Hello OLOL families,
We have been busy at OLOL this week and we are looking forward to a chance to gather together tomorrow (via Zoom) and spend some quiet, contemplative time in prayer as we take part in the Living Rosary. This is a lovely tradition at OLOL that I have enjoyed for many years and we have found a wonderful way to keep the tradition under our new circumstances. Please join us on Zoom at 9am tomorrow morning.
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Meeting ID: 958 510 0449
This week we spent much of our Tuesday and Wednesday morning involved in Student Government Elections. The 8th grade candidates running for office did an outstanding job speaking to the school about their qualifications, commitment to OLOL, and goals for the school if elected. The entire process allowed us to focus in our individual classrooms and teach the students about the importance of identifying a candidate they agree with, a person they believe will work hard in the position, and someone who will represent their own hopes and goals for the school. We live Zoomed the speeches, included our 8th grade families and home learners from all grades. Students in K through 8th grade voted and the 8th graders watched the live voting results come in on our Google form ballots. It was a successful event all around and a wonderful learning opportunity. We are proud of all our candidates and look to our elected 8th grade officers to serve us well this year! See the flyer below for all the results.
Monday, October 26- NO SCHOOL for students
This is an online professional development conference day for our teachers. They will take part in online seminars with other educators across the Archdiocese of Washington. There will not be any Zoom meetings scheduled or assignments shared for this day. It is not a school day for students.
Pink Day to Support Breast Cancer Research & Prevention
The Student Council Officers and our 8th grade students are already planning our first service project! We will have Pink Day on Friday, October 30! There will be prizes for the "Pinkest" individuals and classroom. We will collect donations in the morning at arrival in the parking lot and front steps so that students do not have to carry money into school. We will have pre-packaged goodies to give out to the classroom teachers. More information will be sent home next week. All the money raised will be donated to support Breast Cancer Research & Awareness.
Bringing food into the building:
Parents please remember, as we stated in our handbook COVID addendum, children are NOT to bring birthday treats to school during this time. I know a few birthday treats have trickled in, but it is important to the entire school community that we follow these safety procedures. We are not sharing food at school during the pandemic.
Precautions to take during cold and flu season:
This is going to be a whole new world of complications to tackle as you and your children come down with illnesses this fall and winter. It is imperative to our school community that if you and/or your children, and any members of your family that live with you, feel sick with COVID symptoms that you carefully consider your actions. You should stay home, assess level of illness and symptoms, contact your doctor, and/or get a COVID test. Please keep in contact with our school office and Mr. Long and Ms. Moore, we may direct you to take further action or provide you with additional guidance. We have had some cold symptoms surfacing the past two weeks and families are being appropriately cautious by keeping students home until adult test results come in, contacting your pediatrician, getting a COVID test, and waiting/quarantining until the results are available. Remember, you are contagious prior to becoming symptomatic.
First Quarter has been extended.
As you can imagine, it has taken quite a bit of time to get settled into all our new routines at school. Getting back to and keeping our academic routines has been impacted by all the new safety procedures in our day. For those reasons, we will extend the First Quarter until Friday, November 4. We want to make sure we have enough time to give a fair and accurate assessment of student performance in the first quarter. We are working now to plan the best date for Parent /Teacher Conferences and will share that with you soon.
We will continue to wear the PE uniform to school until the end of the 2nd quarter.
8th Grade Parents:
Registration for the HSPT test opens Monday October 26. Please see our HS webpage for the link. https://www.bethesda-lourdes.org/8th-grade-high-school-application-process.html