We are thankful for our STUDENTS!
Today was full of fun for our students. All grades participated in a Lion Hunt throughout the building. The class that found the most lion pictures (hidden by the 8th grade) won an ice cream treat. Congratulations to the 4th Grade!
Students in grades 2-8 competed in a song and dance contest, judged by our teachers, Mr. Long, and Mrs. McGann. All the acts were amazing! We have such a talented group of girls and boys at OLOL!! The winning class will receive a tag day each month for the rest of the school year. We will announce the winner on Monday.
We are thankful for our TEACHERS!
Thanks to all our supportive parents, the teachers enjoyed a wonderful extended lunch with delicious food from Maggiano's. Teachers were appreciated in so many special ways today- THANK YOU!!
OLOL's Family in Faith - Our Pride & Joy!
OLOL teachers tell us the importance of Catholic Schools:
It is wonderful to see our students return after they have graduated. They are happy and successful in high school, but they know their roots are here.
I love the energy and humor of our middle school students!
I choose to teach at Our Lady of Lourdes because I knew I would be comfortable in an environment where education, respect for traditional values and the principles of the Catholic faith are respected. Kindness, honesty and consideration for others are important contributors in my life, and they are fostered at Our Lady of Lourdes.
I choose to teach in Catholic school because here I get to express my faith openly, and I find it very rewarding to be able to pray at work. Growing up in a Catholic school I saw firsthand the importance of faith in my education. I saw it as the most precious treasure that my parents gave me, and I enjoy being a part of that experience for other families.
I feel fortunate to teach in a Catholic school where I can share my educational knowledge as well as my faith and values. There is a strong sense of community and support here.
Teaching in a Catholic School I have the privilege and responsibility to teach the "whole child". I don't just impart knowledge, but I guide students to use all the gifts that God has bestowed on them for the betterment of themselves, their families and their community.
As a teacher in a Catholic School, I have the opportunity to bring light to the importance of loving and serving God in all that we think, do and say. Taking what we learn, we live a life of "Faith Excellence and Service."
I love being able to teach the whole child, rather than just focusing on academics. This adds meaning and reason to our work. Our Catholic faith is the backbone for our teaching - it tells us why we do things, how we act, and how we treat one another. I also love that we have a rigorous academic program, but are not so data-driven that we forget the importance of play and having fun - in all grades. It is beautiful to be able to see the children progress from preschool into their early teenage years, working toward the end result of becoming upstanding young ladies and gentlemen when they leave us in eighth grade.
I love the way we build relationships with one another as a faculty - the support of colleagues is essential to our success as a school and community.
After attending Catholic School for the majority of my education, I chose to work at Lourdes because I wanted to be able to instill the same Catholic values and morals in today's students that my teachers gave me.
I chose to teach at a Catholic School because as Catholic School teachers we are able to help foster life-long learning in our students. We also help each child develop his or her own unique gifts, and allow them to personally contribute these gifts to our small and secure community. I love how the teachers here are able to know and work with the youngest to the oldest students. We work together to make every year special.
Everyone needs meaningful work in their lives. Working in a Catholic School allows me to teach students that what they do matters. As a Catholic School teacher I can talk to children about respect and honesty. I can partner with their parents to give them the greatest gift - a faith that they will one day need to sustain them through difficulties and challenges - prayers, traditions and rituals that will remind them that they are held in the hand of God.
Teaching at a Catholic School has been such a privilege because I am able to teach the whole child, through kindness, respect, and prayer every day. Each morning, as a school and a community we start our day off with prayer. This is my favorite part of the day because it gives the students and me a sense of the wonderful community we have.
I chose to work in a Catholic school because I enjoy the sense of community that surrounds the school. I like having the ability to teach my students about faith, compassion, and respect.
I chose to teach in a Catholic school so that I can do more than help students grow academically; I can help them grow in their faith through literature and poetry. Teaching the whole child prepares them for high school and beyond.
I chose to work at Our Lady of Lourdes because, just like in my own experience having attended a Catholic school, Lourdes teaches their students about respect, responsibility, honesty, compassion, and faith.
I chose to teach in a Catholic school because Catholic schools played a large roll in my life. They have helped shape me into who I am today. Mine gave me faith, strong academics, and an amazing community. These are things I appreciated as a child but even more so as I grew older. I wanted to bring that to other people.
I wanted to teach at a Catholic school because of the positive experience I had growing up in a Catholic school. I wanted to give back to the Catholic community and provide that same positive experience for as many children as I can.
I like to work in a Catholic School because I get to see the face of God all day long.
Today the Third Grade had a special visitor! The elf on the shelf came to our classroom and brought us some gifts! He gave us each an elf journal to record his adventures, the Elf on the Shelf picture book to read, a letter from Santa, and some decorations (since Ms. Jakovics needs to decorate still). We made a bar graph to vote on his name and filled out the first two pages of our journal.
Our Book Fair was an outstanding success! Thanks to all the students and families who shopped at the fair. Your purchases helped OLOL buy over 240 books for the library and classrooms. Your support of the teacher wish lists made it possible to put more than 150 additional books into the classrooms. What a wonderful way to spread the joy of reading in our school and your homes!
