OLM Parent Newsletter

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Reflection Corner: Ordinary Time

Welcome to Ordinary Time! As we pick up the ordinariness of our human life on this January day, with the celebrations behind us and Easter still distant, we can cling to the awareness that the mercy and compassion of God is made evident in the actions of a very ordinary day – because Jesus, our brother and our Lord is present in all things and at all times.

Prayer: Loving God, may the excitement and wonder of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry keep our faith and hope alive and make our encounter with everyone extraordinary. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Geography Bee 2016

Last Friday, our school held our annual National Geographic Geography Bee at the Church Hall with the following finalists competing:

Leo Vanelli: 5th grade

Carlo Bautista: 6th grade

Zailea Flores: 6th grade

Logan Scudmore: 6th grade

Brian Benito: 7th grade

Jonathan Blecha: 7th grade

Alyssa Hernandez: 7th grade

Madi Landaverde: 8th grade

Elijah Odocayen: 8th grade

Morgan Sy: 8th grade

We salute all finalists for a job excellently done.

Cheers to this year's OLM Geography Bee winners:

First place: Brian Benito

Second Place: Carlo Bautista

Third Place: Alyssa Hernandez

Special thanks to our OLM Geography Bee Team, Mr. Stacy Sato and Ms. Lynne Morris. Shown in the picture with the finalists, Mr. Sato, Ms. Morris, and Mr. Burgos is Mr. Bret Allen, Assistant Superintendent of the Archdiocese of San Francisco Department of Catholic School.

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Morning Drop-Off

We want to ensure everyone's safety. Please do not drop-off your kids at school before 7:45 a.m. If you plan to do so, please make arrangements with Clubhouse for before-school care / supervision. Thank you.

OLM Superstars

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Congratulations to the following students:

Carlo Bautista (6A)

Zailea Flores (6A)

Renzo Medina (6B)

Juan Pena (2B)

Daniel Herrera Tacorda (4B)

Nicolas Torres (4B)

Awards Assembly

It's time for our end-of-the-quarter awards again. We are going to recognize the achievements of our students in Awards/Honors Assemblies following this schedule:

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 be guided accordingly.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On Monday, January 18th, 2016, the school will be closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Please be guided accordingly.

PTO Dinner / Auction

Come one! Come all! Be a part of this year's PTO Dinner / Auction at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 30th, 2016, at the Church Hall. Dinner should be fabulous. We have lots of exciting items up for the auction that evening. We hope that you are planning to come to what promises to be one fun evening for everyone. See you then!

Thank you!

Graduation Photos

The eighth grade formal Graduation Photos, on white graduation gowns for girls and red graduation for the boys, will be taken on Friday, January 15th, 2016. Eighth grade dress requirements for this day are the following:

Boys: White long-sleeved dress shirt and tie

Girls: Dress or a blouse with a V-neck with no bows or flowers on the neckline. (No bulky sweaters, please.) The only jewelry that may be worn is a pair of gold, pearl or silver ball type earrings; no hoops or dangle-type earrings. Necklaces will not be allowed.

Boys and Girls: Please cover-up blemishes as they cannot be removed or touched up on photos.

Hairstyles should be simple and neat.

These photos will be used in the yearbook and will be used to makeup the composite graduation photo for the Class of 2016.

You will receive proofs of these photos and will have the option to purchase them. As OLM's gift to our graduates, each graduate will receive a composite graduation photo.

Open House 2016

Our Open House is coming up. You are all invited to come from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 31st, 2016. We need your help in spreading the word out. Please extend the invitation to families and friends who may be considering to send their children to Our Lady of Mercy School. The event is a great way to introduce our school to prospective families. Thank you.

60th Anniversary Coffee Table Book

The Coffee Table Book Committee is working so hard to produce a really nice book to commemorate our 60th anniversary. As stated in the letter you received in November, everyone will take part in this great project. Here are the three ways you can contribute:

*Be one of our Commemorative Coffee Table Book Contributors by completing and submitting the solicitation form given to you (copies are available in the office) with an enclosed check.

*Find people / companies to be Contributors in this project. Please note that the solicitation letter for your contacts were given to you in November. Copies are also available in the office.

*Opt-out by enclosing a $50 check.

Note that you are eligible to earn points (3 points each book) should you be able to get more contributors after your required one. Deadline to submit completed forms is on Friday, February 19th, 2016.

Thank you very much for your continued support.

Repost: PTO Meeting

Our third PTO meeting for the school year is coming up. Please mark your calendar. We hope to see you at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20th, at the Church Hall.

Special Prayer Intention

We lift the following in our prayers:

For the eternal repose of Günther Sommer, grandfather of Monica Sommer, 7A

Important Dates to Remember

January 15: Graduation Photo Day, Second Quarter ends, Spelling Bee

January 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. School Holiday

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

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

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., 3 - 5 at 10:45 a.m.

January 30: Dinner 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.