OLA Teaching Staff 2017-18 – update

October 11, 2017 Update

Announcement regarding 5B:  Mrs. Baptista’s leave has been extended to November 17, 2017.  Mrs. Graf will continue to replace Mrs. Baptista.  We are looking forward to Mrs. Baptista’s return on November 20, 2017.

Also, last week we welcomed Jessica Lamb to staff as an Educational Assistant in our Kindergarten class.  Welcome Mrs. Lamb.

September 8, 2017 Update

Effective September 11, 2017 our grades 1 and 2 configuration of: 1D – Duke, 1O – Orr, 2L – Lank, and 2CM – Chief Moon has been changed to 1D – Duke, 1/2O – Orr, and 2L – Lank. Please see the note that emailed to all parents.

August 2, 2017 Update

I am pleased to announce that Linda Graf will be returning to OLA to fill the temporary position in grade 5 while Mrs. Baptista is away on leave.  Mrs. Graf’s main teaching duties will be Math 5B, Religion 5B, and Social 5B.  5B will be in excellent hands.  We are thankful Mrs. Graf is able to come back for a bit and we look forward to Mrs. Baptista’s return.

2017-18 Teaching Staff

2016 – 17 school year is over!  It was definitely a year of ups and downs, but as I reflect on the year I believe it was a wonderful year full of many blessings.  I was very impressed with how the parents, students, and staff of our learning community supported each other throughout year.  It is a blessing to be part of a caring, faith community.

2017-18 school year will be fast approaching.  Please see the below listing for the structure of our home rooms and teaching assignments for next year:

OLA staff 17-18 blog pic

We are looking forward to welcoming our new teachers.  Please note that class lists we be posted outside the OLA office on Friday, September 1.

Have a safe, blessed summer!

Greg Kostiuk


Future of Catholic Education

Recently I was back in Saskatchewan to attend my mom’s funeral.  When I was there the Saskatchewan Court decision ruling regarding Catholic Education was a big topic of discussion.  If you have not been following it, the Saskatchewan Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for the government to fund non-Catholic students attending Catholic Schools.  Therefore, at the end of the 2017-18 school year this funding would cease.  The ruling threatened to bring a lot of instability in the Saskatchewan educational system as many non-Catholics currently attend Catholic Schools.  Since the initial ruling the government of Saskatchewan has stated they plan to use the constitutional ‘not withstanding clause’ and not follow the ruling.

SK ABThe Alberta and Saskatchewan educational systems are very similar as both have publicly funded, entrenched Separate School systems.  This occurred while both provinces were still a part of the North West Territories.  As the situation in Saskatchewan unfolds it is not a stretch to say that a parallel situation could happen here in Alberta.  Someone asked me, “Why do Catholics feel so upset by the ruling?”  My response was pragmatic.  Firstly, I think we need to have trust in the process.  There is little doubt the Saskatchewan ruling will be appealed and hopefully a just ruling will be made.  If a Saskatchewan type ruling was followed in Alberta it would definitely affect our school.  Currently, at Our Lady of the Assumption School we have approximately 30-40% non-resident students that would be affected by a Saskatchewan type ruling.  Losing 30-40% of our student population would have a dramatic impact on our learning environment and programming.  True, Catholic Education would be still offered, but it would change.  I felt upset by the ruling as it cuts to the core of who we are.  We are an inclusive community where the door is open and we welcome many.  Although there are residency factors, you do not have to be Catholic to attend.  This inclusiveness is fundamental to our beliefs and a message we model as followers of Christ.  A Saskatchewan type ruling would try to limit who we are.  I think this is why many of us are upset.

Unfortunately, some rights are under attack.  Whether they are in a form of newspaper editorial or a provincial court decision.  We must continue to advocate for Catholic Education by heralding all the wonderful works that occur in our schools; all the terrific learning activities, thoughtful prayer, wonderful religious celebrations, and successful social justice projects to name just a few.  Our school’s vision statement is ‘A safe and caring, Christ-centered community of hope and learning’.  We can attain our vision in an inclusive learning community where all are welcomed.  The future of Catholic Education is still bright, but it is a future that we must continually advocate for.

