zeal in a burning heart

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…May 18 , 2022

The Marian Month of May - A ReflectionCatholic: Mother Mary

“The month of May is beginning. Our Lord wants us to make good use of this opportunity to increase in his love through dealing with his Mother.  Let’s try each day to show her, through little things, little attention, that we, her children, love her, that our holiness and apostolate and becoming something real,  that we are making a constant effort to contribute to the salvation which Christ has brought to the world.” ~ St. Josemaria Escriva

During the month of May, bring your family together to call on the powerful intercession of the Blessed Mother.  Whether you pray a Hail, Mary or a decade of the Rosary, or even a chaplet, find ways this month to spend some time honoring our mother, Mary, the Mother of God.

The Virtue  for the Month of MayZeal, the Lost Christian Grace - Abiding Walk

Zeal : Being driven by an intense love for God

One of the great virtues related to charity is zeal. Zeal is the adore of charity; it is love burning brightly. It is a fiery love for God, for His gracious truth and for the salvation of souls.


We all know of the care and love that Mother Teresa would show to the humblest and most sick of her society.  A journalist, when he beheld Mother Teresa cleaning the purulent sores of a dying man, said to Mother Teresa ”I would not do what you are doing, for a million dollars.” Mother Teresa replied “ I would not do it for a million dollars either,” By this she meant that she would not do it because of money, but for zealous love. What did she see in those people,  half rotten while they breathed still? She saw Christ; she saw royalty.  Her zeal gave them the honor they deserved. 

Our students are learning about the virtue of Zeal through the example of  the Saints.  The Saints they will be learning from this month are St. Paula  for grades Preschool through Second grade, St. Dominic for grades Three through Five and St. Francis Xavier  for grades Six through Eighth. 

Wednesday in the 5th Week of Eastertide 

St John I

Acts 15:1-6. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord – Psalm 121(122):1-5. John 15:1-8.

I am the vine, you are the branches

‘No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine’. What a rich Gospel passage. Every time I hear it, I am struck by a different part: I am the true vine; remain in me as I also remain in you; apart from me you can do nothing. Sitting with it this time around, it was the image of a branch trying to bear fruit by itself that captivated me. Imagine an apricot tree branch saying to the tree, ‘I don’t need to stay connected to the trunk and its roots, I can bear fruit all on my own’. Of course, the branch has to remain connected to the trunk which provides life to the branch. Yet how often do we think that we can bear fruit on our own, how often do we think that the resources available to us are ‘ours’ and due to our own hard work alone? May we remember that any fruit we bear is a result of God living in and working through us.


Congratulations to the Ventura Water~ Green Schools Program sponsored a student art contest. The topics were: 

  • Conserve Our Water

  • Only Rain Down the Drain!

  • Prevent Litter

  • Protect Our Watersheds

  • Respect Our Oceans & Beaches

The winners will be featured in the 2023 Watershed Awareness Calendar.  Below is the artwork from the  winners from OLA!

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  • Tony’s Pizzaria Fundraiser Flyer     

Calendar Highlights            

  • Thursday May 19 Parent Information Night for DC Trip 

        Grades 6 & 7 @ 6:30 in the Mulcahy Center

  • Friday May 20 Best Day Ever/Parents Night Out

  • Saturday May 21 Father Daughter Dance

  • Tuesday May 24 Tony’s Pizzaria Fundraiser

  • Friday May 27 Student Council Speeches & Elections

  • Monday May 30 No School-Memorial Day

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Parents - Back to Campus!

We have begun welcoming parents back to campus to volunteer. We would like to begin with Lunch Duty.  All volunteers on campus must be up to date with their  Virtus Certification.  If you are interested in volunteering during lunch and you want to check your status please email me at principal@olaventura.org.  If you are a new parent and would also like to volunteer please email me as well. 

  Please report to duty no later than 11:50 am to get signed in and pick up a badge.  Lunch is from 12:00 pm to 12:40 pm. 

We are happy to welcome you back!

OLA Parish News:


3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the OLA Church  ~ Monday thru Friday.Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet & Rosary 

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 youthministry@ola-vta.org or 805-642-7966 x121.

Restaurant Fundraiser

Make sure to join our very own Ms. Fussell on Tuesday May 24th 7:00 pm for LOTERIA, a fundraiser, at Tony’s Pizzaria. Ms. Fussell will be the guest caller for Mexican Bingo. Come for dinner and stay for the fun! All funds raised from the sale of the Loteria cards as well as 20% of food sales will be donated back to the school. 


“Link”  Starry Nights City Lights Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete a quick survey about our annual fundraiser. As the group that organizes and raises much needed funds for our school, the APA Board would love to find ways to include all of our families and improve the fundraising process. 

Please click the above link.

If you have any questions, contact Jen Colitti/jengirlc@gmail.com

UPDATE: We are looking for creative, hard working and motivated moms and dads to join the APA Board for the 2022-2023 school year. This board is a fundraising board that raises money for our school.  If you are interested please contact Jen Colitti at jengirlc@gmail.com.

Testing ~We have home test kits and PCR tests available in the office. Our lab pick up days will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays by noon. Coronavirus Rapid Diagnostic Test Device. Covid-19 Rapid Test Kit. Pandemic  Concept. Vector Illustration, Flat Design Royalty Free Cliparts, Vectors,  And Stock Illustration. Image 154220606.

 Please contact Gina Ravenscroft at gina@olaventura.org or Jennifer Colitti  at jennifer@olaventura.org.  You are also welcome to come into the office and pick up tests for your family. 

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.

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


8:30 am - 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 12:00 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.   Trainings will begin again in August , 2022

Student Learning Expectations (SLE’S)

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