OLM Parent Bulletin

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Reflection Corner

A voice of one crying out in the desert:

“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

Luke 3: 5 - 6


How and when and where will I spend time in quiet with the Lord today?


Dear Jesus, silence the clamor. Slow me down. Help me sort through the clattering demands and hear Your still, small voice. Show me how to make ready Your way.

Patience is the Virtue of Month

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SLE Focus for the Month: RESPONSIBLE Catholic Christian Learners

OLM Students are Responsible Catholic Christian Learners who . . . .

  • Act with compassion

  • Learn about and contribute to community

  • Meet academic and behavioral expectations.

Superstars of the Week

Congratulations to the following students:

Kindergarten: Gianne Galido

First Grade: Hayley Lo

2A: Leila Villegas

2B: Samantha Sarad

3A; Rylan Cruz

3B: Jared Pangalangan

4A: Darren Minioza

4B: Kingston Romero

5A: Charlie Laurel

5B: Rylie Bautista

6A: Julian Cabonce

6B: Thomas Nelson

7A; Marcos Bendana

7B: Andrea Escamilla

8A: Kayla Abila

8B: Mateo Lapuz

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Assembly for the Second Week of Advent

Assembly this week began with the second purple candle being lit on the Advent Wreath. Class 2B with teacher, Ms. Gotuaco, leads us in prayer this week.

Butte County Collection raised over $2000 from our OLM Bulldog Students. Blessings to you all!

Season of Advent at OLM

The Liturgical Year began on December 2nd, the first Sunday of Advent with the Blessing of the Advent Wreath. It is the time of year we all prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ. There are four Sundays in Advent and the Advent Wreath has four candles that represent each week with the three purple candles and one pink candle. We will experience the lighting of the Advent Wreath each day in Advent during the morning assembly until school dismisses for the Christmas break on Friday, December 21st. This week is the Second Week of Advent.
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Simbang Gabi Volunteers

We need volunteers for our Simbang Gabi on Saturday. Please see message from our PTO president:

Hello OLM Families,

The PTO would greatly appreciate your support and generosity as we prepare to sponsor the 1st Night of Simbang Gabi on Saturday, December 15. We invite everyone to sign up via the SignUp Genius link below to donate food and/or to volunteer for set-up, clean-up and mass roles.


Thank you very much!

Advent Confessions

As we prepare for Christmas, our students are going to confession following this schedule:

10:15 a.m., Wednesday, December 12th: 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classes

10:15 a.m. Thursday, December 20th: 7th and 8th grades classes

Beauty and the Beast

What an awesome performance by our students this past weekend! It was great to see our young actors and actresses in action as they played their respective roles in Beauty and the Beast. Congratulations to all of them! Kudos to Mrs. D'Cunha, play director, office staff support, Mr. Rougley, and to parent volunteers for a great show! A huge thank you to our parents for their continued support to the program!

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Student Council Toy Drive

The OLM Student Council is hosting the annual Christmas Toy Drive for Mercy Housing the week of December 10th. We are asking for new unwrapped toys that cost $20 or less. Each grade has been assigned different kinds of toys, to ensure that a variety of toys are donated. They are:

K-2 dolls, trucks, cars
3-5 board games, art kits
6-8 sporting equipment.

Toys should be brought to the classroom. We are grateful for your help. The toy drive will end on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. God bless you, and you have a wonderful Christmas.

All Aboard! The Christmas Express goes live at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 14th! Reserved tickets and sponsor tickets will be given to the oldest children before dismissal on Thursday, December 13th. See you at the show!

Christmas Play Video

We would like everyone to enjoy our Christmas Program. We want everyone to have a good view of the performance. Please be advised that personal videotaping and flash photography will not be allowed during the show on Friday. We have designated videographers and photographers to cover our Program.

And here's the good news: the Christmas program video link will be sent to everyone on or before January 15th. . . for FREE! That's right! You will have access to the video free of charge! And for those of you who would like to have an actual DVD as a keepsake may order copies as they become available on January 11th. Order forms will be available upon our return from Christmas break.

Simbang Gabi

The annual Simbang Gabi, Novena Masses in anticipation of Christmas, starts on Saturday, December 15th. As tradition has it, the first night is sponsored by the School. Our children's choir will be singing at the Mass. It will begin with a rosary at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Mass at 5:30 p.m. A parish fellowship / reception, hosted by our school families, caps the evening's celebration. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please come and join our parish community as we kick off these annual Novena Masses.

