Choose Joy!

Week of November 2, 2020

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Three-Way Learning Conferences - This Week

On Tuesday, November 3rd from 4:00 – 7:00 pm and Thursday, November 5th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm we will be hosting Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences to celebrate your child’s growth and learning since September.

These Three-Way Conferences are an integral part of your child’s progress. Parent engagement and participation in a child’s education has powerfully positive impacts on successful learning and growing. We look forward to you embracing the opportunity to celebrate your child’s learning progress so far this year.

All conferences will be facilitated virtually, through Google Meets. The Google Meet link will be emailed to you this week. Thank you for checking your junk/spam folders.

School Interview Bookings site is open until Monday November 2nd at 3:00pm.

How to Book Your Conference

Conferences can be booked online at Please follow these simple instructions to book a time convenient for your family.

  1. Go to

  2. Select the “MAKE A BOOKING” button on the top right-hand corner of the page

  3. Enter the OLA event code: gcb2p and press “GO”

  4. Enter your details

  5. Select the teachers you wish to see

  6. Select the appointment times that suit your family best

  7. Click “FINISH”

Your conference timetable will be emailed to you automatically. (If you do not receive your email immediately please check your junk mail folder.) You can return to at any time to change your conference times until the bookings close at 3:00 pm on November 2nd; please remember to use the same name and email address you used for your original booking. Parents wishing to change their conference times after the closing date are asked to contact Mrs. Desaulniers in the office at 780-998-3716 before 3:45pm of the day of your conference.

Please note the following for Mme Gravelle, Music & Drama, 1MW and Kindergarten:

  • Mme Gravelle is available Tuesday and Thursday from 4:45pm - 7:00 pm.

  • Additional Kindergarten times have been added Thursday, November 5th from 8:45 am - 3:15 pm.

  • Both Mrs. Weller and Mrs. Martinez will conference with you and your child together.

  • Mrs. Lukie (Music & Drama) will be available for interview times Thursday evening.

If you require any assistance please contact Mrs. Desaulneirs and she will be happy to assist you in booking your conferences.

We are excited to meet with you to celebrate your child’s learning!

Yours in Christ,

The OLA Learning Team

NEW - AHS Daily Checklist (under 18)

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This week @ OLA

School Begins at 8:45am - Thank you for your help to ensure children arrive between 8:33am and 8:45am so they ease into their day. This helps to set them up for successful learning and growing.

November 2-6, 2020

  • Power Option Selections this week

Monday, November 2

  • Choosing Joy today!

  • Interview Booking site closes at 3:00 p.m.

  • OLA Student Support Team Meeting

Tuesday, November 3

  • Three Way Conferences via Google Meet - 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • A great day to learn and grow together!

Wednesday, November 4

  • Early Dismissal - 2:19 p.m.
  • School Spirit Day - Jersey Day
  • More spectacular learning and growing!
  • Virtual Video Morning Announcements today - and every Wednesday!

Thursday, November 5

  • Three Way Conferences via Google Meet - 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • A great day to be in community together!

Friday, November 6

  • Virtual Remembrance Day Service - Google meet - 11:00am (Link will be sent out Friday morning by email - Thank you for logging in by 10:55am
  • Friyay! Where will you Choose Joy today?

Sunday, November 8

  • JPII Bottle Drive Playground Fundraiser - 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Catholic Education Sunday - Celebrating our right to Catholic Education


To see what is up and coming even further ahead, please visit our website calendar.

You can view our Kindergarten Calendar here.

School Spirit Day

Jersey Day

Join us Wednesday, November 4th for Spirit Day at OLA!

Wear your favorite jersey to school!

OLA School Spirit Days are also Early Dismissal days

and children will finish their school day at 2:19pm.

Remembrance Day

OLA will be having a Virtual Remembrance Day Service via Google Meet November 6th at 11:00am (please access the google meet that will be emailed to you, by 10:55am.

Poppies have been dropped off and will be handed out to the students on Friday. Please consider sending in a donations throughout the week. The donation bin is located in the office.

Aurora is spreading Joy!

It all started when she approached her mom and said she wanted to raise money for the homeless. Aurora has been making paintings and is selling them to raise money to support Catholic Social Services Valeda House!

Aurora was featured on the Fort Sask News, Fort, earlier this week. As well as CTV News, CTVNews Video, Also here is the Facebook page.

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Tree Climbing Fun

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School Fees

School fees have now been added to your PowerSchool ParentPortal and are now due. Payment can be made by debit or credit card by visiting your PowerSchool account.

