Together in Learning and Faith

Second Sunday of Advent, December 8, 2019

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Advent Prayer Every Morning

We will continue to gather each morning in the gym at 9:00 am as a faith community to prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ. We will be building our Jesse tree together and learning about our faith heritage with Bible stories from the moment of creation to Jesus' birth.

Please join us every morning at 9:00 am in the gym.

Advent Concert this Thursday

This Thursday Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School is pleased to be presenting our 2nd Annual Advent Concert. We will be hosting two shows; a morning performance at 9:15 am (doors open at 8:45 am), and an evening performance at 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm).

In order to ensure that we stay within fire regulations, and that everyone has a seat to enjoy the performance, tickets will be required for the evening performance. Advent concert tickets are free and were sent home last week with the oldest child in each family. (Students in 2C and Pre-K/Kinder Tuesday/Thursday will receive their tickets next week.)

Additional evening performance tickets will be provided on a first come, first served basis. If you wish to request additional tickets please send us an email to: (Please note, siblings attending the evening performance will require a ticket.)

If you find you have received tickets that you will not need please let us know and we will gratefully share them with another family – we are hoping to accommodate all the guests who would like to join us for our Advent Concert!

The VIP Concert Experience . . .

Want to have the best seats in the house for our annual Advent Concert and help us fundraise for our OLA School Social Justice Projects? Here's how you can!

This year we are once again pleased to offer a chance to win TWO comfortable FRONT ROW VIP SEATS, VIP PARKING and A LITTLE PAMPERING for the evening performance of our Advent Concert on December 12th. (Winners may still request an additional ticket . . . but they will not be reserved VIP seating.)

Tickets are $1.00 each, 6 for $5.00, or a whole sheet for $10.00 and you may enter as many times as you like. Please contact the office at 780-998-3716 if you would like more draw tickets. Tickets must be returned to school before noon on Wednesday, December 11th - we will be drawing our six lucky winners at 1:00 pm.


The proceeds from the ticket sales will be shared between OLA School's two social justice projects:

  • Our Chalice International Foster Child – Ivo Mapunda from Tanzania
  • Catholic Social Services Valeda House.

OLA's goal is to raise $700 and we have a ways to go.

Thank you for helping us reach our goal and spread God's love.

Plus, you could win two VIP seats (comfy chairs, prime parking and a little pampering!)

We appreciate your generosity and support - God Bless!

Please help...

Advent Concert Request from Mrs. Lukie

Mrs. Lukie is looking for donations of battery operated tea lights (that work please) for our Advent Concert in December. Thank you.

The Sparkle Box & The Giving Tree

This time of year is beautiful for many families, and very heavy-on-the-heart for others in our community. Gratitude for what we have and giving to those is need helps us appreciate all the wondrous blessings we do have.

To help un-burden hearts a little and to spread joy and light, we have a Giving Tree in our front entrance. There you will see all kinds of items that people have donated or will donate, from mitts, tuques, jackets, food, backpacks, diapers, Christmas gifts for children, teens or adults.

You and your family are invited to spread joy and light by placing your donations there, and we will help ensure they find their way to the hearts of those in our community. Donating is something that you can put in your "Sparkle Box..." Ask your child about it if they have had a chance to read with Mme Gravelle!

Helping OLA Get Into the Spirit of Christmas

Thank you for your help in decorating the school by sharing your extra decorations!

We are looking for families who would be willing to donate:

  • a few Christmas Trees
  • Some Christmas lights,
  • Christmas and winter decorations
  • White table cloths (of any size)
  • A manger with hay

Thank you for donating items that you would be proud to display, and that are in good condition.

Love decorating? You are welcome to come and decorate the school! Some of the Servant Leadership Team members would be delighted to help you!

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Buban, Mme Gravelle or Mrs. Weller at 780-998-3716 ext. 1.

Our Advent Mass

Santa Letters

Thank you to our great Grade 4 leaders who helped our Kinders write their letters to Santa - great job!

Grade 3 & 4 Skating

Sharing our Smiles

Oh...The Weather Outside is Delightful!

We believe in doing all we can to ensure students learn to the best of their ability. This means having healthy happy minds, bodies and spirits. Going outside to play, be social, get fresh air and be creative are parts of this goal.

Thank you for doing your part to ensure your child is dressed properly to play outside. This includes winter boots, jackets, toques, mitts, and snow pants (scarves are also great). We will be going outside to -25 Degrees Celsius (temperature or windchill) as per our Administrative Procedure.

Thank you for supporting your child's healthy learning and growing!

