Online Learning Pathway Newsletter

November 22 - December 23, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Online Learning Pathway families,

Well, winter is finally here and it came in with a fury! Last week I was hiking in old growth rain forests on Vancouver Island and this weekend we dusted off our snow shoes and headed out for our first winter run. My dog Ripple was in his glory! I hope you're all taking time to enjoy the snow, whether it's outside playing in it or inside with a great book or movie and a cup of hot chocolate.

We had a great BINGO game on Friday with a lot of students joining us. Winners will be able to take an extra 15 minute break sometime this week. We will continue to have fun activities a few times per month. On deck is a Christmas Kahoot in December and maybe another BINGO game.

December is a season of anticipation as we wait for the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We prepare our homes with decorations, shop for gifts for family and friends, we bake and cook and get ready for the big event. Our staff and students will celebrate Advent on Dec. 9 at 11:00 with the St. Gabriel students and our morning prayers from now until Christmas holidays will focus on Advent and the season preceding Christmas.

I wish you all a joyous Advent season and that you are able to take time to enjoy the season.

Many Blessings to you all,

Renee Trottier,


Calendar Events

November 24 - Celebrate your Unique Talent Day

November 26 - GSACRD PD Day - No School. Evergreen - asynchronous lessons.

November 28 - Advent Begins

December 6 - Term 2 Begins. Options will change.

December 9 - Advent liturgy at 11:00 with Father Ignacy presiding

December 17 - Last day of school for GSACRD students

December 23 - Last day of school for Evergreen students

Report Cards

Our Online Learning Pathway staff have updated marks in PowerSchool. Please login and check out your child's marks. We will only have a formal report card in June, which will be emailed to you. Marks in junior high are cumulative and teachers are regularly updating their marks. Did you know you can set PowerSchool to email you a summary once per week? It's a great feature so you don't forget to keep up with their marks.

Evergreen students, your option marks are being recorded as check marks if you completed the activity. We are working with the Evergreen technicians to change the grade book to match the GSACRD grade book.

If you are unable to see your child's marks in PowerSchool, please email me.

Talent Show

November 24 is Celebrate your Unique Talent Day. Please send Mrs. Trottier a short 15-30 second video clip of you performing your unique talent. You can also send a picture, or a collage of pictures, if you'd prefer. I will create a Talent Show video to share with our school community. The video will be posted on our website and in our newsletter, but not on social media. Make sure you have your parents permission before sending the clip to me.

Option Change for Term 2

Term 2 begins on December 6. Students will change their options at this time.

Grade 7 - FSL (French as a second language)

Grade 8 - Art

Grade 9 - Coding

Please note - Grade 8 students - make sure you get your art supplies before December 6. Mrs. Doehring will send out the supply list.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Thank you to all the families who booked interviews with our staff. We know that students are more successful when their parents are involved and active in their education. Our next formal interviews are in March but as always, if you would like to meet with anyone from the OLP team, please let us know.

GSACRD and Evergreen PD/Staff Meeting Days

After fall break we tried to have Evergreen students join us on Nov. 15 when GSACRD had school and Evergreen had a day off. There was a lot of confusion and miscommunication.

To try to mitigate that, Evergreen parents will have to email Mrs. Trottier directly if you want your child to attend school on days when GSACRD has school and Evergreen does not. Please email me at

Note for EVERGREEN parents ONLY

2022-2023 School Calendar Update for Evergreen families:

Parkland School Division is beginning the calendar planning process for the 2022-2023 school year by sending out a survey to stakeholders. Evergreen families and staff are considered stakeholders as we share transportation with Parkland Schools and our school calendars are closely aligned.

The Division’s school-year calendars are developed and shared in a manner that provides for effective long-range planning in support of student learning. Given the importance of a balanced school calendar, stakeholder feedback is essential in calendar planning and implementation. The school-year calendar is generally set no later than March 1st of the previous year.

Please take a few minutes to complete the 2022-2023 School Calendar Survey to provide feedback regarding placement of scheduled breaks and non-instructional PD days. The survey will be open until Dec. 3, 2021.


We ARISE to serve our community

Stay tuned for our Christmas Service project coming in a separate email.

Advent Liturgy

Please join us on December 9 at 11:00 for our Advent liturgy. OLP students will be joining our St. Gabriel high school students for this celebration. Father Ignacy from St. Albert Parish will be presiding over the liturgy.

Catholic Corner

ARISE! Get Up, Get Going and Go with God!

"Arise! I have appointed you as a witness

of what you have seen!"(Acts 26:16)

Our GSACRD Faith theme is in its second year of, "Arise! Get Up, Get Going and Go with God!"

This year, we are focusing on the "Get Going!" part of our theme. How do students, staff and parents know, model and witness Jesus Christ?

December - Advent

Advent begins on November 28.

In the Catholic Church, Advent is a period of preparation extending over the four Sundays before Christmas. The word Advent comes from the latin advenio, "to come to, " and refers to the coming of Christ. The term, "the coming" includes three references: first of all, to our celebration of Christ's birth at Christmas; second, to the coming of Christ in our lives through grace and the Sacrament of Holy communion, and finally, to his second coming at the end of time. Our preparations, therefore, should have all three comings in mind. We need to prepare our souls to receive Christ.

The Advent Wreath is perhaps the best known of all Advent symbols. It consists of 4 candles (three purple and one pink) arranged in a circle with evergreen boughs (and often a fifth, white candle in the centre), the Advent wreath corresponds to the four Sundays of Advent. The purple candles represent the penitential nature of the season, while the pink candle calls to mind the respite of Gaudete Sunday. the white candle, when used, represents Christmas.

We can better enjoy Christmas - all 12 days of it - if we revive Advent as a period of preparation. Abstaining from meat on Fridays, incorporating the custom of the Advent wreath, the Christmas novena or the Jesse tree into our daily ritual, will remind us of the coming of Christ.

It's easy to get caught up in the shopping, baking, and decorating as we prepare for Christmas, but it's important to take time to reflect and to be mindful during Advent. If you feel stressed or anxious that's a sign that you need to stop and reflect on the reason for the season.

If you would like to learn more about Advent, check out these short videos.


The True Meaning of Advent
Advent in 2 Minutes (NEW!)
What Is Advent?

Mental Health and Wellness

Don't forget to check out our "Mental Health and Wellness" section on our website for wellness ideas, tips, resources and sessions that are being offered. Click on "community supports" for information about services in St. Albert and area to support you or your family.

November is Men's Health Month. While this message applies to everyone, men and boys need to know that it is okay to have and need any of these things (see image). You do not need to suffer in silence. You do not need to appear strong. You do not have to do it alone. If you need someone to talk to, the Kids Help Phone or AHS Mental Heath Helpline (both available 24/7) can guide you to the right resources you may need.

Kids Help Phone - 1-800-668-6868

AHS Mental Health Helpline - 1-877-303-2642

Follow GSACRD Voice on Instagram for more mental health information and resources.

Counselling Services

OLP students have access to counselling services through their primary registered school. School counsellors are able to provide social and emotional support to students both online or at school. Counselling referrals can be made by parents or teachers. Support is provided for individual or family concerns and referrals to outside agencies can be accessed through school counsellors.


If your child is going to be absent from school:

Please note - your child will be entered with an unexcused absence if we have not been informed that they will be absent.

Digital Citizenship

Although students may be learning at home, this is a gentle reminder that everyone must treat our digital spaces (Google Classroom/Google Meets) as a physical classroom. The same expectations of students are required: students must be respectful, attentive and engaged.

Did you change your contact information?

Remember to call your child's base school AND our Online Learning Pathway teachers if you changed your email address, phone number or physical address. If you're not getting communication from us, it's because we don't have your correct contact info.

Online Learning Pathway School

The Online Learning Pathway School is a partnership with Evergreen Catholic School Division and Greater St. Albert School Division. It is attended by students from Legal, Morinville, St. Albert, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Westlock, and Hinton. Students are learning from home in an online environment with a teacher directing lessons via Google Meet. Contact us if you have questions or comments.