Hope spelled out with flowers

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…September 13,  2022

Virtue of the Month

Hope: The 3 Things needed to Grow and Thrive | SCA

Our school  participates in a Deanery wide program which highlights a particular virtue of the month along with particular Saints for each grade level - Grades PK - 2 St. Joseph, Grades 3 - 5 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and Grades 6 - 8 Sts. Louis & Zelie Martin.   The virtue for this year is Hope and the theme for this year is Study.

During this year, we want to grow in hope. Hope is a gift from God by which we trust in Jesus Christ, that He will keep His promises and help us through difficulties on our journey to Heaven. The virtue of hope responds to the desire for happiness which God has placed in the heart of every person. Hope, which is not merely optimism, never disappoints. Let’s take a closer look.

What is hope?

“Hope is a theological virtue which means that this gift comes from God and leads us back to God. We receive the gift of hope from God in Baptism. Hope allows the possibility for Christians to trust in God, especially with things that seem difficult or impossible to receive, such as salvation. (See John 11:25-26)

The theological virtue of hope is the power by which we desire the Kingdom of Heaven as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the grace of the Holy Spirit. Jesus will give us the graces that we need for the journey to Heaven.

St John Chrysostom

1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 27-31. 

We are his people: the sheep of his flock – Psalm 99(100). Luke 7:11-17.

When the Lord saw her, he felt sorry for her

The Gospels occasionally tell us that Jesus responds from the depths of human compassion. On seeing the widow, Jesus responds not from a sense of practicality, but from human concern.

Jesus is different from Greek or Roman gods. Mythological stories of pagan gods show them as capricious, ambitious, villainous and vain. But the God of Jesus Christ, embodied in the person of Jesus, is an incarnational God who embraces the pain and joy of our human experience.

Because of the Incarnation, Jesus responds compassionately to the childless widow’s grief. Jesus’ compassion gives life.


Grandparents & Special Friends Day what a wonderful Day!  We were so very blessed to receive our special guests on Friday and be able to worship together as a whole community at Mass.  A big thank you to our APA board and parents for providing us with a delicious spread of treats to enjoy.  Thank you teachers and staff for making the day memorable in your classrooms.  

 The Annual Scholastic Book Fair is Coming! – PS99Q Parents' Association

Thank you OLA for supporting our Scholastic Book Fair all week.  This fundraiser helps to support our Media Center  and classrooms with the necessary books and materials to support and encourage our students' love for reading.   Thank you all for fulfilling the teacher's wish lists.   

Daily School Schedule - Petra Christian Academy

Calendar Highlights    

September 13th.                                APA Board Meeting 6:30 pm

September 14th.                                Art Trek Training 8:15 am-10:45 am

September 16th.                                Peirano’s Fundraiser 5pm-8:30pm

September 20th.                               Washington DC Parent Meeting  

September 22nd.                               Picture Day

September 29th.                                Midpoint of the 1st Trimester   

Contents of Weekly Brown Envelope

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

  • Peirano’s Restaurant Fundraiser Flyer

  • Picture Day Order Forms

  • Parent Hour Form

We need completed emergency cards and all other papers that were sent home the first week of school returned A.S.A.P. They are very important and need to be recorded in the office for safety. Thank you!

Fall Picture Day Is Coming!   Thursday, September 22, 2022 

Looking for Parent Hours?

We are looking for 2 parents to assist with Picture Day.

Parent helpers would assist in notifying classes when they are to go to the photo area as well as assisting the photographers in making sure the students are looking their best (removing jackets, fixing collars, straightening hair).

On picture day the volunteers would need to be available from 7:45 until pictures are finished (approximately 11:30).

Please email the school office if you are interested. jennifer@olaventura.org

Ordering School pictures is easy and convenient 

1.Online ordering is available before and after Picture Day.  Shipping and handling charges may apply to orders  placed after Picture Day. Or, 

2. Return order envelope on Picture Day that will have   been sent home with your student prior. 

Preview Styles &  Order Online:  

https://vando.imagequix.com/ g1000954719#login

Smile and see you on picture day!

Parent Hour Information

The Parent Participation hours are SELF REPORTED. Please look for the form to record your hours in today’s brown envelope. The form is designed for you to log your hours or items purchased (attach receipts for purchases).  Items purchased and donated = l hour for each $15 spent.  

Donations of food items, drinks, or gift cards for Sam’s Club for EDC may be credited toward Parent Participation Hours at the rate of 1 hour for each $15 spent. 

Forms can be submitted on the following dates

Monday November 7th, Monday February 27th and Monday May 15th.

 Tuition alone does not cover the cost of educating a child.  The Parent Participation Program helps to achieve more parent involvement and at the same time helps to meet the rising costs of school operation.  Each family is required to give 30 hours of service to the school according to the participation options on the Parent Agreement Form. Families have the option of donating the participation fee in lieu of working the hours, for a maximum of $450. A maximum of 10 hrs. is allowed for Scrip.  (Every $200 script purchase = one hour.)

OLA School is thrilled to announce our new app for mobile phones! Stay up-to-date with access to events, documents, news from administrators, student stories, and even emergency notifications.

OLA School App Video

You can download the app for free on Google Play or Apple App Store.

Download for Android https://bit.ly/3HRxTwQ

Download for iPhone https://apple.co/3JwStCO


Thank you for helping our dismissal process flow smoothly in the afternoons. If all parents in the car line could please be mindful to leave openings for our neighbors driveways when waiting to move down Dunning street. This is both for the safety and courteousness of our neighbors. 

