From the Desk of the Principal…April 27,  2021


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This is the final week to participate in OLA School's "Spring is in the Air" online auction, which ends on Friday, April 30th at 9:00 p.m. (PST). Don't wait too long or you may miss out on the opportunity to support the school by bidding on our fantastic items procured by our Auction team.  If there's something you really can't live without, select the "Buy Me Now" button.  Family fun trips out of town, wine tasting and of course, the classroom projects...there's something for everyone.  

This is the APA's biggest fundraiser of the year.  Covid-19 has presented so many challenges for fundraising and we need every OLA family to participate if you are able.  Our goal is to raise $30,000 and we are more than 1/2 way there!  We will get there if you bid yourself AND share the link with family and friends.  Folks not local to Ventura can easily support our great school by making a donation towards our Fund-a-Need efforts, with funds earmarked for Technology's a direct link:  BiddingOwl - Our Lady of the Assumption School Ventura, Ca Auction.  There are 3 levels, ranging from $50-$500.

Please be as generous as possible.  Thank you very much and God bless.


Kerry L. Murphy

OLA School APA President

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Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 28th at 3:00 pm is the LAST DAY to turn in your raffle tickets to be eligible for the Raffle Prizes (1st - $1,500; 2nd - $1,000; 3rd - $500) and the “Tuition Voucher” raffle for full or half tuition for the 2021-22 school year.


We have currently raised $27,810!!  However, we are still $2190 away from our goal of $30,000, so sell as many raffle tickets as you can TONIGHT and turn them in TOMORROW!!!  If we meet our school-wide goal, all of the students at the whole school will earn a Kona Ice Party and Ms. Fussell & Mrs. McReynolds will do a hilarious Principal & Vice-Principal stunt that the students will get to choose!


Congratulations to the students in these families who have sold 50 or more tickets so far!! These students will earn a catered In-n-Out lunch delivered to school on a date to be announced soon!

Alvarado, Bamieh, Duddy, Felts, Hayashi, McCalister, Minoui, Montgomery & Panza


This is an essential fundraiser for our school!  Thank you to everyone for your support!  Please turn in as many Raffle Tickets as you can by tomorrow, Wednesday, April 28th by the 3:00 pm deadline, so we can meet our school-wide goal of $30K!!


If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Bamieh at (805) 340-9168 / or Amber McCalister at (805) 320-5911 /



Calendar/Newsletter Highlights

Contents of Brown Envelope

  • Raffle Reminder Notifications 


    • APA Board Corner  - APA Board Position Openings 
    • May Crowning Court
    • Yearbook
    • After -School Pick up
  • School Calendar is live on the school website for School Year 2021-2022
  • Amazon Smile 
  • Virtus Training


Upcoming Fundraiser   ~  Social Tap May 12, 2021

APA Board Position Openings ~

We are coming up to the end of the school year and the Assumption Parent Association (APA) has openings for the 2021-2022 academic year.  We welcome all parents to participate in our meetings and hope you will consider serving as a Board member.  

The openings include:

Vice President:  This position assists the President and in the absence of the President, shall perform the duties of the President

Secretary:  This position maintains a written record of all APA activities, including preparing the Minutes from our monthly meetings.

Room Parent Coordinator:  This is a two-person position and we have one position filled.  This position coordinates the activities of the 9 Room Parents related to the classroom and school activities of each grade (i.e., Christmas Party, Valentine's Party, Auction Classroom Project and Karma Day, etc.)

The other APA Board positions include President, Treasurer, Hospitality Coordinator, Room Parent Coordinator (2 positions), and "Shadow" position.

A Shadow position allows a parent to determine compatibility and ability to succeed the incumbent in their current position in the coming or future academic year.  These positions do not have voting rights.  It provides an insight into the work of the Board and allows you to determine if you are able to play an active role as an officer. 

Please contact Kerry Murphy, APA President, at 805/637-3277 (cell) or by email at if you are interested in learning more about the positions and the valuable role the APA plays in raising much-needed funds for OLA School each year.  We welcome fresh faces with new ideas on how we can support the school next year and beyond.  Thank you very much.

