With the Easter Break being in April the past month went by very quickly. It was wonderful coming back from the break to a Resurrection Liturgy hosted by our 1D class. It reminded us that we are an Easter people. Here are some of the activities during April:
Easter Fun in ELP
Evergreen Theatre Presentation
Resurrection Liturgy – 1D
Thank you for reading/viewing this edition of ‘Telling Our Story.’
May is the month of Mary, the namesake of Our Lady of the Assumption School. Mary is a model of compassion and mercy towards all. In The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis, one section focuses on Mary, Mother of Evangelization. Pope Francis tells us “three words sum Mary’s attitude: listening, decision, and action.” Throughout her life, Mary listened to God. After listening and reflecting Mary “decides to entrust herself totally to God.” Finally, Mary acts. Once she understands what God wants of her she does not hesitate. She quickly acts. Just as Mary listens, decides, and acts; we too are called to do the same.
Here is an example of how we are listening, deciding, and acting. Early this year we heard of the idea to name all the rooms in our school after Saints. After consulting our community, we decided to do it. Finally, we did it. We just renamed many of the rooms in the school after Saints or biblical places. By doing so, we hope that throughout their stay at OLA, our students will learn the importance of Saints, the stories of the Saints, and the significance of some biblical places in the life of Christ. Thank you to our school board for supporting this idea. The name plaques have been installed, and we are now teaching students the new room names. Special thank you to Mr. Matsalla for his work with this project. Here are the new names of our rooms:
|Classroom or Room
||Saint Name/Biblical Name
||Classroom or Room
||Saint Name/Biblical Name
|#1 – BLAST
||St. Philomena – Patron St. of Daycare
||#7 – 3N – Mrs. Nemecek
||St. Bernadette – Saw visions of Mary at Lourdes
|#2 – K – Mrs. Bukatka
||St. Beatrice – Patron St. of Happiness
||#8 – 3/4T – Mr. Tratch
||St. John Paul II – Modern St. of unification, love of children
|#3 – ELP – Mrs. Viney
||St. Padre Pio – Known for piety and charity
||#9 – Miss Ingham
||St. Kateri – First Nation St.
|#4 – Music
||St. Cecilia – Patron St. of Music
||#10 – 1D – Mrs. Duke
||St. Anthony – St. of lost things
|#5 – 4C – Mrs. Clewes
||St. Joan of Arc – Inspirational of those who feel powerless
||#11 – 1/2O – Mrs. Orr
||St. Therese – St. of doing small acts of good
|#6 – 4/5R – Mrs. Roth
||St. Andre Bessette – Canadian St. credited with miraculous healings
||#12 – 2L – Mrs. Lank
||St. Benedict – Following god no matter what
|#106 – 5B – Mrs. Baptista
||St. Michael – The Archangel, protection from evil
||#105 – 6N – Miss Nadeau
||St. John Bosco – Patron St. of Youth
||St. Julia – Patron St. of reading
||St. Joseph – Patron St. of workers
||St. Sebastian – Patron St. of sports
||St. Catherine (of Bologna) – Patron St. of Artists
||St. Isidore – Patron St. of the Internet
||Golgotha – Crucifixion of Christ
||Galilee – Region in Judea
||Nazareth – Place where Jesus lived
||Bethlehem – Birthplace of Jesus
||Jerusalem – Capital of Judea
||Mary’s Place – St. Mary, mother of Jesus
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
Grade 5-6 Basketball
Blackfoot Elder Day
JRFH Kick Off Assembly
Lenten Liturgical Celebrations
Lenten Lunch sponsored by School Council
Annual Passion Play
Salad Day in 1D
OLA Science Fair
U of L Regional Science Fair
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.
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
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.
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,
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
Lenten Prayer Service
Canada Day (Olympics)
Pink Shirt Day – Jr. ATB
Pink Shirt Day
Science is Cool – 5B. “Mr. Matsalla, that ribbon is floating!”
Going to Monthly Mass at Assumption Church
Winter Walk Day
Thank you for taking some time and looking at this edition of ‘Telling Our Story.’
This year I have the pleasure of teacher Grade 2 Religion. The program we follow is relatively 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.
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’:
Artist in Residence – Evergreen Theatre
Green Dot Mornings
A Visit from Pepper
Scientists in the School
Snack Shack Preparation
Thank you for taking some time to view ‘Telling Our Story’.