This Week at École OLPH School

December 9 to 13

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.

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Principal Message

Dear Parents,

A Prayer for the Second Sunday of Advent

God of power and mercy open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory.

Jesus, you came among us with the irresistible power of a baby,

requiring both our hands and captivating our whole hearts.

Help us to cast aside the sin and brokenness that we cling to,

so we might be ready to hold you when you come again.

For he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.


God Bless,

M. Morin


École OLPH

A Reading From The Gospel for Sunday, December 8, 2019

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."

This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight."

Now John wore cloting of camel's hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Weekly Events at École OLPH

Monday, December 9
  • Hot Lunch ~ Hot Dog Lunch
  • Junior High Boys B ~ Basketball Practice ~ 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
  • Grade 6 ~ Telus World of Science ~ Field Trip ~ All Day
  • Junior High Girls A ~ Basketball Practice ~ 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 10

  • Junior High Girls B ~ Basketball Practice ~ 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

Wednesday, December 11

  • Face to Face Ministry ~ All Day ~ Details to follow
  • Hot Lunch ~ Wild Wing
  • Junior High Girls B ~ Basketball Practice ~ 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
  • Linking Generations ~ Summerwood ~ 11:50 a.m. to 1:32 p.m.
  • Linking Generations ~ Cloverbar ~ 12:25 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Junior High Boys A ~ Basketball Practice ~ 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 12
  • Peer Partners ~ 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Friday, December 13

  • Junior High Girls A ~ Basketball Practice ~ 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Junior High ~ Basketball Tournament ~ 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ~ École OLPH Gym
  • Grade 5G ~ Edmonton Oil Kings Game Field Trip ~ 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 14

  • Junior High ~ Basketball Tournament ~ 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ~ École OLPH Gym

Important Dates to Remember!!!

December 16, 2019

  • Robotiques Tournament ~ All Day ~ École OLPH Gym

December 17, 2019

  • Grade 5/6 ~ Non-SFL ~ Swimming at Emerald Hills ~ 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

December 18, 2019

  • Hot Lunch ~ A&W
  • École OLPH School Mass ~ OLPH Church ~ 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a..m.
  • Linking Generations ~ Summerwood ~ 11:50 a.m. to 1:32 p.m.
  • Linking Generations ~ Clover Bar ~ 12:25 p.m. to 1:32 p.m.

December 23 to January 5, 2019

  • Christmas Break ~ No School

January 6, 2019

  • First Day Back After Christmas Break

Advent Prayers

Dear Parents,

Please join us as we count down to Christmas by sharing Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.

God Bless

December 8 (Second Sunday of Advent)

  • Live at peace with all. ~ Romans 12:18

December 9

  • If you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way. ~ Thomas Aquinas.

December 10

  • The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

December 11

  • It is Christmas every time you let God love other through you. ~ Mother Teresa.

December 12

  • Community is a sign that love is possible. ~ Jean Vanier.

December 13

  • So faith, hope, love remain, these three but the greatest of these is love. ~ Corinthians 13:13.

December 14

  • Live at peace with all. ~ Romans 12:18

Dr. Jody Carrington ~ (Re) Connection Challenge

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Caught Doing Good!!!

Dear Parents,

Each week, all students will be given a challenge of getting "Caught Doing Good".

When a student is "Caught Doing Good," they will be given a coupon upon which they will write their name and enter it into a draw. Twice a month, a draw will be made out of all the coupons received in the office for a wonderful prize.

Congratulations to the following student

Who Was Caught Doing Good!!!

Nicole Nicholas ~ 6L


Marrin Johnson ~ 7S

Merci beaucoup / Thank you very much to all the students who worked hard to receive coupons for doing the right things!

Rafiki Bracelets Change Lives!!!

Dear Parents,

Rafiki Bracelets are inspired by Maasai beading traditions in Kenya, handmade with love by women known as mamas—extraordinary, talented women who are beading their way to a brighter future for themselves and their families.

Available in a wide range of styles and colors, Rafikis make a wonderful gift for anyone, any budget and any occasion. (see picture above).

With every $10 Rafiki purchased, you give one of five life-changing impacts in a developing community—education, water, health, food or financial opportunity.

