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 30, 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 30~ Week 4 of Lent
Isaiah 49:8-15. The Lord is kind and merciful – Psalm 144(145):8-9, 13-14, 17-18. John 5:17-30.
God is our most intimate companion
Does a woman forget her baby at the breast? Or fail to cherish the child of her womb? These are images of extraordinary intimacy. It is easy to become preoccupied with ideas about God, which have their place. God asks us to use our minds and, over the centuries, Christians have thought about all the riddles of life, usually to help us find a less anxious and more peaceful kind of faith. Yet the prophet Isaiah reminds us that God is not a raft of ideas. God is our most intimate companion. Even if a mother forgets a child at her breast, God will not forget us. God will restore the land, the place where we encounter the creator. There will be springs of water. The psalm tells us that God is full of compassion, slow to anger, abounding in love. Let us carry those words close to our hearts.
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
Starry Nights City Lights Volunteer Flier
Wednesday, March 30 Boys Basketball @5pm at Villanova H.S. Championship Game
Thursday, March 31 Spring Pictures
Wednesday, April 13 Panda Express Fundraiser
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
OLA Auction Raffle ~ Is Here!
The OLA “Starry Nights, City Lights” Auction Raffle is in full swing! This past week, we collected $12,800!! That is an amazing start, but we are still $17,200 away from our goal of $30K, so we need every family’s support! Keep selling those raffle tickets!
The sale ends at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, April 27th.
A few things to keep in mind:
Each family is required to sell a minimum of 10 tickets, 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 Starry Nights, City Lights Auction on Saturday, April 30th 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 of $30,000, the entire school will receive a Kona Ice Party AND Ms. Fussell & Mrs. McReynolds will do a hilarious “Principal and Vice-Principal Stunt” that the students get to choose!
Huge congratulations to the students & families who earned the BONUS!! They sold at least 20 tickets in the first week of the raffle sale!! These families earned 5 bonus entries for the tuition raffle AND the students will earn a special Free Dress Day on a date to be announced soon!
Archibeque, Azhar, Baker, Bamieh, Barker, Benton, Burns (Penelope, Thomas & Andrew), Burns (Cherise), Capra, Cejoco, Colitti, Devericks, Duddy, Fernandez, Fischer, Galbraith-Albutt, Gallegos, Garcia (Deven), Garfias, Granieri, Gray, Huff, Ianne, Intenzo, Janis, Jones (Zane), Kaiser, Lincicum, Lorenzen, Maechler (Bodhi & Riley), Makuch, Marzhal, McCalister, McReynolds, Meter, Miller, Minoui, Morda, Morris, Nguyen, Noble, Padilla, Panza, Pound, Quagliata, Root, Seguine (Ella), Seguine (Greyson), Stiffler, and Wyatt!
COMING NEXT WEEK! A VISIT FROM THE “TWINKLE TROLLY”!!!
All students of families who sell a minimum of 20 tickets by Monday, April 4th will receive a visit from the “Twinkle Trolly” in their classroom on Friday, April 8th 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 Jennifer Bamieh at (805) 340-9168 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Amber McCalister at (805) 320-5911 / email@example.com.
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. Return your completed RSVP card to the office with payment.
Group tables are all sold. Seating will be on a first come first serve basis.
Help make our biggest fundraiser a smashing success!
Starry Nights City Lights ~ Volunteers Need!
Our OLA Annual Auction Dinner is approaching, and we have a fun night planned including cocktails, a silent & live auction featuring classroom projects, dinner and dancing.
As with any school event, volunteers are essential, and we need your help;! Just a few hours of your time can help make this event a smashing success. Volunteer hours (up to 5) can be banked and applied for the next school year when parent hour requirements return. Get a head start for next year! It’s also a great way to have fun and meet new parents.
Helpers are need for the following:
Day of Set Up
Live Auction Helpers
Check In Table
Drink Ticket Sales
Bank & Check Out Table
Choose your shift using Sign-Up Genius at
Or Contact Jen colitti at email@example.com
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Testing ~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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Colitti at email@example.com. 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.
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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