News Notes for March 27, 2018

EASTER RECESS – will begin this Thursday with a Noon Dismissal. There is no school on Good Friday. Our school break extends through next week, and we will return to school on Monday, April 9. Please note that the parish/school parking lot will be reslurried and striped on Wed-Fri, April 4 – 6 during our break, so there will be no activities at school at all.


LENTEN JOURNEY – We are now in HOLY WEEK, leading to our celebration of Easter. It is our hope that every family adds Holy Week services to your family’s celebration of the season. The Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper begins at 7 PM and includes a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, commemorating Jesus in the tomb. Students who made their First Holy Communion last year or who will make it this year are invited to wear their First Communion clothes and lead this procession from church. On Good Friday, Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday is at 5:30 and 7:15 PM. On Saturday, Easter Vigil begins at 7:30 PM with the lighting of the new fire. Easter Sunday masses will be at 8 AM, 9:30 AM (children’s mass in Mulcahy Center), 11 AM, 12:30 PM (Spanish) and 5:15 PM. Consult the OLA Parish app or parish website (there is a link from ours) for all the details.


DINNER AUCTION – Thank you to all who attended our Dinner Auction on Saturday, An Evening Under the Cherry Blossoms, helping to make it such a great time. Congratulations to the APA Board for putting on a spectacular event, and special kudos to co-chairs Kristine Behrens and Monica Minoui. We would like to thank all the volunteers who worked so hard on this for months: Raffle Team, Procurement, Souvenir Photos, Check In/RSVP, Checkout/Bank, Centerpieces/Décor, Wishing Tree, Entertainment, Graphics/Invites/Program, System Coordinator/Data Entry, Silent Auction, Classroom Projects. We appreciate our sponsors and everyone who donated and contributed. Thanks to our parents for making this a financial success! At the end of the evening, the raffle winners were drawn. They are: 2nd prize, Lori Granieri; 1st prize, Monica Thompson. In the tuition raffle, the winners are: 3rd prize, The Scanlan family; 2nd prize, the Felts family and 1st prize (free tuition for one child for next school year) the Browning family. Congratulations!


Did you attend the Dinner Auction? We are missing several bidder paddles for the auction. We collect these to reuse next year. If you have your paddle, please bring it to the school office.


Raffle Update: Thanks to the hard work of our raffle team, Jennifer Bamieh, Kara Hillock and Noelle Granillo, we did very well on our raffle, bringing in over $38,000! This was an increase from last year. Thank you! Check the school calendar for the schedule for raffle rewards earned by classes and individuals.


NEW LOOK FOR THE OLA WEBSITE! Beginning this Thursday, the OLA website will have a new look. Months in the planning, the school website will have a new host and new look. You will still go to but it is a new site. We know you will find it to be user-friendly. See the note in today’s envelope with more information.


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.


Mother-Son Bowling EventMoms 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.


Ventura County Science Fair – Congratulations to our four middle school students who presented their projects at the Ventura County Science Fair last Friday at Cal Lutheran University. They are Leo Pankratz, Jonah Sloan, Nathan Buehner and Ashleigh Butler. Special recognition to Leo and Jonah, who won awards for their work. Thanks to Mrs. Schiemann, their teacher.


Alice In Wonderland – O My Theater, the Oxnard Musical Youth Theater directed by our own Mrs. Cheryl Kewley, will present Disney’s Alice In Wonderland at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center on April 27, 28, 29 and 30. Admission is free! Several OLA students are part of this show. For more information, visit


CHANCE TO PURCHASE PERSONALIZED ITEMS ON 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: Yearbook ads are sold out…thank you! For those who already purchased ads, we need your pictures and personalized messages NOW! Please send them to Mrs. Smithson at .



  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:                  Congratulations to our Boys Basketball Team who lost last night in the first round of our league tournament in a very close game. They had a great season and we are proud of them! Our Girls Team had a bye in round one and play tonight for the championship at 6 PM in the St. Bonaventure gym! Go Dolphins!


Box Tops for Education Update - Keep on clipping over Easter vacation.  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!