OLM Parent Newsletter

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

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“Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion?” Luke 14:28

Are you prepared for all that the Lord wants of you? This short rhetorical question above is Jesus’ way of saying that you ought to be prepared. If you were to build a tower you would hopefully be prudent enough to plan ahead, making sure you had enough resources for its completion. So it is with the spiritual life. It is essential that we make sure we have all the resources we need to make the choice to follow Christ.

This raises the question, “What resources do I need to follow Christ?” The answer is simple. Jesus says at the end of this Gospel, “In the same way, anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). In other words, if we want to have all that we need to fulfill the will of God in our lives, we must surrender everything to God.

Being a disciple of Christ is not something we can do halfheartedly, even though there are many who attempt this. When we choose to follow Him, it must be wholehearted. We must be “all in,” so to speak. Otherwise, we will never be able to accomplish all that our Lord asks of us. He is a demanding God in the sense that He wants everything from us. But this demand on the part of our Lord is completely for our own good. We need to give Him everything if we want happiness and fulfillment in life.

Reflect upon how ready and willing you are to give every last part of your life to Christ. Are you willing to say “Yes” to Him no matter what? Are you willing to hold nothing back and “renounce all your possessions” if He were to ask? You may possess many things, and even though our Lord may not call you to give up all possessions in a literal and physical way, you must still surrender everything you have and everything you are to Him. Only then can He give you what you need to accomplish His most glorious will.

Lord, my life is Yours. Please give me the grace to surrender everything that makes up my life to You without reserve. I surrender to You my life, my finances, my possessions, my family, my labors and my entire future. All is Yours, dear Lord. Do with me what You will. 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

Virtue of the Month: Gentleness

Skuppets at the Farm (Gentleness)

Pope's Intentions

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

OLM Teachers at the Archdiocesan Catechetical Day

Way to go, OLM Teachers! It was a great day our teachers had last Friday as they attended the presentations at OLM and St. Cecilia. The Mass held at OLM was beautiful! Shout out to our cantors - Hanna Widjaja and Leila Villegas - and Altar Servers - Leo Widjaja and Ella Pascual - and to their parents for allowing them to serve at the Mass last Friday!
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P.E. Classes Start this Week

Mr. Liam Vale is our Physical Education teacher this year. P.E. classes started yesterday, Tuesday, September 6th. Please make sure that your child wears P.E. uniforms on their designated P.E. days which are as follows:

TK: Fridays

Kinder: Thursdays

First Grade: Tuesdays

Second Grade: Fridays

Third Grade: Tuesdays

Fourth Grade: Thursdays

Fifth Grade: Thursdays

Sixth Grade: Tuesdays and Fridays

Seventh Grade: Tuesdays and Fridays

Eighth Grade: Tuesdays and Fridays

STAR Testing

It's STAR Testing time! Please do not schedule any appointments on your child's START testing days. Here are reminders for 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.

Thank you!

Back-to-School Night

Tonight, Wednesday, September 7th, is Back-to-School Night 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.

We hope to see you all!

Our Blessed Mother's Birthday

Thursday. September 8th, is the birthday of our Blessed Mother. Please take some time to celebrate her birthday in your respective classes. Here's a link that provides information on her birthday:

Birthday of the Blessed Mother

It will be great if you are able to celebrate our Blessed Mother's birthday as a family. You can just simply sing Happy Birthday and whisper a prayer to and for her on her birthday.

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

If you have not registered for testing and would like o be tested, please register him / her at the following link:

Register for testing here

Part-time Yard and After-School Program Supervisors Needed: We are looking for part-time (paid) yard and after-school program supervisors. If you interested, please send an email to clubhouse@olmbulldogs.com.

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Important Dates to Remember in September

September 6 - 16: Start Testing

Wednesday, September 7: Back-to-School Night

Thursday, September 8: Birthday of Our Blessed Mother

Monday, September 19: Minimum Day, Data Analysis Day

Wednesday, September 21: School Mass in honor of Our Lady of Mercy

Wednesday, September 21: PTO Meeting 1 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 24: Feast Day of Our Lady of Mercy

Monday, September 26: Minimum Day, Accreditation Prep Day

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!

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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