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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.

                 From the Desk of the Principal…March 28, 2023

Tuesday of the Fifth  Week of  Lent  

Numbers 21:4-9. 

O Lord hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you – Psalm 101(102):2-3, 16-21. John 8:21-30.

Lord, today I pray for patience

Perhaps the question lying at the heart of the readings today is put to Jesus by the Jews. “Who are you?” The Israelites who followed Moses out into the wilderness, leaving slavery behind, came to a point where it was all too hard.  Where was this all going?  They had been wandering for forty years. Little water, sparse food, battling from one place to the next.  It all got harder and harder, and where was this land of milk and honey, anyway?

The scholars of the Temple struggle to understand Jesus as he speaks of the Father who sent him, and foretells that only after his death will they ‘realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me.’ The Israelites struggle to believe in the vision of the Promised Land, and to be faithful to their God’s providing. The followers and questionnaires in the Temple cannot accept the truth Jesus proclaims in his very presence before them.  Faithfulness is a choice.  Many will turn away. Many will follow.

O Lord hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.’

07 – Temperance | Diocese of La Crosse

 Learning Temperance

The virtue of temperance is about practice self-control it helps you control your actions, thoughts, and feelings .  Our bodies need those things that hope to grow and flourish like food, water , exercise and rest. Termerance helps you balance what your body needs without having too much or too little of it. Like all the virtues, temperance must be learned through practice and patience.  While it may not sound like much fun, the only real way to become temperate is through prayer and self-denial.  In other words, you have to tell yourself no now and then. 

Virtue for the Month of March is Temperance ~ Enjoying things in a proper balanced way.

Our Saints this month:

Grade PK- 2:  Saint Teresa of Avila ~ Feast Day October 15 

Grade 3 - 5:  Saint Camillus de Lellis ~ Feast Day July 18 

Grade 6-8: Venerable Matt Talbot (1856-1925, Ireland) Declared “venerable in 1973.  

“ Three things I cannot escape: the eye of God, the voice of conscience, the stroke of death.  In company, guard your tongue. In your family, guard your temper.  When alone , guard your thoughts” - Venerable Matt Talbot

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Calendar Highlights  


March 31            Spring Picture Day

April 4                  APA Board Meeting-6:30 pm-OLA School

April 6-16           Easter Break

April 6                  Holy Thursday

April 7                  Good Friday

April 9                 Easter Sunday

April 17               School Resumes

April 18-21       6th Grade Outdoor School

 Contents of Weekly Brown Envelope

Please remove contents, complete and return any forms, sign and return the Brown Envelope every Wednesday. 

  • Cinco de Mayo Auction Raffle Tickets

  • Square 1 Art Order Form

Re-Registration 2023-2024 School Year

Re-registration is taking place now through Mar 31, 2023. Forms were sent home for all students entering 1st grade through 8th grade. Please return your form with your deposit to the school office by March 31st. For ALL students it is important we receive your form either with payment or the box checked that you are not returning asap so we can begin to notify new applicants. Spots will only be held until March 31, at that point we will begin to fill classes with new students. If you have any questions please contact the school office-805-642-7198/

Financial Aid Forms are available in the front office.  Representatives from CEF will be on the St. Bonaventure campus on May 3rd and 4th for On-Site Processing.  To secure one of these spots parents are encouraged to set up  online appointments.  If you are unable to meet in person with a CEF Representative mail in applications will be accepted until  April 21st, 2023. 

 Online Appointments: 

  1. Log onto

  2. At the CEF Home page, on the top menu bar hover over the CONTACT US link and a drop-down menu will appear, SELECT “TAP Appointments”

  3. SELECT “CLICK HERE” on the “TAP Appointments” web page (Make sure to turn off any “pop-up Blockers”)

  4. SELECT “Next” on the Welcome Screen

  5. Choose a Location where your students will be attending (ELEMENTARY SCHOOL) and SELECT “Next”

  6. Choose a Time to meet with CEF Representatives and SELECT “Next”

  7. Enter in your information to reserve your appointment ( make sure to enter your Cell and Email in order to get text and email reminders) and SELECT “Save”

  8. Please print or save the confirmation pages for your records.  Please note the Host Site where you will be meeting with CEF Representatives. 

Spring Pictures

Spring Portraits Our Lady of the Assumption School

Friday, March 31, 2023 

ALL students will be photographed! Orders placed by Picture  Day will be delivered to the school within a few weeks.  Orders may be placed after Picture Day.  

  Some tips to help create a special portrait: 

 Select clothing that fits your child’s personality. 

