Choose Joy!

Week of February 15, 2021

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Staff Valentine's Fun

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Pausing for Prayer

Prayer and opening the door to Christ each morning is an important part of our daily lives in Christ.

We begin each day together in prayer at 8:55am. During this time of prayer, all staff and students take pause and are attentive to Christ's messages to us each day. Thank you for honouring this time with us as we will answer the front door and our phone lines after our prayer time together is complete.

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REgistration is open!

OLA Kindergarten Program 2021-2022


Independence, initiative, decision making, creativity, the ability to learn, relationships and feelings of self-worth - all have their beginnings in early childhood. We believe that each child is unique and, together with parents as our partners, we build upon children's natural curiosity and spontaneity, encouraging and supporting them as they take their first step into school.

Please note that Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year will be available online on Monday, February 1st, 2021.

Eligibility Starting Date for Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year:

To register for Kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year, your child must be five years old on or before December 31, 2021.

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Thank you for sharing this newsletter with any families interested in joining the OLA family; in Kindergarten, Grades 1-4 or in our PUF/Flexible Pathways Programs.

It's a great way to share who we are as a community. :-)

Thank you Ricky's & OLA School Council

We are grateful to Ricky's who will be delivering individually packaged pancakes and sausages to OLA on Shrove Tuesday, and a special thank you to our OLA School Council who is financially supporting this cause. Not only that, it was our amazing School Council who approached Ricky's to help us celebrate this very important kick off to the most important Liturgical season in our Catholic faith.

Shrove Tuesday Lunch

Pancakes and sausages will be delivered for lunch on Tuesday. Thank you for ensuring your child continues to come to school will healthy snacks for the day, and any additional food if you feel two pancakes and two sausages may not be sufficient to fill their bellies at lunch.

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Ash Wednesday Mass

We are grateful to our amazing priests Father Kris and Father Daniel who will be helping us celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass at OLA at 1:15pm on Wednesday February 17.

All families are welcome to join us virtually, and we will share the Google Meet Link on Wednesday morning via email.

A representatives from each Kindergarten to Grade 2 class will join us in the Chapel for mass. All classes will join in the chapel virtually to participate in this beautiful service together as one family. Once the ashes are blessed, they will be distributed to each homeroom class and teachers will distribute the ashes to each of the students in their class. Grade 3 and 4 students who have received their sacrament of communion will also have the opportunity to also receive the Eucharist following a process that will comply with our re-entry protocols.

Ash Wednesday begins the most important Liturgical season in our faith and we are grateful to all those who continue to joyfully find ways to celebrate together.

Please click here for a special one minute video from Father Kris and Father Daniel about how ashes will be distributed this year.

1&2M Free Play in Our PJs

Kinder Valentine's Fun & Fine Motor Skill Practice

Indoor Recess Fun in 3MK

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And...always ready for free play outside!

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Thank you!

Thank you Mr. Cooke for the donation of beautiful hand crafted crosses for our prayer tables!
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This week @ OLA

Power Option Selection Week

Monday, February 15, 2021

  • School Closed - Family Day
  • Enjoy this special time with your family.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

  • Shrove Tuesday
  • Pancake Lunch from School Council and Ricky's @ lunch
  • Sister School Principal Meeting (OLA & SJXXIII)
  • Let's Choose Joy together!

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

  • Ash Wednesday - Virtual Mass 1:15 pm
  • Lent begins
  • I Read Canada Day
  • Virtual Morning Announcements
  • Father Daniel or Father Kris visit OLA
Thursday, February 18, 2021
  • First Reconciliation Parent Zoom Meeting @ 6:30pm
  • First Responders Parade of Thanks @ 1:00pm (Let's say Thank You right back!!)
  • Choose Joy Today! It's starts with Gratitude :-)

Friday, February 19, 2021

  • Friyay! Spread Joy and Kindness like confetti!

Saturday, February 20, 2021

  • First Reconciliation Parent Zoom Meeting @ 11am


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

You can view our Kindergarten Calendar here.

