Together in Learning and Faith

October 20, 2019

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School Thanksgiving Mass

We are grateful to Father Daniel for leading a beautiful Thanksgiving Mass last Monday. Thank you to our new choir members, our altar servers, our readers, and everyone that joined us for prayers of thanksgiving. We are blessed abundantly.
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Why is Catholic Education Important?

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Sleeping Beauty

This past Wednesday our Kindergarten to Grade 4 students travelled to St. John XXIII School to enjoy the Alberta Opera performance of "Sleeping Beauty". Big thanks to our OLA School Council for covering the cost of the buses!

Celebrating Stories - Join us for Read-In Month!

We continue to celebrate Read-In all month. There is still plenty of time to join us to share a story!

During the Month of October we are inviting you and your loved ones to come in and take a few moments (like 30 minutes) to share your favourite picture book with our students.

We are looking for Moms, Dads, Babas, Guidos, Aunties, Uncles, (you get the point) to share their love of learning and favourite books. We welcome you to join us for READ-IN.

Please contact Mrs. Wagner via email for any questions and to arrange a time to share your favs with children and help spread a love of reading!

Thank you to our guests who have already signed up to share their love of reading and to Mrs. Dul, Mrs. Turenne, Mme Gravelle, Mrs. Cyca and Mrs. Heesing for kicking off Read-In month and sharing their love of reading with OLA children!

This week we welcome Mr.& Mrs. Gravelle, Mrs. Tania McDonald, Trustee Al Stewart & Mrs. Sam Ledrew. There is always room for more!

Please contact Susan Wagner at to arrange a time to read to children!

Read-In Buddy Reading with Grade 4 & Kinders!

Learning and Growing . . .

OLA School Council News

Halloween Dance this Friday!

OLA School Council's 2nd Annual Halloween Dance will be held on Friday, October 25th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Tickets are $15/family or $5/person and can be purchased on our school's Hot Lunch website.

Please come dressed in your costume and be ready to dance the night away. There will be a prize for the most creative costume and snacks, small toys and glow sticks will be available for sale, so please don’t forget a little cash.

We are still looking for volunteers to help decorate the gym at 3:20 pm or to sign up for a half hour spot in the canteen - a big thank-you to all who have offered your help already! You are truly appreciated and without your help this wouldn’t be possible. If you are able to volunteer or have inflatable Halloween décor we could borrow for the dance please contact us at

The profits made from this dance will be going towards arts and cultural events opportuties for our students at OLA.

Deadline for tickets is Thursday, October 24th.


Annual Poinsettia Sale Volunteers Needed

Last year the OLA SC Poinsettia Sale was one of the most profitable fundraisers of the year. Your Fundraising Committee is looking for volunteers to help take orders at OLA Parish on the following dates for about 15 minutes before and after Mass:

  • Saturday, November 2nd 5:15 pm Mass
  • Sunday, November 3rd 9:00 am Mass & 11:00 am Mass
  • Saturday, November 9th 5:15 pm Mass
  • Sunday, November 10th 9:00 am Mass & 11:00 am Mass

If you are able to share your time please email the OLA School Council at:

2018 - 2019 Yearbooks

Your OLA School Council Yearbook Committee have a few extra yearbooks - they are available for purchase from the school office for $21.

With a Little Help from Our Friends...

Calling on your Expertise!

We are eternally grateful to our OLA School Council who will be helping to fund an updated sound system for OLA's gymnasium! Thank you!

We are calling upon our families who may have connections and experience in this area to assist Mme Gravelle and OLA staff to bring this project to fruition. If the area of sound systems, microphones, speakers and more, is your jam, please contact Mme Gravelle at Thank you in advance for your help!

Money! Money! Money!

Mrs. Weller is looking for money (aren't we all!!)

She's asking for your help to donate piggy banks and play money so the Pre-Kindergarten children can do some great hands-on learning with money. If you happen to have any spare play money laying around, thank you for sending it her way. Donations can be delivered to the front office.

Thank you so much!

Playground Society News

Playground Society Meeting

Please plan to attend the Playground Society Meeting on Thursday, October 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm at St. John Paul II Catholic School. We need your support!

Parent's Night Out

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd 6:00 pm gather your friends and come to our Adults Only event to help us get the playgrounds built!!

There will be...

  • A DJ who will be taking requests!
  • Door Prizes!!
  • BIG auction items!!
  • Plus you can call The Bears Den to book a table for your group in advance!

Tickets are $20/person and 100% of the proceeds go toward our goal of building the playgrounds for our students!!

To order your tickets you can email, call 780-722-4442 or contact us on Facebook. More ordering and payment options may become available soon.

Thank you for spreading the word to your friends, family, coworkers and neighbours!

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Looking Ahead . . .

Monday, October 21

  • OLA is a voting station. Remember to Vote!
  • Bus Safety Week
  • Mrs. & Mr. Gravelle read to Grade 4s - thank you for sharing your story!

Tuesday, October 22

  • Faith in Action Assembly 12:30 pm - please join us!
  • 2019-2020 OLA Servant Leadership Squads announced next week.
  • Mrs. Tania McDonald reads to 1/2KS - celebrating stories!
  • Circle of Security Parenting Workshop continues at 6:30 pm

Wednesday, October 23

  • Mrs. Sam LeDrew reads with 4E and 2C - celebrating stories!
  • Our new EICS Trustee, Mr. Al Stewart, reads with 1Oi and 3/4V - celebrating stories!

Thursday, October 24

  • Mrs. & Mr. Gravelle read to 1/2KS and 3K - celebrating stories!
  • Playground Meeting 7:00 pm at St. John Paul II - please come show your support!

Friday, October 25

  • T/Th Pre-K/Kinders in class today
  • Mme Gravelle reads with Pre-K - celebrating stories!
  • OLA School Council 2nd Annual Family Halloween Dance 6:00 - 8:00 pm!

Saturday, October 26

  • First Reconciliation Celebration 10:00 am at OLA Church

Monday, October 28

  • Faith in Action Assembly at 12:30pm
  • Welcome Mrs. Haubrich while Mrs. Buban is at a Conference Mon - Wed

and a Little Further Ahead . . .

October 31 - Halloween Festivities in class in the PM, with a dance party in the gym 1:30pm 2:00pm

November 2 - Parents Night Out - Bear's Den at 6:00pm

November 3 Daylight Savings Time - Fall Back

November 3 - Catholic Education Mass hosted by OLA and St. JPII

November 4 - 7 Scholastic Arctic Adventure Book Fair

November 5 & 6 Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

November 9 - 17 Fall Break - No School

November 18 Lifetouch Picture Retake Day

December 3 Advent Mass 1:00 pm

December 12 Advent Concert - details to follow

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

You can check out our M/W Kinder calendar here,

our T/Th Pre-K/Kinder calendar here,

and our Pre-K AM calendar here.

"Today we ask for the grace to allow ourselves to be amazed by God's surprises, to not hinder His creativity, but to encourage hearts to encounter the Lord."

Pope Francis


October 16, 2019

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