Field trip: to date all field trips involving bussing are cancelled. Virtual field trips and walking trips may still occur. Once these have been finalized we will share the field trip fee for payment

If the paying of fees is a financial difficulty you may be eligible for the EICS Fee Waiver Program. A fee waiver form can be found here or on the EICS website. The deadline for applications is December 13, 2020.

All unpaid fees by March 1, 2021 may be sent to a collections agency. Please reach out if you have difficulty paying your child's school fees before December 1, 2020.

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Quotes of the Week

Kinder student "It's my birthday tomorrow, Mme!"

Mme Gravelle, "Fantastic? How fun! Are you turning 19 years old?"

With a little eye roll and a look on their face of "Come on Mme...really....!! the student responds "No Mme, I'm turning 5. 5 comes after 4!"

Mrs. Lukie: What did you do this weekend?

Student: I watched tv and ate lots of candy.

Mrs. Lukie: Wow! That sounds like fun!

Student: I ate sooo much candy!

Mrs. Lukie: Yummy!

Student: LOTS and LOTS of candy!

Mrs. Lukie: Oh my!

Student: If there was candy on the tv, I would eat the tv, too!

Child to Mrs. Gingras...“Can we take a selfie together so we will never forget each other?”
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First Communion and Reconciliation

If you would like your child to receive their First Communion this year and they have not yet celebrated their First Reconciliation, please contact the OLA Parish office at 780-998-3288 to make an appointment to meet with Father Kris.

First Eucharist Registration Form & First Eucharist Brochure

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Want to Help?

Looking to purge a little? Doing a little fall cleaning?

OLA is in search of shelving units like the one on the right for our children to put boots on. If you happen to have one that is sturdy (it doesn't have to be pretty) that casters can be put on - please connect with Mme Gravelle at

We continue to welcome donations such as:

  • Scrabble letter squares
  • Magnetic letters
  • Chalk board erasers
  • Books for our Grade 4 Classroom Library

3MK working on our Tunisia Presentation

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Building Our Bank of Decodable Books

What are Decodable Books?

Decodable books are books that follow the rules. They can be sounded out by anyone who has been taught the sounds and letters that are used in that book. Systematic, sequential decodable books are a series of books that add a few more sound-letter correspondences in each subsequent book, or group of books, of that series.

"Bob" books, Dog on a Log books

If you've got them and aren't using them....

We would love to use them!

The goal of using decodable books: To help new readers and children with dyslexia master printed words and become fluent readers. They are a tool for learning to read and will eventually become a fond memory.

OLA is aiming to build our back of decodable books to support our early and struggling readers and we can use your help!

We welcome donations to the school (a tax receipt can be provided for donations over $25). We invite parents who are connected to organizations or grants that may be able to help us build our bank to support our developing readers.

Please connect with Mme Gravelle or Mrs. Weller if you wish to donate, or would like to partner to bring this to fruition at OLA. Thank you ion advance for your continued support!!

What are decodable books? Click here for a few examples.

The Power of Parents Reading to Children

Of course, kids need to be immersed in books from the time they are infants. They need parents who read language-rich books with interesting characters that take them on amazing adventures. Children need library story time and books filled with pictures where they can imagine the stories even before they can read the words.

Strengthening children's literacy skills continues to be one of our top priorities at OLA, and we continue to focus on research based learning strategies to guide our practices.

3MK Science Building unit

Evaluating the suitability of different materials and designs for their use in a building.

OLA School Council News

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To connect with your OLA School Council, please email

See you at our next meeting, on Tuesday, November17th @ 7:00pm.

Google Meet link will be shared with you that day.

Poinsettia Fundraiser Coming Soon!

Stay tuned OLA families! OLA School Council will be kicking off their Poinsettia orders very soon. Money raised from this fundraiser help to support many of the awesome programs that enhance your child's learning and growing experiences at OLA! Thank you in advance for your generous participation!

3MK Daily 5 Word Work

Practicing our spelling skills

Looking Ahead...

November 9 - 13, 2020

  • Fall Break - School Closed

November 16

  • Welcome Back!
  • Welcome Back to Online Learners and Kinder students returning to OLA
  • Cohort Virtual Assemblies

November 17, 2020

  • School Council Virtual Meeting 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

November 23, 2020

  • Picture retake day and M/W Kindergarten class Photos

December 2, 2020

  • Early Dismissal - 2:19 p.m.
  • School Spirit - Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

We are So Close!

The playground society is $10,000-$15,000 from our final goal to get a playground at JP2 for current and upcoming students and we need your help!!

