From the Desk of the Principal ... February 11, 2020



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Valentine’s Relaxed Dress Thursday!  Please wear Valentine’s colors - red, white, pink, and purple.


OLA Front Gate: Please remember to make sure the gate closes behind you. If you are entering or exiting the gate is to be closed at all times. Thank you for keeping us safe.


Box Tops for Education - Congratulations to Matthew McReynolds, Grade 5...winner of the December Box Tops Collection Drawing, who received a $10 Scrip Gift Card to Barnes and Noble! The next Clip Collection and Drawing will take place on Friday, February 21 after the Flag Salute. Thank you for supporting OLA School through the Box Tops for Education program!


Valentine Grams- Student Council will be selling Valentine Grams beginning Tuesday, February 11th. Students can buy grams for $2.00 in their classroom that morning.  Grams will be delivered in the afternoon on Tuesday, February 11th. Parents may order grams in the Mulcahy Center for your child before and after school on Tuesday, February 11th.  The student council will be selling Valentine Grams on Wednesday, February 12th before school in Mulcahy Center, While supplies last.


Auction Help Needed! - Our OLA Auction is fast approaching and we need your help! There are lots of opportunities to help out, both big and small, and we need as many hands as we can get.  The auction is a great chance to get involved, have fun, meet other parents, and even earn parent hours! Much of the work needs to be done in the days leading up to the auction and some of it can even be done from home, so you can help and still have a great time partying at the auction itself! 


There is a meeting tonight Tuesday evening, starting at 6:00 PM in the teacher’s lounge. Everyone is encouraged to attend…we would love to have so many people that we need to move it into a classroom! Please consider attending and playing a small part in making our auction a huge success for our school.  Hope to see you there! 

Pray the Rosary at OLA -  Saturday, February 22nd at 12:00 pm in front of the  Chruch. In honor of the Feast Days of Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto, who witnessed three apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Please be on time. We will begin promptly @ noon.  Bring a chair if you wish. We will have a few available. For more information please contact Chris Coulter - (661) 810-8251

Faith Corner:
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Fr. Augustus Tolton

Augustine Tolton was born into slavery in Missouri in 1854, escaped to freedom as a child during the chaos of the Civil War, and later became the first African-American priest in the Roman Catholic Church.

This week, he took the first step toward becoming the church’s first African-American saint.

Pope Francis put Father Tolton on the path to sainthood Wednesday when he issued a decree “declaring the heroic virtues” of the priest, who was the only American on the list, which contained the names of eight candidates for sainthood.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said Wednesday that Father Tolton was the first Catholic priest “publicly known to be black” when he was ordained in 1886.

Bishop Joseph Perry of the Archdiocese of Chicago called Father Tolton “a bright light in a difficult period of this nation’s history.”

Prayer: O God, we give you thanks for your servant and priest, Father Augustus Tolton, who labored among us in times of contradiction, times that were both beautiful and paradoxical. His ministry helped lay the foundation for a truly Catholic gathering in faith in our time. We stand in the shadow of his ministry. May his life continue to inspire us and imbue us with that confidence and hope that will forge a new evangelization for the Church we love.

Father in Heaven, Father Tolton’s suffering service sheds light upon our sorrows; we see them through the prism of your Son’s passion and death. If it be Your Will, O God, glorify your servant, Father Tolton, by granting the favor I now request through his intercession (mention your request) so that all may know the goodness of this priest whose memory looms large in the Church he loved.

Complete what you have begun in us that we might work for the fulfillment of your kingdom. Not to us the glory, but glory to you O God, through Jesus Christ, your Son, and our Lord; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you are our God, living and reigning forever and ever.


Protecting God’s children is the initial VIRTUS training session required for adults who come into contact with children in their ministries.  The program covers the requirements for an effective prevention program. The training is good for four years. We ask that all school volunteers take the training.  For questions, call Dea Boehme at (805) 390-1260.  It is also recommended that parent volunteers be Livescanned for the school.


Virtus-Protecting God’s Children ( 3 hr. class)

  • February 13th Hurley Hall

Virtus - Keeping the Promise Alive - Recertification 

  • March 4th - Santa Cruz Room


  • Saturday, April 25th Fingerprinting 10 am - Santa Cruz Room

Contents of Envelope:

News Notes

Wood Ranch Flyer

OLA Auction Sponsor Flyer

OLA Auction Volunteer Flyer

Box Tops Flyer


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