Good afternoon OLOL families,
Now that the clocks have been set back and the cold weather has settled upon us, it is certainly starting to feel like the the holiday seasons are approaching. As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, only two weeks from today, let us all work to take on a spirit of praise and thanksgiving in our lives. About a month ago, when I was on a retreat with other principals from the Archdiocese, we were asked to consider the blessings in our lives and the blessings that we had been given that we did not recognize. I was struck by the phrase "blessings that we don't recognize". Are there things in my life that I don't appreciate or recognize as blessings? Is it a blessing when I get a last minute request to pick up my teenage niece and drive her to a friend's house 40 minutes away? Well, no, not at first, but when I take a minute, I realize I get her all to myself for 40 minutes... that's definitely a blessing to me. Is there a blessing to be found in sitting in traffic after leaving school at 6:30pm? Yes, if I look for it, time to think, time to pray, or just time to be still and enjoy a song. We are given the gift of each day and the blessings of God can be found all around us, our job is to look for the ones that don't appear as a blessing at first. In finding those blessings we are truly connecting with our creator and praising His presence in every moment.
Our Annual Fund "Sow the Seed" Campaign 100% Participation Challenge is underway until Giving Tuesday, December 3. I am happy to announce that in addition to the 100% participation achieved by our faculty and staff last week, we are now up to 21% of our families participating in our Giving Campaign. Please consider making a donation to our Annual Fund between now and December 3. We have raised almost $30,000 of our $200,000 year end goal. Share our goal with family and friends who may want to make a tax deductible donation before the fiscal year ends!
You can make your donation on our Annual Fund webpage.
We are working on increasing our school's presence on social media. In the next week I will be posting short videos of the students expressing what they think makes our Catholic school special. Please follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and share with your friends, family, and neighbors all the wonderful things we are doing at OLOL.
See the picture below with our social media platforms. You can click on the icons at the top of our webpage to get to any of these sites.
Calling all bakers! The 8th grade is hosting our Pie Sale Fundraiser to raise money for their legacy gift and graduation donation to OLOL. We need your donation of homemade pies to make this another great success this year. All pies must be at OLOL by 8:30 on Nov. 27. We will sell the pies on Grandparents Day. It is a great way to complete your Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family. Sign up here if you can donate a homemade pie.
Little Sisters of the Poor
All donations must be at school by Friday, Nov. 22. If you would like to donate a frozen ham or turkey they must be brought to OLOL on Monday morning Nov. 25 by 8:30am.
A wonderful morning of family and friendship is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 27. We have our annual Turkey Bowl scheduled to start around 9:30 am on the field. We will welcome parents, grandparents, and friends at 10am for coffee and refreshments in the Library Media Center. Grandparents are welcome to visit their grandchild's classroom starting at 10:30 to 11:10am. We will get ready to start our Thanksgiving Assembly at 11:20am. All school dismissal is 12:10pm and there is NO After School Care.