Together in Learning and Faith

September 15, 2019

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Reporting Absences

Elk Island Catholic Schools is pleased to share a simple and convenient way to let us know that your child will be away from school. Please click this link to learn about Safe Arrival.

Absences may also be reported by calling SchoolMessenger at 1-877-246-9970 or using the SchoolMessenger App.

If you experience any problems May-Lee is happy to take your call at the school office, you can reach her at 780-998-3716, ext 1.

Visitors Welcome - Please stop at the office

In the interest of student safety, and to reduce classroom interruptions, we ask that all visitors to the school come directly to the office. If you need to pick up your child during the school day we are happy to call their classroom and get them to meet you at the office. Thank you for waiting in the office for your child to arrive. We appreciate your help in keeping our little ones safe.

Yearly Consent Forms

Every year parents must give their consent for children to attend field trips, use lockers and access technology. Please take a moment this week to visit your PowerSchool ParentPortal and complete the annual consent forms for each child you have attending an EICS school. If you have not already completed an EICS Demographic Confirmation Form for your child this is a great opportunity to get that completed as well. This forms ensures that we have up-to-date information to reach you in an emergency.

Please contact the school office if your have any questions or require assistance completing these forms - we are here to help!

School Fees

School fees have now been added to your PowerSchool ParentPortal and are due September 30, 2019. Payment can be made by debit or credit card by visiting your PowerSchool account or at the school office by cash or cheque made payable to Elk Island Catholic Schools.

Teachers are busy finalizing their plans for field trips and presentations for the year and we expect to have information about the exciting events they have planned for your child shortly. The fee for Field Trips and Presentations will be added to your child's PowerSchool account in October.

If the paying of fees is a financial difficulty you may be eligible for the EICS Fee Waiver Program, please visit the EICS website to learn more. The deadline for applications is December 13, 2019.


Please DO NOT send NUTS of ANY variety or foods that contain nuts to school with your children. We have many precious little children and staff with life-threatening allergies. Thank you for keeping our community safe.

School Email

Unfortunately we have been experiencing some trouble with email service sent directly from our school website. This functionality has been temporarily disabled.

If you need to send an email to the school, please send it to: and mark who it is intended for.

Alternatively, please email your child's teacher directly or connect with them via the communication route established for that homeroom. Many classrooms use Class Dojo as their way to stay connected with you.

Thank you for your patience during this temporary inconvenience.

EICS Trustee By-Election Results

Notice of Official Election Results in School Division
By-election for one seat in Fort Saskatchewan for Trustee

Sherwood Park, AB… At the closing of the Nomination Day for the one seat in Fort Saskatchewan, Ward 2 for School Trustee, it was declared by acclamation that Al Stewart was elected Trustee. This seat was vacated by Justine Wright who served as the Trustee for Fort Saskatchewan since 2013.

Board Chair Ted Paszek made the following statement,” On behalf of the Elk Island Catholic School (EICS) Board of Trustees, we are thrilled to welcome Mr. Stewart to our Board and Division. His commitment to Catholic education, combined with his extensive knowledge of the education system in Alberta will make a great addition to our Board.”

Power Options Are Back!

You can be a facilitator of Learning!!

Thank you to our teachers and support staff, along with many of the parents who facilitated workshops last year. You are always welcome back, and we welcome new learning facilitators too!

What were some of the options offered by staff and parents you ask? The children adored digging deeper with Science Experiments, braiding and cross training, cooking, cross-stitching, painting, beading, soccer, floor hockey, softball, planting, recycling, henna art, Ukrainian Dance, music and song writing, creative drawing, building, ringette, Reader's Theater, animal research on chromebooks, printmaking, playdough making, Rainbow Science activities, handbells, circuit building, guided drawing, card making and math games.

Excitement is already building as to what opportunities will be brought to children this year!

Power Options Planning has begun!

We are looking for parents to offer OLA children a workshop to help them go deeper into a topic of their choice and experience learning from the expertise of our OLA community. Workshops can be linked to any of the Alberta Education Competencies (linked here) and rooted in your passions, work experience, skills, talents or hobbies. The options workshops will be held on early dismissal Wednesday, October 2 from 12:45pm - 2:00pm with a repeated workshop on Wednesday, November 6 from 12:45pm - 2:00pm. Parents are asked offer their workshop on both of these days. We will also offer Power Options Round II December 4/January 8 from 12:45pm - 2:00pm.

At OLA we do all we can to ensure learning success. Parent involvement in children's learning is a another important factor to successful learning!

Come and join the fun!

Please email Mme Gravelle at

with any questions or to share your workshop idea

before Friday September 20, 2019

Nominate an educator!

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Join us for READ-IN Month!

Read-in Week is October 7-11 and this year's theme is "Start Exploring!"

We always love every and any reason to celebrate reading, so we have expanded Read-in Week to Read-in Month!

During the Month of October we are inviting you and your loved ones to come in and take a few moments (like 30 minutes) to share your favourite picture book with our students.

We are looking for Moms, Dads, Babas, Guidos, Aunties, Uncles, (you get the point) to share their love of learning and favourite books. We welcome you to join us for READ-IN.

