OLM Parent Newsletter

Wednesday, August 24th, 2022

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“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.” Luke 13:24

What does this line tell us? It reveals that we cannot enter Heaven by our own will or through our own effort. Furthermore, it tells us that though some will try to get to Heaven through their own effort, this approach will not work. Upon meeting our Lord, after death, they will be surprised that they are not a member of His Kingdom.

This clear and somewhat shocking statement from our Lord should have the effect of causing you to step back and look at your life so as to sincerely and humbly examine the path you are on. Jesus’ directness and clarity on this real experience that some will have should help to open your eyes so as to honestly examine if He is speaking about you.

It takes true humility to face the truth, at times, and to admit if we are trying to rely more upon ourselves than upon Christ. The “narrow gate” is that gate through which the humble enter. Pride and self-sufficiency lead us to attempt to make our own path to Heaven. But this path is never the correct one.

Entering the “narrow gate” also means that we listen to God. He, as the divine Shepherd, is always calling to us in a gentle way. Only when we are attentive to His voice will we know where He is leading us. Only then will we discover the way through the one and only narrow gate.

Reflect, today, upon that moment when you meet our Lord face to face. What will that encounter be like? Will it be one where He greets you with open arms saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into your reward.” Or will it be one in which He says, “I do not know you.” Now is the time to face your life of faith with honesty, striving to rely only upon the strength of our divine Lord.

Lord, I do desire to enter the narrow gate. I choose to follow Your gentle voice, leading me to Heaven. Help me to remain humble in life, shedding all that leads me to rely upon myself. May I rely only upon You, dear Lord, and trust You in all things. Jesus, I trust in You.

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

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Pope's Intention for August

Small Businesses

We pray for small and medium sized businesses; in the midst of economic and social crisis, may they find ways to continue operating, and serving their communities.

Opening of School

Thank you for the awesome opening of the school year! It was great to see everyone back on campus! The excitement was everywhere! Our students were so happy to be back. We had lots of parents who came to our Coffee and Donuts Social.

The school year surely is off to a good start! Yay! May this school year be a year of fun and great experiences for everyone!

Shout out to Father Doming for joining and giving us blessings for a great new school year, to Arnold Bautista and Michelle Widjaja for taking care of the Parent Coffee and Donut Social, the Carson Family for the beautiful balloon stands we had at the Yard.

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CSJ Ministerial Formation Workshop

Our teachers attended their first Ministerial Formation Workshop by the Congregation of Saint Joseph. As members of the CSJ Educational Network, our teachers get to participate in formation workshops during the school year. We are blessed to have these learning opportunities that support our work in pursuing our school's strong sense of Catholic Identity.
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Uniform and Hair Policy

We are committed to following through with our rules, guidelines, and policies to ensure smooth operations school-wide. This includes enforcement of our Uniform and Hair Policy. We have started conducting and will continue to conduct inspections. We ask for your support and cooperation as we implement our policies at school. Thank you.

First School Mass

Our first school Mass, sponsored by the Faculty and staff, is at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24th. Reminder: It's Red Sweater Day for the kids.

Ice Cream Social this Friday!

Our Ice Cream Social is back! Please come and join the fun at 3:15 p.m. (after carline) this Friday, August 26th, at the Upper Yard. It will be a great opportunity to meet other families in a very relaxed and fun after-school event. PTO will be selling ice cream sandwiches and popsicles. See you then!

We need more help for the Ice Social. Click below if interested.

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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.

If you are interested to be a volunteer, please give us a call and we'll be happy to have you help us. Thank you!

Friday, September 2nd, is a Student Holiday. It is Faith Formation Conference Day for Teachers.

Monday, September 5th, is Labor Day. It's a holiday for all! Happy Labor Day! Happy long weekend!

School Lunch

School Lunch orders will now be placed via SchoolSpeak effective this school year. This SchoolSpeak function is now live! Yes, parents may now order their children's lunches for the month of September. Please note that the deadline to submit your order is Thursday, September 1st.

Families will be charged the lunch order costs on their FACTS accounts. Only those without FACTS accounts (those who paid tuition in full before the start of the school year) will have to send their payments to the office.

VERY IMPORTANT: Upon the deadline of monthly lunch ordering, you are no longer able to access the menu on SchoolSpeak. If you need to order lunch after the deadline, you may call the office to do so. Please note, however, that your child will be provided lunch but not necessarily the lunch scheduled on those days.