Special thanks go to the PTO and the families contributing to the reception that immediately follows the Mass!

OLM Band Performance

The OLM Band will perform for all of us at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18th, at the Church Hall. We all look forward to our instrumentalists share their gift of music to our school community.

Applications for School Year 2019 - 2020

We officially started accepting applications for school year 2019 - 2020 on Thursday, November 1st. Please do share this information with our families and prospective families.

Book Fair Coming up Soon!

Dear Parents and Families,

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

· Set the example. Let children see you read.

· Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep up with changing tastes and reading skills.

· Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own

books to read.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Dino-Mite Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates: January 27 – January 30

Information about volunteering at this special event will be coming to you soon.

School Mass

Our last school mass for this calendar year is at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19th. Please take note of the time change. We needed to adjust the time due to a schedule conflict at the church. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. As always, we invite you to come and join us at the said mass. Thank you!

Christmas Break

Christmas break is from December 24th, 2018 to January 4th, 2019.

Friday, December 21st, is the last school day before our Christmas break. Dismissal is at 12:30 p.m. There will be no Clubhouse and Homework on that day.

Classes resume on Monday, January 7th, 2019.

Photo Highlights

Third Graders at the Nutcracker Performance

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Opportunity for our 8th Graders from Bay Scholars

Good Afternoon,

We are excited to begin the annual Bay Scholars scholarship application process! We are now accepting applications for students who will be entering high school in the Fall of 2019. Bay Scholars has partnered with 14 Catholic high schools in the Bay Area, each of whom, within their unique community, is dedicated to holistically preparing students for four-year colleges and universities. The students who benefit from attending our partner schools are prepared not just for the academic journey through college, but for the personal journey of growth in the world at large.

In San Francisco, our participating high schools are:

  • Archbishop Riordan High School

  • ICA Cristo Rey

  • Mercy High School (SF)

  • Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory

In the East Bay, we provide scholarships at

  • Bishop O’Dowd High School (Oakland)

  • Moreau Catholic High School (Hayward)

  • Salesian College Preparatory (Richmond)

  • St. Mary’s College High School (Berkeley)

  • St. Joseph Notre Dame High School (Alameda)

  • De La Salle High School (Concord)

  • Carondelet High School (Concord)

In San Mateo and Santa Clara counties we have partnered with:

  • Junipero Serra High School (San Mateo)

  • Mercy High School (Burlingame)

  • Saint Francis High School (Mountain View)

We seek out young scholars who shine academically, engage actively in society and demonstrate outstanding promise and a willingness to give back to their communities. Our 4-year $10,00 scholarship (for incoming Scholars) makes college-prep high school education a reality for our scholars. Our scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, financial eligibility, and recommendations from principals like yourself.

(Please note: for ICA Cristo Rey, the scholarship amount is $6,000 over four years at $1,500 per year. For the rest of the participating high schools, the scholarship amount is $2,500 per year. Scholarships are renewable annually for all four years of high school if the family remains financially eligible.)

Attached is an updated copy of the (1) Scholarship Application Form and (2) Principal Recommendation Form. Please review both so you are aware of the application procedures. Both forms are also available to be downloaded from our website: www.bayscholars.org. Please note, we also require the families to submit their tax returns or other income verification documents.

We need your help in sending us deserving applicants for our scholarship program. Please distribute the application and recommendation forms to students who might be good candidates for the program (or direct them to our website to obtain the forms there).

All of the application materials are due back to Bay Scholars by Monday, February 4, 2019. Please note we do not accept faxed copies of the forms. The families will be notified after March 15, 2019 if the student has been selected as a Bay Scholar. An acceptance form will be mailed to the scholarship recipient’s family. The families must return the scholarship acceptance form back to us by Friday, April 12, 2019 in order to officially accept the scholarship.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Bay Scholars is grateful for your participation - we look forward to working together again this year.

All the best,

Caitlin Curran Kavanagh

Executive Director

Bay Scholars


Bay Scholars promotes a life-altering experience connecting promising youth with transformative educational opportunities at Bay Area Catholic college prep high schools.