From the Desk of the Principal…May 4,  2022

school logo  cross over waveMission 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.





ventura coast line at nightStarry Nights City Lights 


The Starry Nights City Lights Auction Dinner Dance was a great success. We are in the process of closing out all of the bids and expenses. Watch for a grand total next week in the newsletter.


Thank you to our Sponsors…Ventura Rentals, John & Doris Capra, The Nguyen Family, Travis & Gracelyn Root, The Ianne Family, Saint Bonaventure High School, 

Paul and Jill Capra, Jason Archibeque - Seacliff Homes, Franklin & Vizzo Plumbing, Shelley Seguine Solutions Accounting & Bookkeeping Services and John McNally - Re/Max.


Thank you to all the families, donors and  volunteers who supported the Auction and Raffle.   Your dedication and hard work makes our school a special place.  I am so very proud to be a part of this  community. 





Mother Mary & Jesus as a childThe Marian Month of May - A Reflection

The month of May is beginning. Our Lord wants us to make good use of this opportunity to increase in his love through dealing with his Mother.  Let’s try each day to show her, through little things, little attention, that we, her children, love her, that our holiness and apostolate and becoming something real,  that we are making a constant effort to contribute to the salvation which Christ has brought to the world.” ~ St. Josemaria Escriva


During the month of May, bring your family together to call on the powerful intercession of the Blessed Mother.  Whether you pray a Hail, Mary or a decade of the Rosary, or even a chaplet, find ways this month to spend some time honoring our mother, Mary, the Mother of God.

 

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The Virtue  for the Month of May

Zeal: Being driven by an intense love for God

Vincent de Paul once stated, “If  love of God is a fire, zeal is its flame; if love is a sun, zeal is its ray.” Such an image invokes the idea of a love that burns with compassion for one’s neighbor and motivates us to serve.  Vincent saw zeal as a spreading fire that attracts others to its light.  Robbery Maloney, C.M., writes, “ A love that is on fire will seek to communicate itself to others.  It will seek to draw others into the same wonderful mission that it is carrying out.”  For Vincent, the virtue of zeal also meant hard work and commitment to furthering the principles and shared values of the community.

Our students are learning about the virtue of Zeal through the example of  the Saints.  The Saints they will be learning from this month are St. Paula  for grades Preschool through Second grade, St. Dominic for grades Three through Five and St. Francis Xavier  for grades Six through Eighth. 


 

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Wednesday in the 3rd Week of Eastertide 

Acts 8:1-8. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy – Psalm 65(66):1-7. John 6:35-40.


No-one who comes to me will ever hunger


The Nobel Peace Prize for 2020 was awarded to the World Food Program, highlighting the link between war and conflict and food insecurity and hunger. In 2021, there were famines in Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan and the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Afghanistan, under the Taliban, is facing poverty and shortages of food and medical supplies.


The pandemic has caused global hunger to skyrocket, highlighting the extreme inequality that exists between and within countries. WFP head, David Beasley, said that if billionaires donated just 0.34 per cent of their pandemic earnings, the organization could respond to those in greatest need.

Newspapers have reported the return of the long business lunch. Meals and wine costing thousands of dollars are enjoyed over many hours. Meanwhile, across the city, numerous families struggle to put food on the table. The contrasts are stark. What can I do?




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Contents of Brown Envelope

     If you missed the Auction Flier

    Progress Reports

Calendar Highlights            


                                              

  • Friday May 6 May Crowning Mass in the Church @9:30 
  • Saturday May 7 First Holy Communion @ 10 AM

Monday May 9 Whole School Mass @ 8 AM

 Monday May 9 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
 
 
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Parents - Back to Campus!

We have begun welcoming 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. 

 

 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 Parish News:


ADORATION & PRAYER FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE 

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the OLA Church  ~ Monday thru Friday.

Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet & Rosary 


edge catholic middle school youth ministryEdge 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.


volunteer signsAPA BOARD CORNER

OLA Auction Raffle Results!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the OLA Auction Raffle this year!!  It was a “Starry” success and we are so thankful for such wonderful and supportive families who want the best for our school!!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE WINNERS!

