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O'Leary School Startup/ Welcome Letter - September 2021

Welcome to O'Leary.  This is an excellent school, with an excellent reputation for providing top quality programs and learning opportunities.  We continue to be growing school, that has a very positive culture, one that works to build connections.  The 2021-2022 year will be an exciting one, with prospects available in all areas to become involved with, for students in grades 10, 11 or 12.

School Administration - September 2021

Effective July 1, 2021, the administration for O'Leary will be:

Brad Koshka - Principal (

Gabriella Ferretti-MacKinnon - Assistant Principal - Student surnames A-D (

Chelsea Androschuk - Assistant Principal - Student surnames E-L (

Gary Armstrong - Assistant Principal - Student surnames M-R (

Dana Hutton - Assistant Principal - Student surnames S-Z (

Semester System 

Effective this September O’Leary will be returning to the semester system for course schedules. 

High School Sports in 2021-2022 

Right now, we are waiting on direction from Edmonton Metro Athletics (Metro Athletics), Alberta School Athletics Association (ASAA) and Edmonton Catholic Schools, the first two are organizations that govern all high school sports in Edmonton and in Alberta.  We are hopeful that the phased recovery plan that the Government of Alberta has, will do what it is supposed to and that we will be in ‘regular’ mode for September. 

Regardless, at O’Leary we are planning and hoping to have all sports running in September, but this again is dependent upon the requirements in place through Alberta Health Services.  We have the coaches ready, along with new equipment ordered and many teams with new uniforms. 

Extra-Curricular Activities in 2021-2022 

Like Athletics, our intention is to again offer a full slate of activities in the fall, all dependent upon AHS guidelines.  These would include our Student Union, clubs, social justice initiatives and all fine arts programs. 

Student Supplies for September 

High school does not typically have a student supply list.  Normally, it would be a 3-ring binder per course, plus various pens and pencils.   

Graphing calculators are a necessary tool for all students at the high school level in Math and some Sciences. At Archbishop O’Leary we recommend the TI Nspire CX II calculator which can be found at most local retailers and will also be sold through our Business Office at cost of $158.00 for the 2021-2022 school year.  

If you have questions about calculators, please contact Nathan Burns at, Math Department Head, for clarification. 

Student Timetables and August Registration Days 

These will be available for students to access in mid-August, through their PowerSchool account.   

Student Registration Days at the end of August are mandatory and all students are to come in at during their assigned time on their assigned days.  These Registration Days are used to: 

  • Make any timetable changes, due to having completed a Summer School course 
  • Take the school photo for the yearbook and student ID (please see digital lifetouch form attached at bottom under resources)
  • Receive their locker assignment: TBD based on ECSD/AHS guidelines
  • Find their classrooms 
  • Purchase bus passes 
  • Pay any fees 

This process helps to better prepare students for the first days of school. 

The dates for Registration Days are:  

We are asking that students try their best to adhere to the schedule below to assist with maintaining social distancing protocols set out by Alberta Health Services.

Grade 12 - Wednesday August 25, 2021 

8:30 am to 10:00 am – Last Name starting with A-D

10:00 am to 11:30 am – Last Name starting with E-L

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Last Name starting with M-R

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm – Last Name starting with S-Z


Grade 10 - Thursday August 26, 2021

8:30 am to 10:00 am – Last Name starting with A-D

10:00 am to 11:30 am – Last Name starting with E-L

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Last Name starting with M-R

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm – Last Name starting with S-Z


Grade 11 - Friday August 27, 2021 

8:30 am to 10:00 am – Last Name starting with A-D

10:00 am to 11:30 am – Last Name starting with E-L

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Last Name starting with M-R

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm – Last Name starting with S-Z

Course schedules will be available on Aug 16th.  If you do not have a course schedule on the day of your registration because you are new to our district, please come to the office and we will print one out for you.  You can also have a parent call the office starting Aug 9th, and we will get their Parent PowerSchool set up so you can view your schedule. Student PowerSchool will not be set up until you begin here.

Report Cards (PowerSchool)

In an effort to safeguard our environment and to promote much more accurate and efficient reporting practices, Archbishop O’Leary will again be endorsing the use of paperless reporting. Please ensure that you access PowerSchool at on a continual basis for real time evaluation and attendance results.

Orientation Day for Grade 10 students – September 1 – 08:15-2:55 

First Day of Classes for all students – September 2 – 08:15-12:00 (Thursday regular half day)

Course Changes

A great deal of time and effort is required of school staff to ensure each and every O’Leary student timetable matches the courses requested. However, depending on your core course and option choices this is not always possible.

Course changes will only be made for the following reasons:

  • Incomplete schedule - missing required courses for high school completion and/or post-secondary
  • registration
  • Course conflict
  • Change in course mark necessitates a change in course stream (i.e. 30-1 to 30-2)
  • Course(s) completed during summer school
  • Course changes will not be considered for reasons other than those listed above
    • Please note that you must have your course changes completed before you go through the registration process (i.e. Pay fees, photos, school ID)

Course changes can be made during the scheduled registration days through the Success Centre. 

Initially we were allowing students to email their coordinators starting Aug 23 for course changes.

Due to the yet to be announced protocols, we will be doing course changes on your child’s registration day in person only.

Only students will be permitted in the building on their assigned day.  If you wish to be included in the course change you may call your child during that time. 

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to call the office at 780-476-6251.

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Like all organizations, we really want to be able to have as ‘regular’ a year as possible and get back to having all students in our school and all activities available for our students.  All of this is beyond our decision-making abilities and in everything that we do, the safety and well-being of all students, staff and our community is paramount. 

We will keep you informed as to what the new school year will look like and the process for start-up.  Please check the school website during the summer and we will provide you with everything, in as timely a manner as possible.

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