This Week at École OLPH School

December 2 to 6

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.

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Principal Message

Dear Parents,

Advent comes from the Latin word meaning "coming." Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation, much like Lent. Prayer, penance and fasting are appropriate during this season.

Advent is not as strict as Lent, and there are no rules for fasting, but it is meant to be a period of self-preparation. The purple color associated with Advent is also the color of penance. The faithful should fast during the first two weeks in particular and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The color of the Third Sunday of Advent is rose. This color symbolizes joy and represents the happiness we will experience when Jesus comes again. The Third Sunday is a day of anticipatory celebration. It is formerly called "Gaudete" Sunday; gaudete means "rejoice" in Latin.

Finally, Sundays during Advent, just as during Lent, should not be given to fasting, but instead to celebration because we celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord every Sunday. It is important to remember, however, there are no particular rules for how the laity should observe Advent.

God Bless,

M. Morin


École OLPH

A Reading From The Gospel for Sunday, December 1, 2019

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.

For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.

But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.

Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Weekly Events at École OLPH

Monday, December 2
  • Junior High Boys B ~ Basketball Practice ~ 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
  • Junior High Girls A ~ Basketball Practice ~ 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 3

  • Junior High Girls B ~ Basketball Practice ~ 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

Wednesday, December 4

  • Early Dismissal ~ 2:10 p.m.
  • Hot Lunch ~ Little Ceasers
  • Junior High Girls B ~ Basketball Practice ~ 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
  • Interview History & Saints Come Marching In Show 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ~ Details to follow
  • Junior High Boys A ~ Basketball Practice ~ 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 5
  • Regular Day

Friday, December 6

  • Week 1 ~ Advent Celebration ~ 10:50 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
  • Junior High Girls A ~ Basketball Practice ~ 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Important Dates to Remember!!!

December 9, 2019

  • Hot Lunch ~ Hot Dog Lunch

December 11, 2019

  • Hot Lunch ~ Wild Wing
  • Face To Face Ministry ~ More details to follow
  • Linking Generations ~ Summerwood ~ 11:50 a.m. to 1:32 p.m.
  • Linking Generations ~ Clover Bar ~ 12:25 p.m. to 1:32 p.m.

December 12, 2019

  • Peer Partners

December 16, 2019

  • Robotiques Tournament ~ All Day ~ École OLPH Gym

December 17, 2019

  • Grade 5/6 ~ Non-SFL ~ Swimming at Emerald Hills ~ 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

December 18, 2019

  • Hot Lunch ~ A&W
  • École OLPH School Mass ~ OLPH Church ~ 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a..m.
  • Linking Generations ~ Summerwood ~ 11:50 a.m. to 1:32 p.m.
  • Linking Generations ~ Clover Bar ~ 12:25 p.m. to 1:32 p.m.

December 23 to January 5, 2019

  • Christmas Break ~ No School

January 6, 2019

  • First Day Back After Christmas Break

Advent Prayers

Dear Parents,

Please join us as we count down to Christmas by sharing Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.

God Bless

December 1, 2018 (First Day of Advent)

  • Then I will rejoice in the Lord, exult in God's salvation. ~ Psalms 25:9

December 2, 2018

  • Find joy in your journey, today and every day.

December 3, 2018

  • For it is in giving that we receive. ~ St. Francis

December 4, 2018

  • A joyful heart is the health of the body. ~ Proverbs 17:22

December 5, 2018

  • Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God. ~ Saint Ignatius of Loyola

December 6, 2018

  • We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers. ~ Thessalonians 1:2

December 7, 2018

  • Live at peace with all. ~ Romans 12:18
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Caught Doing Good!!!

Dear Parents,

Each week, all students will be given a challenge of getting "Caught Doing Good".

When a student is "Caught Doing Good," they will be given a coupon upon which they will write their name and enter it into a draw. Twice a month, a draw will be made out of all the coupons received in the office for a wonderful prize.

Congratulations to the following student

Who Was Caught Doing Good!!!

Kaydence Clifford ~ 5J

Merci beaucoup / Thank you very much to all the students who worked hard to receive coupons for doing the right things!

École OLPH School Fees

Dear Parents,

Please be advised that all school fees have been posted on your parent portal. Your fees are now due.

You are able to make payments on-line or by cheque at the office. We would, however, like to encourage you to pay your school fees on-line. All cheques must be made payable to EICS. In addition, you may divide your payments either on-line or by postdated cheques.

