This Week at École OLPH School

September 23 to 27

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Our Mission Statements

Elk Island Catholic Schools

We are a Catholic community committed to developing educational opportunities int he context of Gospel values, where students' gifts and talents are celebrated and nurtured through lifelong spiritual and personal experiences.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School

Our Lady of Perpetual Help school is committed to quality education in both official languages fostering in our students respect for life and learning as Christ taught us.

Principal Message

Dear Parents,

Recently there has been an increase in the number of students who are arriving late to school in the morning. In the hopes of decreasing morning classroom interruptions, please drop off you child(ren) before the first bell (8:45 a.m.).

Should your child be absent, please use SchoolMessanger or contact the school at 780-467-5631 should SchoolMessager not be working for you.

God Bless,

M. Morin


École OLPH

A Reading From The Gospel for Sunday, September 22, 2019

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.

Then Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, "What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer."

Then the manager said to himself, "I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes."

So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he asked the first, "How much do you owe my master?"

He answered, "A hundred jugs of olive oil."

He said to him, "Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty." And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly."

The Gospel of the Lord.

Weekly Events at École OLPH

Monday, September 23
  • Girls Junior High Volleyball Practice ~ Blue Team ~ 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • Grade 7 ~ Linking Generations Presentation ~ 9:00 a.m. ~ Library
  • Grade 8 ~ Linking Generations Presentation ~ 9:45 a.m. ~ Library
  • Cross Country Running Practice ~ 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, September 24

  • Following Friday Class Schedule

Wednesday, September 25

  • School Wide Bus Evacuation Practice ~ Bus #52, 68, 48, 67, 41, and 37
  • Cross Country Running Practice ~ 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, September 26
  • Terry Fox Run ~ 9:00 a.m. to 12:04 p.m.
  • Cross Country Running Race ~ GARC - Sherwood Park ~ 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, September 27

  • Regular Day

Important Dates to Remember!!!

September 30, 2019

  • Orange Shirt Day ~ Every Child Matters ~ All Day

October 3, 2019

  • Junior High ~ St. Theresa Volleyball Tournament

October 7, 2019

  • Junior High ~ Linking Generations Training 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

October 9, 2019

  • Grade 5G ~ Wastewater to Wetlands Presentation ~ 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

October 10, 2019

  • Grade 8 ~ Birch Bay Ranch Retreat ~ 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

October 11, 2019

  • PD Day ~ No School

October 14, 2019

  • Happy Thanksgiving ~ No School

October 16, 2019

  • Linking Generations ~ Cloverbar ~ First Visit

October 17, 2019

  • Peer Partners ~ 12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m.
  • Grade 5J ~ Wastewater to Wetlands Presentation ~ 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

October 18, 2019

  • Grade 5G ~ Wastewater to Wetlands Presentation ~ 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • Junior High Ardrossan & Haythorne Volleyball Tournament ~ All Day

October 19, 2019

  • Junior High Ardrossan & F. R. Haythorne Volleyball Tournament ~ All Day

October 22, 2019

  • WE Day

October 23, 2019

  • Linking Generations ~ Summerwood ~ First Visit ~ 11:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

October 24, 2019

  • French Immersion Mass with ABJ, EPK & OLPH at OLPH Parish ~ 9:30 11:30 a.m.

October 25, 2019

  • School Picture Retake Day ~ 9:00 a.m. to 12:04 p.m.
  • Junior High ~ Lakeland Ridge Volleyball Tournament ~ All Day
  • Grade 5/6 Volleyball Tournament ~ 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

October 26, 2019

  • Junior High ~ Lakeland Ridge Volleyball Tournament ~ All Day

October 30, 2019

  • Linking Generations ~ Summerwood ~ 11:50 a.m. to 1:32 p.m.
  • Linking Generations ~ Cloverbar ~ 12:25 p.m. to 1:32 p.m.

October 31, 2019

  • Halloween ~ Details to follow

Indoor Shoes are Required!!!

Dear Parents,

It is extremely important that you send your child to school with indoor shoes.

This will help keep our school clean and safe for everyone.

God Bless.

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Terry Fox School Run

Dear Parents,

The annual Terry Fox School Run is coming up on Thursday, September 26, 2019. This year our school has a goal of raising $1,850.00 or $5.00 a student.

All donations may be brought to the school office and place in our Terry Fox Collection Bin.

The Terry Fox Foundation has a great reputation, with $0.82 cents of every dollar raised going directly to cancer research.

