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Challenging Minds, Inspiring Hearts

Weekly Updates

Thank you to all of the cheer family members, cheer squad and OLOF staff for showing Falcon Spirit at the Texas City Homecoming Parade! Go Falcons!


Reminder please send a rosary with your scholars on Mondays and Fridays. We are honoring our Mother Mary and the Rosary during October the Month of the Rosary.


Upcoming Events:

Friday Oct 19th- Corporal Works of Mercy Day. We are conducting a food drive to benefit Saint Vincent de Paul in Texas City. The class who brings in the most canned goods will receive a pizza party next week.

Monday Oct 22nd-26th-Red Ribbon Week! See our week's theme days below!

Tuesday Oct 23rd- Mandatory Meeting for 5th grade Parents Only for CAMP KAPPE 3:30pm, Mrs. Pursley's Room

Sunday Oct 28th-All Schools Mass at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Church! All Scholars dressed in mass day uniform will receive a prize.

Wednesday Oct 31st-Halloween class parties and Halloween parade; Pumpkin Book Character Contest and Door Contest!

Thursday Nov 15th-School Thanksgiving Feast


Falcon Store Donations-We are in need of Middle School donations to the Falcon Store. Candy, Gatorade, gift cards $10.00 and under to Target, iTunes, Starbucks, and other places MS kids like! All sports related items are welcome. Our scholars will be returning to the Falcon Store on October 31st. Halloween related items for all ages wanted too!

Red Ribbon Week

We are looking forward to a fun-filled Red Ribbon Week next week. Please follow the daily themes below. If you do not participate with the daily theme, please wear required uniform.


Monday, October 22nd-"Life is a Journey, Travel Drug Free!" Dress like a tacky tourist.

Tuesday, October 23rd- "Our Future is Bright!" No Drugs in Sight! Wear neon clothing and sunglasses.

Wednesday, October 24th-Mass Day "The Best Me is Drug-Free!" Dress in your Sunday best!

Thursday, October 25th-"Our School has SWAG" Students who achieve goals by being Drug Free! Scholars may wear Falcon Spirit Attire with jeans.

Friday, October 26th-"Red-y" to live a drug free life! Decorate your red Drug Free shirt & wear jeans!

Halloween at OLOF!

Pumpkin Decorating Contest rules and entry form are attached to this flyer. Please review the rules and enjoy this family activity with your scholars. We look forward to seeing all of the beautiful pumpkins soon.


On October 31st, Halloween class parties will be between 1:00 pm-2:00 pm in your scholar's classroom. Your scholar's room mom and teacher will be communicating with you in regards to the logistics of the class parties.


The Halloween Costume Parade will be at 2:30 p.m. in the back parking lot. All grade levels are allowed to dress in costume all day and participate in the parade. Masks are permitted during the parade ONLY.They may not be worn during instruction time. No face paint permitted. Costumes should be loosely based on book characters, however there is no need to bring books.


Parents/Grandparents attending class parties and parade will need to check in through our new raptor system. Parents and Grandparents do not need to be VIRTUS trained to attend the class parties or parade.


Report Cards

Report cards will be sent home on Monday, Oct 22nd for Pre-K through 8th grade. Please return your scholars signed report card by Wednesday Oct. 24th. In your scholars' report card will be instructions for Parents Web. Parents Web will allow you to view your scholars grades on all assignments throughout the semester and much more.

Falcon Athletics

Girls' Volleyball - The 2018-2019 Volleyball season came to an end last week against True Cross. Although things did not pan out the way we aimed for, Coaches Herrera and Dunlap could NOT be prouder for all of our girls for taking the court and learning to play together as a team, and fight for every point. We look forward to next year's team who will be more focused, stronger, and together from the lessons learned from this season. Great season ladies!


Girls' Basketball - Coach Leonard has agreed to lead our Lady Falcons this season as Head Coach. In addition, she will be aided by three assistant coaches, and will field a team of 13. A VERY special thank you to Coach Leonard and assistant coaches! Practice started on Tuesday, with another scheduled for Friday in Kukral. Times and full schedule will be released in the coming weeks ahead.


