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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 26, 2024

Tuesday in Holy Week

Isaiah 49:1-6. I will sing of your salvation

Psalm 70(71):1-6, 15, 17.

 John 13:21-33, 36-38.

God meets us with forgiveness

Even while naming Judas among his followers as the one who is to betray him, Jesus honours his friend in a traditional way by offering him bread dipped in oil. In the tradition of the Eucharist, the words ‘I am not worthy to receive you’ are followed by an affirmation of God’s power to heal. Carrying our ‘sinful load’, we humbly trust God is ready to meet us with forgiveness. The consecrated bread and wine as Jesus’ own self is given as the gift of his loving forgiveness.

In John’s Gospel, Judas received Jesus’ hospitality up to a point, but then left, intent on following through with his betrayal. Do I accept God’s gift of loving forgiveness and nurture it, light a seed in the light? Am I willing to be what it calls me to be – a more loving, forgiving person? And when I drift or retreat into unloving places, will I remember that the love which has known me from the womb will welcome and forgive me yet?

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. Y

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 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 18 

Spring Pictures

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. 

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Contents of Weekly Brown Envelope

  • No contents-Enjoy Easter Break! 

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

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. 

Yearbook Ads:  Last day to purchase a yearbook page with a special message and photos is tomorrow March 27th. 

Yearbook Pre Purchase: Hardcover or softcover yearbooks are available for pre purchase.  Pre purchase orders are due in the school office by April 26th.


Thank you to our generous sponsor Seacliff Homes for their donation to our auction dinner-“Seas the Day to Support OLA”

OLA Auction Raffle 3/26/24 Update!

You all are doing AMAZING on the Auction Raffle!  So far, we have raised $23,830!!  

Keep selling so we can reach our goal!  The sale ends at 3:30pm on Wednesday, April 17th, to be eligible for any prizes.  (The cash prize drawing will take place at the Auction on Friday, April 19th.)

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”!

Reminder that we record tickets by family, and every child in the family will earn the student prizes!

·      10 Tickets – Prize Bin Selection

·      15 Tickets – Picture on Star Sellers Wall

·      20 Tickets – Non-Uniform Dress Day (date TBA after the Auction)

·      25 Tickets – No Homework Day

·      30 Tickets – Name on School Marquee

·      35 Tickets – Principal’s Recess

·      40 Tickets – Blenders Smoothie

·      50 Tickets – Chick-fil-A Lunch

The “SS Dolphin Trolley” will visit classrooms again after Easter Break on Thursday 4/11!!!

If you sell an additional 10 tickets by 3:30pm on Wednesday 4/10, your student will earn the SS Dolphin Trolley in their classroom on Thursday!

Students who have not earned the Trolley yet need to sell at least 20 tickets.  Students who did earn the Trolley last week need to sell at least 30 tickets to get it again.

Bonus Week Winners – FULL LIST!

Since the Bonus Week tickets were due after the News Notes verbiage deadline, we were not able to publish the full list of families last week.  Here is the full list of all families who earned the Bonus!  You will receive 5 bonus Tuition Voucher entries and your student(s) will earn a non-uniform dress (date will be communicated by classroom teachers after the Easter Break). Remember, you must attend and be present at the auction dinner to win the full or half tuition prize. 

Abbott, Alacon, Aranda, Archibeque, Avila, Azhar, Bamieh, Barker, Barnard, Barton, Benton, Bothwell, Buck, Busch, Capra, Casillas, Casillas/Solis, Cazares, Cerezo, Coker, Corral, Cortez, Croasmun, Dayton, DeDonato, Duddy, Fernandez, Ferro, Ford, Fritch, Gallegos, Garcia (Deven), Giammanco, Gray, Greaney, Hanson, Hurtado, Ianne, Jauregui, Johnson (Mabel & Piper), Johnson (Donohue), Jones, Julian, Kuske, Lincicum, Maechler (Bodhi & Riley), Makuch, Marzahl, May, McCalister, McFarlin, Mechanick, Meter, Meyers, Miller, Minoui, Molfetta, Montgomery, Navarro, Nelson, Noble, Padilla, Pound, Rodriguez (Catalina), Rosales, Ruiz, Sanders, Seguine (Greyson), Silva, Smith (Parker & Asher), Smith (Dylan & Aria), Smithson, Stangeland, Starna, Teichert, Thelen, and Watkins!

Need More Tickets?

If you need more tickets, they are available in the School Office.  Stop by to pick them up or call the Office and ask for them to be sent home with your child.

We also encourage you to use SOCIAL MEDIA to advertise the raffle sale!  Recipients of the cash prizes (1st - $1,500, 2nd - $1,000, and 3rd - $500) do not have to be present to win, so sell raffle tickets to relatives and friends near and far!!

We appreciate your support of this essential fundraiser for our school!  If you have any questions, please contact Christen Dayton clhuff24@gmail.com or Amber McCalister at ambermccalister@gmail.com.

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 Lincicum if you are interested. jenniferlincicum@gmail.com

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 www.cefdn.org

  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-Congratulations to our boys basketball team for going undefeated and taking home the Championship trophy!  

We would like to say a big thank you to Coach Ron for the time and energy he put into sports at OLA! Coach Ron gave many hours coaching to both flag football and boys basketball over the past 3 years. Ron, the students, staff and parents appreciate you. You will truly be missed on our courts and fields. Good luck! 

All sports teams-please return your washed and folded jersey to the school office to avoid a replacement fee. 

          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.

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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 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.

Student Learning Expectations (SLE’S)

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