This Week at École OLPH School

September 9 to 13

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Our Mission Statements

Elk Island Catholic Schools

We are a Catholic community committed to developing educational opportunities int he context of Gospel values, where students' gifts and talents are celebrated and nurtured through lifelong spiritual and personal experiences.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School

Our Lady of Perpetual Help school is committed to quality education in both official languages fostering in our students respect for life and learning as Christ taught us.

Principal Message

Dear Parents,

What a fantastic first week we have had!!! It has been wonderful to see all returning and new students.

School Visitation

Should you be visiting / volunteering at the school, please remember that all parents must sign in at the school office before proceeding into the school.

Student Drop Off

École OLPH staff parking lot is a drop off and pick up free flowing zone. Your collaboration and consideration to others will be greatly appreciated to keep the traffic flow moving at all times.

The school doors will be open at 8:25 a.m., unless the weather is extremely cold, where as the doors will be open for students to wait in the school foyer until 8:25 a.m.

Student Tardy Procedures

Should your child arrive late to school in the mornings or afternoon, they are required to sign in at the office prior to going to their classroom.

End of Day Procedures

Please make sure that you child(ren) know if they are to take the bus or if they are getting picked up at the end of the day.

Should a student need to confirm their end of day plans, we ask that all students make their arrangements during the morning recess (10:19 a.m. - 10:34 a.m.) or during the lunch hour (12:04 p.m. - 12:47 p.m.).

This will reduce the confusion and rush at the end of the day and will also ensure that your child(ren) does not miss the bus.

If a student comes to the office at the end of the day and are unsure how they are getting home, we will be sending them home on the bus.

Student School Locks

We are currently waiting for our student school lock order to arrive. If your child did not receive a school lock on the first day of school, they will be the first ones to receive one upon the shipment arrival.

A fee of $9.00 for the school lock will be added to your child’s PowerSchool account shortly. Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

God Bless,

M. Morin


École OLPH

A Reading From The Gospel for Sunday, September 8, 2019

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.

Now large crowds were traveling with Jesus; and he turned and said to them, "Whoever comes to me and does not hate farther and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, "This fellow began to build and was not able to finish." So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions."

The Gospel of the Lord.

Weekly Events at École OLPH

Monday, September 9
  • Gr. 7 & 8 ~ Sports Performance ~ Pickleball ~ 12:47 p.m. to 3:07 p.m.
  • Cross Country Running Practice ~ 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, September 10

  • Regular Day

Wednesday, September 11

  • Gr. 5 & 6 ~ Sports Experience ~ Quidditch ~ 1:32 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Cross Country Running Practice ~ 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Meet the Staff ~ École OLPH Gym ~ 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 12

Friday, September 13

  • Regular Day

Important Dates to Remember!!!

September 16, 2019

  • School Picture Day

September 26, 2019

  • Terry Fox Run ~ 12:50 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

September 30, 2019

  • Orange Shirt Day ~ Every Child Matters ~ All Day

Corn Roast / L'Épluchette Volunteers Needed

Dear Parents,

We are in need of Volunteers for the Corn Roast / L'Épluchette for Thursday, September 12 in the morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

If you are able to help out, please email our School Council at

Thank you in advance for your help.

God Bless

École OLPH Yearbooks

Dear Parents,

The École OLPH Yearbooks from last year (2018-2019) have arrived and were passed out on Thursday, September 5th.

If your child would like a copy of last year's yearbook, we have a few extra for sale at the office for $27 on a first come, first served basis. (cash or cheque payable to EICS only)

Please contact Mme Winland or Mme McRobert in the school office if you would like a copy.


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Terry Fox School Run

Dear Parents,

The annual Terry Fox School Run is coming up on Thursday, September 26, 2019. This year our school has a goal of raising $1,850.00 or $5.00 a student.

All donations may be brought to the school office and place in our Terry Fox Collection Bin.

The Terry Fox Foundation has a great reputation, with $0.82 cents of every dollar raised going directly to cancer research.

You can donate online by visiting our school fundraising page or by simply giving your child (children) $5.00 to bring before Run Day.

For more information, please visit

God Bless

Terry Fox - Millions of Followers
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École OLPH - Cross Country Running Team

Dear Parents,

OLPH has started up their Cross Country team again this year. We are inviting all grade 5 - 8 students interested in improving their overall running endurance, by training for long distance running, to come out and train with us.

Our dedicated runners will be faced with the challenge of competing in races, against students from many other schools in the Sherwood Park area.

Practices will take place at the school on Monday and Wednesday from 3:15 - 4:15 (September 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, and October 2).

