Together in Learning and Faith

October 26, 2018 - Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School

Congratulations OLA & St. John XXIII Faith Leaders!

A special congratulations to our many grade 2 students, who long with students from St. John XXIII celebrated the sacrament of their First Reconciliation! Thank you for being wonderful leaders in faith! We look forward to celebrating you again at our Monday Morning Faith Assembly! Remember to bring a picture to commemorate this beautiful celebration and to kick off OLA's Sacramental Wall of Fame!
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Lifetouch Retake Day this Monday

Lifetouch will be back at the school on Monday morning, October 29th, for student's who did not get their picture taken, or for parent's who have asked for a retake. If you would like to have your child's picture taken on Monday please let your child's teacher or the office know.

We made the news!!! Sister Schools: OLA & STJXXIII

St. John XXIII and Our Lady of the Angels are still part of one family! Please click here to read the article posted on FortSaskOnline about our two schools and our commitment to working together for our children and families.

Monday Morning Faith Assembly brought to us by 3K!

After the terrific job our Grade 4's did leading the assemblies for the months of September and October, we are now under the leadership of our Grade 3's at our Monday morning assemblies. Please join us this week as Ms. Kelava's Grade 3 class leads us in prayer and keeps us up-to-date on what's going on at OLA School!

Evidence of Learning Portfolios & 3-Way Conferences

In preparation for our upcoming Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences, your child's Evidence of Learning Portfolio will be sent home this coming week. Many classrooms this year have moved to a digital format for their students' portfolios - this is a great time to visit their portfolio, too. We encourage you to celebrate your child's growth and success since September!

Your teachers will be hosting Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences on Wednesday, November 7th from 3:30 - 8:00 pm. As in the past, interviews will be booked online, please watch for a letter with all the booking details coming home early this week. We look forward to meeting with you.

Remembrance Day Celebration

We are extremely grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of many Canadians who have made and continue to make incredible sacrifices to ensure our freedom and safety today. In recognition and honor of these individuals, OLA would like to invite all families to join us as we celebrate Remembrance Day on November 9th at 11:00 am. If you or a family member are a current or past Service Member, we would like to invite you to join us and be a part of this assembly. Please contact Mrs. Weller at or by calling 780-998-3716 if this is something you are able to do for our community. In addition, current students are encouraged to wear their uniforms of service (i.e. Cadets, Scouts, Girl Guides etc.)

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Power of Positivity

This past week we continued to learn more about how to increase our happiness levels:

  • We shared that when sunlight reaches our skin, we produce vitamin D which helps produce serotonin. This explains why being outdoors makes people happier.

  • Happiness levels have been shown to increase by doing random acts of kindness. We planned to do something nice for someone and to share our plan with a friend.

  • We enjoyed some jokes and humour - because laughing out loud increases our serotonin.

Alberta Opera at STJXXIII

Our students from Grade 1 - 4 enjoyed at excellent performance of Pinocchio presented by Alberta Opera on October 19th at St. John XXIII School . . . and it was great to be back and see old friends, too!

Kindergarten at Telus World of Science

Friday, October 19th Mrs. Weller's Kindergarten class spent the day exploring their 5 senses at the Telus World of Science. They were joined by the Kinders from St. John XXIII School for their first bus field trip of the year.

Grade 4 Salto Gymnastics

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This Week around OLA

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Catholic Education Sunday

Our faith community here in Fort Saskatchewan will be gathering on Sunday, November 4th at 9:00 am to celebrate the gift of Catholic education in our province. We invite you to join the students and staff from St. John XXIII and OLA Schools as we pray for the gift of Catholic Education in the Province of Alberta. As we plan this gathering, we are in need of Altar Servers and Eucharistic Ministers. If you can help out, please email Mrs. Weller at or call 780-217-2318.

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Timely Topic: Catholic Education

Ever wonder why we have two school systems in Alberta? Why does the Catholic Church seem to have “pride of place” among other Christian and non-Christian faith groups? How is Catholic education different from that in the public school system? Why should we care?

You are invited to join the panel of experts on Monday, November 5 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at OLPH Parish in Sherwood Park to learn more about Catholic education in the Province of Alberta and what you can do to preserve it for future generations.


Archbishop Richard Smith, Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton
Dean Sarnecki, Executive Director, Alberta Catholic Schools Trustees Association (ACSTA)
Anna Laparco, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP, legal counsel to ACSTA
Paul Corrigan, Assistant Superintendent & Division Principal of Faith and Wellness at EICS

Successful First OLA Halloween and Family Dance

Bravo and special thank you to the many volunteers and our OLA School Council for organizing this amazing event!! It was a huge success!

OLA's Halloween Celebrations

All parents are welcome to join us throughout the afternoon of Oct. 31 for our Halloween celebrations.

Classes will begin to organize for their class parties right after lunch recess, and get into their costumes. At 1:20 pm we will come together as an OLA community for a dance party and costume celebration until 1:50 pm. The students will then head outside for their recess as fresh air is important for their healthy growth, and return to celebrate in their classrooms.

