdoor classroom - through Mme Gravelle's window

Welcome - Please Call the Office

New this year, OLA has a closed campus.


If you are coming to the school to pick up or drop off a your child please call the office at 780-998-3716 when you arrive. Mrs. Desaulniers is looking forward to meeting you at the front doors to welcome your child upon their arrival, or walk with your child to you at the front door for pick up.

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First Eucharist Fall 2020

First Holy Communion

A Letter from Father Daniel, August 2020

Hello,

The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ to you and to your family from Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Fort Saskatchewan.

Here is an update on First Communion for children who registered in Grade 2 and are now in Grade 3.

Children who have already registered and want to postpone to the New Year because of COVID- 19, or are unable to attend for other reasons, are welcome to delay after informing the Church office.

Registered children will be divided into two groups, A & B, you will know your group by the 4th of September, 2020. Each group will have no more than 20 children.

Group A:

Class Dates:
September 12, 2020 OLA Church meeting room 10:00 - 11:30 am (Parents stay)
September 19, 2020 OLA Church meeting room 10:00 - 11:30 am (Parents stay)
Rehearsal and confession will follow the September 19th class

Celebration Mass: Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 11:30 am

Group B:

Class Dates:
September 12, 2020 OLA Church meeting room 1:00 - 2:30 pm (Parents stay)
September 19, 2020 OLA Church meeting room 1:00 - 2:30 pm (Parents stay)
Rehearsal and confession will follow the September 19th class

Celebration Mass: Sunday, Septmber 27, 2020 at 11:30 am

Guidelines

Parents and children must wear a mask while entering the church. You will be assigned a particular place in the church, (change of place, meeting other children, or communication is not permitted inside the church).

For each child’s family, one pew is allotted and, a maximum of five members are permitted to participate (including the child receiving the sacrament).

Washrooms are available, but we ask these only be used in an emergency.

You will be asked to sanitize your hands before and after entering the church.

A photographer will be provided. We ask that you do not take pictures at this time. A copy of the pictures will be shared with families.

All other details will be explained at the Rehearsal.

If you have questions or concerns please free to contact Fr. Daniel Dsouza at: Danial.DSouzaSac@caedm.ca

Thanking you,

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Daniel

*If you would like your child to receive their First Communion this year and they have not yet celebrated their First Reconciliation, please contact the OLA Parish office at 780-998-3288 to make an appointment to meet with Father Kris.

First Eucharist Registration Form & First Eucharist Brochure

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Quick Informative Videos at Your Fingertips!

Please visit our OLA website at ola.eics.ab.ca for great informative videos to continue kicking off a positive school year!

Forms to Complete

Please take the time to sign into your PowerSchool account and review the following items.

  • Demographic Forms
  • Student Consent Forms

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Desaulniers at 780-998-3716. She is happy to help!

Medical Forms

Perfect timing! Our medial forms have been moved to an online process. This helps with the process of coming into the school to update forms. Please sign into your PowerSchool account to update any medical information wfor your child. This includes Epi-Pens, Inhalers and other prescription medications that need to be at the school and administrated to your son/daughter.


Below is an information PDF on how to find these forms on your PowerSchool account. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Desaulniers at 780-998-3716.


Establishing Your Child's Baseline

Many children have pre-existing conditions that will help your child's teacher and the OLA team navigate through symptoms. It is encouraged that if your child has allergies or other pre-existing conditions to have a Covid Test while the symptoms are present. Having a negative test during these symptoms establishes your child's baseline normal. Once a negative test is achieved, please connect with Mme Gravelle or Mrs. Weller at 780-998-3716.

OLA School Council News

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the School Council meeting September 15th! For minutes from the meeting, please click here.


Congratulations and Welcome your new and returning OLA School Council Executive.

Chair - Heather Spracklin

Vice Chair – Sam LeDrew

Treasurer – Crystal Breault

Secretary – Terra Slaby


To connect with your OLA School Council, please email schoolcouncil.ola@gmail.com.

Mark Your Calendars

OLA School Council Meetings for the 2020-2021 School Year have been solidified so you can plan well ahead for your attendance! For more School Council Information please click here.


  • October 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm
  • November 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm
  • December 8, 2020 at 11:00 am (Daytime meeting)
  • January 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm
  • March 2, 2021 at 11:00 am (Daytime meeting)
  • April 13, 2021 at 7:00 pm
  • May 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm
  • June 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Sneak Peak of something special at OLA

Looking Ahead...

September 30, 2020
  • Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters

October 7, 2020

  • Early dismissal - 2:19 p.m.

October 9, 2020

  • PD Day - No School

October 12, 2020

  • Thanksgiving Day - No School

October 15, 2020

  • Lifetouch Fall Photos

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