From the Desk of the Principal…April 13,  2022

 

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Mission Statement: Our Lady of the Assumption School Commits itself to provide an education based on catholic values and academic excellence in a caring and safe atmosphere in  partnership with the family and parish  community.



 



We wish you all a blessed Holy Week and a safe Easter break.  

 

The Virtue  for the Month of April 

Justice : Being fair and giving each their due

Clearing Up Misunderstandings:

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The first extreme views justice in merely negative terms - as in punishing criminals who deserve it.  But while Christ comes to judge the earth with lightning in his eyes in one aspect of justice, it would be a mistake to think of justice only as dealing our punishment. Justice is a virtue that is first and foremost a positive thing. We give God his due in the form of love, service, and gratitude as o

ur Creator.  Living justly toward God is to render him these things perfectly. We give our neighbor their due when we respect laws and law enforcement, pay our taxes, and live in our community justly.

The other extreme  is viewing justice as a vague and sentimental desire to help everyone. This is often under the guise of “social justice.” Charity, which inspires compassion, should motivate us to help our neighbor, not justice. To avoid violating natural law in the name of justice, we must first understand what right God actually gave us and not invent rights that do not exist. 

Justice, then respects the rights of others, whether those rights are natural or legal. 

Our students are learning about the virtue of Justice through the example of  the Saints.  The Saints they will be learning from this month are St. Anthology of Padua  for grades Preschool through Second grade, St. Katharine Drexel for grades Three through Five and St. Thomas More for grades Six through Eighth. 

 

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Wednesday in Holy Week

Isaiah 50:4-9. Lord, in your great love, answer me – Psalm 68(69):8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34. Matthew 26:14-25.

Surely not I, Rabbi?

Of all the hauntingly poignant moments in the story of the Passion, this phrase of Judas’ is the most grievous. The opening chord which introduces the Great Betrayal is about to unfold. As the terrifying events of the evening race towards the morrow, the apostles may well have missed this time-bomb, even as they registered Judas stepping out of the Temple police contingent to greet Jesus. It would only have been afterwards, perhaps on the Shabbat that they began to talk. Imagine the dawning horror of realization that it had been one of their own who had sold the Master to a criminal’s death. Yet my heart sits uneasy. Betrayal. Surely not I, Lord? ‘You have said so’, he replied.

Lord have mercy on me, a sinner.



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Contents of Brown Envelope

  • Starry Nights City Lights Online Auction Flier
  • Registration Reminder for those that have not paid
 

Calendar Highlights            

 
  • Wednesday, April 13 Panda Express Fundraiser
  • Thursday, April 14 thru 

Sunday,  April 24           Easter Break

  • Wednesday,  April 27                    First Holy Communion Meeting & Practice

                                                               6pm in the Church                                                       

  • Saturday April 30             Starry Nights City Lights Auction Dinner
  • Friday May 6 May Crowning Mass in the Plaza @9:30 
  • Saturday May 7 First Holy Communion
  • Monday May 9 Whole School Mass/ First Holy Communion Breakfast for 2nd Grade
  • Friday May 13 Noon Dismissal-Deanery Meeting
  • Friday May 20 Best Day Ever & Parents Night Out
  • Monday May 30 No School-Memorial Day
 

Parents - Back to Campus!

We would like to begin to welcome parents back to campus to volunteer. We would like to begin with Lunch Duty.  All volunteers on campus must be up to date with their  Virtus Certification.  If you are interested in volunteering during lunch and you want to check your status please email me at [email protected].  If you are a new parent and would also like to volunteer please email me as well. 

 

We would like to begin April 11th.  Please report to duty no later than 11:50 am to get signed in and pick up a badge.  Lunch is from 12:00 pm to 12:40 pm. 

 

We are happy to welcome you back!



OLA Auction Raffle 4/13/22 Update !gold raffle tickets

 

We’re getting closer to our Auction Raffle goal!  So far, we have raised $24,830!!  However, we are still $5,170 away from our goal of $30K, so keep selling those raffle tickets!  The sale ends at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, April 27th

 

The kids really want a Kona Ice Party AND also want to see Ms. Fussell & Mrs. McReynolds do a hilarious “Principal and Vice-Principal Stunt”, but we must meet our school wide goal of $30,000 for this to happen!

 

EASTER BREAK IS AN AWESOME TIME TO SELL RAFFLE TICKETS!!!

Use the opportunity over Easter Break to sell those Raffle Tickets!  Recipients of the cash prizes (1st - $1,500, 2nd - $1,000, and 3rd - $500) do not have to be present to win, so sell raffle tickets to relatives and friends near and far!!

 

 

FINAL TWINKLE TROLLEY – COMING TO THE CLASSROOMS ON FRIDAY, APRIL 29th!!!!

The last opportunity for the Twinkle Trolley will be Friday 4/29.  

 

If you sell an additional 10 tickets by 3:00pm on last day of the Raffle, Wednesday 4/27, your child(ren) will earn the **Twinkle Trolley** in their classroom in the morning on Friday, April 29th!

 

The Raffle Rally, where we announce top seller prizes for classes and individual students, will also take place on Friday, April 29th in the afternoon.

 

 

Congratulations to the students in these families who have sold 40 or more tickets so far!! These students will get to do an announcement on the loudspeaker (if desired) to the whole school!

Alvarado, Capra, Duddy, Marzahl, McCalister, Minoui, O’Neill, Panza, Root & Wyatt!

 

 

Each classroom that has 100% participation (10 required tickets sold) will earn a “Teacher Stunt”, and the top 3 classes with the highest ticket sales will earn an Ice Cream Party and a Free Dress Day!

 

These are the current counts for each classroom showing how many more students need to sell their 10 tickets to get to 100% participation:

  • TK – 7 more students need to sell 10 tickets each to get to 100% participation!
  • Kindergarten – 6 more students need to sell
  • 1st Grade – 6 more students to go
  • 2nd Grade – only 2 more students need to sell!
  • 3rd Grade – only 1 MORE STUDENT LEFT TO GET TO 100% PARTICIPATION!
  • 4th Grade – 4 students to go!
  • 5th Grade – 6 more students need to sell
  • 6th Grade – only 2 more students to go!
  • 7th Grade – 9 more students need to sell
  • 8th Grade – 6 more students need to sell 10 tickets each to get to 100% participation
 

Remember that if you don’t sell your minimum 10 required raffle tickets, you will be billed $100.  If you turn in your raffle tickets, you could win $1,500!  So, you might as well turn them in!  Please do so on or before Wednesday, April 27th at 3:00pm.

 

 

Opportunity to Sell Raffle Tickets at Mass

There will be an opportunity for the students to sell Raffle Tickets at the Masses on Saturday 4/23 and Sunday 4/24.

 

Here is the Sign-up Genius for selling Raffle Tickets at Mass Saturday 4/23 and Sunday 4/24.   

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0949AFA72AA6FA7-olamass

 

Students must wear their OLA uniform, bring their own supply of tickets, petty cash/change, and pens.

 

This is an essential fundraiser for our school!  Thank you to everyone for your support!  Let’s all keep selling those raffle tickets so we can meet our school wide goal of $30K!!  If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Bamieh at (805) 340-9168 / [email protected] or Amber McCalister at (805) 320-5911 / [email protected]



registration written on a blackboardRe-Registration Reminders are being sent for those families who have not paid.  If you paid half of the registration the balance is due on Friday, May 6th.Please return the form even if you are not returning next year. We have begun testing new students for opening spots.




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Yearbook Pre-orders: 2021-2022 OLA School yearbook pre-orders are due in the school office by April 27th.  



OLA Parish News:

 

ADORATION & PRAYER FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE 

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Mulcahy Center  ~ Monday thru Friday.

Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet & Rosary 

Edge tonight, 6 to 7:30 pm. Junior high youth in grades 6-8 are welcome.  Please contact OLA youth minister, Gabe Rivera, for more information at [email protected] or 805-642-7966 x121.