If you require any assistance with these fees, the Division offers a "Fee Waiver Program".

God Bless

Linking Generations ~ Cloverbar

Dear Parents,

Junior High students from École OLPH spent a lovely lunch hour visiting with their partnered seniors from Heartland Housing – CloverBar Lodge at Greenland Garden Centre. They walked amongst the beautifully decorated trees, while doing a scavenger hunt. To witness and hear the stories that were shared by our seniors, of the differences of Christmas’s past, was so rewarding.

While a lot of ancient cultures used evergreens around Christmas time, historical records suggest that the Christmas tree tradition was started in the 16th century by Germans who decorated fir trees inside their homes. … So, some collected evergreen branches or trees and brought them to their homes, in secret. The first decorated trees were adorned with apples, white candy canes and pastries in the shapes of stars, hearts and flowers. Glass baubles were first made in Lauscha, Germany, and also garlands of glass beads and tin figures that could be hung on trees.

God Bless

Linking Generations ~ Summerwood

Dear Parents,

For our Community Visit this year, we chose to support our Strathcona Foods Bank.

Students were asked to bring in items to donate to our local Food Bank just in time for the holidays!

We displayed these items and each team then had to guess the cost of the food item in 1940, 1980, 1980 , 2000 and today and record it on their provided Price is Right game sheet. The team to get the most correct answers won a prize!

The Strathcona Food Bank is a charitable organization providing food to families in need in Sherwood Park and rural Strathcona County. It opened in 1983 and is totally operated by volunteers. (They have approximately 150 volunteers.). The Strathcona Food Bank supports a population of 98,381 (2018 census) residents. Compare last year’s donations to the one 5 years ago, it has more than doubled.

When all of our programs have completed these visits, all of our food items will be dropped off in time for Food Bank volunteers to add these to Christmas hampers.

Pictures below are students from Ecole Our Lady Perpetual Help (OLPH) School and their linked seniors from Summerwood Seniors Residence.

École OLPH ~ Boys & Girls Basketball Teams


to the following students for

successfully making the

École OLPH 2019/2020 Basketball Teams!

Boys A Basketball Team

Luc B., Marc S., Jack M., Charlie O.,

Zack H., Eamon J., Joshua T., Simon L.,

Xavier M., Reid R., Tate H., and Joshua P.

Boys B Basketball Team

Tyler B., Zakk G., Jesse T., Nathan Y.,

Cole B., Josh R., Ty S., Dominic L.,

Kobe C., Dane P., David M., Ryden S.

Girls A Basketball Team

Jordan B., Rylee B., Delaney B., Kate B.,

Kaia F., Makena I., Jada K., Julia M.,

Raya P., Autumn R., Taya V., Aeraby Zilka

Girls B Basketball Team

Kylie A., Sydney P., Keira W.B., Natalia McC.,

Oriana C., Ava B., Bea A., Kaitlyn McF.,

Emma P., Leanne A.B., Raeah D., Hannah B.

Go Tigers Go!!!

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Voyage Quebec - Cash for Christmas Raffle

Dear Parents,

This is a fundraiser in support of this year’s Grade 8 Voyage Québec Trip.

If you would like to purchase tickets ($2.50 each):

  • Stop by our table at Parent-Teacher Conferences on November 19 & 21

  • Ask a friendly Grade 8 family if they have tickets for sale

The draw will take place on December 17, 2019.

Good luck!

Co-Parenting Workshop

Dear Parents,

Please see attached poster for learning more about co-parenting and how to maintain a healthy relationship with your children while restructuring your family.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to touch base with me at

Thank you!


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Digital Consent - 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!!!

Yearly Digital Consent

Dear Parents,

``A personally owned device must meet the educational needs of the school and district. The ability for a student to use any form of technology within school is a privilege. If the student doesn’t follow the guidelines the student may lose the privilege of using the device and network access may be suspended.``

" The student must comply with a staff request to shutdown the device or put the screen to sleep"

" Violation of any EICS School Board policies, Administrative Procedures, Responsible Use Agreement, this user agreement or school rules involving a student’s personally owned device may result in the loss of use of the device in school and/or disciplinary action"

During instructional time, students have the privilege to use their devices, but if they are playing games, etc, they are guilty of not following the contract they have signed.

