Called to More @ OLA

Week of September 20, 2021

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How our saints were called to more

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Learning about our Saints

Each month we will learn about a Saint, one each month, and learn about how they were "Called to More" We will also learn how they answered this call. Learning about how the Saints lived their lives will help us understand how we too can answer the "Call to More."

This month we learn about St. Teresa of Calculta who is the Patron Saint for Elk Island Catholic Schools!

After this Wednesday's virtual announcements, ask your child:

  • How does being Called to More “St Teresa style” look like at school?
  • What does "Treat others like they are Jesus" mean?
  • What do we mean when we say, "Start with one."

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This Week's Lucky Ducks

Our Lucky Ducks game brought much joy last's back by popular demand, and more often! If your child is celebrating a birthday at school, they are Lucky Ducks! Children will be called to Mme Gravelle's office to play the game Lucky Ducks and leave with a little token of celebration!

Thank you SO much to our families who answered the call for Lucky Duck brought many smiles to many children!

This Week @ OLA

Monday, September 20

  • Terry Fox Fun 12:30 - 3:15 pm

Tuesday, September 21

  • An awesome day to answer the "Call to More"

Wednesday, September 22

  • Virtual Announcements
  • EICS Public Board Meeting @ 2:30pm - virtual

Thursday, September 23

  • CEPAC Meeting @ 6:30pm - Virtual
  • Collaborative Response Meetings: OLA staff work together to ensure the learning success of all students
  • A great day to learn together!

Friday September 24

  • Today and every day, we answer the "Call to More!"


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Terry Fox Run

This year OLA's Terry Fox Run will occur in the afternoon of Monday, September 20th. Donation details have been sent to your email. You are invited to bring a Toonie for Terry on our Terry Fox Run day (Monday, September 20th) or you can donate through PowerSchool. Please see details in your email inbox, or call us at the school and we'd be happy to process your donation.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and for your support in Terry's Marathon of Hope.


Thank you very much for all your help ensuring children come to school with masks. A best practice to consider is writing your child's first name and class on the inside of their mask so that if they happen to misplace it, it's more likely to make it back to them.

We have a limited supply of masks to provide those who forget them or lose them, and when they are provided, we write their first name and class on the inside of them. When a child comes to the office a second time or more, we will let you know so that you can help your child be successful in this guideline.

Thank you for making the daily checklist review and packing a clean mask part of your "getting ready for school" routines. This practice will be become easier and easier. :-)

If you have any questions, please connect with us at 780-998-3716.

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Volunteers & Guests

As many of you know, there was an announcement made by the Alberta Government on September 15 regarding updated guidelines. Please click here for their impacts on EICS.

Rest assured, at OLA we began the year with excellent health and safety protocols in place. Therefore, the implementation of these updated guidelines is fairly seamless.

There will be refinements to volunteers, guests, and our mentorship programs, that may begin in October. We thank you for your patience, and we will happily share these refinements to continuing ensuring a safe and joy filled learning space for children, staff and families. OLA continues to be a closed campus for the month of September, and we are so very grateful for your understanding and support. Thank you as well for using the fantastic audio/visual intercom system at the front door to connect with us when you arrive at the school.

Together, we've got this!

Should you have any questions, please contact Mme Gravelle at 780-998-3716.

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Outdoor Fun

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On the hunt for...

As we launch this new year, and set children up for joy-filled learning and playing, we are reaching out to our OLA families to see if you have any of the following items that have been gently used and that you would be interested to donate to OLA children for outdoor recess play and learning spaces in class communities:

  • soccer balls
  • basket balls
  • skipping ropes
  • Frisbees
  • hula hoops
  • footballs
  • bubble making containers/sticks
  • leather/faux leather foot stools
  • sturdy short shelves (average height of a desk)
  • fun pencils, erasers, balls for Lucky Ducks

Thank you in advance for your help and support! You are welcome to send small items with your child so they can bring them to the office, or feel free to drop them off at the school and connecting with us through our fancy new door intercom system!

