Together in Learning and Faith

March 1, 2020

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Alberta Education Accountability Pillar Survey for Grade 4 Families

Please help! Unfortunately the response to this survey is below what is expected and needed to give valuable feedback on our programming. Therefore the Accountability Pillar Survey deadline has been extended until March 6, 2020.

Online survey URL:

Each family should have received a personalized custom email with the survey link and a Random Access Code specifically for you. Please check your Spam folder in case your message was directed there. Reminder emails will be sent if your survey has not been completed.

The information contained in this survey is used to help drive OLA's Assurance Plans. It helps us understand areas to celebrate as well opportunities for further learning and growing.

As partners is your child's learning, your voice is important.

For further information about the following, please click these links:

Please contact us at the school if you have any questions about the links above or the Accountability Survey. Again, we appreciate your time and patience with "survey season!"

Notes and Nachos Coming Soon!

A Fundraising Event for Valeda House

Yes...that's right! Notes and Nachos!

The Servant Leadership Squad (SLS) Wellness Team of 11 Grade 4 students will be offering a fundraising opportunity for Valeda House. Valeda House, run through Catholic Social Services, is a service that is supported by all of EICS.

OLA's SLS Wellness Team will be serving up a plate of nachos and cheese and while students eat their nachos, a positive and empowering note will be revealed on the plate! Plates will be the size of dessert plates, and children will purchase them for $2/plate. They can purchase as many plates of nachos as they like!

To give us an idea of how many plates of nachos to make, please complete this 2 question survey. Please click here to complete it.

The date for the Notes and Nachos Fundraising Event will be announced soon.

The Wellness Team needs some time to write the messages and grate the cheese!

Share Your Passion!

Children learn and retain more when they are engaged and when their parents learn with them. So...

We are calling on parents to offer a session to children sharing their passions in the form of Power Options. Want to teach children how to crochet as a way to be peaceful? Want to share your knowledge for engineering and how to construct safe structures? Love chemistry and mixing different liquids together? Do you love spreading joy, and want to make a small craft to deliver to the neighbourhood around OLA? These are just a few ideas of how you can share your passions, knowledge and talents to OLA children!

We are inviting parents to offer a One-Hour Power Option workshop from 1:00pm - 2:00pm on Wednesday April 8 and a repeat session on May 6 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm.

If you are interested in offering a workshop, please contact Mme Gravelle at before March 23 . Even if you have a passion that you'd love to share, and just don't know how, please contact Mme Gravelle to discuss the possibilities!

OLA's Learning Commons Project

Children are starting to see the space change and donations arrive.

They are getting excited about their new learning space for growing brains!

Thank you for continuing to bring this exciting project to life!

Thank you to many of our parents who have already donated items (lego, bins, dog beds) and who are supporting the Learning Commons (Phase I) and Makerspaces (Phase I) Project. Thank you too to our many parents who have come to chat about ways they can help! We are so grateful for your support! Thank you to Nikki Desaulniers and Lorienna Scouten for volunteering to help with gathering donations and helping with thrifty shopping!

Family donations and Coorporate donations are welcome and we are so grateful for all donations! EICS has a charitable donation number for your tax benefit! If you or your company would like to donate, we have a donation letter ready for you. Please contact our amazing secretary, Mrs. Buban through or by calling her at 998-3716 and she will gladly share the letter with you. Thank you for continuing to support this very exciting project!

The statement above is the lens we will be working through, and it will guide our path moving forward. If you have any questions, feel free to connect with a member of the OLA Learning Commons Committee: Mrs. Earle, Mrs. Weller, Mrs. Kowal, Mme Gravelle, and Mrs. Merrick or by emailing

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Thank you SO much for supporting this initiative!

It will engage the minds of all OLA children in all of the Competencies!

Read-A-Thon....Coming Soon!

Facilitated by our amazing School Council, we will be having a Read-A-Thon! Stay tuned for more details from OLA's School Council!

Congratulations to our First Communicants

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Full-of-Goodness Week at OLA!