Field Trip & Presentation Fees

For students in Grades 1 - 4 the annual Field Trip & Presentation Fees have now been added to PowerSchool and are due Friday, December 13th. These fees may be paid with a debit or credit card on your PowerSchool ParentPortal, or at the school office in cash or with a cheque made out to Elk Island Catholic Schools. Thank you.

EICS Fee Waiver Program

If the paying of school fees is a financial burden for your family you may qualify for the EICS Fee Waiver Program. Please visit the EICS website for further information, or click here to print the application.

The deadline to apply is Friday, Decemeber 13th.

Christmas Movie & Pajama Night!

It Takes a Village!

A very special message from your OLA School Council:

Thank you everyone who ordered poinsettias, and helped unload or hand them out. We still have two hanging boughs $35 each, 1 tropical $35 and 1 pink poinsettia $15. Text Sam if you’d like one 780-722-4442

Thank you Delores Sawchuk and Terra Slaby for donating the ingredients for soup, but also for taking the time to put their love into the homemade soup for the students along with help from Stephanie Dul. It was delicious and the school smelled amazing!

Thank you to those who came to the movie night, helped with movie night and those who helped clean up afterward. Also a big thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Sawchuk for donating the popcorn for the movie and to Heather Spracklin for making and donating cookies.

We are so thankful we have a huge community of support that includes parents, AND even grandparents. How blessed are we?!

Part of our Family To Help our Families

Sharing the following information is not normally what our newsletters are for. We also know Christmas can be very challenging for many. We want to help where we can and support our families who may be in need, or looking for employment opportunities. The following are positions working with young children with Happy Day Out of School Care, who serve many of our children and families at OLA. To support them and our families, we thank you for sharing this information with anyone who may be interested.

Opportunity 1:

EA working with a little boy with Down Syndrome Monday-Friday from 3:00pm - 5:30pm at Jean Vanier Catholic School (Happy Day Jean Vanier) in Sherwood Park. As well as full days on school closures.

Opportunity 2:

Out of school care supervisor, located at Ecole Parc Kenneth Kearns. (Happy Day EPK) Split shift, 32 hours per week: MWF 6:45am - 8:45am/11:30 - 5:00pm and TTh 6:45am - 8:45am/2:45-5:00pm

If anyone would like more information please contact Lisa Makin by emailing the Happy Day office at

Looking Ahead . . .

Monday, December 9

  • Morning Advent Assembly 9:00 am - please join us on our Advent Journey
  • Grade 3 Lego Bridges Presentation
  • Grade 4 Gears & Pulleys Presentation
  • Mme Gravelle shares a special story, "The Sparkle Box," with 1/2KS

Tuesday, December 10

  • Morning Advent Assembly 9:00 am - please join us on our Advent Journey
  • Priest Visit 9:00 am

Wednesday, December 11

  • Morning Advent Assembly 9:00 am - please join us on our Advent Journey
  • Advent Concert Dress Rehearsal
  • SLS Wellness Team Meeting 2:00 pm
  • VIP Draw Tickets due today by noon - Draw is at 1:00pm

Thursday, December 12
  • Thank you for having your child wear their "Sunday Best" for the performances. There will be no costumes needed, or the need to wear black and white. Just their "Sunday Best" please. :-)
  • Morning Advent Concert Performance 9:15 am (doors open at 8:45 am)
  • Evening Advent Concert Performance 6:30 pm (tickets required - doors open at 6:00 pm)

Friday, December 13

  • Morning Advent Assembly 9:00 am - please join us on our Advent Journey
  • Mme Gravelle shares a special story, "The Sparkle Box," with Pre-K
  • School Day for T/Th Pre-K/Kinders

and a Little Further Ahead . . .

Every Morning Advent Assembly @ 9:00am - Everyone Welcome!

December 16 Mme Gravelle reads with 4E

December 17 Choir at Dr. Turner Lodge 10:15 am

December 18 Panago Hot Lunch

December 18 Mme Gravelle reads with 3K

December 19 Daytime School Council Meeting at 9:30 am in French Room

December 20 Caroling Together at 12:30pm in the gym - All are welcome!

December 20 Last day of classes for 2019

December 25 Happy Birthday Jesus! Merry Christmas!

January 6 Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

January 6 Faith Assembly and Celebrating Epiphany at 12:30pm

January 6 Grade 1-4 Children select their Power Option

January 8 Early Dismissal 2:19 pm

January 8 School Spirit Theme: PJ Day

January 8 Grade 1-4 Power Options 12:45 - 2:00 pm

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

You can check out our M/W Kinder calendar here,

our T/Th Pre-K/Kinder calendar here,

and our Pre-K AM calendar here.

"The true worship of God is always expressed in love of one’s neighbour."

Pope Francis


December 7, 2019

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