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APA BOARD CORNER

Starry Nights City Lights 

Auction Dinner

We are looking forward to seeing our guests at the auction dinner. The attire for the evening is Smart Casual. Group tables  have been filled, the rest of the seating will be first come first serve. Join us at 5:30 for cocktails, dinner will be served at 7:00 pm. Stay for dancing, raffle drawing and the tuition drawing. Winner for the tuition must be present at the auction to win. 

Help make our biggest fundraiser a smashing success!

Get ready to bid, bid, bid!

 

The OLA 2022 Starry Nights, City Lights

On-line silent auction is open! 

Click the link, get signed up and be ready to bid!

https://olas.betterworld.org/ auctions/starry-nights-city- lights-ola-20

 

  • This is our biggest fundraising effort of the year. Don’t miss out on some fantastic items and, of course, the ever-popular Principal, Secretary and Librarian for a day.

 

  • The online auction will run until Saturday, April 30th at 6:30pm.  Items open for bidding on the online auction site will only be available on the online auction site.

 

  • Be sure to enable text notifications so you know if you’ve been outbid!

 

  • New items will be added throughout the auction bidding window so remember to bookmark the site and check back routinely.
 

Thank you for supporting OLA! 

Questions, please contact Erin Canavan at [email protected] or

Jen Colliti at [email protected]

 

Starry Nights City Lights ~ Volunteers Need!

Our OLA Annual Auction Dinner is approaching, and we have a fun night planned including cocktails, a silent & live auction featuring classroom projects, dinner and dancing.  

As with any school event, volunteers are essential, and we need your help;! Just a few hours of your time can help make this event a smashing success. Volunteer hours (up to 5) can be banked and applied for the next school year when parent hour requirements return.  Get a head start for next year! It’s also a great way to have fun and meet new parents. 

Helpers are need for the following: 

  • Day of Set Up
  • Live Auction Helpers
  • Check In Table
  • Drink Ticket Sales
  • Bank & Check Out Table
  • Clean Up

Choose your shift using Sign-Up Genius at 

www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f49afac2ea64-starry1

Or  Contact Jen Colitti at [email protected]

 

UPDATE:The next APA meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 6:30pm.  If you are interested in attending or joining the board please contact Jen Colitti at [email protected] .

 

covid test kitTesting ~We are able to offer a Rapid Antigen Test to our school community.  These tests are available through the PCR testing company - Covid Testing Appointments, LLC.   These tests needed to be taken on campus along with the PCR test.

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.”  Most results are in 24-48 hours.  

The testing packets are available in the office.  Our lab pick up days will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays by noon. 

We have at home tests from the Ventura County Emergency Services - Medical Services Agency. These tests are able to be sent home with our students. These tests are self-tests at home with results in 15 min. - iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test.  Please contact Gina Ravenscroft at [email protected] or Jennifer Colitti  at [email protected].  You are also welcome to come into the office and pick up tests for your family. 


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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.

 

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




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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 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!

 

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

Mornings

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 12:00 pm or after 12:50pm. 




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VIRTUS TRAINING: 

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. 

Protecting God’s Children training is the  3 hr sessions ( For first time Certification) :

  • May 21, 2022 from 1 pm - 4 pm  (TBA) 

Keeping the Promise Alive these are hour and ½ session ( Re-certification) : 

  • May 2, 2022 from 6 pm - 7:30 pm : Location-  Santa Cruz Room

Fingerprinting Date and Location:

  • April 26, 2022 

St Paschal Baylon 155 E. Janss  Rd. (Hall Room 1) 

155 E. Janss Rd. 

Thousand Oaks

 

For appointment register on-line at 

www.stpaschal.org/safeguard

 

clipart kids with stars above their headsStudent Learning Expectations (SLE’S)

 

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

SHOW AND LIVE THEIR FAITH 

THINK CRITICALLY AND WORK COOPERATIVELY

ACTIVELY MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

RESPECT OURSELVES AND OTHERS

STUDY AND LEARN