From the Desk of the Principal…December 15, 2020


From the Desk of the Principal…December 15, 2021 

three advent candles lit

Week 3 Joy ~

As I re-juggled my “to do” list of Christmas preparations, my thoughts bounced around the changes that have come and how Christmas will be somewhat different this year — good changes, challenging changes, hard changes — the interesting mosaic of life. It’s different for all of us, yet we all share in that changing landscape of life. Sometimes finding joy in the changes is easy. Other times it's very challenging.

As I pondered the changes in my life, and in our world, I thought about Christmas and the birth of Baby Jesus. Sometimes that manger scene seems so irrelevant and so far removed from day-to-day life. Yet an old verse in the Bible brought freshness to my soul this week as I pondered how the Baby Jesus impacts my life today. It truly gives new cause for joy — to stop and listen again.

“For unto us a child is born …and He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6-7).

Any need you have in life and in the changing landscape of your mosaic can be answered by Jesus. If you need wisdom or strength, he will be your Counselor. If you need a mountain to move, he is your Mighty God. If you need comfort, forgiveness and gentle healing, he is your everlasting Father; and if your heart is anxious and troubled, he will be Peace to you. Jesus is our rock and our hope — our cause for joy!

Let your heart pause with thankfulness as you prepare for Christmas. Look at the manger scene with the fresh wonder of all he is to you. Let joy seep into the changes of your life. No need or change that you face will not be met by him. He is so much more than just a baby! Invite him into your changes! Let joy fill your soul.~Gail Rogers


Here is a suggested prayer to increase your joy:

Heavenly Father, fill my heart with the fresh wonder of what that first Christmas means for me today. Thank you that today or in the future, any need I have can be encompassed by you, Jesus. Let joy flood into my soul as I lean on you to be my Wonderful Counselor, my Mighty God, my Everlasting Father, and my Prince of Peace! Help me to look with expectation to what you will do in my life and fill me with your joy! In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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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 theirs 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


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  • Read-A-Thon


Dr Seuss charactersDr. Seuss Read-A-Thon

Thank you for participating in our Read A Thon. Together the students read a total of 34,517 minutes and raised $4,811.95 in pledges! Way to go!! 

Congratulations to our raffle winners. Omar Gallegos, 7th grade who won an OLA beanie, $30 Barnes and Noble gift card and a non uniform dress day and Reese Thelan, 7th grade who won an OLA beanie, $20 Barnes and Noble gift card and a non uniform dress day. We also want to congratulate the 1st grade class for bringing in the most pledges and the 4th grade class for bringing in the next highest amount.  1st grade will receive a pizza party and 4th grade will receive an ice cream party. Teachers will notify parents of the date when we return from break.

We would like to thank Proforma for donating the OLA beanies and Pizza Man Dan for the upcoming pizza donation.


volunteer signs


OLA Spring Dinner Auction update-The annual dinner auction date has been rescheduled to Saturday April 30th, 2022 at the Poinsettia Pavilion from 5:30pm-10:30pm. Watch for more information early in 2022. 

meeting items pencils, pens, ipads

The next APA meeting will take place on campus on Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 at 6:30pm If you are interested in attending or joining the board please contact Jen Colitti at  

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Student Council Sponsored Events for December:

Thank you for all the wonderful donations that will provide the two families our school sponsored from St. Vincent DePaul with a blessed holiday. 

kids with kid sicknesses


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.



happy birthday 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.

amazon heart in shopping basketAmazonSmile 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: 





many different people wearing masksMasks 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.

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

  test tube and swab   

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.  

office hours

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:


 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. 

Classes on Campus will possibly resume in January 2022. 


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) 

Student Learning Expectations (SLE’S)

stick kids holding starsOLA Students aim for the S.T.A.R.S: