Together in Learning and Faith

December 9 - Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School

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Daily Advent Celebration

This week we again invite you to join us at 9:00 am in the gym as we continue our Advent journey and prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of Christ. We will be lighting two candles on our Advent Wreath, helping banish the winter darkness with the Candle of Peace, reminding us Jesus is the Prince of Peace and challenging us to become peacekeepers.

We will also continue with our Jesse tree; sharing Bibles stories and learning about our salvation history. Here are a few questions to ask your child about what they learned during the first week of Advent:

  • What story did the symbol of the moon and stars tell?
  • What choice did Adam and Eve make?
  • We watched the video of Abraham and his son Isaac. What test did Abraham pass?
  • The symbol on the Jesse tree is the rose. Who does the rose represent? Because she was perfect, what plan did God have for her?

May we, by our actions, help to prepare the way for the coming of Peace.

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Advent Concert December 12th & 13th

Our OLA kids have been practicing hard and are so excited to share their gifts and talents with you this week.

A reminder, tickets are required to attend the December 13th evening performance. Tickets are free, but they ensure that we stay within fire regulation guidelines. If you have extended family who would like to enjoy the performance please invite them to the afternoon matinee on December 12th - no tickets are needed for that show.

Two evening performance tickets were sent home to each family last week. For families who requested additional tickets these will be given out of a first come, first served basis and will go home with your child on Monday and Tuesday.

We are looking forward to sharing our beautiful advent message with you.

Concert VIP Experience to Support Social Justice

We are offering our families the opportunity to win the Advent Concert VIP Experience!

Tickets (with details attached) went home last week .

Please know, there is no obligation to purchase a ticket. Each ticket will give you a chance to win one of 6 VIP Experience Ticket Packages for the December 13th evening performance, which includes two VIP seats, VIP parking . . . and a little well-deserved pampering.

Tickets are $1.00 each, 6 for $5.00, or the entire sheet of 12 for $10.00. Fill out one, some, or all and return the tickets to the school with the appropriate dollar amount. If you are writing a cheque, please make it payable to Elk Island Catholic Schools. Please contact the office at 780-998-3716 if you would like more draw ticket sheets. The six winners will be drawn on Wednesday, December 12th at 1:00 pm.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support our OLA School Chalice Foster Child from Tanzania and Catholic Social Services Valeda House (a ministry that provides temporary shelter for homeless women who face exceptional challenges in finding safe housing).

Thank you and God bless you for your generosity and hope for those less fortunate.

Our Lady of the Angels Staff and Students

Handicap Parking

Our school has parents, grandparents and classroom volunteers that need to use the two Handicap Parking spots in front of the school. Please respect the posted signs and leave these spots for those who need them. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding - thank you.

Pick Up and Drop Off Reminders

To keep our children safe, the parking spaces in front of the school are reserved for staff so they remain stationary from 8:00AM - 3:45PM. Thank you for not using this area as a drop off lane. 96st and 97st have access points to the playground and are excellent drop off spaces in the morning. Supervision begins at 8:30AM and children are encouraged to play before school and connect with their friends. As always, when picking up your child, please meet them outside their entrance/exit doors from the school and walk with them back to your vehicle.

School Fees / Waiver Deadline

Thank you to the many families who have already paid their child's school fees.

A reminder, these fees can be paid online through your Powerschool Parent Portal, or you are welcome to send cash or a cheque made payable to Elk Island Catholic Schools to the office. If you require assistance logging in to the ParentPortal please call the school and we will be happy to help.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties you may qualify for the EICS Fee Waiver Program. The deadline to apply for the 2018 - 2019 school year is Friday, December 14th.

Fee Waiver Program Application 2018-2019

Advent Mass

"Children are the angels of God."

Father Anthony

Advent Mass December 3, 2018

Thank you Father Anthony for welcoming us on such a beautiful winter morning last Monday to celebrate our Advent Mass.

Enhancements @ OLA - Join the Fun!

We are always grateful when parents participate in their child's education, and invest in the school they spend a great deal of time in. These were introduced and discussed at the November and December School Council meetings. Please join us in continuing to build OLA's richness.

Here are a few projects we are working on, and we would love your help and support:

  • All of the older Smartboards at OLA are nearing the end of their lives and we will need to replace them before the year is out as they are integral tools for learning. We are looking to replace approximately 7 of them, which carries with it a significant cost. OLA will be engaging in some cost-sharing adventures and we are asking parents/businesses if there are any grants/donations that you may be aware of that can be contributed to our Technology upgrades.
  • In January we will be kicking off OLA's options, and we are inviting parents to offer workshops for children. These would be offered on the first Wednesday of each month, in the afternoon. There would be a grade 1&2 session and simultaneously a 3&4 session. If you are interested in offering a workshop, please connect with Mrs. Weller or Mme Gravelle.

Christmas Sweater Day!

Grade 4 Skating

Thank you, Father Kris, for joining the Grade 4's on the ice. So. Much. Fun!
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Milk Day Monday, December 17th!

We have a special OLA family who would love to treat the whole school to milk at lunch on Monday, December 17th. They have offered to provide a milk alternative for children who are lactose intolerant.

Please take a moment to email our OLA Club Moo Coordinator, Mrs. Jacqueline Holder, to let her know your child's name, class, and if they need a non-milk alternative . . . or if you would like your child not to receive milk.

Jacqueline Holder

OLA Club Moo representative

Focus on Tech: Keeping our Children Safe Online

With children accessing online games, websites and APPs, how do parents keep up with and be in-the-know of what their child is doing online?

Click here for:

Ages and Stages Tip Sheet

from the Center on Media and Child Health

In this section of the newsletter, we will work to help educate parents to keep children safe while they are online by highlighting upcoming workshops or articles about technology and kids.

Take a moment to read the following blog:

What should I know about Fortnite - Is it Ok for Kids to play?

Cyber World Parent Presentation

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OLA Parish News

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Looking Ahead . . .

Monday, December 10

  • Advent Jesse Tree Celebration 9:00 am in the gym - please join us!

Tuesday, December 11

  • Advent Jesse Tree Celebration 9:00 am in the gym - please join us!
  • Parish Priests visit classrooms
  • Cyber World Parent Presentation 6:30 pm at St. AndrĂ© Bessette

Wednesday, December 12

  • Ordering opens for January - March Hot Lunch
  • Advent Jesse Tree Celebration 9:00 am in the gym - please join us!
  • Advent Concert - The Christmas Baby 1:30 pm no tickets required for this performance

Thursday, December 13

  • Advent Jesse Tree Celebration 9:00 am in the gym - please join us!
  • Grade 3 Science Presentation - Lego Bridges
  • Grade 4 Peacekeeping Workshops
  • Advent Concert - The Christmas Baby 6:30 pm tickets needed for admittance

Friday, December 14

  • Advent Jesse Tree Celebration 9:00 am in the gym - please join us!
  • Grade 2 Science T-Pet on Magnetism
  • Pre-K Christmas Activities & Concert 10:00 - 11:30 am
  • Nativity Pageant Rehearsal 5:00 pm at OLA Church

Sunday, December 16

  • Nativity Pageant 11:00 am Mass at OLA Church

And a Little Further Ahead . . .

December 17 Free Milk & Free Gift Day from Moo Club

December 18 Choir and Handbells perform at Dr. Turner Lodge

December 19 Panago Hot Lunch

December 21 Deadline for hot lunch orders for January - March

December 21 Last day of school for 2018

January 7 First day of school for 2019

January 12 Registration deadline for First Eucharist in 2019

For more upcoming dates, please visit our website calendar.

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

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