From the Desk of the Principal…December 1, 2020


Advent meaning

Welcome to Week 1 of Advent~ Hope

We pray during Advent that we may open our hearts in love and hope as we wait for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. 

ADVENT IN TWO MINUTES: Click below and jump start your Avent! Enjoy!

Calendar/Newsletter Highlights

  • Mark your Calendars Make-up Picture Day December 9, Wednesday
  • APA Board Corner
  • Fundraisers -Barnes & Noble - Bookfair, Sharkey’s, Urbane Cafe
  • Virtus Training
Retake Picture Day is Coming
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Did your student miss picture day
As your teacher to send your student to the camera to have their portrait made.  To place an order, pick up an order envelope in the school office or order online at When ordering online, order from your school's Retake Day gallery with the date above, not the original day, and within two days after Retake Day to receive or order at school. 
Unhappy with your first-day portraits? 
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Return the original photo package with your student and we will gladly re-take their portrait at no charge.  A brief note written on the outside of your order envelope detailing your reason for the re-take request will help us provide a more satisfactory portrait. On picture day, all State and CDC recommended protocols will be followed in including requiring our photographers to wear face coverings, ensuring safe distancing and disinfecting surfaces.  To stay as contactless as possible, please place your portrait orders online. Many backgrounds and portions are available & whether you place your order online or return an envelope to the school, all package options & prices are the same.
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Jingle All the Way Raffle

Thank you all for doing such a tremendous job. We need to order more raffle tickets to keep up with the great sellers.  Families requesting more raffle tickets please call the office.  Tickets will be available this Friday. Keep up the good work. Sell, Sell, Sell!  Thank you all!

The family winner for the November 30th drawing is the POUND Family!  Congratulations! Our next drawing will be on December 7th.

Mass at OLA Church: As you may have experienced during the morning drop-off our parishioners have started to attend Daily Morning Mass in our Maian Plaza weekdays due to the restrictions in place by the State and local health departments upon moving back to the Purple tier.  Students will not be attending the Mass with the community. Thank you for your support of our parish.  


Office Hours: The best times to conduct school business in the office are 8:30 to 2:00 and 3:00 - 3:30.  Please do not come in during dismissal.  We are calling students for pick-up and are unable to give you uninterrupted attention.  

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2020 OLA Church/St. Vincent De Paul St. Nicholas Christmas Project

Are you wondering how to make a struggling family’s Christmas brighter? You can embody the spirit & tradition of St. Nicholas by purchasing gifts and/or gift cards for children.  Sign up to sponsor a family in Ventura who has faced many challenges this year and needs help making Christmas a joyful season for their children.  

  • The staff of St. Vincent de Paul/OLA Church will interview families in need of your help.
  • You will be contacted by St. Vincent de Paul/OLA staff, with paperwork on a matched family and provide one gift per child.
  • By December 18th, you will make arrangements to meet the family in front of OLA Church to give the unwrapped gifts to the parents. 
  • Afterward, please submit family paperwork to St. Vincent de Paul/OLA for recordkeeping. 

Sign up to sponsor a family at 


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APA Board Corner of the Weekly School News Notes!

APA Board meeting notes are now online. 

Thank you to all the families who attended our Movie Night!

We made $1,938.00 at this event.

Holiday Shopping made easy...  Christmas Scrip Order forms were sent home. If you need another call the office and we will send it home with your child.   Also, don't forget the convenience of using  Smile Amazon when ordering to support our school. All you need to do is select Our Lady of the Assumption School in Ventura, CA.

Axxess Books: There’s no printed book, For 2021, instead of printing on 47 tons of paper, now all merchant offers will be exclusively found on our updated website and mobile app! One membership now includes both Santa Barbara and Ventura County Merchants. You’re getting two memberships for the price of one!

Travel Guidelines

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As we head into the holiday season traveling to visit loved ones is high on the list.  Unfortunately our County and Country are experiencing a surge in COVID cases.  For the safety of our families and our school community, I am recommending the following guidelines for travel; Currently, the  CDPH recommends that travel be limited to needed travel only and that individuals who travel monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days after returning from travel, they can return to school/work.  At this time, CDPH  does not require a quarantine unless the travel was to an area with a wide community spread.  Please check the areas’ cases you are planning to travel to in the last 7 days.  If the areas are high-risk areas, a plan to quarantine at home quarantine is required and your child(ren) will be able to Live Stream. As a school, I am asking our community to practice safety as you travel this holiday season.  

During your trip, take steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

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Register for EDC~ Please contact the school for a registration packet.





If your VIRTUS certiffamilies praying togethericate expired or will expire in January 2020 - December 2020, you may recertify by requesting an OPTION #3 certificate, if you have completed all your VIRTUS continuing ed bulletins.  If you are not current on your bulletins or you do not already have a VIRTUS Online account, you may recertify by completing an online class. Contact for more information.