Together in Learning and Faith

February 2, 2020

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OLA OPEN HOUSE IS COMING SOON!

Please help us spread the word!
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Registration is now OPEN for the 2020 - 2021 School Year!

Wow! So exciting to see all the new registrations we have already received for next year - we can't wait to meet you!


Kindergarten registration for EICS schools continues online. Need more information? Please try these links to answer any questions you may have:



The following preferences will be available for selection on the Kindergarten registration form for OLA School. Programs offered will be based on enrollment and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mondays, Wednesday & alternating Fridays (full day)

Tuesdays, Thursdays & alternating Fridays (full day)

Mornings, 5 days per week

Afternoons, 5 days per week


We encourage you to email us at ola@eics.ab.ca or call 780-998-3716 to share with us your second programming preference.


Ready to register? Please click here for simple instructions to guide you.

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Adoration Week

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A Story for Every Child February 24th

Last year's event was a huge success, and it touched so many hearts! Those who participated were truly moved by how much it filled up their cups!


Please come and spend an hour with an OLA child sharing a love of reading, introducing them to your favourite book or topic, and simply sitting and talking to a child so they know they matter.


If you would like to participate, please contact your child's teacher. And, please extend the invite to your family and friends.


Spread the word and we hope to see you there!

We are looking for just over 180 Readers...a story for every child.

We have 17/180 readers so far. Thank you to those who have already signed up!

Thank you for helping us reach that goal!

Sign up and bring a friend! :-)

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OLA's Learning Commons Project

We are kicking off the exciting project of transforming our library into a Learning Commons (Phase I) and Makerspace (Phase I) for the explanded learning and growing of all OLA students! The statement above is the lens we will be working through, and it will guide our path moving forward.

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Perhaps you are in the know of others in the Fort Saskatchewan community who are giving these items away or are available at a nominal fee. We do have a small budget to work with. If you would like to be OLA’s thrifty shopper, please connect with Mme Gravelle at pamgr@eics.ab.ca Thank you for bringing donations to the office, or emailing ola.eics.ab.ca if you have any questions.

Thank you SO much for supporting this initiative!

It will engage the minds of all OLA children in all of the Competencies!

Moo Club Rewards

Children in Grades 1 - 4 will be receiving a special gift from the Alberta Milk Producers Moo Club on Monday! Please watch for it in your child's backpack.

Growing Brains ~ Sharing Smiles!

Snow Much Fun!

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Checkpoint in Learning

This is the time of year when grade 1-4 digital progress reports on PowerSchool are shared as another checkpoint in learning. Since the beginning of the year, learning progress has been shared through digital portfolios, Evidence of Learning Portfolios, Three-Way Conferences and communication between home and school.


This digital progress report on PowerSchool is a snapshot in time of the learning your child has demonstrated so far and it is an opportunity to celebrate growth and set goals for continued progress.


In the comments section of the progress reports, you will find three areas highlighted:


  • Growth as a Learner: statements about their participation as a member of their classroom community, a connection to our faith, information about attitudes and behaviours related to learning
  • Areas of Strengths: information about specific learning successes with a Literacy and Numeracy focus, and linked to outcomes in the Program of Studies
  • Next Steps: again with a Literacy and Numeracy focus, and specific suggestions to facilitate further growth
  • about Who your child is within the classroom community,

For more information about reporting learning progress, and what progress reports will look like, please visit Communicating Student Learning in EICS. We will send each family an email outlining when the progress reports are available for viewing, and instructions on how to access them.


If you have any questions, please connect with your child's teacher.

Setting the Direction for OLA

Last week you received an email from EICS requesting your participation in our Assurance survey. Thank you for sharing your voice.


Results from this survey will be used to inform planning at the school and divisional level for the 2020/2021 school year. This survey complements and is provided to all grade 4-12 students, all staff, and all parents in our division. If you have a child in grade 4, 7, or 10 we understand you may have already received a survey from Alberta Education and would appreciate you also completing our survey.

The survey will remain open until Thursday, February 20.

If you have questions please contact us at 780-467-8896, or toll free at 1-800-996-9982.

Your voice matters!

Thank you for completing the EICS Assurance Survey!

Alberta Education Accountability Pillar Survey - Grade 4 Families

Alberta Education has sent the Accountability Survey to Grade 4 families for your feedback. The information contained in this survey is used to help drive OLA's Assurance Plans. It helps us understand areas to celebrate as well opportunities for further learning and growing.


As partners is your child's learning, your voice is important.


For further information about the following, please click the links.


Please contact us at the school if you have any questions about the links above or the Accountability Survey.


Thank you for taking a few moments to complete the survey.

Alberta Education Advisory Panel on Curriculum

Earlier this week Education Minister LaGrange released the report from the Expert Panel on Curriculum; the Advisory Panel Report on Curriculum.


Alberta Education is now seeking feedback on what the Advisory Panel has presented to the Minister. Moving forward, the Minister of Education will create a ministerial order that will define the values, foundations and outcomes for Kindergarten to Grade 12 education in Alberta.


The education survey is available online and will be accepting feedback until February 24, 2020. Please take this opportunity to share your thoughts about education in Alberta.

Alberta Education Student Learning Survey


Many thanks!

OLA Parish News

World Day of Prayer

Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church is hosting World Day of Prayer on Sunday, March 8th at 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to this ecumenical prayer gathering and is invited to stay for fellowship following the service.
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Looking Ahead . . .

Please share your voice:


EICS Assurance Survey - sent directly to your email

Accountability Survey from Alberta Education - Grade 4 families only



Monday, February 3

  • Djembe Drums at OLA this month!
  • Grade 3 T-Pet Presentation Hearing & Sound
  • Grade 4 T-Pet Presentation Lights & Shadows
  • Faith in Action Assembly 12:30 pm - everyone welcome
  • Grade 1-4 Power Options sign-up


Tuesday, February 4

  • Djembe Drums continue @ OLA!
  • OLA Parish Priests visit OLA

Wednesday, February 5

  • OLA Spirit Day - Twins & Triplets
  • Booster Juice Lunch (for students who pre-ordered)
  • Grade 1-4 Power Options 1:00pm - 2:00 pm - Welcome Mrs. McDonald & Mrs Srochenski!
  • Early Dismiss at 2:19 pm
  • Progress Reports for 1Oi, 2C, 3K, 4E (1/2KS & 3/4V Feb. 20)


Thursday, February 6
  • NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - TEACHERS' CONVENTION


Friday, February 7

  • NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - TEACHERS' CONVENTION


Saturday, February 8

  • Grade 3 First Eucharist Class 10:00 am OLA Church - Parent & Child

and a Little Further Ahead . . .

February 10 Grade 3 & 4 Edmonton Symphony at the Winspear Centre

February 14 Staff Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

February 15 First Eucharist Class 10:00 am OLA Church

February 17 Family Day - NO SCHOOL

February 18 OLA Open House 8:45 - 3:20 pm please invite friends & family to check us out!

February 19 100 Days of School for our Grade 1 - 4 students!

February 24 A Story for Every Child 12:30 - 1:30 pm - Come celebrate a love of reading!

February 25 Shrove Tuesday

February 26 Ash Wednesday Mass at 9:30 am at OLA CHURCH

February 27 Pink Shirt Day

March 1 First Eucharist Mass & Celebration 2:00 pm

March 3 Rocks & Rings Curling Presentation Grade 1 - 4

March 8 World Day of Prayer at OLA Church 7:00 pm


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

You can check out our M/W Kinder calendar here,

our T/Th Pre-K/Kinder calendar here,

and our Pre-K AM calendar here.

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You're invited to read with a child!