This past week our students, staff and families were kept very busy with the many special events on the calendar. We are so grateful for the families and community members that came and shared stories with our students this past Monday, the amazing OLA School Council and team for the delicious Shrove Tuesday pancakes, the families that joined us for Mass (and the walk) on Ash Wednesday, and helped us celebrate Kindness Always on Pink Shirt Day last Thursday.


We invite you to view even more photos from our fun and faith-filled week on our OLA School webpage Photo Gallery.

A Story for Every Child

Shrove Tuesday

Ash Wednesday Mass

Be KIND Always - Pink Shirt Day

Growing Brains, Sharing Smiles

Caregiver Education Series Hosted at SAB

You are welcome to participate in the free session on Thursday, March 5th being held at St.

André Bessette Catholic School from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.

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OLA Parish News

Stations of the Cross & Adoration at OLA Church

Fridays at Our Lady of the Angels Parish
  • 6:30 pm Stations of the Cross
  • 7:00 pm Adoration & Reflection
Topic Week #2(March 6th): Prayer at home with Fr. Kris

World Day of Prayer

Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church is hosting World Day of Prayer on Sunday, March 8th at 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to this ecumenical prayer gathering and is invited to stay for fellowship following the service.
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Day of Confessions March 12

OLA Parish 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Lenten Penitential Service April 3, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Community News

Boys and Girls Club Presents:

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Tuesday March 3, 2020 6:30 — 8:00 pm

Join Danyelle Lynch, Registered Psychologist, to develop a better understanding of how adults and children express and experience love. Explore how your child’s attachment style, temperament, and personality can be used to parent in an effective, supportive, loving, and fun way. Based on the work of Dr. Gary Chapman’s book “The 5 Love Languages of Children” and Danyelle's work with children, youth and families.

Child care provided. Please inquire at time of registration.

Reserve your spot for this free workshop by calling Heather @ 780-992-0103 ext 26 or email:

This workshop is provided in partnership with the Community Adult Learning & Literacy Society of Fort Saskatchewan & Strathcona County

Looking Ahead . . .

Sunday, March 1

  • Grade 3 First Eucharist Mass & Celebration 2:00 pm at OLA Church

Monday, March 2

  • Faith in Action Assembly at 12:30 pm - All are welcome
  • Power Option Sign up

Tuesday, March 3

  • OLA Parish Priests visit 9:00 - 10:00 am
  • Rocks & Rings Curling Presentation Grades 1 - 4

Wednesday, March 4

  • School Spirit Theme: Green It Up - Wear Green

  • Boston Pizza Hot Lunch (by pre-order only)

  • SLS Wellness Team Meeting first recess

  • Grade 1 - 4 Power Options 1:00 - 2:00 pm
  • Early Dismissal at 2:19 pm

Thursday, March 5
  • Sleeping Your Way to Better Mental Health - 6:00pm at St. André Bessette Catholic High School

Friday, March 6

  • EICS Faith & Wellness Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Sunday, March 8

  • Daylight Savings Time Begins - Spring Ahead One Hour
  • World Day of Prayer hosted at OLA Church 7:00 pm

Monday, March 9

  • Faith in Action Assembly @ 12:30pm - All are welcome!

and a Little Further Ahead . . .

March 9-13 Read-A-Thon

March 10 Ms. Kelava teaches St. André Bessette Mentors @ OLA

March 11 Grade 2 Inuit Presentation

March 12 Mrs. Earle teaches St. André Bessette Mentors @ OLA

March 16 Ordering open for Spring Session Hot Lunch

March 16 St. André Bessette Mentors meet their OLA Buddies and Mentorship Program at OLA begins

March 16-20 Non Digital Evidence of Learning Portfolios go home

March 18 Grade 1 & 2 Visit Telus World of Science

March 19 OLA School Council Meeting 7:00 pm

March 24 & 25 Three Way Conferences

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.

"We pray, fast, and perform the works of mercy in this time of grace, so that the Lord might find our hearts ready and fill them with the victory of His love. #Lent"

Pope Francis

Twitter, February 27, 2020

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