OLA Sports Center

The cross country team is off to a running start! Below are some upcoming meets for both elementary and middle school levels. 

September 15                                Elementary Meet-VUSD

September 16                                Middle School Meet-DATA

September 22                                Elementary Meet-Kimball Park

September 23                                Middle School Meet-Rio Vista

September 29                                Elementary Meet-Camino Real

September 30                                Middle School Meet-Soule Park

Elementary Meets begin at 4:30 pm for girls & 4:45 pm for boys

Middle School Meets begin at 4:30pm for girls and 5:00 pm for boys. (exception-September 30 Middle School Meet will start 30 minutes earlier-4:00 pm for girls and 4:30pm for boys. 



Boys Flag Football-6th, 7th & 8th grade boys are welcome to try out for the OLA Flag Football team. Tryouts will be held again Wednesday September 14th afterschool. We are also looking for parent volunteers to do field set up and scorekeeping for the home games. Please email Ron Bamieh to sign up or volunteer. rbamieh@bamiehdesmeth.com

Girls Volleyball-We are looking for a few parents to volunteer to coach and referee a girls volleyball team this fall. This is a great way to earn parnet hours. Training will be provided. Please contact our athletic director Matt Figueroa mfigueroa@bsnsports.com





Flag Football Online Spirit Wear Store-OLA is launching their first online spirit wear store for parents. The online store will be open from September 15th through September 22nd.  Items will ship approximately 3-4 weeks after the store closes. 

Click the link to start shopping. OLA Spirit Wear Store 

Email mfigueroa@bsnsports.com with questions. 

Edge Wednesday nights, 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.

 Reporting an absence:

If your child will be absent from school, please complete the Absent Reporting form. This form can be found on our app under Documents or on our website under quick links. This will generate a report that is given to teachers daily. Thank you! 



                      It’s Baaaccckkk!!!

        OLA School’s 2022-2023 Student T-Shirt Design      Competition!!!

Our Lady of the Assumption School is offering its students the chance to design a T-Shirt for the 2022- 2023 school year. OLA students can purchase these t-shirts and can wear them for PE for the entire school year!

All students in Grades TK-8 are eligible to submit their t-shirt design and the drawing must be related to this year’s theme. This year our school is celebrating the “Year of Hope'' highlighted in our Virtues Program and we would like the t-shirt to reflect on this virtue. Designs must be turned in to the School Office by Friday, September 23, 2022

The winner will be selected by the T-Shirt Team and will be announced on Friday, September 30th at Flag Salute. The winning design will appear on the FRONT of the t-shirt, and the second-place design will be used to create OLA stationery.

Here are the rules:

1. Your drawing should be related to this year’s theme “Year of Hope”!

  1. Artists must hand draw the t-shirt design by themselves. (Minimal Adult assistance OK for Grades TK-2)

  2. Draw your design using colored markers. (Very Important: No Crayons or Colored Pencils)

  3. Design must be no larger than 18” length x 15” wide on white paper (8 1⁄2” x 11” paper OK)

5. No clip art or other computer-generated assistance allowed

6. Be creative, use your imagination and HAVE FUN!!!

7. Print your name & your grade at the bottom of the design (This way, everyone who buys the t-shirt will know that you were the artist!!)   

Questions...call Jennifer Bamieh at 805-340-9168 or email jenniferbamieh@gmail.com Good luck!

OLA School’s 2022-2023 Student T-Shirt Design Competition

Company, Family, or Class Group Sponsorship Opportunity

Our Lady of the Assumption School is bringing back the Student T-Shirt Design Competition. All students can submit a drawing for the shirt and one lucky student’s design will be selected for the front! We are asking for sponsors to help defray the cost of printing the t-shirts. All sponsors will have their names or company logos on the back and/or the 2 sleeves of every t-shirt!

Students can wear this t-shirt for PE Class for the rest of the school year!

Please consider including your company’s logo, family name, or gather a group of your classmates and sponsor the T-Shirt.

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS (Please check one): SLEEVE: $750.00 / (only 2 spots) DOLPHIN: $500.00

FRIEND: $250.00

PATRON: $100.00

Complete the Sponsorship Form attached by 9/23/22 and contact Jennifer Bamieh at 805-340-9168 or jenniferbamieh@gmail.com for more information.

Room Parents Wanted | Friends of Peabody Elementary

Our Lady of the Assumption School is still looking for parent volunteers to serve in the roles of Lead Room Parent and Co-Room Parent in grades 3 and 6.  This is a great way to earn parent  hours. If interested, please contact Room Parent Coordinators: Erin Canavan at canavanerin1@gmail.com or Danielle Maechler at daniellenicholetarr@gmail.com.Room Parents Needed | Lincoln Academy

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 2022-2023 school year  please contact Jennifer Bamieh jenniferbamieh@yahoo.com

School Office Hours

hours New office closed clipart jpg - Clipartix

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 from 2:30pm-3:00pm. 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. 

Training at OLA:  

These sessions will be led by Dea Boheme.  Please call Dea at (805) 390-1260  to reserve a spot. 

All sessions begin at 1 pm and are held in the Santa Cruz Room

Protecting God's Children (Initial training, 3 hours)

  •       Saturday, October 8, 2022 

  •       Saturday, November 12, 2022

Keeping the Promise Alive (Recertification training, 1 ½ hours)

  •      Saturday, October 1, 2022


The Mission Basilica San Buenaventura is holding a fingerprinting session on September 28, 2022 at Holy Cross School.  Please call the parish office to set up an appointment- ( 805 ) 643-4318

Student Learning Expectations (SLE’S)

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