May CrowningMay Crowning Court

We are so excited to announce our May Court for 2020-2021

This years court ~

Queen:  Kirra Crane Head Usher:   Kiet Nguyen

Court:   Layla Intenzo Court:         Nicolas Baloyo

                Izzy Padilla         James Jaramillo


Yearbook:  Orders for this year’s yearbook must be turned in by this Friday, April 30th.  Please understand that we will not be ordering a lot of extra yearbooks so make sure to get your order and money in by this Friday.

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After School Pick Up

Parents & Driver ~   Thank you all for doing your part in helping with the after-school pickup line.  We will continue to try and get the students out as quickly as possible.  For after-school pickup please try to arrive closer to dismissal time which begins at 2:30.   I  am hopeful this will alleviate the backup and the concerns our neighbors are experiencing. Thank you for your support and cooperation.  

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Amazon Smile: 

New items have been added to the list.  We will try to keep the list current.  Thank you for your continued support

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Just a friendly reminder to please wear your mask during student screening in the morning, walking in and dropping off students, and anytime you are on campus.  We appreciate your help in keeping everyone safe.  

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Please note this year CEF will not be sending out the pre-filled forms. All families need to complete the forms this year if they are planning to seek funding from CEF.  Please note all appointments will be via Zoom.  

This year our school is participating in the virtual processing of CEF applications. Please know you may still pick up applications in the school office and they are available to download on the school website.   The Zoom Virtual Application Processing for our school is on May 13, 2021.  

In order to continue to work towards streamlining the CEF Application process and in an attempt to ease some of the burdens of the process for our School partners, CEF will be implementing an Online Appointment system for the Cycle 3 Process. Through this process, it is our hope that this online appointment system will make it easier on our partner schools not just in terms of the initial sign-up of appointments but also save them time via email & text reminders for parents.


Below is a walk-through of how parents can set up their appointments with CEF via our new Online System.

  • At the CEF Home page, on the top menu bar hover over the CONTACT US link and a drop-down menu will appear, SELECT "TAP Appointments"
  • SELECT “CLICK HERE” on the "TAP Appointments" webpage (Make sure to turn off any “Pop-up Blockers”)
  • SELECT “Next” on the Welcome Screen
  • Choose a Location where your students will be attending (ELEMENTARY SCHOOL) and SELECT “Next"
  • Choose a Time to meet with CEF Representatives and SELECT “Next”
  • Enter in your information to reserve your appointment (Make sure to enter your Cell and Email in order to get text and email reminders) and SELECT “Save”
  • Please fill out the Digital Application before your Appointment, DO NOT fill out a paper application if you will be submitting it through Zoom. Once you join the Zoom Meeting the CEF representative will provide you with an email address where you will email your completed application.

A reminder for parents attending the virtual application processing via Zoom: Any parents that miss the virtual application process can turn their applications in thru the school.

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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.  

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!

Here is the website:

kids playingRegister for EDC~ Please contact the school for a registration packet.

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Archdiocese of Los Angeles  

Office of Safeguard the Children  

VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children and  

Keeping the Promise Alive Zoom Sessions  

The Office of Safeguard the Children is proud to sponsor a series of VIRTUS® Protecting God’s  Children Zoom Sessions during February – June 2021. These sessions are for Clergy, staff, and essential volunteers. Those whose current VIRTUS® certificate has expired and needs to take  Keeping the Promise Alive or are new to their position and have never taken the Protecting  God’s Children training. If you want to register for a session, please check the date you wish to attend and fill out the information below. You must also sign the “Adults Only” Agreement and return both forms to Brenda Cabrera at Once Brenda receives your request, then she will email a confirmation with your Zoom session details.  Note: Sessions are limited to 30 participants and are on a first-come basis.  

Protecting God’s Children Sessions (All sessions are from 6 pm – 9 pm)

Keeping the Promise Alive Recertification Sessions (All sessions are from 7 pm – 8:30 pm)