Welcome to Our Lady of Wisdom School Website
Our Lady of Wisdom School serves all of the K-6 Catholic students in Chestermere. Our school motto is “Accept, Achieve, Aspire”.
We are part of the Calgary Catholic School District. Our district mission is Living and Learning in our Catholic Faith.
There will be no classes on Good Friday or Easter Monday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 22.
Wishing all families a joyful Easter weekend!
The students in 1C and 1/2K had a great time on their recent field trip to Fort Calgary on April 9. While they were there the students had the opportunity to examine some very old artifacts that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police used at Fort Calgary many years ago when Calgary was just beginning to grow as a new city on the Alberta prairie. Notice the white gloves? If you get a chance, be sure to ask the students why they were wearing them.
All parents are invited to join us for our Art Walk which will be held in conjunction with our Parent-Teacher Interviews on Thursday, March 13 from 4:00 – 8:00 and on Friday, March 14 from 8:30 – 1:30. All students K-6 will have an Art item on display in the gym. Please come out to enjoy and celebrate our fabulous student artists!
Please join us on Thursday, March 13 from 6:30 – 7:30 in the library for our presentation and conversation about Inspiring Education. (**this is a repeat of our session from February 20**). You can bring your children with you if you like.
What is Inspiring Education? In 2009, Albertans gathered in person and online during Inspiring Education: A Dialogue with Albertans to share their hopes, dreams and aspirations for K-12 education in the 21st century and beyond. Inspiring Education generated rich conversations and thoughtful insight; highlighting values, skills, practices and knowledge that will be vital to our children and grandchildren in a rapidly changing world. Out of these many conversations, a broad policy framework document was developed to describe the overall direction, principles and long-term goals for education in Alberta.
Through this process Albertans stated that our education system must grow and adapt in order to meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities of a constantly evolving world. While we may not know exactly what the future holds, we do know that some competencies and attributes will be particularly important to the success of our students. They include:
Engaged Thinker: We must cultivate students with an inquisitive, engaged mind. Students that are prepared to ask “why”? and thing critically about the answers they receive.
Ethical Citizen: Knowing the answer is not enough. Our children and grandchildren must be ethical, compassionate and respectful to truly grow and thrive.
Entrepreneurial Spirit: To shape innovative ideas into real-world solutions, our education system should develop motivated, resourceful and resilient citizens and encourage our students to be bold, embrace leadership and actively seek new opportunities.
Click here to learn more about Inspiring Education
Click here to read the Inspiring Education Committee Report
March is Food Bank Donation Month at Our Lady of Wisdom. As part of our Almsgiving, we are collecting food to be shared with families in need in our community; all donations will be going to the Chestermere Regional Food Bank. Your support is greatly appreciated.
During the Lenten season we will be participating in an international social justice project entitled Loonies for Lent/We Create Change. Starting March 5, Ash Wednesday, students will be asked to bring loonies or any change to support this Free the Children initiative. How far can your change go?
$20 = 1 brick to help build a school in a disadvantaged area of the world; 500 bricks = 1 school that will open its doors to approximately 400 students
As a Catholic community, we are asking parents to let children earn their loonies to bring to school. This is a great opportunity to teach our children about prayer, almsgiving and fasting for Lent. Your child might decide to give up fast food or a special weekend treat for themselves in order to donate the money to help build a school for others. This is a great opportunity to teach them about stewardship and social justice. We Create Change is our opportunity to help open doors for children around the world.
Free the Children has launched a year-long initiative to build 200 schools around the world. Every child has the right to learn. At Our Lady of Wisdom School, we can help those less fortunate children around the world gain access to an education. Please help by donating your change to create change!
Hair Massacure is a fundraising event in support of Ronald McDonald House and the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Southern Alberta. Fundraising is important for the success of this event. Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for out-of-town families with sick children receiving treatment in a local hospital. Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children with life threatening illnesses. Both charities share a common goal in supporting sick children and their families.
One of our students, Sawyer D. in Mrs. Gosselin’s grade 2 class, is raising money for Hair Massacure by dying his hair pink. And then, on March 14, he will be shaving his head. If you see Sawyer with his pink hair (or later his shaved head) be sure to ask him about his involvement and the special people in his life he is doing this for. If you would like to learn more or make a donation please visit the Hair Massacure website here: https://www.registrationlogic.com/secure/Fundraiser.aspx?F=3309
Way to go Sawyer!
On the afternoon of Monday, March 3 our students enjoyed a visit from the Calgary Opera for their presentation of Hansel and Gretel. Opera is a unique and exciting art form that combines the disciplines of music, drama, literature, dance, visual, and technical arts like no other. While many of our students had never had an opportunity to experience opera prior to this presentation, there was lots of positive feedback from the students about the presentation. This presentation was part Calgary Opera’s Opera in Schools Tour, which is a sold-out tour taking place in February and March, 2014. Thanks to school council for their Special Program Funding which provided the funding for the cost of this wonderful program.
The Grade 3 students have been working very hard on exploring their architectural and engineering skills building fantastic structures! Students have been learning many grade 3 Science outcomes such as using a variety of materials to sustain weight and height with the hands on strategies provided by the grade 3 teachers. Our Area Superintendent and Chief Superintendent were out last week looking at the structures and were impressed with the level of creativity and craftsmanship of the grade 3 students. These structures will be on display within our ART WALK during our Parent Teacher Conferences this week.
Last Thursday, February 6, one of our students was featured on the Country 105 Radiothon for the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Matteo, who is in grade 5 at our school, was an on-air guest, along with his parents, where they spoke about their experiences with the Children’s Hospital and their journey with Matteo’s illness. His class listened live to his interview; it helped them all to see a different side of their classmate they had never seen before as well as to understand some of his struggles and victories. Like his family, we are very proud of him for not only for his courage along the journey but also for speaking publicly about it. Well done, Matteo! Click here to read more.