This Week at École OLPH School

October 14 to 18

Our Mission Statements

Elk Island Catholic Schools

We are a Catholic community committed to developing educational opportunities int he context of Gospel values, where students' gifts and talents are celebrated and nurtured through lifelong spiritual and personal experiences.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School

Our Lady of Perpetual Help school is committed to quality education in both official languages fostering in our students respect for life and learning as Christ taught us.

Principal Message

Dear Parents,

Thank You Lord for all Your blessings and gifts to us.

We thank You for the precious gift of family and friends.

For all who are able to spend time with us this

Thanksgiving weekend and for those who are far away.

Thank You for Your gifts of abundance and

grace and for being with us at all times.

We thank You for showing us glimpses of heavenly beauty

through the eyes of our loved ones, through nature,

songs of praise and even the warm sunlight.

We thank You for the gift of our beautiful French language

and our wonderful École OLPH Catholic school community.

We are grateful for the roof over our heads and the food on our tables.

We thank You for all those You have brought into our lives

to teach us, lead us, guide us and protect us.

Bless each of them in a special way.

Help us to remember the less fortunate

and those in need at this time as well.

We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen

God Bless,

M. Morin


École OLPH

A Reading From The Gospel for Sunday, October 13, 2019

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they calld out, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"

When he saw them, he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were made clean.

Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan.

Then Jesus asked, "Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was non of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"

Then he said to him, "Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well."

The Gospel of the Lord.

Weekly Events at École OLPH

Monday, October 14
  • Happy Thanksgiving ~ No School

Tuesday, October 15

  • Girls Junior High Volleyball Game ~ White Team Vs. JPII at OLPH ~ 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Boys Junior High Volleyball Game ~ White Team Vs. JPII at JPII ~ 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 16

  • Girls Junior High Volleyball Practice ~ White Team Vs. JPII ~ 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • Linking Generations ~ Cloverbar ~ First Visit ~ 12:25 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Boys Junior High Volleyball Practice ~ Blue Team ~ 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 17
  • Girls Junior High Volleyball Practice ~ 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • Peer Partners ~ First Visit ~ 12:04 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Grade 5J ~ Wastewater to Wetlands Presentation ~ 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • Girls Junior High Volleyball Game ~ Blue Vs. White ~ 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Junior High Volleyball Game ~ White Vs. Blue ~ 4:00 pm. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, October 18

  • Boys & Girls Junior High Volleyball Tournaments ~ Ardrossan & F. R. Haythorne

Saturday, October 19, 2019

  • Boys & Girls Junior High Volleyball Tournaments ~ Ardrossan & F. R. Haythorne

Important Dates to Remember!!!

October 22, 2019

  • WE Day

October 23, 2019

  • Linking Generations ~ Summerwood ~ First Visit ~ 11:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

October 24, 2019

  • French Immersion Mass with ABJ, EPK & OLPH at OLPH Parish ~ 9:30 11:30 a.m.

October 25, 2019

  • School Picture Retake Day ~ 9:00 a.m. to 12:04 p.m.
  • Junior High ~ Lakeland Ridge Volleyball Tournament ~ All Day
  • Grade 5/6 Volleyball Tournament ~ 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

October 26, 2019

  • Junior High ~ Lakeland Ridge Volleyball Tournament ~ All Day

October 30, 2019

  • Linking Generations ~ Summerwood ~ 11:50 a.m. to 1:32 p.m.
  • Linking Generations ~ Cloverbar ~ 12:25 p.m. to 1:32 p.m.

October 31, 2019

  • Halloween ~ Details to follow
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Caught Doing Good!!!

Dear Parents,

Each week, all students will be given a challenge of getting "Caught Doing Good".

When a student is "Caught Doing Good," they will be given a coupon upon which they will write their name and enter it into a draw. Twice a month, a draw will be made out of all the coupons received in the office for a wonderful prize.

Congratulations to the following winners

Who Were Caught Doing Good!!!

Week 1

Gabriela Bosch ~ 7S

Week 2

William Klinck ~ 7G

Merci beaucoup / Thank you very much to all the students who worked hard to receive coupons for doing the right things!

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School Picture Retake Day

Dear Parents,

Lifetouch School Picture Retake Day is Friday, October 25, 2019, in the morning.

If your child requires a retake, please send them to school on the above mentioned date with their Lifetouch Proof Portrait Sheet.

Should your child not have this sheet but still requires a retake, please send them to school on Friday, October 25, 2019 and have them get their picture retaken.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mme. Winland at the office at 780-467-5631.

God Bless

Thanksgiving Celebration

Dear Parents,

Let us be grateful to God for every moment of our lives.

Bonne L’action de graçe! Happy Thanksgiving!

Stay safe.

