HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!
BACK IN SCHOOL – We are all grateful to be back in school after the devastating fires, power outages, terrible air quality and emotional trauma that hit our area in December.
We hoped and tried to return to school in December, to help the children recapture the excitement, peace and joy of the season, but it was not to be. The decision to close is not one we take lightly, and as you know, we struggled to do the right thing. So we had an unplanned extension to our Christmas break, even if the first days did not feel at all joyful. We hope that all of you were able to relax and spend time with family.
Thank you to all who reached out to those who lost homes, were evacuated, and are still suffering emotionally in the wake of the fires. All of us have many friends and acquaintances who did lose homes, but miraculously, NO OLA school families’ or staff’s homes were lost. We thank God for that, and continue to reach out to anyone still in need. Again, if you are aware of anyone who needs housing or financial assistance, Fr. Leon has resources to assist.
Many parents have asked us about whether the school year will be extended. At this point, the plan is to stay with the original calendar, with school ending on June 8. Many people have family plans already made for June. The teachers feel confident that grade level standards will still be covered successfully. As you know, the tuition that parents pay is contracted for the whole school year, and we promise that a complete year of education will be delivered. We respect and honor your investment in your child’s education.
OLA SCHOOL’S JINGLE BELL WALK-A-THON – has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 30, during Catholic Schools Week. This is a fun activity and fundraiser for preschool through eighth graders. Students set lap goals based on age and development. We hope to raise up to $15,000 for our school. We hope that each family will participate to the best of its ability. Pledge sheets went out in December and we encourage each student to get pledges and turn in the money by Friday, January 26 to receive a non-uniform dress day (TBA). If each student raises $50, we will achieve our goal!
February 7 will be the FINAL day to turn in pledge money to be eligible for class and individual prizes. Lost your pledge sheet in the shuffle of December??? A fresh pledge sheet is coming home today!
Parent helpers are needed on the day of the Walkathon. If interested, please contact Deena Huckestein: 951-751-1037
WALKATHON T-SHIRT – Yesterday all students who pre-ordered a walkathon t-shirt received one. The winning design gracing the shirt was done by Maisie Hatler, Grade 5. Congratulation, Maisie! Students who have this t-shirt may wear them ANY PE DAY for the rest of the school year! There are still t-shirts available for purchase in the school office for $8.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL FOR KIDS – The show will go on!! “A Christmas Carol For Kids”, OLA’s Christmas Play, has been rescheduled for Friday, January 19 in the church, with one show at 6:30 PM. The show is directed by our Music Teacher, Mrs. Cheryl Kewley. All grades from K through 5 will sing and fifth graders have the lead roles. Our Preschoolers will sing songs prior to the start of the play. Mrs. Kewley will finish rehearsing during the next week. We are very pleased that the children will still have a Christmas show…it’s a great tradition!
MOVIE NIGHT!! Our rescheduled movie night is coming up on Saturday, FEB. 3! For those of you that were not able to attend the originally scheduled night in November, now is your opportunity to purchase tickets and pre-pay for food orders (reminder Tri-Tip is only available as a pre-paid option..no night of purchase). There are still a few spots available for the front VIP section. Tickets and Pre-Pay Food Orders will be taken until Monday, January 29. Please see the office for forms. Also, if you are able to volunteer to help with movie night please sign-up in office or contact Jill Capra (805-256-5455 or email@example.com). A variety of shifts are available as this is a great way to get those parent hours! We are looking forward to a fun night! More information to come regarding timing and other event updates.
CYBER SAFETY – With new technology gifts from Santa, it’s a good time to remember that cyber safety is so important. In today’s envelope, we are sending home 10 TIPS for Parents, part of the excellent presentation in November by Erik Nasarenko from the District Attorney’s Office.
PARKING LOT DISMISSAL REMINDERS:
- When the weather calls for it, we will use “rainy day” dismissal after school. Students remain in their classrooms until their name is called. The entire kindergarten class comes over to the main building for dismissal. Siblings are gathered together to wait. The parent line and student walker line are near the office.
- It’s the new year…do you still have your visor tag? These are so helpful to us when we are trying to quickly identify your car and get your child’s name called. On rainy days the bright yellow tags are even more important for visibility. Do you need an additional visor tag for another one of your vehicles? Stop by our office – we would be glad to provide you an additional tag.
- Students who have written permission to walk after school are required to check out each day before leaving. Students who leave without checking out will forfeit the privilege of walking, and will be required to have an adult check them out.
NEW STUDENT APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2018 – 2019 SCHOOL YEAR – Please invite any friends who are considering our school, and suggest that they go online and apply for admission soon. Some grades will have a waiting list for next year. NOTE: If you have a sibling whom you wish to attend OLA, YOU MUST APPLY NOW! This especially applies to Kindergarten. All applicants for 2018 – 2019 are encouraged to attend our annual Open House on Thursday, February 1 at 6:30 PM.
SCIENCE FAIR HELP WANTED – The STEM/Science Fair (for students in grades 6-8) is coming soon and this makes for a great opportunity to earn Parent Hours…. whether your child is in middle school or younger. We are in need of volunteer judges and WE WANT YOU! No experience or special training required! The Science Fair will be on Thursday, February 1 from 9 AM until 2:30 PM. We can use help for all or part of the day. Please let the office know if you are interested or email Mrs. Schiemann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WALK FOR LIFE – Please join in the Walk for Life on Monday January 22nd. The walk begins at 3:30 PM in order to accommodate students so that they can participate. On this anniversary of Roe v. Wade we walk, pray and make a public statement to end abortion. The peaceful and prayerful walk begins at the Ventura Gov. Center and goes to Planned Parenthood at 5400 Ralston, about 3 miles. Please bring “Defend Life” signs. All families are invited to be part of this annual Walk for Life. For more info please go to: email@example.com
SPORTS NEWS: Basketball seasons are getting under way. Practices begin this week. The rescheduled Fall Sports Banquet will be next Tuesday, January 16 at 6 PM in Mulcahy Center.
Box Tops for Education Collection – Please send in your clipped Box Tops next Tuesday, Jan. 16th. All your student has to do is: (1) TRIM excess packaging, (2) CHECK that the product code and expiration date are legible, (3) ATTACH the Box Tops on the enclosed Collection Sheet…glue or clear tape only, please! (No staples.) Every Collection Sheet turned in equals ONE entry in a drawing for $10 in Scrip Cards. Bring two or more sheets and increase your chances to win! Thanks for supporting our awesome school by saving your Box Tops!
SCRIP NEWS –Use the convenience of our office to purchase gift cards for restaurants, Starbuck’s, Von’s, Smart & Final, fast foods and more. Our school earns money for every sale of scrip. Scrip is available during office hours Mon- Fri. Remember that every $200 purchase of scrip = 1 parent hour.