Called to More @ OLA

Week of September 13, 2021

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How our saints were called to more

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Learning about our Saints

Each month during our cohort assemblies, in class and during our virtually announcements on Wednesdays, we will learn about 10 saints, one each month, and learn about how they were "Called to More." Learning about how the Saints lived their lives will help us understand how we too can answer the "Call to More."

This month we learn about St. Teresa of Calculta who is also the Patron Saint for Elk Island Catholic Schools!

Twins! We are so connected @ OLA, we dress alike!

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Updated EICS School Calendar

Please note that the OLA (and all EICS schools) will be closed on Thursday, September 30th for Truth and Reconciliation Day. To view EICS' statement regarding this change, please click here.

At OLA we will be honouring Orange Shirt Day and Every Child Matters Day on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

The updated EICS School Calendar is also located on our OLA website linked here for your convenience.

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Revised Kindergarten Calendar

As EICS honours National Truth and Reconcilliation Day and adjusted our school calendar, adjustments were also needed for our Kindergarten calendar. Please refer to this calendar as the updated one. Please note, there are a few date changes for M/W and T/Th classes.

The updated OLA Kindergarten calendar is also available on our website linked here for your convenience.

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Change of Clothes

Playing in puddles is natural, fun and excellent for learning development. When puddles are present, we thank you for sending a change of clothing in your child's backpack and encourage them to wear their rubber boots so they can take full advantage of puddle play! We have a limited selection of extra clothing at school, and having a set in their backpacks ensures their in class learning continues without interruption.

Thank you for your help!

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Medical Forms

Please sign into your PowerSchool account to update any medical information wfor your child. This includes Epi-Pens, Inhalers and other prescription medications that need to be at the school and administrated to your son/daughter.

Below is an information PDF on how to find these forms on your PowerSchool account. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Desaulniers at 780-998-3716.

Forms to Complete

Please take the time to sign into your PowerSchool account and review the following items.

  • Demographic Forms
  • Student Consent Forms

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Desaulniers at 780-998-3716. She is happy to help!

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This Week @ OLA

Monday, September 13
  • Library with Mrs. Buban opens this week!
  • K-2 Assembly
  • 3-4 Assembly

Tuesday, September 14

  • Regular Day

Wednesday, September 15

Thursday, September 16

  • A great day to learn together!

Friday September 17

  • Today and every day, we answer the "Call to More!"

First Day of Kindergarten

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Terry Fox Run

This year OLA's Terry Fox Run will occur in the afternoon of Monday, September 20th. Donation details will be coming to your email inbox this week.

Stay tuned and thank you in advance for your generosity!

Lucky Ducks

Our Lucky Ducks game brought much joy last's back by popular demand, and more often! If your child is celebrating a birthday at school, they are Lucky Ducks! Children will be called to Mme Gravelle's office to play the game Lucky Ducks and leave with a little token of celebration!

If you have any trinkets or little prizes you would like to donate to our Lucky Ducks birthday program, thank you for sending them to the school with your child, or popping by the front doors of our school and we will happily, and gratefully, accept your generosity!

Kings of Kinder!

Bus Lane

Our new beautiful sidewalk and staff parking looks amazing and the bus drivers are so grateful for this new and safe drop off space.

Please note, in front of OLA school along Sherridon Drive is reserved for buses. Thank you for not parking in the bus lane out front of the school.

Parking is available for pick up and drop off:

  • on the West side of Sherridon Drive past the crosswalk lights
  • on the East side of Sherridon Drive (thank you for modelling great traffic safety by using the lighted crosswalk to cross the street)
  • on the North side of the school in the parking lot
  • on the NW corner of the playing field on 96st
  • on the SW corner of the playing field on 97/98st
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Moms & Dads, If you are dropping your child off, thank you for using the three drop off and pick up points identified on the map above (white arrows). Thank you also for organizing a meeting place inside the play area, to meet your child after school so that together you may exit the school field together.

Rainbow Day

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We see you!

We are very excited to announce that we have a new intercom system at our front doors!

During the first month of school, as we get into safety and classroom routines and establish strong positive connections with children, OLA is currently a closed campus. As such our exterior doors remain locked.

