Choose Joy!

Week of November 16, 2020

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Outdoor Free Play is Important in Winter Too!'s getting chillier outside, and the air is getting more crisp. Getting outside for fresh air free play is just as important now and even more so as the weather gets colder. Thank you for ensuring your child is appropriately dressed to play outside. As the temperatures drop, it's important to know our guidelines for playing outside. Please click here for OLA and EICS' Guideline for Outdoor Play when the weather gets cold.

Students will be playing outside for their regular duration to -25 degrees Celsius or -25 Windchill. This includes when they arrive at school in the morning and each of their recesses during the day. Each free play-recess is 20 minutes or less. Teachers may choose to take children outside for Physical Education or Daily Physical Activity which may be longer. To ensure children are able to fully enjoy their time outside - thank you for helping them dress appropriately.

Should you need assistance with appropriate clothing for your child for winter, please connect with your child's teacher, Mme Gravelle, Mrs. Weller or Mrs. Heesing.

We are here to help!

Introducing: Polar Bear Recess!

Fresh air and free play are good for our hearts, bodies, minds and souls. Fresh air and free play also optimizes a child's ability to learn and grow. So we are introducing Polar Bear Recesses!

On days when it's colder than -25 degrees Celsius (temperature or Windchill) and children have indoor recess play for their first several recesses, students will have the option to enjoy a Polar Bear Recess for their last recess!

What is a Polar Bear Recess?

One of our OLA Polar Bears: Mrs. Kowal, Mr. Persaud, Mrs. Gingras, Mrs. VanEngelen, Mrs. MacLean or Mme Gravelle will accompany children outside for an optional 15 minute outdoor free play time. Children will be fully dressed (so we can only see their eyes!) and enjoy some outdoor fresh air and free play. Thank you for encouraging your child to participate, and helping them stay well dressed for enjoyable outdoor play - not just for Polar Bear Recesses.

Polar Bear recesses are optional, and students who wish to remain indoors will continue their indoor free play in their class.

Refreshing Our Memory: Friendly Reminders

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Friendly Reminder Checklist

Here's just a little help to kick off a great restart this week! Friendly reminders are always appreciated!

School Checklist:

  • Completed the daily screening and answered no to all the questions
  • Mask
  • Mini-Hand sanitizer (optional - we have lots at the school :-)
  • Warm Outdoor Clothing (if not, we can help. Contact your teacher or anyone in the office)
  • Tea Towel for a picnic lunch. This helps to ensure eating and working spaces stay clean
  • Arriving to school on time: Between 8:33am and 8:45am - Free play first thing in the morning helps children ease into the day, and sets them up for learning success!
  • Healthy Lunch for brain food and great learning
  • Smile & Choose Joy
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Some Things Will Never Change

No matter what is going on around us, there are many things that will never change at OLA:

  • Children and families will be welcomed with joy and experience the love of Christ.

  • As family, we will work together to support and encourage one another.

  • The social, emotional and spiritual wellness of your child, OLA staff and families will continue to be priorities

  • Ensuring children learn and grow in a safe, caring and loving environment is an essential condition

  • We will laugh, love and grow together.

  • Joy and gratitude will keep us grounded with Grace.

  • Our Faith, Literacy and Numeracy are educational priorities

  • We will continue to grow and learn together

  • Decisions for optimal learning and growing will be research based

  • You are Loved. First, Last & Always.

For Everyone's Safety and Wellness

At OLA, student, staff and family wellness continue to be priorities. Our many protocols and processes are in place to ensure exactly that:

  • Daily Screening
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Respiratory Hygiene
  • Enhanced Cleaning
  • Cohorting
  • Routines to create space (ie. Colour Groups)
  • Learning space organization for distance maximization
  • Closed campus
  • Mask wearing
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This week @ OLA

School Begins at 8:45am - Thank you for your help to ensure children arrive between 8:33am and 8:45am so they ease into their day. This helps to set them up for successful learning and growing.

Power Options Begin This Week! Ask your child what their class chose to learn!

Monday, November 16

  • Welcome Back!
  • Welcome Back to Online Learners and Kinder students returning to OLA
  • Cohort Assemblies
  • Choosing Joy today!

