OLM Staff Bulletin

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Reflection Corner: The Gift of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As everyone across the United States celebrates the legacy of peace, justice, and unity of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., may we always promote brotherhood and sisterhood in the confinement of our home, classrooms, campus, and offices.

Prayer: Lord God, source of peace, we stand on the shoulders of giants who have sacrificed for the sake of the Gospel values. Grant us the grace to take responsibility to form our children according to your image of peace, justice and love. Give us a share of the spirit that guided Dr. King and others like him so that by our words and actions, may we become the face of Jesus in our time and place. We pray in His name. Amen.

Spelling Bee 2016

Congratulations to all our 2016 OLM Spelling Bee finalists and winners.
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Fourth to Eighth Grade Finalists:

Front row:

Andrea Abraham (4A)

Noelani Moffat (5B)

Krista Manaquil (5A)

Hailey Garcia (7B)

Cailey Pasco (6B)

Back Row:

Ethan Maxion (4A)

Aaron Abraham (6A)

Lauren Hu (7A)

Rhianna Medina (8A)

Dustin Bobila (8B)

4th to 8th Grade Spelling Bee Winners:

First Place: Lauren Hu

Second Place: Noelani Moffat

Third Place: Andrea Abraham

Congratulations! Thank you to our Spelling Bee Team - Dana Sargenti, Mary Ann Vazquez, Nancy Andre, Lauren Petersen for a job well-done!

Report Cards / Grades

Please do complete / post your report cards / grades online no later than 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 20th. Please do include comments as you complete the report cards. For technical assistance, please contact Greg Rougley. Thanks.

January 27th Mass

While every school mass is a special celebration, our upcoming one on January 27th is particularly significant for our community. Second grader, Jasper Watts, is going to be baptized in the presence of the entire school. This is a great opportunity to get our students to have our students talk about and reinforce their understanding of the sacrament of baptism.

We will also come together in thanksgiving for the 27 years of dedicated service of Mary Lynne Hogan to Our Lady of Mercy School. She will be joining us for mass on that day.

PTO Meeting this Wednesday

We have a PTO meeting at 7:00 p.m. this Wednesday, January 20th. The following people are scheduled to attend the meeting:

Ms. Lynne Morris

Mrs. Maria Collins

Mrs. Christina Gotuaco

Mr. Dominic Paris

Sr. Rosabel Sare

As in the past PTO meetings, teachers will be asked to help out in taking parent attendance that evening. Everyone is welcome to attend.

OLM Donation to Missionary Childhood Association: $ 832.36

Thank You for your support to the Missionary Childhood Association (MCA). Your generosity makes it possible for local priests, religious, and catechists to reach out to children living in poverty. May we continue to become missionaries through our generous assistance to MCA.

OLM Catholic Schools Week 2016

January 31st – February 4th


Please find below activities that we are going to have during our CSW.

Wednesday, January 27 ( 10:00 a.m.) – Mass and Launching of Catholic Schools Week with Jaspers’ Baptism ( 2A) and Appreciation of Mrs. Mary Lynn Hogan’s Commitment to OLM

Sunday, January 31st

Open House - 1:00 p.m. – 2:30

1:00 – 1:30 Opening Program

1:30 – 2:30 Open House

Venue: Classrooms, Preschool

Monday, February 1st

Morning Prayer - c/o Student Council

Parish and Community Appreciation Day

Students write letters to Community Partners (Pastors, Parishioners, Vendors).

Venue: Classrooms

Tuesday, February 2nd

Morning Prayer - c/o Speech Club

Parent/ Family Appreciation day

(Students Write Appreciation Letters to Parents)

Morning Hospitality at the Hall (Doughnuts in the Hall)

Wednesday, Feb.3rd

Morning Prayer - Preschool

Staff Appreciation Day

Continental Breakfast and Lunch at Church Hall

On the Spot Essay Writing Contest – Grades 4 & 5 @ 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. (Parish Center)

Bible Quiz Bee - Grades 6 – 8 @ 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ( Church Hall)

Thursday, Feb. 4th

Morning Prayer by Yearbook Club

Student Appreciation and Loved Ones/ Grandparents Day – Visitors in the Classrooms (1:15 p.m. –2:30 p.m.)

