Choose Joy!

Week of October 19, 2020

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October is the month of the Rosary

Why do we pray the rosary?

We pray the Rosary to help keep our mind, actions and lives towards Jesus. Just as a parent guides a young toddler to walk safely down a path and keeps them going in the right direction, Mary, our Mother, helps guide us towards Jesus and his message of love and forgiveness in our actions. When we pray the Rosary, we are asking Mary to help guide us to Jesus.

Grade 1/2M

Learning about hot and cold temperatures. Today we created our own thermometers and tested them in warm water.

Curiosity + Inquiry + Experimentation = Joy Filled Learning

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I saw a Snowflake! Did you?

A conversation with Mme Gravelle and a grade two student while in the playground at recess time......

  • Mme Gravelle: "While we are outside, it's ok to take your mask off if you'd like."
  • Grade 2 student: "I want to keep my mask on. It's keeping my face warm!"
  • Mme Gravelle: "Great solution! Today for you, your mask is a 2for1! It's keeping you well AND warm!"'s getting chillier outside, and the air is getting more crisp. Getting outside for fresh air free play is just as important now and even more so as the weather gets colder. Thank you for ensuring your child is appropriately dressed to play outside. As the temperatures drop, it's important to know our guidelines for playing outside. Please click here for OLA and EICS' Guideline for Outdoor Play when the weather gets cold.

Students will be playing outside for their regular duration to -25 degrees Celsius or -25 Windchill. This includes when they arrive at school in the morning and each of their recesses during the day. Each free play-recess is 20 minutes or less. Teachers may choose to take children outside for Physical Education or Daily Physical Activity which may be longer. To ensure children are able to fully enjoy their time outside - thank you for helping them dress appropriately.

Should you need assistance with appropriate clothing for your child for winter, please connect with your child's teacher, Mme Gravelle, Mrs. Weller or Mrs. Heesing.

We are here to help!

Water Bottles

Drinking water regularly helps children's brains and bodies work at their best. Our water fountains are closed, and our water bottle filling stations remain open. Thank you for helping your child come to school with a pre-filled re-usable water bottle. Should they need a refill (Yeah!!) they are welcome to use the water bottle filling stations.

Thank you for encouraging your child to bring their water bottle home each day for washing.


We appreciate how challenging it is for you to keep your child at home when they experience symptoms, and keep them home until symptoms resolve and Covid tests results have been returned. We understand that having children stay home has impacts that are far reaching and sometimes complicated - many OLA staff are parents too, navigating the same guidelines. We also understand how much we want to cheat.

Thank you for keeping us informed as to how your child is progressing while at home. Many Grade 1 - 4 teacher have or are working towards creating Google Classrooms for your child, complete with classroom communication and learning activities to do at home. Thank you for connecting with your child for help to access your child's Google Classroom or connect with their teacher via email by clicking here.

We are in this together!

Masks @ School

To keep our OLA community safe and well, masks continue to be mandatory for all staff and grade four students and they are they are highly encouraged for grades K-3.

To assist in your child's learning, teachers have the opportunity to work in small groups with your child. During these sacred times, its important that masks be worn to mitigate transmission risks. Thank you for working with your child to ensure they bring their masks to school and wear them during the day, especially during music class and during small group learning time.

3MK & Tunisia

Together as we learn about Art and Culture in Tunisia, we make pottery like they do! We learn how these tools help them live.

Dr. Jody Carrington's October Challenge

Dr. Jody Carrington's October Connection Challenge is inline with our Choose Joy theme!!

Let's start the wave in Fort Saskatchewan!

On this joyful holiday Monday, we are kicking off week two of the October joy challenge with, “start the wave”. Anyone all in?

We are wired for connection, and we need it now more than ever. Connected communities are healthy, and thrive. Whenever, however you are able this week, I want you to wave - at passing cars, your peers in the hallways, colleagues at work, neighbours walking down the street. You’ll likely bring a smile, and just might change a life. -- Dr. Jody Carrington

Updated Alberta Health Documents

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Phys Ed Stretching - 4E

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This week @ OLA

Monday, October 19

  • Choosing Joy today!