Special thanks to:
Our eighth grade students received their acceptances into the local Catholic and private high schools in March. All of our students who applied to Catholic high schools were accepted to Catholic high schools. Many students were accepted into two or three schools! Over $180,000 in financial aid based on academic and performance merit was offered to our students.
Antonella Nicolacci received recognition for her Catholic Business Network Essay. She was honored at the CBN Luncheon where she received a scholarship check in the amount of $1,500.
2016 graduates will attend the following Catholic High Schools in the Washington area:
The Academy of the Holy Cross, Connelly School of the Holy Child, Georgetown Visitation, Georgetown Preparatory School, Gonzaga College High School, John Carroll High School, DeMatha Catholic High School, Saint John's College High School, and Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.
Adrianna Robinson (8th Grade)
My generation should be the one to end abortion, euthanasia, and any forms of assisted death. Our vision for the world should be one where every child is loved and accepted from the moment of conception and every person lives until the moment God has destined for them to die. Life is sacred and should be respected. Society should treat life as the precious gift it is. This simple idea goes back to Catholic social teaching. As a Catholic, I am called to love and respect all forms of life, young or old. We need to band together as children of God to create a loving society where every parent has the tools and resources to raise a child and every person has the resources to be cared for until their last breath.
I can help to build a pro-life generation by inspiring other young people by my example. One reason I believe people choose abortion is because they don’t think they can support the child once it is born. I think we should support struggling families. An example of one way my schoolmates and I help support parents struggling to make a pro-life choice right now is by filling up baby bottles with change to be given to new mothers to buy diapers and other baby supplies. Supporting families shows them and others that our community loves them and their babies, and that we truly believe they made a loving choice by choosing life.
I think we should value elders for wisdom and experience. Our society has medicaid, so that elders can receive assisted living. I think that assisted living is great, but I have seen first hand how much love helps elderly people prosper. I see how my grandmothers can make my grandfathers, who both had health issues, smile just when they walk into a room, and how seeing their grandchildren and listening to their stories makes them happy. For elderly people I think love is the best support we can give them.
Another example of a way I could help my generation band together to value life is to spread the word using social media. One reason I think this is a good idea is because I know about charities that help people who are struggling , but maybe the people who need help don’t know about them. Using social media could help put people who need assistance in touch with charities that will help them. Everybody is on social media at one point during their day, and one ad could get people talking about building a pro-life generation.
Love, social media, and support for families are just a few of the many ways I could contribute to help build a pro-life society. If everyone contributed in his or her own way and valued life as sacred, it would be easy to build a pro-life generation. I respect life and everyone else should too.
Max Walsh (8th Grade)
When I say that I’m pro-life, people call me conservative, devout, and even crazy. I just call myself a Christian. People these days are more concerned with the death penalty than with abortion. Murderers are put in jail where they receive comfortable rooms and food, while the U.S. president is supporting the killing of innocent babies. So how can I help? It’s as simple as praying for the doctors performing abortion, the babies being aborted, and the parents choosing abortion. Prayer is our biggest weapon against all evil.
I have stood outside abortion clinics trying to persuade families not to undergo an abortion, and praying for the doctors inside. Those who continue to walk inside do not leave feeling as good as they expected they would. There is no relief, and I see their sadness. I can tell by their forced smiles and sometimes sense I their regret. I know that they will carry the weight of killing an innocent baby for the rest of their life.
Every state has legalized abortion, and by doing so, they might as well legalize murder. That is simply what it is. Doctors tell their patients that there is something wrong with their baby and that they should have an abortion. None of us are perfect. Does that mean we should all be killed? Some ask, “What if a woman becomes pregnant unwillingly? Shouldn’t she be able to have an abortion?” Think about it, why should that baby have to be killed for his father’s crime? Do you think that’s fair?
When we can’t see the value of even a newborn’s life we lose respect for all life.
Hospitals aren’t even letting people live their full life anymore. When there is still a good chance of survival and recovery, doctors convince the families that there is none. And when the family has been persuaded that this is the compassionate way, they stop feeding the patient and they are left to die without dignity. This goes to show that if we can’t respect life at the moment of conception, how can we respect any life?
I can continue to stand up for those babies who cannot cry out and defend themselves.. I can also build the pro-life generation by denouncing organizations like Planned Parenthood, who are illegally selling aborted baby parts, and having conversations about their illegal abortions, and laughing about it, while still being funded by the United States government. I know I will have arguments about this topic, but I hope those with whom I disagree, will go home and think about what I have said, and have a change of heart.
All the ridicule, and all the hate is worth it if I can save even one life. I will continue this effort, and hopefully others will have the strength to do the same. And we need to pray for those people killing innocent babies, and love them nonetheless.
The school was named in the category, “Exemplary High Performing Schools.” Lourdes is the only school in Montgomery County to be named a 2015 Blue Ribbon School, one of two Catholic schools in the State of Maryland, and one of eight public and private schools in the State of Maryland.