Called to More @ OLA
Week of September 20, 2021
How our saints were called to more
Learning about our Saints
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."
1P - Painting with Natures Paintbrushes
This Week's Lucky Ducks
Thank you SO much to our families who answered the call for Lucky Duck donations...you 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!"
Terry Fox Run
Thank you in advance for your generosity and for your support in Terry's Marathon of Hope.
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.
Volunteers & Guests
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.
Opening School Year Mass
1 & 2 E
On the hunt for...
- soccer balls
- basket balls
- skipping ropes
- hula hoops
- 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 for the Donation
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
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:
“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.
“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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Further Ahead...
- Bus Safety Practices in AM - Rescheduled
- Orange Shirt & Every Child Matters Day celebrated at OLA
- School Closed - National Truth & Reconciliation Day
- World Teacher Day
- Virtual School Council Meeting & Elections - 7:00pm
- Early Dismissal - 2:19 pm
- Grade 1 & 2 Fire Safety Presentations
- Thanksgiving Day - No School
- Picture Day
Handout for caregivers “Going Back to School during COVID-19 - Fall 2021”
Providing a continuum of care to women and children seeking refuge from abusive situations.