Please be guided accordingly.

Here's how to order school lunch for the month September:

Open your SchoolSpeak account.

Click on "Lunch Program Order" on the left SchoolSpeak menu column

Select the student that you will be ordering for. (For families with more than one child.)

Select the week that you want to place orders.

Select each lunch you wish to order on the "Order" Page.

If ordering for more than one week, select "Next" or choose a date from the calendar icon. Make sure you place your lunch orders for the whole month.

Once making all selections. Please click "Done"

If the total is correct, click "Place Order."

There is no need to click on the "Pay" button. If you do, payment options are not going to be visible.

Your FACTS account will be charged so no check or cash payment is required. For those who do not have a FACTS account (those who fully paid tuition at the start of the school year), please send your payment to the office.

STAR Testing Coming Soon!

Our first STAR testing (standardized testing) window is from September 6th to 16th. Please mark your calendars. Let's make sure that we don't schedule appointments for our students during these days.

P.E. Shirt Update

OLM P.E. Shirt Orders: Students whose parents placed orders for P.E. shirts will get their shirts the week of August 29th. Please note that students are NOT required to wear P.E. uniforms until after Labor Day.

You now need to call the office if your need to order P.E. shirts. Thank you!

Back-to-School Night

Our In-Person Back-to-School Night is coming soon! It will be on Wednesday, September 7th 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

Hope to see you all that evening!

Clubhouse Drop-in, students not picked up on time

Please find below our Before-School and After-school Program Drop-in rates:

Early Morning: $10.00

3:00 pm Dismissal: $20.00

2:30 pm Dismissal: $25.00

12:30 pm Minimum Day: $40.00

We ask that students get picked up on time. Students not picked up after the carline will be sent to Clubhouse. Parents will be charged the following:

Up to 30 minutes: $10

More than 30 minutes: full charge as stated above.

Asbestos Notification: The following letter is also posted on SchoolSpeak.

Click the link below for the Parent and Student Asbestos Notification.

Click below for the Parent and Student Asbestos Notification

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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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OLM Safety Plan Highlights

On wearing masks:

"Masks, particularly high-quality and well-fitting masks, remain highly effective, inexpensive, and dynamic tools to protect oneself and mitigate transmission of COVID-19 and other respiratory pathogens." (San Mateo COVID-19 Safety Plan)

CDPH continues to strongly recommend individuals to mask in indoor settings.

At OLM, wearing masks on-campus is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

Please note that masking may be required during the following:

  • Ten days since last day of contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case

  • As mandated or recommended by the County.

  • As determined necessary by the school administration.

On COVID-19 testing:

COVID-19 testing may be required:

  • After an extended break: All students and staff may be required (or strongly recommended) to have a COVID-19 test after an extended break (summer, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter). Students / Staff testing positive must follow isolation / quarantine requirements.

    Students / staff members determined NOT having completed the test (and obtaining a negative result) may be asked to leave the campus until a negative test result is obtained.

  • To all employees and students with COVID-19 symptoms. Employees and students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home and will only be allowed to return to school with a proof of negative COVID-19 test result. See COVID-19 Safety Plan for requirements for those testing positive for COVID-19.

  • When there is a known exposure to a positive case. All staff members and students, regardless of vaccination status, are required to test three to five days after the last point of contact with a positive case.

Note: Those who tested positive within 90 days ARE NO LONGER EXEMPT from the testing requirement.

  • Unvaccinated staff members and volunteers are required to test weekly. See p. 11 of the San Mateo Safe Schools Framework.

  • As determined by school administration: Testing will be required should there be a significant rise in cases on campus.

Though the school will no longer be collecting the test results as we did in the past, we ask for everybody's compliance to protect the health and safety of everyone on campus. We will only ask that positive cases be reported and dealt with accordingly.


Note: Guidelines may change during the school year. We will be reviewing our guidelines as a staff and make changes as needed while adhering to recommendations and guidelines from CDC, CDPH, and the County, including the County Office of Education.

Must Haves / Do

All students are expected to:

  • Bring two face masks (even those choosing not to wear masks on non-masking required days) for use and as needed.

  • Bring their personal hand sanitizer and wipes for use during the day

  • Use hand sanitizer or wash their hands thoroughly during the day, especially after returning from their morning and lunch recesses.

  • Bring a reusable water bottle for use during the day.

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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