Called to More @ OLA

Week of January 24, 2022

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St. Andre Bessette guides us to be "Called to More."

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Sacramental Preparation 2022

Our Lady of the Angels Church is now accepting pre-registration for sacramental preparation for 2022. Please email or drop off completed forms with fee to the parish. Registration is not considered complete without payment of fees. Registration deadline is February 2nd.


Registration forms are on the bottom of the OLA church website Sacraments page (click on Reconciliation and 1st Communion). More information is on the website. If you have any questions, please call Deb Hume at the office 780-998-3288.


Fee of $50.00 for the two sacraments. Please provide a copy of the baptism certificate if not baptized in one of our parishes.

E-mail forms to: olangels.ftsask@caedm.ca (The church accepts e-transfer of fees to the same email address.)


DATES


1st Reconciliation

(Optional – This is for parents to ask questions about the program; you may join one session or all the sessions, it is here for you to assist with teaching the program.)

Parent ZOOM meeting #1: February 3 @6:30pm or February 5 @11:00am

Parent ZOOM meeting #2: February 17 @6:30pm or February 19 @11:00am

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(Choice – Choose one Mass from either date offered)

Teaching mass: February 10 @6:30pm or February 12 @11:00am

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(All attend)

Reconciliation retreat and celebration: March 5, 2022 10:00-12:30pm

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1st Communion

(Optional - This is for parents to ask questions about the program; you may join one session or all the sessions, it is here for you to assist with teaching the program.)

Parent ZOOM meeting #1: March 10 @6:30pm or March 12 @11:00am

Parent ZOOM meeting #2: March 24 @6:30pm or March 26 @11:00am

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(Choice - Choose one Mass from either date offered)

Kid’s adoration: March 17, 2022 @6:30pm or March 19 @11:00am

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(All attend)

1st Communion Retreat: April 16, 2022 11:00am-12 noon

1st Communion Celebration: April 24, 2022 2:00pm

Wings of Hope

OLA is excited to share that our Fort Saskatchewan EICS schools have received a mental health grant in partnership with the City of Fort Saskatchewan FCSS. Our “Wings of Hope” project will be a message of hope from our school communities to those in our wider Fort Saskatchewan community to promote mental wellness.


Our hope at OLA is to include as many people as possible in creating and delivering these messages of hope. We have begun our project with a blessing and Indigenous teaching from Elder Doreen Wabasca and Carol Cardinal of the significance of the eagle as a symbol of love and how we can sprinkle our love to others to build hope for a better tomorrow.


Our next step will have all of our classes spend time with Mrs. Heesing who will extend this teaching through story, giving children the opportunity to recognize what mental wellness looks like and what they can do to share love and hope to others. The children will be sharing their messages of love and hope by printing them on seed paper that is in the shape of eagle feathers.


We would also like to invite parents to be part of the project by having a parent representative from each grade or classroom cut out the feathers ahead of time. Paper and templates are ready to go any time so please contact Eleanor (eleanor.heesing@eics.ab.ca) if you are interested in being a part of this project.


Thank you so much for your support for this project.


Alberta Education Grant

Each year, we use the EICS Literacy and Numeracy Frameworks to determine areas which require focused support and set learning goals. However, the disruption to in-class learning during the Covid-19 pandemic may have resulted in some of our students not attaining the skills they would have in a regular year. As a result, targeted literacy and math assessments designed and supported by the division will be used with all students in Grades 1-3 as an extension to the classroom processes already in place to identify students who require additional intervention to develop their skills and close gaps.


Alberta Education has provided funding to support schools with staffing and resources for these supplementary interventions. Students in Grades 2-3 completed specialized assessments in September and students in Grade 1 are currently being assessed . Interventions in both groupings will begin shortly after the assessments are complete. Students identified as requiring additional support will receive 30 hours of supplementary programming in literacy and between 20-30 hours of support in math in small group formats from specialized intervention teachers. During and after the intervention period, student progress will be monitored and communicated with classroom teachers and parents. A final communication of gains will also be provided to Alberta Education.


More information will be shared through your child’s teacher.


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Kindergarten registration for the 2022-2023 school year will be available online on Monday, February 1st, 2022. If you or someone you know is interested in registering their child in kindergarten at OLA for next year, you can find more information at the following link. https://www.eics.ab.ca/programs/kindergarten/kindergarten or calling the school at 780-998-3716.

More information about our kindergarten program at OLA will also be shared at our upcoming virtual kindergarten program information evening on February 15th at 6:30 p.m.

Pink Shirt day @ OLA

Pink Shirt Day @ OLA is February 23rd!


If you would like to place an order, please click here to order through Enhance it. Orders must be placed by February 11th and are to be picked up directly from Enhance It.

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This Week @ OLA

Monday, January 24

  • Power Options Week 2

Tuesday, January 25

  • Virtual School Council Meeting 7 p.m. - Watch your email for the Google Meet Link.

Wednesday, January 26

  • Virtual Morning Announcements - Learning a little bit more about St. Andre Bessette and his example of answering the "Call to More"
  • Priest Visits

Thursday, January 27

  • Today and every day, we answer the "Call to More!"

Friday, January 28

  • Today and every day, we answer the "Call to More!"

Outside Play! Polar Bear Recess!

Thank you for continuing to help your children enjoy winter fun by making sure they have the right gear to play outside!


Outdoor play and fresh air are so important for a child's development, and it is especially important during the winter months. As such, children will be outside every day for recesses until the temperature or Windchill reaches -25C as outlined in our Inclement Weather policy linked here. Below are a few tips to help kids have loads of fun in the snow!


Back By Popular Demand: Polar Bear Recess!

On days when children have indoor recess each recess in the morning and at lunch, the afternoon recess will become a Polar Bear Recess! What's a Polar Bear Recess? All those children who are well dressed and want to go outside (there are usually a big bunch of them!) we will head out outside with one of our Polar Bear Supervisors and together they will play in the snow for a short recess. All those who wish to stay indoors during Polar Bear recess will have that choice to continue playing indoors.

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Next School Council Meeting Date: tuesday, january 25 at 7:00pm

To connect to your OLA School Council, please email schoolcouncil.ola@gmail.com


All parents are invited to attend the School Council meetings and as an OLA parent, you are already a member of the committee! Our next School Council meeting will be held via a google meet. Watch your email on January 25th for the google meet link. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Hot Lunch Coordinator Needed

OLA School Council is looking for a volunteer for the position of Hot Lunch Coordinator to be filled immediately.

This involves working with vendors to pick menu, coordinate delivery and placing orders.

It also involves managing volunteers for lunch delivery to children on hot lunch days.

If this interests you please email Schoolcouncil.ola@gmail.com

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Looking Ahead...

January 31

  • PD Day - No School

February 1 - 4

  • Djembes @ OLA

February 2

  • Early Dismissal - 2:19pm
  • Spirit Day Dress up Theme: Career Day!

February 10 and 11

  • Teachers' Convention - no school for students
  • February 15

    • Virtual Kindergarten Open House - 6:30 p.m.

    4c classroom of the month

    2k disney day

    3V called to more

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    3v - we are geologists

    support for parents and caregivers

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