What an exciting night lies ahead of us. The Washington Nationals are all tied up in the final game of the World Series. OLOL is busting with Nats pride and we ended our day today with playing "Baby Shark" to wish the Nats good luck! If the Nationals win the World Series, (as we all are cheering for them to do) then tomorrow will be a Nationals Tag Day, wear Nationals gear or red, white and blue, in support of the World Series win.
Tomorrow is also Halloween. Please send your child's costume to school in a bag and make sure all the costume parts are labeled with their name. Remember to keep at home all scary masks and weapons.
Father Barbieri has been assigned to serve as the Director for Spiritual Formation at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, in Hyattsville, Maryland. We are sad to say goodbye to Father Barbieri, but we are excited for this next step in his spiritual journey and religious service. We thank him for his care and friendship to the OLOL community. This move has happened quickly, so if you would like to write a note of thanks to Father Barbieri we would be glad to accept them at the front desk and make sure that he receives your good wishes. We will soon be welcoming Father Jorge Ubau to Our Lady of Lourdes.
Today in your Wednesday folder you received our Annual Fund letter for this year. Please read this letter and consider helping us to meet the challenge of 100% participation by all faculty, staff, and families by Giving Tuesday on December 3.
Blessings, (& GO NATS!)
Today we are all celebrating the Game 1 win of the World Series by the Washington Nationals. It's a beautiful fall day and we have a lot of wonderful things going on at OLOL!
What a fabulous day of pink, pink, pink we had at OLOL today!! Thanks for all your support and enthusiasm to make a great day and to help in some small way to be part of the fight against breast cancer. Under the leadership of our Student Government Association we had a great day and we raised just over $620! We will be making a donation to support efforts to find a cure and raise awareness. The 8th grade voted for the 3 students who were the "pinkest" and the winners were:
Lula Leighton (gr. 2) - prize chosen: Free Tag Day
Reese Stevens (gr. 4) - prize chose: No Homework Pass
Blythe Batchelder (gr. 5) - prize chosen: No Homework Pass
Special thanks to our Student Government leaders and the 8th grade class for a great day, wonderful bake sale, and a great fundraiser!
A few reminders as we look ahead:
Also- we will have a Tag Day in honor of the Nationals making it to the World Series. The date has yet to be determined, but it will probably be next week or the week after depending on the dates and games of the World Series and the field trips and events going on at school. We will let you know by email, but it is probably good to start getting your Nats gear together or just line up your best red, white and blue items!
This morning feels like fall... finally! The clouds are still a bit heavy in the sky as I write this, but it was a glorious morning at OLOL. The students, teachers, and staff all celebrated the Living Rosary today at the Grotto outside of our church. We were joined by some parishioners, parents, and even a few people who saw us and stopped to pray for a while. Praying the Living Rosary at OLOL is one of my favorite days. The 7th grade led by Mr. Sahadi and Mr. Long put together a special opportunity for our OLOL community. A life-size rosary was created with string, ribbon, and blue and white balloons. Students held on the rosary, folded their hands, or held their own rosary as we prayed the Rosary together. Mr. Long reminded us that Mary, our Mother, gives 15 promises to those who recite the Rosary. Mr. Long talked about how Mary promises to protect us: "The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies." Here is an article I found about the 15 promises Mary gives to those who pray the Rosary. It would be a great idea to pray the Rosary at home with your family and discuss the promises of Mary.
Here are some pictures from today!
Welcome to October and the summer that doesn't want to end! The temperature on my watch shows 93 degrees outside! Whew!
We are finishing up the first half of the first quarter this week. It is time to reflect on how the year has started and what areas of school need more attention or more practice. Are the students setting apart time to work on studying and homework in a quiet a space? Are homework notebooks and binders organized so that students can plan the work that lies ahead of them? Is there time at night to read (together or alone), talk with family members about the day, and eat a meal together? Parents and students need to prioritize their responsibilities and balance that with their family life. Contact your teacher if homework is taking much longer than you think it should, your teacher would probably agree with you and want to talk about ways to handle the situation. Our teachers want the best for each of their students and they are always willing to work with parents to find solutions to any difficulties the students are facing.
I told the students today that I am very proud of all their efforts to arrive at school each day at 8:00am. It makes such an important difference in how the teachers and students are able to start the day. As a community we gather to pray each morning and every member of our school needs to be included in this special start to our day. Thank you to all the families who have made a change in their morning routines and committed themselves to being on time. Last year in the month of September we had 288 student tardies recorded. This September we recorded 129 student tardies. It still seems like a lot of tardies, but we have decreased our tardy count by over 50%! I offered a challenge to our students today and said if our October count of tardies is under 100 by October 31 we will have a school celebration!
Today you received information about our Fall Fundraising Tailgate Event. We are so excited to have an opportunity for OLOL families and friends to gather for a fun evening in support of our school. We are asking that each family participate in our fundraising by selling 10 raffle tickets at $10 each. All the instructions are in your child's Wednesday Folder and there are instructions in the envelope with the tickets. Please join us on October 19 as we celebrate together all the wonderful things we share as part of the Our Lady of Lourdes Family. More information, ticket sales, and our fundraising goals for this year are on our website. Click HERE to buy tickets, read more, or donate to support our Annual Fund. You are valued members of our community and we appreciate your support! We also have a Sign Up on the Fundraiser page for any parents who can donate items to our event or help with clean up, etc. Thank you for your willingness to participate.
A few reminders: