Together in Learning and Faith

December 2 - Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School

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Advent Mass

Please join us as we come together to celebrate the beginning of the Advent season at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church this Monday, Dec. 3. Students and staff will be walking to the church for our 10:00 am Mass and we are extremely hopeful that many of our families will join us as well. Families are welcome to walk with us or meet us at the church.

Daily Advent Celebration

The Season of Advent is a time of great anticipation as we await and prepare for the coming of the Christ child. The students and staff of Our Lady of Angels would like to invite you to join us each morning as we begin our day in prayer and reflection by adding another symbol to our Jesse Tree. The Jesse Tree is an Advent tradition that represents the spiritual family tree of Jesus Christ and takes us on a journey of salvation history from the story of Creation to the birth of Christ. This daily prayer will begin on Tuesday, December 4th at 9:00 am in the gymnasium and will continue each day until Friday, December 21st.

Advent Celebration (Concert)

Please watch for important performance information in your child's backpack on Monday. There you will find more details about the two performances (an afternoon matinee on December 12th at 1:30 pm and evening performance on December 13th at 6:30 pm).

After much thought and collective discussion to ensure the best viewing experience possible for our families, it is decided that tickets will be required to attend the evening performance of our Advent Celebration on December 13. Tickets are free, and they ensure that we stay within fire regulation guidelines.

Each family will receive two evening performance tickets and will be able to request two additional tickets. These additional tickets will be provided on a first come, first served basis. To request your additional tickets you may return the bottom portion of the concert letter going home on Monday or simply email us at:

VIP Seating, Pampering & Parking Tickets

Building upon the the tradition from St. John XXIII for many years, there will be a draw for VIP Access Tickets for our evening concert performance. Winners of the draw will receive VIP seats, a little well-deserved pampering, and VIP parking! Proceeds from these ticket sales will go to support our OLA School foster child and Valeda House. Watch for more details coming home later this week.

Field Trip & Special Presentation Fees

Letters outlining your child's school fees for field trips and special presentations went home this week. (Grade 4 students will receive their letters on Monday.) These fees are now available to pay online using your Powerschool Parent Portal, or you are welcome to send cash or a cheque to the school office. If you require assistance logging in to the ParentPortal please call the school and we will be happy to help.

EICS Fee Waiver Program

Under the principle that finances should not be a barrier to a child's education, Elk Island Catholic Schools will waive fees for parents/guardians if they meet certain income guidelines, are on social services or are facing exceptional circumstances. If you qualify, you may apply for a waiver for the following fees:

- Ineligible Transportation Fees
- Enhanced programming fees such as field trip, special class events and options
- Instructional Activity Fees

The deadline to apply for the 2018 - 2019 school year is December 14, 2018 and are submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer of Elk Island Catholic Schools. Please follow the instructions on the fee waiver application form located at the link below.

Fee Waiver Program Application 2018-2019

Milk Day!

Dearest Kindergarten to Grade 4 OLA families,

Super exciting news to share! Did you know Alberta Milk has a great incentive program and twice a year every child will receive a special free gift!

On these two special days in the year, an OLA family who wishes to remain anonymous, would also love to give the gift of free milk to every K-4 OLA student! How incredibly generous!

This first of two special days will occur on a Monday in December as we celebrate Advent and prepare for the gift of Jesus’ birth!

A milk alternative is available for children who are lactose intolerant and we ask you to email us giving us your child’s name and class as well as what kind of non-milk alternative is requested. Additionally, if you would not like your child to receive milk please email us as well.

Jacqueline Holder

OLA Club Moo representative

Enhancements @ OLA

We are always grateful when parents participate in their child's education, and invest in the school they spend a great deal of time in. These were introduced and discussed at the November School Council meeting and will be revisited at the December 6th School Council meeting at 10:00 am at OLA. Please join us in continuing to build OLA's richness.

