Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume III Issue 16 Monday, January 2, 2017

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.

New Year's Greetings!

Happy New Year to all. January is always about fresh beginnings and positive change. I love the promise of the New Year and all the possibilities that exist for our children here at OLM and their future.


We already have over 25 NEW families for new school year! OLM has become a very popular destination!


There are many new and exciting things planned for 2017! But I think it is important at this point in time to stop and CELEBRATE Our Lady of Mercy School! There are enough negative images in/on the news! As Catholic education is an extension of our FAITH, celebrating OLM is most appropriate. A positive attitude brings optimism into your life, and makes it easier to avoid worries and negative thinking. Research has shown that schools that adopt positive thinking become happier places and more successful.


As with any organization, OLM continues to seek ways to advance itself and improve. The best way to do that is by healthy collaboration, mutual respect, and a humble dedication to the mission of OLM.


Thank you all so very much for the countless gifts, cards, and notes that I received for Christmas. It literally took me days to open and read each one. The support and affirmation that I receive each day from our families allow me to remain laser focused on ensuring that OLM is a place where students are helped to meet their fullest potential by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas.


Have a Happy & Holy 2017! All my Best ...


John McGrath

Upcoming Events

January 3

Classes resume


January 5

Model UN Trip to University of Pennsylvania


January 6

School Liturgy, 9AM

Peacemakers

Jr. High Dance #4, 7:30PM

Home & School General Meeting

Sunday, Jan. 8th, 7pm

OLM Cafeteria

Please join us for a general Home & School Meeting in the school cafeteria on Sunday, (yes, that's right) Januray 8, 2017 at 7PM. There will be a presentation on Internet Safety. More information to follow.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Class of 2017 Scholarship Awards

Gwynedd Mercy Academy:

· Megan Emmerling: Misericordia Academic

· Devon Sweeney: Trustee Academic

Mount St. Joseph Academy:

· Julia Norton: Alumnae Academic

St. Basil Academy:

· Grace Toriello: Music and Academic

· Melanie McGill: Mother Josephat Award

· Megan Emmerling: Academic

LaSalle College High School:

· Robert (Ted) Nagle : Presidential Academic

· Lucas Braccia: Principal Academic

Archbishop Wood:

· Margaret (Meg) Waltrich: Academic

· Lucas Braccia : Academic

Lansdale Catholic:

· Gavin Mook: Academic

Bishop McDevitt

· Emily Mirabelli: Lancer Academic

Total Scholarships as of 12/19/16: $218,000

Read our Wonderful School Publication: Mercy Magazine

Virtue of the Month: Prayer

Our virtue of the month of January is Prayer


Pope Francis says, "Prayer is very important. Never forget to pray! Nobody can tell when we are praying on the bus on in the car. We pray in silence, with the heart, so let's take advantage of these opportunities to pray."


The most important thing is to acquire the habit of prayer. It has to become a habit. Without that, we don't have an interior life; we just have an exterior life. And when all we have is an exterior life, we become anxious, restless, and that leads to greed, the inordinate love of possessing. For we end up trying to secure our own happiness and to reduce our own anxiety, and when things do not go our way in life, we become angry, impatient, irritated, we lose the peace that we long for. And when we are at that point, it means we've taken our life into our own hands. But life is not meant to be lived out of our own hands. We are meant to be carried along by God, like a baby is carried in a car seat. We are meant to be carried along by divine providence. God is in control, not us, and we have to surrender to his control. When we do so, life becomes so much more exhilarating.


St. Andre Bessette will be our model.


Prayer to St. Andre Bessette

Lord our God, friend of the lowly, you gave your servant, St. André Bessette, a great devotion to St. Joseph and a special commitment to the poor and afflicted. Through his intercession help us to follow his example of prayer and MERCY and so come to share with him in your glory. (mention your intention) We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

St. André Bessette, pray for us.


Students will be recognized at the School Liturgy on Friday, February 10, 2017.

Lollipops for Sale

The 7th & 8th grade will be selling lollipops every Thursday from now until supplies run out. All the proceeds are going to the Annual Giving Fund as their gift.


The lollipops are $1.00 each. Thank you for supporting our efforts.

OVER 300 students already! REGISTRATION OPEN TO NEW STUDENTS IN ALL GRADES K-8.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR!!!

  • Register by 3/31/17 and the registration fee is $250 per family.
  • Anyone not registered by 3/31/17 will be automatically re-registered at $350 per family.

In order to opt out of re-registration, please contact Julie, our Advancement Director, at jbebey@olmcatholicschool.com.


