News Notes for March 20, 2018

DINNER AUCTION THIS SATURDAY - The 2018 Dinner Dance Auction, An Evening Under the Cherry Blossoms, will take place on this Saturday, March 24 at the Ventura Beach Marriott. This annual parent event is a major fundraiser for our school, and we are looking forward to an evening of fine dining, music, dancing and bidding on amazing auction items. We are now sold out!


Raffle Update: The Raffle is almost finished! Tomorrow, Wednesday March 21st, before the end of the school day, is the final day to turn raffle tickets in to be considered for prizes. This includes class prizes, individual prizes, and helping your student's teachers earn gift cards, as well as for your family to earn entries into the Tuition Raffle. Several classes are 1 student away from earning a pizza party for their class. They will get this if every child in the class sells and turns in the required 10 raffle tickets by Wednesday! Please don't be the reason your child's class does not earn a pizza party! 


Parents, please join us on Thursday, March 22nd at 2:00pm on the Plaza (or if it is raining we will have an alternate indoor location) for our exciting Raffle Rally. We will reveal the top three classes, the top sellers in the school, which classes have won pizza parties, which class has won an ice cream party by having the most tickets sold per student, as well as the dollar amount raised for OLA!! It's a rocking fun time and all parents are welcome. If you have any questions related to the raffle, please contact Jennifer Bamieh at or (805) 340-9168. Thank you for your help!!


Mandatory Auction Donation Reminder – This is a final reminder that we are depending on EVERY school family to fulfill your minimum (and mandatory) obligations of selling at least 10 raffle tickets AND donating at least $25 to purchase gift cards. Kindly drop off your donations to Mrs. Ravenscroft in the office by tomorrow, as we are recording as families fulfill their obligation. Thank you!


LENTEN JOURNEY – On our Lenten journey, we listen to the daily readings and reflect on their meaning for us. As we approach the conclusion of Lent, Holy Week services are a wonderful way to enrich our faith and prepare our hearts for Jesus’ suffering, death and Resurrection. Plan to make Easter Mass part of your family’s celebration. The parish website has the complete schedule: The OLA Parish app also contains schedules, daily messages and Lenten activity suggestions.


The Academic Awards for the third trimester will take place on Wednesday, March 21 at 9:15 AM. Due to the rain forecast, we have moved the awards to Mulcahy Center.


FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE - The Assumption Parent Board proudly presents the Father/ Daughter “Sweetheart” Dance.  All male father figures are welcome to invite that special young lady for a fun and memorable night of games, dancing, and refreshments.  The dance will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 6-9pm in the Mulcahy Center.  A photographer will be there to capture the special moments between you and your little lady.   

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer for parent hours, then please contact Monica Minoui at  We will need volunteers for set up, break down and during the event.


ACADEMIC DECATHLON TEAM – Congratulations to Ms. Voigt and OLA’s Junior High Academic Decathlon Team, who competed last Sunday in Long Beach. Our team did great, a personal best for our school, and Noelle Villasenor and Kyle Masmela each won a medal in their academic subject. Great Job! The other team members are Austin Girardot, Olivia Ryan-Escobedo, Thomas Vargas, Nathan Buehner, Kim Harvey, Bella Pound, Leo Pankratz and Jack Sloniker.


Ventura County Science Fair – is this Friday, March 23. Kudos to our four middle school students who have volunteered to present their project at the county event: Leo Pankratz, Jonah Sloan, Nathan Buehner and Ashleigh Butler. We are SO proud of you! Thanks to Mrs. Schiemann, who will accompany them.


Mother-Son Bowling Event – Moms and sons, get ready to strike up some fun! OLA will host a Mother-Son Bowling Event on Sunday, April 29 at 1 PM at Buena Lanes.


REREGISTRATION COMMITMENT FORMS FOR THE 2018 - 2019 SCHOOL YEAR WERE DUE YESTERDAY. At this time we need your signed contract and payment in order to secure your child’s space for next year. (Two payment option available.) Get those forms in NOW please.


