Listen, Decide, Act

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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
Library St. Julia – Patron St. of reading Office St. Joseph – Patron St. of workers
Gym St. Sebastian – Patron St. of sports Art St. Catherine (of Bologna) – Patron St. of Artists
Lab St. Isidore – Patron St. of the Internet Secret Room Golgotha – Crucifixion of Christ
Blue Room Galilee – Region in Judea Break Room Nazareth – Place where Jesus lived
AP Office Bethlehem – Birthplace of Jesus Staff Room Jerusalem – Capital of Judea
Mary’s Place Mary’s Place – St. Mary, mother of Jesus  


Greg Kostiuk

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

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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

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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


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:

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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