Hello OLOL Families,
We end this week with a smile and a sigh... whew!, it has been busy and full of fun! We celebrated so many events this week: our successful Read-a-thon, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Valentine's Day & Tag Day Fundraiser for the American Heart Association/8th Grade Legacy Gift Fund, and now we celebrate the birth of a new baby. Mr. & Mrs. Helms have happily welcomed into the world Bernadette Marie Helms, born of Feb. 11, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes! What a blessing for the Helms Family and for our OLOL family. We are so happy for them and can't wait to meet Bernadette! (scroll to the bottom to see a picture of Bernadette)
This week was also the deadline for our current families to re-enroll. A sincere thanks goes out to all our families for completing re-enrollment by our due date. On behalf of the priests, faculty, and staff at OLOL, I want to express our gratitude to all the families who have hung in there with us this year. In the face of so many obstacles, you have been patient, caring, and flexible as we tried and largely succeeded to give your children the best education possible. There is no surer sign of your belief in us and our commitment to this task than the fact that slightly more than 90% of families have renewed for next year. We have not had a retention rate this high in recent memory! We have many classes that have or will soon have a waiting list for new applicants. Your commitment to OLOL ensures that our great work continues on and we can begin planning for another great year for 2021-2022. The best years for OLOL are in its future!
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the Presidents Day holiday!
Changes for receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday:
Father Rob wants all of our community to understand the changes that are in store for Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17. The Archdiocese of Washington has asked parishes to distribute ashes by sprinkling them on top of heads instead of drawing crosses on the foreheads as we see in non-pandemic times. This will limit skin-to-skin contact during the tradition. This is how ashes will be distributed at all Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes this year.
Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation. We will take our 3rd through 8th graders to Mass at 9am (move our weekly Friday Mass to Wednesday). The second grade will visit church with Fr. Rob at another point in the day. All our priests and teachers will all take time with our students to prepare them for the season of Lent and share with them the significance of our Lenten ashes.
The CCSE Celebrates Two OLOL Teachers
Making IT* Happen Teacher Awards
The CCSE (Catholic Coalition for Special Education) opened their 15th anniversary year by celebrating their trailblazing partner schools at their 2019 Spring Benefit, of which OLOL was proud and honored to be recognized. The CCSE was to close their anniversary year last year by honoring a select group of exemplary teachers with their first Making IT* Happen Awards. So this year they carry on with their celebratory theme to finally honor four teachers! At OLOL we are once again thrilled and honored to have two of our own exemplary teachers recognized. We were told of this over a year ago and we are so happy to share with our community the recognition of Mr. David Long and Mrs. Alison Interlandi as "Making IT Happen" award recipients.
This special Virtual Gala will be held on Saturday, March 13. Online registration for the event is free and there are wonderful opportunities available to support the CCSE in their fundraising event including dinner delivery, online auction bidding, sponsorships, and more. Visit their website to find out more about their wonderful works and how you can participate in this evening and support two of OLOL's finest teachers and show your appreciation for all they have done to support and promote inclusion at OLOL. See the homepage or private page for more information: Home / One MOORE thing.. Daily Edition
Lenten Prayers Vocations Tree for ADW Seminarians
During Lent the students, faculty and staff at OLOL will offer a prayer each day for 22 days for each of the 66 ADW seminarians. We have divided the 66 seminarians into groups of 3 and we will offer a special prayer each day during our morning prayers. If you would like to join us in this special Lenten prayer activity you can choose one or more of the seminarians and pray for him each day as a family. This "Vocations Tree" includes information on each of the 66 ADW seminarians and provides us with the opportunity to prayerfully support the men called to serve our Church. If you would like to pray along each day or select one of the seminarians to pray for at home during Lent, please use the links below:
OLOL's Vocation Tree:
More Information: https://www.saintjohnneumann.org/vocations-tree
Red & Pink Tag Day
Our Tag Day was a huge success! The 8th grade was able to raise $965 that will be split between donations to the American Heart Association and the 8th Grade Legacy Gift Fund. What a fun and beautifully pink & red day we had at OLOL! A special way to end our week. Thanks to the 8th grade for their leadership.
Success of Canned Food Drive
Even though our Catholic Schools Week was interrupted by some snow, our 5th grade canned food drive was a success! Thanks to the generosity of our community we were able to collect over 700 cans of food to help stock the area Catholic Charities food banks. Thank you to the 5th grade for sponsoring this service project.
CONGRATULATIONS MR. & MRS. HELMS!