From the Desk of the Principal…December 15, 2020

 

Joy third week of Advent

Welcome to Week 3 of Advent~Joy

The third week of Advent is known as Gaudette Sunday. On Sunday we lit the third candle, the rose candle.  Rose vestments were worn to emphasize our joy that Christmas is near~  "Rejoice: the Lord is nigh." As Christmas draws near, the Church emphasizes the joy which should be in our hearts over all that the birth of our Savior means for us.

Lord Jesus

Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do and seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day, We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us. We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom. We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence. We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you, we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”

Amen.



Calendar/Newsletter Highlights


  • Academic Awards Ceremony First Trimester
  • APA Board Corner
  • Virtus Training
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This Friday, December 18th will be a Noon Dismissal. All students may wear Red and Green Christmas Free Dress.



proud students

Congratulations to all our students.  We are so very proud of the hard work everyone has put forth this trimester.  We wish to acknowledge  the following students in the different areas of achievement:



Academic Excellence

Grade 4: Giuliana Meter, Piper Lange, Ethan Montgomery, Emily Starna


Grade 5: Evan Barker, Maxton Janis, Chelsea McCalister


Grade 6: Reese Thelen, Madeline Abbott, Catherine Galbraith-Albutt, Austin Brennan, Daniel Garfias, Kaemon Hayashi, Gavin Scarlett, Lucie Intenzo, Hannah Von Gunten, Matt McReynolds, Steven Montgomery


Grade 7: Julia Archibeque, Sam Bamieh, Collin Barker, Joey Colitti, Ryland Felts, Noah Girardot, Natalie Jones, Cooper Masterson, Siena Meter, Santino Molfetta, Luke Sassen,  Noah Sloan


Grade 8: Autumn Adaya, Luke Alatorre, Isabella Brito, Kirra Crane, Maisie Hatler, Layla Intenzo, Hailey McCalister, Kiet Nguyen, Isabella Padilla, Caroline Von Gunten


Academic Accomplishments

Grade 4: Blake Fischer, Brookelyn Roelling, Adam Starna


Grade 5: Henry Bamieh, Jaxon Repult, Zoe Benton, Isabella Minoui, Shane Sivas, Brenna Caron, Savina Cejoco, 


Grade 6: Hawkens Darrah, Jackson Tauber, Sophia Aquino, Addie Cantrall


Grade 8: Matthew Devericks, Lana Lopez



proud students

Christian Witness Awards


Kindergarten: James Corral, Morgan Scarlett


Grade 1: Asher Adaya, Abigail Hanson


Grade 2: Jamie Cerezo, Dresden Pound, Lauren Devericks


Grade 3: Dominick Branca, Deven Garcia, Sophia Spicer


Grade 4: Aurora Del Cid, Adriana DeVillers, Madeline Padilla


Grade 5: Zoe Benton, Shane Sivas


Grade 6: Sophia Aquino, Gavin Scarlett


Grade 7: Jack Cunningham, Lainey Lajoie


Grade 8:  Isabella Padilla, Kiet Nguyen


IXLIXL


Top Performing IXL  in the School: 

Maxton Janis


Kindergarten: Clayton Wyatt, Penelope Burns, Bradley Cerezo

Grade 1: Zane Jones, Peyton Root, Ethan Watkins

Grade 2: Ariel Janis, Cade Stiffler, Shea Benton

Grade 3: Ariana Minoui, Andrew Starna, Jose Hurtado

Grade 4:Adam Starna, Emily Starna, Adriana DeVillers

Grade 5: Maxton Janis, Isabella Minoui, Emelia Capra

Grade 6:Catherine Galbraith-Albutt, Siena Granieri, Miller Glasgow

Grade 7: Odin Harvey, Ashley Valdivieso, Collin Barker

Grade 8: Kirra Crane, Maisie Hatler, Jayden Dewees





Thank you to all who participated in the Sharky’s and Urbane Cafe fundraiser. We earned $225.00 from Sharky’s and $265.00 from Urbane Cafe. 




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Jingle All the Way Raffle

Thank you all for doing such a tremendous job. We still need ticket sales from 50 families. Please remember this is one of our required fundraisers. Remember all tickets and money are due no later than Dec. 17th by the end of school. Remember that this is a required fundraiser and all families are required to sell their 20 tickets. We have more tickets in the office if you want more. Sell! Sell! Sell!    

Thank you all!


The family winner for the December 14th drawing is the  Figueroa Family! Congratulations! 


The Cash Prize drawing will be on December 17th. 


Office Hours: The best times to conduct school business in the office are 8:30 to 12:00, 12:40 to 2:15, 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 

www. olaventura.com



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! cellphone axxes book ad



christmas tree on carTravel Guidelines

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:



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



families gathering

VIRTUS TRAINING: 


If your VIRTUS certificate 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 OLASafeguard@ola-vta.org for more information.