From the Desk of the Principal…December 2, 2021

single candle for week 1 of advent Hope

The Advent season is a beautiful reminder to prepare our hearts as we prepare our homes — to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus! At the start of this week, we light the first of the four candles in the Advent wreath: the candle of Hope.

Is your heart filled with hope? Do you have a confident expectation of tomorrow? What happens when the road ahead is filled with loss and stress weighs your shoulders down? When confident expectations for tomorrow dwindle, what can you do? How can you walk in hope when you feel hopeless inside?

In one word, the answer to confident expectation is “JESUS" — the Jesus of Christmas.

Hope in Jesus comes from more than just a belief that he was once a baby in a manger. This hope in him has been called “an anchor for the soul.” It is something deep within that secures you through the storms of life. - Gail Rogers

 


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The Virtue  for the Month of December is Generosity: Giving without counting the cost. 

Generosity inspires gratitude, and gratitude inspires generosity. God is generous to us and our generosity, as St. Paul tells us, gives proof of our gratitude toward God (2Cor. 9:11) At its highest level generosity leads to self-giving. The remedy of avarice is the virtue of generosity, the quality of those who are willing to sacrifice something that is theirs for the benefit of others. An act of generosity implies losing, since it consists in giving something that is mine to another who needs it. For this reason, generosity is directly linked to sacrifice. A generous person is willing to sacrifice for the sake of thers something that he has, something that belongs to him. At its highest level, generosity leads to self-giving. This gives the virtue of generosity a tone of superior sacredness to many other virtues.   


Our students are learning the virtue of generosity through the Saints.  The Saints they will be learning from this month are St. Nicholas for grades Preschool through Second grade, St. Mary Magdalene for grades three through five and St. Maximilian Kolbe for grades six through eighth. 




Calendar/Newsletter Highlights

calendar

Contents of Brown Envelope

  • Barnes and Noble Book Fair bookmark
  • Urbane Cafe Flyer

Activities/Events

  • Read-A-Thon
  • Barnes and Noble Book Fair   
  • Urbane Cafe Fundraiser

 

Dr Seuss characters

Dr. Seuss Read-A-Thon

Every class participated in a Dr. Seuss themed Bulletin Board &/or Door Decorating Contest. Congratulations 8th grade! The teacher and Aide received a special gift basket and bragging rights! 

This is the last week of the Read-A-Thon! Thank you to everyone for participating. Pledge sheets, reading logs and collected pledges can be turned in now through next Thursday December 9th. 

Important Dates:

    • Thursday, December 2nd – Lorax Day! Kids will have a tree growing lesson and if you have ordered a tree kit they will be sent home today. 
  • Friday December 3rd - Last day of the Read-A-Thon! Barnes and Noble Book Fair kicks off tonight!

 

  • Thursday, December 9th – Deadline to turn-in your pledge sheet, reading log and money to school. You are welcome to turn in your pledge sheets at any time!

 

  • Friday, December 10th - Every child that participates earns a free dress on Friday, December 10th.

 

  • Friday, December 10th - We will have the raffle drawing and prize announcements.

open book with the words "book fair" in center

 Barnes and Noble Book Fair is this Friday December 3rd. Come in between 3:30pm and 8:00pm to enter the raffle to win 1 of 3 gift cards. Show your bookmark with every purchase and Barnes and Noble will donate a portion of the sales back to the school. Don’t forget to purchase Barnes & Noble gift cards ahead of time from the school office to spend during the event. 



volunteer signs

APA BOARD CORNER

Urbane Cafe is “Raising Dough” for our school! Bring the attached flyer with your order to Urbane Cafe Friday December 3rd between 4pm and 9pm and they will donate 20% of sales back to our school. Want to participate “virtually”? Order online or with their app and use promocode “fundraiser” at checkout. 

papers, pens, and pencils

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 jengirlc@gmail.com  

square art logo

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 with clipart kids

Student Council Sponsored Events for December:


The Student Council will be encouraging our students to support two local families in need. The families have children ranging from 3-18 years of age and were assigned to us by St. Vincent DePaul. There are 11 children between the two families. Student council will work with our teachers and students to collect much needed items to provide them with a blessed holiday! 


Members of our student council will be helping with the Barnes and Noble Book Fair. Stop by and see them in action. 



Reporting Absenceskids with  childhood sickness

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.

 

shopping cart with heart inside

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


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


people with masks on

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.  

front office



 



Office Hours: The best times to conduct school business in the office are 

8:30 am - 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. 

 

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VIRTUS TRAINING: 

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 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