Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume II Issue 15 Sunday, December 13, 2015

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

December 14

Choir Trip to Villa, 11AM

December 15

Report Cards distributed

Christmas Concert, 6:30PM

December 17-18

Bake Sale at lunch to benefit "Feeding America"

December 17

Christmas Tableau, 7PM in Church

December 18

2nd Grade (Mrs. Nowaczyk Class) Trip to Senior Center

Dress Down Day to benefit Christmas Charity

December 21

Christmas Door Decorating Contest Judging

Christmas Concert, 2PM

December 23

Noon Dismissal

December 24-January 3


January 4

Classes resume

There will be no Mercy Peek & Ponder distributed on Sunday, December 27th

Third Sunday of Advent

Our week begins with “Gaudete Sunday.” Gaudete means “rejoice” in Latin. It comes from the first word of the Entrance antiphon on Sunday. The spirit of joy that begins this week comes from the words of Paul, “The Lord is near.” This joyful spirit is marked by the third candle of our Advent wreath, which is rose colored, and the rose colored vestments often used at the Eucharist.

The second part of Advent begins on December 17th each year - this year, in 2015, it is Thursday of the Third Week of Advent. For the last eight days before Christmas, the plan of the readings changes. The first readings are still from the prophesies, but now the gospels are from the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke. We read the stories of faithful women and men who prepared the way for our salvation. We enter into the story of how Jesus' life began. These stories are filled with hints of what his life will mean for us. Faith and generosity overcome impossibility. Poverty and persecution reveal glory.

Preparing our Hearts and asking for Grace

We prepare this week by feeling the joy. We move through this week feeling a part of the waiting world that rejoices because our longing has prepared us to believe the reign of God is close at hand. And so we consciously ask:

Prepare our hearts
and remove the sadness
that hinders us from feeling
the joy and hope
which his presence
will bestow.

December Mission Collection - Two Week Donations total $670.00

During the month of December, we will be raising money to assist a local family by providing Christmas toys for their children. The toys will help these parents brighten the Christmas of their four children, three sons (ages 11, 8 and 3) and one daughter (age 7). Our student council has a list of toys that they will purchase for these children. Every donation helps to pay for these toys and helps to brighten the Christmas of this local family. Your support of this project is a wonderful way to share the light of Jesus during this season of Advent. Thank you in advance for you generosity.

If your family would like to donate a specific toy or other item, please contact Ms. Timlin @ or Mrs. Myers

Scrip! How Do You Benefit?

We give 85% of the rebate to YOU, which is deducted from your tuition if you use your own account. The remaining 15% is put in the Scholarship fund to help struggling families with financial difficulties continue to educate their children at OLM.

If you use the OLM account, the entire savings goes into the Scholarship fund.

For Example:

You go to Giant every week and spend $200 on groceries. By purchasing a $200 Giant Scrip card, you still pay $200 for the same groceries, but you also GET $6.80 back. If you continue to do this for 36 weeks, that is $244.80 towards your tuition.

With Christmas coming up, the savings will really add up.

  • A $25 Honey Baked Ham card for your aunt = $2.55 (12% rebate)
  • Purchase $25 GAP or Old Navy cards for your 6 nieces & nephews = $17.85 (14% rebate for both cards)
  • How about a $100 gift card at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse for Mom & Dad = $8.50 (10% rebate)
  • Don't forget the mailman, UPS man, bus driver and garbage men. 10 of the $10 Dunkin Donuts cards = $2.55 (3% rebate)
  • Don't know his size? How about a Nike card? Nike pays 12%. Pick up 2 Nike cards and that's $10.20 to you.

So, between your Giant grocery rebate and the Christmas gifts (which you would purchase anyway!), you just received $286.45 towards your tuition. It really is that easy.

Orders placed by Tuesday can be picked up on Fridays.

If the order is intended for the teachers, we can put them all together in one envelope and give it to the homeroom parents.

Attached is the SCRIPS retailer list which highlights the cash back for each retailer. If you have any questions about setting up your account or if you need your login information, contact Stephanie Sapp @

You can pay online using PrestoPay and then order right from your phone and take advantage of the eCard and re-loadable cards and never have to wait to pick up physical cards.

Signing up is easy:

Go to and click Register, then click Join a Scrip Program.

Enter our enrollment code. By entering this code, your account will be associated with OLM so you can begin earning rebates!

Fill in all required personal information and click ‘I Accept.’

Choose two security challenge questions from the list and provide answers.

Enrollment Code: 8E8L5AC76615

Scholarship Awards for the Class of 2016 as of 12/13/2015

We are so happy and proud to announce scholarship awards to the following students in the OLM Class of 2016. The list will be updated as more awards are announced.

Shannon Reilly:

Mount St. Joseph Academy: Founders Academic Scholarship totaling $30,000 over 4 years

Maeve Gallagher:

Mount St. Joseph Academy: Fontbonne Academic Scholarship totaling $20,000 over 4 years

Micaelina Carter:

Mount St. Joseph Academy: Fontbonne Academic Scholarship totaling $20,000 over 4 years

Maggie Fitzpatrick:

Mount St. Joseph Academy: Eugenia F. Comerford ’37 Alumnae Award totaling $12,000 over 4 years

Carrie Johnston: Gwynedd Mercy Academy: Legacy Scholarship totaling $12,000 over 4 years

Thomas McLaughlin: Bishop McDevitt: Lancer Leadership Scholarship totaling $6,000 over 4 years

TOTAL AS OF 12/13/2015: $100,000

Mercy 5K - Saturday, March 19, 2016

We are looking for volunteers for the Annual Mercy 5K Race. This is a wonderful community event. Please consider volunteering. If you are interested, please contact Debbie Collins, OLM Advancement Director at or the Advancement Hotline: 215-407-5223

2016-2017 Registration

If you register prior to 03/31/2016, registration fee is $250 per family.

