word hope over a plant growing in a crack in the sidewalk

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 27,  2022

Virtue of the Month

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.

How do we Nourish and Renew Hope?

When we need the gift of hope to be increased, the most important thing we can do is ask for it. Further, we can make simple acts of hope by saying quietly, “Jesus, I trust in You.” We can post the following Scripture verses on a mirror, and repeat them each day. “For You O Lord are my Hope…my trust is in You” (Psalm 146:5). “I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for woe so as to give you a future of hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

“Hope is expressed and nourished in prayer, especially in the Our Father, the summary of everything that hope leads us to desire” (Catechism, paragraph 1820). 

With confidence let us pray the Act of Hope: O my God, relying on Your almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Your grace, and life everlasting through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

Let us trust in Jesus Christ for He is trustworthy. It is through the merits of His Passion, Death, and Resurrection that God keeps us in the “hope that does not disappoint” (Romans 5:5).

Tuesday of week 26 in Ordinary Time

St Vincent de Paul

Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23. Let my prayer come before you, Lord – Psalm 87(88):2-8. Luke 9:51-56.

Welcoming others to the table

I’m not an expert on Samaritan culture, but I do know what it’s like to encounter people who disagree with the journey I’m going on. Sometimes it’s because of a valid concern for my wellbeing, but sometimes it’s because they don’t fully understand me or my journey.

Jesus’ response to being unwelcome in the Samaritan village is a merciful one. They don’t understand who he is or his mission, and that’s not enough to condemn them. Our challenge today – particularly on this feast of St Vincent de Paul, who spent so much time with outcasts – is to seek to more deeply understand others we encounter and the journey they are undertaking, such that we might find a welcome place for them at our table.

Scouts at OLA

Our Lady of the Assumptions Cub Scout Troop is open to all Kindergarten to 5th grade boys and girls that are interested.2,716 Scouts Stock Vector Illustration and Royalty Free Scouts Clipart


Does your child love the outdoors and having fun? Do they love learning and creating new friendships?

Joining Cub Scouts gives you both!

 Cub Scouts provides outdoor adventures and family activities that teach your child value-based leadership and character strengths, builds confidence and social skills, and teaches the value of service and citizenship.

 We have our first OLA Cub Scout meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, September 28th at 6:00 pm in the Santa Clara Room at OLA (near the preschool).

Please join us to experience what Cub Scouts is all about and to see if Cub Scouts may be something your child is interested in pursuing.  No commitment is necessary.

 Please feel free to contact Jim Montgomery at 805-368-6999 or at jim@sureteq.com with any questions.

Chapter 3. Assessing Community Needs and Resources | Section 10. Conducting Concerns Surveys | Main Section | Community Tool Box

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.  Thank you for your support!

Parent Survey: Improving Student Learning

Lunch by KB Catering

Our new hot lunch program is off to a great start! 

We are very excited to be able to partner with a local caterer!

Lunch can be ordered up to 30 days in advance through their app- SBHS Cafe or their website- kbcateringpreorder.com.

When placing an order make sure you have selected OLA School. Choose the items you would like to order for your child and proceed to checkout. For payment select online, not card, choose the date, the time doesn’t matter as the items will all be prepared in time for our lunch time.  Payment is processed through PayPal, (you do not need a personal PayPal account to pay).  If ordering for multiple days in advance you will need to pay for each order individually. Multiple days are not available in a single transaction. 

*Pizza is only available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

*Please use the comment section to include your student’s name and grade. 

No “day of” ordering will be available. Please order no later than 11:59pm the day before. 

If you tried to register for multiple accounts but only have one email you are welcome to use one account for your family. It is VERY IMPORTANT to use the comment section to note which meal is for which child and their grade number. Example: Hamburger, First Name, Grade #, Hot Dog First Name, Grade # etc.

We noticed on some phones all  the data is not displayed in full. To resolve this, try rotating your phone horizontally to see more information. 

Looking for parent hours? We would love to have parents help sort and distribute the hot lunches. Arrive between 11:30am and 11:40am to volunteer. Hot Lunch helpers will receive one parent hour for each day of volunteering, or you can stay for lunch duty until 12:40 and receive 2 parent hours (yes, that's two hours for volunteering for one hour).

For meal, app or website ordering questions please reach out to Kurt Bybee at kurtbybeecatering@gmail.com / 805-754-6220.

For general questions or comments please contact the OLA school office jennifer@olaventura.org /805-642-7198


Daily School Schedule - Petra Christian Academy

Calendar Highlights  

  September 29th.                                 Midpoint of the 1st Trimester

September 30th                                    Jeans for Jesus-College Tees  Theme $1.00

October  7th                                               School Mass -   Our Lady of the 

                                                                                Rosary    9:30 am

October 11th                                               APA Board Meeting-6:30 pm-OLA School

October 12th                                             Art Trek Training 8:15 - 10: 45 am

October 19th                                             Valentino's Take & Bake & Copper Pot Fundraiser 

                                                                               7am-   8pm

October 24th                                   Fall Break Day - No School

October 28th                                   Jeans for Jesus-Halloween Theme

October 31st                                    Noon Dismissal Day-Halloween

 Contents of Weekly Brown Envelope

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

  • Family Directory

We are bringing back Jeans for Jesus! Each month we will have a themed non-uniform dress day. Non-uniform dress days will cost $1.00 per student. All funds raised will be donated to a different charity each month. Please see the non-uniform guidelines in the Parent-Student  Handbook found both on our website and on our app. 

What’s Happening with our Student Council!

Student council is busy with Welcome Wagon Week.  The members of Student Council have some great activities planned to welcome our new students to OLA. For grades TK-5 the student council created a scavenger hunt so the new students could become more familiar with our great campus. The new students in middle school were treated to a relay race to help unite 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Below is a photo of  items provided to the new students including a handmade cross with a scripture written on the back lovingly made by the student council as part of the scavenger hunt. 

October brings a surprise National Celebration Day to one of our important and favorite staff members. Student council will have a fun way to celebrate. 

Coming up in October, the Student Council will plan a service project “Socktober”. Watch for more information to come in the following weeks. 



 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. 

Boys Flag Football-The OLA Flag Football team will practice Wednesday and Friday this week. 

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

OLA Sports Center

September 29                               Elementary Meet-Camino Real

September 30                               Middle School Meet-Soule Park

October 6                                       Elementary Meet-Arroyo Verde

October 7                                       Middle School Meet-Mission Oaks

October 14                                     Elementary/Middle School Meet-

                                                                 Mt. Sac Invitational

October 20                                    Elementary Meet-Finals Arroyo Verde

October 21                                     Middle School Meet-League 

                                                                   Finals Arroyo Verde

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-October 21, Middle School Meet, JV Girls 3:00, JV Boys 3:30. Varsity Girls 4:30, Varsity Boys 5:00)

Elementary Cross Country Team Results:

Out of 14 schools, OLA’s elementary girls’ team took THIRD place overall!

After finishing in third place overall last week, OLA’s elementary boys’ team took FIRST place overall today!

It was a super-fast one mile race.  

Our top three elementary girl runners were:

  • Naomi Isbell (homeschool runner grade 4 on our team) finished in 7th place out of 171 runners with a mile run time of 6:52

  • Lily DeBoer (grade 5) finishing in 9th place with a run time of 6:58

  • Hailey Figueroa (grade 3) finishing 23rd  overall with a run time of 7:41

Our top three elementary boy runners were:

  • Jack Baker (grade 5) with a remarkable mile run time of 5:39 finishing 3rd out of 185 runners

  • James Quagliata (grade 3) finishing 13th overall with a run time of 6:37

  • Emmett Lee (grade 5) finishing 17th overall with a run time of 6:41 

Middle School Cross Country Race Results: 

Out of 15 schools, our OLA middle school girls team took 4th place overall!

After finishing in 5th place last week, our OLA middle school boys took 4th place overall today!

Our top three middle school girl runners were: 

  • Madeline Abbott (grade 8) with a run time of 13:16 finishing in 12th place out of 144 runners (20 seconds faster than last week)

  • Hannah von Gunten (grade 8) with a run time of 13:17 finishing in 13th place overall (27 seconds faster than last week)

  • Annalee Dufau (grade 6) with a run time of 13:20 finishing in 14th place overall (35 seconds faster than last week)          

 Our top three middle school boy runners were:

  • Taylor Kaiser (grade 6) with a run time of 11:30 finishing 11th out of 204 runners (35 seconds faster than last week)

  • Caleb Isbell (homeschool runner grade 6 on our team) with a run time of 11:38 finishing in 13th place (46 seconds faster than last week)

  • Jackson Quagliata (grade 7) with a run time of 11:43 finishing in 18th place (23 seconds faster than last week) 

  Parents interested in helping with Edge Gabe is having two (2) informational meetings for parents interested in joining the CORE Team and or volunteering:

9/28 — Info session #1 for prospective EDGE CORE Team & Parents.

10/5 — Info session #2 for prospective EDGE CORE Team & Parents.

Both sessions will be in Mulcahy Center at 6:00pm and those interested only need to attend one meeting.

 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! 



Our APA Board has some exciting fundraising events coming up. 

Please save the dates!



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

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


8:30 am - 12:00 pm


12:50 pm - 2:30 pm

After Dismissal hours


Closed for Lunch(12:00-12:50) 

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

Student Learning Expectations (SLE’S)

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