You can donate online by visiting our school fundraising page or by simply giving your child (children) $5.00 to bring before Run Day.

For more information, please visit

God Bless

Terry Fox - Millions of Followers


Dear Parents,

The EICS App has many wonderful features includes many wonderful features including immediate access to your PowerSchool account, as well as, the SchoolMessager App.

Please take a moment to download the EICS App.

God Bless

From the Library

Dear Parents,

Here at École OLPH we have a wonderful program from our school Library that every student can use and it`s FREE!!!

Click on the following link, choose our school (École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School), and download something to read or listen to. All students will be able to download three books or audio books at one time.

The student login name and password are exactly the same as what each student uses to sign in to their chrome books at school.

If you need any help, please see Mme Heather in the École OLPH library on Mondays or Wednesdays at lunch recess.

God Bless

École OLPH Yearbooks

Dear Parents,

The École OLPH Yearbooks from last year (2018-2019) have arrived and were passed out on Thursday, September 5th.

If your child would like a copy of last year's yearbook, we have a few extra for sale at the office for $27 on a first come, first served basis. (cash or cheque payable to EICS only)

Please contact Mme Winland or Mme McRobert in the school office if you would like a copy.


Art Supplies Needed

Dear Parents,

We are in need of 40 Coca Cola (regular, diet or Coke Zero)

500 ml plastic bottles (preferably with the lid) for an art option project.

Please rinse them out and bring them in a bag to Mme Winland at the school office or to Mme Gagnon in her classroom

(room 137).

Merci! Thank you so much!

Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters!!!

Dear Parents,

Be part of the

Orange Shirt Campaign

for Every Child Matters!!!

Wear your orange shirt on

Monday, September 30, 2019!

God Bless

Hot Lunch Information

Dear Parents,

OLPH School Council offers a weekly hot lunch program every year. The program is split into two sessions running Sept-Jan and Feb- June. Every year, the Grade 8 Fundraising committee runs the program as their largest fundraiser towards their Quebec trip.

Below, we have included a letter with instructions on how you order your child's hot lunch through our Muncha Lunch system:

If you have never ordered through the school, you will need to set up an account which is outlined in the letter.

Ordering for the fall session opens on Sunday, September 15th at 2:00 p.m. and will close on Sunday, September 22nd. The first hot lunch is on Wednesday, September 25th.

Thank you for your support,

OLPH School Council

Voyage Quebec Fundraising Committee

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School Council Corner

Dear Parents,

To keep informed of school events, please us on Facebook & Instagram: @olphschoolcouncil

We would like to invite parents to come our first school council meeting at OLPH on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the school library where we will be voting on the adoption of new bylaws governing OLPH School Council to reflect it's current operation and compliance with Alberta legislation. Hope to see you there.

God Bless

Yearly Permission Required!!!

Dear Parents,

Please take a moment and log into your PowerSchool account to acknowledge the following documents:

  1. Responsible Use of Technology Agreement
  2. EICS One to One Usage Agreement
  3. EICS Low Risk Field Trip Annual Consent Form
  4. Locker Use Agreement

How to Complete Forms

  1. Go to
  2. Log in
  3. Click on Yearly Consent
  4. Select your answer from the drop down menu.
  5. Click Submit for each section.
  6. Be sure to complete all three sections for each child you have enrolled in the school.

Please Note: Prior to participating in any field trips, your child's form needs to be acknowledge by you. Without your consent they will be required to stay at the school during their field trips.

We appreciate your support in completing these forms by September 7, 2018.

Thanks in advance for helping us get this year off to a great start!!!

School Fees & Fee Waiver Program

Dear Parents,

Please be advised that all school fees will be posted on your child’s PowerSchool account by Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

Once fees are posted, you will be able to make payments on-line or by cheque at the school office. All cheques must be made payable to EICS. We would, however, like to encourage you to pay your school fees on-line.

In addition, you may divide your payments either on-line or by postdated cheques.

If you require any assistance with these fees, the Division offers a "Fee Waiver Program". More information can be found at


God Bless

End of Day Procedures

Dear Parents,

Please make sure that you child(ren) know if they are to take the bus or if they are getting picked up at the end of the day.

Should a student need to confirm their end of day plans, we ask that all students make their arrangements during the morning recess (10:19 a.m. - 10:34 a.m.) or during the lunch hour (12:04 p.m. - 12:47 p.m.).

This will reduce the confusion and rush at the end of the day and will also ensure that your child(ren) does not miss the bus.

