Choose Joy!

Week of October 12, 2020

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OLA School Spirit - Wacky Tacky Day - Wednesday, October 7th

Bravo to every student and staff who embraced this day! It was so popular, it was often discussed to make this a regular theme!!!

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October is the month of the Rosary

Mrs. Weller and Mrs. Lukie as OLA's Co-Chaplains are organizing something special to honour the Rosary and understand it's importance in our Faith Life.

October is the Month of the Rosary as we annually celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7. This week, each class will be praying the Rosary in our Outdoor Classroom.

Why do we pray the rosary?

We pray the Rosary to help keep our mind, actions and lives towards Jesus. Just as a parent guides a young toddler to walk safely down a path and keeps them going in the right direction, Mary, our Mother, helps guide us towards Jesus and his message of love and forgiveness in our actions. When we pray the Rosary, we are asking Mary to help guide us to Jesus.

Please send your child with their Rosary in a labeled bag (ziploc or paper bag is fine) by Monday, October 19. We will be using the Rosaries all week, as we learn and share in the joy of praying the Rosary together.

Front Doors, Social Distancing and Connecting

Take Advantage of Play Time

Easing into the day truly sets children up for success. Play time before school settles their heart, mind, body and soul. Arriving on time also allows them to ease into their day with their peers. It prevents them from feeling rushed or having to play catch up.

If you drop your child off at school, thank you for doing so between 8:33am, when supervision and outdoor play begins, and before 8:45am. Thank you for honouring social distancing with others to help keep each other safe.

At 8:45am, all exterior doors are locked and children are beginning their learning. Should you arrive after 8:45am, it is important that you and your child go to the front doors to be let in. As your child's entry door is closed and locked, they will not have access there. Please call the office at 780-998-3716 when you arrive at the front door so we can meet you and your child out front. Thank you for remaining with your child until one of our OLA staff members welcomes your child in - it will only take a moment. Thank you for not ringing the bell as it rings throughout the school as well as in classrooms which disrupting learning. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us in the office. We are here to help.

Thank you!

We appreciate how challenging it is for you to keep your child at home when they experience symptoms, and keep them home until symptoms resolve and Covid tests results have been returned. We understand that having children stay home has impacts that are far reaching and sometimes complicated - many OLA staff are parents too, navigating the same guidelines. We also understand how much we want to cheat.

We thank you so much for following the Alberta Education guidelines to safeguard your child and family's health and safety, as well as the students and staff at OLA. Thank you for continuing to keep the lines of communication open with your child's teachers so that learning can continue in the areas of literacy and numeracy at home. The best way to connect with your child's teacher is to email them. Feel free to call us at school at 780-998-3716 to leave a message for them or you can email them through the school website. Simply click here.

We are so grateful for your partnership, patience, commitment, love and engagement in these unprecedented times, for which there is no manual.

May we continue to offer each other prayers and Grace. May we continue to laugh and find joy throughout it all.

Way To Go OLA!!

The results are in! Wow! As a community OLA raised $520 for the Terry Fox Foundation around OLA's Terry Fox Run! Thank you for contributing hope to the lives of so many struggling with cancer!!!
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Dr. Jody Carrington's October Challenge

Dr. Jody Carrington's October Connection Challenge is inline with our Choose Joy theme!!

Let's start the wave in Fort Saskatchewan!

On this joyful holiday Monday, we are kicking off week two of the October joy challenge with, “start the wave”. Anyone all in?

We are wired for connection, and we need it now more than ever. Connected communities are healthy, and thrive. Whenever, however you are able this week, I want you to wave - at passing cars, your peers in the hallways, colleagues at work, neighbours walking down the street. You’ll likely bring a smile, and just might change a life. -- Dr. Jody Carrington

Updated Alberta Health Documents

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This week @ OLA

Monday, October 12

  • Happy Thanksgiving! See everyone on October 13th

  • Gratitude is the root of Joy - What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, October 13

  • More spectacular learning and growing!

  • Virtual School Council Meeting @ 7pm - Google Meet link will be emailed to you today. Looking forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, October 14

  • A great day to learn and grow together!
  • Virtual Video Morning Announcements today - and every Wednesday!

Thursday, October 15

  • A great day to be in community together!

  • Picture Day

Friday, October 16

  • Friyay! Where will you Choose Joy today?


To see what is up and coming even further ahead, please visit our website calendar.

You can view our Kindergarten Calendar here.

Check Your Junk

We continue to send important information to your email and are hearing from families that emails may still be landing in your junk/spam folders. We are trying to figure out why, and we thank you in advance for consistently checking your spam/junk folders for important information. Thank you too for helping each other out - if you are expecting an email or communication and are wondering why you haven't received it...thank you for checking there.

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Quote of the Week

Conversation in the middle of a literacy lesson in grade 1...

"Mrs. Weller, can I just tell you something?"


"You just look fabulous today!"

Another Quote of the Week...

As the kindergarten children were lining up at their classroom door to go to library today, one the of the children looked up at Mrs. Martinez while pointing to the fire extinguisher by Mrs. Maclean's desk and said...

"You fill up that thing with whip cream and then you spray the whip cream on the fire and the fire goes out."

