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 31, 2023
Happy Catholic Schools Week!
This week we celebrate the contribution that Catholic education provides to our children and to our youth, to our Church, to our communities, and to our nation. Thank you OLA Parents for supporting our school and making it such a wonderful place to grow and learn for our students.
Tuesday: Week 4 in Ordinary Time
Saint of the Day: St John Bosco
Hebrews 12:1-4. They will praise you, Lord, who longs for you – Psalm 21(22):26-28, 30-32. Mark 5:21-43.
If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well
The faith shown by this woman is an inspiration to all of us. Hers was a quiet, private faith. She did not need Jesus to acknowledge her, nor did she need to make a big point of approaching him. She had such faith that a simple touch was enough.
Today’s Gospel raises the question as to whether our faith is as pure as that woman’s. The idea of being cured in such a simple way can seem not proper and yet this is one of the best known stories of healing in the Bible. May we seek to develop a relationship with our God that is as pure and gentle.
Virtue of the Month of January is Fidelity~ Being faithful to promises and commitments
Our Saints this month:
Grade PK- 2:
Grade 3 - 5:
Bls. Lugi & Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi
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.”
January 29-February 4 Catholic Schools Week
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
February 8 Rincon Brewery Fundraiser 5pm-8pm
February 14 Valentines Day
February 17 Jeans 4 Jesus-Destination Theme
February 20 No School-Presidents Day
February 22 Ash Wednesday
February 24 No School-Religious Ed Conference
Contents of Weekly Brown Envelope
Please remove contents, complete and return any forms, sign and return the Brown Envelope every Wednesday.
Valentine Gram Flyer
Rincon Brewery Fundraiser Flyer
Raise Right Flyer
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.
"Fund the Classroom" for Catholic Schools Week!
Catholic Schools Week begins today, Sunday, January 29th, and ends on Saturday, February 4th. Help us celebrate our OLA teachers' Catholic vocation by “Funding their Classrooms'' during Catholic Schools Week! Each teacher has created a wish list of items they need for their classroom in AmazonSmile. We encourage you to browse these lists and if you feel inspired, please purchase an item for your teacher’s classroom and have it shipped directly to the school! These lists are similar to a wedding or baby registry. Once the item is purchased, it will be removed from the wish list. Feel free to share with family and friends too!
*Important* Please complete a gift receipt for all purchases and include your name and the teacher's name and grade. This will help with delivery when the items arrive at the school.
Please find Our Lady of the Assumption School’s AmazonSmile Charity List at the following link. There is a sub-list for each grade.
If you find that the list you are interested in is empty/all items have been purchased or you don’t see any items that you would like to purchase, another great option is to send an Amazon gift card directly to your teacher! You can do this through our OLA School RaiseRight program (so you will get a triple bang for your buck!! AmazonSmile, Scrip, and a benefit for the teachers)! You can purchase an electronic Amazon gift card or a physical Amazon gift card through RaiseRight. Please contact Mrs. Colitti in the school office for more information. You can do this any time during Catholic Schools Week or throughout the year!
Thank you for supporting our wonderful teachers and school during Catholic Schools Week!!
If you have any questions about AmazonSmile or the “Fund the Classroom” teacher wish lists on the AmazonSmile Charity Lists, please contact Mrs. Colitti in the school office. 805-642-7198 email@example.com
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.
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.
Monday January 30 we will be collecting beanies and gloves all week 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. Make sure to send in those photos.
Thank you student council for all your planning and hard work!
Valentine Grams sales will start Tuesday February 7th- PARENTS ONLY from 7:30am-8:00am in the Marion Plaza.
STUDENTS will be able to purchase Valentine Grams in their classrooms during the school day.
Both parents and students can purchase Valentine Grams Wednesday February 8th from 7:30am-8:00am in the Marion Plaza *while supplies last*.
Grams cost $2.00 each. Please try to have exact change. The Valentine Grams will be handed out Monday February 13th.
OLA Sports Center
Boys Basketball- First Game Wednesday, February 1 here at OLA vs St. Augustine-2. Game time 3:30pm.
Girls Basketball-First Game Thursday, February 2 at St. Augustine. Game time 3:30pm.
All games are posted on our school app. Come out and support our teams!!
APA BOARD CORNER
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Student Learning Expectations (SLE’S)
OLA Students aim for the S.T.A.R.S when they:
SHOW AND LIVE THEIR FAITH
THINK CRITICALLY AND WORK COOPERATIVELY
ACTIVELY MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
RESPECT OURSELVES AND OTHERS
STUDY AND LEARN