This Week at École OLPH School

September 16 to 20

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Our Mission Statements

Elk Island Catholic Schools

We are a Catholic community committed to developing educational opportunities int he context of Gospel values, where students' gifts and talents are celebrated and nurtured through lifelong spiritual and personal experiences.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School

Our Lady of Perpetual Help school is committed to quality education in both official languages fostering in our students respect for life and learning as Christ taught us.

Principal Message

Dear Parents,

Many "Thank you's" are needed this week!!!

Thank you to everyone who were able to attend our "Meet the Staff" evening on Wednesday, September 11. It was wonderful to meet so many of our new families and reconnect with our current families.

Thank you, as well, to our School Council, OLPH Parish, and Strathcona County Boys & Girls Club for sharing your wonderful information with all of our school community.

Thank you to our Team Tigers for your help make our "Meet the Staff" event even more successful.

Last but not least, Thank you to all of our parent Volunteers from the Corn Roast / L'Épluchette who helped our kids fill their bellies with some wonderful corn!!!

I have been in contact with Strathcona County with regards to the construction in front of the school. They have assured us that construction should be completed soon.

The parking lot exit will be continually monitored and gravel will be added if needed to retain a safe exit for all until the completion of the construction.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

God Bless,

M. Morin


École OLPH

A Reading From The Gospel for Sunday, September 15, 2019

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.

Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them."

So he told them this parable: "Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?

When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, "Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost."

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance."

The Gospel of the Lord.

Weekly Events at École OLPH

Monday, September 16
  • Say "Cheese" ~ School Picture Day ~ 9:00 a.m.
  • Cross Country Running Practice ~ 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, September 17

  • Grade 5J ~ Wetlands Field Trip to the Blackfoot Elk Island Natural Area ~ 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 18

  • Cross Country Running Practice ~ 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, September 19
  • Cross Country Running Race ~ GARC - Sherwood Park ~ 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, September 20

  • Grade 5B ~ Wetland Field Trip to the Blackfoot Elk Island Natural Area ~ 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Grade 5G ~ Wetlands Field Trip to the Blackfoot Elk Island Natural Area ~ 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Important Dates to Remember!!!

September 26, 2019

  • Terry Fox Run ~ 12:50 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

September 30, 2019

  • Orange Shirt Day ~ Every Child Matters ~ All Day
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School Picture Day!!!

Monday, Sep. 16th, 9am

École OLPH Catholic School

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Indoor Shoes are Required!!!

Dear Parents,

It is extremely important that you send your child to school with indoor shoes.

This will help keep our school clean and safe for everyone.

God Bless.

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Terry Fox School Run

Dear Parents,

The annual Terry Fox School Run is coming up on Thursday, September 26, 2019. This year our school has a goal of raising $1,850.00 or $5.00 a student.

All donations may be brought to the school office and place in our Terry Fox Collection Bin.

The Terry Fox Foundation has a great reputation, with $0.82 cents of every dollar raised going directly to cancer research.

You can donate online by visiting our school fundraising page or by simply giving your child (children) $5.00 to bring before Run Day.

For more information, please visit

God Bless

Terry Fox - Millions of Followers

Corn Roast / L'Épluchette

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all of our parent Volunteers from the Corn Roast / L'Épluchette who helped our kids fill their bellies with some wonderful corn!!!

God Bless

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École OLPH Yearbooks

Dear Parents,

The École OLPH Yearbooks from last year (2018-2019) have arrived and were passed out on Thursday, September 5th.

If your child would like a copy of last year's yearbook, we have a few extra for sale at the office for $27 on a first come, first served basis. (cash or cheque payable to EICS only)

Please contact Mme Winland or Mme McRobert in the school office if you would like a copy.


Art Supplies Needed

Dear Parents,

We are in need of 40 Coca Cola (regular, diet or Coke Zero)

500 ml plastic bottles (preferably with the lid) for an art option project.

Please rinse them out and bring them in a bag to Mme Winland at the school office or to Mme Gagnon in her classroom

(room 137).

Merci! Thank you so much!

Orange Shirt Day ~ Every Child Matters!!!

Dear Parents,

Be part of the

Orange Shirt Campaign

for Every Child Matters!!!

Wear your orange shirt on

Monday, September 30, 2019!

God Bless

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Hot Lunch Information

Dear Parents,

OLPH School Council offers a weekly hot lunch program every year. The program is split into two sessions running Sept-Jan and Feb- June. Every year, the Grade 8 Fundraising committee runs the program as their largest fundraiser towards their Quebec trip.

Below, we have included a letter with instructions on how you order your child's hot lunch through our Muncha Lunch system:

If you have never ordered through the school, you will need to set up an account which is outlined in the letter.

Ordering for the fall session opens on Sunday, September 15th at 2:00 p.m. and will close on Sunday, September 22nd. The first hot lunch is on Wednesday, September 25th.

Thank you for your support,

OLPH School Council

Voyage Quebec Fundraising Committee

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École OLPH - Cross Country Running Team

Dear Parents,

École OLPH Running Club Members

Jaxin J., Pedro S., Oscar V.,

Morgan F., Olivia V., Meghan B.,

Matt V., Xavier B., Maya M.F.,

Natasha R., Kobe C., Dechlan S.,

Jorja J., Nevaeh H., Jefferson C.,

Marrin J., and Josh P.

