Education for Reconciliation

ATA Walking Together

During our October Professional Development Day, we will start participating in an ATA project titled ‘Walking Together – Education for Reconciliation’.  The first workshop in the project is ‘Understanding the Legacy of Residential Schools’.  As a staff, we hope it will build upon the knowledge we have developed in studying the Truth and Reconciliation Committee Summary Report.  A few years ago I published a blog called Can You Imagine… – I invite you to click on the link and give it a read.

Throughout the next few years, in the spirit of reconciliation, we will be making ‘Education for Reconciliation’ a priority in our professional development plan.

Greg Kostiuk

Telling Our Story – Sept 2017


We had a wonderful start to the 2017-18 school year.  Although September is a bit of a blur now, here are some pics to remind everyone of a splendid month:

September Bulletin Boards


Crazy Hat Day

Crazy Hat day

Opening Assembly – teacher skits

Opening Assembly

Feel the Pulse Student Retreat

Pulse Retreat

Southern Alberta Bible Camp – Grade 6 Trip


Terry Fox Run

Terry Fox Run

Welcome Back BBQ

Welcome Back BBQ

We hope you had a terrific September, I know we did.

Greg Kostiuk

I am a Poor Sinner

Pope August 2017.fwThis August my wife and I visited Italy.  It was a terrific trip filled with wonderful sites, places, foods, and people.  The highlight of our trip wasn’t actual in Italy, but in the Vatican.  Spending only one day at the Vatican is not enough, but it was a memorable day that I will not forget.  During this day I was star struck; not only did I get to hear Pope Francis, but I got to see him up-close (only 5 or 6 feet away).  This pic of the Pope was taken by me using my iPhone.  Seeing him was awesome, hearing his message was just as important.  I could try to summarize his message, but I found a much better summary by Junno Arocho Esteves – Catholic News Service:

VATICAN CITY (CNS)—God did not choose perfect people to form his church, but rather sinners who have experienced his love and forgiveness, Pope Francis said. The Gospel of Luke’s account of Jesus forgiving the sinful woman shows how his actions went against the general mentality of his time, a way of thinking that saw a “clear separation” between the pure and impure, the pope said Aug. 9 during his weekly general audience. “There were some scribes, those who believed they were perfect,” the pope said. “And I think about so many Catholics who think they are perfect and scorn others. This is sad.” Continuing his series of audience talks about Christian hope, the pope reflected on Jesus’ “scandalous gesture” of forgiving the sinful woman. The woman, he said, was one of many poor women who were visited secretly even by those who denounced them as sinful. Although Jesus’ love toward the sick and the marginalized “baffles his contemporaries,” it reveals God’s heart as the place where suffering men and women can find love, compassion and healing, Pope Francis said. “How many people continue today in a wayward life because they find no one willing to look at them in a different way, with the eyes—or better yet—with the heart of God, meaning with hope,” he said. But “Jesus sees the possibility of a resurrection even in those who have made so many wrong choices.” Oftentimes, the pope continued, Christians become accustomed to having their sins forgiven and receiving God’s unconditional love while forgetting the heavy price Jesus paid by dying on the cross. By forgiving sinners, Jesus doesn’t seek to free them from a guilty conscience, but rather offers “people who have made mistakes the hope of a new life, a life marked by love,” the pope said. The church is a people formed “of sinners who have experienced the mercy and forgiveness of God,” Pope Francis said. Christians are “all poor sinners” who need God’s mercy, “which strengthens us and gives us hope.”

I recognize that I am a “poor sinner” and I have “hope of a new life” in Christ’s love.  As a teacher and principal of Our Lady of the Assumption School, and as a member of the Catholic faith community of Lethbridge, I will be using Pope Francis’ message to find hope.  I will strive to find hope in the daily routines of life in a school, hope as a Catholic Educator, and hope of a new life in Christ.


Greg Kostiuk


Air Quality Policy – OLA

air quality

Please note that Our Lady of the Assumption School will be using the following policy regarding air quality:

NOTICE: Holy Spirit Schools will be using the Government of Canada’a Air Quality Health Index ( to make decisions about student outdoor activity.


8-10 – High Risk – Students will be kept indoors

5-7 – Caution – Monitor individual student needs

1-4 – Low Risk – No action is required


Please ensure that your child’s school is aware if your child may be significantly impacted by poor air quality.

Please contact the school if you have any questions.

Thank you.

First Day of School


I have had 48 first days of school; first days as a K-12 student, university student, homeroom teacher, and school administrator.  Today, like all those other days, I am full of excitement, joy, passion, a little anxiety, and a lot of happiness.  I welcome all the members of our learning community to the 2017-18 school year at Our Lady of the Assumption School.  We are truly looking forward to supporting and learning with everyone.

We are excited to welcome new students, families, and staff to our school this year.  New teaching staff include: Miss Nadeau (Gr. 6), Miss Ingham (Gr. 1 and 3), Mrs. Bakatka (Kindergarten).  Also, we welcome back Mrs. Graf (Gr. 5) for the first six weeks of school.  Welcome to Mr. Palmarin, our new Family School Liaison Counselor. Finally, we have a University of Lethbridge PSIII student, Mr. Rothfus (mentored by Mrs. Nemecek).

The focus of this school year will be on growing in our faith and experiencing the richness of Catholic Education, developing literacy and numeracy skills that will prepare students for a changing future, and helping First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students achieve equitable educational outcomes.  Also, we are excited about our second year of our Faith Plan called Growing in Faith Together (G.I.F.T.).  This year’s faith theme is Growing in Spirit.  The major focus of Growing in Spirit is learning the different forms of prayer.

Are you a bus student?  Please check the new bus schedules as they are a bit different.  We offer bussing in most of south Lethbridge and in the area north of 10th Avenue South (Fleetwood neighbourhood).  Please click this logo for bus maps:


This year you get pay your school fees and other fees online.  Please click on this logo for more information:

Online Payments  kev

To help with communication, here are some social media links (please click on the logo):

OLA Facebook   facebook       OLA Website OLA blue font small   @GregKostiuk    Twitter-Download-PNG

To sign up on Remind enter 587-409-5907 and text @ourladyo  remind

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We look forward to working with you to continue to make Our Lady of the Assumption School a special place.  On behalf of our staff, I wish everyone a successful school year.

Respectfully yours,

Greg Kostiuk


Telling Our Story – June 2017


Sorry this is so late, but I was simply away.  June was fantastic.  Here are some pics to prove it:

Year-end Field Trips – 3N and the 6s

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Aggie Days

Aggie Days

Bumper Balls – Thank you Jr. ATB

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Butterflies Release

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Grade 6 Farewell Mass

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Guest Speakers

Fireman 2L

Mrs. Graf’s Retirement


Sports Day

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Swim Day

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We Are All Treaty People Poster Contest


Year-end Assembly and Slide Show

year end assembly

We hope you are having a relaxing summer and we are starting to get excited about school starting!

Greg Kostiuk