This Week at École OLPH

December 4 to 8

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Message from the Office

Dear Parents & Students,

Advent comes from the Latin word meaning "coming." Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation, much like Lent. Prayer, penance and fasting are appropriate during this season.

Advent is not as strict as Lent, and there are no rules for fasting, but it is meant to be a period of self-preparation. The purple color associated with Advent is also the color of penance. The faithful should fast during the first two weeks in particular and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The color of the Third Sunday of Advent is rose. This color symbolizes joy and represents the happiness we will experience when Jesus comes again. The Third Sunday is a day of anticipatory celebration. It is formerly called "Gaudete" Sunday; gaudete means "rejoice" in Latin.

Finally, Sundays during Advent, just as during Lent, should not be given to fasting, but instead to celebration because we celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord every Sunday. It is important to remember, however, there are no particular rules for how the laity should observe Advent.

Please take a moment to watch this short video as you begin the beautiful season of Advent.

God Bless

Weekly Events at École OLPH

Monday, December 4
  • Girls Basketball Practice ~ 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Parent Council Meeting ~ 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 5

  • Regular Day

Wednesday, December 6

  • Early Dismissal ~ 2:08 p.m.
  • Hot Lunch ~ Nitza's Pizza
  • Boys Basketball practice ~ 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 7
  • Linking Generations ~ 12:07 p.m. to 1:35 p.m.
  • Girls Basketball Practice ~ 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, December 8

  • Regular Day

Sunday, December 10

  • Boys Basketball practice ~ 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Important Dates to Remember!!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

  • Hot Lunch ~ Extreme Pita / Booster Juice

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

  • Hot Lunch ~ Boston Pizza

Friday, December 22, 2017

  • Last day of school before Christmas Break

Sunday, December 31, 2017

  • Grade 8 Quebec Trip ~ Payment #1 Due ~ $1200.00

Monday, December 25, 2017 to Sunday, January 7, 2018

  • No School ~ Christmas Break

École Our Lady of Perpetual Help - Facebook Page

We now have a Facebook page!

"Like" École Our Lady of Perpetual Help

for latest news and info!

J'aime Parler Français!!!

Congratulations to the following

two students who won the

"Parler Français" prizes.

Student 1 ~ Sydney Plemel ~ 5S

Student 2 ~ Izabel Scarr ~ 8G

Félicitations de Parler Français!!!

Grade 6 Beginner Band

Dear Parents,

Last week we posted a piece played by the Jr. High Band this past week at their Christmas Concert. This week we'd like to feature the Gr. 6 Beginner band, comprised of students from both Holy Spirit and OLPH schools.

In this video they are playing their very first piece of sheet music called "Little Drummer Boy".

Scare Away Hunger

The student council would like to say

"Thank you" to all who donated food during our

Scare Away Hunger Campaign!!!!

All the food went to our local

Strathcona County Food Bank.

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Digital Citizenship

Dear Parents,

The topic for this month was Cyberbullying. Please watch the following videos:

We had some interesting discussions about the videos and different case studies.


Mme Gagnon

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It's Beginning to a lot like Christmas!!!!

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Strathcona County ~ Walk-in Counselling Sessions!!!

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Quebec Trip Fundraising Update!!!


Christmas Cash Raffle Tickets - A Chance to WIN up to $1000!

Selling raffle ticket booklets is an excellent way to raise funds for your student's Voyage Quebec! Proceeds from each booklet you sell directly off-set your child's trip cost. Booklets are $20 for 10 tickets and are available for purchase by contacting Julie at

Draw will take place the last week of school prior to Christmas so winners will have some extra Christmas Cash! Once you have sold all your tickets, stubs must be returned to the office in an envelope marked "Christmas Raffle Stubs" NO LATER than December 15.

For inquiries/questions on Voyage Quebec fundraising, please contact Chair Tony Matos ( or Treasurer Megan Plemel (

Fee Waiver Program

If you require any assistance with these fees, the Division offers a "Fee Waiver Program". More information can be found at

The deadline to apply for this program is Friday, December 15th, 2017.

Elk Island Catholic Schools APP

Elk Island Catholic Schools now has an app on the Apple (IOS) and Google Play stores. This exciting new tool will allow parents and students with instant access to critical resources and information on their handheld phone or device. Search for Elk Island Catholic School.

A few of the highlights include:
● View and subscribe to news and calendars.
● Access to your child’s information through PowerSchool.
● Safe Arrival for student absence reporting.

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School Challenge Accepted!

We encourage all of our families to take

part in our fourth District Challenge

for the month of December...

My Gift to JESUS for Christmas!!!

Luke 7, 27

Here are a few ideas for Gifts for JESUS!!!

1. Give the gift of your time.

2. Sponsor a Family who is less fortunate.

3. Host a charity drive for warm items for the homeless.

May God`s blessings be with you during

this Advent Season!!!

Stay tuned for our school challenge

for the month of January!!!

OLPH Parish Website

Dear Parents,

Please click on the link below for the OLPH Parish Website.

OLPH Parish Periodical Information

October 23, 2017

God Bless