Fret not! If you are coming to OLA to pick up or drop off children or items, we invite you to approach the front door and press the silver button on our new intercom system. Our secretary will happily connect with you and help you with whatever you need! No need to call the office when you arrive! Simply press the silver button on the front door!

October Welcomes Volunteers!

Yes! We are excited to welcome volunteers back to OLA in October!!

Beginning in October, teachers, staff and School Council may begin to reach out to our OLA community and invite you to participate in volunteer opportunities in or for your child's class or for school activities. Thank you for keeping your eyes open for these reach outs.

We thank you in advance for your patience as we slowly, thoughtfully and strategically open to volunteers while continuing to maintain our high standards for our safe and joy filled learning and growing environments. More details will follow regarding safety protocol expectations for volunteering.

In October, as we slowly begin to open opportunities to assist at the school, our exterior doors will continue to be locked. We will continue to use our fancy intercom system to connect with you when you arrive for your pre-arranged volunteering time. If you are dropping off/picking up children or items, we will continue our current practice and meet you at the front doors to retrieve items or meet you with/for your child.

Should you have any questions, please contact Mme Gravelle at 780-998-3716.

On the hunt for...

As we launch this new year, and set children up for joy-filled learning and playing, we are reaching out to our OLA families to see if you have any of the following items that have been gently used and that you would be interested to donate to OLA children for outdoor recess play and learning spaces in class communities:

  • soccer balls
  • basket balls
  • skipping ropes
  • Frisbees
  • hula hoops
  • footballs
  • bubble making containers/sticks
  • leather/faux leather foot stools
  • sturdy short shelves (average height of a desk)
  • fun pencils, erasers, balls for Lucky Ducks

Thank you in advance for your help and support! You are welcome to send small items with your child so they can bring them to the office, or feel free to drop them off at the school and connecting with us through our fancy new door intercom system!

Mentorship Program with St. André Bessette Catholic High School!

We missed our mentors last year! We are so excited to bring this amazing program back this year!!

The Peer Mentor opportunity is a program offered at the high school where students can earn credits for being a mentor. Training, ongoing support and monitoring are important elements for the high school students. Course components align with the mentorship expectations from Alberta Education. "Mentoring relationships are a natural and supported opportunity for both the mentor and mentee to enhance their social-emotional learning" (Alberta Education, 2018).

Mr. Sean Reader is the coordinating teacher from St. André Bessette. Mr. Reader and Mme Gravelle work closely together to plan and support effective and positive relationships between our high school mentors and elementary mentees. Our Peer Mentors will be visiting OLA twice a week for one hour beginning mid-October. Peer mentors and OLA mentees will continue to follow all school health and safety protocols.

Physical Literacy, Social skill building, Numeracy/Literacy, and building positive connections will be the focus. Peer mentor time will be monitored by both Mr. Reader and OLA staff.

Benefits of mentoring relationships are:

  • building students’ sense of belonging within the school community

  • enhancing attendance and motivation to learn

  • helping individual students feel more connected and valued in their school community

  • helping students learn about and value diversity

  • encouraging individuals to get to know one another, identify common interests and concerns, recognize one another’s strengths and contributions

Mentoring also contributes to a positive school culture by:

  • creating authentic and engaging opportunities

  • modelling and teaching the skills essential to healthy relationships

  • strengthening school bonds

  • enhancing students’ feelings of safety and belonging

  • decreasing bullying behaviours

(Alberta Education, 2018)

So Exciting!

Who Can Participate in the Peer Mentorship Program?

As outlined above, there are so many benefits to mentorship! It would be fantastic to have a mentor for every OLA student. As this is a class and program offered at St. André Bessette, there are approximately 20 mentors currently taking the course and currently engaged in intensive in-class learning prior to their connection with our OLA students.

Teachers will work closely with the OLA School Leadership and Student Support Teams to determine who in their class will benefit from this mentorship program. Once OLA mentees are selected, teachers will reach out to you, moms and dads, to share more information and details for your child's participation in this amazing opportunity!

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Classroom of the Month!

