OLA Staffing Update 7 – 06/23/17

staffing update

June 23, 2017

We have three new staffing updates:

  • Our school division has reorganized our Family School Liaison Counselors (FSLC). Ms. Michele Hunt will no longer be OLA’s FSLC as she will be working at different Holy Spirit schools.  We thank Ms. Hunt for her exemplary work at OLA and we wish her all the best.  We welcome Mr. James Palmarin as our new FSLC.
  • Mrs. Cassie Bukatka is our new morning Kindergarten teacher.  Miss Chief Moon is staying on staff and will be teaching a Division II homeroom.  Miss Jordan Ingham is a new Division I teacher.  Miss Ingham will be teaching some Division I math and various learning support classes.  We will have a short write up in our summer newsletter for both Mrs. Bukatka and Miss Ingham.

With staffing complete we will be announcing homeroom assignments very soon.

June 11, 2017

Unfortunately Mr. Bose will not be returning to work.  We would like to thank Mr. Bose for everything he has done for OLA.  He will truly be missed.  The process to replace Mr. Bose has just been initiated.  We all wish Mr. Bose all the best and we hope he is able to visit us as much as possible.

May 29, 2017

We are excited to announce that we have hired a new teacher for 2017-18 next school year. Ms. Kelsey Nadeau will be teaching the Gr. 6 homeroom class next year (until Mrs. Marcotte returns near the end of April).  Please take a look at our pending June newsletter to see a little blurb about Ms. Nadeau.

We still have a few part time positions to fill.  Once they are filled we will publish homeroom assignments.

May 11, 2017

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Matsalla on his appointment as our Associate Principal next year.  Mr. Matsalla will be our Associate Principal until the end of April as we expect Mrs. Marcotte back from her maternity leave.  We have just started the process to replace Mr. Matsalla’s teaching position for next year.  We advertised a 1.0 FTE grade 5/6 combined position.

Also, we have changed our plans for Kindergarten next year.  Unfortunately, we do not have a lot of registrations for the afternoon program.  Therefore, we will only be offering a morning Kindergarten program next year.  ‘It’s a Blast’ program is currently investigating changing ‘KinderCare” to the afternoon, it sounds very hopeful.  Please see this link for more information about ‘It’s a Blast’, please note that they have not updated the PM ‘KinderCare’ yet: https://gregkostiuk.com/2017/04/12/its-a-blast-program-ola/

Things are starting to move quickly and hopefully we can make further staffing announcements soon.

May 9, 2017

Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Graf on announcing her retirement.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Graf for all she has done for Our Lady of the Assumption School, for the teaching profession, and for sharing her expertise as a master teacher.  She will be missed and we wish her all the best in the future.

We are just starting to plan for Mrs. Graf’s replacement and other positions at OLA.  We hope to be able to share new information soon.

April 4, 2017

We are happy to announce Mr. Lance Rosen has accepted a teaching position at Our Lady of the Assumption School for the remainder of this school year.  Mr. Rosen’s main teaching duties will include: LA 6M, Science 6M, PE 6M, Science 6MK, Religion 6MK, Science 4/5R, and complementary courses.  Please join me in welcoming Mr. Rosen to our community.

March 17, 2017

Recently we announced a staffing update regarding Mr. Bose going on a leave and Ms. Martin replacing his teaching duties. We have a couple of other staffing announcements to make:

  • Mrs. Parr was due to return from her maternity leave after Easter break.  Mrs. Parr has decided to extend her leave.  Mrs. Cormack will be continuing to replace Mrs. Parr at OLA for the rest of the school year.
  • Mrs. Marcotte, our Associate Principal, will be starting her maternity leave April 24. We wish her all the best! I am happy to announce Mr. Matsalla will be the new Associate Principal for the remainder of this school year.  He is excited to take on this leadership role.
  • Today we advertised for a new teacher to cover Mrs. Marcotte’s teaching and some of Mr. Matsalla’s teaching positions.
  • Starting April 24 Mrs. Roth will be covering Mrs. Marcotte’s French Second Language courses in grade 6.  Our new teacher will be teaching Science 4/5R.

Thank you for your support and patience as we adjust our staffing.

