About Me

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Thank you very much to everyone that completed the parent or staff survey.  The survey results gave me a better picture of the Father Leonard Van Tighem learning community.  I hope to provide some feedback for parents at the first School Council meeting and with staff once school has started.  I encourage individuals that asked me a particular question or brought up a specific issue to contact me to meet or send me an email kostiukg@holyspirit.ab.ca

family2I thought I might share a little bit about myself with you.  I was born and raised in Saskatoon, Go Riders, and earned my undergraduate degrees at the University of Saskatchewan.  Later, I gained my Masters in Special Education.  My wife, Valerie, is a manager for Martin Brothers Funeral Services.  My daughter, Melissa, is a Crown Prosecutor in Calgary.  My son, Nathan, recently convocated with an M. Sc. (Chemistry) and just moved to Calgary.  I enjoy spending time with my family, reading a good book, walking my whoodle, the occasional round of golf, and playing hockey (Go Blackhawks).  I am an active member of St. Martha’s Parish.

I have been teaching since 1990, and an administrator since 1996.  That suddenly feels like a long time.  Although it has been 28 years, in many ways, I still have that excitement of my first teaching job.  I believe I have had a balanced career.  I have been an educator in two K to 12s, two K to 9s, two K to 6s, and a junior high school.  Within Holy Spirit Catholic Schools, I have been an educator at St. Francis Junior High School, Children of St. Martha School, St. Joseph’s School, Our Lady of the Assumption School, and now Father Leonard Van Tighem School.  I am very proud to be a part of Catholic Education and Holy Spirit Catholic School Division.

I am really looking forward to being part of the learning community of Father Leonard Van Tighem, and I would like to thank both staff and parents for your warm welcome.  I am positive and optimistic.  As an educational leader, I believe in Servant Leadership; helping, supporting, and collaborating with all.  In addition to Servant Leadership, I strive to follow Shepherd Leadership; observe all, ignore most, challenge some, and encourage all.  Whenever tomorrow arrives, change is bound to follow. I do not believe in change for the sake of change.  But I do not believe in the status quo for the sake of the status quo, either.  I find that we learn by stepping outside of our comfort zones to try new things, even if we might occasionally fail.

I know change can be difficult, and I know there will be a few bumps, but I thank you for your patience as I become aware of the culture of our school.  I hope this post has given you a better understanding of me and I look forward to getting to know everyone at Father Leonard Van Tighem School.  Please do not hesitate to contact me or drop by the office to say hello.  Also, I invite you to follow me on Twitter (@gregkostiuk).

Have a blessed and safe rest of the summer break.

Greg Kostiuk

Telling Our Story: June 2018

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This is the last edition of ‘Telling Our Story’ for the 2017-18 School Year.  We hope you have enjoyed the pics of the many wonderful events happening at Our Lady of the Assumption School.

Holy Spirit Divisional Pow-Wow

Divisional Pow Wow

Grade 6 Farewell Mass

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Fun Day – 3N

Fun Day 3N

Heritage Day

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Sports Day

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Swim Day

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Talent Show

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Tractor Museum – 1D & 1/2O

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Year End Assembly and Slide Show

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Have a blessed and safe summer break.

Greg Kostiuk

Exciting News from OLA

We are excited to announce, for the seventh year in a row, OLA will be having an artist in residence program during the 2018-19 school year.  We were successful in getting another Alberta Foundation of the Arts (AFA) Grant for approximately $11,000.  Trickster Theatre from Calgary will be coming during the week of February 11, 2019.



Congratulations OLA.  Sorry I will miss the excitement.

Greg Kostiuk

Telling Our Story: May 2018


Sorry for this edition of ‘Telling Our Story’ is a little late.   As June is quickly passing by, it is great to reflect on a wonderful May.  Please enjoy these May pics:

Beach Day

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Jump Rope For Heart Day


Marathon Club

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Outside Classroom

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Strings Club

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U of L Grade 6 Trip

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We Are All Treaty People Activities

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Thank you for taking a look at this edition of ‘Telling Our Story.’

Farewell OLA


Wow!  My years at Our Lady of the Assumption School has come and gone so quickly.  As I leave this school to become the Principal of Father Leonard Van Tighem School in Lethbridge, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in our OLA learning community; the parents, the staff and especially the students for a terrific eight years.  The motto of Our Lady of the Assumption School is “A community of hope and learning.”  Throughout my tenure, I witnessed countless incidents of hope amongst our students, staff, and parents.  Hope for a better future.  With hope, learning has been very evident.  Not only the glean in a student’s eye when they realize they are learning, but also the active professional learning of all the staff.   I leave this school with a lot of stories and fond memories; the many students I have taught, the excellent field trips, the many faith-building activities, the numerous staff members I collaborated with, and the very supportive parents.  I was searching for some farewell words; I came across this quote that I would like to pass on to all:

So, if this were indeed my Final Hour, these would be my words to you. I would not claim to pass on any secret of life, for there is none, or any wisdom except the passionate plea of caring … Try to feel, in your heart’s core, the reality of others. This is the most painful thing in the world, probably, and the most necessary. In times of personal adversity, know that you are not alone. Know that although in the eternal scheme of things you are small, you are also unique and irreplaceable, as are all of your fellow humans everywhere in the world. Know that your commitment is above all to life itself.

Margaret Laurence


Best Wishes,

Greg Kostiuk