Want to nominate a classroom for Classroom of the Month? FortSaskOnline is running a Classroom of the Month contest and the wining classroom gets a visit from Justin Pautonnier, pizza and prizes! Click the button below to enter an OLA class!

We continue to welcome new students to the Family

Yes! You heard right! OLA continues to welcome children from Kindergarten to grade 4!

You are welcome and invited to share registration information with friends and family. We also welcome inquiries from interested families. We look forward to connecting with new families.

Please click here for registration information.

Feel free to email

Or connect with us by phone at 780-998-3716

Attendance Reporting Procedures

Your child’s safety is of paramount importance to us - If your child is absence for any reason, please use the safe arrival website, Safe arrival mobile APP, call

1-877-246-9970 or leave a message on our voice mail. Attendance Reporting Procedures

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See you on October 5th!

Welcome back parents!

The OLA School council would like to invite you to attend our first online meeting of the year happening: Tuesday, October 5th @ 7 PM.

This meeting is the most important of the year: ELECTION day!

If you have a desire to make OLA the best it can be, as well as a little time to attend meetings and learn your role; you should consider nominating yourself to a position.

During the meeting you will have the opportunity to share with everyone why you feel you would be good for the position and if there are multiple people nominated for a position, all in attendance will take a vote.

If you think you may be interested in a role on the executive team and/or have questions please email the school council at

A link to this meeting will be sent out the day of the meeting. Be sure to check your junk mail, it sometimes ends up there.

Hope to see you all there!

Joining School Council allows you the opportunity to be in the know, to work closely with parents, teachers and the school leadership team to plan and implement enhanced programming and special events for students and our school community!

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Caregiver Education

Caregiver Education Newsletter includes information about upcoming Caregiver Education Sessions, Lunch and Learn Webinars and Drop-In Series (follow the link, the sessions are excellent). Parents may attend sessions in any community.

Handout for caregivers “Going Back to School during COVID-19 - Fall 2021

Looking Ahead...

Looking Further Ahead...

September 22

  • EICS Public Board Meeting @ 2:30pm
September 23
  • CEPAC Meeting @ 6:30pm - Virtual
September 29
  • Bus Safety Practices in AM
  • Orange Shirt & Every Child Matters Day celebrated at OLA
September 30
  • School Closed - National Truth & Reconciliation Day
October 5
  • World Teacher Day
  • Virtual School Council Meeting & Elections - 7:00pm

October 6

  • Early Dismissal - 2:19 pm

October 11

  • Thanksgiving Day - No School

October 14

  • Picture Day

Outdoor Fun

Eating @ OLA

Healthy Food

Thank you for all your help ensuring your child comes to school with a healthy lunch, and several snacks. Healthy food is great for children's bodies and brains, and will help to set them up for learning success. Please let us know if sending healthy snacks is a challenge for your. We are happy and ready to help. We are your village!

Picnic @ OLA

Yes! A picnic every day! You are invited to send your child to school with a clean tea towel that they can use as a little picnic blanket on their table. This helps to keep their work space and eating spaces more clean.

Nut Aware

Thank you for your helping keeping all nuts and foods that contain nuts at home as we have several staff and students with severe nut allergies. Should a food containing nuts arrive at school, we will send it back in your child's lunch with a kind note reminding you of our goal to keep the school as nut aware as possible. Thank you in advance for your help!

Approved School Fees for 2021-2022

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Health and Safety @ OLA

Our schools are a reflection of our community. As we continue to care for and love big on our littles at OLA and EICS, on Friday, September 3, EICS shared with you an updated Masking Expectation that is in alignment with the Alberta Government's provincial guideline.

Please click here for EICS's news release on the updated masking requirement which outlines that all staff and all children in Kindergarten to Grade 12 are to wear masks at school. The specifics are outlined at this link. Please click here for more information from the Alberta Government.

The new masking update has also been translated into the following languages. Please feel free to share with families who may benefit from them:

Arabic Version

Tamil Version (for families from India)

Tagalog Version

Spanish Version

EICS Partners with Lurana House

Providing a continuum of care to women and children seeking refuge from abusive situations.