RENEWING & REFRESHING OUR LADY’S SCHOOL PLAZA – We invite all school families and alumni to consider a donation to the new plaza at the front of the school. Information and naming opportunities went home a few weeks ago. This beautiful space has added safety and beauty to the school entrance, and provides space for prayer, instruction and gathering for social events. There are opportunities for donating to this project, including numerous opportunities to give, from pavers to fencing and entrances. This is a chance to invest in the school and have your family and childrens’ names on pavers to always be at the school. Please consider a gift in memory of a relative, school graduate or grandparent.


TUITION RATES FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR – There will be a small increase in tuition for next year, in order to cover cost-of-living salary increases for our hard-working teachers and staff. Here are the new amounts:


                                           ACTIVE CATHOLIC PARISHIONER

This discount is for families who are registered in Our Lady of the Assumption or another Catholic parish, attend Sunday mass regularly, and have contributed at least $520 in recorded parish donations during the 2017 calendar year.

                                           ANNUAL                         11 PAYMENTS


                1 CHILD                                    5151                                                      468.27

                2 CHILDREN                  9298                                                      845.27

                3 CHILDREN                  12,994                                                       1181.27




         1 CHILD                                    6681                                                      607.38

         2 CHILDREN                  11,765                                                      1069.55

         3 CHILDREN                  16,487                                                       1498.82                 


APPLY NOW FOR FINANCIAL AID FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR: The 2018-2019 Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) application form must be completed and returned by any family requesting financial aid from our school. CEF forms may be picked up now in our school office, and must be filled out completely, with income verification attached. All applicants go online to secure an appointment to meet with a CEF representative on Monday, April 30 on the St. Bonaventure High School campus. At that time, your application will be reviewed and the required documents checked. Questions? Check with our office.

PRESCHOOL APPLICATION TIME - Preschool is accepting applications for the current school year and for the 2018-2019 school year. Apply online at Check out our preschool Facebook page, Our Lady of the Assumption Preschool in Ventura.


YEARBOOK NEWS: Please send in your yearbook ads and 8th grade baby pictures to Mrs. Smithson at . Flyers went home recently. Yearbook orders should be turned in now! The last day to order a book or place an ad is this Thursday, March 22. Make sure you get your forms and payment in by then….we do not order extra yearbooks.



  1. Please continue to use your visor tag. These are so helpful to us when we are trying to quickly identify your car and get your child’s name called, even more so on a rainy day. If you need an additional tag we would be glad to provide one for you.
  2. Parents and grandparents who walk up to the gate to pick up your child after school are asked to please wait until your child’s teacher brings the class out to the plaza. We have asked those waiting to please line up in order to keep the dismissal orderly and safe for our students.
  3. On rainy days, students are dismissed by name from their classroom. The parent line forms under the eaves of the school building, and staff valets assist with the carline.


SPORTS NEWS:                  Games continue for our Girls and Boys Basketball Teams. Go Dolphins!


Discovering Christ - Is Jesus calling you into a deeper relationship with Him? Come and find out! You are invited to Discovering Christ, a series of 8 morning sessions beginning on March 19 and concluding on March 28. Meetings begin at 8:45 AM and end at 11 and will be in the Santa Cruz Room. For more information or to register, email Terri at .


Box Tops for Education Update -  Congratulations to Audrey Redmond, Grade 5...winner of the March Box Tops Collection Drawing and recipient of a $10 Barnes & Noble Gift Card! This school year we have already collected over 8,000 Box Tops. That is more than $800.00 in cash for our school!  Keep on clipping.  The next collection will take place on Tuesday, April 17th. Thank you for your support!


SCRIP NEWS –Use the convenience of our office to purchase gift cards for restaurants, Starbuck’s, Von’s, Smart & Final, fast foods and more. Our school earns money for every sale of scrip. Scrip is available during office hours Mon- Fri. Remember that every $200 purchase of scrip = 1 parent hour.

We currently have a large supply of $100 Target gift cards. Stop by and purchase some before you go shopping!