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

PJ dayPJ day2

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


June 29, 2018

Please welcome Kara Tarnava to our school community.  Miss Tarnava will be teaching 0.75 next year.  Her main duties include some Grade 1 and 2 PE, Grade 2 Math, Grade 4/5 Social Studies, and Health from Grade 1 to 6.  Our teaching staff is now complete.  Very soon, we will share the homeroom assignments.  Please join me in welcoming Miss Tarnava to OLA.

June 25, 2018

We are happy to announce that Mrs. Duke’s temporary replacement has been announced.  Miss Maria Wagner will be teaching grade 1 from September to December.  Please join me in welcoming Miss Wagner to Our Lady of the Assumption School.

June 12, 2018

We are very pleased to announce Miss Ingham will be our new Gr. 2/3 homeroom teacher next year.  Please join us in congratulating Miss Ingham.

Miss Ingham’s current part-time position will be advertised this week and we hope to fill it asap.

May 23, 2018

We are happy to announce Miss Nadeau will be returning to OLA next year as our Grade 6 homeroom teacher.  Please join us in congratulating Miss Nadeau.

May 17, 2018

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

AP announcement

We wish to welcome Mr. New to our wonderful learning community.

April 23, 2018

Mrs. Duke will be on a four-month personal leave of absence to begin the 2018-19 school year.  Her family will be temporarily relocating to B.C. for the fall.  We wish Mrs. Duke and her family all the best and look forward to their return.

We hope to announce her replacement soon.

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