Spirit Day

Friday, February 5th

K - 8 Professional Development at St. Cecilia's School

Details will be discussed in our next staff meeting. Thank you to our committee members, Sr. Rosabel, Lynne Morris, Dana Sargenti, Katherine Coddington, and Zarah Llemos.

Auction 2016

The auction is coming up. Tickets for staff members are available for $25 each. It will be wonderful for us to support our biggest fundraiser. Please let Sr. Eileen know if you are coming to the event.

As discussed in the staff meeting, you are all encouraged to donate an auction item, preferably an activity that you are able to sponsor. Thank you to those who have submitted your auction item ideas already. Please let Jeff know of your exciting ideas.

Lion Dance Performance

Our students are going to be treated to a Lion Dance performance in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Angela Chan, mother of Alex (KB) and Ryan (2B), has arranged for West Coast Lion Dance Group to come to our school once again at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, February 19th.

MyStudentProgress (MSP) Usage

Thank you for getting started in using MSP to post homework, projects, expectations, and messages for parents and students' access. Please direct students and parents to MSP for information even when hard copies or homework pages are given in class. Mr. Roughley will be available for technical assistance as needed. Thank you for making our students and families more comfortable with using MSP and other available online resources.

Awards Assembly

It's time for our quarterly Awards Assembly once more. Please find below our Awards Assembly schedule for this grading period.

K - 2: Friday, January 29th 9:00 a.m.
Gr. 3-5:Friday, January 29th 10:45 a.m.

Gr. 6-8: Thursday, January 28th at 1:45 p.m.

Please turn in your Awards form to Sr. Eileen no later than Friday, January 22nd. Thanks.

Open House Coming up!

Our Open House is coming up. Let us get our classrooms ready to showcase our students' most recent work. Please extend the invitation to OLM and prospective families and friends We are having it from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 31st, 2016.

60th Anniversary Coffee Table Book

Please do encourage our families to turn in their completed forms as soon as possible. Also, please share the information to all alumni that you may be in contact with. Our orchestrated effort to get the word out would help make this project a big success. Thank you very much!

Faculty Room Duty

Just a reminder: Sixth and seventh grade teachers are in charge of the Faculty Room clean-up this week. The sign-up is on the board. Thanks!

Prayer Leaders for Morning Assemblies

Please find below the Prayer Leaders Schedule for our weekly morning assemblies:

Tuesday, January 19: 1B

Monday, January 25: KA

Monday, February 1: KB

Monday, February 8: 8A

Tuesday, February 16: 8B

Monday, February 22: 7A

Monday, February 29: 7B

Important Dates to Remember

January 20: PTO Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

January 24: Confirmation Good News Mass at 12:00 noon

January 25: Staff Meeting/PD

January 27: School Mass at 10:00 a.m.

January 28: Honors Assembly Grades 6 - 8 1:45 p.m.

January 29: Awards Assembly, K - 2 at 9:00 a.m., 3rd - 5th at 10:45 a.m.

January 30: Feast and Auction 2016

January 31 - February 6: Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service

January 31: Open House, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

February 1 - 5 CSW Celebration

February 5: K - 8 Conference /OLM at St. Cecilia's. Pre-School PD at OLM

February 8: Valentine's Day Celebrations Pre-School to 6th, Social 7th and 8th

February 9: Incoming Kindergartners' Assessment

February 10: Ash Wednesday, School Mass at 10:15 a.m.

February 15: Presidents' Day, No School

February 19: Lion Dance Performance at 8:30 a.m.

February 22: Noon Dismissal, Cluster PD at OLM