Together in Learning and Faith

January 13 - Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School

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OLA Catholic School Review

January 15, 16 and 17, we will be conducting a School Improvement Process in your school community. The purpose of this process of gathering, analyzing and synthesizing information is to assist in the creation of a strategic plan that continues to move and improve your school in the area of Catholicity. Our ultimate goal is to impact student learning and to ensure that children are successful.

The School Improvement Process was developed by Alberta Education specifically for Catholic Schools. The process involves gathering data and evidence through surveys, interviews, documentation review, and general observations. To make this a success, we need your assistance.

What can you do to help us with the process?

  • Talk to your children about their school experience and how they can contribute to the process by speaking with the review team or by taking a survey during this week. All Grade 4 students will be surveyed and some of them will be chosen to be interviewed.

  • Let the school know that you would be willing to have a short interview with a member of the team. This can be conducted in person or by phone during the day and into the early evening. If interested let the school know your name, contact number, and best time to reach you. You may also send an email to to indicate your interest.

  • As an OLA parent, please take time to fill out the parent survey at:

Please note, only one survey per household will be registered by the program. The survey is now available until noon Wednesday, January 16.

If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please contact Mme Gravelle or contact me directly at 780-449-6455 or by email at

Yours In Catholic Education,

Paul Corrigan Mme Pamela Gravelle

Assistant Superintendent Principal

First Eucharist classes start this Thursday!

Your Our Lady of the Angels Church Sacramental Team have been hard at work planning for the upcoming First Eucharist students. Due to fewer First Communicants this year your team has decided to offer classes to all the children together. Please take note of the new class dates and times:

  • Thursday, January 17th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm @ OLA Church
  • Sunday, January 27th from 2:30 - 4:00 pm @ OLA Church

Should you have any questions you are welcome to contact your Sacrament Team:

Father Kris Schmidt - Pastor 780-998-3288

Deb Hume - OLA Church Office Administrator 780-998-3288

Lavonne Leeson - Sacrament Coordinator 780-998-1726

Stacey Walker - Sacramental Coordinator 780-992-7247

Parish Visit on Tuesday

Each Tuesday morning we are grateful to have Father Kris or Father Anthony stop in to classrooms. This past week Father Anthony visited Ms. Cyca's Grade 2's and Mrs. Vukovic's Grade 4's.

Kick-Off to Junior Options!

This past Wednesday OLA hosted their first session of Junior Options, where students had the power to choose their learning. Cooking, braiding, drawing, basketball, readers' theatre, cross training, science experiments, art explorers, ringette, dance and drawing . . . so many options to try! It was an awesome afternoon.
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Please Help Spread the Word!

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year is opening Tuesday, January 22, 2019. Registrations are only being accepted online. Please go to our school district website: “Parents and Students” “School Registration”

  • ECS programs are voluntary and designed for children who will be five years of age before January 1, 2020.
  • Pre-K programs are voluntary and designed for children who will be four years of age before January 1, 2020 or three years of age (with PUF Funding) before January 1, 2020.

Elk Island Catholic Schools are committed to developing educational opportunities in the context of Gospel values, where students’ gifts and talents are celebrated and nurtured. Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School and St. John XXIII Catholic School are fantastic schools and we want you to be a part of our Fort Saskatchewan Catholic community.

Choosing Catholic Education is more than just attending a Catholic School. It’s an opportunity to embrace God’s love and share His gift of joy in our families, Church and faith/learning communities.

Oilers' Skills Ticket Draw in Support of the Mudryk Family

Huge thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Vukovic for their generous donation of 6 tickets (2 sets of 3 tickets each) that were raffled off on Friday. Jesse and Mme Gravelle pulled the lucky winners . . . Jesse from 2Oi and Arlo from 3K. Congratulations to the winners - and thank you to everyone who supported this fun-fundraiser!

Tech Time: Keeping our Children Safe Online

In this section of the newsletter, we will share tools and information with parents to help bring awareness for children's safety while they are online or during their screen time. It is our goal to highlight upcoming workshops or articles about technology and kids.

Take a moment to read the following article:

5 Media Resolutions Every Family Should Make in 2019

Click here for:

Movie reviews by Common Sense Media

Building Security and Visitors to OLA

Continuing our commitment to keeping your children safe, we respectfully ask all visitors to OLA, including parents, to please sign in at the office when entering the building. Our responsibility in the office is to know who is in the building at all times. We will begin asking you to wear a visitor's tag so that staff and students know that you have checked in at the office.

If you or another family member is picking up your child between 8:30AM and 3:19PM, please come to the office and we will gladly call your child to meet you there. This will minimize disruptions in class and you will help us keep your children safe.

Winter and Parking

With the weather getting a little colder, a friendly reminder that students will be outside for all recesses, including before school to -25 degrees Celsius or -25 Windchill , which ever is reached first. Should the temperatures or Windchill drop to below -25, children's time outside will be reduced or cancelled. We use The Weather Network as our reference. Thank you for ensuring your child comes to school prepared to enjoy the outdoors.

A reminder regarding parking for visitors or when dropping off/picking up children: Parents are welcome to park in the north-west parking spaces and parking lot. Parking is also permitted along the west side of Sherridon Drive south of the crosswalk, or north of the crosswalk on the east side of Sherridon Drive. Parking directly in front of the school is reserved for staff to ensure all vehicles parked there remain fully stationary while buses arrive and while children are out front of the school. This also applies to families dropping children off for PreKindergarten or Out-of-School care.

EICS Transportation

If you ever need to contact EICS Transportation with questions or concerns about your child's busing they can be reached at 780-449-6480. The staff are available at the end of the day while your child is on their way home and are able to contact your child's bus driver by radio if necessary. We are also still here at the school until 4:00 pm if you need us - you can reach your OLA Team at 780-998-3716.

At the bottom of each week's Smore we will also have a button linked directly to the EICS transportation website with all of their contact information.

Choir Visit to Dr. Turner Lodge

Please enjoy some more pics from the choir and handbells performance and visit to Dr. Turner Lodge December 17th. What a beautiful time of celebration and friendship bridging generations!
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Edmonton Journal Editorial on Catholic Schools in Alberta

This week in 4V: Parking lot for Grade 4 questions about Jesus and the New Beginning and cross-curricular language and health . . . we r lovin' it!
Grade 4 December Science Project Photos

Check out the amazing work our Grade 4's did!

OLA School Council News

OLA Spirit Wear Update!

The OLA School Council clothing executive is excited to be offering nine different items of spirit wear for purchase! Information will be sent home this week in regards to how, where, and when you can buy OLA Spirit Wear.

If you are curious about sizing there will be a sample pack of clothes in the office to try once you receive the pamphlet at home. These samples are NOT available to go home . . . they must remain in office.

2019-20 School Calendar Feedback @ School Council

Please mark your calendars. OLA School Council's next meeting is January 24 @ 7:00pm in the OLA library. We look forward to seeing you there, and we encourage you to come each month to learn about the great things happening at OLA, ways to share your gifts and passions as well as gather your thoughts on different topics.

One of the discussion items we will be discussing is the 2019-2020 EICS school calendar and gathering your feedback about it. It will be presented at the meeting, and we encourage all parents to attend.

Looking Ahead . . .

Monday, January 14

  • Monday Faith Assembly 9:00 am in the gym - everyone welcome!
  • NO First Eucharist preparation class - all children should attend Thursday

Tuesday, January 15

  • Parish Priests visit
  • OLA Catholic School Review: Day 1 of 2

Wednesday, January 16

  • Rocks and Rings Curling Presentation
  • OLA Catholic School Review: Day 2 of 2
  • Catholic School Review Parent Survey closes at noon

Thursday, January 17

  • Face to Face Ministries
  • Grade 1 classes visit the Telus World of Science
  • First Eucharist preparation class 6:00 - 7:30 pm at OLA Church

And a Little Further Ahead . . .

January 22 Calling all Kinders and PreKinders . . . Registration Opens for next year!

January 23 Booster Juice Hot Lunch

January 24 Grade 3 Teachers Pet Presentation 9:00 - 11:00 am

January 24 OLA School Council Meeting 7:00 pm in the library - please come support our community

January 25 Kindergarten Winter Wonderland Presentation 9:00 - 10:30 am

January 25 Grade 4 Skate 1:00 - 2:00 pm

January 31 NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - Professional Development Day for Staff

February 1: World Read Aloud Day: Build a story together with Mr. Labarda in the gym to kick of Read-In Month at OLA 12:45pm

February 6 Progress Reports available for viewing on your PowerSchool ParentPortal

February 25 OLA Open House - all day, please come see the great things happening at OLA and bring a friend!

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.

"Love does not tolerate indifference; love is compassionate. Love means putting your heart on the line for others.

Pope Francis


January 8, 2019

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OLA Parish News