If a student comes to the office at the end of the day and are unsure how they are getting home, we will be sending them home on the bus.

God Bless

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Grade 8 ~ Voyage Quebec Trip

Dear Parents,

All fees will be applied to your child's PowerSchool account by next Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

If you any of your questions or concerns, please contact M. Morin at or 780-467-5631.

God Bless

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Parents of Teens - Sherwood Park Support Group

Dear Parents,

Parenting a teen or tween is tough and the struggle can be real or definitely feel real. Here is a local parenting support group where parents can go gain support, understand development and how to parent these "almost-adults-but-still-our-babies" human beings. Feel free to check out this low-cost parenting support group. All the details are included in this poster.

You are also more than welcome to come chat with me. My role at OLPH is to support children and their families to be the best they can be, especially around social-emotional well-being. Being a teenager can be a difficult chapter and I am happy to be a landing spot for these students to come and chat with. But I am also here for parents and guardians to gain support and a clearer understanding of their child's development. I truly believe "it takes a village to raise a child" and it is my honour to be a part of your child's village.

Have a wonderful day!

Mme Simone Moniz

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BusPlanner Delays App

Dear Parents,

Do you ever wonder if your child's bus is cancelled due to cold weather or mechanical difficulties? Well, wonder no more!!!

Take a moment and download the new BusPlanner Delays App. (more details below)

God Bless

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OLPH - Junior High Permission Form to Leave School Grounds

A reminder to all Grade 7 & 8 parents:

Grade 7 & 8 OLPH students have the privilege to leave school grounds during lunch recess.

Every time you would like your child to have this privilege, please complete the form below and hand it to the office for the day they would like to leave school grounds. Text messages and emails will not be accepted.

For next week, extra forms will be located in the school office. As of September 10th, the permission forms will only be available on our school website under the parents tab.

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OLPH Parish Bulletin - Week of September 22, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please click on the link below for the OLPH Parish Bulletin for Sunday, September 22, 2019.

God Bless

Sacramental Preparation for Children

Dear Parents,


First Reconciliation and First Communion

(grade 2 or older)

Monday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m.


(grade 6 or older)

Monday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Children do not attend these meetings. Please bring a photocopy of your child’s Baptism Certificate to include with the registration form.

You can download and complete the registration forms in advance at or fill one out at the meetings.

Meetings will cover everything involved in preparing your child for the sacrament(s) including schedule for retreats/classes and workbooks you will do with your child at home.

Registration fees $20 each covers preparation books/materials for the sacraments:

We Prepare for Reconciliation’, ‘We Share in the Eucharist’ and ‘Alive in the Spirit.’

Any questions please call Natalie Lavigne, Parish Pastoral Assistant, at 780-467-5470 ext. 223 OR

As you prepare your child to celebrate Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation, may this also be a special time for YOU - of deepening your own faith and for your family growing together in understanding of the sacraments.

Sacrament of Confirmation

Dear Parents,

Sacrament of Confirmation for Your Child. Usually celebrated in grade 6 around 11-12 years of age.

Please attend:

Parent Orientation & Registration Meeting for the Sacrament of Confirmation

Monday, September 30, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at OLPH Church.

Please bring your child’s Baptism Certificate and $25 registration fee (covers preparation books/materials). Children do not attend this meeting.

You will take home your family workbook to work on together at home and also register your child for preparation class dates/retreats.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Natalie Lavigne at the OLPH Parish office 780-467-5470.

God Bless

Young Disciples

Dear Parents

An Interactive faith formation program for grades 1-6 that teaches the Catholic faith through songs, crafts, lessons, and games in a fun and engaging way!

Wednesday nights 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. from October to April


Wed, Sept. 25, 2019 6:30-8pm OLPH Lower-level

Cost $40 per child or $100 per family of 3 or more. Cash or Cheque payment

For more info contact: Brittany Cavanagh

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RCIA at OLPH Parish

Dear Parents,


*Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?

*Was baptized Catholic as a child, but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?

*Wants to be able to understand and support your child's learning about the Catholic faith?

We offer an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith. Sessions focus on the teachings and experience of Church and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during the Easter Vigil.

You are welcome to participate in the process (Right of Christian Initiation of Adults) with your questions, your insights and your faith story in a warm accepting setting. For information please contact Pat at 780-467-5470 or<

Natalie Lavigne B.Comm.

Pastoral Assistant

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish


EICS Division Calendar

For more information on important dates such as PD days, Holidays, Fall Break, Christmas Break, and Spring Break, please click on the link below.
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