From the Desk of the Principal…November 17, 2021

grateful with fall leaves and pumpkin

 


"When you sit down to eat, pray. When you eat bread, do so thanking Him for being so generous to you. If you drink wine, be mindful of Him who has given it to you for your pleasure and as a relief in sickness. When you dress, thank Him for His kindness in providing you with clothes. When you look at the sky and the beauty of the stars, throw yourself at God’s feet and adore Him who in His wisdom has arranged things in this way. Similarly, when the sun goes down and when it rises, when you are asleep or awake, give thanks to God, who created and arranged all things for your benefit, to have you know, love and praise their Creator."

St. Basil the Great



We are so very thankful for you choosing OLA as your school and community to educate your children.  We are honored to be a part of your educational and spiritual journey. We wish you all a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving with family and friends. 


Blessings OLA Teachers & Staff~


stewardship  components on a cross

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.




Calendar/Newsletter Highlights

 

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Contents of Brown Envelope

  • Shop for Christmas Gift Card Flyer

Activities/Events

  • Restaurant Fundraiser - Hamburger Habit-Today 
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Read-A-Thon
  • Barnes and Noble Book Fair     
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences this week-Noon Dismissal Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
 
Dr Seuss characters
 
 

Dr. Seuss Read-A-Thon

The read-a-thon kicked 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 went home last week in the brown envelope.

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

 

 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.

Thanksgiving break is next week. Students can use this family time to collect pledges. They should also continue to read and log their minutes over the break, too.

After the break it will be our last week of the Read-A-Thon. We have so many fun activities planned for the week.

Daily Activities from November 29th – December 3rd 

Monday, November 29th 

If I Ran the Circus

Drop Everything & Read (DEAR)

Random announcements by your Teacher!

Tuesday, November 30th  

Fox in Socks

Wear wacky socks with your uniform.

Wednesday, December 1st  

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Wear a Red or Blue shirt with your uniform.

Thursday, December 2nd  

The Lorax

Your classroom will grow a tree. If you ordered a tree kit they will be sent home today.

Friday, December 3rd 

Last day of Read-A-Thon! Barnes & Noble Book Fair kicks off tonight!

 

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 Sports

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

 book open with barnes & noble bookfair

Barnes and Noble Book Fair is coming in December. Save the date-Friday December 3, 2021. In person event will include a raffle. Don’t forget to purchase Barnes & Noble gift cards ahead of time from the school office to spend during the event.  

holiday travel

Travel Guidance Recommendations from the CDC:

 Before You Travel

Make sure to plan ahead:

  • Make sure you understand and follow all state, local, and territorial travel restrictions, including mask wearing, proof of vaccination, testing, or quarantine requirements.
  • For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the state or territorial and local health department’s website where you are, along your route, and where you are going.
  • If traveling by air, check if your airline requires any testing, vaccination, or other documents.
Prepare to be flexible during your trip as restrictions and policies may change during your travel.
 
After Travel:
 

You might have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You might feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still be infected and spread the virus to others. People who are not fully vaccinated are more likely to get COVID-19 and spread it to others. For this reason, CDC recommends taking the following precautions after returning from travel.

ALL Travelers

   RECOMMENDED

  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested
  •  if you develop symptoms.

If you are NOT fully vaccinated

   RECOMMENDED

Self-quarantine and get tested after travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after returning from travel.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

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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 square1art.com/shop, 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 words above kids

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. 

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Reporting 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.

 

 

APA BOARD CORNER

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Our next restaurant fundraiser is The Habit! We all love The Habit!  Order take-out or dine-in  today 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.

 

the habit burger grill logo

Board meeting sign with computer, coffee, & pencilThe 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 jengirlc@gmail.com  




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

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


amazon logo with red heart in shopping basket

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 https://smile.amazon.com 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: 

https://smile.amazoncom/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_se_dshb_aas


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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 - 12:00 

Lunch-Closed (12:00-12:50)

12:50 - 2:15pm 

 After Dismissal hours:

  3:00pm-3:30pm 

 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. 




VIRTUS TRAINING: 

adult hand and child hand overlappingArchdiocese 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 bmelendez@la-archdiocese.org. 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. 

Classes on Campus will possibly resume in January 2022. 

ALL SESSIONS WILL BE HELD IN THE SANTA CRUZ ROOM. ALL SESSIONS BEGIN AT 6 PM. 

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 stars above their headsStudent Learning Expectations (SLE’S)

OLA Students aim for the S.T.A.R.S: 

SHOW AND LIVE THEIR FAITH 

THINK CRITICALLY AND WORK COOPERATIVELY

ACTIVELY MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

RESPECT OURSELVES AND OTHERS

STUDY AND LEARN