Hello OLOL family and friends, and Happy Monday!
I hope this letter finds you doing well and enjoying a truly beautiful fall! We can count this wonderful weather as one of the many gifts God continues to give us during these trying times.
As we head into the second quarter of school we are all thankful for the blessing of being in school with our friends and teachers. We look forward to upcoming holidays and we are all thinking of how our current situation will affect our family gatherings and plans. The number of daily COVID cases recorded nationally has been on the rise now for several days. The Governor of Maryland has asked people to wear their masks, take the standard precautions to avoid spreading this illness, and to reconsider trips to high positivity states (10% positivity rate and higher). I know that many of us are planning small, stay at home Thanksgivings this year. We will rely on Face Time and Zoom to connect with our families. Just like at school, we are finding new ways to make things work and to keep everyone safe while we battle this epidemic. Our community is doing a great job of monitoring health symptoms, staying home, getting tested when warranted, and communicating with teachers and administrators at school. We have to continue to be vigilant and make safe choices during these next weeks. If you are planning to travel, or attend a large family gathering with family you haven't seen in a while, please contact us and let us know that your will child stay home after the holiday (see MD resources below for more information). The teachers will work with parents to support students during home learning times of quarantine. We must each continue to monitor our risk of exposure for ourselves, our families, and others we are in contact with on a daily routine.
OUT-OF-STATE TRAVEL ADVISORY. With the holiday season approaching, the travel advisory issued by state health officials has been renewed and remains in effect. Under this advisory, Marylanders are strongly advised against traveling to states with positivity rates of 10% or higher. Anyone traveling from these states should get tested and self-quarantine while awaiting results. Marylanders should avoid non-essential travel of any kind outside of the region. Read the travel advisory.
Our Annual Book Fair is NOW OPEN ONLINE!
Each year we partner with Bookworm Central to bring a great assortment of books, educational games, activities, and more, to our families during our Book Fair. This is the only fundraiser for our library and it is the major source of new books purchased for the library each year. In addition, it is a huge part of building and establishing full classroom libraries for the students in their homerooms. It will not be as fun to have the entire event online, but it will enable you to share the shopping opportunity with friends and family around the world! Each year, your generous support raises about $2000-$3000 worth of books for our library, and even more when you consider direct donations to the classroom libraries. Please enjoy doing some online shopping for yourselves, your children, and your child's classroom library. Books and educational games make great Christmas gifts (don't believe what your kids tell you, we all know that is the truth!). The books will be delivered to your home address, and orders over $30 are shipped free. Teacher wishlists are on the Book Fair website and those materials will be sent directly to school. Don't forget, every purchase you make helps to put books in our school library! We are spotlighting this event from now until November 23. Schedule yourself some stress-free holiday shopping online! Thank you for your support!
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Sow the Seed ~ Annual Fund Campaign 2020-2021
It is the time of year to be thankful for so many things. At this time of year I ask you to prayerfully consider a contribution to the Annual Fund Campaign. In a time when it is impossible to gather and celebrate our school and our community in the ways we are used to, we are brought to the realization that supporting Our Lady of Lourdes is fundamental no matter what else is going to happen or not happen during our school year. We can't plan a Lions' Roar, or a Tailgate, or an Auction, but we can give a donation. Supporting OLOL's Annual Fund really boils down to giving a monetary gift, whatever size your feel is appropriate and manageable for you. In this time of pandemic, we take a look at our goal of $150,000 and the fact that last year we were not too far from that and we had about 60% of our families participate. I am asking you to consider making a donation in the next weeks so that by Tuesday, December 1, a day that is known now as Giving Tuesday, I can report to our school community that 100% of our teachers, staff, and families have contributed to our Annual Fund Campaign. We won't reach our goal yet, but we will come together in a common goal to support for our school. As we move forward this year we will hope to have some of our beloved fundraisers and events (our most successful last year was our Read-a-thon and I am excited to do that again in January), but for now we will stand together in support of Our Lady of Lourdes and all the teachers, students, alumni, families, administrators, parishioners, and friends who have contributed to making this school a truly remarkable place to learn, to work, to play, to grow, to be loved, and to pray and worship together. Make your donation today! Thank you for your support.
Ms. Amy Moore is the Principal of Our Lady of Lourdes School.