Together in Learning and Faith

March 8, 2020

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Prayer Labyrinth

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For Lent and special this week,

OLA welcomes a Prayer Labyrinth.

It is located in our chapel

to embrace a peaceful form of prayer.

All families are welcome to participate.

The chapel is open throughout the school day.

Information sheets to guide you how to pray using a Prayer Labyrinth

are available in the chapel.

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School Fee Reminder

If you have not already done so, please take a moment to visit your PowerSchool ParentPortal and ensure that all school fees have been paid. We appreciate your attention to any outstanding fees - thank you!

Progress Reports

Just a reminder that mid-year progress reports for all Grade 1 - 4 students are now available on your PowerSchool ParentPortal. Please contact the school if you require assistance viewing your child's report - we are here to help.

Notes and Nachos Coming Soon!

A Fundraising Event for Valeda House

Yes...that's right! Notes and Nachos!


The Servant Leadership Squad (SLS) Wellness Team of 11 Grade 4 students will be offering a fundraising opportunity for Valeda House. Valeda House, run through Catholic Social Services, is a service that is supported by all of EICS.


OLA's SLS Wellness Team will be serving up a plate of nachos and cheese and while students eat their nachos, a positive and empowering note will be revealed on the plate! Plates will be the size of dessert plates, and children will purchase them for $2/plate. They can purchase as many plates of nachos as they like!


To give us an idea of how many plates of nachos to make,

please click the button below and

complete a 2 question survey....

The date for the Notes and Nachos Fundraising Event will be announced soon.

The Wellness Team needs some time to write the messages and grate the cheese!

Share Your Passion!

Children learn and retain more when they are engaged and when their parents learn with them. So...


We are calling on parents to offer a session to children sharing their passions in the form of Power Options. Want to teach children how to crochet as a way to be peaceful? Want to share your knowledge for engineering and how to construct safe structures? Love chemistry and mixing different liquids together? Do you love spreading joy, and want to make a small craft to deliver to the neighbourhood around OLA? These are just a few ideas of how you can share your passions, knowledge and talents to OLA children!


We are inviting parents to offer a One-Hour Power Option workshop from 1:00pm - 2:00pm on Wednesday April 8 and a repeat session on May 6 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm.


If you are interested in offering a workshop, please contact Mme Gravelle at pamgr@eics.ab.ca before March 23 . Even if you have a passion that you'd love to share, and just don't know how, please contact Mme Gravelle to discuss the possibilities!

Join the Fun!

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Baby Yoda - Learning Commons Fundraising Event!!!

The cutest baby in the universe is here! Baby Yoda!


Join local artist Tyler Dianocky as he guides you through this painting done with Acrylics on a 12" X 16" Canvas. Attendees can and are encouraged to add and change whatever they like in the painting. You can and will complete this painting! There will be a Stencil or image transfer for character assistance as well. No Drawing skills necessary. The painting can be simplified as well.

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Easy.

LOCATION: Fort Distillery

DATE: Monday, March 16th, 2020

TIME: 6:30pm-10:00pm

TICKETS: $40 (save $5)

PAINTING: Baby Yoda

Click HERE FOR TICKETS


This is a fundraising event for OLA's Learning Commons and MakerSpace to create even more opportunities for deeper learning in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathmatics and Literacy. This space will also create rich opportunities for children to explore their interests, strengths and passions.


Thank you for your ongoing support.

Thank you to Lorienna Scouten for organizing this event!


Great door prizes to win to say thank you for coming out.

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Growing Brains, Sharing Smiles

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OLA staff are grateful for the donation of new supervision vests to help keep our littles safe!

Power Options

Pre-Kindergarten & OLA

With the announcement of the Provincial Education Budget for the 2020-2021 school year, our Inclusive Faith Based Pre-Kindergarten program at OLA will not be sustainable, and therefore unable to continue in the 2020-2021 school year.


We are delighted to share that we are beginning a beautiful partnership with a local independent organization who will offer a Play Based, Faith Centered PreSchool at OLA. We are collaboratively working through the specific details to serve current and future OLA families. Once we have more information, we will happily update our OLA families.



Our OLA Student Support Team is working closely with EICS Inclusive Learning services to navigate the new Early Learning Funding Framework and Program Unit Funding (PUF) model that were recently released. We will be communicating with our current families as soon as we have more information regarding supports for next year.


Please join us in celebrating with gratitude Mrs. Weller, Mrs. Fricke and Mrs. Vriens for their collaborative dedication to our OLA littles, to exceptional learning and growing, founded in Christ and rooted in play. Our OLA PreKinders have demonstrated exceptional growth so far. We look forward to their continued learning with us to June 2020!


It is a blessing and a joy having the Early Learning Team taking such great care of these little learners! We are incredibly grateful for all they have done for OLA children.

OLA School Council

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Read-A-Thon Starts This Week!

OLA School Council's 2nd Annual Read-A-Thon begins tomorrow, Monday March 9th! Last year this fundraiser was a great success and meant that our OLA School Council was able to support many initiatives to enhance learning for our children at school - thank you for your support!


