Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume III Issue 3 Sunday, September 25, 2016

Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic School

Through the intercession of Our Lady of Mercy, we commit ourselves to living the Good News of Jesus through Works of Mercy. Our rigorous academic program unleashes creative energy for the pursuit of knowledge and nurtures a hope-filled vision for Catholic leadership. We live out our relationship with God by respecting the dignity of others and providing service to the global community that fosters unity, understanding, and compassion.

Christ our Earth

As plants become

the earth
are fed by earth

we rooted in
become Christ

to deny this
to deny Truth

to abort
from Truth

and the
is death

and here lies the
of the deference
the respect

of our Father

He will not
or force our

and here lies the
of our selves

that having seen
we choose darkness

having lived in
we prefer the lie

J. Janda

Upcoming Events

September 26

Dine & Donate - Myers Family

September 28

Class Mass, 9AM - Grade 5

Boy Scout Assembly - grades 1-8, 2:10PM - 2:30PM - cafeteria

September 29

GMA & the Prep VIsit - 8th grade, 12:05PM

From the OLM Student-Parent Handbook

Page 18:

Arrival and Dismissal Times School begins promptly at 8:00 AM. Students may enter the building after 7:30AM and should be in the gym for morning assembly no later than 8:00am. Dismissal begins at 2:50PM and 11:50AM on early dismissal days. Students may NOT be picked up for early dismissal after 2:30PM. Please check the school website and calendar for days off and early dismissals.

We work in partnership with parents to enable each child to develop as an independent learner. Parents should allow their child(ren) to enter the school building on their own each morning. Various classes invite parent involvement or visits on particular occasions. Teachers are not available to conference with parents before school or during the school day while children are present in the classroom.

Dine & Donate to benefit Mrs. Myers and her family

Monday, Sep. 26th, 11am

1211 South Bethlehem Pike

Ambler, PA

Time: All Day - Eat-in or Take-out

Take a night off from cooking and enjoy some great food. This event will benefit our beloved former teacher, Mrs. Myers and her family. Allison's baby daughter, Elizabeth is critically ill. Just let the server know that you are with Our Lady of Mercy and the Fireside will donate 20% if your food order to the Myers Family.

*excludes alcohol and gratuity

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


OLM is asking parents to review the attached STREAM FAQ's and complete the following:

1. STREAM survey

2. STREAM sign-up

Both are accessed via hyperlinks. Additionally, please carefully review the items we are seeking for our STREAM Academy. Thank you so much for your support in this exciting new initiative at OLM.


Book Fair Dates: October 3 - October 7

Shopping Hours: Monday, 10/3 - Thursday, 10/6 (9 AM - 3:30 PM); Friday, 10/7 (9 AM - Noon)

Family Event: Monday, 10/3 (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM)

After School Event: Tuesday, 10/4 (3:15 PM - 4:30 PM)

You can also visit the bookstore online at Our online fair is available from September 25th - October 14th.


Today, a packet of information was sent home with your child asking for permission for your child to participate in a research study on Peer Acceptance Education and Disability Awareness. Please review the information that was sent home. Your child's participation in this study is completely voluntary. Forms are due back to your child's teacher by September 26th.

We're selling Pretzels again!

Soft Pretzels will be delivered on Wednesdays before snack recess starting on October 5th.

You must place your order by October 3rd to receive a pretzel.

1 Pretzel = $12.00

1 Pretzels = $24.00

Start Date: October 5th

Last Date: June 7th

Every Wednesday EXCEPT:

November 23rd (1/2 Day) and March 1st (Ash Wednesday).

Here's the link to order:


The Yankee Candle Fundraiser has begun!! Everyone knows that Yankee Candles are great... and they make terrific gifts too! A packet was sent home for manual order and orders may also be placed online. A copy of the catalog is attached, as well as information for the new mobile app. The last day to place orders is October 16th so get your orders in soon. Looking forward to another successful Yankee Candle season. Any questions, contact Karen Ryan @ (215) 542-1426 or


We Can’t Do It Without You!

The Home and School Association sponsors a full calendar of social events, fundraisers, meetings and programs each year. Lots of volunteers are needed to help make this happen. Contact Mirella Palme at our volunteer coordinator to lend a hand!

To view a list of current volunteers and chairs/co-chairs, or to sign up as a volunteer, please


Welcome to the start of a new school year and a year of A+ School Rewards. Beginning October 12, 2016 through March 17, 2017, Our Lady of Mercy will have the opportunity to earn cash through the Giant A+ School Rewards Program. Our School ID # is 26548.

All you have to do is: Log on to to designate our school online using your Giant BONUSCARD - or - Call the A+ Hotline at 888 - 448 - 4642 for assistance.

Remember: If you registered your card last year, you DO NOT need to re- register this year. You can visit the website to verify the correct school assignment.

Also, don’t forget to encourage your friends and relatives to do the same. It could mean more CASH for our school. After you register your card, each shopping trip to Giant using your BONUSCARD earns CASH for our school. Each month, the amount of CASH awarded will be updated on the Giant A+ website.

