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From the Desk of the Principal…January 19, 2022

Understanding Liturgy – St Josephs Catholic Primary SchoolOrdinary time celebrates our daily walk with Jesus through the examples of the Saints and the intercession of the Holy Mother.   The Church recongnized Ordinary Time as  time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ. The goal, toward which all of history is directed, is represented by the final Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. 

The Virtue  for the Month of January is Gratitude: Seeing everything as a gift & being thankful. 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “Every joy and suffering, every event and need can become the matter of thanksgiving which, sharing in that of Christ, should fill one’s whole life” (#2548).

It can be easy to race through a day with our giving thought to how grateful we should be, even for the splendor of a sunset or the fidelity of a close friend.  Yet we are called not only to be grateful for these things, but even for the difficulties in life, which God allows for the greater good of our salvation.  Everything God has made, everything that happens, is a gift.  So, in all things, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His love endures…Forever” (Psalm 118)

Our students are learning the virtue of generosity through the Saints.  The Saints they will be learning from this month are St. Francis of Assisi for grades Preschool through Second grade, St. Julie Billart for grades three through five and St. Josemaria Escriva for grades six through eighth. A simple daily gratitude routine that will improve your life and your  relationship. | by Brenden Mulligan | Medium

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Progress Reports


  • Progress Reports go home today

Parent Survey: 

As a part of our upcoming WASC/WCEA accreditation in Spring of 2023 we have begun the process of gathering evidence to begin writing our Improving Student Learning (ISL) document. 

You  are an important part of the process.  I would like to ask you to take about 20 minutes to complete the attached form.  We appreciate your time and feedback. 

Improving Student Learning Survey



OLA Spring Dinner Auction update-The annual dinner auction date has been rescheduled to Saturday April 30th, 2022 at the Poinsettia Pavilion from 5:30pm-10:30pm. Watch for more information early in 2022. 

Presto Pasta fundraiser tonight! - Wednesday January 19th, 2022. Eat at Presto Pasta anytime on this day and they will donate 20% of your total bill to Our Lady of the Assumption School.  Not Valid on Delivery Apps.  Simply show a printed flyer or display on your phone at the restaurant. Flyers may not be distributed at Presto Pasta. 

The next APA meeting will be held on Tuesday,  February 8th, 2022 at 6:30pm.  If you are interested in attending or joining the board please contact Jen Colitti at  

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We are able to offer a Rapid Antigen Test to our school community.  These tests are available through the PCR testing company - Covid Testing Appointments, LLC.   These tests needed to be taken on campus along with the PCR test.

 We are also getting an order today from Ventura County Emergency Services - Medical Services Agency these tests are able to be sent home with our students. These tests are self-tests at home results in 15 min. - iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test.  Please contact Gina Ravenscroft at or Jennifer Colitti  at  You are also welcome to come into the office and pick up tests for your family. 

Student Council Sponsored Events for January:

Catholic Schools Week

January 30th - February 4, 2022

Sunday, Jan. 30,     

“Celebrate our Parish”

Monday Jan. 31,      

“Celebrate our Community”

Tuesday  Feb. 1,     

  “Celebrate our Students and Families”

Wednesday, Feb. 2 

“ Celebrate our Nation”

Thursday, Feb. 3,   

“Celebrate our Vocations” (Priest and Deacons)

Friday, Feb. 4,          “Celebrate Our Faculty and Staff” 

Reporting Absences

Please go onto our website to report absences.  Use the Button located on the homepage of the website.  The website generates a form which is given to the teacher daily.  Thank you.

The digital marquee birthday flier is available in the office.  Enjoy announcing your child's next birthday on the OLA marquee! Announcement cost is $10.

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers  enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and  convenient shopping features as on Amazon. 

The difference is that when you shop at the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price to  our school.

Please choose Our Lady of the Assumption School - Ventura. Thank you!

FAQs about Amazon Smile: 



Masks on Campus: 

Please remember to wear masks when you enter our campus or wait in line to pick up students. We are doing so to protect our vulnerable populations that are not vaccinated. Thank you for your cooperation and support.

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We are partnering with COVID Testing Appointments, LLC to offer no-cost COVID -19 Test to our school community and its families.   Their mission is to “Provide No Cost COVID Testing and Services to the masses assisting schools, business, and our communities.”  Most results are in 24-48 hours.  

The testing packets are available in the office.  Our lab pick up days will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays by noon. 

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

8:30am - 12:00 

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

12:50 - 2:15pm 

After Dismissal hours:


 Please do not come in during dismissal. 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 12:00pm or after 12:50pm. 


Archdiocese of Los Angeles  

Office of Safeguard the Children  

VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children and  

Keeping the Promise Alive Zoom Sessions  

The Office of Safeguard the Children is proud to sponsor a series of VIRTUS® Protecting God’s  Children Zoom Sessions.  These sessions are for Clergy, staff, and essential volunteers. Those whose current VIRTUS certificate has expired and needs to take  Keeping the Promise Alive or are new to their position and have never taken the Protecting  God’s Children training. If you want to register for a session, please check the date you wish to attend and fill out the information below. You must also sign the “Adults Only” Agreement and return both forms to Brenda Cabrera at Once Brenda receives your request, then she will email a confirmation with your Zoom session details.  Note: Sessions are limited to 30 participants and are on a first-come basis.  

OLA Church is offering in person training for both Keeping the Promise Alive and Protecting God’s Children. These sessions will be led by Dea Boheme.  Please call Dea at 805. 390 .1260  to reserve a spot. 

Classes on Campus will possibly resume in January 2022. 


Student Learning Expectations (SLE’S)

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