Please contact Mrs. Wagner via email for any questions and to arrange a time to share your favs with children and help spread a love of reading!

OLA School Council News

New Executive for 2019 - 2020

Thank you to everyone who gathered this past Tuesday evening for the OLA School Council Annual General Meeting.

We are grateful to the following ladies who will serve as your 2019 - 2020 OLA SC Executive:

  • Chair: Heather Sprackin
  • Vice-Chair: Sam LeDrew

  • Treasurer: Crystal Breault
  • Secretary: Jade King

Congratulations and blessings to these leaders who are willing to share their gifts to make the OLA Catholic School community stronger.

Calling All Volunteers!

We are looking forward to seeing you at events, concerts and around the school helping. We love seeing new and familiar faces and the students get so excited when they see their own parents at school. What a great way to show them we can make a difference by volunteering.

A volunteer form will be going home with your child next week. If you think you may be able to help with any of the volunteer opportunities (Thank you in advance!) please check the box on the form and/or the committee. Closer to the event we will contact you to confirm your availability. Remember . . . you can check more than one box - we can use all the hands we can get!

We would like to sincerely thank you in advance for your time contribution.

Club Moo Milk Program

Also going home this week will be information about our lunch milk program. Thank you to Mrs. Jacqueline Holder and her team for volunteering their time to ensure our students have healthy choices!

This year milk will be delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As with past milk programs, only students who participate in the prepaid program will receive milk. Students may choose either white or chocolate milk, and the milk will be delivered directly to their classrooms so that it is ready for them when they come in from lunch recess to eat at 12:04 pm.

Following the same format as last year, you may order milk from your child's PowerSchool ParentPortal account. The cost for pre-ordered milk will be $50.00/child or $95.00/two children for delivery from Tuesday, October 1st to Thursday, June 18th .

Thank you for your support in our efforts to encourage and promote good nutrition!

Hot Lunch

Happy September everyone! We are excited to be able to offer Hot Lunch again this year to students in Grade 1 - 4 every second Wednesday! Please watch for a letter coming home soon.

Your OLA SC Hot Lunch Committee

Circle of Security

Heard of this before? Dr. Jody Carrington references the Circle of Security as a big part of her talks to support your most precious gifts and each other. That's why we are excited to dig deeper.

OLA, in collaboration with St. John XXIII Catholic School and the Primary Care Network, invite you to connect with fellow families and further build expertise and knowledge to support your precious children. Please see details below. For more information, please feel free to connect with Eleanor Heesing at 780-995-9352 orvia email at

We are excited about this partnership and the workshop is FREE!

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Caregiver Education Series

Please visit our school website for more information about the upcoming Caregiver Education Series sessions from Alberta Health Services. They are free to attend.

Love. First, Last and Always.

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This Week Around OLA

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OLA Parish News

Thank you to our parish priests, Fr. Kris and Fr. Daniel, for joining us for our Meet the Staff Evening last Thursday. Father Kris shared an opening prayer with us, and we were able to meet our new Our Lady of the Angels Parish Associate Pastor, Fr. Daniel Prakash Dsouza, who just arrived in Fort Saskatchewan on Wednesday.
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Sacrament of Reconciliation

Catholic children in Grade 2 (or older) are invited to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation at Our Lady of the Angels Parish.

Registration is open until October 4, 2019 - no late registrations will be accepted.

Class dates:

  • October 12, 2019 OLA Church meeting room 10:00 am (Parents required to stay)
  • October 19, 2019 OLA Church meeting room 10:00 am (Children only)
  • October 26, 2019 OLA Church 10:00 am Celebration

Registration forms are available online at or at the chruch office. There is a $25 registration fee to cover the costs of materials. Please provide a copy of your child's baptism certificate when registering. Questions can be directed to the OLA Church office at 780-998-3288.

Upcoming Sacramental Programs

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Looking Ahead . . .

Monday, September 16

  • Faith in Action Assembly 12:30 pm - please join us!

Wednesday, September 18

  • First Fire Drill practice
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and a Little Further Ahead . . .


23 - First CEPAC meeting 7pm @ EICS Central Learning Services

24 - First Parish Visit of the school year - a warm welcome to our parish priests

25 - Seed Survivor Program presented by Nutrien

26 - Terry Fox Run 1:00 - 3pm at the track across the street (Classes run at their preferred times)

27 - Poet Leif Gregersen visits OLA for Alberta Culture Days

30 - Orange Shirt Day

30 - Faith in Action Assembly at 12:30pm & Power Options student sign up

October - Read In Month

1 - Circle of Security Workshop begins

2 - Grade 1-4 Power Options

2 - Early Dismissal at 2:19 pm

7 - 11 Read In Week - Start Exploring!

8 - Pre-K/Kinder Safely on Board presentation

9 - Kindergarten Safely on Board presentation

10 - Thanksgiving Mass at OLA Church 1:00pm

11 - Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTD

14 - Thanksgiving Day - NO SCHOOL

16 - Alberta Opera Presents Sleeping Beauty 9:30am at St. John XXIII School

17 - Lifetouch Picture Day

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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