Here are a few projects we are working on, and we would love your help and support:

  • All of the older Smartboards at OLA are nearing the end of their lives and we will need to replace them before the year is out as they are integral tools for learning. We are looking to replace approximately 7 of them, which carries with it a significant cost. OLA will be engaging in some cost-sharing adventures and we are asking parents/businesses if there are any grants/donations that you may be aware of that can be contributed to our Technology upgrades.
  • In January we will be kicking off OLA's options, and we are inviting parents to offer workshops for children. These would be offered on the first Wednesday of each month, in the afternoon. There would be a grade 1&2 session and simultaneously a 3&4 session. If you are interested in offering a workshop, please connect with Mrs. Weller, Mme Gravelle, Mrs. Earle or Ms. Cyca for more information. We will also be discussing it again at our next OLA School Council meeting at 10:00am on Thursday December 6 in the school library.
  • OLA is adopting one of St. John XXIII's foster children and supporting Catholic Social Services Valeda House again. We will be raising funds through a VIP Seating, Parking and Pampering draw for the Advent Celebration. Stay tuned for more details!
  • We received some beautiful chapel pieces from St. Patrick's parish in Edmonton and we are looking to have made/donated seating for the chapel. If you enjoy working with wood and would like to donate time/materials for bench building, please connect with Mrs. Weller or Mme Gravelle.

Monday Faith Assembly

Another vibrant, faith-filled Monday morning. Thank you Grade 2CL for your leadership!

School Council Parent Corner

Boston Pizza Fundraiser

Thank you to the families that have sent their Boston Pizza receipts to school!

OLA School Council has partnered with BP's Operation Education to help raise funds to support the many programs offered by our OLA SC. The OLA SC will receive 5% back on all Boston Pizza receipts collected from September 1st - December 31, 2018. Please ask your friends and family to save their receipts, too - they can be dropped off at the school office anytime.

OLA Parish News

OLA Church Nativity Pageant

The children’s liturgy program would like to invite everyone to OLA Church’s annual Christmas Nativity pageant on December 16, 2018 after the 11:00 am Mass. Please join in the celebration of our Lord’s birth! All are welcome!

We are looking for children ages 3 to grade 4 to be in the pageant. Children do not have to be attending children’s liturgy to be a part of the pageant, although they must be able to attend the rehearsal on Friday, December 14 at 5:00 pm. We are also looking for any older children to read the story of Jesus’ birth during the pageant. Please note, parents are required to stay with their children to help them dress into their costume and undress after. Parents with children 4 and under are asked to accompany their child at all times throughout the pageant.

If your child would like to participate in the pageant, please sign them up no later than Friday, December 2, 2018, by contacting Laudith Wedefor by phone 780-992-0254 or email:

Pageant Sign Up Deadline – Sunday, December 2, 2018

Pageant Rehearsal - Friday, December 14 at 5:00 pm

Pageant - Sunday, December 16 at the 11:00 am Mass

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Laudith Wedefor

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Looking Ahead . . .

Sunday, December 2

  • Deadline to sign up for the Nativity Pageant at OLA Church

Monday, December 3

  • Advent Mass 10 am at OLA Church. Everyone is welcome!

Tuesday, December 4

  • Morning Advent Celebration in the gym 9:00AM
  • Parish Priests visit the classrooms

Wednesday, December 5

  • Morning Advent Celebration in the gym 9:00AM
  • Subway Hot Lunch
  • Ugly Sweater Spirit Day!
  • December 5 Early Dismissal at 2:19 pm

Thursday, December 6

  • Morning Advent Celebration in the gym 9:00AM
  • Poinsettia/Holiday Planter pick-up 12:30 - 6:00 pm
  • School Council Meeting 10:00 am in the library
  • Grade 4 Peacekeeping Workshops

Friday, December 7

  • Morning Advent Celebration in the gym 9:00AM
  • Poinsettia/Holiday Planter pick up 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Kindergarten is off to the Muttart Conservatory!
  • Grade 4 Skating 12:30 pm at the JRC

And a Little Further Ahead . . .


December 11 Parish Priests visit the classrooms

December 12 Ordering opens for January - March Hot Lunch

December 12 Advent Celebration 1:30 pm (change in date for matinee performance)

December 13 Grade 3 Lego Bridges

December 13 Advent Celebration 6:30 pm evening performance (ticketed event)

December 14 Grade 2 Science T-Pet Magnetism

December 14 Nativity Pageant Rehearsal 5:00 pm at OLA Church

December 16 Nativity Pageant 11:00 am Mass at OLA Church

December 17 Free Milk & Free Gift Day from Moo Club

December 18 Choir and Handbells perform at Dr. Turner Lodge

December 19 Panago Hot Lunch

December 21 Deadline for hot lunch orders for January - March

December 21 Last day of school for 2018

For more upcoming dates, please visit our website calendar.

You can view our Kindergarten Calendar here and our Pre-K Calendar here.

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