Tuesday, November 17

  • School Council Virtual Meeting 7:00 p.m. - Look for the Google Meet Link in your email inbox (or junk mail!)
  • A great day to learn and grow together!
  • Poinsettia Cash orders due

Wednesday, November 18

  • More spectacular learning and growing!
  • Staff Before School Morning Mass in Chapel with Father Kris
  • Virtual Morning Announcements today - and every Wednesday!
  • Last day: Poinsettia online orders due - Click here to order!

Thursday, November 19

  • A great day to be in community together!

Friday, November 20

  • Friyay! Where will you Choose Joy today?


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

You can view our Kindergarten Calendar here.

School Fees

School fees have now been added to your PowerSchool ParentPortal and are now due. Payment can be made by debit or credit card by visiting your PowerSchool account.

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

If the paying of fees is a financial difficulty you may be eligible for the EICS Fee Waiver Program. A fee waiver form can be found here or on the EICS website. The deadline for applications is December 13, 2020.

All unpaid fees by March 1, 2021 may be sent to a collections agency. Please reach out if you have difficulty paying your child's school fees before December 1, 2020.

Quotes of the Week

We love children!

"Ms Cyca," a student said to her very distressed, "My pockets in my pants haven't been working all day and I don't know why!"

Ms Cyca: "Oh my sweetheart. That’s because you have your pants on backwards."


In conversation this week, one of my boys asked me:

"Mrs. Martinez, do you know this song? It's old."


Student: "Hey Mrs. V. can you hold my mask?

Mrs. V: "Why sure I will. Wait!!!! Why is it wet?"

Student: "Well it fell in the urinal while I was peeing. I was just going to let it dry out."

Mrs. V.: "Well how about we go put it in a baggie and you can take it home and mom can wash it and then let’s go wash your hands for 20 seconds."

Thank you for washing your child's mask each day!

Masks @ OLA

To keep our OLA community safe and well, masks continue to be mandatory for all staff and grade 4 students and they are they are highly encouraged to be worn throughout the day for children in Kindergarten to grade 3.

To assist in your child's learning, teachers have the opportunity to work in small groups with your child. Additionally, in music class, signing is a large part of the program, and when children wear their masks, they can engage in this brain-stimulating activity.

During these sacred times, its important that masks be worn to mitigate transmission risks. Thank you for working with your child to ensure they bring their masks to school and wear them during the day, especially during music class and during small group learning time. We will continue to encourage your child to do the same while they are at school.

Together, we've got this!

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First Communion and Reconciliation

If you would like your child to receive their First Communion this year and they have not yet celebrated their First Reconciliation, please contact the OLA Parish office at 780-998-3288 to make an appointment to meet with Father Kris.

First Eucharist Registration Form & First Eucharist Brochure

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1&2M Building Our Community Together

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OLA is Searching For...

Looking to purge a little? Doing a little winter cleaning?

OLA is in search of shelving units like the one on the right for our children to put boots on. If you happen to have one that is sturdy (it doesn't have to be pretty) that casters can be put on - please connect with Mme Gravelle at

We continue to welcome donations such as:

  • Scrabble letter squares
  • Magnetic letters
  • Chalk board erasers
  • Books for our Grade 4 Classroom Library
  • Decodable Books
  • Complete Board Game sets
  • Decks of Cards
  • Puzzles

3SK Jersey Day

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Building Our Bank of Decodable Books

What are Decodable Books?

Decodable books are books that follow the rules. They can be sounded out by anyone who has been taught the sounds and letters that are used in that book. Systematic, sequential decodable books are a series of books that add a few more sound-letter correspondences in each subsequent book, or group of books, of that series. Click here for a few examples.

The goal of using decodable books: To help new readers and children with dyslexia master printed words and become fluent readers. They are a tool for learning to read and will eventually become a fond memory.

We welcome donations to the school (a tax receipt can be provided for donations over $25). We invite parents who are connected to organizations or grants that may be able to help us build our bank to support our developing readers.

Please connect with Mme Gravelle or Mrs. Weller if you wish to donate, or would like to partner to bring this to fruition at OLA. Thank you ion advance for your continued support!!

The Power of Parents Reading to Children

Of course, kids need to be immersed in books from the time they are infants. They need parents who read language-rich books with interesting characters that take them on amazing adventures. Children need library story time and books filled with pictures where they can imagine the stories even before they can read the words.

Strengthening children's literacy skills continues to be one of our top priorities at OLA, and we continue to focus on research based learning strategies to guide our practices.

OLA School Council News

See you at our next meeting, on Tuesday, November17th @ 7:00pm.

