Together in Learning and Faith

February 10 - Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School

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Reading The Territory and Land Acknowledgement during our school assemblies and meetings is an essential step toward reconciliation.

For a little giggle in the deep freeze...

Monday Faith Assembly

This past week we were grateful to have the RCMP join us at our Monday morning assembly to teach us about road safety - thank you for coming! 4E and 1LS will be leading us in morning prayer for the next few weeks - thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus.
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Outdoor Play in the Winter optimizes Learning

There are significant physical, emotional and social benefits to outdoor play in the winter. OLA's practice it to have children enjoy regular outdoor recess to -25 degrees Celsius or -25 WindChill, which ever is achieved first.

With us heading into a week of cold weather, children get "cabin fever" and need some outside time for their optimum learning. We may provide an opportunity for children to go outside after several days of indoor recess. We will double check to ensure children are well dressed to play outside for no more than 10 minutes, and an alternative indoor play in the gym will also be provided should some children choose to stay in, or if they do not have adequate outdoor wear. Thank you for talking with your child to encourage them to play outside when the opportunity exists. When buses are not running, recesses will remain indoors.

Please ensure your child comes to school wearing the following: snow pants, warm jacket, warm boots, toque, mitts and scarf/tube. Even on not-so-cold days, having the proper winter gear ensures children enjoy their free time in the fresh air.

For more information about WindChills and how to battle the cold weather...WindChill Fact Sheet from Environment Canada.

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Checkpoints in Learning

Thank you again for your patience as we worked through the technology glitches on PowerSchool to view your child's progress reports. They were made available on February 6th and are still available for view. Please log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal to access them. Please contact the school if you require assistance viewing your child's report.

Evidence of Learning Portfolios will be going home again in March and we will be holding another session of 3-Way Conferences on March 13th & 14th. We are super excited because OLA will also be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair during the week of 3-Way Conferences in March.

Should you wish to discuss your child’s progress before then, you may call the office to arrange an appointment with their teacher, or send them an email. Email addresses for all teaching staff are available here.

Round 1: Day 2 of OLA's Power Options

Power Options - Calling on Facilitators of Learning

Yup! That's you! You can be a facilitator of Learning!!

Round one of Power Options was a huge success. Thank you to our teachers and support staff, along with Sam LeDrew, Chantal Cadeau and Mitzi Jeddry for offering workshops for kids. The children adored the Science Experiments, Braiding and Cross Training workshops!

Round 2 Planning has begun!

We are looking for parents to offer OLA children a workshop to help them explore deeper growing and experience learning from the expertise of our parent community. Workshops can be linked to any of the Alberta Education Competencies (see below). The options workshops would be held on the early dismissal Wednesday in March (March 6) from 1-2pm and the repeated workshop again on April 3 from 1-2pm.

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

Come and join the fun!

Please email Mme Gravelle at

with your workshop idea before February 22, 2019.

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Alberta Education & EICS Surveys

There will be two surveys coming your way, and your voice matters to help guide OLA's future.

The first comes from Alberta Education and is called the Alberta Education Accountability Pillar Survey. Thank you for completing this survey when it comes to you. For more information about this survey, please click here.

A second survey directly from Elk Island Catholic Schools called The Assurance Survey gathers information to ensure OLA's progress is in alignment with our collaboratively created Assurance Plans, celebrates elements that are in alignment, and helps us as an OLA community to realign where needed, and thus guiding OLA's future direction.

When these surveys arrive in the mail or in your email inbox, thank you in advance for completing them. Your voice matters to help guide OLA's future!

School Fees

Thank you to the families who have paid their child's annual field trip and presentation fees. All school fees are now due. Reminder invoices will be going home shortly. It is strongly encouraged that school fees be paid earlier than later as these funds allow for your child's enhanced programming at OLA.

Celebrating a Month of Literacy!

Loving Reading: " Dress as your favourite character in a Story Day"

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A Story For Every Child

On February 27 from 12:30 - 1:30pm OLA is hosting A Story for Every Child. We are aiming to have one adult from our community come and read with and to one student attending OLA.

We are inviting parents, grandparents, volunteers, community members to come and join us for an hour and share your love of reading with OLA children. Books will be provided, or you can bring your favorite ones from home.

If you are interested, please contact your child's teacher, or you can email to confirm that you'll be there. Bring a friend or two and please let us know they too are coming!

We are also inviting members of our Fort Saskatchewan working community who would love some volunteer hours to come and read with a child.

We need approximately 180 readers - a lofty goal, and it's for the kids!!

Please spread the word and please contact us to confirm that you'll join us.

Feel free to contact the school for more information at 780-998-3716.

Celebrating More Stories during Read-In Month at OLA

Grade 3 T-Pet on Hearing and Sound

OLA School Council News

Fort Saskatchewan Catholic Schools Parent Society Playground Meeting

We will be sharing a great deal of new information. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

If you would like to see an additional playground at OLA, and help with playgrounds at our fellow EICS Fort Saskatchewan Catholic Schools, we need your help.

Please join us tomorrow evening, Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 pm at OLA School. We will be discussing the fundraising situation and looking for ideas and volunteers.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Playground Society

Alberta School Council Association Workshop

Parents, we have been invited by the SJ23 school council, to join them for a 90 min workshop on Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30pm. The workshop is put on by the Alberta School Council Association as a refresher for the purpose of a school council. If you wish to attend please let us know so we have an idea of numbers. You may email: or text/call Sam at 780-722-4442 with any questions or to RSVP as attending.

OLA School Council


A huge thank you to Mitzi Jeddry for taking on the title of Read-a-thon coordinator!

We are looking for some people to volunteer to help her with this fundraiser. If you are interested in helping please email

OLA Parish News

First Eucharist Celebration

Thank you to our dedicated OLA Sacrament Preparation Team for sharing their gifts and talents. The classes for First Eucharist have been completed and our First Communicants will receive Holy Communion for the first time on Sunday, February 24th, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of the Angels Church.

News from our school's Family Wellness Worker

Mrs. Eleanor Heesing would like to share these upcoming workshops with you. For more information please visit our Family Wellness page found under the Parent tab of our school website.
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Tech Time: Google Tools for Your Child

How to use Google tools to support your EICS student

Did you know your child, as an EICS student, has access to G Suite for Education? These tools allow students to access, share, and create knowledge that supports their learning. On February 28th from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at our new EICS Central Learning Services please come to learn what Google for Education tools your child has access to and explore how to use those tools to support them at home. This session is for all learners, whether you are a beginner or have experience with technology.

There are limited spaces so please register here or go to

Please bring your child's EICS login information (if you don't know how to access this please ask your child or your child's teacher). If the login information is not available we will have alternative logins so everyone can participate.

Central Learning Services

310 Broadview Road

Sherwood Park, AB

T8H 1A4

If you have any questions, please contact your school administrator or Heather van Streun.

Heather van Streun

Elk Island Catholic Schools Learning Services Consultant


Work: 780-449-7489 Cell: 780-863-5335

Looking Ahead . . .

Monday, February 11

  • Monday Faith Assembly 9:00 am in the gym - everyone welcome!

Tuesday, February 12

  • Parish Priests visit
  • Noon Supervisor Meeting 11-12am
  • OLA & SJXXIII School Council Parent Workshop at SJXXIII 6:30pm

Wednesday, February 13

  • EICS Assistant Superintendent Therese Dechamplain-Good reads to 2Oi 9:30 - 10:00am
  • EICS Assistant Superintendent Paul Corrigan reads to 1LS 10:00 - 10:30am
  • Catholic School, Chaplain and Parish meeting at OLA Parish 11:30am
  • FS Catholic School Playground Meeting at OLA 6:30pm

Thursday, February 14

  • Pre-Kindergarten Valentine's Day party 10:00 - 11:30
  • Grade 3 Rec Swim 1-2:30pm
  • Happy Valentine's Day

Friday, February 15

  • NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - Staff Professional Development Day
  • Happy Birthday Canada Flag!

And a Little Further Ahead . . .

February 18: Family Day - No School

February 19: Faith Assembly 9:00am - All are welcome!

February 19: Parish Visit 9-10am

February 19: EICS Trustee Justine Wright to read to 3K 1-1:30pm

February 21: Grade 3K Peruvian Masks

February 21: 100th day of School

February 22: Grade 2 T-Pet Presentation Buoyancy & Boats (2Oi AM/2CL PM)

February 24: First Eucharist Celebration Mass 2:00 pm

February 25: OLA Open House - all day . . . please help spread the word!

February 27: OLA's A Story for Every Child 12:30 - 1:30pm - Calling all readers!

February 28: Google for Education Parent Workshop 7:00 - 8:30 pm at CLS (please see details above)

April 10 OLA Early Learning Parent Information Evening 7:00 - 8:30 pm

For more upcoming dates, please visit our website calendar.

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

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