Solid colored clothing is less distracting than busy patterns or stripes. Accessories should be simple and not distracting. Please follow the non uniform guidelines in te parent/student handbook

Order Online : 

Use Order Code: 77284R 


Contact us at (916) 259-1356  or  

Smile and see you on Picture day!

Spring pictures are a fun time to photograph siblings together. You must notify the school office prior to picture day to ensure your children will be photographed together. Please email with your request. Thank you!

Lunch Helpers Needed:

Hot lunch is still going strong. Helpers are always needed to sort and distribute the hot lunches. Please arrive between 11:30 and 11:40. Lunch sorting is done by 12:10. Helpers will receive 1 parent hour for helping. Remember if you stay for lunch duty until 12:40 you receive 2 parent hours. That sounds like a win-win!!

Student Council

As part of Almsgiving, the student council is collecting  donations of cereal, peanut butter, canned vegetables and soup this week for the Parish Easter Basket distribution. Send in items with your child or drop them off at the school office. Each week they continue to teach about the 3 pillars of Lent by spinning the “Fasting Pinwheel”. Ask your child what they are fasting from and also what they are replacing the item with. Each class does this as a whole. The Student Council is also leading each class in daily prayer that changes weekly as well as continuing Almsgiving by collecting money for those in need in Turkey, Syria and Ukraine. 

Lost and Found-Please check the lost and found located outside the school office for missing items. 

If your child will be absent from school, please complete the Absent Reporting form. This form can be found on our app under Documents or on our website under quick links. This will generate a report that is given to teachers daily.    Thank you!


OLA Sports CenterDolphin sticker" Sticker for Sale by ClothClub | Redbubble

Girls Basketball finished up a great season! Good job girls!!

Boys Basketball play in the semi-finals tonight, 5:15pm in the Saint Bonaventure Gym. Come out and support the team and GOOOO Dolphins!!

Go Dolphins!

St. Bonaventure  will be holding a Summer camp for grades 3rd-8th on June 27th-30th from 9AM-12PM.

You may register with this graphic with the  QR Code or sign up with the link below!



Crafty, party enthusiasts needed!

Earn volunteer hours at home! The APA Board needs extra

hands crafting decorations for the upcoming Auction & Fiesta night. Not crafty? Sign-up for easy Supply donations.

Please email for details on how to help.

Coming home today are the Cinco De Mayo Auction Raffle Tickets! The Raffle runs today through Wednesday, May 3.

All families are required to sell a minimum of 10 tickets by Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 3pm. The more tickets you sell, the more prizes the students earn and the more chances your family has to win a tuition voucher! 

We are offering a special ONE WEEK ONLY "FIRST WEEK SALES" INCENTIVE. Sell 20 tickets by Monday, April 3rd at 3pm and earn 5 bonus chances for a tuition voucher!

Please read the information included with the tickets carefully as there is much more information about prizes for students and families included with the tickets. Please contact Jennifer Bamieh at or Amber McCalister at if you have any questions regarding the raffle. Thank you OLA families for supporting our school!

This is our largest fundraiser of the year and an opportunity for us to gather together as a school community. We hope you will consider attending the Live Auction and Dinner event on the evening of May 5th at the Poinsettia Pavilion. We will have Classroom auction projects on display, a fun and exciting Live Auction, the drawing of our Raffle winners, and much more fun! Additional auction items will be featured in an online Silent Auction that will be held in the days prior to the Cinco de Mayo event, so friends, family, and parents who cannot attend the auction can still have a chance to bid on some fun items to support our school. Keep your eyes on the News Notes for information regarding the start of the Online Auction and how you can get in on the bidding fun.

If you have any questions about the Cinco de Mayo event or the APA Board, please contact Jennifer Bamieh at (805) 340-9168 or at

The APA Board looks forward to seeing and meeting many of you on May 5th! 

“No time to Siesta, let’s Fiesta!”

The digital marquee birthday flier is available in the office.  Enjoy announcing your child's next birthday on the OLA marquee! Announcement cost is $15

The APA Board would like to thank all the wonderful  families of OLA for volunteering and participating in the many fundraising efforts this year. If you are interested in joining for the 2022-2023 school year  please contact Jennifer Bamieh    

Please call Dea Boheme at (805) 390-1260  to reserve a spot. Protecting God's Children (Initial training, 3 hours)

    Training Dates for April will be coming soon. 

 School Office Hours

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


8:30 am - 12:00 pm


12:50 pm - 2:30 pm

After Dismissal hours


Closed for Lunch(12:00-12:50)

Please do not come in during dismissal from 2:30pm-3:00pm. 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.

At Home Rapid Covid Test kits: Test kits are available in the office.  Please contact Jennifer Colitti at  You are also welcome to come into the office and pick up tests for your family.

Student Learning Expectations (SLE’S)

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