 

The winners of the cash prizes from the drawing on Saturday night were:

  •     Grand Prize ($1,500) – The Maple Family
  •         2nd Prize ($1,000) – Brandon Brennan
  •         3rd Prize ($500) – Jenny Giammanco

 

The winners of the Tuition Voucher drawing on Saturday night were:

  •     1st Prize (Full 2022-23 Tuition) – The Buehner Family
  •       2nd Prize (Half 2022-23 Tuition) – The Archibeque Family

 

 

Students who sold 50 or more raffle tickets & will earn In-n-Out on Friday 5/20 are: 


Lucah Alvarado, Sam & Henry Bamieh, Alessandra Capra, Ailish Dayton, Charles & John Duddy, Gracelyn Giammanco, Jose Hurtado, Kai Marzahl, Chelsea McCalister, Siena & Giuliana Meter, Sky, Ellie & Tobin Miller, Steven, Ethan & Natalie Montgomery, Felix O’Neill, Mia Panza, Ryan & Peyton Root, and Charlotte Villa!!  More information will be coming home soon.

 

 100% Class Participation (everyone in the class sold at least 10 raffle tickets) - These classes will earn a teacher stunt that they get to vote on!  The teachers will be performing their silly teacher stunts on Wednesday, June 1st!

  •     TK
  •     Kindergarten
  •     1st Grade
  •     2nd Grade
  •     3rd Grade
  •     6th Grade
  •     8th Grade

 

And we had an ANGEL SPONSOR who donated so that EVERY CLASS could get to 100% participation!!  Thank you to the Dayton Family!!!!  Due to this generous donation, the following classes also earned a Teacher Stunt!


  •     4th Grade, 5th Grade, and 7th Grade

 

Top 3 Classes (highest sales on a per desk average) – These classes will earn an Ice Cream Party & Free Dress Day on Wednesday, June 1st!

  • 1st Place - 6th Grade
  • 2nd Place - 3nd Grade
  • 3rd Place - TK

 

AND the teachers of the top selling grades also earn a prize!


  • Ms. Voigt (6th Grade) - $100 gift card
  • Mrs. Smithson (3rd Grade) - $50 gift card
  • Mrs. Miles (TK) - $25 gift card

 

Top selling students/families!  These students earn a gift card of their choice! 


  • 1st place , selling 120 tickets, receiving a $100 gift card – Ailish Dayton in TK!

  • 2nd place , selling 109 tickets, receiving a $50 gift card – Kai Marzahl in 1st Grade!

  • 3rd place , selling 100 tickets, receiving a $25 gift card – Charles & John Duddy, in 3rd Grade and Pre-School!

 

Did the School meet our School-wide Goal of $30,000??  Will we have a Kona Ice Party for the whole school???  Will we get to vote on a hilarious Principal & Vice Principal Stunt that Ms. Fussell & Mrs. McReynolds will have to perform?   Drumroll please….

 

This year we raised a total of $36,280!!!!!!

 

So not only did we meet our goal, but we FAR EXCEEDED our goal and everyone in the school will get the Kona Ice Party and the Principal & Vice Principal Stunt on Friday, June 3rd!  Congratulations!!!

 

We will also have the Non-Uniform Dress day for any student who sold 20 or more raffle tickets on Friday, June 3rd.  Teachers will receive a list of students in their class who earned this prize and will communicate to the students and families that week.

 

Thank you again for making this such a successful fundraiser for our wonderful school!  Especially during another unique year, we were amazed and grateful for the overwhelming support!!  



 

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 have home test kits and PCR tests available in the office. Our lab pick up days will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays by noon. 

 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

The 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:

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. 







clipart parentsVIRTUS 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 14, 2022 from 1:30  pm - 4:30 pm  Location: Santa Cruz Room 

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

Fingerprinting Date and Location:

Date: May 24, 2002 

Location: St. Paschal Baylon in Thousand Oaks

For appointment register online at: www.stpaschal.org/safeguard




clipart kids with starStudent 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