If you registered after 04/01/2016, the registration fee is $350 per family.

Our registration fees cover: the cost per student of the student information database (MSP), Religion books, certain instructional classroom supplies, and administrative fees for the operation the FACTS system. Please note, registration fees are non-refundable.


Using the Smart Aid service will assist our school in making data-driven, objective decisions in determining needs-based financial aid. Smart Aid provides a systematic approach to processing applications, and gathering supporting documentation.

Additional Smart Aid Information

The new ONLINE application is available. Click the Smart Aid Button above to access the application. There is a $25 fee and the deadline for submission is 12/31/2015.


ALL OLM families are encouraged to complete and submit and application. This application replaces PSSA (BLOCS) and Smart Aid 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.

While we believe that Smart Aid will help us to more effectively and efficiently provide financial aid services to our families, we also know that the strategic use of financial aid is crucial to achieving and sustaining our enrollment goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who should complete this aid application?

A: Whomever the child resides with should fill this application out, whether it is a parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, or legal guardian. There is a section within the application where you can enter contributions from non-custodial parents and relatives.

Q: Why do I need to input my spouse’s information if I am remarried and they are not legally responsible for my children?

A: Smart Aid’s calculation works off of the total household income, therefore including all income, whether the party is legally responsible for your children or not. Our system however, does take into effect your spouse’s expenses as well as their income. It is important to list all expenses that are asked of within the application.

Q: I do not have the required tax documents. HELP!

A: Include the most recent tax documentation you have available. If you are asked for a specific line from a tax document that you have not yet completed, please estimate the projected amount.

Q: How will I know if I qualify for aid or not?

A: We do not disclose information about the results of your application. All final tuition aid decisions, including notification of an award amount (if any); will be made by OLM. For the date award notices is anticipated to be March 2016.


The website is up and running again!!!

Believe it or not, it is time to our your 2015-2016 OLM yearbook! The cost of the yearbook is $20. All orders are to be completed online this year. Please no cash or checks! To place an order please follow the directions below

1- Go to

2- At the top of website, select " "Buy Your Student's Yearbook". This will open a new tab.

3- Type in "Our Lady of Mercy" as the school. Be sure to select the correct school since there is another OLM!

4- Order your yearbook and check out! It may ask you to create an account to purchase the yearbook online!

All yearbooks orders are due February 1, 2016!


We welcome your assistance at Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic School. We are most fortunate to have such an interested, committed and involved parent community. 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. OLM NEEDS YOUR HELP WITH LUNCH VOLUNTEERS! The Lunch/Recess Duty Volunteer program is a great way to volunteer and become involved at the school. Participating in our volunteer program is a wonderful opportunity to see your children at lunch and work with fellow parent volunteers.

Use the following link for Signup Genius web site:

December Virtue of the Month - JOY

Throughout the month of December, students will learn the importance of bringing joy and happiness to those around them. Saint Nicholas will be our model. Students will be recognized at the School Liturgy on 01/09/2016 at 9AM.

Prayer to Saint Nicholas

O good holy Nicholas,
you who brought joy to children,
put in my heart the spirit of childhood
about which the Gospel speaks.
Teach me how to sow
happiness around me. Amen.

OLM Home & School News

  • Save the Date: Please save the date for Home and School's first ever Designer Bag Bingo on Friday, January 22, 2016 ~ Ticket information will be available soon.
  • Box Top Collection: Home and School is looking for a few volunteers to help with the collection of box tops. This is a great way to volunteer from home. If you are interested, please contact Eileen Wisniewski at

Winston Wear School Store

How do you order? Go to the School’s website: and look for the tab “Parent Life”. Click on “Winston Wear”. You can either print the form out and send it into school or order via email at . Students may wear Winston Wear on gym days.

Birthday Blessings this Week

Broomhead, Olwen A. Dec 13 - Sunday

Conley, Ava A. Dec 13 - Sunday

McCook, Sean Dec 14 - Monday

Herold, Robert Dec 15 - Tuesday

Thompson, William Dec 15 - Tuesday

Hart, Declan Dec 16 - Wednesday

Miller, Madison Dec 16 - Wednesday

Mrs. Dudenbostel Dec 16 - Wednesday

Scutti, Elisabetta Dec 18 - Friday

Sparacio, Joseph P. Dec 19 - Saturday

Sparacio, Michael F. Dec 19 - Saturday

Playground at Lunch Recess

Monday, 12/14: Ms. Duncan

Tuesday, 12/15: Mrs. Reilly

Wednesday, 12/16: Mrs. Nowaczyk

Thursday, 12/17: Mr. Smith

Friday, 12/18: Mrs. Kennedy

Lunch Duty Sign-Up:

Two parent volunteers must be on-duty in the school yard - before the playground is open. This ensures the safety of ALL.

Altar Servers 9AM

Monday, 12/14: Nicky Araco

Tuesday, 12/15: Tim Barrett

Wednesday, 12/16: Teddy Nagle

Thursday, 12/17: Anna Emma

Friday, 12/18: Jimmy Johnson