Week 1 of Lent . Pray. Fast. Serve.

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 20, 2024

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Isaiah 55:10–11. From all their afflictions God will deliver the just – Psalm 33(34):4–7, 16–19. 

Matthew 6:7–15.

Praying the Our Father

One of the wonderful dimensions of the Our Father is that with every recitation we do double duty. Even as we speak, read or think these words to the Father, we also take them in. As the first reading assures us, God’s words, including in scripture, do not go out in vain. As we pray and reflect on these words, over years and decades, we trust that so far as we are open God is at work in us. He gently forms us to honor him and his name in our lives and to do his will. He shapes our hearts to trust more in his providence, to receive his mercy even as we extend it to others and to stay as far as we can from evil. These words are in a sense at once our prayer, our theology and our marching orders.

Virtue:  PrudencePrudence: The Unsexy Virtue — theYoungCatholicWoman

Prudence is “the very salt of life, and a light to show us the way out of its difficulties.”

-St. Francis de Sales

A c q u i r i n g  P r u d e n c e

Learn from your mistakes:

Many times in life, we make painful or humiliating choices. When this happens, we can either feel sorry for ourselves, or we can learn from our mistakes and gain wisdom. If we choose to learn from our mistakes, our deposit of knowledge builds up over time, providing us with a reservoir of experience that we can use to make prudent choices.

 Learn from others:

If there’s one lesson the wisdom books of Scripture  (Wisdom, Sirach,  Proverbs, etc.) seek to drive home, it is the importance of learning from those who are older than wiser than we are. This takes humility, but if we can borrow the experience of others to fill our prudential reservoir, it will save us from many painful lessons.

 Consider carefully:

Some people tend to be rash and hasty in judgment, whereas others tend to be more careful and cautious. Sometimes this impulsiveness can be a good thing, but most of the time it is not. When faced with a choice, we need to control our desire to leap into action, and instead carefully consider the ramifications of our choices. As St. Augustine said, “Patience is the companion of wisdom.”

Prudence is a virtue that takes time to acquire, but because it governs the other virtues, it is one of the most important virtues we can possess. Choose to learn from your mistakes, learn from others, and patiently consider your choices, and before your know it, you will be well on your way to being prudent and wise. 

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 23 

No School-Deanery Meeting for staff

March 6 

Beginning of 3rd Trimester

March 6 

Art Trek Training 8:15 am-10:45 am Mulcahy

March 6 

Parent Hour Due

March 8 

No School-Deanery Meeting

March 12 

APA Board Meeting 6pm-OLA School

March 15 

All School Mass-8am St. Patrick’s Day Mass

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

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Contents of Weekly Brown Envelope

  • Letter from Ms. Fussell

  • 2024-2025 Tuition Rates

  • Re-Registration-Tuition Commitment

  • Scouting for Food-Cub Scout collection bag

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/jennifer@olaventura.org


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, 

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

Jennifer Bamieh


(805) 340-9168

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 12thComing 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/jennifer@olaventura.org

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 olaventura.org. Assessment will take place in March. Any questions please contact the school office 805-642-7198. 

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“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

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4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

PE/Student Council




Mr. Tony

School Office


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 February 14th 

OLA 34 vs St. Mary Magdalen 12 ( Team 2)

The 8th grade boys and the 76’s saw lots of action. Lukas continued to dominate defensively and offensively in the paint. Theo started the game hot, sinking outside shots that took us to an early lead. Henry made several assists. Our 76's Zedekiah hustle sparked several fast breaks and Taylor  had a sweet post move that led to a basket, and the entire bench jumped up to cheer and congratulate him. 

Boxing out and rebounding still plagued our Dolphins and are sure to be areas they will focus and improve on as the season progresses. Great team win boys!

The next game will be Wednesday February 21 here at OLA vs St. Augustine. Game time 3:30. 

Girls Basketball

Our girls team had a bye last week but will be back in action Thursday February 22 right here at OLA vs St. Sebastian. Game time 3:30pm. Come out and support the team!!

Check our app for complete schedules and scores.

 Goooo Dolphins!!

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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 jenniferbamieh@yahoo.com

Reporting an absence:Clear An Absence | Little Lake Elementary School

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.

OLA School App Video

You can download the app for free on Google Play or Apple App Store.

Download for Android https://bit.ly/3HRxTwQ

Download for iPhone https://apple.co/3JwStCO

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 jennifer@olaventura.org.  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 lacatholics.org  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 24th - Padre Serra Parish, Camarillo

Student Learning Expectations (SLE’S)

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