Together in Learning and Faith

April 14 - Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School

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This week is Holy Week, a most sacred time of year. We commemorate and remember the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. The season of Lent, the season of sacrifice and self-denial is about to come to an end.

It begins with Palm Sunday. On Palm Sunday, we remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, which occurred several days before his death. The people of Jerusalem spread palm branches on the road to welcome Jesus as he rode into the city. During this liturgy, palms are distributed to the community and blessed. It continues with the reading of the Passion – the story of Jesus’ suffering and death.

It continues with the Triduum, which is the three day period marking Jesus’ death and burial. It begins on Holy Thursday and concludes as Easter begins.

On Holy Thursday, we honour the Last Supper, the meal Jesus shared with His apostles on the night he was betrayed and arrested. At Masses on this day, the priests wash the feet of twelve people, just as Jesus did. We also celebrate the institution of the Eucharist, a central sacrament of the Catholic faith.

We observe Good Friday as the day Jesus was crucified and died. It is the most serious and somber day on the Christian calendar. A service is held at three o’clock, the hour he died. It is the only day of the year that we do not celebrate Mass. The communion we receive at this liturgy was consecrated the night before. We also venerate the cross, showing honour and respect for the sacrifice Jesus made for our sake. Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstinence from meat for Catholics.

Holy Saturday is a vigil. It takes place after sundown. We keep watch for the expectant rising of our Saviour. It is the most beautiful liturgy of the entire Church year. It begins in darkness and then there is a lighting and blessing of the new fire. The Easter candle is lit and carried into the church, where it is used to light candles held by the members of the community. The Liturgy of the Word leads us to reflect on the entire story of our faith. On this night, people who have been preparing for months are received through Baptism and Confirmation into the Catholic Church.

This brings us to Easter Sunday the MOST important Christian holiday, surpassing even Christmas.

Honouring Sacred Liturgical Season:

There will be no newsletter sent on Easter Sunday.

This newsletter shares details for this week, and the next.


The next Sunday newsletter will be shared April 28.

Thank you for helping us honour the most sacred times of our Catholic faith.

Please visit our website, email us at ola@eics.ab.ca or call us at 780-998-3617

if you have any questions. We are here to help.

Land Acknowledgement

"The territorial and land acknowledgement's purpose is to recognize that we, as settlers and as people who are not part of First Nations or Indigenous groups, are here on their land," said Alison Norman, a research adviser in the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and a researcher at Trent University. (source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/territorial-acknowledgements-indigenous-1.4175136)

Last Call for Outstanding School Fees

If your child has outstanding school fees please contact the office as soon as possible to make payment arrangements. Fees not paid by April 15th will be referred to collections.

Grade 4 Waste Fair and Fundraiser

The SLS Citizenship Team, along with the Grade 4 classes, are leading the school in celebrating Earth Day 2019 on April 23rd! Throughout the week they will be sharing environmental messages and their passions for a cleaner, healthier earth.


We can make a difference! The Grade 4’s can show you how and invite you to join them!

May 3 is the Grade 4 Waste Fair & Fundraiser for Plastic Oceans Canada.

All students, families and community members are invited to celebrate our young scientists and support them in their ocean activism!! There will be a toonie collection at the door for all fair goers! Funds will be going to Plastic Oceans Initiatives..


See you May 3rd!

SLS Citizenship Team,

4E & 4V Scientists!

Sharing Your Voice in the Process

Moving Schools

Late last week a letter was sent home, both digitally and in hard copy, inviting you to inform OLA if your child will be attending a different school next year. This does not apply to our grade 4 families as we will gladly take care of the logistics of changing schools to St. John Paul II Catholic School. Thank you for having these letters returned to the OLA office before April 17, 2019. This information helps us plan for next year with the most accurate information possible. Please refer to the letter for more details. If you did not receive this letter, please contact us via email at ola@eics.ab.ca or call us at 780-998-3716.


Class Allocations

A second letter will be coming home early this week inviting you to participate in the class grouping and allocation process by providing your voice and perspective as parents. Specific details regarding what information is being requested will be outlined in the letter which will be provided to you both in paper format and digitally via email. Thank you for watching for this letter in your child's backpack and your email inbox. Letters with your voice for the class allocation process are to be sent directly to Mme Gravelle before Wednesday April 24.

Round 3 of Power Options - Are you in?

Thank you to our amazing parents and staff who have offered Power Options this round!! We especially thank all OLA teachers, Mrs. Latreille, Mrs. Reist, Mrs. D'Mello, Mrs. Buban, Mrs. Jeddry, Mrs. Klautt, Mr. Eastman, Mrs. Cadeau, Mrs. Tompkins, and Mrs. McDonald for facilitating exceptional learning and extremely high student engagement at OLA! Bravo!


Has this opportunity peaked your interest? Would you like to facilitate a workshop for our third and final round of Power Options this year? They will be offered for one hour, between 1-2pm on Wednesday May 1 and Wednesday June 5. If you are interested, please email Mme Gravelle at pamgr@eics.ab.ca or give her a call at 780-998-3716! If you're not sure what to do, Mme Gravelle would love to navigate the brainstorming with you! At OLA we believe when parents engage in their child's learning, they learn more, they are more engaged, and they get "filled up" with the connecting time!


Please contact Mme Gravelle before Wednesday April 24, 2019.

Kindergarten visits Paris!

Wow, look at this Eiffel Tower!! Well done, KW!
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1KS Easter Bunnies!

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Grade 3 T-Pet on Life Cycles

This week in Grade 4 . . .

Read-A-Thon Rock Star Readers!

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Congratulations to OLA's Super Star Readers for all your hard work and awesome reading! Thank you to OLA families and students for all your help encouraging reading and helping with fundraising!! It was a huge success!!!

Racing With Autism

Raising With Autism say their goal is to raise awareness for autism by harnessing the power of story telling. By sharing Austin’s story with the world, they aim to educate, inspire, and as a result empower each and every person they come in contact with. Empower those with autism to do great things and empower those without it by providing them with a deeper level of love and empathy for their fellow human beings.


Thank you, Racing With Autism Team. You definitely succeeded at OLA School, and we are profoundly grateful for giving us such insight into life with Autism. We are all unique, and truly God's Masterpiece.

Family Wellness News

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Want to help, but can't during the day?

We love volunteers, inside and outside of the school. There are always things to do! You're encouraged to connect with your child's teacher and offer your-at-home help to prepare materials. Connect with your School Council, they too welcome support from home. The office periodically has projects that you can help with as well - in fact, they have one now! If you want something to do while you are chilling out at home, please stop by the office!

OLA Parish News

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Community News

Message from the Fort Sask Public Library

Thank you to everyone who participated in Ferguson's Spring Break Reading Challenge. Over the break we had 450 kids read 45,000 minutes! This would not be possible without your participation and encouragement of your students!
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To honour Easter Sunday...

There will be no newsletter sent on Easter Sunday. This newsletter shares details for this week, and the week following Easter Sunday.


The next Sunday newsletter will be shared April 28.

Thank you for helping us honour the most sacred times of our Catholic faith.

Looking Ahead . . .

Monday, April 15

  • Faith Assembly 9:00 am - please join us!
  • St. André Bessette Mentor visit


Tuesday, April 16

  • Parish Priest Visit
  • SLS Faith Team Meeting


Wednesday, April 17

  • Pre-Kindergartens in class
  • St. André Bessette Mentor visit
  • Baby chicks arrive in Kindergarten!
  • Boston Pizza Hot Lunch
  • Parent Letter informing OLA of moves due


Thursday, April 18 - Holy Thursday

  • St. André Bessette School mentors visit
  • Holy Thursday & Good Friday service 1:00 pm in the gym - all are welcome!
  • Choir Practice at lunch recess


Friday, April 19 - Good Friday


Sunday, April 21 - Easter Sunday


Monday, April 22

  • NO SCHOOL - Easter Monday


Tuesday, April 23

  • No assembly as we have Easter Mass on Thursday
  • Parish Visits
  • OLA buddies to St. André Bessette to visit their Mentors with Mme Gravelle & Mrs. Weller 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Wednesday, April 24

  • Parent Letters with information for class grouping process due to Mme Gravelle
  • Fort Sask Catholic School Playground Meeting 6:30 pm at OLA School


Thursday, April 25

  • Easter Mass at OLA Parish 10:00 am - all are welcome to celebrate!
  • St. André Bessette Mentors to join us at Mass


Friday, April 26

  • SLS School Spirit Team meeting at Lunch


Monday, April 29


  • Faith Assembly at 9:00 am - All are welcome!
  • Power Options Selection
  • St. André Bessette Mentors visit

And a Little Further Ahead . . .

May 1 Grade 1-4 Power Options

May 1 Panago Hot Lunch

May 1 Early Dismissal at 2:19 pm

May 1 OLA School Spirit Theme: Disco Day

May 3 Grade 4 Waste Fair and Fundraiser - Toonie collection for Plastic Oceans Canada

May 6-10 Catholic Education Week

May 6 Bus Driver Appreciation Day

May 6 Grade 2 Edmonton Symphony Field Trip

May 9 Grade 4 transition visit with St. John Paul II School

May 9 Grade 1 visit to Zoo

May 9 OLA School Council Meeting 7:00 pm

May 10 Lifetouch Spring Photos

May 10 OLA Family Movie Night

May 13 Kids on the Block Presentation on Epilepsy

May 14 University of Alberta Ringette Presentation

May 17 Staff Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

May 20 Victoria Day - NO SCHOOL

May 21 OLA School presents our first Fine Arts Evening - more details to follow soon

May 24 Kindergarten visits Safety City

May 24 Grade 1 Fort Saskatchewan Community Field Trip

May 25 Playground Bottle Drive 10am - 2pm - Save Your Bottles


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

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

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