In addition, the WE Foundation is assisting École OLPH Catholic School in its local fundraising efforts to support Valeda House. All money raised from the sale of the Rafiki bracelets will be donated to the Sign of Hope- Valeda House program.

Rafikis will be available for purchase from 8:25 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in the morning from Monday, Dececmber 9th to Wednesday, December 18th in the front foyer.

God Bless

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A Christmas Miracle ~ Help to Decorate Our Tree!!!

Dear Parents/Guardians:

One of the many programs that Catholic Social Services operates through the Sign of Hope Campaign is Valeda House. EICS is proud to support this important project. Valeda House provides temporary, immediate housing for pregnant women and women with young children who are homeless or at risk of getting children apprehended.

This service provides:

  • temporary, immediate housing in a 6-bedroom facility for 6-12 months that aims to create a sense of community for the residents


  • on-site community workers

  • basic living skills building

  • support in finding independent long-term housing options

  • support to have a healthy, safe pregnancy and increase their chances of keeping the child(ren) in their care

Every EICS school has been encouraged to support this worthy initiative. At École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School, we are promoting

A Christmas Miracle.

Help to Decorate our Tree!

As our school’s social justice initiative for Christmas, we are encouraging either cash donations to support the Valeda House Program itself, gift card donations or Christmas gifts that would be suitable for these women and their children who will soon be starting their new independent lives.

Gift cards from places like WalMart, Winners, Old Navy, Tim Hortons, McDonalds, etc. would be welcomed choices. For the children, new toys, books or clothing would be greatly appreciated, and new toiletries would also be welcomed by the mothers.

Currently, there are four young women at Valeda House. There are two one-year-old boys, one three-month-old boy, and a baby on its way.

All gift cards and cash donations may be dropped off at the office in the Valeda House Donation Box and gifts for the women and children may be placed either on or under the Christmas Tree in the front foyer.

***When students drop off either a gift card or a gift, they are encouraged to take one of the Christmas decorations from the container in the office, write their name on the back, and put it on the tree.

Please help us promote and teach our children to give to others this Christmas by supporting this worthy initiative. If you have any questions, concerns or other ways to support this program, please feel free to contact Mme Denise Gagnon @

Thank you in advance for your support.

Mme Denise Gagnon (Leadership Option)

Basketball 5/6

Basketball 5/6!

Grade 5 and 6 students who are interested in playing for the grade 5 and 6 basketball teams, please grab a registration form from the office.

The two tournaments will be held on Friday, January 31st and Friday, February 28th.

The tournaments will be at Holy Redeemer and OLPH.

It cost $5 to register plus $18 for a team t-shirt should you wish to purchase one.

Please send any questions to Mme Taylor-

Went the Saints Come Marching In!!!

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Week 1 Advent Celebration

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OLPH Parish ~ Christmas Mass Times

Dear Parents,

Below are the OLPH Parish ~ Christmas Mass Times.

Christmas Eve ~ Mass Times

4:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 12:00 a.m. (midnight)

Christmas Day ~ Mass Times

8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

God Bless

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École OLPH School Fees

Dear Parents,

Please be advised that all school fees have been posted on your parent portal. Your fees are now due.

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

God Bless

Important Information

Dear Parent Community,

As many of you are aware, school divisions across Alberta have been dealing with a new fiscal reality since the Alberta budget was announced in late October. Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS) division staff and school leadership have been working collaboratively to find efficiencies and cost-savings in every single budget.

Our primary focus was to lessen the impact on students that any adjustments would cause in dealing with funding reductions. If you would like more information on the EICS Budget for 2019-2020, please have a look at the recent statement by the Board of Trustees which was released on November 29, 2019.

These funding reductions will affect our own school by having to make some staff adjustments. Our school staff community will continue to work together to lessen the impact that these changes will have on our students.

Please feel free to contact M. Morin at or 780-467-5631 if you have any questions or concerns. As a school community and staff, we will continue to support one another during these challenging times with continued strength and resolve.

God Bless

Cell Phones in École OLPH

Dear Parents,

This is just a reminder that students are not to bring their phones into class during instructional time.