Welcome Mr. Marceau

Thank you for welcoming Mr. Don Marceau to the OLA Leadership Team as the Assistant Principal during Mrs. Weller's absence. We are blessed for his leadership as he steps out of semi-retirement to join us until Mrs. Weller's return. Mr. Marceau brings with him many years of experience as a teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal with Elk Island Catholic Schools. Mme Gravelle and Mr. Marceau look forward to their partnership and to together serve OLA students, staff and families.

Thank you for extending a warm and joy filled OLA welcome to Mr. Marceau. Please contact Mme Gravelle if you have any questions.

Staff Mass

We are grateful to celebrate mass as family once a month in our Chapel and Library with Father Kris or Father Daniel. It is continually appreciated the peace it brings our days to begin in mass each month, and prayer each morning.

Smiles and Laughter

Each day Mme Gravelle visits classes and this past Friday's visits brought lots of smiles and giggles as she donned her new Friday mask. Yes, the beak moves when Mme Gravelle talks!

Closes Feb. 18

Your voice is valuable in celebrating all of OLA's accomplishments, vision and direction this year, and helping to shape our community's direction in the future.


The EICS Assurance Survey gathers your feedback in four key areas:

  • Faith Formation
  • Quality Teaching and Learning
  • Wellness
  • Engagement and Improvement

Your past feedback helped to shape our direction which is captured in our OLA Assurance Plan linked here and available on our website under "About."

Who is invited to share their voice?

Grade 4 students will be sharing their voice at school by participating in the Provincial Accountability Survey (still to come) as well as the EICS Assurance Survey (in progress).

All families are invited to share their voice in the EICS Assurance Survey which has come to your email inbox (please check your junk mail.)

Thank you in advance for your participation in these surveys and sharing your voice.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mme Gravelle at 780-998-3716.

4E growing brains and having fun playing multiplication tic tac toe

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Youth Working Group Resources

There are a number of great workshops being offered through the Boys and Girls Club here in Fort Saskatchewan.

Strengthening Your Parent Child Relationship Through Play Tuesday February 16, 2021 7:00 pm

Understanding Self Harm Behaviour in Youth Thursday February 25, 2021 7:00 pm

Financial Literacy 4 sessions starting March 2, 2021

Navigating Co-Parenting and Child Custody During COVID 19 Thursday April 8, 2021 7:00 pm

The Five Love Languages Wednesday April 21, 2021 7:00 pm

Outdoor Play & Village Support

Fresh air and free play

are vital elements for children's mental wellness,

healthy bodies and growing brains.

Thank you for your help to ensure your child comes to school with all the proper gear to be outside. We will be outside for regular recess up to -25 degrees Celsius or -25 Windchill.

When temperatures or Windchills are below -25 Celsius, outdoor recess play will continue with reduced free play times outside. These will become our Polar Bear Recesses!

We can help keep children warm and safe during free fresh air play time outside. We have some cold weather gear in the office for children to borrow or use. Should your child require additional clothing to support their outdoor play, we will send you an email to let you know that we helped them dress properly for the weather. If your child received some of this gear last week, or this coming week, and it is no longer needed, thank you for washing it and bringing it back in a ziplock bag for others to use. We follow all re-entry protocols before re-distributed this clothing.

We are here to help.

If you need help with anything else, please reach out.

It takes a village.

You are our village. We are yours.

For details about our Inclement Weather Policy, please click here.

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See you at our next meeting, on Tuesday, March 2nd @ 11:00am

Google Meet link will be shared with you that day.

Thank you for checking your email inbox or spam/junk folder.

To connect with your OLA School Council, please email

Click below to order your OLA Spirit Wear!

