Telling Our Story: March 2018


March was a very active month, especially as we travelled together on our Lenten Journey.  Here is the March edition of ‘Telling Our Story’:

After School Skating

after school skating

Grade 5-6 Basketball

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Blackfoot Elder Day

Elder Day

Green Day

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Jersey Day

Jersey Day

JRFH Kick Off Assembly


Lenten Liturgical Celebrations

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Lenten Lunch sponsored by School Council

Lenten Lunch

Annual Passion Play

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Salad Day in 1D

Salad Day 1D

OLA Science Fair

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U of L Regional Science Fair

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Attending St. Francis JH production of Little Mermaid Jr.


U of L Conservatory: Strings in Schools 


Thank you for taking some time to view the wonderful March activities at Our Lady of the Assumption.

Greg Kostiuk

Remembering the Historical and Divine Christ

During the Easter Week, we focus on the Passion of Christ’s last days; many of us reflect and pray the Stations of the Cross (Traditional or Scriptural versions).  Sometimes we forget about the most important part of Easter, the Resurrection.  After Easter is a great opportunity to pray the Stations of the Resurrection.  I’ve always been interested in

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history.  This interest includes the historical Christ.  I think that is why I enjoy praying either version of the Stations of the Cross.  These stations ground me in my faith, they are tactile proof of the historical Christ.  Although this helps me with the foundations of my beliefs, I must focus on the Divinity of Christ.  I find praying the Stations of the Resurrection is an excellent way to do this.

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As we finish our Lenten journey this year, I ask you remember and pray for the historical Christ.  Also, do not forget about the Divine Christ and please consider reflecting, praying, and celebrating the Stations of the Resurrection after Easter Sunday.  Also, I invite you to join Our Lady of the Assumption School as Mrs. Duke’s 1D class leads us in our Resurrection Service on April 12 at 9:00 am.

Lenten/Easter blessings on behalf of the staff,

Greg Kostiuk

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

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Pink shirt day assembly

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

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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



April 3, 2018

Recently it was announced that Mr. Matsalla will be the Associate Principal at St. Patrick’s Fine Arts School in Lethbridge beginning in the 2018-19 school year.  We thank Mr. Matsalla’s for all he has done at OLA as a teacher and as the Acting Associate Principal.  We wish him all the best in his new position.

We hope to announce the new Associate Principal at OLA soon.

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