OLM Parent Newsletter

Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

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On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. Luke 14:1

What an interesting line. This line should not be overlooked in that it reveals a common reaction that some have to Jesus. What is the reaction? It’s the tendency to observe Jesus carefully from a distance.

Look at the context of this statement. Jesus was invited to the home of a leading Pharisee and many other people were present. Those who were there would have been considered the “movers and shakers” of that time. They were the influential, wealthy, educated, and prestigious members of the community. Many would have been quite concerned about their reputation and quite curious about Jesus since He was growing in such popularity with the people. So, as a result, they were all “observing him carefully.”

Notice the implication present in this description of their reaction to Jesus. Unlike the manifest sinners of that time, they did not come to Him, falling at His feet, begging for mercy. Rather, they appear to be quite interested in how Jesus will be accepted by others, what He will say and what they should think about Him. Even though it is unfortunate that they do not all completely turn to Jesus in faith, it’s at least good that they are attentive to Jesus and realize He is unique.

This curiosity on their part is not all bad. In fact, it may lead some of them to salvation. By observing Jesus, they are clearly pondering Him, His words and His actions. This is good if and only if it results in each one of them turning to Him in faith and choosing to embrace our Lord regardless of what others think. This is a risk for those consumed with their own public image. But it’s a risk that is worth taking. For those who are willing to humbly allow their observations to turn into true faith, their lives will change. But in order to do so, they must let go of any fear they have of what others may think.

Reflect upon any tendency you have to only “observe” Jesus and His will from a distance. If you find you are curious and interested in the presence of God around you, do not hesitate to act on this curiosity, allowing His words and presence to change your life. Do not let yourself become concerned about what others may think. Give your life to Him without hesitation and you will be eternally grateful you did.

Lord, when I perceive Your presence in my life, give me the courage I need to respond. May I never let societal pressures or pride interfere with my turning to You. I love You, dear Lord. Help me to love You without reserve. Jesus, I trust in You.

Catholic Daily Reflections

Theme for School Year 2022 - 2023

OLM Mission Statement

The mission of Our Lady of Mercy School, in collaboration with our families and communities is to provide faith-based Catholic Education that engages and nourishes our students’ spiritual, academic, social, and emotional formation that empowers them to be of service to God and others.

SLE Focus for the Month of August / September

Self-reflective Catholic Christian Learners who . . . .

  • Value and maintain active prayer life

  • Think critically to make good decisions

  • Face challenges with readiness to move forward

Gentleness | The Fruit of The Spirit For Kids

Pope's Intentions

Small Businesses (August)

We pray for small and medium sized businesses; in the midst of economic and social crisis, may they find ways to continue operating, and serving their communities.

Abolition of the Death Penalty (September)

We pray that the death penalty, which attacks the dignity of the human person, may be legally abolished in every country

First School Mass

Our first school Mass, held last Wednesday, August 24th, was a beautiful celebration. We appreciate everybody's engagement and participation. Special thanks to Father Doming, Mr. Gotuaco, our lectors, Eucharistic and music ministers, and altar servers.
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Ice Cream Social

It was awesome to see lots of our parents, students, staff at our Ice Cream Social last Friday. Thank you very much for coming! The ice cream sandwiches and the popsicles were great! But the fun in the gathering of the community was great-er! :-).
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COVID-19 Testing

We are making COVID-19 testing available again to our faculty, staff, and students. While we did testing weekly last school year, we are only offering testing monthly for now. The testing will take place every last school Tuesday of each month till the end of the year:

Tuesday, September 27th

Tuesday, October 25th

Tuesday, November 29th

Tuesday, December 20th

To those students registered for testing last school year: Reregistration is NOT needed. If you do not want your child to be tested anymore, please let us know by emailing us (office@olmbulldogs.com) as soon as possible.

If your child is not registered for testing and you would like him / her to be tested, please register him / her at the following link:

Register your child for testing here

Thank you!

This is a reminder. The deadline to turn in lunch orders for the month of September is on Thursday, September 1st. Note: Lunch orders can only be made via SchoolSpeak. If you need help placing your order via SchoolSpeak, please give us a call at 650-756-3395. Thank you very much!

