We have made it to the true middle point of our school year and we are in the middle of so many wonderful school activities and exciting events that it almost feels like normal. The forecast of some real measurable snow has most of our students (and teachers) excited. It seems so long since we have seen the beauty of a fresh blanket of snow, felt the cold, icy chill of snow balls in our hands, and breathed in the crisp snowy air as a trillion fluffy flakes fall to the ground. (Can you tell?...I am a bit excited as well!) I look forward to the winter beauty potentially coming our way on Sunday.
There are many things to update you on and ask for your support and help. Two things especially that are very important are re-enrollment and a special thank you for our teachers during Catholic Schools Week. First, please take some time today or this weekend to complete your re-enrollment. You are all so important to us and we want to officially welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year. Your prompt re-enrollment is more important than ever during this year. We have a high level interest from new families that want to be part of our community and after our re-enrollment deadline of Feb. 8 passes we will be opening seats to new families as available. Your re-enrollment ensures your child's spot and helps us to plan for new families and potential wait list availabilities. Secondly, I would like to ask all our families and students to take a moment in the next week to write a thank you to one or several of our teachers and staff. This Friday we celebrate Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day and one of the most meaningful things to receive from a student or parent is a letter from the heart expressing thanks for all the things that make each day at OLOL special. It is a treasure that will be kept for years to come (I speak from experience). These cards can be bought, made, downloaded, emailed, etc. The important thing is to write some words of thanks to someone who has made your year at OLOL special. Thank you for working with your children on this special assignment for our wonderful faculty and staff.
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Have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe & warm. If we are blessed with some real snow this weekend, I hope that your family has a chance for some traditional winter fun with snowmen, snowball fights, sledding and snow angels, followed by some hot chocolate, a warm blanket, and a good book.
Two weeks ago, all current OLOL families received their re-enrollment letter from TADS. We are excited to welcome you back to OLOL for the 2021-2022 school year. We need all families to re-enroll and pay the non-refundable tuition deposit by February 8 in order to ensure their child's place in each classroom. We have many interested families and will be opening up registration to new applicants after the re-enrollment deadline on Feb. 8. Please help us by re-enrolling now and guaranteeing your child's place at OLOL next year! If you have any questions about TADS or the re-enrollment process, please email Ms. Winters at email@example.com.
Weather Advisory & Communication
Parents will receive a text message and email when emergency closings or delays must be announced. I will also post the message at the top of our OLOL web page. Please be sure to join our text messaging group, it is a quick and efficient way to reach our families to share emergency messages, updates, and reminders.
To join our school text messaging group, please text "OLOL" to this number: (833) 977-2912
Make sure to bookmark our OLOL Family Page: One MOORE thing... Daily Edition (email firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not have the password). This page has calendar information, updates, reminders and more! It is updated regularly to keep our parents informed about all that is happening at OLOL.
8th Grade Legacy Gift Fund
During this untraditional year it has been difficult to plan for traditional fundraisers, so the 8th grade families and students are sponsoring the Super Bowl Squares Contest to raise money for their legacy gift to OLOL. Traditionally, 8th grade students and their families bestow a legacy gift upon their graduation from OLOL. This year the fundraising begins with the Super Bowl Squares! Please see the flyer below and on our home page for more information. Having a Super Bowl Square can make watching the game a lot of fun, especially when our local teams are not playing! Good luck & enjoy the game on Feb. 7.
Canned Food Drive: "One Can Make a Difference"
During Catholic Schools Week (Feb. 1 - 5), the 5th grade is sponsoring a canned food drive to support local Catholic Charities' Food Banks. Please see the flyer below (and on our homepage) for more information about suggested items and drop off times and locations. Thank you for your help in supporting our efforts to serve our community.
Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools Week is a special time when we reflect on our wonderful school and give thanks for all that a Catholic education brings to all our lives. We examine our motto of Faith, Excellence, and Service and discover ways to show our gratitude toward all the people in our school, parish, and family who make our Catholic school such an important part of our lives. During the week of Feb 1-5 we will take part in many special activities and service opportunities that will help us to grow as a community of faith and to support others. See the flyer below for some of our plans for the week.
Thursday is Student Appreciation Day! Students have a Free Dress Day and we will provide all students with pizza lunch and frozen treat! (please send in your own lunch if you do not want/can not eat pizza; as always bring your water and snack as usual).
Friday is Teacher Appreciation and a 12:10 dismissal.
Make sure to keep up with our dates/events on our school calendar at the bottom of our homepage, our special planner pages, and our list of upcoming dates on our OLOL One MOORE thing... Daily Edition.
OLOL students LOVE our annual Read-a-thon!! We are doing an amazing job with this year's Read-a-thon. OLOL students have currently read almost 60,000 minutes and raised nearly $25,000! It is wonderful to see our students of all ages asking for extra time to read during the school day and spending time at home (away from electronic devices) to read independently or with family. Please keep reaching out to friends and family through the Read-a-thon website. Every donation makes a huge impact on our efforts to raise even more money than last year. Keep up the great reading at home! Thank you for all your support!
Ms. Amy Moore is the Principal of Our Lady of Lourdes School.