Together in Learning and Faith

January 27 - Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School

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Survey Season - Your Voice, Our Future

There will be two surveys coming your way, and your voice matters to help guide OLA's future.

The first comes from Alberta Education and is called the Alberta Education Accountability Pillar Survey. Thank you for completing this survey when it comes to you. For more information about this survey, please click here.

A second survey directly from Elk Island Catholic Schools called The Assurance Survey gathers information to ensure OLA's progress is in alignment with our collaboratively created Assurance Plans, celebrates elements that are in alignment, and helps us as an OLA community to realign where needed, and thus guiding OLA's future direction.

When these surveys arrive in the mail or in your email inbox, thank you in advance for completing them. Your voice matters to help guide OLA's future!

Monday Faith Assembly

Thank you to our Kinders . . . with the help of their 4V buddies, for leading the whole school at our Monday Faith Assembly!

Naming our Options . . . and the Winner is?!

At last Monday's Faith Assembly we asked the kids to decide what our Early Out Options should be called. Votes are in - and the winner is POWER OPTIONS!
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Tuesday's Parish Visit

Thank you, Father Kris, for joining us last Tuesday in 4V and 3K.
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Sunday, February 27: Holy Gospel According to Matthew 23: 11-12

"The greatest among you must be your servant. Anyone who raises himself up will be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself will be raised up."

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Kicking off OLA's Servant Leadership Squad

We are so excited to kick off OLA's Servant Leadership Squad (OLA's SLS)! On Monday January 28 at our assembly, we will be introducing our four Servant Leadership Squads, and inviting our Grade 4s to join one of the Squads. They will be coming home with a letter sharing their choice and requesting your signature to endorse their choice, as participation in the Squads requires a commitment as outlined in the letter. Letters are due back to the Grade 4 Homeroom teachers anytime before or on this Friday Feb. 1, 2019.

The four Servant Leadership Squads and their portfolios are:

Purple - OLA Faith Leadership (Tuesday at lunch in the chapel)

  • Deepening a personal relationship with Christ
  • Sharing God’s message with others
  • Being His hands and feet
  • Linking activities to our faith theme: We are God’s Masterpiece
  • Support the liturgical celebrations

Green - OLA Health Champions (Thursdays in the Kitchen)
  • Promote healthy eating
  • Promote physical and mental wellness
  • Create and facilitate activities to educate and increase awareness

Orange - OLA Citizenship Team (Tuesdays in 4V)
  • Make connections within our school, in our community and globally
  • Planning and executing service projects

Blue - OLA School Spirit (Friday - Library)
  • Promote school spirit and joy at school
  • Plan and execute activities or events to build community
  • Plan school spirit days

Thank you for supporting your Grade 4 child in becoming an OLA Servant Leadership Squad member and reminding them to return their letters to school on or before February 1, 2019.

Special Thanks to our OLA Servant Leadership Squad Facilitators:

Ms. Astalosch, Mme Gravelle, Mrs. Vukovic, Mrs. D’Mello, Mrs. Weller, Mrs. Latreille, Mrs. Buban, Miss Sulyma, Mrs. Reist

Grade 3 T-Pet : Communities of the World

Grade 4 Skating

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Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration

Please help spread the work to family and friends - registration is now open!

Eligibility Starting Date for Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year:

To register for Kindergarten in the 2019-2020 school year, your child must be five years old on or before December 31, 2019.

How do I find out which EICS school to register in?

You can find your designated school by clicking on the boundary maps.

Where are the forms to register online for EICS Kindergarten Programs?

To register for Kindergarten, please create an account on School Engage and log into the following portal: Student Registration.

Where do I get information about Transportation and to arrange busing?
To contact EICS Transportation, please call 780-449-6480 or email us at For all forms and requests for busing, please visit the EICS Transportation page at

News from our school's Family Wellness Worker

Mrs. Eleanor Heesing would like to share these upcoming workshops with you. For more information please visit our Family Wellness page found under the Parent tab of our school website.
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St. Isadore Catholic Learning Centre

Congratulations to Mrs. Tracy Melnyk and her team at St. Isadore Catholic Learning Centre on their grand opening! To learn more about the newest school within our EICS family please check out the Grandin Media article below.

Tech Time

In this section of the newsletter, we will share tools and information with parents to help bring awareness about children's safety online or during screen time. Upcoming parent workshops will be shared here too.

