Madonna School NEWS

October 14th, 2019

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FLEX Options for Grade 1 to Grade 4 Students

Our first scheduled flex session will run on Fridays - Block 8 & 9 (1:30 to 2:40 pm). Sessions on the following dates: Oct. 18th, 25th, and Nov. 1st and 8th.

Sessions will open for bookings on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 at 12:00 NOON

Sign up is online at using event code 4drd4

Session availability is based on a first come first serve basis and are limited in numbers. We may be offering some of the same choices during other flex sessions throughout the year based on popularity.

Thank you to Parent Council for their continued financial support of these programming


Ukrainian Dancing Grade 1 & 2

Students will have the opportunity to be immersed in an energetic and fast paced form of dance. They will gain knowledge and skills from numerous regions throughout Ukraine.

Dinosaur Detectives Gr 1 & 2

Students will learn how a dinosaur fossil makes its way into a museum. They will investigate how paleontologists find, extract and prepare dinosaur remains and will have the opportunity to dig for bones in their own classroom dig site. They will also have a crash course in dinosaurs of Alberta, and become “Dinosaur Detectives” as we analyze the clues that the dinosaurs left behind.

Painting for All Seasons Gr 1 & 2

Your child will have the opportunity to create an art piece that will explore all four seasons. They will paint each season on a separate canvas, then when they put them together they will connect a beautiful tree that changed through the seasons. They will get to take this project home in the end.

Coding with DOT & DASH Gr 3 & 4

Coding provides opportunity for students to learn to see the world through the lens of computational thinking. Through the use of robotics, especially Dot and Dash, students will strengthen problem solving ability, recognize patterns, and begin to build an understanding of abstract concepts.

Halloween and Remembrance Day Art and Baking 3 & 4

Your child will have the opportunity to take part in various new activities! Including baking a Halloween treat and creating a Halloween art masterpiece. Following Halloween we will turn our focus to Remembrance Day creating another masterpiece and another delicious treat.

Positive Playground Leadership 3 & 4

Students will learn a variety of traditional, cooperative, and new games that they can play independently during recess and at home. They will learn leadership skills to help lead other small groups at recess. Students will help with the GOTCHA Assembly

All About Owls in the Boreal Forest Grade 3 & 4’s

Students will study the OWL’s role in an ecosystem. They will learn about different species of OWL's and their adaptations for survival. Students will dissect OWL Pellets and determine which Genus was consumed by the OWL.

We hope to have an OWL visit the students.

Making Music with Pitched Percussion Instruments 3 & 4

Your child will have the opportunity to explore the different Orff instruments within the music room. They will learn how to read music and apply this knowledge to an assignment instrument. Students will get to practice and perform a complex piece of music that will teach them how to play independently and with an ensemble.

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First Reconciliation (Confession),

First Communion and


It Is NOT too late to register your child to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation at OLPH this year!

Any parents who missed registration nights in September are invited to come to the church on Tuesday, October 15 at 7pm for a make-up session.

This orientation is for the parents, children do not need to attend.

Please bring a photocopy of your child’s baptism certificate.

If you have questions contact Natalie at the Parish office at 780-467-5470 Ext 223 or email

Catholic Education Sunday

United in Prayer and Grateful for Catholic Schools.

Please plan on attending 8:30 am Mass at OLPH Parish.

Madonna Catholic School & Jean Vanier Catholic School will be serving and celebrating Catholic Education Sunday together.

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Parents and Guardians, please come out to our School Council Meeting Wednesday October 16, @ 6:30 pm in the Library

UP Coming Events

14 - No School Thanksgiving Monday

15- Gr. 1, Gr.1/2 and Gr. 3 Swimming Lessons

16- Photo Retakes

16- School Council Mtg. 6:30 pm


17 Gr. 2 & Gr. 4 Swimming Lessons

18 - FLEX Options Starts

21 - Elections Canada ... Madonna School Gym is an Election Station

The General Public will be in the school.

22 - Strathcona County Shoe Drive

22- Swiming Lessons - Gr. 1, Gr.1/2 and Gr. 3

24 - Swiming Lessons - Gr. 2 & Gr. 4

25 - FLEX

29 - Gr.1, Gr. 1/2 and Gr. 3 Swimming Lessons

30 - Brighter Beginnings HALLOWEEN Demonstration of Learning FOP 9:00 - 11:30


31 - Halloween Parade in the Gym 1:00 pm


3 - Catholic Education Sunday 8:30 am Mass at OLPH

6 & 7 Student - Parent - Teacher Conferences

7 - Crazy Hair, Moustache or Beard Day


19 - Swiming Lessons - Gr. 1, Gr.1/2 and Gr. 3

20 - Brighter Beginnings Sneaky Speech FOP 9:00 - 11:30

21- Swimming Lessons - Gr. 2 & Gr. 4


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... Parents, please note your child brought home a piece of paper (last week) from the photographer that has the URL address and CODE to view your child's picture. If this is lost please put a note in your child's agenda and we will attach the URL and code. Photo RETAKES & SIBLING pictures are WEDNESDAY, October 16th 11:00 am - 12:40 pm. Please write a note in your child's agenda if the child is having retakes or sibling pictures. Thank you

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All students are invited to Bend the Rules on Wednesday, October 16.

Each rule bent will cost the student $1.00 Students may choose from the following:

  • Chew gum

  • Wear a hat

  • Sit anywhere

  • Bring a fidget

  • Bring a stuffie

All money collected will be donated to Valeda House.

Valeda House. is associated with Catholic Social Services. Provides temporary, immediate housing for pregnant women and women with children under 12 months who are homeless or at risk of getting children apprehended.

Thank you for your support of our Elk Island Catholic Schools Division Social Justice Project to support Catholic Social Services’ Valeda House.

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OLPH Parish Members please fill out the following survey

What: OLPH Parish Member Engagement Survey

Who: All members aged 18 and older, and anyone who considers him or herself a

part of the OLPH Parish

Why: To gather your views on the health of our parish.

Your participation in the Gallup Survey will help set a future spiritual pathway for our OLPH Parish. Engaged parishes are flourishing faith communities!

When: September 27 – October 20/19

How: You can to complete the survey one of 3 ways:

Use this link on your Smart Phone, Tablet or Home Computer:

Connect to Gallup URL: