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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…October 18,  2022

Virtue of the Month of October ~ Studiousness

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. Albert the Great, Grades 3 - 5 St. Thomas Aquinas, and Grades 6 - 8 St. Edith Stein.   The virtue for this year is Hope and the theme for this year is Study.

Studiousness: Seeking knowledge to grow closer to Truth.

To be studious is to be appropriately eager to study. It is having the desire to apply one’s mind to something; to learn about it, to know it, so that one may understand it. To develop, foster and have the virtue of studiosity is a good thing. It is just as natural and proper for humans to desire knowledge, as it is to desire the pleasures of food and drink. Ultimately we all desire to know that which is true, that which is Truth itself; and that Truth, which is God, wishes us to know him.  

Study = the keen application of the mind to truth. 

Religious Feast Days, National and Social Media Holidays in October

October is Respect for Life Month.  

In our sanctuary the students in grades TK - 8 have created two beautiful banners that hang below the choir loft.  Please take a look up at our students' engaging and artistic work. 

Father and maker of all, you adorn all creation with splendor and beauty, and fashion human lives in your image and likeness. Awaken in every heart reverence for the work of your hands, and renew among your people a readiness to nurture and sustain your precious gift of life.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.


Tuesday of week 29  in Ordinary Time

 St Luke

2 Timothy 4:10-17. Your friends tell the glory of your kingship, Lord – Psalm 144(145):10-13, 17-18. Luke 10:1-9.

The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few

What is it that holds us back from offering peace to all whom we meet, from offering healing and from announcing the kingdom of God among us? Do we feel unqualified or unworthy? Do we feel scared and apprehensive about opening ourselves up to ridicule and hostility? Do we feel weighed down or busy? We are invited to travel lightly through this world so that we can more readily and easily offer peace to those whom we encounter without worrying how it will be received. The need for peace and healing and good news is always so great. Let us respond generously to the invitation from Jesus to travel lightly, casting off what weighs us down, so we can more readily share with others the good news that God’s peace and healing and reign are near to us.


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On November 2, 2022, the church has scheduled for the parking lot and  back of the school to be surry sealed and painted.  This should not impact morning drop-off or afternoon pickup too much.  The only catch is the exit.  For that day only we need all parents to exit out onto   N. Dunning street and not through the church parkng lot on Telegraph Rd.  

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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.

  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. 

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

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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

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Calendar Highlights  

  October 19th                                      Valentino's Take & Bake & Copper Coffee

                                                                          Pot Cafe  Fundraiser 7am-8pm

October 24th                                      Fall Break Day - No School

October 28th                                     Jeans for Jesus-Halloween Theme

October 31st                                       Noon Dismissal Day-Halloween

November 1st                                     All School Mass-All Saints Day

November 2nd                                   All Souls Day

November 5th                                   Fall Festival and Cornhole Tournament 

 Contents of Weekly Brown Envelope

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

  • Fall Raffle Tickets

  • Cornhole Tournament Sign Up Sheet & Fall Festival Pre-Order Form

  • Student Designed T Shirt Order Form

  • Jean for Jesus Flyer

The Pumpkin Bowl is coming! Monday October 31. OLA’s annual pumpkin bowl is a fun kickball game played by the 7th grade class vs the 8th grade class. Come cheer on the teams, we will have a prayer and national anthem at 10:10, the game will begin at 10:15 on the Bonaventure Field. Please check in through the OLA school office. 

Scrip is back!  Purchase gift cards and use them for gifts (you can get your Christmas shopping done all in one place!), or even just your everyday purchases.  There is no additional cost involved, and OLA School earns a percentage from each gift card purchased. 

Gift Cards Can Be Used For:






Emails were sent out through RaiseRight (be sure to check junk mail folders as well). Use the link to set-up your personal account.  Once registered, you can purchase gift cards online. Gift card orders will be submitted on the 5th and 20th of every month. The gift cards will be delivered to the school when they arrive and sent home in the brown envelopes. Shipping usually takes 7-10 business days. If you would like to pay by check please make your check payable to OLA and send your payment to the office by the 4th and 19th of the month. As an added bonus, earn one parent hour for every $200 in gift cards purchased! 

Should you have any questions, please contact: Katie Flores jimmykatieflores@gmail.com or Regina Ruiz reginam03@hotmail.com

What’s Happening with our Student Council!

This month the Student Council is planning a service project called “Socktober”. They will be collecting new socks the week of October 17th to be donated to Many Meals for distribution to the homeless. Socks can be brought in by the students and placed in the collection boxes in front of the trophy case. 

Halloween Assembly is coming on Monday October 31st. The assembly will start at 8am in Mulcahy. Please follow the costume guidelines provided by your students' teachers. 