God Bless

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Félicitations/Congratulations to the three winners of the Turkey Hunt- Teaghan Yuckim, Kaia Fleck and Maisen Start. I hope you enjoyed your pumpkin pies!

Grade 8 ~ Birch Bay Retreat

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École OLPH ~ Leadership Team!!!

Dear Parents,

Our Leadership Team was busy again.

They created Happy Thanksgiving cards and delivered them to our neighbours.

They also invited the neighbours to contribute to our Soles for Souls and Coats for Kids and Families campaigns.

Merci Bradley and David for being wonderful mail deliverers!

God Bless

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We Scare Hunger!!!

Dear Parents,

As part of our social initiative and as part of the We Foundation's We Scare Hunger initiative, Ecole OLPH will be collecting food for Sherwood Park's Food Bank from October 15 to Nov 5.

Please consider donating generously.

Students are also encourage to ask for food donations as they go Trick-or-Treating on Halloween.

Information brochures will be given to the students just before Halloween so they can show homeowners that they are collecting as part of this program.

God Bless

Lunch Hour Changes!

Dear Parents,

In order to allow more space on fields and to proactively prevent negative student altercations, we are going to try a new system.

For grade 7 & 8, nothing changes. The students will eat first and then go outside for recess.

However, for the students in grades 5 & 6, the lunch schedule will be flipped. The students will immediately go go outside to play at 12:04 p.m. and come inside to eat their lunch at 12:25 p.m.

Hopefully this will lead a more pleasant outdoor experience for all.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact M. Morin at

God Bless

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Social Justice Initiatives

Dear Parents,

As part of Ecole OLPH's social justice initiatives, the Leadership Team is combing forces with two other organizations to assist those in need.

As part of Strathcona County's "Reduce Your Footprint" campaign, (see poster below) we will be collecting any unwanted shoes in any condition from now until October. 28, 2019.

If your child brings in any pairs of shoes, please make sure they collect a "donation ticket" from either Mme Winland or Mme McRobert in the school office or a leadership team memeber. One donation ticket per pair of shoes will be given to the student. A draw on November 2 will be made for a prize.

In collaboration with Coats for Kids and Families, we will be a drop off location for any new or used winter wear (Coats, toques, mitts, etc.) from now until November 1, 2019. These winter items will be dry cleaned thanks to Page the Cleaner and distributed throughout our communities.

Thank you for your efforts to help both our community and our environment.

God Bless

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2019-2020 ~ Peer Partners

Dear Parents,

Congratulations/Félicitations ~ 2019/2020 Peer Partners

Thank you to all students who applied to be a part of this year’s Peer Partners Program. The students at EPK are so excited to meet you!!

Claire A., Ava B., Tarek H., Nadine R., Abigail T., Johnathan C., Amber S., Madison L., Elias F., Gianna M., Rylynne R., Jeremy K., Isabelle L., Charlotte M., Leanne A-B, Leo C., Zach H., Dominic L., Bradley C., Isaac W., Sophie D., Julie B., Teagan M., and Kylie A.

Please remember this commitment and mark these important Thursdays in your agenda: October 17, November 7, December 12, January 23, February 20, March 20, April 23 and May 14. If you are not able to make it, you are responsible to follow-up with Mme Moniz.

**IMPORTANT: Please come to Mme Moniz’s office at Wednesday’s Lunch bell (October 16) to discuss our first Peer Partners date!! Looking forward to seeing you and spending time with you!

Thank you,

Mme Moniz

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Tutoring Information

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École OLPH ~ Nut Aware School

Dear Parents,

École OLPH is a Nut Aware School.

With the increase of students with serious allergies in our school, we are attempting to create a “Nut-Aware” environment.

We request that you refrain from sending peanut-butter sandwiches, cookies & treats that contain nuts and any nut-based snacks.

Every child’s health & safety are important to us and we appreciate your active concern and response to this request.

God Bless.

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BusPlanner Delays App

Dear Parents,

Do you ever wonder if your child's bus is cancelled due to cold weather or mechanical difficulties? Well, wonder no more!!!

If your child is taking a bus with EICS instructions are attached on how to set up BusPlanner.

BusPlanner will be used to communicate with parents when the transportation department needs to send out messages.

Cancelled or delayed busing notifications will be sent out through BusPlanner, we will not be using Synervoice in the future.

You can set up BusPlanner to receive messages by email or text or landline.

Please set up the BusPlanner through the web first, as this will give you the route number that is required for the BusPlanner App.

You can locate your child's 9 digit Alberta Student Number on powerschool.

Thank you!

BusPlanner Parent Instructions Delayed-Cancelled Buses.pdf

Take a moment and download the new BusPlanner Delays App. (more details below)

God Bless

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School Council Corner

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all the parents who came to our first School Council meeting on September 25. We are still looking for class reps for 6L, 6S, 7A, 7M and 8T. Please let your teacher know if you can be a class rep or email

We have updated our operating procedures and will upload them to the website shortly.