Come cheer on our students at their first race on Thursday, September 29, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Glen Allen Rec Centre in Sherwood Park.

We would love to see you there!

God Bless

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School Council Corner

Dear Parents,

To keep informed of school events, please us on Facebook & Instagram: @olphschoolcouncil

We would like to invite parents to come our first school council meeting at OLPH on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the school library where we will be voting on the adoption of new bylaws governing OLPH School Council to reflect it's current operation and compliance with Alberta legislation. Hope to see you there.

Please come and visit our table at "Meet the Staff" on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 for more information!

God Bless

Yearly Permission Required!!!

Dear Parents,

Please take a moment and log into your PowerSchool account to acknowledge the following documents:

  1. Responsible Use of Technology Agreement
  2. EICS One to One Usage Agreement
  3. EICS Low Risk Field Trip Annual Consent Form
  4. Locker Use Agreement

How to Complete Forms

  1. Go to
  2. Log in
  3. Click on Yearly Consent
  4. Select your answer from the drop down menu.
  5. Click Submit for each section.
  6. Be sure to complete all three sections for each child you have enrolled in the school.

Please Note: Prior to participating in any field trips, your child's form needs to be acknowledge by you. Without your consent they will be required to stay at the school during their field trips.

We appreciate your support in completing these forms by September 7, 2018.

Thanks in advance for helping us get this year off to a great start!!!

School Fees & Fee Waiver Program

Dear Parents,

Please be advised that all school fees will be posted on your child’s PowerSchool account by Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

Once fees are posted, you will be able to make payments on-line or by cheque at the school office. All cheques must be made payable to EICS. We would, however, like to encourage you to pay your school fees on-line.

In addition, you may divide your payments either on-line or by postdated cheques.

If you require any assistance with these fees, the Division offers a "Fee Waiver Program". More information can be found at


God Bless

Student Tardy Procedures

Dear Parents,

Should your child arrive late to school in the mornings or afternoon, they are required to sign in at the office prior to going to their classroom.

God Bless

End of Day Procedures

Dear Parents,

Please make sure that you child(ren) know if they are to take the bus or if they are getting picked up at the end of the day.

Should a student need to confirm their end of day plans, we ask that all students make their arrangements during the morning recess (10:19 a.m. - 10:34 a.m.) or during the lunch hour (12:04 p.m. - 12:47 p.m.).

This will reduce the confusion and rush at the end of the day and will also ensure that your child(ren) does not miss the bus.

If a student comes to the office at the end of the day and are unsure how they are getting home, we will be sending them home on the bus.

God Bless

Grade 8 ~ Voyage Quebec Trip

Dear Parents,

All fees will be applied to your child's PowerSchool account by next Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

If you any of your questions or concerns, please contact M. Morin at or 780-467-5631.

God Bless

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Parents of Teens - Sherwood Park Support Group

Dear Parents,

Parenting a teen or tween is tough and the struggle can be real or definitely feel real. Here is a local parenting support group where parents can go gain support, understand development and how to parent these "almost-adults-but-still-our-babies" human beings. Feel free to check out this low-cost parenting support group. All the details are included in this poster.

You are also more than welcome to come chat with me. My role at OLPH is to support children and their families to be the best they can be, especially around social-emotional well-being. Being a teenager can be a difficult chapter and I am happy to be a landing spot for these students to come and chat with. But I am also here for parents and guardians to gain support and a clearer understanding of their child's development. I truly believe "it takes a village to raise a child" and it is my honour to be a part of your child's village.

Have a wonderful day!

Mme Simone Moniz

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BusPlanner Delays App

Dear Parents,

Do you ever wonder if your child's bus is cancelled due to cold weather or mechanical difficulties? Well, wonder no more!!!

Take a moment and download the new BusPlanner Delays App. (more details below)

God Bless

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OLPH - Junior High Permission Form to Leave School Grounds

A reminder to all Grade 7 & 8 parents:

Grade 7 & 8 OLPH students have the privilege to leave school grounds during lunch recess.

Every time you would like your child to have this privilege, please complete the form below and hand it to the office for the day they would like to leave school grounds. Text messages and emails will not be accepted.

For next week, extra forms will be located in the school office. As of September 10th, the permission forms will only be available on our school website under the parents tab.

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Sacrament of Confirmation

Dear Parents,

Sacrament of Confirmation for Your Child. Usually celebrated in grade 6 around 11-12 years of age.

Please attend:

Parent Orientation & Registration Meeting for the Sacrament of Confirmation

Monday, September 30, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at OLPH Church.

Please bring your child’s Baptism Certificate and $25 registration fee (covers preparation books/materials). Children do not attend this meeting.

You will take home your family workbook to work on together at home and also register your child for preparation class dates/retreats.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Natalie Lavigne at the OLPH Parish office 780-467-5470.

God Bless

OLPH Parish Bulletin - Week of September 15, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please click on the link below for the OLPH Parish Bulletin for Sunday, September 15, 2019.

God Bless

EICS Division Calendar

For more information on important dates such as PD days, Holidays, Fall Break, Christmas Break, and Spring Break, please click on the link below.
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