From our OLA Parish

If you have any questions or concerns about Sacramental Preparation, please feel free to contact Father Kris at the parish 780-998-3288 or

Important Dates - Please mark your calendar:

1st Reconciliation


Parent ZOOM meeting #2: February 18 @6:30pm or February 20 @11am

(All attend)

Reconciliation retreat and celebration: March 6, 2021 10:00-12:30pm

1st Communion


Parent ZOOM meeting #1: March 11 @6:30pm or March 13 @11am

Parent ZOOM meeting #2: March 25 @6:30pm or March 27 @11am


Kids adoration: March 18 @6:30pm or March 20 @11am

(All attend)

1st Communion Retreat: April 10, 2021 11:00-12noon

1st Communion Celebration: April 11, 2021 11:30am

Resources for parents

Home guide training video:

Reconciliation home guide:

Eucharist home guide:

Exercises for Reconciliation

Daily family prayer challenge

- if you don’t have the practice of family prayer already, pray 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1

Glory be, 1 thing you’re thankful for, and 1 person to pray for every night before bed.

Exercises for 1st Communion

Daily family prayer challenge

- if you don’t have the practice of family prayer already, pray 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1

Glory be, 1 thing you’re thankful for, and 1 person to pray for every night before bed.

Name the Snow Plow Contest!

The City of Fort Saskatchewan is inviting you to name their snow plows!

Please click here for information!

For full contest details, please click here.

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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, 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.

Thank you for continuing to connect with us with your child's test results.

Alberta Health Documents

Looking Ahead...

February 24, 2021

  • Pink Shirt Day

March 2, 2021

  • OLA Daytime School Council Meeting @ 11:00am

March 3, 2021

  • School Spirit Day - Story Book Character Day
  • Early Dismissal - 2:19 pm

March 5, 2021

  • PD Day - No School

March 8, 2021

  • Grade 1 & 2 Inuit Presentations

Week of March 15, 2021

  • 'Digital Evidence of Learning & Growth

March 22, 2021

  • Virtual Three Way Conferences

March 24, 2021

  • Virtual Three Way Conferences

March 26, 2021

  • PD Day - No School

March 28, 2021

  • Palm Sunday

March 29 - April 2, 2021

  • Spring Break - No school

April 1, 2021

  • Holy Thursday - No School

April 2, 2021

  • Good Friday - No School

April 4, 2021

  • Easter Sunday - Halleluiah Christ is Risen!

April 5, 2021

  • Easter Monday - No School

April 7, 2021

  • School Spirit Day - Rainbow Day, Wear your favourite colour!
  • Early Dismissal - 2:19 pm

PUF Pathways Information

Did you know that we have an Early Intervention Program for 3 and 4 yr. olds for our OLA and SJXXIII Fort Saskatchewan families?

It is housed at St. John XXIII and is called PUF Pathways. In our program, children learn and develop their skills in a play and faith-based environment led by a certified teacher and supported by Educational Assistants. Children in the program benefit from a team of consultants such as Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant, Physiotherapist, and Inclusive Learning Consultants.

Criteria for Eligibility

To be eligible for our Flexible Pathways (PUF) programs, children need to be 3 or 4 years old and meet the following criteria:

  • Maximum age of 4 years and 8 months by Sept. 1, 2021
  • Severe developmental delay (i.e. CP, Autism, Down Syndrome)
  • Severe delay in speech and language

This year we will be holding screening clinics in the spring to determine eligibility. Please contact Andrea Boyle at for more information or to book an appointment.

To help you see how your child is doing compared with other children the same age please visit the following websites:

Talk Box Newsletter: Three Year Old

Talk Box Newsletter: Four Year Old

Alberta Health Information, Growth and Development Milestones

Holy Redeemer - Nature Kindergarten Brochures

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Preschool Registraion

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School Fees

School fees have now been added to your PowerSchool ParentPortal and are now due. Payment can be made by debit or credit card by visiting your PowerSchool account.

If you require assistance signing into your account please call Mrs. Desaulniers at 780-998-3716 or email

Field trip: to date all field trips involving bussing are cancelled. Virtual field trips and walking trips may still occur. Once these have been finalized we will share the field trip fee for payment

All unpaid fees by March 1, 2021 may be sent to a collections agency.

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