Together in Learning and Faith

January 5, 2020 - Feast of the Epiphany

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Thank you for Spreading Hope and Joy!

Thank you to OLA families, students and staff for the generous donations on our Giving Tree. These gifts brought hope to many! Thank you for being the hands and feet of Christ!

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 Power Option workshop from 12:45pm - 2:00pm on Wednesday February 5 and a repeat session on March 4 from 12:45pm - 2:00pm.

If you are interested in offering a workshop, please contact Mme Gravelle at 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!

Christmas and Easter Season

During the Liturgical seasons of Christmas and Easter, we use white as the Liturgical colour to signify that we are celebrating these important moments in our faith.

We are in search of white table cloths to help us celebrate and honour these seasons. If you have any extra white table cloths or would like to donate new ones, we would be grateful for your donation. Any size is appreciated.

Oh The Weather Outside is Delightful!

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Playing outside in the fresh air is important for children's physical, emotional, social and mental development. Thank you for helping them enjoy their time outside by ensuring they are dressed for the weather. Children will enjoy the outdoors to -25 Degrees Celsius (temperature or windchill). Please click here for more information.
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Message from EICS Central Learning Services

Dear Parents and Staff,

Parents and Staff of EICS students are invited to take part in a Blanket Exercise to be held at Central Learning Services (310 Broadview Road) in Sherwood Park on Wednesday, January 15, beginning at 6:30 pm.

The Blanket Exercise is an active participation learning activity based on the major themes and findings of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. The goal is to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Everyone is actively involved as they step onto blankets that represent the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. For further information, please view this KAIROS Blanket Exercise video.

Participants are asked to bring a blanket that can be placed on the floor and stepped on for this activity.

Please RSVP by Monday, January 13 by filling out this linked Google Form. We will also have Eva Stang join us at this event. Eva, a Métis Culture and Knowledge Keeper, has been working with EICS this year, supporting the continued growth in staff and administrator knowledge of Indigenous perspectives.

If you have any questions, please email Crystal Cholin, Learning Services Consultant, at (

Welcome to the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (2:54)
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Alberta Education will be conducting their annual Accountability Pillar Survey in the new year. Parents of students in grade 4, 7 and 10 should receive a mailed survey from Alberta Education.

As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education to ensure that we are equipping students for success. Please watch for your survey in the mail - and let your voice be heard. Thank you.

Caregiver Education Series from Alberta Health Services


Deadline Tueday, January 14, 2020.
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OLA Parish News

First Eucharist Preparation

Catholic children in Grade 3 (or older) are invited to prepare for the Sacrament of the Eucharist (First Holy Communion) at Our Lady of the Angels Parish. Registration is open until January 31, 2020.

Class dates:

  • February 9, 2020 OLA Church meeting room 10:00 am (Parents required to stay)
  • February 15, 2020 OLA Church meeting room 10:00 am
  • March 1, 2020 OLA Church 2:00 pm Celebration Mass

Registration forms are available online at or at the church office. There is a $25 registration fee to cover the costs of materials. Please provide a copy of your child's baptism certificate when registering. Questions can be directed to the OLA Church office at 780-998-3288.

OLA Choir and Handbells spread joy at Dr. Turner Lodge

Faith in Action

Building and Testing Bridges

Learning is Fun!

Mr. Weller Visits PreK

OLA Obstacle Course in the Gym

In Class Fun

Spreading a Little Joy to Staff

Looking Ahead . . .

Monday, January 6

  • Welcome back! - First day of classes for 2020
  • Faith Assembly and Celebrating Epiphany at 12:30pm - Please join us!
  • Grades 1-4 Select their Power Options
  • Thank you Mrs. Haubrich for replacing Mrs. Buban today

Tuesday, January 7

  • Welcome Mrs. Reist who will be Mrs. Buban today

Wednesday, January 8

  • School Spirit Day - Pajama Day!
  • Grade 1-4 Power Options 12:45 - 2:00 pm
  • Tim Horton's Lunch for those who pre-ordered
  • Early Dismissal at 2:19 pm

Thursday, January 9

Friday, January 10

  • School Day for M/W Kinders

and a Little Further Ahead . . .

January 13 Grade 3 Teacher's Pet: Communities of the World

January 15 Blanket Exercise at EICS Central Learning Services 6:30pm

January 16 OLA School Council Meeting 7:00 pm in the OLA School Library

  • Share your feedback on next year's school calendar Feedback
January 17 (Tentative) Chapel Blessing with Father Kris

January 17 T/Th PreK/K class day

January 27-31 Adoration in Chapel

February 5 Progress Reports for grades 1-4 available via PowerSchool Parent Portal

February 6-7 Teacher's Convention - No School for Students

February 24 MARK YOUR CALENDARS - A Story for Every Child 12:30pm - 1:30pm - Come celebrate a love of reading! Spread the word! Calling on 185 community members to read to each of our children. More details to follow!

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.

2020-2021 School Year Registration

School divisions across the province await Alberta Education's announcements regarding the future context of Early Childhood Education in Alberta. Once the announcement is shared, school divisions will review it and determine its impact, thus determining what Early Education programs are able to be offered. Registration dates and programs offered will follow this review process.
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