Greg Kostiuk

New West Theatre is Coming!

We are very excited to welcome back New West Theatre.  New West will be doing an artist in residence program from March 27 – 31, including an evening performance on Thursday, March 30 at 6 pm in our gym.  A big thank you to our Parent Fundraising Committee for partially funding this event.  Here is a letter from New West:

New West letter March 23 17

Most info will follow, but we are really looking forward to next week.

Greg Kostiuk

Telling Our Story – February 2017


Although February was short, it was a busy and exciting month at Our Lady of the Assumption School.  Here are some pics of some of the events last month:

100th Day Celebration

100 Day

Grade 5 and 6 Basketball – Girls and Boys



Early Learning Program – Shaving Cream Table!


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch


Grade 5 and 6 Ski Trip


Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day Pink Shirt Day

Winter Walk Day


We hope you enjoyed February’s edition of Telling Our Story.

Greg Kostiuk

Fast From Hate, and Feast on Acceptance

Soon we will be starting our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday.  During Lent I often reflect on a portion of William Arthur Ward’s poem that is always hanging on my fridge:


I would like to add another line: Fast from hate, and feast on acceptance.

Last week I attended the annual Southwestern Alberta Teachers’ Conference Association convention at the University of Lethbridge.  It is a great opportunity to gather new ideas, reaffirm some current practices, and connect with existing peers and new friends.  I would like to share one new connection.  Dr. Eva Olsson (www.evaolsson.ca) was one of the presenters at the convention.  She is a wonderful person, and she is a Holocaust survivor.  In 1944, at an age of 19, Eva and her family were forcefully moved from Hungary and shipped to various concentration and work camps, including the death factory of Auschwitz-Birkenau.  She had the unfortunate experience of meeting the Angel of Death, Dr. Joseph Mengele.  Eva exhibited resiliency and survived; she was liberated from the Bergen-Belsen camp by British and Canadian troops.  Unfortunately, the only other survivor of the Holocaust was Eva’s younger sister.  The rest of her family perished.  After the war Eva married and settled in Sweden.  With the fear of Soviet Union aggression, Eva immigrated to Canada.  Now, at the age of 92, Eva continues to share her story.

Dr. Olsson has many reasons to hate.  As a school administrator I am privy to some hardships that students and/or staff have experienced, but nothing that I have experienced or been witness to, compares to Eva’s experience. There is no hatred in her
voice, there is only acceptance and love.  She reminded me people learn to hate, they are not born with it.  If Eva can ‘fast from hate, and feast on acceptance’ I believe we all can.

eva-olssonPlease consider keeping the traditional practices of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving this Lent, but as we hear about growing hatred south of our border and witness it creep into the fabric of our Canadian identity, I challenge all of us to ‘fast from hate, and feast on acceptance’.  If Dr. Olsson, a Holocaust survivor, can do it, surely we can.

Lenten blessings,

Greg Kostiuk

March School Council

At the February School Council meeting our Parent Fundraising Committee (PFRC) requested that we do a parent survey about an idea.  Here was the survey question we asked:


Thank you to everyone that submitted a response.  Here are the results:


Our PFRC is planning to make a decision regarding this project at the March 14th School Council meeting at 6:30 pm, everyone is welcome.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Greg Kostiuk

Telling Our Story – January 2017


We hope you enjoy these pics from January 2017.  Our Lady of the Assumption School is a wonderful place to learn:

Jr. ATB Launch


Backwards Day


Career Day


Social Justice – Art Gala donation to Lethbridge Association for Community Living


New West Theatre – Luke’s Lunchbox


Blackfoot Smudging and Prayer


These are just a ‘few of our favorites things’ from the month of January.

Greg Kostiuk

Parent Input


As part of our 2016-17 Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) we wanted to increase parent decision making.  Earlier, parents decided on the school photographer we will be using next year.  We think it is very important to give parents a voice.  Private meetings and School Council can be an important part of this voice, but a simple survey works too.  Here are the results of our recent Parent Survey and the planned action:

Our parent survey is helping to give parents a voice and has definitely influenced the decision making at Our Lady of the Assumption School.  We hope to continue to use this strategy.

Thank you for your insights,

Greg Kostiuk