Together in Learning and Faith

June 23 - Our Lady of the Angels School

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SLS Faith Team Lemonade Stand

On Tuesday, June 25th the Faith Team is going to have a lemonade stand to raise money for Valeda House.

The lemonade costs 50¢ per cup. The Faith Team is also serving iced tea and pink lemonade. We are hoping to raise $150 for Valeda House to accomplish our goal from the beginning of the year.

The stand will be hosted at lunch recess.

Time to kick off summer with some cool lemonade!

Avery & Kayden

on behalf of the

Servant Leadership Squad Faith Team

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Transportation for Next Year

Transportation Services has asked that if there will be a change in the busing for your child next year to please submit a new Transportation Request. These are required if:

  • your child will be attending a different school (ie. Grade 4's moving to St. John Paul II)
  • new drop-off or pick-up location
  • students wishing to access busing for the first time

Please follow these simple step to submit a new Transportation Request:

  1. Log into your PowerSchool ParentPortal
  2. Select "SchoolEngage - Student Forms" from the menu of the left
  3. Once you are in the form management system please choose the student you are requesting transportation for and click "New" beside the form titled "Transportation Request Form".
  4. Fill out all of the required details on the form and press submit to send your request to the transportation department.

Transportation Fees are due by June 30, 2019 and can be paid via your PowerSchool ParentPortal.

If you require further assistance, or have any questions about busing, you can reach EICS Transportation Services at 780-449-6480, or by email at:

Lost & Found

Ms. Gordon, our school custodian, has kindly organized our many lost and found items on tables in the main hallway. Please encourage your child to take a close look for items that may be missing from your home!
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Progress Reports - Celebrating Your Child's Learning

As with 3-Way Conferences and Evidence of Learning Portfolios, your child's progress reports is another checkpoint in your child's learning. Year end progress reports will be available for viewing on June 27th at 3:19 pm in PowerSchool. Please contact the school office at 780-998-3716 before then if you need assistance accessing your child's report.
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Thank you for choosing Catholic Education!

Catholic Schools Raise the Standards

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Supply Lists for 2019 - 2020

Please visit our school website for classroom supply lists for next year.

This year EICS has partnered with Staples to provide an affordable and convenient way to shop for your child's supplies . . . you can order online until July 21st and the supplies will be delivered directly to OLA School. Parents are encouraged to pick up supplies the morning of August 27th; the Staples supplies include labels and we thank you for putting these on your child's belongings.

There is no obligation to purchase your supplies from Staples, it is simply one convenient option.

Grade 4 Farewell Mass

This past Tuesday we celebrated our Grade 4's at a special Farewell Mass at Our Lady of the Angels Parish. Our Grade 4's were readers, altar servers, and gift bearers . . . what beautiful acts of service as they prepare to spread their wings and fly onto their next adventure.

We thank Father Kris and Father Anthony for always welcoming us with joy at OLA Church.

And as a staff, OLA School wishes all our Grade 4's the most abundant blessings. Peace be with you, always. God Bless.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

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Grade 3 at the Valley Zoo

Grade 2 Ukrainian Cultural Village

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Grade 4 Returns to Kindergarten

Still Time to Order a Yearbook

Yearbook orders will be accepted until noon on Thursday, June 27th . If you wish to order online please visit the Lifetouch Yearbook page and enter our OLA School code: 13473619. You can also print the order form below and return it and the yearbook payment to school with your child.

Heather Spracklin

Yearbook Chair

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Preparing for Les Trois Petits Cochons

Milk Day at OLA!

We have a special and generous OLA family who would love to treat the Grade 1-4 classes to milk at lunch on Monday, June 24th (our Pre-K and Kinders enjoyed their milk treat last Friday)!

Should your child need a non-milk alternative, or if you would like your child to not receive milk, please take a moment to email our OLA Club Moo Coordinator, Mrs. Jacqueline Holder and let her know your child's name and class. Thank you for indicating a milk alternative or no milk request.

Jacqueline Holder

OLA Club Moo representative

Planning for Success in 2019-2020

Ensuring Positive Transitions - A few more details

At OLA, children's successful learning and growing, emotionally, academically, socially, mentally and physically are top priorities. One of the ways we help to ensure successful whole-child growth is through conscious and purposeful planning to support positive transitions from one stage of learning to another, with a little extra TLC for our grade 4 students who are growing to St. JPII. Some of the ways we have facilitated these positive transitions so far are:

  • Reconnecting with our St. John XXIII friends at the Alberta Opera presentation;
  • Having our grade 4s go to St. John Paul II Catholic School with their SJXXIII friends to tour the school;
  • Welcoming the Principal and Assistant Principal from St. JPII to connect with students before their arrival;
  • Inviting St. JPII students to facilitate fun day activities;
  • Facilitating Power Options where children have the opportunity to work with and learn with teachers beyond their grade level and interact with peers in and around their grade level;
  • Ensuring all children at OLA are collectively loved and cared for, no matter what their homeroom or grade;
  • In April, as partners in children's learning, parents were invited to participate in the process of classroom composition by sharing information that may be relevant to the process;
  • Our Pre-Kindergarten children have had opportunities to learn and play in the Kindergarten space as well as learn from our current Kindergarten children.
  • Taking into account the many factors that affect classroom composition, the OLA teaching and learning support teams continue to plan for children's success by visiting and revising class compositions to best serve all students.

These a just a few pieces of the purposeful planning that has occurred to build connections and positive transitions.

More Ways to Ensure Positive Learning and Growing

The following are a few more purposeful steps on the journey to support all children's learning:

  • In the afternoon of Tuesday, June 18, Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3 families learned who their child's next year's homeroom teacher(s) will be. This alloses families to engage in positive conversations about the upcoming year and set the stage for the exciting learning experiences coming up.
  • On June 27th, our Grade 4 children and families will learn who their grade 5 homeroom teacher(s) will be on their progress reports through PowerSchool. We will gladly share a reminder for you to take a peek.
  • Grade 4 students reconnected again with their St. John XXIII peers at Millennium Place on June 17 for their year end field trip.
  • On Wednesday, June 19 Kindergarten to Grade 3 children had the opportunity to visit and get to know their next year's teacher as well as spend some time with their next year's class peers.
  • Also on June 19, while grade our Kinders to grade 3 students spend a little time with their next year's teachers, the Grade 4 children enjoyed the opportunity to "return to their roots" and spend time reminiscing through play in the Kindergarten and PreKindergarten classrooms with Mrs. Weller and Mme Gravelle!
  • Teachers and the learning support team will engage in transition conversations with next year's teachers, discussing every child, to ensure all the great learning progress continues. These conversations highlight the strategies that work well to help each child grow and learn in their unique ways and at their individual learning paces.
  • Sharing information about what children will learn next year to invite parents to be companions on the learning journey.

Around OLA...

Committed to Successful Learning and Growing

Every year we collectively review our contexts to determine how best to serve all OLA students. Doing what is best for all children means looking at each year's context through a variety of lenses to determine how to best serve all students' needs with the resources available. At the School Council meeting in May, parents engaged in a similar review process, and provided their perspectives and feedback to best serve all children at OLA. With all of the data and the best interest of all of our students at the heart of every decision, our decisions are well informed. Thank you for everyone's partnership and participation in the process. As such, OLA will have some combined classes in the 2019-2020 school year. Many schools in EICS are responding similarly and planning for successful learning through combined classes. In response, EICS is creating a Combined Class Cohort to further support and celebrate student learning and to share best practices. For more information about combined classes, we invite you to click here.

In every classroom, straight-grade or combined, learners are working at varying levels in math, reading and writing, as well, they are at different points on their learning journey socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Combined classes are rich and diverse learning environments that create opportunities for students to work with a wide-range of individuals with different strengths, lived experiences and backgrounds.

Combined classrooms look like any other classroom and in fact, every class is a combined class. The vast majority of the Alberta Curriculum has similar outcomes across each grade level with an increased depth to their demonstration, understanding and application, building from one year to the next. This translates to the fact that children in different grade levels are working on many of the same concepts. Additionally, in straight grade classes there are children working on learning outcomes that are above grade level for their enrichment or at a younger grade levels to accommodate their learning. We invite you to visit the links below for more information about what your child will be learning at each grade level.

