From the Desk of the Principal…September 29, 2021


the three archangles

Feast of the Archangels

The Archangels St. Gabriel, St. Michael, and St. Raphael share a feast day on September 29th. These are the only three angels mentioned by name in Sacred Scripture.

St. Gabriel means “Power of God." He is the messenger or heralds angel most famous for appearing to the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Annunciation (Luke 1:11-38).

St. Michael means “Who is like God?" He is the warrior angel, the famous foe of Satan, who is the champion of God’s people and guardian and protector of the Church (Rev. 12:7-9).

St. Raphael means “God has healed." He is a companion and healing angel, most famous for curing a man's blindness and for traveling with Tobiah in the book of Tobit (Tob. 12).


Calendar/Newsletter Highlights

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Contents of Brown Envelope

  • Family Income Survey
  • Family Directory


  • Updated COVID Guidelines for K-12 Schools
  • Cross Country-  Meet Results
  • Blessing of the Animals
    • After -School Pick up
  • COVID - Test Site
  • Virtus Training

Updated COVID  FAQ’s and Student Health Decision Tree for K-12 Schools

I have updated our website to include the latest FAQ update regarding the adoption of a 7-day quarantine option. The major changes are to #8 and #10 which describe the end of modified and standard quarantine. In effect, both modified and standard quarantine can end after seven days if a laboratory-based antigen or PCR (PCR Preferred) is collected on Day 5 or later from the last date of exposure and tests negative.

Reporting Absenceskids on an absence poster

Please go onto our website to report absences.  Use the button located on the homepage of the website.  The website generates a form which is given to the teacher daily.  Thank you.

hireing sign

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

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School 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. 


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Cross country

Elementary Cross Country Team Race Results:

Our OLA  Dolphins were amazing!  We had over 60% of the elementary girls and over 80% of the elementary boys decrease their mile run times and run a personal best! OLA’s elementary girls’ team took Third place in group B and the Fifth place overall! OLA’s elementary boy’s team took FIRST place in group B and FIRST place overall!

Our top three elementary girl runners were:

  • Emma Parkhill ( Gr. 5) came in 5th place overall out of 144 girls with a run time of 7:14 (that’s 42 seconds faster than last week!)
  • Melina Branca (Gr. 5) who came in 19th place overall with a run time of 7:51 (35 seconds faster than last week!)
  • Lily DeBoer (Gr.4) came in 27th place overall with a run time of 8:09 (18 seconds faster than last week!)

Our top three elementary boy runners were: 

  • Taylor Kaiser (Gr. 5) who came in 3rd place overall out of 116 boys with a run time of 6:01 (that’s 20 seconds faster than last week!)
  • Evan Abbott (Gr. 4) came in 7th overall with a run time of 6:17(27 seconds faster than last week!)
  • Jack Baker (Gr. 4) who came in 8th place overall with a run time of 6:21 (13 seconds faster than last week!)

Middle School Cross Country Team Race Results:

Our Middle School OLA Dolphins had a great day!  Father Leon came out to give the runners a blessing and cheer them on. After running a 3k race,  our OLA middle school girls team took 5th place overall and our boys took 7th place overall!

Our top three middle school girl runners all ran with faster times this week.

They were: 

  •  Madeline Abbott (Gr. 7) with a run time of 13:42:97 (9th place from 110 runners)
  • Hannah Von Gunten (Gr.7) with a run time of 16:24.77 (13th place)
  • Catherine Galbraith-Albutt (Gr. 7) with a run time of 16:24.77 ( 1 minute and 29 seconds faster than last week!)

Our top three middle school boy runners were: 

  • Daniel Garfias (Gr. 7) with a run time of 12:18.69 (9th place out of 144 runners)
  • Andrew Burns (Gr. 7) with a run time of 13:42.29
  • Omar Gallegos (Gr. 7) 14:20.55 (30 seconds faster than last week!)

Super Job OLA!

The next Middle School Cross Country race is this Friday, October 1st at Rio Vista Middle School in Oxnard.

Blessing of the Animals

St. Francis blessing the animalsSunday, October 3, 2021

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Location:  Infront of the Church

YOU’RE INVITED to TRUNK or TREAT on Saturday, October 30th following the 4:30 pm Mass in the parish parking lot. Families car with halloween treats in the trunkare invited to participate in a car decorating and costume contest.  We’ll also be kicking off EDGE Middle School Ministry at this event. Details to follow. Contact Youth Minister, Gabriel Rivera, to sign up and enter your vehicle, or call 895-642-7966, x121.

APA Board Corner: volunteers

The first restaurant fundraiser of the year is TONIGHT Wednesday, Sept 29th from 11 am-10 pm at Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill in Ventura. Please present the flyer with purchase. Hope to see you all there!

save the date calendarSAVE THE DATE: 2021 OLA Fall Harvest Picnic and Cornhole Tournament fundraiser on Saturday, November 6th. More details to come!  

Our Lady of the Assumption School is in need of parent volunteers to serve in the roles of Room Parent for grades 3, 5, and 8. Please contact Room Parent Coordinators Amber McCalister or Ashley Alderman, if you are interested. 

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


Date: September 29, 2021 • Time: 11am - 10pm

wood ranch cowboyTASTY 



Wood Ranch will donate 10% of proceeds to Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School when you present this flyer for dine-in or take-out. 

Wood Ranch Ventura 

Pacific View Mall 

3449 E. Main Street 

Ventura, CA 93003



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AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.

The difference is that when you shop at the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price to our school.

Please choose Our Lady of the Assumption School - Ventura. Thank you! 


FAQs about Amazon Smile: 


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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 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 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 pick-up days will be on Wednesdays to start. 

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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Office Hours: The best times to conduct school business in the office are 9:00-3:00.  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. kids playing

VIRTUS TRAINING: families together

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 with starsStudent Learning Expectations (SLE’S)

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