Together in Learning and Faith

September 22, 2019

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OLA's Annual Terry Fox Run

This coming Thursday, September 26th our students will be taking part in the annual Terry Fox School Run. Students are encouraged to bring in a Toonie for Terry - the Terry Fox Foundation has a great reputation, with $.79 cents of every dollar raised going directly to cancer research. If you wish you may also donate online at For more information, please visit

Field Trip Consent REQUIRED for the Terry Fox Run

Thank you to the many families who have already taken the time to complete the Annual Consent Forms online!

A gentle reminder that if you have not already done so, please take a moment to do this in the next few days! Because we will be using the track across the street this year for our Terry Fox Run.

Children will not be able to participate without the completed consent form for the 2019-2020 school year.

Consent forms are found on your PowerSchool ParentPortal and need to be completed for each child you have attending an EICS school. Also, if you have not already completed an EICS Demographic Confirmation Form for your child this is a great opportunity to get that done as well. This form is required by Alberta Education and directly impacts funding to our school, as well as ensures that we have up-to-date information to reach you in an emergency.

Need help completing the forms? Please do not hesitate to contact May-Lee in the office at 780-998-3716. She will be happy to assist in any way she can.

School Fees

School fees have now been added to your PowerSchool ParentPortal and are due September 30, 2019. Payment can be made by debit or credit card by visiting your PowerSchool account or at the school office by cash or cheque made payable to Elk Island Catholic Schools.

Teachers are busy finalizing their plans for field trips and presentations for the year and we expect to have information about the exciting events they have planned for your child shortly. The fee for Field Trips and Presentations will be added to your child's PowerSchool account in October.

If the paying of fees is a financial difficulty you may be eligible for the EICS Fee Waiver Program, please visit the EICS website to learn more. The deadline for applications is December 13, 2019.

BusPlanner App

Have you checked out the new EICS BusPlanner? With this new system parents gain access to the following:

  • The BusPlanner Parent Portal, located here:​ which allows parents to view details of the routes, stops and transfers for their children.
  • The BusPlanner Notification System for email alerts to ​parents​ for issues which impact transportation on a route by route or school by school basis.
  • The BusPlanner Delays app which both ​parents and students​ can install on a mobile (hand-held) device and allows them to subscribe to and receive BusPlanner notifications through push notifications.

Parents, please take the time to create an account for the BusPlanner Parent Portal, click here for further instructions - thank you.

Please know, there will no longer be emails or phone calls directly from EICS transportation regarding route cancellations or late buses. Notifications will come to you through Bus Planner, so please subscribe.

Bus Evacuation Drill

Your EICS Transporation department will be having their annual School Wide Bus Evacuation on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. This drill will take place shortly after our morning attendance, and during your child's regular school day. Please contact the office at 780-998-3716 if you need further information.

Power Options - Last Call for Round 1

You can be a facilitator of Learning!!

Excitement is already building as to what opportunities will be brought to children this year!

We are looking for parents to offer OLA children a workshop to help them go deeper into a topic of your choice and experience learning from the expertise of our OLA community. Workshops can be linked to any of the Alberta Education Competencies (linked here) and rooted in your passions, work experience, skills, talents or hobbies. The options workshops will be held on early dismissal Wednesday, October 2 from 12:45pm - 2:00pm with a repeated workshop on Wednesday, November 6 from 12:45pm - 2:00pm. Parents are asked offer their workshop on both of these days.

At OLA we do all we can to ensure learning success. Parent involvement in children's learning is a another important factor to successful learning!

Come and join the fun!

Last Call!

Please email Mme Gravelle at

to share your workshop idea

before Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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Join us for READ-IN Month!

Read-in Week is October 7-11 and this year's theme is "Celebrate with Stories."

We always love every and any reason to celebrate reading, so we have expanded Read-in Week to Read-in Month!

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!

OLA School Council News

OLA School Council Meetings

All parents are welcome at our monthly meetings - please come and support our school community! Upcoming meeting dates:

October 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm

November 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm

December 19, 2019 at 9:30 am

January 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm

March 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm

April 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm

May 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm

June 11, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Would you like to send your OLA School Council a message? You can email them at:

School Council Volunteer Form 2019 - 2020

We look forward to seeing you at events, concerts and around the school helping.

Please click here to access the School Council Volunteer Form that was sent home last week. If you think you may be able to help with any of the volunteer opportunities (thank you in advance!) please check the box on the form and/or the committee. Closer to the event we will contact you to confirm your availability. Remember . . . you can check more than one box - we can use all the hands we can get! We would like to sincerely thank you in advance for your time contribution.

Club Moo Milk Program

We are grateful to the parent volunteers who have committed to offering the milk program at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School.

This year milk will be delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As with past milk programs, only students who participate in the prepaid program will receive milk. Students may choose either white or chocolate milk, and the milk will be delivered directly to their classrooms so that it is ready for them when they come in from lunch recess to eat at 12:04 pm.

Prepaid ordering will occur once this year. The cost for pre-ordered milk will be $50.00/child or $95.00/two children for delivery from Tuesday, October 1st to Thursday, June 18th.

All milk orders will be placed online this year. Orders are open now, and close September 23, 2019.

Thank you for your support in our efforts to encourage and promote good nutrition!

OLA SC Milk Program Committee


To order please follow these simple steps:

  • visit your PowerSchool ParentPortal account at
  • please select the Forms and Fees tab on the left
  • select Student Fees from the dropdown menu
  • select your child from the menu bar at the top of the page
  • select the 2019/20 Milk Order form
  • complete the form and select Add to Cart
  • to complete your order payment must be made once this form is finished
  • click on the shopping cart icon found on the top right of the page to make your payment
  • please call the school office at 780-998-3716 with any questions or concerns

Hot Lunch

Happy September everyone! We are excited to be able to offer Hot Lunch again this year to students in Grade 1 - 4 every second Wednesday! Please visit our school website for menu choices and ordering information.

Your OLA SC Hot Lunch Committee

News from our Family Wellness Worker

Circle of Security

Heard of this before? Dr. Jody Carrington references the Circle of Security as a big part of her talks to support your most precious gifts and each other. That's why we are excited to explore this more with you!

OLA, in collaboration with St. John XXIII Catholic School and the Primary Care Network, invite you to connect with fellow families and further build expertise and knowledge to support your precious children. Please see details below. For more information, please feel free to connect with Eleanor Heesing at 780-995-9352 or via email at

We are excited about this partnership and the workshop is FREE!

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News from the Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association

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GrACE Newsletter

Hello Friends of GrACE!

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the GrACE Summit on October 21st. Please share this information with any and all who are interested in advocating for Catholic Education. Use this event to get your community informed, inspired, organized and engaged about Catholic education!

STAR Catholic is hosting the summit and they welcome each one of you to Father Leduc School in beautiful Leduc, Alberta. Register at this link GrACE Summit Registration. If you are bringing a group with you, after completing your registration, please also email with the names and roles of people you are bringing so we can plan accordingly.

Join the provincial movement in support of Catholic schools! See you soon!

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OLA Parish News

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Catholic children in Grade 2 (or older) are invited to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation at Our Lady of the Angels Parish.

Registration is open until October 4, 2019 - no late registrations will be accepted.

Class dates:

  • October 12, 2019 OLA Church meeting room 10:00 am (Parents and Children)
  • October 19, 2019 OLA Church meeting room 10:00 am (Children only)


  • October 26, 2019 OLA Church 10:00 am

Registration forms may be found on our school webiste or at the church office. There is a $25 registration fee to cover the costs of materials. Please provide a copy of your child's baptism certificate when registering. Registration forms and payment may be sent to school with your child, or dropped off at the church office. Please call the OLA Church office at 780-998-3288 with any questions.

Upcoming Sacramental Programs

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This Week Around OLA

Looking Ahead . . .

Monday, September 23

Tuesday, September 24

  • First Parish Visit - Father Kris & Father Daniel 9:00 am

Wednesday, September 25

  • School-wide Bus Evacuation Drill after morning attendance
  • Seed Survivor Program presented by Nutrien

Thursday, September 26

  • Annual Terry Fox Run - classes to run in the afternoon at the track across the street

Friday, September 27

  • Poet Leif Gregersen visits OLA for Alberta Culture Days
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and a Little Further Ahead . . .

September 30 Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters

September 30 Faith in Action Assembly 12:30 pm

September 30 Power Options student sign up

October - Read In Month

October 1 Circle of Security Workshop begins!

October 2 Early Dismissal at 2:19 pm

October 2 Boston Pizza Hot Lunch (by pre-order only)

October 2 Grade 1-4 Power Options

October 2 Early Dismissal at 2:19 pm

October 4 Registration Deadline for First Reconciliation at OLA Parish

October 7 - 11 Read In Week - Celebrate with Stories!

October 8 Pre-K/Kinder Safely on Board presentation

October 9 Kindergarten Safely on Board presentation

October 10 Thanksgiving Mass at OLA Church 1:00pm

October 11 Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

October 12 First Reconciliation Class 10:00 am at OLA Church

October 14 Thanksgiving Day - NO SCHOOL

October 16 Alberta Opera Presents Sleeping Beauty 9:30am at St. John XXIII School

October 16 Booster Juice Lunch (by pre-order only)

October 17 Lifetouch Picture Day

October 17 OLA School Council Meeting 7:00 pm

October 19 First Reconciliation Class 10:00 am at OLA Church

October 26 First Reconciliation Celebration 10:00 am at OLA Church

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.

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