Hello OLOL families,
I hope this message finds you well. I am happy to say I have a joke of the day to share with you thanks to Jacob Lang. (see below)
This evening we welcome Spring and the weather is forecasted to be lovely the next two days (minus some rain). I hope everyone enjoys some fun, peace, and laughter. I’m going to make sure to watch Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems today at 1pm, find a quiet place to say the Rosary at 4pm, and I will be following our online learning all day. I have seen some great things being done at home and sharing with teachers through Google Classroom, Class Portals, IXL, and great pictures and videos! It’s wonderful to stay OLOL strong in this time apart!
Have a blessed day,
A few reminders:
If you want to buy a quarter, half, of full page ad in our Yearbook please see the flyer on our homepage and email Ms. Norton all the details. These are due Fri., Mar. 20. Payments for the ads can be made online at our school store.
if you would like to place an order for the Yearbook you must use the site below and place your order by April 1.
PLEASE NOTE- 8th graders DO NOT need to order, one is ordered for them from the graduation fee collected.
The password is: OLOL1920YB
(see flyer below)
Today at 4pm the Pope has asked us to say the Rosary with him:
Amid worsening conditions related to the global coronavirus outbreak, Pope Francis urged Catholics to unite spiritually to pray the rosary simultaneously on the Feast of St. Joseph.
The pope invited every family, every individual Catholic, and every religious community to pray the Luminous mysteries on Thursday, March 19 at 9:00 pm Rome time. The initiative was initially proposed by the bishops of Italy.
Accounting for the time zone difference, the time indicated by the pope would be 4 p.m. Thursday for faithful on the East Coast.
Translation of the Pope's message:
Tomorrow we will celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Joseph. In life, work, family, joy and sorrow he always sought and loved the Lord, meriting the praise of Scripture as a just and wise man. Always invoke him with confidence, especially in difficult times, and entrust your lives to this great Saint.
I join in the appeal of the Italian bishops who in this health emergency have promoted a moment of prayer for the whole country. Every family, every faithful, every religious community: all united spiritually tomorrow at 9 p.m. in the recitation of the Rosary, with the Mysteries of Light. I will accompany you from here.
We are led to the luminous and transfigured face of Jesus Christ and His Heart by Mary, Mother of God, health of the sick, to whom we turn with the prayer of the Rosary, under the loving gaze of Saint Joseph, Guardian of the Holy Family and of our families. And we ask him to take special care of our family, our families, especially the sick and the people who are taking care of them: doctors, nurses, and volunteers, who risk their lives in this service.
Joke of the Day- Thank You to Jacob Lang, Gr. 2!
Happy Birthday to:
Hello OLOL families!
I watched the sun come up this morning as I was looking over returned work, online conversations, and pictures from our amazing students. It kept me smiling and thinking of our wonderful school and community. I hope that you all are doing well. This is an unusual time for all of us and I have three words I seem to keep coming back to: unprecedented, fluid, and balance. We need to focus on our families and follow the directions of our nation's medical and political officials who are working hard to protect us in this unprecedented time. Things are changing every day. Things that we rely on and expect to be available, are not. School is out, major sports are cancelled or postponed, movie theaters and restaurants are closed, and so on. In this time we have to look to God first and our faith to keep us strong. Then we look to the family around us and find a balance in our day. These are days filled with new information, challenges, and blessings if we look for them. I am a planner, an organizer, and an over-thinker. We've only been out of school for 2 days and I have not found the balance that I need, yet.
I hope you have some time to be with family, help your children to schedule their day, and find time for yourself. This is a time to find some blessings in all this mess. We are blessed to have such wonderful and dedicated teachers. They are working each day to find new ideas and ways to stimulate their students while they are away from school. Keep them in your prayers as I know they keep you in theirs. You have always been the first educator of your child and now more than ever your children need your strength, protection, guidance, and love. Our distance learning is helpful and is a positive force in keeping our community connected during this time. Please remind your students that there are lots of ways to learn. This is a special time because we can slow down a bit and realize that we need to teach our kids how to have a conversation, how to write in complete sentences that convey a complete thought, how to set a table, how to do the laundry, or how to fold a fitted sheet (I still struggle with that one). The online learning and communications are just one part of a balanced day. Please also remind older students that we expect all the online assignments to be done at some time, but there is no mandatory day to finish and no penalty for late work. Everyone has a unique situation at their own homes, just encourage students to do work each day, if possible. I keep you all in my prayers as we face each new day, together is spirit.
A blessing for today: A NEW BABY HAS ARRIVED ~ CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TIMMS FAMILY! Adriana let her friends know through Google Classroom yesterday. I don't have all the details but will share as soon as I know more.
May God go with you,
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
I hope this email finds everyone well. Times are troubling, but we must do what we can to make the most of every day. One of the first things I missed over the last two mornings was our daily prayer, birthday announcements, pledge and patriotic songs. I would like to keep our communication in this way open, if possible. I would like to post daily recordings of students saying either the Pledge of Allegiance, singing a Patriotic Song (any of the ones we do throughout the year), leading us in the Morning Offering and the Lord's Prayer (our prayer for March), and telling a joke of the day. If you would like to create a video of your child(ren) or family saying a prayer, singing a song, or even telling a joke, please send me your videos. I will create a daily "One MOORE thing..." post and include the videos each day. I will also post the birthday announcements that would have been on our TV in the front lobby so that we can keep the birthday girl or boy in our own daily prayers.
If you are interested in creating and sending your videos, please consider recording varying items from our morning routine so that I have enough to fill each morning. Please note, for privacy concerns, that the images will be posted here on our website.
A list of items needed:
Thanks for your help!
May God go with you,
We missed a couple of birthday celebrations yesterday! Please see below. Remember, when we come back to school the children are welcome to have their birthday tag day and celebration whenever it is convenient for your family.
Happy Birthday to:
I hope this letter finds you well. We find ourselves in an unprecedented time, and we keep all the ill and suffering in our prayers. At OLOL we are working to be prepared for whatever is required of us for the safety of all students, families, and faculty. I am in regular contact with the Secretary of Education from the Catholic Schools Office in the Archdiocese of Washington. Their team is connected with local health departments, government agencies, county school systems, and all the authorities who make decisions for the safety of all Maryland residents.
We do not have any information at this point about school closings. We will follow Montgomery County Schools for emergency closings. Our teachers are preparing resources and distance learning opportunities for our students and their families in the case of an extended closure. The Secretary of Education, Bill Ryan, will continue to share news and information regarding the Coronavirus, schools, and any schedule changes with our community. We are well prepared and supported by the Catholic Schools Office and thank them for their leadership.
In order to allow parents to make choices in the best interests of their families, we are cancelling the 9am Choir performance at this Sunday's 9am Mass (Mar. 15). No other cancellations or postponements are scheduled at this time.
The Lenten Food Bags went home in today's Wednesday Folder. Please read the directions on the bag and help us to support this cause by returning your bag to school by next Friday, March 20.
May God Bless and keep you,
It's a beautiful day inside and out at OLOL! Students are enjoying the sunshine, birds singing, and lots of learning is taking place. I think I even saw a few students enjoying some extra recess on a fresh and sunny day! It is a bit quiet in the building since our 4th, 6th, and 7th is in Annapolis today advocating for Catholic schools in Maryland. They have a beautiful day ahead and even had a chance to take a picture this morning with Governor Hogan. (see the picture below)
Parents - it is time to register for the Lions' Roar! Please go to Lions' Roar Kate Truax 5K/1K to register, sponsor, and donate items/money for our raffle baskets. The first 100 students registered will be entered in a raffle drawing to win a prize! Registrations should be in by April 3rd in order to ensure that your receive the t-shirt size you request. Sponsorships must be received by Mar. 31 in order to be on our promotional materials and t-shirt.
Tuition, re-enrollment, and financial assistance: