Choose Joy!

Week of March 14, 2021

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March's Seven Sacred Teaching: Courage

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This week @ OLA

Week 4 Power Options

Read-A-Thon March 12 - 19 - Track Your Daily Minutes Here! - More details below

Digital Evidence of Learning & Growth

Monday, March 15, 2021

  • 4P Citadel Virtual Drama Workshop
  • Choose Joy today!
  • Let's celebrate a love of reading!
  • Student Support Team Meeting to ensure success for all children

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

  • A great day to learn and grow together!
  • Let's go on a reading adventure today!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

  • St. Patricks Day
  • Virtual Morning Announcements
  • Father Daniel or Father Kris visit OLA
  • More spectacular learning and growing!
  • Exploring new worlds through books...Here we come!
Thursday, March 18, 2021
  • A great day to be in our community together!
  • First Communion, Kids Adoration Option 1 @ 6:30pm
  • Second Last of Read-A-Thon!

Friday, March 19, 2021

  • Friyay! Spread Joy and Kindness like confetti!
  • Last Day to Read for the Read-A-Thon...but keep reading! It's good for the heart and soul!

Saturday, March 20, 2021

  • First Communion, Kids Adoration Option 2 @11:00 am


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

You can view our Kindergarten Calendar here.

Number Talks @ OLA

Why Number Talks?

Research shows that implementing Number Talks in class:

  • increase student understanding of numbers and number sense
  • improves engagement and participation
  • scaffolds learning for students
  • strengthens the student's ability to think beyond the problem (higher level thinking)
  • individualizes learning

"Number talks are a valuable classroom routine for developing efficient computational strategies, making sense of math, and communicating mathematical reasoning. A number talk is structured to help students conceptually understand math without memorizing a set of rules and procedures." (Nancy Hughes)

Number talks are:

"a brief daily practice where students mentally solve computation problems and talk about their strategies, as a way to dramatically transform teaching and learning in the mathematics classroom. Something wonderful happens when students learn they can make sense of mathematics in their own ways, make mathematically convincing arguments, and critique and build on the ideas of their peers." (Humphreys & Parker)

We continue to ensure strategies grounded in research are implemented for learning success for all children.

It is a excellent learning strategy teachers are implementing at each grade level!

What do Number Talks look like in class?

Growing Our Math Brain in a Variety of Ways

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Don't forget to set your clocks forward an hour on March 14th!

Evidence of Learning Portfolios Available This Week

What are Evidence of Learning Portfolios?

As a third checkpoint in your child's learning, Evidence of Learning Portfolios provide parents with tangible samples of your child's work to spark conversations about their learning and learning progress. The Three-Way Conference conversations between the student, parent and teacher highlight celebrations of learning and provide opportunities to plan goals for future growth based on the evidence in the portfolios.

What will I see in the Evidence of Learning Portfolios?

These will come to you digitally through your child's Google Classroom between March 15th and 18th. For Grade 1 - 4 students, the following elements will be in your child's Evidence of Learning Portfolios (Kindergarten's Evidence of Learning will be a simplified version of the elements below):

  • Up to 10 pieces of their work
  • Each piece will be connected to the goal or objective from the curriculum they are learning
  • A sample of their work from each of the core subject areas: Religion, English Language Arts/Literacy, Math/Numeracy, Social Studies, Science
  • An example that demonstrates their "Growth Over Time" in both Literacy and Numeracy
  • A example that demonstrates their learning progression - a product that shows how they improved their understanding
  • Your child's voice in their learning progress in the form of a self-assessment
  • A piece that your child is particularly proud of

What do I Do With the Evidence of Learning Portfolio?

Thank you for setting aside time with your child to review your child's Evidence of Learning with your child before the Three-Way Conferences on March 22 or 24th. The conference conversations will be rooted in your review of the Evidence of Learning Portfolios.

