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 23, 2022
The Virtue for the Month of February is Mercy : Caring for those who suffer.
Mary the Mother of Mercy
Mary is Mother of Mercy because, through her Immaculate Conception, God fashioned her to be the created masterpiece of his created mercy in the world. Even before we ask for it, and quite apart from the fact that we do not deserve it, and have not earned it in the least, God graciously takes the initiative and comes to our aid. Prevenient grace is the completely free gift of God's mercy.
The Immaculate Conception is really the supreme manifestation of God’s prevenient, unmerited mercy. After all, Mary did not “merit” her Immaculate Conception. Nor could she ask for it. It was something done in her and for her by the Father of Mercy, and solely on the basis of the foreseen merits of His incarnate Son, Jesus Christ. The Immaculate conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was the great divine act of grace that lay at the foundation of God’s whole work of salvation through Christ.
Our students are learning about the virtue of mercy through the example of the Saints. The Saints they will be learning from this month are St. John Vianney for grades Preschool through Second grade, St. Faustina Kowalska for grades Three through Five and St. Teresa of Calcutta for grades Six through Eighth.
Readings for Wednesday, March 23~ Week 3 of Lent
St Turibius de Mongrovejo
Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem – Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20. Matthew 5:17-19.
God is near to those who pray
The readings today remind us of the injunctions to the faithful to follow the law and the Prophets of God; to be obedient and to teach the habits of dutiful worship to each generation as it passes. So often generational change can suggest new ways of doing things, often for the better, but there is still the centrality of a faith that stands the test of time and speaks to all ages and places. The kingdom of heaven awaits those who practice and teach these commands. There is abiding solace in the thought of God’s nearness to those who pray; it is a spiritual comfort held safely and surely in the soul when one follows the ways of the Lord.
St Turibius de Mongrovejo was the second archbishop of Lima appointed to that role in the days of Spain’s colonial ascendancy in Latin America; in the days of conquest and conquistadors. He was late to the priesthood, celebrating his first Mass aged 40. He made up for lost time in an indefatigable lifetime’s mission of preaching and traveling to keep the faithful on the path and to evangelise the indigenous peoples of Peru.
Last Chance for Parent Survey:
Please take the time to help us to determine your perspective of our strengths and areas of concern so we as a team can meet the needs of your children. It is our continuous goal to improve student learning and high achievement at our school. Thank you again for your valued feedback. https://forms.gle/2PQiVsMUGoW3GmAt5
Contents of Brown Envelope
Auction Raffle Tickets
Spring Picture Order Form
Tuesday, March 29 Boys Basketball @5 pm at Villanova H.S.
Wednesday, March 30 Boys Basketball @5pm at Villanova H.S.
(Championship game if they win on Tuesday)
Thursday, March 31 Spring Pictures
Thursday, April 14 thru
Sunday, April 24 Easter Break
Wednesday, April 27 First Holy Communion Meeting & Practice
6pm in the Church
Saturday April 30 Starry Nights City Lights Auction Dinner
Re-Registration Forms: Please return the form even if you are not returning next year. Please return the form for returning students with money by April 8th with the balance due by May 6th.
Spring Pictures-Thursday March 31 will be a non uniform dress day. Make sure students are in their springtime best for the photos. Order forms were sent home today in the brown envelope.
Student Council Activities during Lent:
The Student Council will be praying the Stations of the Cross with each class during Lent in the Mulcahy Center.
In addition, the Student Council will be focusing on the three “Pillars of Lent,” Almsgiving, Prayer, and Fasting.
The 8th grade Student Council members will be focusing on “Almsgiving”
The 7th grade Student Council members will be focusing on “Prayer”
The 6th grade Student Council members will be focusing on “Fasting”
This week the 7th grade Student Council will be saying a daily prayer with the classes.
OLA Parish News:
ADORATION & PRAYER FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Mulcahy Center
Monday thru Friday Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet & Rosary
Friday Night Services During Lent–Mass at 5:30 – Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm followed by Adoration and Benediction
Lenten Penance Service March 30th at 7:oo pm
Edge tonight, 6 to 7:30 pm. Junior high youth in grades 6-8 are welcome. Please contact OLA youth minister, Gabe Rivera, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-642-7966 x121.
APA BOARD CORNER
Starry Nights City Lights Auction Dinner
Don’t forget to purchase your tickets to the Auction Dinner early and save! Return your completed RSVP card to the office with payment.
There are only a limited number of group tables available. Group tables seat 8 and will have the best view of the auction located around the dance floor. All other seating will be on a first come first serve basis.
Help make our biggest fundraiser a smashing success!
Auction Raffle Tickets are in the brown envelope today, March 23rd. An opportunity to be a Sponsor for the Auction was emailed a couple of weeks ago. Come by or call the office if you have any questions.
“Starry Nights/City Lights” Auction event will take place on Saturday April 30th, 2022. Our LARGEST and most IMPORTANT fundraising event of the school year is fast approaching and we NEED YOUR HELP! The APA Board welcomes everyone’s active participation in procuring desirable goods, services and experiences for the auction.
Do you have or know anyone who has access to:
A vacation home/condo or cabin in a fun destination? A professional or collegiate sport/team or athlete?
Connections to anyone in the movie, television or music industry?
Any other fun big-ticket items that you can think of donating?
We have a list of local businesses and individuals who have donated to prior auctions. We invite new businesses and friends to join the OLA Auction and make it a success! Please contact Erin Canavan email@example.com if you would like to suggest an item or join the procurement team.
UPDATE:The next APA meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 6:30pm. If you are interested in attending or joining the board please contact Jen Colitti at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
We have at home tests from the 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 with results in 15 min. - iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test. Please contact Gina Ravenscroft at email@example.com or Jennifer Colitti at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also welcome to come into the office and pick up tests for your family.
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 https://smile.amazon.com the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price to our school.
Please choose Our Lady of the Assumption School - Ventura. Thank you!
The best times to conduct school business in the office are:
8:30 am - 12:00
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 12:00 pm or after 12:50pm.
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.
Protecting God’s Children training is the 3 hr sessions:
No scheduled Session for the rest of March
Keeping the Promise Alive these are hour and ½ session:
April 4, 2022: Location Santa Cruz Room
Date and Time: April 9, 2022 from 10 am - 4:45 pm
Location: Parish House at OLA
Appointments are required. Please call 805-642-7966 to schedule an appointment.
**ALL SESSIONS BEGIN AT 6 PM**
Student Learning Expectations (SLE’S)
OLA Students aim for the S.T.A.R.S when they:
SHOW AND LIVE THEIR FAITH
THINK CRITICALLY AND WORK COOPERATIVELY
ACTIVELY MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
RESPECT OURSELVES AND OTHERS
STUDY AND LEARN