  • Outdoor Rosary begins today

  • OLA Teachers & OLA's Support Team engage in planning for success for all students today during their Collaborative Team Meetings.

Tuesday, October 20

Wednesday, October 21

  • More spectacular learning and growing!
  • Outdoor Rosary continues today.
  • Virtual Video Morning Announcements today - and every Wednesday!

Thursday, October 22

  • A great day to be in community together!

  • Outdoor Rosary prayers continue today in the Outdoor Classroom.

Friday, October 23

  • Friyay! Where will you Choose Joy today?
  • Outdoor Rosary continues today. Invite your children to teach you!


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

You can view our Kindergarten Calendar here.

Power Options 2020 Begin in November!

We are excited to announce that Power Options will begin in November. Power Options are opportunities to dive deeper into curricular linked learning activities that are chosen based on student passions and interests. Power Options will be experienced as a whole class, and children will select as a class which option they will explore together. They will enjoy this opportunity once per week for three weeks for approximately 45 minutes each week. The fourth week in the month is built-in flex time in case there is just a little time needed to wrap up the option!

Power Options is another way OLA staff engage students in their learning - with choice and voice!

Making Words and Practicing Spelling

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School Interveiws

We will be having Virtual school conferences November 3rd and 5th from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. through Google meets. Mrs. MacLean in Kindergarten will have additional availability outside of these evenings. Sign up information will be coming out early next week. Google links and instructions for logging into the Google meets will be sent prior to November 3rd.

We are looking forward to connecting with you and your child to celebrate their learning progress and together setting goals for their future growth.

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Check Your Junk

We continue to send important information to your email and are hearing from families that emails may still be landing in your junk/spam folders. We are trying to figure out why, and we thank you in advance for consistently checking your spam/junk folders for important information. Thank you too for helping each other out - if you are expecting an email or communication and are wondering why you haven't received it...thank you for checking there.

Playgrounds are fun for everyone!

Quotes of the Week

Conversation with a student in the middle of Math class....

Student: "Mrs V"

Mrs. V: "Yes"

Student: "Do you know what?"

Mrs. V: "No what?"

Student: "You know what I am sick of?"

Mrs. V: "No, what?"

Student: "This stupid virus."

Mrs. V: "Oh my yes, me too.

Heading out to the bus...

Student: "I need to take bus 11."

Supervisor: "Oh wow. Why?"

Student: "Um....., I don't know, I was just told to, but if you want to know I think that's more of a mom question."

In Mrs. Kowal's 3MK Class:

"Hey, Mrs. V. Mrs. Kowal has this gum in her desk that tastes like soap! It's called Thrills."

"Yes, I know."

"What? Have you heard about it before?"

"Yes, in fact that gum's older than you."

"WHAT? Then that gum must taste disgusting if it's been in there that long!"

Outside at recess:

Grade 4 student: "Guess what Mme, I lost a tooth!"

Mme Gravelle: "Really? Which one?" - student shows her

Grade 4 student: "I put the tooth under my pillow but the Tooth Fairy never came. She was really busy that night, so she came the next night and left me $20 for my tooth!"

Mme Gravelle: "$20! Wow! Let me check to see if I have any loose teeth. I'd love for your Tooth Fairy to come to my house!"


Building and Testing Structures in Science

First Communion and Reconciliation

If you would like your child to receive their First Communion this year and they have not yet celebrated their First Reconciliation, please contact the OLA Parish office at 780-998-3288 to make an appointment to meet with Father Kris.

First Eucharist Registration Form & First Eucharist Brochure

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Forms to Complete

Please take the time to sign into your PowerSchool account and review the following items.

  • Demographic Forms
  • Student Consent Forms

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Desaulniers at 780-998-3716. She is happy to help!

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In Search Of...You Can Help!