Boys' Basketball - Coach Lopez and his assistant Coach Davis are looking forward to this year's season, tipping off on November 7th. Times and full schedule will be released in the coming weeks ahead, so keep an eye out.


The boys have also accepted an invitation to O'Connell College Preparatory School's 1st Annual Gulf Coast Junior High Boys' Basketball Tournament. There are Fatima Alumni who attend O'Connell and are interested in meeting our current students. We are very young this year, but we will accept any and all challenges head on and prepare for the success that lies ahead for these boys.


Cheerleading - As basketball season nears for both the boys and girls, be on the lookout for our cheer squads, led by Coaches Pursley and Guerra. They have worked tirelessly with our squads and their efforts show with each cheer and clap they perform. Please support our cheer squads as much as they support our teams!

Flu Season

We are entering the time of year when we see influenza (flu) and other respiratory viruses at school. We want to let you know what steps we are taking to keep our school community healthy and how you can help us too during this season. Respiratory infections, such as the flu and the common cold, are spread through close contact with sick individuals by inhaling airborne droplets or coming into contact with contaminated surfaces. Flu and cold symptoms can sometimes be difficult to tell apart, but consider this:


FLUCOMMON COLD

How It BeginsSuddenGradual

CoughSevereMild to moderate

MusclesAchyNone to mild aches

Stuffy, Runny NoseSometimesCommon

TirednessSevereMild

FeverNone to high gradeNone to low grade

ComplicationsBronchitis/PneumoniaEarache/Sinus Infection

If symptoms persist or worsen, make an appointment with your healthcare provider to be evaluated. The flu can be serious for children of all ages, causing them to miss school, activities, or even be hospitalized.

We take the health of our scholars seriously and work very hard to keep these viruses from spreading. We encourage our teachers and staff to regularly clean frequently touched areas such as desks, door knobs, stair rails, telephones, computer keyboards, and bathroom faucets and fixtures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the “Take 3” approach to fight the flu:

1. Get the flu vaccine every year, if able.
2. Take every day preventative actions to stop the spread of germs:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available
  • Cover coughs with a disposable tissue or cough into your sleeve or elbow
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with sick individuals
  • Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils
  • Stay home when sick

3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your healthcare provider prescribes them

You can help us maintain a healthy school environment in a variety of ways:

  • Make sure your scholars receive all recommended immunizations, including an annual flu vaccine
  • Reinforce all of the above preventive behaviors practiced at school,
  • Make sure children get plenty of exercise, sleep, and healthy foods.
  • Keep sick children home, especially if they have a fever above 100°F, diarrhea, vomiting, or a severe cough. Children need to remain home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication, diarrhea and vomit free for 24 hours, or the severe cough has ceased.

Important information about preventing the flu can be found on the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/children.htm

Raptor

We have officially started using the Raptor system. Please make sure you have your ID with you when visiting our campus.


Here is how it will work: Upon entering the building, visitors will be asked to present an ID, such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system. The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge. The Raptor system checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork. A visitor's badge will not be necessary for parents attending morning assembly, but parents are not allowed to come down the hall to the main office after assembly while students are dismissing.



The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our campus.

Falcon Shout Outs

Shout Out to Mila Vasquez for learning how to trace her name. Yay Mila!

Shout Out to Maxwell Mejia for cleaning up after free time and giving the best hugs.

Shout Out to all cheerleaders and cheer parents for all of their help and hard work for the homecoming parade!

Shout Out to The Mouton's and Guillory’s for the taco bar for cheer camp for the girls!

Shout Out to Ailey McKinney for always being so loving and caring.

Shout Out to Mrs. Lopez for being an amazing Boss! Happy Boss’s Day!

J-Lo's Word

Whew! October is a busy month, and it is still going! As we work through this very busy month and enter the busy holiday season, I want to pause and remind everyone to keep the main thing, the main thing. What is your main thing? For me, and for this campus, I strive daily to keep the main thing Jesus. Keep ye first...…. Keeping Him the main thing sometimes gets lost in the go, go, go, right? We need to remind ourselves, and sometimes each other, to pause and take a deep breath. Inhale Jesus. Exhale everything else. For if we are full of Him, there is no room for those things which matter not. Inhale Jesus with me today. Blessings and love always.