Your child is proud of their learning, and they want to include you in it. While you are reviewing their learning evidence together, you are invited to ask questions. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Tell me a little bit about each of the pieces in your Evidence of Learning Portfolio.
  • What did you notice you are good at?
  • When looking at the learning target, are you getting there? Almost there? Have you got it?
  • What are you getting better at?
  • What would you like to improve on?
  • What it something about your learning that you really want me to know?
  • What will be your learning goal for the last part of the year and how can I help you achieve it?

Enjoy this special time together as a window into your child's learning, and a big part of their day. They want to share it with you. They are proud of their work.

Thank you for sharing space with them to celebrate their learning before the Three-Way Conference conversations.

Three-Way Conferences

On Monday, March 22nd and Wednesday, March 24th, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. OLA teachers will be conducting Parent Teacher Interviews online via Google Meet.

  • Kindergarten interviews will also be available on March 23rd from 8:45am - 3:15pm.

  • Mrs. Lukie will be available Monday March 22nd from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

How do I book our time with the teacher?

Three Way Conferences will be through Google Meets. Thank you for ensuring the device you use has a webcam and microphone. The Google Meet is easiest to access by using the browser Google Chrome. The Google Meet link will be in the confirmation email when you book your Three-Way Conference time.

To schedule your Three-Way Conference, please complete the following steps:

Go to the school booking site:

Select Make a Booking

Enter the following access code: gdkb7

  • Enter your email address, name, phone number and student’s full name.
  • Enter your child’s name, contact email and phone number.
  • Select your teachers home room from the drop down menu
  • Select your teacher's name from the drop down menu
  • Select the appointment time that suits your family best.

When you click FINISH your selected bookings will be emailed to you immediately.

PLEASE NOTE: These are Google MEET appointments, PLEASE KEEP THE BOOKING CONFIRMATION EMAIL SOMEWHERE SAFE. You will need to return to this email on the day of your appointment. Two minutes before your appointment time, click on the Google MEET LINK next to the teacher's name in your booking confirmation email and follow the onscreen instructions. Thank you for your patience as your child's teacher invites you into the Google Meet.

If you do not receive an email, please check your junk-mail, or enter the event code again and check your email address spelling.

Thank you again for your engagement in your child’s checkpoint in their learning. If you have any questions, please contact us at 780-998-3716

Grade 2s Learn about the Inuit with Mrs. Desmarais

Goota Desmarais was born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Her early childhood was spent in a modern Inuit settlement during the winters and in a traditional camp during the summers. Goota is now an urban Inuk, living in Sherwood Park for the past 30 years, yet she stays connected to her Inuit culture through frequent visits to her home community.

Fun Fact and Proud Connection: Mme Gravelle taught Mrs. Desmarais' Daughter!


Scholastic Book Fair March 22 - 25, 2021

Although it will look very different than other years, we are very excited to be welcoming the Scholastic Book Fair back to OLA! The books are arriving next week and Mrs. Buban will be doing her best to give our OLA kids a great taste of what is available this year.

Unfortunately we will not be able to shop like in the past - but Scholastic has launched a Virtual Book Fair where parents can do their shopping online and have their items shipped directly to them. Shipping costs will apply on orders under $40 . . . unless you do your shopping on our Virtual Family Night Wednesday, March 24th from 6-8 pm when shipping is free! Please click here for our OLA School Virtual Book Fair Link.

Scholastic has worked very hard to make this experience as exciting as possible. There are some great "book trailers" where you can get a glimpse into the stories, and an easy to navigate link to peruse the great books available this year at our Book Fair.

Every year the Scholastic Book Fair has been a fun and exciting way to help our school library fill our shelves with new books . . . titles our kids can't wait to read! We welcome all of you to visit our Scholastic Book Fair - COVID Style!

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Book Fair Videos

Ready! Set! Read-A-Thon This Week!

We are so excited to start our annual Read-A-Thon on Friday, March 12, 2021. This is the most successful fundraiser our OLA Parent Council does each year. We believe because students, parents and teachers alike share the common goal of wanting to enrich our children's lives through literature. The benefits of reading or being read to has the ability to make your child a success at school, as well as in life. The funds raised from our Read-A-Thon will go towards enhancing our OLA Library and Maker’s Space Commons.

