Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume III Issue 23 Sunday, February 19, 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.

Upcoming Events

February 20

President's Day - No School

February 23

Club Day/STREAM Academy

February 24

Dress Down Day ($1.00 suggested)

Ski Club

February 26

Mother/Son Bowling, 12:30PM

February 28

Missionary Assembly, all grades

Mission Collection for the Month of February

Our theme for this school year at OLM is “OLM is rooted in God and growing in Mercy”. Keeping this theme in mind our OLM community will be collecting donations throughout the school year. These donations will help to spread mercy on a larger scale. In this way we can help mercy to grow in the larger world community in addition to our own community at OLM. These mission collections will take place each Wednesday. Please encourage your child to bring donations regardless of how large or small the donations are. Every donation makes a positive difference in helping mercy to grow.

During the month of February we will be accepting donations for One Refugee Child. One Refugee Child raises funds to improve the day-to day lives of refugee children. They believe in pragmatism. They believe in simplicity. They believe in initiating specific projects that reflect changing needs and conditions on the ground. Most importantly, They believe in bringing comfort to children in crisis.

Small kindnesses. Targeted projects. Transparency in the donation process. Huge impact.

Collections Days: 02/15 & 02/22 and our DDD on 02/24.

Book Fair 2017

Get ready to celebrate the love of reading with our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair in March! We will have many fun reading activities and events planned for your child as part of the Fair. We hope you can join us.

This year, one of our Book Fair goals is to help the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer with their school in Tanzania. The Chamazi Montessori School in Tanzania provides education to over 450 children from Preschool to Fifth Grade. The children’s needs are many but we can help provide desks, meals, shoes, and other school supplies.

One of the ways we can do that is through the Scholastic All for Books program. With your help, donations will purchase books for our school and help our cause, the children of Chamazi Montessori School. In addition, Scholastic Book Fairs® will match monetary donations with a donation of up to $1 million in books from The Scholastic Possible Fund, which distributes books to children in need through various organizations.

Please donate to our Coin- a- Day Challenge (see below). With every donation, your child will sign a donation book slip which will be displayed on our “Giving Tree” at our school. On behalf of the students and teachers of Our Lady of Mercy and the Chamazi Montessori School, THANK YOU!

Join us in our COIN-A-DAY Challenge

February 27 – March 3

To benefit

The Chamazi Montessori School in Tanzania


Help our Classroom Libraries

Manic MONDAY! Bring in PENNIES!

Terrific TUESDAY! Bring in NICKELS!

Wondrous WEDNESDAY! Bring in DIMES!

Thrilling THURSDAY! Bring in QUARTERS!

Fabulous FRIDAY! Bring in ANY COINS OR BILL!

Scholastic matches donations with a donation of up to ONE MILLION DOLLARS in books to charities such as the Kids in Need Foundation!

Send in your donations and fill-out a leaf with your name and grade for our GIVING TREE!


Reading Olympics 2017

There will be two elementary Reading Olympics meetings this week. The first meeting will be at 12:05 on Tuesday in the library. At this meeting, the students will be dividing up the books remaining on the book list that still need to be read. Your child should leave this meeting with a list of books that they still need to read before the competition on March 22. This form should be helpful to both you and your child in keeping track of what books that they still need to read prior to the competition. There will also be a shorter meeting of the elementary Reading Olympics team on Friday at 12:35 in the library. At this meeting the students will begin learning about how the competition will work and will practice working as a team to answer questions about the books.

The middle school Reading Olympics team will also be meeting this week. This meeting will be in Mrs. Marano's classroom. The exact day of the meeting will be announced at morning assembly this week. If you have any questions about Reading Olympics, please contact one of the moderators.

Villanova Basketball

The 5th grade will begin to sell chances for an autographed basketball signed by Jay Wright and the members of the Nova team. Chances are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Chances will be sold the week of February 27th during lunchtime. Grades 4 to 8 can buy tickets on Monday and Tuesday of that week, and grades K-3 can buy tickets on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday any grade can buy chances during lunchtime. Thank you for helping the 5th grade make a Slam Dunk into the Annual Giving Fund.

Mrs. DiNenno, Ms. McGill, and Ms. Timlin


The 5th Annual Run is scheduled for Saturday March 25, 2017. Registration is now open. Register before February 6th for early bird pricing! The homeroom class with the highest percentage of participation will receive a prize. Post race food courtesy of Fireside Bar & Grill. Happy running!

Click here for all the information:

A Shout-Out to our Students Runners:

This year, the classroom with the highest percent participation in the 5K will win Rita’s Water Ice - date to be set with teacher of the winning classroom.

Also, 5K age groups have changed to give our younger runners an opportunity to win prizes. New age groups: 9 and under - top 3 boys and girls

10-14 year olds - top 3 boys and girls

Our Virtue of the Month of February is Generosity.

Pope Francis says, "Christians know how to give. Their lives are filled with generous acts - often hidden - towards their neighbor."

The highest gift we can give to another is the gift of ourselves. Giving ourselves in this way epitomizes the virtue of generosity. The perfect example of generosity is God the Creator. By means of His generosity, He generated man in His image. For Christians, God's gift of Himself through Christ represents the ultimate form of generosity, and serves as a model for all human generosity.

Because God creates -- or generates -- man in His image out of His own generosity, a dynamic impulse toward generosity is implanted in the depth of man's being. As a consequence, to live authentically means to give generously. Personality and generosity, therefore, are virtually synonymous. To live authentically is to give generously of oneself. The great Thomistic philosopher, Jacques Maritain, underscored this unification of personality with generosity when he wrote: "Do not heroes and saints impress us as men who have reached the heights of personality as well as generosity?"

What are the limits of generosity? Since virtue is rooted in love, this question is tantamount to asking, "What are the limits of love?"

St. Bakhita will be our model.

Prayer to St. Bakhita

Loving God, rewarder of the humble, you blessed St. Josephine Bakhita with charity and patience. May her prayers help us, and her example inspire us to carry our cross and to love you always. Pour upon us the spirit of wisdom and love with which you filled St. Josephine Bakhita.

By serving you as she did, may we please you by our faith and our actions. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Students will be recognized at the School Liturgy on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 10:30AM.

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. ALL applications are due on or before 03/31/2017.


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)

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.


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!

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,, 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 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

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:

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, 02/19

Andrew Barton

Kyle Moon

Grace Toriello

Monday, 02/20

Tuesday, 02/21

Casey Leonard

Carter Launer

Wednesday, 02/22

Thursday, 02/23

Marissa Moffa

Will Ryan

Joseph Wisniewski

Kevin Wisniewski

Ryan Zimmerman

Friday, 02/24

Matthew Salvatore

Martin Canalley

Saturday, 02/25


Monday: Bebe Lemanowicz

Tuesday: Mark O'Brien

Wednesday: Tim Barrett

Thursday: Nicky Araco

Friday: Connor Cunningham