Thank you for reminding your children that weapons as part of costumes will remain at home, or attached to costumes so they are not removable. Let's keep our school safe and caring.

Parents may be asked to help bring snacks for the in-class celebrations and we thank you in advance for honouring our AP 168: EICS Nutrition Policy by bringing healthy snacks for the celebrations. Candies brought to school will be respectfully returned home.

School Council Parent Corner

Boston Pizza's Operation Education

OLA School Council has partnered with BP's Operation Education to help raise funds to support the many programs offered by our OLA SC. The OLA SC will receive 5% back on all Boston Pizza receipts collected from September 1st - December 31, 2018. Please ask your friends and family to save their receipts, too - they can be dropped off at the school office anytime.

And, a quick reminder to save your bottles and cans - your OLA SC is planning a bottle drive.

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Fort Schools Playgrounds- We need your help!

Mark your calendars! Monday November 26 7:00 pm @ OLA Catholic School is our next meeting. The grant is already written, and if approved, the Fort Schools could receive over a million dollars for playground spaces!

So, what do we need?

  • Quorum - enough members of our 4 school communities to vote on decisions
  • An executive (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer) to formalize decisions about the funds and decisions
  • Volunteers to help at one large silent auction fundraising event (the one and only fundraising event for the playgrounds)
  • Community partner organizations to volunteer time and equipment when the time comes to install the playgrounds.

Please join us at the meeting on the 26th to find out more and help us make decisions!

Community News

Sneak Attack Atomic Volleyball

There is an exciting new opportunity for young volleyball players coming to Fort Saskatchewan. Please click here to learn more.

Not that we need to think about this now....because the weather is going to remain beautiful...right?

Let's talk about OLA's Inclement Weather Practices to be proactive together. There is abundant research supporting children being outside in the winter, and it's benefits for spiritual, mental, academic and physical development. With the best interest of children's development, safety and health at the heart of our decisions, children will be going outside to -25 degrees Celsius, or -25 windchill. It is imperative that children are dressed properly to enjoy the outdoors as children will be indoors only during extreme weather conditions. Thank you in advance for ensuring your child has necessary outdoor clothing, rated for cold weather, so they can have fun in the winter sun.

We are inviting families to donate any extra gently used winter clothing with OLA for when children forget particular winter clothing pieces. These can then be provided for the children's recess enjoyment.:-) Thank you in advance for your help as this expands the reaches of OLA's caring corner.

Please click the following links below for additional information:

EICS AP 134: Inclement Weather

Environment Canada Windchill Hazards

Upcoming Projects - Parents Invited

As soon as we have parents to help with these projects, we can get them off the ground. If you have the knowledge, skills, time or passion to assist in these projects or want to learn more, please email and let us know what you would like to help with.

We are looking to kick-off the following projects and would love parental involvement:

  • Cleaning up and setting up an outdoor classroom space in OLA's courtyard, including the building of/getting outdoor seating
  • Learning about, completing and applying for grants for technology (ie. interactive boards in classrooms) and for outdoor classroom spaces
  • Installing a "Buddy Bench" near our park, which requires some cement work
  • Furniture building or collecting (pews or benches) for the chapel

We look forward to working with you on these projects to enhance OLA and bring even more beautiful learning experiences to OLA's students.

We are especially excited that we have several elements for our chapel making their way to OLA, and one includes a beautiful wooden altar from St. Patrick's Parish in Edmonton!

Looking Ahead . . .

Monday, October 29

  • Monday Morning Faith Assembly presented by 3K at 9:00 am in the gym
  • Lifetouch Picture Retake Day in the morning
  • Grade 3 Rec Swim 10:00 - 11:30 am at Harbour Pool

Tuesday, October 30

  • Pre-K Halloween Party
  • Father Kris visits OLA School

Wednesday, October 31

  • Halloween Dance Party 1:20 pm in the gym - everyone welcome
  • Classroom Halloween Parties to follow after recess at 2:15pm

Thursday, November 1

  • EICS Student Focus Groups for Mental Health - Delegates
  • Grade 4 Peacekeeping Circles

Sunday, November 4



November 5 Timely Topic: Catholic Education 7:00 pm at OLPH Church Sherwood Park

November 7 Early Dismissal at 2:19 pm, OLA Spirit Theme: Twin & Triplet Day

November 7 3-Way Conferences (3:30pm - 8:00pm) - more information to follow shortly

November 9 Remembrance Day Celebration 11:00 am - please join us

Nomveber 9 Grade 3 Recreational Swimming 1-2:30pm

November 9 Kindergarten classes

November 11 Remembrance Day


November 19 Welcome back after Fall Break

November 22 School Council Meeting 7:00 pm

November 26 Fort Schools Playground Meeting @OLA 7:00 pm


December 13 Advent Celebrations 1:30 & 6:30 pm

For more upcoming dates, please visit our website calendar.

You can view our Kindergarten Calendar here and our Pre-K Calendar here.

"You will build the future, with your hands, with your heart, with your love, with your passions, with your dreams. Together with others."

Pope Francis

Twitter, October 27, 2018

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