Greg Kostiuk

Telling Our Story – May 2017


This will be the second last edition of ‘Telling Our Story’ for this school year.  Time really does fly by.  Here was May at Our Lady of the Assumption School:

Jr. ATB Year-end Party

ATB pizza & icecream party

Beach Day

Beach day

Annual Jump Rope for Heart – 35th Anniversary


Evergreen Theatre – Jurassic Bark

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Assembly Fun


Marathon Club

Little souls Marathon

Playground Fun


150th Day of School – Canada 150


St. Francis Jr. High Performing Arts


We will be posting the last edition of ‘Telling Our Story’ soon.

Greg Kostiuk

Telling Our Story – April 2017


We are sorry this edition of ‘Telling Our Story’ is a little bit later than usually.  Pretty soon we will be sharing May’s edition.  We hope you enjoy seeing our busy April:

Aggie Days


Easter Egg Hunt in Kindergarten

Easter egg hunt in K

Lenten Food Drive: 40 Lbs. For 40 Days (a huge success)

Food drive

First Nations, Metis and Inuit Heritage Day

Heritage Dayheritage day2Jump Rope for Heart Opening Assembly

JRH assembly

Learning Time – 4P

Learning time 4L

Resurrection Buns – 2L

Lent Ressurection buns

Lenten Services

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Movie Night

Movie Night

Playground Pavement Games (Thank you Lethbridge College)

Outside lines

Soccer with a BIG Ball


Passion Play Practice

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Passion Play (Holy Thursday)

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Thank you for viewing this edition of ‘Telling Our Story’.

It’s A Blast Program – OLA

Please read this important message from It’s a Blast Program at Our Lady of the Assumption School.


All online registrations are done at:   http://www.itsablastprogram.com

Upcoming Parent Information

Summer Registration 2017:

  • Opens ON-LINE April 24th at 7:00 am
  • Spots are filled on a first come first served basis
  • There is a limited number of part time spots available
  • Program Dates: July 4-31

August 1-30 closed August 7th – Civic Holiday

  • Locations:
    • Nicholas Sheran (380 Laval Blvd. West)
    • Park Meadows (50 Meadowlark Blvd North)
  • Fees: Full-Time $610 per child per month

Part-Time $470 per month minimum charge per child for up to TEN (10) days in a month. An additional charge of $55 per child will be charged for each day over the 10 days.

  • Only KinderKare students that have just completed the BLAST KINDERKARE program in June will be accepted for summer registration.
  • Cancellation: a $200 cancellation deposit per child is required to be paid upon registration…. this deposit will be applied against August’s fee or refunded to those who only registered in the July program.

Fall Registration 2017-2018

  • Early registrations opens ON-LINE May 31st at 7:00 am to June 2 for those children already registered in BLAST as of June, 2017. (If you do not register during this time, you will be registering Jun 7th or later on-line when it is open to all public).
  • June 7th at 7:00 am registration will be open to everyone for all remaining spots.
  • Fees:

Before School Full-Time $155.00 per child/month (care is provided Mon.- Fri. before school)

After School Full-Time $340.00 per child/month (care is provided Mon.-Fri. while school is in Session, Parent/Teacher Interviews, Professional Development Days (PD Days), Teacher’s Convention, Christmas and Easter Breaks

Before School Part-Time $105.00 per child /month (minimum charge up to ten days)
Each additional day over the 10 days will be billed at $13.00/day. Payment for additional days, not paid for at the beginning of the month is due by the first day of the following month.

After School Part-Time $205.00 per child/month (minimum charge up to any combination of Days equal to charges of $205.00 based on the following rates:

-$27.00 regular day (approximately 3:30 p.m. dismissal)

-$37.00 half day (approximately 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. dismissal)

-$55.00 full day  (Full days, Professional Days (PD), Christmas and Easter Breaks)

Any additional days used over the $205.00 minimum charge will be billed out based on the above rates.

KinderKare Registration 2017-2018:

  • Opens ON-LINE May 31st at 7:00 am
  • $575 per child per month (full time only)
  • Monday-Friday (7:00 am – 6:00 pm) excluding holidays
  • Child MUST be registered in the afternoon kindergarten class.

