2018-19 Staffing


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 http://jigsawlearning.ca/

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

Telling Our Story – December 2017


Hello from Our Lady of the Assumption School.  Sorry for the lateness, but here is the latest edition of ‘Telling Our Story’.  Pretty soon we will be posting the January edition.

Advent Celebrations




Christmas Concert

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Gingerbread Houses



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PE Outside

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Red and Green Day

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Turkey Dinner

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December was a wonderful month.  Thank you for taking some time to look at the excellent activities last month.

Greg Kostiuk

OLA’s Artist in Residency

Please see the below letter from Evergreen Theatre regarding the Artist in Residency program we are having at Our Lady of the Assumption School this week.  Also, thank you to the Alberta Foundation of the Arts, Prime Catering, and our own Parent Fundraising Committee for sponsoring this outstanding opportunity for our students.

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Thank you,

Greg Kostiuk

Survey Says…


Thank you to the parents that completed the December 2017 Parent Survey.  The survey results will be discussed at the January School Council meeting and the next staff meeting.  The results will guide us in making some decisions for the 2018-19 school year.  Here are the results:


Thank you for your input.

Greg Kostiuk

AB Ed Survey


Alberta Education Survey

Alberta Education is conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Surveys from January to end of February 2018.  These surveys are very important and help guide our school. Parents of students of grade 4 will receive a survey mailed to their homes directly from Alberta Education.  In February, all students in grade 4 – 6 and all teachers will be completing their surveys online through the school.

All surveys are anonymous, and no reports will be issued if the number of respondents is fewer than six to further protect the privacy of respondents.  Respondents are expected to answer the questions based on the experiences they have had at our school.

We strongly encourage your participation as the results help us identify our school and jurisdiction’s strengths and weaknesses. Survey results will be available to jurisdictions by the start of May 2018 and will be reported publicly by jurisdictions as part of the Annual Education Results Reports in the fall of 2018.

Also, please note if you answer “don’t know” on the survey questions, it indirectly becomes a “no” response.  Please see the below example:


The Accountability Survey will report that only 11% of our parents believe “High School students demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for learning throughout their lifetime.”  Please contact me if you have any questions regarding any questions on the survey.

Thank you for participating in the survey.

Greg Kostiuk



Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas Happy HolidaysLast weekend I watched a video about the debate of wishing someone a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.  I am happy to say it is not much of an issue in a Catholic school and there is a lot of Merry Christmases, and Christ is Born!  What I enjoyed in the video were the underlining messages.  Firstly, Jesus probably wouldn’t have cared because He did not want to promote himself; He promoted God.  He promoted a community of justice, peace, and love; He wasn’t interested in status.  Secondly, rather than giving a person a greeting of Merry Christmas, it is more important to live it.  We must live as Jesus did.  A life of simplicity, generosity, service, and welcome and hospitality to others.  Thirdly, we need to be conscious of other’s faith, or lack of it.  As Pope Francis teaches us, we need to develop a culture of encounter, not confrontation.  By listening and respecting others, we learn from others.  So please do not worry or get upset if someone wishes you a Happy Holiday.  This Christmas, and every day, live as Jesus did and build bridges and not walls with others.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year to everyone in of our learning community!  I hope everyone has a blessed, safe and restful Christmas break.

Greg Kostiuk