From the Desk of the Principal…November 10, 2021

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Dear Lord, Today we honor our veterans, worthy men and women who gave their best when they were called upon to serve and protect their country. We pray that you will bless them for their unselfish service in the continual struggle to preserve our freedoms, our safety, and our country's heritage, for all of us.


The Virtue  for the Month of November is Stewardship - Returning to God the 1st fruits of your time, talent, & treasure.  As a school we will explore the Pillars of Stewardship - Hospitality, Prayer, Formation, and Service. 

Last week our focus was on Hospitality. Let's turn our attention to prayer. Padre Pio wrote “ Prayer is the oxygen of the soul”. Prayer is as necessary to our souls as food is to our bodies. Prayer and the sacraments predispose  a soul to receive God’s abundant graces, which are necessary to grow in holiness, relationship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We simply cannot grow spiritually without a consistent and persistent effort to pray; the Chistian life is simply not sustainable without it. 

Each grade will focus on a Saint that demonstrates these pillars.  The Saint for PK-2nd Grade is St. Elizabeth of Hungary. The Saint for 3rd-5th grade is Bl Fra Angelico.  The Saint for Middle School 6th - 8th Grade is St. Giuseppe Moscoti.


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Calendar/Newsletter Highlights

Contents of Brown Envelope

  • Read-A-Thon Packet
  • The Habit Restaurant Flyer
  • Barnes and Noble Save the Date
  • Square 1 Art Flyer


  • Restaurant Fundraiser - Hamburger Habit
  • No School Thursday Nov. 11th-Veterans Day
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Picture Retake Day 
  • Read-A-Thon
  • Barnes and Noble Book Fair

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Picture Retake Day-Wednesday November 17th, 2021.       

Dr. Seuse Characters

Dr. Seuss Read-A-Thon

The read-a-thon kicks off on Monday, November 15th. Students should start to read and log minutes beginning on Monday. They can also start to collect their pledges. Reading packets are included in today's brown envelope.

Every class will participate in a Dr. Seuss themed Bulletin Board &/or Door Decorating Contest next week. Judging will take place on Monday, November 19th.  The winning class gets an extra recess! The teacher and Aide gets a special prize and bragging rights! 

Week 1: Daily Activities from November 15th - 19th

Monday, November 15th

There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!

Wocket Search (Each classroom will have a few wockets hidden) point it out to your

Teacher for a prize.

Tuesday, November 16th

Cat in the Hat!

Choose your favorite hat and wear it to school with your uniform.

 Wednesday, November 17th

All Aboard the Circus McGurkus!

Your teacher picks! A game of Dr. Seuss bingo, a craft…join your classroom circus for some fun.

 Thursday, November 18th 

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Wear your favorite high-school, college or destination shirt with your uniform.

Friday, November 19th

If I Ran the Zoo?

Bring a stuffed animal to school.


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School Sports

Please return washed sports jerseys to the office.  Thank you. 

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Barnes and Noble Book Fair is coming in December. Save the date-Friday December 3, 2021. In person event will include a raffle. More info to come home next week. 


Square Art

Thank you for participating in the Square 1 Art fundraiser! If you missed out on ordering, or would like to order more unique keepsakes from this year or years past, you can order year round! Go to, enter your child’s art access code (or use the online Art Search to find your child’s art), and make up your order. Upload additional art any time using online Art upload, and order. Our school benefits from every keepsake ordered!

Friendly reminder: Your keepsakes ordered during the fundraiser will arrive around December 3rd. 

Student Council Sponsored Events for November: 

  • Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive November 15-18.  We are asking for canned vegetables.   We are the Food Baskets Ministry from our parish.  Thank you
  • The Student Council has created a “Tree of Thanks”.  This is to encourage students to take time to reflect on what they are thankful for and memorialize their “Thanks” on a special leaf to be hung on the tree. 

Post Pandemic Remembrance Walk

Saturday November 13th, 6-8pm


Location:  St. Bonaventure Track Field behind Our Lady of the Assumption Parish

update on a yellow sticky with a red pinOur website had been updated to include the latest FAQ’s as of November 2nd,  update regarding FAQ - Question #17 Does an antigen test require confirmation with a PCR test? CDPH has updated guidance and no longer requires an antigen test to be confirmed with a PCR. Repeat antigen testing and/or confirmatory PCR testing should be considered in individuals who receive a negative result with an antigen test but have symptoms specific for COVID-19 (such as loss of taste and smell). 

kids faces in a line with different sicknessesReporting Absences

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.



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What a fantastic 2021 Fall Picnic and Cornhole tournament! 

It was wonderful to be together again as a school community.  Thank you to all the families who participated in the Cornhole Tournament, the Fall Picnic day and selling raffle tickets. We raised over $11,000.00 from the event and raffle!  This is only possible through your support-thank you, thank you, thank you!  

A special thank you to all the families who volunteered and to the BBQ crew: The Hatler Family, The Granieri Family, The McCalister Family and The Padilla Family. We would also like to thank the parish for the use of the BBQ pit  and, of course, Deacon Phil for his time and experience. We would like to thank St. Bonaventure students for volunteering at our event. ~ Thank you Mr. Palomares. 

Additionally, we would like to thank all the donors who helped fund this picnic:

Ruby’s Fresh Mexican food in Camarillo and the Hurtado Family for all the BBQ food items, Tifa Gelato in Camarillo, Nothing Bundt Cakes in Ventura, You Grow Girl 805 for the fall succulent arrangements, McGrath Great Pumpkin Patch, The De Luxe Balloon Company, Alsco Linens, the Figueroa family and the Root family.

And thank you to the OLA Student Council for making the welcome and appreciation signs for the event. 

The OLA Fall Harvest Picnic Raffle winners:

  • The Kuske Family (3rd place-$100)
  • The Makuch/Voelker Family (2nd place-$250)
  • The McCalister Family (1st place-$500)


Cornhole Tournament Winners:

  • Team (Hatler/McCalister)- 3rd place prize to Mighty Axe in Thousand Oaks
  • Team (Simpson)- 2nd place prize for Valentino’s pizza party
  • Team (Minoui)- 1st place prize with Island Packers family trip


A Big Thanks to Santa Paula Cornhole for running the tournament!


Congratulations to all the winners!

The top raffle sellers per class earn a relaxed dress day on Friday, November 12th. Winners have been notified.

Habit Hamberger logo

Our next restaurant fundraiser is The Habit! We all love The Habit!  Order take-out or dine-in on November 17th from 4-8pm and 20% of all sales go back to OLA. Please show the flyer (printed or on your phone) when ordering.





Date: September 29, 2021 • Time: 11am - 1

happy birthday sign

The digital marquee birthday flyer is available in the office.  Enjoy announcing your child's next birthday on the OLA marquee! Announcement cost is $10.

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The next APA meeting will take place on campus on Tuesday, December 7th at 6:30pm.  If you are interested in attending or joining the board please contact Jen Colitti at  

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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 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.  

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Office Hours: The best times to conduct school business in the office are 8:30am - 2:15pm  and 3:00pm-3:30pm except during Thursday early dismissal (8:30am-1:45pm).  Please do not come in during dismissal. We are calling students for pick-up and are unable to give you uninterrupted attention.  The office is closed for lunch from 12:00pm-12:50pm, if your child needs to leave early from school please pick them up before 12:00pm or after 12:50pm. 

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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: 

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 6pm – 7:30 pm) 

kids holding different color stars above thier headsStudent Learning Expectations (SLE’S)

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