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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…February 13, 2024

Tuesday, Week 6  in Ordinary Time

James 1:12–18. 

Happy are those you teach, O Lord – Psalm 93(94):12–15, 18–19. Mark 8:14–21.

God’s unfailing love holds us up

When I said, ‘My foot is slipping’, your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. One of my favorite images from the Psalms is that of God not letting my foot slip because ‘he who watches over me will not slumber’. The same God who knows when a sparrow falls to the ground holds me up in love and brings me joy through consolation. I sometimes forget to turn to God and flail about trying to rely on my efforts alone. Yet, God’s unfailing love is ever present and is the one constant I can rely on. We are not abandoned or forgotten, and God offers us relief and consolation, holding us up in love. May we always know the unfailing love of our God who does not let us slip.

Virtue:  Prudence

Prudence: The Unsexy Virtue — theYoungCatholicWoman

Prudence is the “charioteer of the virtues” since it helps control and moderate all of the other virtues we possess.  Prudence helps us apply what we know to be right and true to situations in everyday life and make good choices as a result.  Put another way, prudence helps us to be “doers of the word , and not hearers only,” as St James says.  It guides the other virtues by setting rules and measures.  It is prudence that immediately guides the judgment of conscience, and it is prudence that requires us to consider where our action - including our thoughts and wishes - will lead. 

Prudence is often represented holding a snake, which symbolizes wisdom. 

“ Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)  The mirror refers to Prudence’s gift of self-knowledge and is a symbol of truth.  Presence is clear-sighted and the mirror reflects what is , as opposed to what we imagine might be. 


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

PK - 2: St. Junipero Serra

Gr. 3 - 5 : St. John Neumann 

Gr. 6 - 8 : St. John XXIII

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Calendar Highlights  

February 13th 

Burning of the Palms 9am

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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Contents of Weekly Brown Envelope

  • Easter See’s Candies Fundraiser

  • Tiny Saints Flyer

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

Lent menu for hot lunch-During the Lenten season which is now through March 28, our hot lunch provider, KB Catering, will not be preparing meals with meat on Fridays. If an order is placed in advance for a lunch on Friday containing meat, a substitution will be made with a vegetarian option. If a vegetarian option is not available, the meal will be substituted with cheese pizza. Please be mindful of this when placing orders for hot lunch from now until after Easter. 

Please feel free to contact Kurt at KB Catering or the school office with questions. 

Kurt-805-754-6220 School Office-805-642-7198/

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,

Looking for the perfect addition to your Easter basket or just a sweet treat for someone special this Easter? 

Our See’s Candies fundraiser starts today, February 13th and goes through Tuesday March 12th.

Coming home today in the brown envelope is an order form and collection envelope for our Easter See’s Candies fundraiser. 

Order forms and money are due no later than Tuesday March 12th. Please make checks payable to OLA. Orders will arrive and be distributed before Easter break. 

Thank you for supporting our wonderful school! 

Questions, call or email the school office. 805-642-7198/

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. 

Amazon Wish Lists

“Fund the Classroom” Amazon Wish Lists-Thank you for all the wonderful items parents have been donating through the Amazon Wish Lists! The lists will remain active until the end of the school year. Share with out of town family and friends and  check back often as new items will be added. 

Each class has created a list of items that would be helpful in their classrooms. Please click on the class below if you would like to donate an item. Remember every $15 spent earns 1 parent hour. If you choose to have the item shipped directly to the school,Please complete the gift receipt when completing your purchase so we can get the item to the correct classroom and give you a little shout out. 




1st Grade

2nd  Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

PE/Student Council




Mr. Tony

School Office


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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Boys Basketball

Wednesday Feb 7 OLA-38 SMM1-15 

It was cold and the wind was swirling when our Dolphins took to the court. From the tip we led the game, not many can out jump or outreach our own Jackson, but every point was hard fought to earn. Lukas had many key rebounds and sprinted back several times to single handedly stop their break to fight off St Mary’s push to close the gap in the score. Theo and Max had some absolutely magical passes threading the needle and connecting with their teammates. Henry pressured their point guard into making several errors.  Thomas amazed the crowd with a reverse shot under the basket off of a rebound. Samiah had some wonderful drives to the hoop. It was a team win with 8th grade and the 76ers seeing a lot of playing time with the game finishing just as the rains began again.

Monday Feb. 12 OLA vs St. Anthony 

Girls Basketball

Thursday Feb 8

OLA 15-St. Augustine 18

Our girls basketball team played a great game. They have a bye this week but will be back in action next week on Thursday 2/22 when they play St. Sebastian right here at OLA. Game time is 3:30. Come out and support our team!

          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:

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!Reporting an Absence - News and Announcements -

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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

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: