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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…January 23, 2024

Tuesday, Week 3  in Ordinary Time

2 Samuel 6:12–15, 17–19. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord! – Psalm 23(24):7–10. Mark 3:31–35.

Who are my mother and my brothers?

Justin: You were really very rude, Jesus. Pretending you didn’t hear your family calling out to you and ignoring them just isn’t on. And then denying they were your family! Imagine how they felt! After all your mother had done for you!

Jesus: Well, families can be very possessive, Justin, especially if you become a public figure. And my family is important to me. But God’s call to us is even more important. And that sometimes demands saying no to the demands of family. Mary understands that. Is your family everything to you, Justin?

Justin: No, not everything, Jesus, but I don’t go out of my way to insult them. Couldn’t you have been more diplomatic?

Jesus: God doesn’t always do diplomacy, Justin. Anyway, I was talking to the people and not my family. They needed to know God asks for our undivided heart. Is your heart undivided?

Virtue of the Month: Fortitude - Challenge

The Virtue this month is Fortitude ~ Being brave and strong in the face of trials. Fortitude is the moral virtue the ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good.  It strengthens our resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in our moral life.  The virtue of Fortitude enables us to conquer fears, even fear of death. And to face trials and persecution.  In short, fortitude is the ability to choose what is right even when everything inside of us and outside of us is telling us to run away in fear.  It is the ability to stand firm in pursuing good in the face of danger and potential suffering. 

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The Saints we are walking with this month in our classes are:

PK - 2: St. Bernadette

Gr. 3 - 5 : St. Joan of Arc

Gr. 6 - 8 : St. Paul Miki & Companions

Calendar Highlights  

January 26th 

All School Mass-9:30 am Hosted by Grade 5 & K

January 28th-February 2nd

Catholic Schools Week

February 1st 

Open House 6pm

February 7th

Art Trek Training 8:15-10:45

February 9th

Jeans for Jesus-”Oh the places you’ll go.”

February 13th 

APA Board Meeting 6pm

February 14th

All School Mass-9:30 am Hosted by 6th grade

February 16th

No School-Religious Education Congress

February 19th

No School-Presidents Day

February 23rd

No School-Deanery Meeting for staff



Extended Day Care registration packets are available in the school office. 

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

  • Progress Reports

OLA Spring Dinner Auction 

Fundraiser-Our APA Board has begun planning the annual OLA Spring Dinner Auction Fundraiser. The event will take place here at OLA on Friday April 19th. We will have a noon dismissal on 4/19 so our campus can be prepared for the evening event. We look forward to seeing all our school families at the event. If you have any questions or would like to be involved please contact Jennifer Bamieh,

TK & Kindergarten Applications are now being accepted for the 2024-2025 school year. If you or someone you know is interested in our TK or Kindergarten program please have them complete an application on our website Assessment will take place in March. Any questions please contact the school office 805-642-7198. 

National Catholic Schools Week (CSW) is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Now entering its 50th anniversary year, CSW has traditionally been held the last week in January. From January 28 to February 3, 2024, we continue to host the traditional Celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Schools typically observe the week with Masses, assemblies and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members to celebrate what makes Catholic schools great. This year’s new theme is Catholic Schools: United in Faith and Community and will be used through 2026. 

Student Council will lead the students in several activities during Catholic Schools Week. 

Sunday January 28 we will Celebrate our Parish. Students are encouraged to attend Mass in full uniform. If they attend they will receive a non uniform dress pass to be used on Monday January 29. 

Monday January 29 we will Celebrate our Community. Student Council will host a “New Sock Drive” by collecting donations of new socks. 

Tuesday January 30  we will Celebrate our Students by showing our school spirit. The day will include a non uniform dress day, dolphin drawing contest and more. 

Wednesday January 31 we will Celebrate our Priests, Deacons and Sister Rebekah. Student Council has a special treat in store for them. 

Thursday February 1 we will Celebrate our Nation with patriotic music, a special flag salute and a trivia contest. 

Friday February 2 we will Celebrate our Faculty and Staff. Student Council will provide a yummy lunch for the staff. 

Hot Lunch Helpers-Looking for a way to earn parent hours? 

We are always in need of parents to help sort and deliver hot lunches on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. 

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!! Lunch volunteers must be Virtus certified and fingerprinted through the Archdiocese. 

Lunch cancellation due to absence-Reminder-If you placed an order for hot lunch and your child will be absent please notify the caterer at 805-754-6220 before 9:00 am to cancel and receive a refund. Thank you!

Lost and Found

Please check the lost and found located outside the school office. With the weather changing students are going to need their sweatshirts and jackets. The basket is very full and growing daily! We also have a jar of small items found in the parking lot and around the school. If you are missing an earring, necklace, etc. please stop in and take a look. 

New OLA Long Sleeve PE Shirts-

We have added a long sleeve dri-fit PE shirt to our uniform options for PE days. Shirts are available in the school office all year long along with our standard PE t shirt, shorts and crew neck sweatshirts. The new long sleeve shirts are $16.00. Contact the school office to purchase or with questions. 



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Girls and Boys Basketball have started practice. Game schedules will be out soon. Watch our app for games schedules. 

Goooo Dolphins!!


Our annual spring auction and raffle is our biggest fundraiser of the year. We raise much needed funds for school improvements that benefit all families and children at OLA. This year, some of the improvements that Ms. Fussell plans include building a restroom for the TK classroom, upgrading the existing Boys' and Girls' Restrooms, installing light fixtures in the hallway of the main school building, and installing solar panels so that the school can eventually add air conditioning and not overwork our dated electrical infrastructure. 

The APA Board has planned the auction this year on April 19, 2024. 

There are many aspects to making sure this event is successful and goes off smoothly. The APA Board members are a small and mighty group, but we would love to have as many school families as possible join us in making it an even more successful event. To this end, we have formed committees to spread the work among all Board members.  Event  Committees include: Promotion and Marketing, Raffle, Food and Drink, Procurement and Auction, Decoration, Sponsorship, Entertainment, Venue Planning, etc),  If you are interested in helping out, you can contact me and I can put you in touch with the appropriate Board Committee chairs. 

As always, you will earn parent hours for all hours you volunteer helping out with the Auction and Raffle.

If you are unable to volunteer to help but have a connection for any potential auction donors please reach out to me. We are looking for time at vacation homes, local experiences, gift cards to local businesses, tickets to sporting events.....If you have a connection, please reach out and let us know!

Thank you for taking your time to help make our school the best learning environment for our children! 

Jennifer Bamieh

(805) 340-9168

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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 2023-2024 school year  please contact Jennifer Bamieh

Reporting an Absence - News and Announcements -

Reporting an Absence:

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

Stay up-to-date with access to events, documents, news from administrators, student stories, and even emergency notifications.

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School Office Hours

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


8:30 am - 12:00 pm


12:50 pm - 2:30 pm

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

After Dismissal hours:


 Please do not come in during dismissal.  On regular dismissal days the time is from 2:35-3:05 and noon dismissal days the time is from 11:50-12:15. 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. 

 Office of Safeguard the Children 

Zoom Protecting God’s Children and 

Keeping the Promise Alive 

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles mandates all clergy, staff, whether paid or volunteer, and all volunteers who work in any capacity with or around children, the elderly, or people with special needs to complete the initial three-hour VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children for Adults™ program. The program helps clergy, staff, volunteers, and parents to understand the facts and myths about child sexual abuse, how perpetrators groom children and young people, and how they, as caring adults, can learn and implement the important “Five Step Plan” to Protect God’s Children in helping to prevent child sexual abuse.

More than 150,000 clergy, staff and volunteers have participated in these training sessions throughout the five Pastoral Regions of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Please know you are welcome to attend a training at any  parish in our diocese.  To learn where the training is taking place visit  and under the pull down menu titled PROTECT/REPORT move your cursor to Safe SafeGuard the Children then to Education and Training. In that section you will be able to navigate to all the training sessions.  Our region is the Santa Barbara Region. 

Training at OLA: 

Protecting God’s Children (Initial Course). To register please call Dea Boheme for more information at 805- 390-1260.

Location: Santa Cruz Room

Keeping the Promise Alive (Re-Certification Course):  To register please call Dea Boheme for more information at 805- 390-1260.

Location: Santa Cruz Room

Upcoming Santa Barbara Region Fingerprinting Sessions

Arizona Fingerprinting Services

January 26th - Sacred Heart Parish,  Ventura

February 4th - St. Sebastian Parish, Santa Paula

February 16th - Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Ventura

February 24th - Padre Serra Parish, Camarillo

Student Learning Expectations (SLE’S)

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