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

Hot Lunch Information:

Our new hot lunch program is going well! Here are a couple of tips to ensure your child receives their lunch. 

  • You must choose OLA when ordering. If you do not choose OLA a lunch ticket is not printed and processed. 

  • Please use the “special instructions” or “comment” sections to note your child's name and grade. 

  • For any Thursday orders, if your child will have lunch and is staying for EDC, simply list EDC after the name and grade.

  • When it comes to payment make sure you get a confirmation that payment has been completed and the order is accepted. 

Thank you to all our wonderful parent volunteers for helping distribute the lunches! We can always use extra hands. 

If you have questions please call the school office 805-642-7198 or email Mrs. Colitti jennifer@olaventura.org

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


Boys Flag Football-Our Boys Flag Football is underway. Check our OLA App for game schedules and scores. Come out and support the team and GOOOOO DOLPHINS!!!

We are always happy to have 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 is underway.  Check our  OLA App for game schedules and scores.   Come out and support the team and GOOOOOO  DOLPHINS!! 

Our Cross Country team will run in the finals this Thursday and Friday. Join us at Arroyo Verde Park to cheer them on!

October 20                                    Elementary Meet-Finals Arroyo Verde

October 21                                     Middle School Meet-League 

                                                                  Finals Arroyo Verde


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This month we will collect donations to support Tender Life Maternity Home. Students may donate $1.00 and may wear a Halloween theme shirt or Halloween colors and jeans or uniform bottoms.  



The EDGE Kickoff was a HUGE success!

Greetings OLA Parents,

Peace and grace be with you.  More than DOUBLE the amount of youth we were expecting showed up last Wednesday with a whopping 71 middle schoolers checking-in for the event! Combined with the EDGE Core Team and a handful of parent volunteers, there were over 80 people in attendance. Even Fr. Leon & Fr. Matthew got in on the action! Official registration for EDGE is now open here—




WED Oct. 19th - EDGE Drop-in from 6:00pm-7:00pm [Mulcahy Center]:

Come meet the EDGE Adult Leaders and join them in some Large Group Games and IceBreakers.  Parents AND Middle School Youth are then invited to join us from  7:00 pm-8:30 pm in the church for the parish-wide XLT event (see flyer below). Rumor has it there will be Chicken Nuggets from Chick-Fil-A, light refreshments, and fellowship following Benediction!

WED Oct. 26th - EDGE Halloween Party, 6:00pm-7:30pm [Mulcahy Center]

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! 



Valentino’s Take & Bake Pizza and The Copper Coffee Pot Cafe Fundraiser

Fall Harvest Raffle    

In today's envelope, each family will be receiving 20 tickets for our Fall Harvest Raffle. These tickets are $2.00 each and can be sold starting today through Friday, Nov. 4. More information is on the memo attached to the tickets. We hope every family will participate in making this raffle a success.

The first visit of the Pumpkin Trolley will be on Friday, Oct. 28th during the morning snack break. Turn in at least 20 tickets by that morning and your child will get a treat from the Pumpkin Trolley that day!

Fall Harvest Cornhole Tournament, Family Picnic, and Concert!

Sign-up forms for the Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, November 5th, are in today's envelope. 25 teams of two can compete for some awesome prizes including a set of OLA Cornhole Tournament logo bean bags! Get your friends and family members together to compete to see who gets the Cornhole bragging rights. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be awarded!

We are lucky to have our own school family dad, ?????, and his yacht rock band Nautical Thrust performing a live concert for us at the Fall Harvest Cornhole Tournament and Family Picnic. Admission flyers are also in every Family envelope. Participating in the Cornhole Tournament is not required to attend the Family Picnic. In addition to the live concert, we will have picnic meals (limited food sales day of the event), outdoor games including our famous Cake Walk (this year participants can win single desserts but we will also have desserts available for sale in case you don't win at the CakeWalk), face-painting, bubbles, ball games, the Raffle Drawing, and more! We hope to see many families there! 

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Congratulations to Izabella Tretko in 2nd Grade, the winner of the T-shirt design contest!!!! The Second place winner is Celeste Del Cid grade 2, and Third place is Cherise Burns in  grade 7 . Their drawings will become the school’s Thank You cards. Izabella’s  design will be used for our OLA T-Shirt. Students who purchase this t-shirt can wear it for the rest of the school year on PE days. Please fill out and return the form in the Family envelope and return with payment by Friday, Nov. 4th. 

For any questions related to APA activities, please email Jennifer Bamieh at jenniferbamieh@gmail.com or call (805) 340-9168. 

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    

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)  

  •      Due to a conflict the November 12  session has been rescheduled to November 19, 1-4. Please call 805-390-1260 to register. 


  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.

Student Learning Expectations (SLE’S)

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