In order for Registration to be considered complete it must have the following:

  • Deposit Paid if on subsidy
  • Cancellation deposit is paid for summer program
  • All applicable medical forms are completed and returned to the BLAST office
  • Void cheque or electronic banking information with signature of the registering parent


If your child or children are registered in one of the BLAST FALL or KINDERKARE programs for 2017-2018 and you wish to cancel or make changes to your bookings, the BLAST OFFICE must be notified in writing by email or letter, ON OR BEFORE the 15th of the PRECEDING month… OR… the full month’s fee will be charged for the previously booked dates. (Example: to change for December, notify the office by letter or email at blast@itsablastprogram.com on or before November 15th).


Please contact It’s A Blast Program if you have any questions

Telling Our Story – March 2017


March was a tremendous month at Our Lady of the Assumption School.  We had many big events throughout the month: Grade 5/6 basketball ending, Healthy Habits Day, OLA Science Fair, the Regional Science Fair, New West Theatre Artist in Residence Program, and the Student Retreat.  Here is March’s ‘Telling Our Story’:

100th Day in Kindergarten


Grade 5/6 Basketball

Bball 1

Bball 2

Bball 3

Early Learning Program


4P First Nations Education


St. Patrick’s Day/Green Day

green day

Hallway Displays

Hallway 1-2O

Hallway Lent

Hallway Mystery Art

Healthy Habits Day

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HH day 1

Staff vs. Students Basketball
HH day 3

Lenten Services

Lent service 1

Lent service 2

Lent service 3

Morning Announcements

Morning Announcements

New West Theatre Artist in Residence Program








Salad Day in 1D

salad making 2

Salad making

Alberta Science Network in 2L


Science Fair at OLA

SF 1

SF 2

Regional Science Fair at the U of L



Student Retreat

student retreat

Super Hero Day

SuperHero Day

We hope you enjoyed this edition of ‘Telling Our Story’.

Stations of the Resurrection


During the Easter Week we focus on Christ’s last days; many of us reflect and pray the Stations of the Cross.  Sometimes we forget about the most important part of Easter, the Resurrection.

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the               other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven             and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.  His appearance was like           lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.  The guards were so afraid of him                 that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for             Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see           the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from                 the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have           told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell           his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him,                   clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go             and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”          Matthew 28:1-10

Recently, someone reminded me of the fourteen Stations of the Resurrection, a counterpart to the Stations of the Cross.  Whereas the Stations of the Cross show the events of Christ before Easter, the Stations of the Resurrection show the events between Easter and Pentecost.  The Stations of the Resurrections are:

Stations of the Resurrection (Via Lucis)
1. Jesus Rises From the Dead (Matthew 28:1-10)
2. The Finding of the Empty Tomb (John 20:1-10)
3. The Risen Lord Appears to Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18)
4. Jesus Appears on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-27)3686295
5. Jesus is Known at the Breaking of Bread (Luke 24:28-35)
6. Jesus Appears to His Disciples in Jerusalem (Luke 24:36-43)
7. Jesus Gives the Disciples the Power to Forgive Sins (John 20:19-23)
8. Jesus Strengthens the Faith of Thomas (John 20:24-29)
9. Jesus Appears by the Sea of Tiberias (John 21:1-14)
10. Jesus Tell Peter to Feed His Sheep (Primacy of Peter) (John 21:15-17, 19b)
11. Jesus Commissions the Disciples on the Mountain (Matthew 28:16-20)
12. Jesus Ascends into Heaven (Acts 1:6-12a)
13. Mary and the Disciples Wait in Prayer (Acts 1:12-14)
14. The Holy Spirit Descends at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-13)

As we finish our Lenten journey this year I ask you continue your faith journey after Easter by reflecting, praying, and celebrating the Stations of the Resurrection.  Also, I invite you to join Our Lady of the Assumption School as Mrs. Duke’s Grade 4P Religion class and Miss Chief Moon’s PM Kindergarten class lead us in the Stations of the Resurrection during our Resurrection Service on April 24 at 1:45 pm.

Lenten/Easter blessings on behalf of the staff,

Greg Kostiuk