You can track the amount of points you earn for our school by checking your grocery receipt and online when you create an account at

Our school will receive a check at the end of the program and the money can be used for any of our school’s educational needs.

Thanks for supporting our school.If you have any questions, please contact Janine Braccia at

Please see attachments about the Hayride and Haunted Hayride for the Middle School

Our Lady of Mercy School Band

Students who are interested in information about the OLM Instrumental Music Program should contact Frank Ferraro @ Anyone who needs an information sheet or registration form should come to the front office.

Virtue of the Month: CHARITY

Our virtue of the month of September is CHARITY. When you think of people who were amazing examples of charity - Mother Teresa definitely makes the top ten list. She explained once what this virtue of charity is all about.

"Love in action is service. Become friends to those who have no friends. Become family to those who have no family. Become community to those who have no community."

Charity is just that simple - love people as God would love them. So why is it such a hard virtue to put into practice? Probably because it means we have to forget ourselves and put the other person first. We have to change our priorities. That may mean to glance up from our phone or tablet to look around at the needs of others. It may mean to stop what we are doing and change our plans to help someone in need. Charity may be as easy as just listening to someone who is lonely.

There is a trick to living charity. Plug into the Holy Spirit! Many people wonder what kind of relationship we can have with the Holy Spirit every day. He is the Spirit of Love, the Great Consolor. He can inspire us and point out things we may miss to help us live the virtue of charity. Be honest with God - let him know that sometimes you get caught up in what you have to do and you forget the needs of others. Ask him for help. Say this little prayer whenever you can and your charity will grow.

"Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love."

Students will be recognized at the School Liturgy on Friday, October 7th.

Our theme for this school year at OLM is “Rooted in God ... and growing in MERCY."

Our theme for this school year at OLM is “OLM is rooted in God and growing in Mercy”. Keeping this theme in mind our OLM community will be collecting donations throughout the school year. These donations will help to spread mercy on a larger scale. In this way we can help mercy to grow in the larger world community in addition to our own community at OLM. These mission collections will take place each Wednesday. Please encourage your child to bring donations regardless of how large or small the donations are. Every donation makes a positive difference in helping mercy to grow.

During the month of September we will once again be accepting donations to support the Missionary Childhood Association (MCA). This Association was founded on the idea of children helping other children. The main ways that this Association encourages children to help are through daily prayer for other children and through making monetary donations of their own money. This money is used to support projects throughout the world that are focused on improving the lives of other children in many ways. We look forward to continuing to support organizations that help mercy to grow. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

News from the OLM Cafe

In order to access the menu, please visit the school website. Due to the increase in costs from our food supplier, we have been forced to adjust the lunch prices. For this school year, Lunch (which includes a main dish, a side dish two fruits, two veggies, and milk or juice) would be $3.50. Main Entree $2.50 and milk or juice $0.75
Enter to win a FREE COOKIE daily for one whole week! -ONE raffle ticket will be awarded for every lunch bought from Monday through Thursday each week during the month of September.


We are now taking orders for scrip. Scrip enables you to earn money just by doing your regular shopping. The best way to order is via the website using the enrollment code 8E8L5AC76615. You can also send in a paper order form, which is available using the scrip tab under the Family Information header. Be aware that rebates, retailers and denominations available do sometimes change, so even if you aren't placing your order online, check for the most up-to-date information. When placing an online order, you will be able to print out your order confirmation and send it in with a check, or pay online using Prestopay, an automatic bank debit. The family portion of the rebate has been increased to 85%, so the potential tuition savings are significant. Some families earned hundreds of dollars in tuition credits last year. The primary goal of this program is to help keep an OLM education affordable for our families, so be sure to take advantage of this benefit. Orders placed by Monday at Noon will be available for pick-up by Thursday afternoon.

Volunteer for Lunch Duty at OLM!

Two parent volunteers must be on-duty in the school yard - before the playground is open. This ensures the safety of ALL. Our active volunteer program not only provides valuable hands-on assistance through the school, but also benefits the children by reinforcing ties between the children’s individual homes as well as the community at large, and the school. The Lunch/Recess Duty Volunteer program is a great way to volunteer and become involved at the school.

Sign up for Lunch Duty at:

Birthday Blessings this Week!

Heavenly Father, we thank you and praise you this week for the gift of life. We thank you especially for those who celebrate their birthdays this week. Thank you, Father, for gifting our lives with these individuals. Fill them with many blessings throughout the year. Make them good sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, and fellow classmates. Allow them to be good role models to all those they meet. Give them the gifts of peace, joy and happiness throughout this year. AMEN.

Sunday, 09/25

Monday, 09/26

John Powers

Connor Schmalbach

Tuesday, 09/27

Calum Samtmann

Shaela Touey

Wednesday, 09/28

Mark Reilly

Robert Reilly

Lauren Gerlach

Thursday, 09/29

Friday, 09/30

Anna Emma

Saturday, 10/01

Mrs. Kling

Mrs. G

Thomas Cronin


Monday, 09/26: JP Romano

Tuesday, 09/27: Danny Bryce

Wednesday, 09/28: Gretchen Wolpert

Thursday, 09/29: Timmy Jennings

Friday, 09/30: Anna Emma