Please join us for our next School Council meeting is on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

Upcoming Fundraisers:

  • Break a Rule Day! Encourage your kids to put aside some fun money to participate in Break a Rule Day on Friday, November 8th. More details to follow soon.

Ongoing Fundraisers:

  • Cobs Bread on Wye Rd. - just mention our school and 5% of your purchase comes back to us!

  • FundScrip - in the market for gift cards? go too, click on support your group and enter our invite code: PETQYC. October's promos include Red Robins and Shell. Paper copies will be sent home this month should you prefer. The deadline for ordering is the last day of each month, with delivery at the end of the following week. Pick up will be in the school foyer from School Council, more details to follow.

Proceeds from our fundraisers go to support the many events, special celebrations and support for our athletics, academics and staff in various ways throughout the year.

Thank you for your support. Keep connected by following us on Facebook and Instagram @olphschoolcouncil

God Bless

École OLPH Canteen

Dear Parents

The canteen will open next Thursday, October 10th at lunch. Each item on the cart will sell for a dollar. Please bring small change only.

On hot lunch days there are times when vendors send extra food. If this is the case your child would be more than welcome to purchase any extra items.

Thank you,
Pam and Shaness

Indoor Shoes are Required!!!

Dear Parents,

It is extremely important that you send your child to school with indoor shoes.

This will help keep our school clean and safe for everyone.

God Bless.


Dear Parents,

The EICS App has many wonderful features includes many wonderful features including immediate access to your PowerSchool account, as well as, the SchoolMessager App.

Please take a moment to download the EICS App.

God Bless

From the Library

Dear Parents,

Here at École OLPH we have a wonderful program from our school Library that every student can use and it`s FREE!!!

Click on the following link, choose our school (École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School), and download something to read or listen to. All students will be able to download three books or audio books at one time.

The student login name and password are exactly the same as what each student uses to sign in to their chrome books at school.

If you need any help, please see Mme Heather in the École OLPH library on Mondays or Wednesdays at lunch recess.

God Bless

Yearly Permission Required!!!

Dear Parents,

Please take a moment and log into your PowerSchool account to acknowledge the following documents:

  1. Responsible Use of Technology Agreement
  2. EICS One to One Usage Agreement
  3. EICS Low Risk Field Trip Annual Consent Form
  4. Locker Use Agreement

How to Complete Forms

  1. Go to
  2. Log in
  3. Click on Yearly Consent
  4. Select your answer from the drop down menu.
  5. Click Submit for each section.
  6. Be sure to complete all three sections for each child you have enrolled in the school.

Please Note: Prior to participating in any field trips, your child's form needs to be acknowledge by you. Without your consent they will be required to stay at the school during their field trips.

We appreciate your support in completing these forms by September 7, 2018.

Thanks in advance for helping us get this year off to a great start!!!

School Fees & Fee Waiver Program

Dear Parents,

Please be advised that all school fees will be posted on your child’s PowerSchool account by Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

Once fees are posted, you will be able to make payments on-line or by cheque at the school office. All cheques must be made payable to EICS. We would, however, like to encourage you to pay your school fees on-line.

In addition, you may divide your payments either on-line or by postdated cheques.

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


God Bless

End of Day Procedures

Dear Parents,

Please make sure that you child(ren) know if they are to take the bus or if they are getting picked up at the end of the day.

Should a student need to confirm their end of day plans, we ask that all students make their arrangements during the morning recess (10:19 a.m. - 10:34 a.m.) or during the lunch hour (12:04 p.m. - 12:47 p.m.).

This will reduce the confusion and rush at the end of the day and will also ensure that your child(ren) does not miss the bus.

If a student comes to the office at the end of the day and are unsure how they are getting home, we will be sending them home on the bus.

God Bless

OLPH - Junior High Permission Form to Leave School Grounds

A reminder to all Grade 7 & 8 parents:

Grade 7 & 8 OLPH students have the privilege to leave school grounds during lunch recess.

Every time you would like your child to have this privilege, please complete the form below and hand it to the office for the day they would like to leave school grounds. Text messages and emails will not be accepted.

For next week, extra forms will be located in the school office. As of September 10th, the permission forms will only be available on our school website under the parents tab.

OLPH Parish Bulletin - Week of October 6, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please click on the link below for the OLPH Parish Bulletin for Sunday, October 6, 2019.

God Bless

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OLPH Parish ~ Gallup Survey

Dear Parents,

OLPH Parish will be conducting a Gallup Survey starting this weekend and goes until October 20th, 2019.

Please take a moment to read the document below.

Thank you for your attention to the matter.

God Bless.

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EICS Division Calendar

For more information on important dates such as PD days, Holidays, Fall Break, Christmas Break, and Spring Break, please click on the link below.
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