Telling Our Story: February 2018


Although February was a short month, we had a lot of excellent activities at Our Lady of the Assumption School.  Here are just some of them:

Early Learning Program

ELP shaving cream

Lenten Prayer Service

Lenten Service

Canada Day (Olympics)

Olympic Red & White day

Pink Shirt Day – Jr. ATB

Pink Shirt Day Jr ATB

Pink Shirt Day

pink shirt day

Pink shirt day assembly

Science is Cool – 5B.  “Mr. Matsalla, that ribbon is floating!”

Science is cool

Going to Monthly Mass at Assumption Church

Walking to Mass

Winter Walk Day

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Thank you for taking some time and looking at this edition of ‘Telling Our Story.’

Greg Kostiuk

Lenten Reflection

This year I have the pleasure of teacher Grade 2 Religion.  The program we follow is gifgic_02relatively new and called ‘Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ’.  The programs share a homily by Pope Francis on March 5, 2014:

Lord, help me to get ready for Lent in a meaningful way. Help me to be open to renewal and to transform the world around me. Help me to use this time to create something new in myself and in the world around me. Help me to teach my students to embrace the true meaning of Lent and so grow closer to you.

Pope Francis challenged us to make a Lenten promise to create something new in ourselves and in the world around us.  That is a lot harder than our usual Lenten promises.

Lent can be a challenging concept; it is definitely a hard idea for grade 2 students to grasp.  The program begins the Lenten journey with the temptation of Christ in the desert (Matthew 4:1–11; Luke 4:1–12). It tells the students of three types of temptations: hunger, hopelessness, and power.  In hunger, we are tempted to want things we do not really need, or want because others have them.  In hopelessness, we stop trusting that God loves us and wants others to love us.  Lastly, in power, we seek control without doing what is right and fair.

During Lent, we remember and relive Jesus’ time in the desert during the 40 days of Lent.  We need to face our own temptations of hunger, hopelessness, and power.  Through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, we turn to Jesus who.  We ask Jesus to send the Holy Spirit.  Just as it helped Jesus, it will help us in our Lenten journey.

Lenten blessings,

Greg Kostiuk

Telling Our Story: January 2018


Good afternoon everyone.  2018 has started out with a bang!  January was a splendid month with many exciting learning activities.  Here is the January 2018 edition of ‘Telling Our Story’:

Career Day

career day

Artist in Residence – Evergreen Theatre


Green Dot Mornings

Green Dot

A Visit from Pepper


Pajama Day

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Scientists in the School

Scientists in Schools

Snack Shack Preparation

Snack Shack

Thank you for taking some time to view ‘Telling Our Story’.

Greg Kostiuk


2018-19 Staffing


February 14, 2018

Please read this letter from our Superintendent, Mr. Chris Smeaton:


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the students, parents, and staff for all the support you have given me.  Our Lady of the Assumption School is a wonderful learning community.  I am excited about the opportunity to serve the learning community at Father Leonard Van Tighem School, but I will miss all the terrific people at OLA.

Greg Kostiuk

OLA: Collaborative Response Model

This year we decided to implement the Collaborative Response Model (CRM) here at Our Lady of the Assumption School.  CRM is a process created by Jigsaw Learning (Kurtis and Lorna Hewson).  The CRM is designed to meet the needs of all learners in a school community.  There are three essential components to the CRM: Collaborative Team Meetings, Assessments, and Pyramid of Interventions.


Collaborative Team Meetings:  Time is embedded in the regular week for teachers to collaborate and discuss the learning needs of their students.  Collaborative meetings are structured with an agreed upon agenda, student-focused, on task, and action-oriented.Pyramid

Assessments:  Assessment data is gathered from all students.  The data is used to drive instruction and help identify students on the continuum of supports (or pyramid of interventions).

Pyramid of Interventions:  A visual organizer is created to identify current levels of support.  Tier I is universal, and students only require high-quality classroom instruction.  Tier II includes students that need additional classroom supports.  Tier III includes students that would benefit from additional school supports.  Finally, Tier IV includes students that require intensive school supports.

CRM is a comprehensive school-wide system that ensures no student slips through the cracks.   Please click on this link to see more information about CRM from Jigsaw Learning

It will take us some time to establish our CRM here at school, but we are committed to providing high-quality classroom instruction and supporting all of our learners.

Greg Kostiuk

Telling Our Story – December 2017


Hello from Our Lady of the Assumption School.  Sorry for the lateness, but here is the latest edition of ‘Telling Our Story’.  Pretty soon we will be posting the January edition.

Advent Celebrations




Christmas Concert

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Gingerbread Houses



HOJA showHOJA show2

PE Outside

PE 4_5R

Red and Green Day

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Turkey Dinner

Turkey DinnerTurkey dinner2

December was a wonderful month.  Thank you for taking some time to look at the excellent activities last month.

Greg Kostiuk

OLA’s Artist in Residency

Please see the below letter from Evergreen Theatre regarding the Artist in Residency program we are having at Our Lady of the Assumption School this week.  Also, thank you to the Alberta Foundation of the Arts, Prime Catering, and our own Parent Fundraising Committee for sponsoring this outstanding opportunity for our students.

evergreen theatre

afalogo   PFRCCapture

Thank you,

Greg Kostiuk