ASH WEDNESDAY – Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of forty days of Lent. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence for Catholics ages 18 to 59, and Fridays in Lent are days of abstaining from meat for Catholics age 14 and older. Many of us also give up sweets and goodies during Lent. Grades 6, 7 and 8 will go to mass as usual at 8 AM, where they will also receive ashes. Grades K – 5 will have a school paraliturgy tomorrow at 9:30 AM, featuring readings and distribution of ashes. Grade 3 will lead us and parents are always welcome to join us. All classes will be doing special activities and prayers during the Lenten season, including Stations of the Cross each Friday. As we journey through the season of Lent, we focus on prayer and good works. What is your family doing for Lent? Friday 5:15 PM mass, followed by Lenten Soup Suppers are ways to enrich our Lenten experience. Our Middle School will also present Living Stations of the Cross on Monday, April 8 at 1:00 PM.
READ-A-THON RECAP: Thanks to all our students for your great participation in the Read-A-Thon! Our students read for 15,731 minutes and we raised $2,877.40! Congratulations! Top class and the raffle drawing winners will be announced this Friday at flag salute!
REREGISTRATION COMMITMENT FORMS FOR THE 2019 - 2020 SCHOOL YEAR WENT HOME LAST WEEK TO FAMILIES WHO ARE CURRENT WITH TUITION PAYMENTS. WE REQUEST COMPLETED FORM AND DEPOSIT BACK BY MONDAY, MARCH 18. (Two payment option available.)
The 2019 Dinner Auction Raffle is March 30! All school families recently received 20 raffle tickets to sell in support of our school and our "Bon Voyage" Auction fundraiser. Please read the paperwork that is included with the raffle tickets for important information about the Tuition raffle for school families and the Prize Baskets for student sellers.
The Tuition Raffle for families is the same as in years past. However, the Prize Baskets are a change from what has been done in the past. Students will no longer be receiving gift cards or small toys for selling raffle tickets…instead they will earn tickets that they can put into raffle baskets for chances to win those prizes. We will bring the baskets around to the classrooms as we are collecting tickets and let the children have a look at what is included in the baskets. Some highlights are a Disneyland Basket and a Video Gaming Basket. We hope these prizes will motivate students to sell tickets and earn additional chances to win! If your family needs them, additional raffle tickets are available in the office. In weeks to come, we will be notifying you in the newsletter about opportunities to sell tickets after Mass at Friendship Sunday as well as more information about prize winning opportunities for the students! We are looking forward to a successful raffle this year and can only have that happen with every family's help! Thank you in advance!
SIGN UP NOW TO ATTEND DINNER AUCTION: Invitations were sent home recently for our annual Dinner Auction, to take place on Saturday, March 30 at the Ventura Beach Marriott. This annual parent event is a major fundraiser for our school, and will be an evening of fine dining, live music, dancing and bidding on amazing auction items. NOTE: The Captain’s Table is SOLD OUT.
Mandatory Auction Donation Reminder – At the beginning of the school year, the APA Board sent home a summary of planned fundraising activities for the 2018 - 2019 year. As you know, our annual dinner auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year. We depend on EVERY school family fulfilling their minimum (and mandatory) obligations of selling at least 10 raffle tickets AND donating at least $25 to purchase gift cards. Kindly drop off your donations to Mrs. Ravenscroft in the office, as we are recording as families fulfill their obligation. And of course, we hope to see you at our “Bon Voyage” Dinner Auction event on March 30.
LENTEN SOUP SUPPERS – As part of our Lenten journey, our parish offers a LENTEN SOUP SUPPER each Friday during the Lenten season. All the ministries in the parish are asked to sponsor one of the Fridays, and I’m pleased to announce that OLA School will be sponsoring the Soup Supper on Friday, April 5. We will need many helpers to accomplish this: Setup team (Mulcahy Center), Shopping & Prep of 2 non-meat soups, Serving, Support, Cleanup. Ms. Fussell has asked our 8th graders to assist with serving. This is a great way to add some Parent Hours! Please contact Pat Groff if you would like to help us in any way.
DINNER AUCTION PHOTOS – On Thursday, March 14, all students will have Non-Uniform Dress and are asked to wear a WHITE SHIRT OR TOP. Photos will be taken that day for the Dinner Auction table favors. All students will be photographed.
SEE’S CANDY ORDER forms are coming home today. This is a special Easter candy fundraiser sponsored by our 8th graders to help them with their graduation costs. This is an OPTIONAL fundraiser but our eighth graders do appreciate your support.
SCHOOL UNIFORM NOTE: For students in K-8, all clothing worn at school must be uniform. Non-uniform jackets, raincoats and other apparel are not allowed. Our office sells crewneck sweatshirts year-round, as well as PE clothes. If you wish to order some warmer clothing, there are links on our school website to Dennis Uniform (sweatshirts, quarter-zips, sweaters) and Proforma (two styles of jackets, including a hooded rain jacket). Both uniform companies have links on our website.
Tuition Discount for Referring A Friend! The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has launched a Parent Referral Program. You and the referral will receive $100 off tuition for each referral that results in a new enrollment at a Catholic School. There is also a drawing for an iPad for referrals. Check out their website at www.CatholicEd.com/Refer.
PARISH SUPPORT REMINDER – Did you donate at least $520 to OLA Parish in 2018? This is a reminder that this minimum donation is required to continue to qualify for the parish tuition rate in 2019-2020. The parish recently mailed out donation letters for taxes for 2018. The amount they have recorded is what our office will use to determine if your family is eligible for the parish discount tuition rate for next year.
APPLY NOW FOR FINANCIAL AID FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR: The 2019 - 2020 Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) application form must be completed and returned by any family requesting financial aid from our school. CEF forms may be picked up now in our school office, and must be filled out completely, with income verification attached. ALL FAMILIES CURRENTLY RECEIVING FINANCIAL AID OR APPLYING FOR NEXT YEAR MUST DO THIS STEP. All applicants go online to secure an appointment to meet with a CEF representative THIS Thursday, March 7 on the St. Bonaventure High School campus. At that time, your application will be reviewed and the required documents checked. Questions? Check with our office.
SPORTS NEWS: Our boys and girls basketball teams continue their game schedule. Rainouts have been rescheduled and the website calendar reflects the changes. Scheduled games can be found on our website (Athletic Calendar tab) and there is also a copy of the schedules on the office bulletin board. GO DOLPHINS!
Box Tops for Education Collection - Please send in your clipped Box Tops next Tuesday, March 12. 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!