This year to follow our Covid-19 guidelines we bring our Read-A-Thon to you in a digital format. This means, instead of sending your minutes to school daily via a paper tracking sheet, you may instead simply follow this link and submit your reading minutes online.

OLA Read-A-Thon Daily Tracker 2021

Complete this form nightly until Friday, March 19, 2021. Each night at 8:00PM the daily minutes of each class will be tallied.

Please be sure to fill out the total pledges collected question, when you have finished collecting pledges.

To make this as exciting as possible for our kids, we will have a class tracker in the gym. When our kids go to gym class or assembly, they will be able to see which class is in the lead. The class with the most reading minutes will win a PIZZA PARTY! The student in each class with the most minutes will win a GIFT CARD! Each student who participates will be entered in a class draw for a new BOOK! We hope these incentives encourage our kids to participate and foster a love of reading that will continue well past the end of this Read-A-Thon.

This year we encourage you to submit your pledges using PowerSchool no later than Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Follow instructions for submitting your payment below.

-Log in to PowerSchool

-Select Student

-Select Student Fees

-Select Student

-Scroll Down Select Read-A-Thon

-Enter Student Name and Donation, Then Add to Cart

-Select Cart and Make Payment

If paying online is not an option for you, you may request a paper copy of our pledge sheet by e-mailing

Thank you for supporting our OLA Parent Council and School Library.

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1&2M Power Option - Our Solar System Through Paper Maché

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Say "Yes" To Puddle Play!

As the weather begins to warm up....

Puddles have a uniquely magnetic effect on children. We've seen it countless times, and much this week!

A puddle....

  • Teaches children how to move their bodies
  • Invites children to play
  • Teaches children about the natural world
  • Is a Choose Joy moment
  • Engages children in Loose Parts Play with twigs, branches rocks and more!

Playing in puddles is a natural and necessary experience that encourages children's cognitive skill development.

Just like when we invite your help to dress children for winter play, we invite you to do the same for Spring Time Puddle Play. Thank you for keeping an eye on the weather and helping your child dress appropriately. For Spring-like weather, thank you for helping your child bring rubber boots, rain gear and a change of clothes.

Thank you for sending a change of clothes, including a few pairs of socks, and the fun fantastic rubber boots to enjoy fresh air free play time.

4P Continue to Celebrate Kindness and a Love of Reading

Having a Little Joy Filled Fun @ OLA

A Celebration of Catholic Education

2020-2021 Theme: Choose Joy

GrACE exists to inspire, invigorate and embolden the spirit of Catholic education in order
to unite, engage, educate and communicate with one voice on its behalf. GrACE, in partnership with the REAL Foundation, is happy to present this contest to EICS students.

This is our third annual GrACE Contest: A Celebration of Catholic Education.

We invite EICS students of all grade levels to submit work reflecting the importance of, and their experience with or contribution to Catholic education. This year our theme is Choose Joy. How have students worked towards choosing joy, or how have they contributed to spreading the message to choose joy, particularly in this difficult time?

Student Submissions could include such things as (but not limited to):

  • A work of art

  • A student poster

  • A formal or informal essay

  • Original music

  • Poetry

  • A presentation (video or otherwise) of social justice work

  • etc


All Submissions due to OLA by April 14 in digital format.: Please email them to OLA's Chaplain Mrs. Lukie at Please email her if you have any questions.

Thank you in advance for your submissions, and for celebrating Catholic Education!

Prizes will be presented May 9 in each community’s parish (This is the kick-off to Catholic Education Week). There will be 14 prizes!

  • K-8 students = 50 dollar prize

  • 9-12 students = 100 dollar prize

Winning items will be on display at the REAL Foundation golf tournament.

Linked here is February's GrACE Newsletter

School Council News

See you at our next meeting, on Tuesday, April 13 @ 7:00 pm

Google Meet link will be shared with you that day.

Thank you for checking your email inbox or spam/junk folder.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on March 2 for our daytime meeting!

