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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 19, 2024

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Year 6 retreat – The year of St. Joseph ...

St Joseph. 2 Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16.

The son of David will live for ever –

Psalm 88(89):2-5, 27, 29. Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22. Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24 / Luke 2:41-51.

A faith that acts out love

St Joseph offers an example to each of us in his humility and care. First for Mary, and in turn also for her son, Jesus. He listens to God’s messenger, accepts the will of God, and supports those whom he is called to love and care for. He expresses what St Paul calls in his letter to the Romans, ‘the righteousness which consists in faith’. This is not abstract, theoretical faith but a faith that acts out love. In Matthew’s Gospel the angel of the Lord says to Joseph, ‘Do not be afraid’. To love and serve like Joseph often we need to hear those words, that invitation beyond fear and into life. Not every moment of what followed would have been easy. That’s clear enough in Luke’s telling of the incident at Jerusalem. But there is great yet humble satisfaction to be had in doing what is challenging but good.

Saint James Catholic School

Virtue for the month of March~   Respect

Recognizing the dignity of all people

Respect is an attitude of caring about people and treating each person with dignity. It is valuing both others and ourselves. Openlight Media Interactive Virtue Tree

Respectful people truly listen to others – are patient and considerate – are courteous and polite – care about the rights of others – and are interested in “creating a climate of goodness” wherever they are.

Respect is the most elementary thing that must be perceptible if people are to associate with each other as human beings. It must be shown irrespective of particular talents or accomplishments, but simply because the other person is a human being. 

Jesus sets for us an example of how we must treat others. Every person, because they are made in the image and likeness of God, deserves our utmost respect, and they deserve to receive that respect in a public way. We must continually seek to honor and respect others and express that honor and respect for others to see. This is especially difficult when the person we are called to show respect for is considered by others as “unclean.” The leper is only a symbol of the many types of people whom the world considers unclean and unworthy. Criminals, the poor, the confused, the sinner, the homeless, the political opponent and every other person in our world deserves our utmost respect and reverence. Doing so does not justify their sin; rather, it cuts through the surface and looks at their innate dignity.

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

St. Jeanne Jugan - Saints & Angels ...

PK - 2:    St. Jeanne Jugan 1792-1879

“Refuse God Nothing”

Saint Damien of Molokai Orthodox Icon ...

Gr. 3 - 5 :   St. Damien of Molokai 1840-1889

“Eucharist is the bread that gives strength.”

Saint John Paul II print — ELIZABETH ...

Gr. 6 - 8 :   St. John Paul II 1920 - 2005

“ I plead with you–never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.”

Calendar Highlights  

March 21 

Skating Plus Fundraiser 6pm-8pm

March 22 

OLA Works of Mercy-Non Uniform Dress $1

March 27 

Noon Dismissal-Start of Easter Break-Non-Uniform Dress Day

March 28-April 7

Easter Break

April 8 

School Resumes

April 9 

APA Board Meeting 6:30 pm-OLA School

April 10 

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

April 12 

All School Mass 9:30 am hosted by 3rd grade

April 19 

“See’s the Day to Support OLA” Annual Auction Dinner-White House Beach Club


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

Results for parent communication envelope | TPT

Contents of Weekly Brown Envelope

  • OLA Works of Mercy Flyer

  • Class Photo (if ordered)

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. 

School Office-805-642-7198/

See’s Candies Order Sorting-Parent Hour Opportunity-We are looking for 4 parents to help sort See’s Candies. Sorting will be done in Mulcahy on Friday March 22 from 9am-12pm. Orders should be ready to go home Monday March 25th. Click on the Sign Up Genius link below to sign up. 

See's Candies Sorting Link

Registration for the 24-25 school year is happening now. Please return commitment forms and a deposit by March 27th to hold your spot. We will begin registration for incoming new students with available spots after Easter Break. Please contact the school office if you have questions or are in need of a new form. 


OLA Auction Raffle

The OLA “Seas the Day to Support OLA” Auction Raffle is in full swing!  So far, we have collected $5,330!!   We are off to a good start, but we are still a long way from our goal, so we need every family’s support!  Keep selling those raffle tickets!  The sale ends at 3:30pm on Wednesday, April 17th.  

A few things to keep in mind:

  •   Each family is required to sell a minimum of 10 tickets for $10 each, but we encourage you to sell more!  The more money we raise, the more our students benefit!!

  •   Each family who sells 10 (or more) raffle tickets and attends the Auction earns at least one tuition voucher entry.  

  •   The more tickets your family sells, the more prizes your children will earn, and the more chances you have to earn free or discounted tuition for next school year!

  • If we meet our school wide goal, the entire school will receive a Dessert Party AND Ms. Fussell & Mrs. McReynolds will do a hilarious “Principal and Vice-Principal Stunt”!

Huge congratulations to the students & families who earned the BONUS (data as of Monday 3/18, you still have until 3/19 at 3:30pm to turn in and get credit for Bonus Week)!!

These families sold at least 20 tickets in the first week of the raffle sale!!  These families have also earned 5 bonus entries for the tuition raffle AND the students will earn a special Non-Uniform Dress Day on a date to be announced soon!

Alacon, Azhar, Barnard, Benton, Bothwell, Buck, Capra, Cazares, Dayton, Ford, Giammanco, Hurtado, Lincicum, Maechler (Bodhi & Riley), Marzhal, McCalister, Minoui, Noble, Strangeland, Starna, and Thelen!


All students of families who sell a minimum of 20 tickets by Thursday, March 21st will receive a visit from the “SS Dolphin Trolley” in their classroom on Friday, March 22nd before morning recess!!  The students will get to choose from a variety of treats and snacks!

Need More Raffle Tickets?

If you would like additional tickets to sell, we have more in the School Office.  Stop by the office or simply call the school, and we will send them home with your student(s).  Keep selling!!

We appreciate your support of this important fundraiser for our school!  Keep up the excellent work!!  If you have any questions, please contact Christen Dayton at or Amber McCalister at

The APA Board is looking for parents interested in planning and running our Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dance that takes place in May. Please contact Jennifer Bamieh if you are interested.

Financial Aid Forms are available in the front office.  Representatives from CEF will be on the St. Bonaventure campus on March 21st 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 12th, 2024. 

Below is a walk-through of how parents can setup their appointments with CEF via our new Online System.

  1. Log on to

  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" webpage (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 Phone and Email in order to get text and email reminders) and SELECT “Save.”

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

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-Boys basketball playoffs are underway this week. All games will be played in the Saint Bonaventure gym. 

Our boys team played Monday vs Santa Clara. OLA 51-SC2 24. The boys will play in the semi final game today at 5pm. 

Girls Basketball-Our girl completed a great season of team building and having fun on the court!! Congratulations girls, we are so proud of you!!!

Big thank you to our girls coaches-Mr. Shura and Mrs. Padilla-we appreciate your commitment and dedication to the girls basketball team. We couldn't have had a season without you!! Thank you!!

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

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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!

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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

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Student Learning Expectations (SLE’S)

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