Students must keep their personal phones in their lockers during class time. Students are able to use their phones before and after school, and during recess and lunch.

Parents, should there be an emergency and you need to get a hold of your child, you may contact the office.

Should you have any questions in regards to this, please contact M. St.Jean at the school at 780-467-5631.

God Bless.

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Voyage Quebec - Cash for Christmas Raffle

Dear Parents,

This is a fundraiser in support of this year’s Grade 8 Voyage Québec Trip.

If you would like to purchase tickets ($2.50 each):

  • Stop by our table at Parent-Teacher Conferences on November 19 & 21

  • Ask a friendly Grade 8 family if they have tickets for sale

The draw will take place on December 17, 2019.

Good luck!

Digital Consent - 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!!!

Yearly Digital Consent

Dear Parents,

``A personally owned device must meet the educational needs of the school and district. The ability for a student to use any form of technology within school is a privilege. If the student doesn’t follow the guidelines the student may lose the privilege of using the device and network access may be suspended.``

" The student must comply with a staff request to shutdown the device or put the screen to sleep"

" Violation of any EICS School Board policies, Administrative Procedures, Responsible Use Agreement, this user agreement or school rules involving a student’s personally owned device may result in the loss of use of the device in school and/or disciplinary action"

During instructional time, students have the privilege to use their devices, but if they are playing games, etc, they are guilty of not following the contract they have signed.

As parents, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mme Moniz at or 780-467-5631.

God Bless

Local Fundraiser - A Former EICS Student!!

Dear OLPH families,

I understand that fundraisers are a plenty but I wanted to share a special one that is unique to our community of EICS.

A former EICS student, George Miok, was a soldier who gave his life for our freedoms and privileges of being a Canadian.

Please take the time on Remembrance Day to think about the sacrifices that many brave women and men have made so that we may all enjoy the freedoms that we have.

Every dollar raised from this Jacek Sgt. George Miok Chocolate collection will be reinvested in the children in the community to ensure that the sacrifice of a great man, who gave his life for the belief of those freedoms, shall never be forgotten.

Thank you for your support for this special cause.

Lest we forget.

Mme Simone Moniz

Family Wellness Worker

École OLPH


School Council Corner

Dear Parents,

Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday! A reminder that the OLPH Spirit Wear orders will be ready for pick up on December 20th after school. Please email if you cannot make it to make other arrangements. You may also give us permission to let your son or daughter take it home but you must email us to let us know. If it is a gift, we will happily meet with you separately.

Fundscip orders are still available until December 15th if you are interested in purchasing them before Christmas. Go to: Canada's Most Successful Gift Card Fundraiser - Home - FundScrip and enter

invitation code PETQYC.

Canada's Most Successful Gift Card Fundraiser - Home - FundScrip


FundScrip is a free and easy to run Canadian gift card fundraising program for your school, church, sports team,...

There will be no School Council meeting in December. We hope to see you at our next meeting on January 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

We want to thank all of the parent volunteers, class reps and executive for all of their time and commitment during the start of this new school year. None of our fun events would be possible without their time and dedication.

Happy Holidays!

OLPH School Council

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École OLPH - Nut Aware School

Dear Parents,

École OLPH is a Nut Aware School.

With the increase of students with serious allergies in our school, we are attempting to create a “Nut-Aware” environment.

We request that you refrain from sending peanut-butter sandwiches, cookies & treats that contain nuts and any nut-based snacks.

Every child’s health & safety are important to us and we appreciate your active concern and response to this request.

God Bless.

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École OLPH Canteen

Dear Parents

The canteen will open every Thursday at lunch.

Each item on the cart will sell for a dollar. Please bring small change only.

On hot lunch days there are times when vendors send extra food. If this is the case your child would be more than welcome to purchase any extra items.

Thank you,
Pam and Shaness


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

School Fees & Fee Waiver Program

Dear Parents,

Please be advised that school fees have been posted on your child’s PowerSchool account.

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

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.

OLPH Parish Bulletin - Week of December 8, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please click on the link below for the OLPH Parish Bulletin for Sunday, December 8, 2019.

God Bless

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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