Races take place behind Glen Allen Rec Centre on Thursday from 5:00-8:00 (September 19, 26, and October 3rd).

Permission forms can be picked up from Mrs. Johnson (Grade 5 teacher) and Miss Gartner (grade 7 teacher).

All permission forms should be returned before runners can attend practice.

Come on out. We would love to see you there!

God Bless

School Council Corner

Dear Parents,

To keep informed of school events, please us on Facebook & Instagram: @olphschoolcouncil

We would like to invite parents to come our first school council meeting at OLPH on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the school library where we will be voting on the adoption of new bylaws governing OLPH School Council to reflect it's current operation and compliance with Alberta legislation. Hope to see you there.

Please come and visit our table at "Meet the Staff" on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 for more information!

God Bless

Yearly Permission Required!!!

Dear Parents,

Please take a moment and log into your PowerSchool account to acknowledge the following documents:

  1. Responsible Use of Technology Agreement
  2. EICS One to One Usage Agreement
  3. EICS Low Risk Field Trip Annual Consent Form
  4. Locker Use Agreement

How to Complete Forms

  1. Go to
  2. Log in
  3. Click on Yearly Consent
  4. Select your answer from the drop down menu.
  5. Click Submit for each section.
  6. Be sure to complete all three sections for each child you have enrolled in the school.

Please Note: Prior to participating in any field trips, your child's form needs to be acknowledge by you. Without your consent they will be required to stay at the school during their field trips.

We appreciate your support in completing these forms by September 7, 2018.

Thanks in advance for helping us get this year off to a great start!!!

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School Picture Day!!!

Monday, Sep. 16th 2019 at 9am

École OLPH Catholic School

Grade 8 ~ Voyage Quebec Trip

Dear Parents,

Please take a moment to review the very important attached letters below regarding the Grade 8 Voyage Quebec Trip.

If you were unable to make the Voyage Quebec information night, please contact M. Morin with any of your questions or concerns to help you make an informed decision at or 780-467-5631.

We require all the permission letters to be returned to the school office by Wednesday, September 12, 2018, even if your child is NOT going on the trip.

God Bless

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Parents of Teens - Sherwood Park Support Group

Dear Parents,

Parenting a teen or tween is tough and the struggle can be real or definitely feel real. Here is a local parenting support group where parents can go gain support, understand development and how to parent these "almost-adults-but-still-our-babies" human beings. Feel free to check out this low-cost parenting support group. All the details are included in this poster.

You are also more than welcome to come chat with me. My role at OLPH is to support children and their families to be the best they can be, especially around social-emotional well-being. Being a teenager can be a difficult chapter and I am happy to be a landing spot for these students to come and chat with. But I am also here for parents and guardians to gain support and a clearer understanding of their child's development. I truly believe "it takes a village to raise a child" and it is my honour to be a part of your child's village.

Have a wonderful day!

Mme Simone Moniz

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Digital Citizenship

Dear Parents,

The link below contains a lot of information around Digital Citizenship, how to use Google to support your child.

God Bless

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BusPlanner Delays App

Dear Parents,

Do you ever wonder if your child's bus is cancelled due to cold weather or mechanical difficulties? Well, wonder no more!!!

Take a moment and download the new BusPlanner Delays App. (more details below)

God Bless

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OLPH - Junior High Permission Form to Leave School Grounds

A reminder to all Grade 7 & 8 parents:

Grade 7 & 8 OLPH students have the privilege to leave school grounds during lunch recess.

Every time you would like your child to have this privilege, please complete the form below and hand it to the office for the day they would like to leave school grounds. Text messages and emails will not be accepted.

For next week, extra forms will be located in the school office. As of September 10th, the permission forms will only be available on our school website under the parents tab.

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Sacrament of Confirmation

Dear Parents,

Sacrament of Confirmation for Your Child. Usually celebrated in grade 6 around 11-12 years of age.

Please attend:

Parent Orientation & Registration Meeting for the Sacrament of Confirmation

Monday, September 30, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at OLPH Church.

Please bring your child’s Baptism Certificate and $25 registration fee (covers preparation books/materials). Children do not attend this meeting.

You will take home your family workbook to work on together at home and also register your child for preparation class dates/retreats.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Natalie Lavigne at the OLPH Parish office 780-467-5470.

God Bless

OLPH Parish Bulletin - Week of September 8, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please click on the link below for the OLPH Parish Bulletin for Sunday, September 8, 2019.

God Bless

EICS Division Calendar

For more information on important dates such as PD days, Holidays, Fall Break, Christmas Break, and Spring Break, please click on the link below.
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