Choose Joy!

Week of October 5, 2020

Children are embracing our theme!

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And so is Mrs. Desaulniers! Great joyful photo bomb!
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3 & 4 K Terry Fox Run

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Terry Fox Run

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This week @ OLA

Monday, October 5

  • World Teacher's Day - Send an email to your child's teacher thanking them for all they do!
  • A great day to learn and grow together!
  • K - 2 Cohort Assembly - 12:19 p.m.
  • 3 & 4 Cohort Assembly - 12:51 p.m.
  • OLA Student Support Team meet to collaboratively plan Learning and Wellness success for all students

Tuesday, October 6

  • More spectacular learning and growing!

Wednesday, October 7

  • Early Dismissal - 2:19 pm

  • OLA School Spirit Day: Wacky Tacky Day - Break all the fashion rules!

Thursday, October 8

  • A great day to be in community together!

Friday, October 9

  • Professional Learning Day for Staff - No School for students

Monday, October 12 - Happy Thanksgiving! See everyone on October 13th

Tuesday, October 13

  • Virtual School Council Meeting @ 7pm - Google Meet link will be emailed to you today. Looking forward to seeing you! **Sorry for the confusion in the email of Sept. 17ths meeting**


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

You can view our Kindergarten Calendar here.

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OLA School Spirit - Wacky Tacky Day - Wednesday, October 7th

Pretend you missed the lesson on fashion! Break all the fashion rules, wear every fashion faux-pas! Mix colours that don't match, patterns that clash! Have fun! No need to think about what you'll wear today!

Masks, Front Doors and Connecting

Take Advantage of Play Time

Easing into the day truly sets children up for success. Play time before school settles their heart, mind, body and soul. Arriving on time also allows them to ease into their day with their peers. It prevents them from feeling rushed or having to play catch up.

If you drop your child off at school, thank you for doing so between 8:33am, when supervision and outdoor play begins, and before 8:45am.

At 8:45am, all exterior doors are locked and children are beginning their learning. Should you arrive after 8:45am, it is important that you and your child go to the front doors to be let in. As your child's entry door is closed and locked, they will not have access there. Please call the office at 780-998-3716 when you arrive at the front door so we can meet you and your child out front. Thank you for not ringing the bell as it rings throughout the school as well as in classrooms which disrupting learning. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us in the office. We are here to help.

Masks for Kindergarten to Grade 3

Your child will be receiving their masks soon. There was a misunderstanding with regards to who was to receive masks when they arrived in early September. God bless one of our moms who contacted the school for clarification as it prompted us to dig a little deeper...Your child's two Alberta Government issued masks are on their way to OLA. When they arrive, they will be distributed to the Kindergarten to Grade 3 students. Thank you for your patience, and partnership! Masks for Kindergarten to Grade 3 children continue to be optional and highly recommended.

Thank you!

We appreciate how challenging it is for you to keep your child at home when they experience symptoms, and keep them home until symptoms resolve. The impacts are far reaching and sometimes complicated. We also understand how much we want to cheat.

We thank you so much for following the Alberta Education guidelines to safeguard your child and family's health and safety, as well as the students and staff at OLA. Thank you for continuing to keep the lines of communication open with your child's teachers so that learning can continue in the areas of literacy and numeracy at home. To connect with your child's teacher, please email them. Feel free to call us at school at 780-998-3716 to leave a message for them or you can email them through the school website. Simply click here.

We are so grateful for your partnership, patience, commitment, love and engagement in these unprecedented times, for which there is no manual.

May we continue to offer each other prayers and Grace. May we continue to laugh and find joy throughout it all.

Quote of the Week

Conversation at lunch in Kindergarten with Mrs. Martinez...

Mrs. Martinez, "Are you going to eat your sandwich?"

Student, "I'm going to eat my cucumber first because it helps me poop."

2C Celebrations Orange Shirt Day

We've Got Something Special for you.....

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In Search Of...You Can Help!

Looking to purge a little? A little fall cleaning? OLA is in search of the following items. If you have them to donate, we would be SO appreciative!! Thank you for sending them with your child so they can bring them to the office or call us when you drop them off and we will meet you at the front doors. For the health and safety of the children, these items will remain out of circulation for three days prior to use. Thank you in advance for your donation!!

  • Scrabble Games
  • Scrabble letter squares
  • Magnetic letters
  • Chalk
  • Chalk board erasers

Every Child Matters

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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.

1 & 2 M Orange Shirt Day

Joy Finding 3 & 4 K Project


Congratulations! Thank you for your Faith Leadership!

First Communion Celebrants!

First Communion and Reconciliation

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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Terry Fox Run

Thanksgiving Pumpkin in 3K

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Quick Informative Videos at Your Fingertips!

Please visit our OLA website at for great informative videos to continue kicking off a positive school year!

Kindergarten Joy Project

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.

4E Every Child Matters!

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

See you at our next meeting, on Tuesday, October 13th @ 7:00pm.

Google Meet link will be shared with you that day.

Kindergarten Terry Fox Run

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

Working hard in Kindergarten

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Looking Ahead...

October 13, 2020

  • OLA School Council Virtual Meeting @ 7pm - all parents are invited to attend

October 15, 2020

  • Lifetouch Fall Photos
October 20, 2020

  • EICS & OLA Live Streamed Thanksgiving Mass @ 1:30pm
October 30, 2020

  • Halloween Celebrations - details to follow

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Looking for Great Movies, Books, Games for Kids?

Check out Common Sense Media! They do all the leg work, and have reviewed books, movies, games, TV Shows and much, more. It's a fantastic resource for adults to be in the know about media to help set children up with positive messaging in their lives.

Check out Common Sense Media!

Outdoor Play + Fresh Air = Bodies and Brains Ready to Learn & Grow

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Grateful Advocates for Catholic Education (GrACE)

Like their facebook page for excellent information and support for our Catholic Faith and your family.


Please click here for information from Alberta Health to keep you and your family healthy and safe this Halloween.