As parents, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mme Moniz at or 780-467-5631.

God Bless

Local Fundraiser - A Former EICS Student!!

Dear OLPH families,

I understand that fundraisers are a plenty but I wanted to share a special one that is unique to our community of EICS.

A former EICS student, George Miok, was a soldier who gave his life for our freedoms and privileges of being a Canadian.

Please take the time on Remembrance Day to think about the sacrifices that many brave women and men have made so that we may all enjoy the freedoms that we have.

Every dollar raised from this Jacek Sgt. George Miok Chocolate collection will be reinvested in the children in the community to ensure that the sacrifice of a great man, who gave his life for the belief of those freedoms, shall never be forgotten.

Thank you for your support for this special cause.

Lest we forget.

Mme Simone Moniz

Family Wellness Worker

École OLPH


School Council Corner

Dear Parents,

Dear Parents,

Thank you for all of your support with our fall fundraisers. Purdy's orders will be available to pick up at the school at the end of the day in the foyer on December 4th.

Our School Apparel store will close on Monday at 10:00 am and we will be unable to accept any late orders.

To order, please go to: https://olph2019.itemorder. com/sale?read_message=true

Fundscrip (invite code: PETQYC)

Great opportunity to get some Christmas Shopping done and support your school!

Orders Due by December 4, 2019

November/December Promos include:

  • Esso

  • La Vie en Rose - Also valid at Bikini Village

  • Rona

  • Sally Beauty

  • Shell

  • SmoothiesGo

  • Stokes - Also valid at Think Kitchen

  • The Ultimate Dining Card - Valid at East Side Mario’s, Elephant & Castle, Harvey’s, Kelsey’s Restaurant, Milestones Restaurant, Montana’s Restaurant, New York Fries, Original Joe’s, Prime Pubs, State & Main, Swiss Chalet Restaurant, The Biermarkt & The Pickle Barrel

  • Winners - Also valid at Marshalls & Home Sense

Choose from over 200 other retailers as well. Order forms will be coming home shortly.

Our next School Council meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 27th at 7:00 p.m. This will be our last school council meeting of 2019. All parents are welcome!

A big thank you in advance to Natalie Lavigne and all of the volunteers helping to run our St. Catherine's Day Taffy on Monday! It is a fun and sweet tradition that we are excited to share.

Have a great week!

OLPH School Council

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École OLPH - Nut Aware School

Dear Parents,

École OLPH is a Nut Aware School.

With the increase of students with serious allergies in our school, we are attempting to create a “Nut-Aware” environment.

We request that you refrain from sending peanut-butter sandwiches, cookies & treats that contain nuts and any nut-based snacks.

Every child’s health & safety are important to us and we appreciate your active concern and response to this request.

God Bless.

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École OLPH Canteen

Dear Parents

The canteen will open every Thursday at lunch.

Each item on the cart will sell for a dollar. Please bring small change only.

On hot lunch days there are times when vendors send extra food. If this is the case your child would be more than welcome to purchase any extra items.

Thank you,
Pam and Shaness


Dear Parents,

The EICS App has many wonderful features includes many wonderful features including immediate access to your PowerSchool account, as well as, the SchoolMessager App.

Please take a moment to download the EICS App.

God Bless

From the Library

Dear Parents,

Here at École OLPH we have a wonderful program from our school Library that every student can use and it`s FREE!!!

Click on the following link, choose our school (École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School), and download something to read or listen to. All students will be able to download three books or audio books at one time.

The student login name and password are exactly the same as what each student uses to sign in to their chrome books at school.

If you need any help, please see Mme Heather in the École OLPH library on Mondays or Wednesdays at lunch recess.

God Bless

School Fees & Fee Waiver Program

Dear Parents,

Please be advised that school fees have been posted on your child’s PowerSchool account.

Once fees are posted, you will be able to make payments on-line or by cheque at the school office. All cheques must be made payable to EICS. We would, however, like to encourage you to pay your school fees on-line.

In addition, you may divide your payments either on-line or by postdated cheques.

If you require any assistance with these fees, the Division offers a "Fee Waiver Program". More information can be found at


God Bless

End of Day Procedures

Dear Parents,

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.

God Bless

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.

OLPH Parish Bulletin - Week of December 1, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please click on the link below for the OLPH Parish Bulletin for Sunday, December 1, 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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