School Lunch

School Lunch orders will now be placed via SchoolSpeak effective this school year. This SchoolSpeak function is now live! Yes, parents may now order their children's lunches for the month of September. Please note that the deadline to submit your order is Thursday, September 1st.

Families will be charged the lunch order costs on their FACTS accounts. Only those without FACTS accounts (those who paid tuition in full before the start of the school year) will have to send their payments to the office.

VERY IMPORTANT: Upon the deadline of monthly lunch ordering, you are no longer able to access the menu on SchoolSpeak. If you need to order lunch after the deadline, you may call the office to do so. Please note, however, that your child will be provided lunch but not necessarily the lunch scheduled on those days.

Volunteers on Campus - VERY IMPORTANT!

We are now allowing parents to volunteer in the classrooms. Please note, however that:

* Volunteers must submit proof of vaccination before actually volunteering in the classrooms.

* Unvaccinated volunteers must submit a proof of negative COVID-19 test weekly before they are allowed to be in our classrooms.

Thank you!

P.E. Shirts

Our P.E. shirts have arrived and and will be distributed to students. All students are required to wear their P.E. uniforms next week.

If you need to order P.E. shirts for your child, please contact the office.

Thank you!

Back-to-School Night

Wednesday, September 7th, is Back-to-School Night for Grades 1 - 8. We shall be following this schedule:

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Grades 1 - 4

7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Grades 5 - 8

As in the past years, we shall start our Back to School Night for both grade level bands at the Church Hall.

Please plan on coming! We would love to see you all!

STAR Testing Coming Up

We are administering the STAR Test from September 6th - 16th. Please do not schedule any appointment for your children as much as possible. Here are important reminders for our students:

* Get enough rest / sleep.

* Have a good and healthy breakfast.

* Arrive to school on time.

* Give it your best shot. Take your time in answering the test.

Part-time Yard and After-School Program Supervisors Needed

We are looking to for part-time (paid) yard and after-school program supervisors. If you interested, please send an email to clubhouse@olmbulldogs.com.

Friday, September 2nd, is a Student Holiday. It is Faith Formation Conference Day for Teachers.

Monday, September 5th, is Labor Day. It's a holiday for all! Happy Labor Day! Happy long weekend!

Seventh Grade Parents: Your child's proof of TDaP needs to be submitted no later than September 15th.

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School Policy Highlights

Morning Drop-off

Students must be dropped off at school no earlier than 7:45 a.m.

"Students arriving before 7:45 a.m. will proceed to Clubhouse for Before School Supervision. If you intend to drop off your child before 7:45 a.m. during the school year, please make sure that you register your child in our Clubhouse Program. Students not registered in the program who need to be sent to our Before School program will be assessed the Clubhouse drop-in fee."

Extended Absences and Assignments

We always discourage families from going on extended vacations during the school year. Please take note of the following policy from our handbook:

"Being absent for extended vacations does not lessen the student’s academic responsibility nor does it involve special academic consideration. A student will not be provided with assignments before leaving for such a vacation but will be required to make-up all missed work, including tests, when he/she returns to school. An Extended Absence Form will be provided by the teacher / office which must be completed and submitted to the classroom teacher as soon as possible. If a student is absent for fifteen (15) or more days during a report card period the grades will be withheld unless the work is made up.

The student will be responsible for completing and submitting all the work during his / her absence upon returning to school. The Report Card for that trimester can be impacted. Excessive absences could also affect promotion."

It can be noted that families have access to their students' Google Classroom. Should extended absences become inevitable, accessing the Google Classroom regularly will be very important.

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Reposting . . . .

COVID-19 Safety Plan

With COVID-19 restrictions easing up, we still remain mindful on best practices to protect the health and safety of everyone. We have made changes on our Safety Plans to reflect County Recommendations/ Guidelines. In some cases, we are taking more stringent measures as needed to curtail the spread of virus on campus.
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Here are links to our Calendars

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OUR LADY OF MERCY SCHOOL Non-Discrimination Policy

Our Lady of Mercy School, mindful of its mission to be witness to the love of Christ for all, admits student of any race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at this school.

Our Lady of Mercy School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color,

national and/or ethnic origin, age, gender or disability in administration of educational

policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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