Please keep all your recyclables for our bottle drive fundraiser.

November 8th 11-3 pm

If you can volunteer to pick up bottles or hand out flyers ahead of the day please connect with Sam Ledrew at .

WHEN: SUNDAY, November 8th 11:00-3

WHERE: JP2 bus loop (9975-93 ave)

WHO: Everyone! Please share with your friends and family on social media.

WHAT DO I DO WHEN I ARRIVE?: Because of Covid-19 we will be asking that drivers pull up to the side of the trailer and stay in the vehicle we will take the bottles out of your truck or trunk. Once we are done we will step away and wave :) If you would rather take it out of your vehicle please exit your vehicle and let us know and we will remain 6 feet away for your protection.


Besides sharing your bottles with us, we are looking for drivers to do collections starting at 10am. People will place their bottles at the edge of their driveways for a fast and easy pick up. Once you have a full load we would unload from the truck or van at the school.


If you can't make it during that time but have bottles you can do one of two things:

  1. Anytime Sunday before 3 drop off your bottles on the sidewalk of the bus loop.
  2. Anytime before Sunday email or text 780-722-4442 with your address and let us know you have bottles you need picked up!


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Masks @ OLA

To keep our OLA community safe and well, masks continue to be mandatory for all staff and grade 4 students and they are they are highly encouraged to be worn throughout the day for children in Kindergarten to grade 3.

To assist in your child's learning, teachers have the opportunity to work in small groups with your child. During these sacred times, its important that masks be worn to mitigate transmission risks. Thank you for working with your child to ensure they bring their masks to school and wear them during the day, especially during music class and during small group learning time.

Water Bottles

Drinking water regularly helps children's brains and bodies work at their best. Our water fountains are closed, and our water bottle filling stations remain open. Thank you for helping your child come to school with a pre-filled re-usable water bottle. Should they need a refill (Yeah!!) they are welcome to use the water bottle filling stations.

Thank you for encouraging your child to bring their water bottle home each day for washing.

Poster Contest!

  • Sherritt 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Calendar: Call for Artwork At Sherritt: We’re focused on developing a diverse and inclusive (D&I) culture. We want to engage our community while showing our commitment to building a diverse workforce, and are asking for input from our community’s most open minds: our youth!

  • Sherritt’s D&I team is looking for artwork from both children from local schools and our employee’s families depicting what they feel a diverse and inclusive community and workplace looks like. We will select 12 of the outstanding pieces to be displayed in our 2021 calendar, and the artists of these selected works will win a $100 Indigo card.

  • We’re welcoming all artwork submissions from children in grades K-9, whether drawings, paintings, print collages, or other flat-form landscape formats, that show what diversity and inclusion means to them. Any written content on the artwork should be complementary and less than 25 words. So bring out the art supplies and create something beautiful!

  • We request all submissions be dropped off at your school’s main office, no later than 4:00pm November 6 th, 2020. All submissions must be original, landscape, on 8.5x11 paper, and include the artist’s name, grade (or age), and school name on the back.

  • By submitting an art piece, you are consenting to have it published in a calendar that will be distributed to all Sherritt employees and the winners of selected artwork. Selection is up to the discretion of the Sherritt D&I committee, with winners chosen on or before November 20th, 2020, and calendars distributed December 15th – 31st, 2020. Winning artwork will contain the winner’s first name, last initial, age or grade (whichever noted), and school name.

Student Illness and your Child's Learning

If your child is home with these symptoms:

  • Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing, Runny Nose, Sore Throat, Chills Painful swallowing, Stuffy Nose, Headache, Muscle or joint aches, Feeling unwell, fatigue or severe exhaustion, Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite), Loss of sense of smell or taste, Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye.

Please email Mrs. Desaulniers, and cc: your child's homeroom teacher to share what symptoms your child is experiencing as well as an approximate date for your child's return so we can plan for your child's learning and growing in Literacy and Numeracy while away.

Updated Alberta Health Documents


We appreciate how challenging it is for you to keep your child at home when they experience symptoms, and keep them home until symptoms resolve and Covid tests results have been returned. We understand that having children stay home has impacts that are far reaching and sometimes complicated - many OLA staff are parents too, navigating the same guidelines. We also understand how much we want to cheat.

Thank you for keeping us informed as to how your child is progressing while at home. Many Grade 1 - 4 teacher have or are working towards creating Google Classrooms for your child, complete with classroom communication and learning activities to do at home. Thank you for connecting with your child for help to access your child's Google Classroom or connect with their teacher via email by clicking here.

We are in this together!