From the Desk of the Principal…September 1, 2021

A “Back to School Night Blessing”

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Heavenly Father, 

Enable us to teach with WISDOM for we help to shape the mind.

Equip us to teach with TRUTH for we help to shape the conscience.

Encourage us to teach with VISION for we help to shape the future. 

Empower us to teach with LOVE for we help to shape the world. 

Lord, I ask a special blessing for each of these families as we gather here to raise these precious children that you have bestowed upon us. I ask that you help us to guide and mold these children in your image as we prepare them to grow in your great plan for them. May each of us take seriously the task of learning prayers, attending Mass, and modeling for our children the importance of faith in our lives.


Lord, I ask that our journey together this year be blessed with love, trust, and patience.


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Back to School Night:  Our Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 1st.  We will hold it in the Mulcahy Center from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.  This is a night for parents to meet teachers and learn about the curriculum and expectations.  If possible please leave the children at home.  

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Masks on Campus: 

Please remember to wear masks when you enter our campus. We are doing so to protect our vulnerable populations that are not vaccinated. Thank you for your cooperation and support.

Calendar/Newsletter Highlights

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  • Back to School Night - September 1.
  • APA Board Corner
  • Cross Country
  • New Transitional Kindergarten Program
  • Scholastic Book Fair - Volunteers Needed
  • After -School Pick up
  • COVID - Test Site
  • Amazon Smile 
  • Virtus Training


APA Board Corner:

Did you enjoy your Spring Auction items this summer?  We would love to have pictures of you and your families enjoying your Auction items!  Please send a photo to and we will share it on News Notes and OLA Instagram. 

Do you have a child with an upcoming birthday? Sign up to have your child's birthday displayed on the OLA Digital Marquee. The announcement will be displayed for the week of the birthday. The cost is $10 and the flyer will be available in the office.  

Our Lady of the Assumption School grades TK-8 is looking for parent volunteers to serve in the roles of Lead Room Parent and Co-Room Parent (flyer attached).  Please contact Room Parent Coordinators Amber McCalister or Ashley Alderman, if you are interested.  The Room Parent positions in Grades K, 1, 4, and 7 have been filled.  We are still in need of Lead & Co Room Parents in the following grades: TK, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8.  We will also have sign-up sheets posted in the classrooms at Back to School Night.


The next APA meeting will take place on campus on Tuesday, September 14th at 6:30 pm.  If you are interested in attending or joining the board please contact Jen Colitti at


Room Parents Wanted!

  • Our Lady of the Assumption School grades TK-8 are looking

for parent volunteers to serve in the roles of:

Lead Room Parent and Co-Room Parent

  • This is a great opportunity to not only provide an invaluable

service to the school, but it is also a fun way to get to know

your child’s teacher, the APA Board members, and the other

parents in your child’s class!

  • Your primary responsibilities are:
  • Be the main source of communication between your child’s

teacher and the parents in your class

  • Coordinate the Classroom Auction Project
  • Organize the Classroom Parties and Karma Day booth
  • Assist during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
  • Please consider signing up for this very important job!

We need your help! New parent volunteers are welcome!

(We will train you! )



Please contact the Room Parent Coordinators:


Amber McCalister (805) 320-5911 / or

Ashley Alderman (805) 612-9881 /

Please return

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Cross Country

The OLA Cross Country elementary and middle school teams are starting up practices Mondays and Wednesdays after school from 3:00- 4:15 pm.  The season runs from August to late October.  It’s not too late to join and anyone in Grades 4-8 can participate.  If your student is interested, please contact Jim Montgomery at 805-368-6999 or  

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Scholastic Book Fair Sept. 7 through Sept. 10: Volunteers needed to help set-up, break-down, cashiers, and overall help running the book fair.  Please contact Kathy Smithson at

cartoon TK kids holding handsWe are excited to offer this year a TK program.  Our Transitional Kindergarten is a Catholic, standards-based, Pre-Kindergarten program. It is grounded in a philosophy of discovery and learning through engagement, play, and social interaction. Learning is enriched through reading, games, interactive and dramatic play, music, are, physical activity, and prayer. 

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COVID Test Site

We are partnering with COVID Testing Appointments, LLC to offer a no-cost COVID -19 Test to our school community and its families.   Their mission is to “Provide No Cost COVID Testing and Services to the masses assisting schools, business, and our communities.”  They provide Rapid Antigen and Rapid

Antibody testing allows you to test in the privacy of your home to determine results.  The Rapid Antibody Test helps you determine if you've had COVID-19.  It is important to note that their laboratory is certified by the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services. This is referred to as CLIA. This is important because CLIA establishes quality standards to ensure the accuracy, reliability, and timeliness of the test results regardless of where the test is performed.  Most results are in 24-48 hours. 

I have enclosed the flyers in the Brown Envelope to help you register if you so wish. The testing packets are available in the office.  Our lab pick-up days will be on Wednesdays to start. 

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Parents & Driver ~ Thank you for your patience as we begin the year with our Morning Drop off and Pick up procedures. Please continue to be respectful of our neighbors.  Thank you all for doing your part in helping with the after-school pick-up 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 2:40 pm.   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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Office Hours: The best times to conduct school business in the office are 9:30-3:00.  Please do not come in during dismissal.  We are calling students for pick-up and are unable to give you uninterrupted attention.  


Register for EDC~ Please contact the school for a registration packet.after school care program held up by kids

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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.  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.  

OLA Church is offering in-person training for both Keeping the Promise Alive and Protecting God’s Children. These sessions will be led by Dea Boheme.  Please call Dea at 805. 390 .1260  to reserve a spot.

 Here are the dates: 

SEPT.  6th  Protecting God’s Children 

SEPT.  8th Keeping the Promise Alive  

OCT.  11th  Protecting God’s Children 

NOV.  8th  Protecting God’s Children  

NOV.  10th  Keeping the Promise Alive


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

Keeping the Promise Alive Recertification Sessions (All sessions are from 6 pm – 7:30 pm) 



kids holding StarsStudent Learning Expectations (SLE’S)



OLA Students aim for the S.T.A.R.S: