OLM Parent Newsletter

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Reflection Corner

Last Sunday's Gospel: Luke 17:1-6

Jesus said to his disciples,

"Things that cause sin will inevitably occur,
but woe to the one through whom they occur.
It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck
and he be thrown into the sea
than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.
Be on your guard!
If your brother sins, rebuke him;
and if he repents, forgive him.
And if he wrongs you seven times in one day
and returns to you seven times saying, 'I am sorry,'
you should forgive him."

And the Apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith."
The Lord replied, "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you would say to this mulberry tree,
'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you."


Which of the directives that Jesus gives in last Sunday's Gospel most speaks to you? How can you use that to direct your day?


Jesus, you are here for me. I know you are. And yet…I can’t help but feel some helplessness in the face of the temptations that face me. Walk with me, guide me, and strengthen me.


Diligence is the Virtue of Month

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SLE Focus for the Month: ACTIVELY ENGAGED Catholic Christian Learners

OLM Students are Actively Engaged Catholic Christian Learners who . . . .

* Learn and grow in the teaching of Christ

* Participate in the sacramental life of the Church

* Learn to work independently and collaboratively

November is the Month of Remembrance

November is traditionally the Month of Remembering those who have passed on in our lives. There is a beautiful altar in the school foyer with pictures of many of our loved ones. Please take time to visit and say a prayer for our loved ones on the otherside.

We hope you will join us in our daily recitation of the Rosary in our morning assemblies at 8:05 in the upper school yard. We welcome Mrs. Viray's 3A Homeroom leading us with the Glorious Mysteries this week. And we will continue to lift up in prayer Pope Francis' November intention peace and love in our conversations with each other.

Student Council Thanksgiving Food Drive

This year our staff and students will provide food donations for the St. Vincent De Paul Food Bank here at our OLM Parish. It will be held on Wednesday, November 21st during the parish 9:00AM Liturgy which we celebrate every Wednesday. Students are asked to carry there perishable can good or box item up to the altar during the Offertory. Baskets will be placed in front of the altar for our students to place their donation.

Superstars of the Week

Congratulations to the following Super-S.T.A.R.S.:

Kindergarten Jacob Mallari

First Alyssa Brooklyn Luz

2A Hailey Romero

2B Brayden Smith

3A Sophia Carrion

3B Olivia Peneyra

4A Nicolas Pasco

4B Mia Cabatic

5A Dalia Salman

5B Jerard Loyola

6A Mandy Roxas

6B David Fulgar

7A Tyler Minioza

7B Dominic Camarillo

8A Kamille Cayas

8B Krista Mananquil

Cross Country Bulldogs Running for OLM

Congratulations to our OLM Bulldogs Cross Country team for competing in their first cross country season! This was the first cross country season for our runners and they did a terrific job learning a new sport and giving it their all! Thanks for putting OLM on the map for cross country and look out for these Bulldogs next season!

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Fun Run is postponed to November 30th.

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Due to unhealthy air quality in the forecast, the Our Lady of Mercy School Fun Run is POSTPONED until Friday, November 30th!!

Here's the schedule on November 30th:

8:30 - 9:20 -- Kinder through 2nd grades

9:30 - 10:20 -- 3rd through 5th grades

10:30 - 11:20 -- 6th through 8th grades

Recess Schedule:

K - 2: 10:00 - 10:15

6 - 8: 10:15 - 10:30

3 - 5: 10:30 - 10:45

Students will be wearing their PE uniforms on that day. If the Fun Run shirts have been distributed before then (as planned), the student may come to school in their Fun Run shirts. Otherwise, the students will have to wear the shirts upon distribution the day of the Run.

Please note that the lower yard will be divided into 2 similarly sized tracks. Classes will be assigned tracks on the day of the Run.

The link to the volunteer sign up has been sent out to parents already. You can encourage parents to sign up as volunteers. Mr. Bautista, Fun Run chair, is managing the Volunteers sign-up.

Should be great!

OLM at Saint Augustine Parish

OLM will be at Saint Augustine Parish at the 4:30 p.m. mass on Saturday, November 16th, and at the 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. masses on Sunday, November 17th. Those of you who are able to come and join us meet, greet, and speak with the parishioners about the great work that we do at OLM are welcome to join us!

Mission Childhood Association Total Donation

A huge thank you for everyone's participation in this years MCA Fund Drive. We collected a total of $2,314.85 in the month of October. This amount will go along way in supporting the work of the missionaries around the world. And again a big thanks to Mr. Michael Gotuaco for his great ministry in sharing about all the wonderful work MCA does and how our gift of prayers and treasure from our OLM students helps.

OLM Scouts Lead Flag Raising

In observance of Veterans Day, the OLM scouts led the flag ceremony after our morning prayer and decade of the rosary last Thursday, November 8th. It was a simple ceremony honoring the commitment and dedication of the veterans of our county.
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Applications for School Year 2019 - 2020

We officially started accepting applications for school year 2019 - 2020 on Thursday, November 1st. Please do share this information with our families and prospective families.

Pink Shirt Day

On Friday, November 9th, OLM participated in the International Stand Up to Bullying Day. Participants wore a solid colored pink shirt to take a visible, public stance against bullying. The color of the shirts is based on a campaign started by Travis Price and David Shepherd. These two students took a stand for a fellow student who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.

Students and staff members wore a solid colored pink shirt to show their support.

End-of-the Quarter Awards

Our End-of-the-first-quarter award ceremonies are scheduled on Wednesday, November 14th following this schedule:

K - 2nd: 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (Take note of the change.)

3rd to 5th Grades: 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

6th to 8th Grades: 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Second PTO Meeting

Our second PTO meeting is at 7:00 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, November 14th at the Church Hall. Hope to see you all!

Photo Highlights

Second Grade Art in Action

Our Lady of Mercy School Choir invites you to

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Tickets are available at the office.

Invitation from Riordan High School

Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps featuring OLM Alums:

Diego Bendana

Jeremy Sherron

JT Torrea

Jalen Viray


8 p.m. on November 9, 10, 16. 17

2 p.m. on November 18

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Invitation from Mercy High School Burlingame

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Invitation from Mercy High School San Francisco

Come see The Third Wave on the following days:

Friday, November 9th, 7pm

Saturday, November 10th, 7 pm

Friday, November 16th, 7 pm

Saturday, November 17th, 7 pm

Mercy High School Theatre, 3250-19th Avenue, San Francisco

Mercy’s Visual & Performing Arts Department announces its 2018 fall play, The Third Waveby Ron Jones and Joseph Robinette. The Third Wave, based on high school teacher Ron Jones’ experiment in fascism, illustrates what happens to a teacher’s good intentions as his simulation rages out of his control in a matter of days. The time is 1967; the setting is a Palo Alto history class with the Vietnam War, racial integration and social revolution simmering in the background. This play, as well as numerous film and musical versions, remain popular around the world, especially in Germany and Israel.

We are very thrilled to have Mr. Ron Jones himself playing the older version of himself in the play (the now wiser old man who looks back on himself as a 22-year-old new teacher) as he watches and comments on the events of the six-day experiment. Mr. Jones will be available for the talk back after the performance. Also, all participating schools will receive a packet of lesson plans developed by the Holocaust Center and the Farkas Center.

For ticket information: https://tinyurl.com/yaz65z8q

OLM Alum Marisa Hamilton is in the production.

Invitation from our Drama Teacher

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