Weekly Update

Week of April 5th Distance Learning

Stations of the Cross

My first year at OLPH I was immediately impressed by all of the beautiful prayer services our school had to offer, one in particular that stood out to me was the Stations of the Cross. I can recall sitting in a pew at our church with the lights dimmed and our students carrying candles, preparing to lead their school in a devotional time of prayer. This brought tears to my eyes as most of our prayer services did that year. To see children, young teens at that, put forth so much work and respect for our God was something that has kept me here at OLPH for the last 6 years. If you have younger students and you're not aware, let me explain the best I can what our amazing school does every year at this time.


Our 7th-grade students would have taken part in the long-standing tradition of leading our school in the Stations of the Cross. They would have prepared and practiced for days to lead us through the 14-step devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on earth as a man. Along the walls of our parish are pictures representing each station. 7th graders would have stood under a station, dressed in a black robe with a candle as other students stood at the ambo and lead us in prayer and meditation. This is repeated as they move to each station. It is truly something to be seen in person.


We are saddened that our 7th graders will not be able to prepare and lead us in this way, however, this means we as a school family will need to find ways of walking through this time together in our faith and religion.



More Information on Stations of the Cross

"The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of Jesus' last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ's last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete".

https://www.catholic.org/prayers/station.php


I have provided the Stations for you and your family in both Spanish and English. I urge you if nothing else to read and pray together this week. I miss our prayer services and can't wait for our lives to resume, however, we shouldn't forget the values both you and OLPH school has implemented thus far. Till then I am praying for all of you, I know times are hard right now and I'm praying that we all keep our Lord in our homes! After all, He is the one who will see us through.

Lent - a season of repentance, prayer and fasting HD
The Story of Easter (Jesus' Sacrifice)

Principals Corner

This week I ask that we continue to prepare for Holy Week and take time to reflect. These times will definitely prove to be a challenge as we are unable to attend church and be with family during Easter. Use the resources above to pray and don't forget to watch Father Alex give Easter Mass this coming Sunday.


As we would be entering Holy Week our school schedule would have been lighter. You may find that this week, students will receive a reduced amount of work. Thursday would have been a minimum day in which students would have celebrated our Seder Meal together. Friday (Good Friday) would have been observed with a day off. Teachers will still observe this in our Distance Learning Program.


Staff will be in the office on

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8am-12pm

Feel free to come in to make a payment, grab work if you missed Monday's pick up or take care of anything you are unable to do from home.


We still have our off campus phone number. Feel free to call Monday-Friday 8am-4pm

(760) 574-9079


Parents, look out for enrollment information after Easter vacation. Details and dates will be in my newsletter upon our return. Have a blessed week and enjoy the upcoming Easter holiday with immediate family. Happy Easter to all my families, I thank God for this amazing opportunity to be your principal. GO ANGELS!


Blessings,

Mrs. C

Nite at the Races & Raffles

Nite at the Races will be postponed, however we are going to proceed with our Las Vegas and Disney raffles. The Las Vegas raffle is valid for up to a year and our Disney raffle does not expire. Both raffle due dates have been extended to May 18th. Thank you to those that have turned these in.

If you have sold your tickets and would like to turn them in, you may do so during the Monday pick-ups. If you need more Disney or Las Vegas tickets, feel free to call us ahead of time and we can have them ready for Monday pick-up. You may also pick up from the office on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 8-12pm

Thank you for your the support!

Graduation & First Communion

Parents of 8th graders and 3rd graders,

I know this year was a special year for us, and it still will be! We are waiting word regarding the limitation of parish gatherings.


If the restrictions on gathering in our parish are lifted before graduation-June 6th, we will have our ceremony as planned.


First Communion will be postponed as there is need to prepare and stores will not be open in ample time to allow parents preparation time.


New Dates:


June 13th -Reconciliation

June 20th -First Communion


Pending "Shelter in Place"-June 27th Graduation

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES

Join our Pastor, Father Alex in the celebration of Palm Sunday (April 5, 2020)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jhzg3xBQ7mA#action=share


Our parish could use our help now more than ever! Be sure to continue to mail your contributions in or use their website to contribute. Thank you.

https://www.olphindio.org/

DISTANCE LEARNING

Since Distance Learning is now taking place for the remainder of the school year, teachers and I will be meeting to provide more assistance regarding instruction. We understand parents are busy and although you are the primary educator we know you need us! Look for more information regarding teacher's lessons and classroom Zoom meetings after Easter vacation. Thank you for your support during these unforeseen circumstances.

If you need a new PE Log, please feel free to download the form below. Remember these need to be turned in weekly.

Send your pics! olphschoolindio@gmail.com & acovarrubias@olphindio.net

Tuition Payments

Maintaining tuition payments at this time are crucial to the overall operations of OLPH School. We have attempted to give you various payment methods during this time.


FACTS:

If you currently have your tuition payments processed by FACTS. They will remain on the same schedule.


1. MAIL US YOUR CHECK:

82-470 Bliss Ave. Indio CA 92201

please write the students name in the memo line


2. Gradelink QUICK PAY: www.gradelink.com

a). once logged in click the billing tab on your left hand side.

b). Then click make a payment, make sure to indicate what the payment is for. ex: hot lunch, extended care, tuition.


3. PAY BY PHONE- M/W/F 8am-12pm feel free to call the main office (760)347-3786

M-F 8am-4pm you can still call (760) 574-9079

Mrs. Cervantes or Mrs. C will take payments over the phone



We greatly appreciate your dedication to our school!

4/6-Monday Pick-Up and Drop-Off

This Monday from:

4-6pm

you can drive-thru to drop off any completed work, and pick up any new work. If your teacher has set-up a form of digitally submitting work, you may not need to. Please check with your teachers.


NEXT WEEK- EASTER VACATION NO PICK-UP OR DROP OFF

No work will be assigned for the week of April 13th-17th


REMEMBER: This is not a vacation for students. They must be completing all work and shouldn't wait to get it all done before we return. It is important to keep to a schedule.

OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP, PRAY FOR US AND BLESS OUR SCHOOL.