Thank you to our families who have shared some of these goodies below! We continue to request more. :-)

Looking to purge a little? A little fall cleaning? OLA is in search of the following items. If you have them to donate, we would be SO appreciative!! Thank you for sending them with your child so they can bring them to the office or call us when you drop them off and we will meet you at the front doors. For the health and safety of the children, these items will remain out of circulation for three days prior to use. Thank you in advance for your donation!!

  • Sturdy 3-Step step ladder
  • Scrabble Games
  • Scrabble letter squares
  • Magnetic letters
  • Chalk
  • Chalk board erasers

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OLA School Council News

Congratulations and Welcome your new and returning OLA School Council Executive.

Chair - Heather Spracklin

Vice Chair – Sam LeDrew

Treasurer – Crystal Breault

Secretary – Terra Slaby

To connect with your OLA School Council, please email

See you at our next meeting, on Tuesday, November17th @ 7:00pm.

Google Meet link will be shared with you that day.

Halloween Party Update

Please click here for information from Alberta Health to keep you and your family healthy and safe this Halloween.

Specific information about how your child's class will be celebrating will be communicated from your child's homeroom class. A few things to help make it safe for everyone:

  • Please leave all props or weapons at home
  • Costumes will be donned just after lunch, and children must be capable of putting on their own costumes. Feel free to do hair/makeup at home prior to the start of school.
  • ADJUSTMENT: After great discussion with our School Council attendees last Tuesday, we collectively decided it is in the best interest of children's health and wellness for them to bring in their own special snacks for their In-Class Halloween parties. Thank you for not bringing any food to be distributed to the children in the class.
  • ADJUSTMENT: OLA School Council will be preparing a Halloween treat bag for each OLA student for their Halloween Parties. Theses treat bags will be compiled under the strictest protocols, and will arrive at school one full week before delivery.
  • There may be a 30 minute Cohorted Distanced Halloween Dance outside (inside if it's too cold) before recess in the afternoon, and in-class celebrations/activities after their afternoon recess.

Mark Your Calendars

OLA School Council Meetings for the 2020-2021 School Year have been solidified so you can plan well ahead for your attendance! For more School Council Information please click here

  • November 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm
  • December 8, 2020 at 11:00 am (Daytime meeting)
  • January 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm
  • March 2, 2021 at 11:00 am (Daytime meeting)
  • April 13, 2021 at 7:00 pm
  • May 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm
  • June 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm

2C Addition

Student Illness and your Child's Learning

If your child is home with these symptoms:

  • Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing, Runny Nose, Sore Throat, Chills Painful swallowing, Stuffy Nose, Headache, Muscle or joint aches, Feeling unwell, fatigue or severe exhaustion, Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite), Loss of sense of smell or taste, Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye.

Please email Mrs. Desaulniers, and cc: your child's homeroom teacher to share what symptoms your child is experiencing as well as an approximate date for your child's return so we can plan for your child's learning and growing in Literacy and Numeracy while away.

Looking Ahead...

October 26 - October 30

  • Digital Learning Portfolios will be available for viewing this week. The Learning Portfolios will facilitate conversations at the Virtual Three Way Conferences the following week. Thank you for taking time to celebrate your child's growth and learning before the conferences.

October 30, 2020

  • Halloween Celebrations in the afternoon - general details to follow, and specific details will be shared by your homeroom teacher.

November 1, 2020

  • Daylight Saving Time End - Turn your clocks back 1 hour

November 4, 2020

  • Early Dismissal - 2:19 p.m.

November 6, 2020

  • (Tentative) Remembrance Day Virtual Celebration

November 9 - 13, 2020

  • Fall Break - School Closed

November 16

  • Welcome Back!
  • Welcome Back to any of our Online Learners and Kinder students returning to OLA
  • Cohort Virtual Assemblies

November 17, 2020

  • School Council Virtual Meeting 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

November 23, 2020

  • Picture retake day and M/W Kindergarten class

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