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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…January 24, 2023

 Tuesday: Week 3 in Ordinary Time

Saint of the Day:   St Francis de SalesMatthew 11:25 KJV - At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank

Hebrews 10:1-10. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will – Psalm 39(40):2, 4, 7-8, 10, 11. Mark 3:31-35.

Jesus, we are overawed and grateful to be called your brothers and sisters

This reading fills me with mixed emotions, because on the one hand I feel a little sorry for Jesus’ mother and brothers who were outside looking for Jesus, and on the other, I feel delighted that Jesus is putting all of us on equal footing as his mother or brothers with regard to our belonging to him. I believe Jesus treasured his mother and brothers, and of course recognised their concern in looking for him. However, he knew how powerful this would be to those sitting with him, that he declared them to be as close to him as his family, if they did the will of his father. Thank you, Jesus, as I am in that crowd sitting around you, and I love the fact that you called me your sister on this day. Grant me the grace and strength to always do my best to do the will of our Father.


Virtue of the Month of January is Fidelity~ Being faithful to promises and commitmentsTerminology of Catholic Belief by Ryan LeBlanc

Our Saints this month:

Grade PK- 2: 

 St. Cecilia

Grade 3 - 5: 

Bls. Lugi & Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi

Grade 6-8: 

Gianna Molla

Fidelity: Being Faithful to Promises and Commitments

Fidelity is a virtue closely allied to truthfulness.  Its function is to incline a person to the fulfillment of his promises.  Truthfulness inclines one to conform his speech to the judgment of his mind, while fidelity disposes him to confirm his deeds to his promises and vows. Fidelity also concerns loyalty: Loyalty first of all to the right of God, to your family, and to all your neighbors. 

We are by nature social beings.  This means in practice that we are dependent on one upon the other. Since we are dependent, we need to trust each other in order to be able to build necessary social units , such as the family, local community, state, church, etc.  If individuals are not truthful, not trustworthy, not faithful to what they say and promise, then the whole social system begins to crack. 

So we are to do all that we can to increase our faith. We do Him no favors by following his law, by being faithful to the teachings of the Church he founded.  His love for us through salvation history is a complete gift.  This is the meaning of grace.  Therefore, he owes us nothing but is owed our worship and our constant fidelity.  This is why the Psalmist today reminds us, “If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” 

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Calendar Highlights  

January 27                                                All School Mass 9:30 am

January 29-February 4                Catholic Schools Week

January 30                                               Non Uniform Dress for those who attended 

                                                                            Mass on Sunday January 29 

January 30-February 1                8th Grade Catalina Trip

February 2                                              Open House 6:30pm 

February 4                                               Eucharistic Revival: Santa Barbara 

                                                                           Region Archdiocesan  Event

February 7-February 9                Spring WCEA/WASC Visit

February 7                                             APA Board Meeting 6:30 pm

February 8                                            Art Trek Training 8:15 am-10:45 am

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

  • Progress Reports

TK & Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2023-2024

TK & Kindergarten Registration - If you have a child that will be entering  TK or Kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year, please fill out the online application and submit ASAP. We will be sending out screening letters soon.

Catholic Schools week begins with the Mass on January 29, 2023.  We are excited to begin this important national event with Mass on Sunday. We would like to encourage you all to attend Mass with your families and to have your child wear his/her uniform to Mass.  Teachers will be at all Mass on Sunday to give students a Non-Uniform Dress Pass for Monday, January 30. 

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Parent Hour Opportunities:

Our Parish is hosting the Santa Barbara Regional Eucharistic Congress on February 4 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.  There will be opportunities for parents to volunteer at this event.  Please contact the Parish to sign up - 805-642-7966.

Lost and Found-Please check the lost and found located outside the school office for missing items. 

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! 

 Scrip Fundraiser


Gift cards are available for purchase through RaiseRight all year long. Physical gift cards and EGift cards can be ordered and paid for online or in the school office. Orders will be processed the 5th and 20th of the month and delivered approximately 1 week later. EGift Cards are electronic gift cards sent right to your RaiseRight account or to any recipient you choose. RaiseRight has a large selection of E-Gift options so you don’t have to wait for physical gift cards to arrive or worry about shipping delays. EGift can even be sent as gifts right to the recipient. Log in to your RaiseRight account for those last minute gifts!

Remember-Our school earns a percentage back on every card purchased.

As an added bonus, earn one parent hour for every $200 in gift cards purchased! 

Should you have any questions, please contact: Katie Flores or Regina Ruiz


What’s Happening with our Student Council!

The Student Council members have been busy getting ready for Catholic Schools week that will take place January 29 thru February 3. Here are some of the fun things they have planned to celebrate our wonderful catholic school. 

Sunday January 29- We encourage all students to attend mass in their uniform. Members of student council have readings and thank you’s to “Celebrate our Parish” 

Monday January 30 we will be collecting beanies and gloves to help Many Meals who serve our homeless community. 

Wednesday January 31 we will “Celebrate our Nation” by saying a special prayer and wearing Red, White and Blue.

Friday February 3 we will meet with our school families and each student will bring a family picture to share. 

Thank you student council for all your planning and hard work! 

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OLA Sports Center

Yay! Boys and Girls practices are underway. Game schedules will be posted on our school app. soon. First games will be played February 1. Please  plan to come out and support our teams!      

Go Dolphins!


Thank you to everyone who joined the Cinco De Mayo Auction Planning meeting.

Our annual spring auction and raffle is our biggest fundraiser of the year. We raise much needed funds for school improvements that benefit all families and children at OLA. This year, some of the improvements that Ms. Fussell hopes to include installing a camera for security at the front gate, installing solar panels so that the school can eventually add air conditioning and not overwork our dated electrical infrastructure, and building a restroom for the TK classroom. 

The APA Board has planned the auction this year with a Cinco De Mayo Theme. It will take place May 5, 2023 at the Poinsettia Pavilion, from 5:30pm until 10:00pm. As we are saying, "No time to Siesta, let's Fiesta!" 

There are many aspects to making sure this event is successful and goes off smoothly. The APA Board members are a small and mighty group, but we would love to have as many school families as possible join us in making it an even more successful event. To this end, we have formed committees to spread the work among all Board members. If you are interested in helping out with a certain committee, you can contact me and I can put you in touch with the appropriate Board person. 

As always, you will earn parent hours for all hours you volunteer helping out with the Auction and Raffle.

If you are unable to volunteer to help but have a connection for any of the above committees (printer, drink or food vender, auction items, etc), please reach out to me. 

Thank you for taking your time to help make our school the best learning environment for our children! 

Jennifer Bamieh

(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  


New sessions to begin in the new year. These sessions will be led by Dea Boheme.  Please call Dea at (805) 390-1260  to reserve a spot. Protecting God's Children (Initial training, 3 hours)

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

Two VIRTUS classes have been scheduled for January.

Protecting God's Children 4.0, Saturday, February 4, 2023, 1-4 pm in the Santa Cruz Room

Keeping the Promise Alive (Recertification), Saturday, February 11, 2023, 1-2:30 in Santa Cruz Room.


February 14, 2023 from 11 am - 7 pm

Parish House Main conference Room 

Reservations Call : The Parish Office 805-642-7966

To register, participants should call 805-390-1260.

 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  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: