From the Desk of the Principal…September 15, 2021

Holy Mary Our Lady of Sorrows

Feast of the  Our Lady of Sorrows

Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa - Mother of Sorrows) became widespread in the Church around the 14th century. It was revealed to St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373) that devotion to Our Lady's Seven Sorrows would bring great graces. Mary, in a unique way, willingly suffered alongside her Divine Son as he gave his life to save the world, and she felt the bitterness of his passion as only a mother can. This devotion is especially remembered during September, the Month of Our Lady of Sorrows, and during the season of Lent. The Seven Sorrows of Mary are the Prophecy of Simeon, the Flight into Egypt, the Loss of Jesus for Three Days, the Carrying of the Cross, the Crucifixion of Jesus, Jesus Being Taken Down from the Cross, and Jesus Laid in the Tomb. The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa) is on September 15th.

calendarCalendar/Newsletter Highlights

Contents of Brown Envelope

  • Picture Order Forms
  • Grade Link Passwords


  • Picture Day Form
  • School Pictures Sept. 24th
  • APA Board Corner
  • Cross Country
  • After -School Pick up
  • COVID - Test Site
  • Amazon Smile 
  • Virtus Training

Noon Dismissal with a clockFriday is a noon Dismissal Day! Teacher Deanery Meeting. 

Flag FootballFlag Football is Back at OLA!

It's officially that time! I am excited to let you all know that we have been given clearance for sports this school year and we will be joining a new organization. We will be joining the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) for all sports. This organization will provide a more robust season schedule and a playoff format that teams must qualify for. We will be a member of the "Ventura Conference" and compete primarily against the teams we are most familiar with located in the County. However, the expanded playoffs will have us match up with teams in LA County and provide our students with an experience they may have at the high school level.  Please be on the lookout for the paperwork to follow.

Job Opportunities:

We are in need of Substitute Teachers. We need teachers for all grade levels TK - 8th.  Requirements for job applicants need to have a bachelor's degree completed by the CBEST. Send resume to

An Inter-State Studio Affiliate 


Our Lady of the Assumption School  

Friday, September 24, 2021 

Lasting Memories looks forward to photographing your student soon!  

Tips for a Great Picture Day! 

So the focus is on your child’s beautiful face, select clothing that fits your child’s personality and they are comfortable in. Solid colors are less distracting than busy patterns, stripes, or logos. Keep accessories simple, have a haircut a couple of weeks before picture day, and select a style that stays out of their face. 

Let your kids know to relax and our photographers will work to do their best to get their most natural, happy expressions!

Ordering school pictures is easy and convenient: 

  1. Order with school provided envelope that will be distributed to students 2. Order online (see instructions below) 

Our Photographers will be following all CDC guidelines:  

Masking Sanitizing Social Distancing

Order Online:  

Find your school by school name and  date and click View Gallery 

*Or return an order envelope to the school  on Picture Day 

Please feel free to contact  us at (916) 259-1356 or  

Smile and see you on picture day!

School FormsSchool Forms:

We are still missing important school forms that were sent in the first back to school Brown Envelope.  Please send completed forms to the school office.  Thank you. 

Cross countrykids running cross country

First Cross Country Meet

OLA Elementary and Middle School Cross Country Teams have their first meets this week!  The elementary cross country meet is Wednesday, September 15th at Junipero Serra Park and Junipero Serra Elementary School located at 8880 Halifax Street in Ventura. The middle school cross country meet is this Friday, September 17th at De Anza School located at 2060 Cameron Street in Ventura.  Both meets run from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.  Parents, family and friends are encouraged to come out and cheer on our OLA Cross Country runners!


APA Board Corner: 

Save the date: The first restaurant fundraiser of the year will be on Wednesday, Sept 29th from 11 am-9 pm at Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill in Ventura.

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.  

The next APA meeting will take place on campus on Tuesday, October 12, at 6:30 pm.  If you are interested in attending or joining the board please contact Jen Colitti at


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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.


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COVID Test Site

We are partnering with COVID Testing Appointments, LLC to offer 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 which 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.  


The testing packets are available in the office.  Our lab picks up days will be on Wednesdays to start. 

kids after school

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 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 2:40 pm.   Thank you for your support and cooperation.  

amazon smile logo in shopping basket with heartAmazon Smile: 

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


office hours

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 jumping

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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: 

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 carrying stars above their headsStudent Learning Expectations (SLE’S)

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