Another Quote of the Week...they are just too good not to share!

Grade 4 Student: "Mrs. Earle, what would you do if God gave you a billion dollars?"

Mrs. Earle was about to respond when another student responded for her, "I know what she would buy! She would buy lots of school supplies!"

Never stop playing. It brings Joy!

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In Search Of...You Can Help!

Thank you to our families who have shared some of these goodies below! We continue to request more. :-)

Looking to purge a little? A little fall cleaning? OLA is in search of the following items. If you have them to donate, we would be SO appreciative!! Thank you for sending them with your child so they can bring them to the office or call us when you drop them off and we will meet you at the front doors. For the health and safety of the children, these items will remain out of circulation for three days prior to use. Thank you in advance for your donation!!

  • Scrabble Games
  • Scrabble letter squares
  • Magnetic letters
  • Chalk
  • Chalk board erasers

3 & 4 K Wacky Tacky Day

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Student Illness and your Child's Learning

If your child is home with these symptoms:

  • Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing, Runny Nose, Sore Throat, Chills Painful swallowing, Stuffy Nose, Headache, Muscle or joint aches, Feeling unwell, fatigue or severe exhaustion, Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite), Loss of sense of smell or taste, Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye.

Please email Mrs. Desaulniers, and cc: your child's homeroom teacher to share what symptoms your child is experiencing as well as an approximate date for your child's return so we can plan for your child's learning and growing in Literacy and Numeracy while away.


First Communion and Reconciliation

If you would like your child to receive their First Communion this year and they have not yet celebrated their First Reconciliation, please contact the OLA Parish office at 780-998-3288 to make an appointment to meet with Father Kris.

First Eucharist Registration Form & First Eucharist Brochure

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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!

Thank you School Council

School Council purchased masks and personal hand sanitizers for the staff. Thank you for the wonderful gifts.
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OLA School Council News

Congratulations and Welcome your new and returning OLA School Council Executive.

Chair - Heather Spracklin

Vice Chair – Sam LeDrew

Treasurer – Crystal Breault

Secretary – Terra Slaby

To connect with your OLA School Council, please email

See you at our next meeting, on Tuesday, October 13th @ 7:00pm.

Google Meet link will be shared with you that day.

Mark Your Calendars

OLA School Council Meetings for the 2020-2021 School Year have been solidified so you can plan well ahead for your attendance! For more School Council Information please click here.

  • October 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm
  • November 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm
  • December 8, 2020 at 11:00 am (Daytime meeting)
  • January 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm
  • March 2, 2021 at 11:00 am (Daytime meeting)
  • April 13, 2021 at 7:00 pm
  • May 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm
  • June 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Cohort Assemblies

Once every six weeks, we will come together in our cohorts for an in-person Cohorted Assembly. We had our first one last week. While distanced in the gym, we were together as one to celebrate our faith, practice a little safety (Shelter in Place) and have some time to learn about safety online. We also moved and grooved together.

Looking Ahead...

October 20, 2020

  • EICS & OLA Live Streamed Thanksgiving Mass @ 1:30pm
October 30, 2020
  • Halloween Celebrations in the afternoon - general details to follow, and specific details will be shared by your homeroom teacher. Please note: Any individually packaged food brought to school, to be shared with the class must be brought to OLA on Tuesday, October 27th so that it is untouched for 3 days before distribution.

November 1, 2020

  • Daylight Saving Time End - Turn your clocks back 1 hour

November 4, 2020

  • Early Dismissal - 2:19 p.m.

November 6, 2020

  • Remembrance Day Celebration

November 9 - 13, 2020

  • Fall Break - School Closed

Grade 4 Bible Blessing

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Learning Day for OLA Staff

It was a day full of Faith, Sharing Circles, implementing OLA Assurance Plan and Power Options planning and so much more. We collaborated with colleagues, learning a lot from and with each other.

As with any day, when you work hard, you get to play hard!

We chose Joy!

Looking for Great Movies, Books, Games for Kids?

Check out Common Sense Media! They do all the leg work, and have reviewed books, movies, games, TV Shows and much, more. It's a fantastic resource for adults to be in the know about media to help set children up with positive messaging in their lives.

Check out Common Sense Media!

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Grateful Advocates for Catholic Education (GrACE)

Like their facebook page for excellent information and support for our Catholic Faith and your family.


Please click here for information from Alberta Health to keep you and your family healthy and safe this Halloween.

Specific information about how your child's class will be celebrating will be communicated from your child's homeroom class. A few things to help make it safe for everyone:

  • Please leave all props or weapons at home
  • Costumes will be donned just after lunch, and children must be capable of putting on their own costumes. Feel free to do hair/makeup at home prior to the start of school.
  • Individually packaged food, if welcomed by homeroom classes, must arrive at OLA on Tuesday October 27 to remain untouched for 3 days to ensure the health and safety of staff and children.
  • If you are invited to provide food, thank you for reaching out to your child's teacher to inquire about allergies. As always, nut free foods are expected.
  • There may be a 30 minute Cohorted Distanced Halloween Dance outside (inside if it's too cold) before recess in the afternoon, and in-class celebrations/activities after their afternoon recess.