As with every class, teachers work to meet each student where they are on their learning journey and help move them along the learning continuum regardless of their grade level. Additionally, assessments for and of learning are collected in a variety of ways to create a complete picture of learning. This is called Triangulation, and teachers assess through observations, products and conversations. In every classroom, combined or straight-grade, children are experimenting, exploring, discovering and being nurtured and loved by all staff at OLA.

What will my child learn next year?

In addition to learning how much God loves each and every one of His children, learning how to play, be curious, encourage, care for, spread joy and peace and deepen their relationships with Christ, along with building strong meaningful connections with their mentors, teachers, OLA's support team and their peers, children also work to achieve specific learning outcomes as outlined by Alberta Education.

As you may know, the Alberta Curriculum will be changing. We are waiting word from the new government as to the implementation timeline. For now, to be companions on your child's learning journey, we invite you to click on the links below. The first link allows you to dig a little deeper into each subject area. The second link is an overall view of what will be explored at that grade level.

Kindergarten, Kindergarten at a Glance

Grade 1, Grade 1 at a Glance

Grade 2, Grade 2 at a Glance

Grade 3, Grade 3 at a Glance

Grade 4, Grade 4 at a Glance

Grade 5, Grade 5 at a Glance

Registration at OLA continues to be OPEN!

Pre-Kindergarten at OLA has limited spaces in morning class and we are proud to share that in collaboration with SJXXIII Catholic School we have opened an afternoon Pre-Kindergarten class hosted at SJXXIII! Spread the Word! Come journey with us!

We are very blessed to have a Pre-Kindergarten program at OLA that is led by a certified teacher that focuses on a faith and student-centered approach to learning and discovery. Our Pre-K teacher, along with an Early Learning team consisting of; Speech and Language Pathologist and assistants, Occupational Therapist, Early Learning Consultants, Physio Therapist, and educational assistants that work together to provide an inclusive program where all students can learn and develop in a responsive environment. Our Team works closely with families to provide support and screening of important developmental milestones.

Kindergarten Registration is open too and our doors are wide open! We continue to have space for Kindergarten children. We also continue to welcome children in grades 1-4. OLA is an amazing place to learn and grow together! Spread the great news!

Come Play, Learn, and Grow with us!

Click HERE for registration details!

Final Call for ALL Library Materials

As the school year winds down please ensure all outstanding library books and school materials are returned. Thank you!

OLA School Council News

Boston Pizza's Operation Education

A reminder to please send in your Boston Pizza receipts. OLA School Council continues to partner with BP's Operation Education to help raise funds to support the many programs offered by our OLA SC. Our School Council will receive 5% back on all Boston Pizza receipts collected! Please ask your friends and family to save their receipts, too - they can be dropped off at the school office anytime until the last day of school.

OLA Parish News

OLA Parish Vacation Bible Camp

Our Lady of the Angels Church will be hosting a Children's Bible Camp from July 22 - 26 running from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm each day! Please contact the parish office to register.

Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church

10004 - 101 St.

Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Phone: 780-998-3288

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Looking Ahead . . .

Monday, June 24

  • No Faith Assembly (Farewell Year-end Assembly Thursday, June 27th at 9:30 am)
  • Grade 4 Les Trois Petits Cochons (25 minute mini-plays) 4V 10:00 am & 4E 10:50 am
  • MILK DAY at OLA! - thank you for the generous donation
  • Kokum Doreen returns for a visit in the afternoon
  • Grade 4 Drama Movie Trailer Premiere 1:00 pm in the gym

Tuesday, June 25

  • Final parish visit of the year

  • SLS Faith Team Lemonade Sale - please send 50¢ to support Valeda House

  • Grade 3 swimming 1:00 pm at Harbour Pool

Thursday, June 27

  • Final Assembly of the Year 9:30 am - let's celebrate an amazing year at OLA!

  • June 27 Last day of school for students - Here comes summer!

  • Progress reports available on your PowerSchool ParentPortal

  • Grade 4s learn their homeroom teacher on Progress Reports

Friday, June 28

  • Final day for staff

Tuesday, September 3

  • First Day of School for 2019 - 2020!

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

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

"Dear young people, I would like to tell each one of you: God loves you; never doubt it, whatever happens to you in life; under any circumstances, you are infinitely loved."

Pope Francis

Twitter, June 20, 2019

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