Information packages were sent home last Thursday.


Please follow these simple steps:

  • Track every minute students read at home every day.
  • Parents must initial reading minutes for them to count.
  • Teachers will track in-school reading minutes.
  • Send tracking sheets back to school every day so we can track minutes and celebrate reading progress!
  • Have Fun!


Students are asked to collect pledges with all pledge sheets and pledges returned to school by March 16th. Monday raised will be used for enhanced learning opportunities at OLA for the benefit of all OLA students.


  • The class with most minutes read will win a Pizza Party!
  • The top reader in each class will win a movie pass!
  • Raise more than $75 and you'll be entered into a draw for a Chapter's gift card!


Copies of the information package can be found here.


Let's celebrate literacy and learning! Together!

Happy Reading!

OLA School Council Meeting - March 19 @ 7pm

Let's plan OLA's future together!


Mark your calendar! Our next OLA School Council meeting is Thursday, March 19th at 7:00pm. Among many other topics, we will be reviewing budget details, Assurance survey results and asking for your perspective to guide OLA's future!


School Council is the primary venue for parent voice.

To be involved in the decisions made for OLA, please join us at

7pm on March 19th.

OLA Parish News

Stations of the Cross & Adoration at OLA Church

Fridays at Our Lady of the Angels Parish
  • 6:30 pm Stations of the Cross
  • 7:00 pm Adoration & Reflection
Topic Week #3(March 13th): Praying with scripture - with Fr. Kris

World Day of Prayer

Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church is hosting World Day of Prayer on Sunday, March 8th at 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to this ecumenical prayer gathering and is invited to stay for fellowship following the service.
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Day of Confessions March 12

OLA Parish March 12,2020 from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm


Lenten Penitential Service April 3, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 pm

First Eucharist for Grade 2 Students


Our Lady of the Angels Parish is now inviting Catholic children in Grade 2 to prepare for the Sacrament of the Eucharist (First Holy Communion) at Our Lady of the Angels Parish. Registration is open until April 3, 2020. No late registrations will be accepted.


Class dates:

  • April 18, 2020 OLA Church meeting room 10:00 am (Parents required to stay)
  • April 25, 2020 OLA Church meeting room 10:00 am
  • May 3, 2020 OLA Church 2:00 pm Celebration Mass


Registration forms are available on the Our Faith tab of our school website or at the church office. There is a $25 registration fee to cover the costs of materials. Please provide a copy of your child's baptism certificate when registering. Questions can be directed to the OLA Church office at 780-998-3288.


*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.

Looking Ahead . . .

Sunday, March 8

  • Daylight Savings Time Begins - Spring Ahead One Hour
  • World Day of Prayer hosted at OLA Church 7:00 pm


Monday, March 9


Tuesday, March 10

  • Read-A-Thon continues
  • OLA Parish Priests visit 9:00 - 10:00 am
  • Ms. Kelava teaches St. André Bessette Mentors @ OLA


Wednesday, March 11

  • Read-A-Thon continues
  • Open Chapel for students from 11:45am - 12:04pm
  • SLS Wellness Team Meeting last recess


Thursday, March 12
  • OLA Church Day of Confessions 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • KEEP READING - Read-A-Thon continues
  • Mrs. Earle teaches St. André Bessette Mentors @ OLA


Friday, March 13

  • Last day for Read-A-Thon
  • School Day for M/W Kinders
  • Rocks & Rings Curling Presentation Grades 1 - 4
  • Inuit Presentation for Grade 2s in AM


Monday, March 16

  • Faith in Action Assembly @ 12:30 pm - All are welcome!
  • School Interviews site opens for 3-Way Conference bookings - stay tuned for booking details
  • Read-A-Thon Pledge forms and Pledges due today
  • Non-Digital Evidence of Learning Portfolios go home this week.

and a Little Further Ahead . . .

March 16-18 Read-A-Thon pledges due

March 16-20 Non-Digital Evidence of Learning Portfolios go home

March 16 Read-A-Thon Pledges due

March 16 Ordering open for Spring Session Hot Lunch

March 16 St. André Bessette Mentors meet their OLA Buddies and Mentorship Program at OLA begins

March 18 Grade 1 & 2 Visit Telus World of Science

March 18 Ricky's Hot Lunch (by pre-order only)

March 19 OLA School Council Meeting 7:00 pm

March 24 & 25 3-Way Conferences 5:00 - 8:30 pm; book your time at SchoolInterviews

March 27 NO SCHOOL - DAY IN LIEU FOR INTERVIEWS

March 28 - April 5 SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL

April 3 Penitential Service 7:00 pm at OLA Church

April 6 Welcome Back from Spring Break!


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

You can check out our M/W Kinder calendar here,

our T/Th Pre-K/Kinder calendar here,

and our Pre-K AM calendar here.

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EICS Calendar Approved for 2020 - 2021

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