Google Meet link will be shared with you that day.

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

To connect with your OLA School Council, please email

See you on Tuesday!

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Click below to order your OLA Spirit Wear!

Poinsettia Fundraiser

Our Lady of the Angels School Council

3rd Annual Poinsettia Sale 2020

Nothing symbolizes Christmas like a beautiful Poinsettia, Christmas planter, or wreath in your home, office, or as a gift. We are excited to offer the usual options plus new ones!


- 6.5” pot poinsettias in red, pink or white Approximate plant height: 14-16" & width: 12-16" $15

-Holiday tropical planters Containers vary. Approximate plant height: 10-12" by 4-8" It includes four different tropical plants as well as a novelty pick or pinecone $35

-Hanging greenery 28-31” tall and 4-8” wide $35

-Wreaths Approx. 22" diameter $35

-Outdoor greenery arrangement 30-36" & width: 16-20" $45

Pictures will be available for viewing on the fundraising website, the school council area of the school website, and on the SC Facebook group ‘Ola parent Saskatchewan’.

Ordering and payment:

To follow all Covid protocols and limit the handling of returned paper forms and money, we have set up ordering and payment through a secure fundraising website:

If absolutely necessary, cash can be sent to the office with your child. If paying by cash please include the name on the order, and the total cost on a piece of paper with the cash so we can enter the payment on the website.

Cash payment due:Tuesday, November 17th (to allow time to process and input.)

Online payment due: Wednesday, November 18th.

Pick up:

Pick up will be Thursday, December 3rd, there are doors directly to the right of the main doors where we will be handling the pick ups to avoid interaction with the students to ensure their safety.

Time slots of 10 minutes have been set up on the website to select from when you place your order.

When you arrive if there are other people at the door please keep your distance until they have left.

Please remember the plants are vulnerable to cold temperatures, and will require water so they must be picked up on time, if you cannot make it please arrange for someone else to pick up for you.

Money raised will go towards our Library and Literacy budget, which includes new books and supplies for the library, mathletics fees and more.

As usual we ask that you share this with your friends and family to help us reach our goal. Buttons on the ordering website make sharing via FB, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or email easy!

For any questions or concerns please email

We thank you for your continued support and God’s Blessings this holiday season.

OLA School Council

Looking Ahead...

November 23, 2020
  • Picture retake day and M/W Kindergarten class Photos
  • Week 2 of Power Options

November 29, 2020

  • Advent Begins
December 2, 2020
  • Early Dismissal - 2:19 p.m.
  • School Spirit - Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

December 3, 2020

  • Poinsettia Order Pick ups

Advent and Christmas continue to be very important in our Liturgical year and in our lives as Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ. We will be celebrating it with the children and including you in the celebrations! It will look a little differently this year, so stay tuned for details on how we will be celebrating this important time in our faith and sharing Christ's joy and love with you!

Water Bottles

Drinking water regularly helps children's brains and bodies work at their best. Our water fountains are closed, and our water bottle filling stations remain open. Thank you for helping your child come to school with a pre-filled re-usable water bottle. Should they need a refill (Yeah!!) they are welcome to use the water bottle filling stations.

Thank you for encouraging your child to bring their water bottle home each day for washing.

Student Illness and your Child's Learning

If your child is home with these symptoms:

  • Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing, Runny Nose, Sore Throat, Chills Painful swallowing, Stuffy Nose, Headache, Muscle or joint aches, Feeling unwell, fatigue or severe exhaustion, Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite), Loss of sense of smell or taste, Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye.

Please email Mrs. Desaulniers, and cc: your child's homeroom teacher to share what symptoms your child is experiencing as well as an approximate date for your child's return so we can plan for your child's learning and growing in Literacy and Numeracy while away.

Updated Alberta Health Documents

3SK Prayer Labyrinth


We appreciate how challenging it is for you to keep your child at home when they experience symptoms, and keep them home until symptoms resolve and Covid tests results have been returned. We understand that having children stay home has impacts that are far reaching and sometimes complicated - many OLA staff are parents too, navigating the same guidelines. We also understand how much we want to cheat.

Thank you for keeping us informed as to how your child is progressing while at home. Many Grade 1 - 4 teacher have or are working towards creating Google Classrooms for your child, complete with classroom communication and learning activities to do at home. Thank you for connecting with your child for help to access your child's Google Classroom or connect with their teacher via email by clicking here.

We are in this together!