To connect with your OLA School Council, please email

Click below to order your OLA Spirit Wear!

From our OLA Parish

If you have any questions or concerns about Sacramental Preparation, please feel free to contact Father Kris at the parish 780-998-3288 or

Important Dates - Please mark your calendar:

1st Communion


Parent ZOOM meeting #2: March 25 @6:30pm or March 27 @11am


Kids adoration: March 18 @6:30pm or March 20 @11am

(All attend)

1st Communion Retreat: April 10, 2021 11:00-12noon

1st Communion Celebration: April 11, 2021 11:30am

Resources for parents

Home guide training video:

Reconciliation home guide:

Eucharist home guide:

Exercises for 1st Communion

Daily family prayer challenge

- if you don’t have the practice of family prayer already, pray 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1

Glory be, 1 thing you’re thankful for, and 1 person to pray for every night before bed.

Year of St. Joseph

In his Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration to Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from Dec.8, 2020 to Dec.8 2021.

In the Archdiocese of Edmonton, a time dedicated to St. Joseph will officially begin March 19, 2021 and conclude with the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8, 2021.

Please click here for the Holy Card Year of St. Joseph.

Quotes of the Week

One afternoon children were coming in from recess and Mrs. Lukie was on supervision, holding the door for children to enter.

Mrs. Martinez went and offered to relieve her.

A grade 1 student then went to Mrs. Martinez and said, "You know when you went and told Mrs. Lukie that you would let the kids in so she could go get ready for her class? That's why I like coming to OLA!"

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Parent Re-Entry Handbook

Please click on the link for the updated Parent Re-Entry Handbook. It outlines updated adjustments to protocols and permitted activities.

Fort Saskatchewan Public Library Spring Break Reading Challenge

Read & Get a Pizza!

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Alberta Health Documents

Alberta Health Services has revised the Daily Checklist for Children under 18. Please take the time to review these change.

New Daily Checklist

Looking Ahead...

March 22, 2021

  • Virtual Three Way Conferences
  • Scholastic Book Fair!!
  • Cohort Assemblies and Read-A-Thon celebration!

March 23, 2021

  • Scholastic Book Fair

March 24, 2021

  • Virtual Three Way Conferences
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Scholastic Book Fair Virtual Family Night 6:00 - 8:00 pm

March 25, 2021

  • Holy Thursday & Good Friday Cohort Liturgies of the Word in AM
  • Scholastic Book Fair

March 26, 2021

  • No School

March 28, 2021

  • Palm Sunday

March 29 - April 2, 2021

  • Spring Break - No school

April 1, 2021

Holy Thursday

April 2, 2021

Good Friday

April 4, 2021

Easter Sunday - Halleluiah Christ is Risen!

April 5, 2021

Easter Monday

April 6, 2021

  • Welcome back! Looking forward to your smiling faces!

April 7, 2021

  • School Spirit Day - Rainbow Day, Wear your favourite colour!
  • Early Dismissal - 2:19 pm
April 8, 2021
  • Easter Liturgy of the Word Cohort Celebrations in PM
April 12 - 15, 2021
  • Rocks and Rings at OLA
  • Indigenous Giant Map @ OLA
April 13, 2021
  • Virtual School Council Meeting 7:00 pm

April 16, 2021

  • PD Day - No School

School Fees

School fees are now due. Payment can be made by debit or credit card by visiting your PowerSchool account.

If you require assistance signing into your account please call Mrs. Desaulniers at 780-998-3716 or email

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

All unpaid fees by March 1, 2021 may be sent to a collections agency.

2021 - 2022 School Year Calendar

The 2021 - 2022 School Year Calendar has been approved at the Board meeting this week.

Caregiver Education Newsletter

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Youth Working Group Resources

There are a number of great workshops being offered through the Boys and Girls Club here in Fort Saskatchewan.

Navigating Co-Parenting and Child Custody During COVID 19 Thursday April 8, 2021 7:00 pm

The Five Love Languages Wednesday April 21, 2021 7:00 pm

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