A letter and the re-registration form was sent home to students. To re-register, simply fill out the family name, your parish, child(ren) name(s), grades they are going into and any NEW family member joining OLM. Send in the formalong with your payment to OLM in an envelope labeled "Registration". The registration payment must accompany the form.

SMART AID FOR 2017-2017 IS NOW OPEN! Click the link above to apply.

Smart Aid Information

The new ONLINE application is available. Click the Smart Aid Button above to access the application. The Priority Deadline is 12/31/2016.


OLM SCHOOL CODE 91026


OLM families are encouraged to complete and submit and application. This application will handle all financial aid for OLM (and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia) - including BLOCS, Heritage of Faith Funds, and other scholarship opportunities - both system-wide and at OLM.


Those families who applied in 16-17 will only need to:

1. Login in ( using the username and password from 16-17) www.smartaidforparents.com

2. Update their information

3. Submit and pay the $25 application fee

4. Return to the site and upload their 2016 taxes when completed but no later than 3/31/2017.

OLM's online Art Museum

Please visit this link to view all the amazing works of art created by our OLM students:


https://sites.google.com/site/olmartprogram/

Yearbook Orders

Believe it or not, it is already time to place your order for the 2016-2017 OLM yearbook! To order, follow the steps below:


1. Go to http://www.schoolannual.com/

2. Click on "Buy your Student's Yearbook" which is above the School Annual / Joston's logo.

3. Enter in school name, city, state, and then click "Go"

4. Enter in number of yearbooks to purchase, as well as child's homeroom / teacher and pay via credit card.


Please note that all 8th grade students DO NOT need to purchase a yearbook since it is included in graduation fees.


  1. All orders are due by January 31st!

BOX TOP NEWS

Don't forget that we have two Box Tops contests running. The next contest ends on February 15th, and the class with the highest total will win a doughnut or cupcake party! The end of year contest is for a class Pizza Party! The class that turns in the most Box Tops over the entire school year will win this prize in June.


Keep sending in your Box Tops every month. All Box Tops submitted count toward both contests. The holidays are a great time to look for Box Tops on products such as: Land O' Lakes butter and cheese, Hefty disposable products, Green Giant veggies, Reynolds foil baking pans, Food Should Taste Good chips, and many more! Here is a complete list http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products


Finally, don't forget about the new Box Tops app. It's as easy as checking the app after you do your grocery shopping, looking for any items that you purchased, and snapping a picture of your receipt. This page explains it well: http://www.boxtops4education.com/bonusapp. Thanks to all who have already been using it. The earnings are added to our account every time you submit your receipts!

OLM’s 2nd Annual Designer Bag Bingo - Friday, January 27, 2017

Bingo Starts @ 7:00

Doors open @ 6:15 • Bring your family, friends, your favorite snacks and drinks! • $30 per person…or $275 for tables of 10, $220 for tables of 8 • Additional “special” bingo cards will be available to purchase


Email olmbingo2017@gmail.com for questions/ticket requests or RSVP with payment to JP Romano, (6-Opdyke) by Thursday, 1/19/17

*limited to first 250 people so act fast

* **proceeds benefit OLM Home and School Association

** ***Checks made payable to Our Lady of Mercy

*** ****Interested in donating a raffle basket, please let us know****

A MESSAGE FROM THE HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION...

The HSA is organizing another Teacher's Wish List. Last year, the OLM community provided so many important items to help our teachers provide the best education to our students. Please take a moment to look at this year's requests. If you are able to provide new or gently used items, please sign up!

Consider joining together with other families and don't forget about our specials teachers!


www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F48A5AC2CA0F85-teaching


When you have something ready, please contact the teacher it is for to set up the best way to get it to them!

Please contact Alison Bell, alisonL24@yahoo.com, with any questions!



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 mirellapalme@verizon.net 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 https://sites.google.com/site/olmhsaweb/volunteers

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: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4daaa622a6f49-january1

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, 01/01


Monday, 01/02

Mrs. Eugenia


Tuesday, 01/03

Colin Dowdell

Patrick Troy


Wednesday, 01/04


Thursday, 01/05

Harrison Glover

Mrs. Demkovitz


Friday, 01/06

Andre Sowden

Mary Cirelli

Samantha Morris


Saturday, 01/07

Ms. Jessica McGrath

ALTAR SERVICE THIS WEEK 9AM

Monday: TBA

Tuesday: TBA

Wednesday: TBA

Thursday: TBA

Friday: TBA