Called to More @ OLA

Week of September 6, 2021

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Called to More

Each year we joyfully celebrate scripture to guide our days together. This year our theme of "Called to More" is based on the powerful story from Esther. Children will learn this story and how it guides how we love one another. You will hear this theme mentioned often, and it is a truly beautiful way to walk into this year together.


"More" does not mean more stuff, more things, or a longer to do list. It truly means "Greater than ourselves." That we are called to be part of greatness, to participate in a love that is more than our own hearts.


We look forward to journeying with our OLA village through this theme, and together helping to bring it to life.

This Week @ OLA

Monday, September 6
  • Labour Day - No School

Tuesday, September 7

  • Staggered Entry for T/TH Kindergarten Class (at their booked times)
  • All Grade 1 - 4 students have class today and each following day

Wednesday, September 8

  • Early dismissal - school ends 2:19 pm
  • School Spirit Theme Day - Rainbow Bright: Wear your favourite colour or as many as you like: Bright, Joy and Love!
  • First Full Day of Class for M/W Kindergarten

Thursday, September 9

  • First Full Day of Class for T/TH Kindergarten

Friday September 10

  • A fantastic day to answer the call to more.

Lucky Ducks

Our Lucky Ducks game brought much joy last year..it's back by popular demand, and more often! If you 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!

Meet the Staff

This year we are enhancing the way we are introducing the staff, and in particular, your child's teacher! In lieu of a Meet the Staff Evening, your child's homeroom teacher will be reaching out to you to connect - in person outdoors, by phone or google meet. They will be connecting with you to get to know you and your child, and joyfully welcome you to the OLA family.


To meet the entire amazing team of OLA who will be walking this learning journey with your child, offer you the following slide presentation introducing you to each member of the OLA Staff Team!


Please click here to Meet the 2021 - 2022 Staff Team!

(Click the Present button on the top right when it opens to see the larger slides)

Our Fantastic Team of EA's

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Student Drop Off & Pick UP

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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.

Staggered Entry and First Morning of Classes

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Grade 1 - 4 children are invited to play in their morning play areas from 8:33am - 8:45am (Green Area = Grade 3&4; Orange Area = 1&2) Thank you for noting that supervision begins at 8:33am. Kindergarten children are encouraged to enter the school through their entrance door upon their arrival between 8:33am and 8:45am on their official start days of Wednesday, September 8th for M/W class, or Thursday, September 9th for the T/Th class.


When the bell rings at 8:45am, students in grades 1-4 will go to their entrance doors and wait on a polka dot while their teacher welcomes them into the school in their colour groups.

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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.

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How do I connect with my child's teacher?

It's best to connect with your child's teacher or OLA staff by email, or through the contact system on our website by clicking here. Additionally, you are welcome to call the school to leave a message and we are happy to pass it along.


Email is a great way to set a time to connect or to share advance absences or advance pick up/drop off directions for your child.


If you are sharing information about pick up/drop off information for the current day, your child's teacher is present with the children in their class and therefore often unable to review their emails during the day.


In instances where immediate information needs to be shared, thank you for calling the school office at 780-998-3716.

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!

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 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!

Want to Help?

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
  • 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!

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Outdoor Playing and Learning

Fresh air and free play are vital elements to ensuring children grow and learn successfully. Grade 1-4 children will be outside for 4 scheduled recess play times each day, and they may be outside for class lessons too!


We are blessed to have an outdoor classroom with beautiful trees that is fully equipped with tree stumps for seats (and play!), a white board and several chalk boards. It's a space children love to learn and explore!


Thank you for your help ensuring your children are dressed for the weather so they can fully embrace and enjoy their outside play and learning time.


We often share with the children that we will be outside when it's raining cats, and outside when it's raining dogs. And we will play indoors when it's raining cats and dogs! We will talk winter wear later in the year...let's continue to celebrate the beautiful weather! :-)


Puddle Play

Children adore puddle play and we encourage free play in puddles with the right equipment and clothing. Children are welcome to play in puddles when they have rubber boots, and they are encouraged to bring another set of clothes just in case they get really wet. (Yes it happens! :-)

What will my child learn this year?

In addition to learning how much God loves each and every one of His children, learning how to play, be curious, encourage, care for each other, spread joy and peace and deepen their relationships with Christ, along with building strong meaningful connections with their mentors, teachers, OLA's support team and their peers, children work to achieve specific learning outcomes as outlined by Alberta Education.



As you may know, the Alberta Curriculum will be changing. We are waiting word from the new government as to the implementation timeline. For now, to be companions on your child's learning journey, we invite you to click on the links below. The first link allows you to dig a little deeper into each subject area. The second link is an overall view of what will be explored at that grade level.


Kindergarten, Kindergarten at a Glance

Grade 1, Grade 1 at a Glance

Grade 2, Grade 2 at a Glance

Grade 3, Grade 3 at a Glance

Grade 4, Grade 4 at a Glance

Grade 5, Grade 5 at a Glance

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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 ola@eics.ab.ca

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

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To connect with your OLA School Council, please email schoolcouncil.ola@gmail.com.


OLA School Council will have open positions next year. Your invited to nominate a fellow parents, or let your name stand. Stay tuned for more information.


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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Looking Ahead...

Looking Further Ahead...

September 15

September 22

  • EICS Public Board Meeting @ 2:30pm
September 23
  • CEPAC Meeting @ 6:30pm - Virtual
September 29
  • Bus Safety Practices in AM
September 30
  • National Truth & Reconciliation Day
  • Orange Shirt Day

Approved School Fees for 2021-2022

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EICS Partners with Lurana House

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