Together in Learning and Faith

September 8, 2019

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OLA School Council AGM this Tuesday

Please join us this Tuesday at 7:00 pm for the first School Council meeting of the year. Attending meetings keeps you in the loop of the inner workings of the school and School Council, provides you an opportunity to share your voice for council and share your feedback on various topics related to the school. Thank you for supporting your child's learning community.

OLA Meet the Staff Evening this Thursday

Please join us at 6:30 pm in the gym and meet the OLA Team followed by in class conversations with your child's teachers. Repeat in-class sessions will be offered for families with more than one child, the first beginning at 7:00 pm and the second at 7:30 pm.

This is an important opportunity to connect personally and directly with your child's teacher and learn how you can best support your child's learning, as well as ask questions to kick start the year fully in the know. Strong positive relationships with the key people holding your children is an important factor that helps to guarantee your child succeeds throughout their learning and growing journey.

Come connect with:

  • Your child's homeroom teacher
  • OLA's Music Teacher
  • OLA's Collaborative Response Coordinator
  • OLA's Family Wellness Worker
  • OLA's Assistant Principal, Chaplain and Indigenous Lead
  • OLA's Principal and French as a Second Language Teacher

We look forward to seeing you there!

Board of Trustees

With grateful hearts we extend our thanks and congratulations to Mrs. Justine Wright as she embarks on a new path as a teacher at St. John XXIII Catholic School. As our Fort Saskatchewan EICS Trustee she served our students and families well for the past six years.

Please click here to read the press release from the Board of Trustees of the Notice of Nomination for By-Election in the Fort Saskatchewan Ward 2 to elect one Separate School Trustee.

Thanks Shell!

What an amazing welcome Shell created for our students last Tuesday. Thank you for being at the school bright and early to welcome us back with such joyful, positive messages!

Welcome . . . and Welcome Back!

We had such a great week at OLA welcoming back our students - and meeting our news ones!

Power Options Are Back!

You can be a facilitator of Learning!!

Thank you to our teachers and support staff, along with many of the parents who facilitated workshops last year. What were some of the options offered by staff and parents you ask? The children adored digging deeper with science Experiments, braiding and cross training, cooking, cross-stitching, painting, beading, soccer, floor hockey, softball, planting, recycling, henna art, Ukrainian Dance, music and song writing, creative drawing, building, ringette, Reader's Theater, animal research on chromebooks, printmaking, playdough making, Rainbow Science activities, handbells, circuit building, guided drawing, card making and math games.

Excitement is already building as to what opportunities will be brought to children this year!

Power Options Planning has begun!

We are looking for parents to offer OLA children a workshop to help them go deeper into a topic of their choice and experience learning from the expertise of our parent community. Workshops can be linked to any of the Alberta Education Competencies (linked here) and rooted in your passions, work experience, skills, talents or hobbies. The options workshops will be held on the early dismissal Wednesday, October 2 from 12:45pm - 2:00pm with a repeated workshop on Wednesday, November 6 from 12:45pm - 2:00pm. Parents are asked offer their workshop on both of these days.

At OLA we do all we can to ensure learning success. Parent involvement in children's learning is a another important factor to successful learning!

We are incredibly grateful for all the parents who offered Power Options last year! You were instrumental in their success and you're always welcome to return! We will also offer Power Options Round II December 4/January 8 from 12:45pm - 2:00pm.

Come and join the fun!

Please email Mme Gravelle at

with any questions or to share your workshop idea

before Friday September 20, 2019

Join us for READ-IN Month!

Read-in Week is October 7-11 and this year's theme is "Start Exploring!"

We always love every and any reason to celebrate reading, so we have expanded Read-in Week to Read-in Month!

During the Month of October we are inviting you and your loved ones to come in and take a few moments (like 30 minutes) to share your favourite picture book with our students.

We are looking for Moms, Dads, Babas, Guidos, Aunties, Uncles, you get the point to share their love of learning and favourite books. We welcome you to join us for READ-IN.

Please contact Mrs. Wagner via email for any questions and to arrange a time to share your favs with children and help spread a love of reading!

News from our Family Wellness Worker

We believe in supporting all those who hold your most precious gifts. OLA in collaboration with St. John XXIII Catholic School and the Primary Care Network, you are invited to connect with fellow families and further build expertise and knowledge to support your precious children. Please see details below. For more information, please feel free to connect with Eleanor Heesing at 780-998-3716 ext. 1
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Please check out these upcoming Caregiver Education Series sessions from Alberta Health Services. They are free to attend.

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OLA Parish News

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Looking Ahead . . .

Monday, September 9

Tuesday, September 10

  • First full day of class for our T/Th Pre-K & Kinders! (View their calendar here.)
  • OLA School Council Annual General Meeting 7:00 pm in the library

Thursday, September 12

  • Meet the Staff 6:30 pm beginning in the gym

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

You can view our Pre-K AM calendar here.

and a Little Further Ahead . . .

September 25 Seed Survivor Program presented by Nutrien

September 26 Terry Fox Run

September 27 Poet Leif Gregersen visit OLA for Alberta Culture Days

September 30 Orange Shirt Day; Faith in Action Assembly at 12:30pm

October 1 Circle of Security Caregiver Sessions begin

October 2 Grade 1-4 Power Options

October 2 Early Dismissal at 2:19 pm

October 17 Lifetouch Picture Day

"Try to keep quiet a moment and let God love you. Try to silence all the inner voices, and rest for a second in His loving embrace."

Pope Francis

Twitter, September 5, 2019

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