Check this out!

How school age children are affected by media is important to their overall health and development. This tip sheet will help you understand how media can positively and negatively affect how they think, act, learn and grow. Use this information as a guide to help you choose media that are best for your child.

Scientific research has shown time and again that children learn from what they see on a screen. If they see violence being rewarded, they are going to learn that being aggressive is a good way to get what they want, and this belief can have long term effects on children’s behavior.

Click here for Risks, Benefits and Healthy Use

articles relating to video games.

Land Acknowledgment

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Why Do We Say It and What Does It Mean?

As many of you are aware, Our Lady of Angels Catholic School reads the Territory and Land Acknowledgment during our school assemblies and meetings. Over the past couple of years, we have been discussing the importance of this statement with staff and students and we would like to include our parent community in these discussions as well. Over the next several weeks, we will be sharing one small statement about why this is a necessary and important piece as we move towards reconciliation. The statements are meant to not only be information pieces for you and your family but we are hoping that they will encourage discussion with your children as well. You will be able to easily identify the statement each week as it will be accompanied with the above photo.

OLA School Council News

Fort Saskatchewan Catholic Schools Parent Society Playground Meeting

We need your help to make some big decisions.

Hope to see you!

Please mark your calendars - the next playground meeting will be at 7:00 pm on February 4, 2019 at OLA School. Please join us!

Save Your Bottles!

Fort Saskatchewan Catholic School Playground Society will collecting bottles to start the fundraising for each school's play space. The bottle drive is scheduled for Saturday February 9, 2019 from 12-2pm. Drop Off location will be announced soon. Please save your bottles!

Last Chance to order OLA Spirit Wear

The deadline to order your OLA School Spirit Wear is this Wednesday, January 30th. Sizing samples have arrived and can be found in the school office. If you need another copy of the order form please visit our school website.

Click to Pray

What is Click to Pray? The App that connects your prayer with the world.

Community News

Fort Saskatchewan Public Library

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Looking Ahead . . .

Sunday, January 27

  • First Eucharist Class 2:30 - 4:00 pm at OLA Church

Monday, January 28

  • Monday Faith Assembly 9:00 am in the gym - everyone welcome!
  • OLA Servant Leadership Squad Kick Off for Grade 4s - first recess

Tuesday, January 29

  • Parish Priests visit

Wednesday, January 30

  • Welcome Pre-Kindergartens to class
  • Deadline to order OLA Spirit Wear

Thursday, January 31

  • NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - Staff Professional Learning Day

Friday, February 1

  • Kinders, see you for class today!
  • World Read Aloud Day: Build a Story with Mr. Labarda at 12:45pm to kick off Read-In Month - all are welcome

And a Little Further Ahead . . .

February 4: Road Safety Presentation by RCMP at Faith Assembly

February 4: Grade 4 Lights and Shadows Presentation

February 4: EICS Trustee Jean Boisvert reads with 2CL

February 4: Playground Meeting 7:00 pm at OLA School - Please join us. All are welcome!

February 5: Parish Visit

February 5: Grade 3 T-Pet Hearing and Sound Science Presentation

February 6: School Spirit Day! Dress as a Character from your Favourite story for Read-In Month!

February 6: Round 1: Day 2: Power Options

February 6: Quiznos Hot Lunch

February 6: Early Dismissal at 2:19 pm

February 6: Progress Reports available for viewing on your PowerSchool ParentPortal

February 7 & 8: Teacher's Convention - No School for students

February 13: Faith Assembly at 9:00am - All are welcome!

February 13: Therese DeChamplain-Good, Assistant Superintendent reads to 2Oi at 9:30am

February 13: Paul Corrigan, Assistant Superintendent reads to 1LS at 10:00am

February 14: Happy Valentine's Day!

February 14: Grade 3s swim

Febrary 15: Happy Birthday to Canada's Flag!

February 15: Professional Learning Day for staff - No School for students

February 18: Family Day - No School

February 25: OLA Open House - please spread the word!

April 10 Early Learning Parent Information Evening 7:00 - 8:30 pm

For more upcoming dates, please visit our website calendar.

You can view our Kindergarten Calendar here and our Pre-K Calendar here.

"The Christian way is that of the Beatitudes: meekness, humility, patience in suffering, love for justice, ability to endure persecution, not judging others... #SantaMarta"

Pope Francis


January 21, 2019

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