A special thank you to families who have dropped off items for our children to use - They are already getting GREAT enjoyment from your contribution!!

Thank you!

Thank you for the Donation

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3V - Me Bags

Learning Disruption Grant

As in every school year, Grades 1-3 teachers work with students to assess and address literacy and math learning. Each year, we use the EICS Literacy and Numeracy Frameworks to determine areas which require focused support and set learning goals. However, the disruption to in-class learning during the Covid-19 pandemic may have resulted in some of our students not attaining the skills they would have in a regular year. As a result, targeted literacy and math assessments designed and supported by the division will be used with all students in Grades 1-3 as an extension to the classroom processes already in place to identify students who require additional intervention to develop their skills and close gaps.

Alberta Education has provided funding to support schools with staffing and resources for these supplementary interventions. Students in Grades 2-3 will complete specialized assessments in September and students in Grade 1 will be assessed later in the school year. Interventions in both groupings will begin shortly after the assessments are complete. Students identified as requiring additional support will receive 30 hours of supplementary programming in literacy and between 20-30 hours of support in numeracy in small group formats from specialized intervention teachers. During and after the intervention period, student progress will be monitored and communicated with classroom teachers and parents. A final communication of gains will also be provided to Alberta Education.

Once assessments are complete, we will communicate with parents of selected students prior to and throughout the intervention so we can work as a team in support of skill development.


Attendance Reporting Procedures

Your child’s safety is of paramount importance to us - If your child is absence for any reason, please use the safe arrival website, Safe arrival mobile APP, call

1-877-246-9970 or leave a message on our voice mail. Attendance Reporting Procedures

A reminder for all families that the AHS Daily Assessment needs to be completed and actioned each morning prior to coming to school. If your child is experiencing symptoms please choose:

  1. “Flu-like symptoms”

  2. “other illness or injury” If they are experiencing symptoms that you do not deem to be flu-like, or your child has a medical appointment.

  3. “parent excused.” If your child is experiencing no symptoms at all, please choose this. The parent excused absence should only be chosen if you are keeping your child home for a reason that does not pertain to a medical issue. (i.e dance competition)

Forms to Complete

Please take the time to sign into your PowerSchool account and review the following items.

  • Demographic Forms - Due September 24th
  • Student Consent Forms - Due September 24th
  • Medical Forms - Update any medical information and complete if your child has medication to school

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Desaulniers at 780-998-3716. She is happy to help!

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See you on October 5th!

Joining School Council allows you the opportunity to be in the know, to work closely with parents, teachers and the school leadership team to plan and implement enhanced programming and special events for students and our school community!

Welcome back parents!

The OLA School council would like to invite you to attend our first online meeting of the year happening: Tuesday, October 5th @ 7 PM.

This meeting is the most important of the year: ELECTION day!

If you have a desire to make OLA the best it can be, as well as a little time to attend meetings and learn your role; you should consider nominating yourself to a position.

During the meeting you will have the opportunity to share with everyone why you feel you would be good for the position and if there are multiple people nominated for a position, all in attendance will take a vote.

If you think you may be interested in a role on the executive team and/or have questions please email the school council at

A link to this meeting will be sent out the day of the meeting. Be sure to check your junk mail, it sometimes ends up there.

Hope to see you all there!

Looking Ahead...

Looking Further Ahead...

September 29

  • Bus Safety Practices in AM - Rescheduled
  • Orange Shirt & Every Child Matters Day celebrated at OLA
September 30
  • School Closed - National Truth & Reconciliation Day
October 5
  • World Teacher Day
  • Virtual School Council Meeting & Elections - 7:00pm

October 6

  • Early Dismissal - 2:19 pm
October 7

  • Grade 1 & 2 Fire Safety Presentations

October 11

  • Thanksgiving Day - No School

October 14

  • Picture Day

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