Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume III Issue 10 Sunday, November 13, 2016

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.

Congratulations to the following students:

WHAT IS PATRIOT’S PEN? Conducted nationwide, this VFW-sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. More than 120,00 students participated in the contest last year.

Of the 243 entries in Montgomery County, 15 students have been selected to move onto the regional finals - FIVE FROM OLM!!

We congratulate the following students and wish them luck as they advance:

Celyn Broomhead

Anna Cramer

Paul Jennings

Amanda Klemick

Molly Waltrich


Our Lady of Mercy invites all police, first responders, firefighters, EMS and veterans to a thank you breakfast and prayer service in gratitude for your service to our country and to our community.

We ask that our OLM parents, grandparents, family, friends join us - wear your uniform!

Please join us for breakfast on Wednesday, November 23rd at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy school followed by a prayer service at 10:30 in St. Alphonsus Church.

Please see the attached flyer. If you are able to attend, please RSVP to by November 18th(name & # attending).

December Dust Up - Friday, 12/02/2016

OLM is alive with the gifts of MERCY, knowledge, and faith. Another important gift is service. In the spirit of the holidays we are asking some of Santa's elves in grades 4 & 5 to help us on Friday, December 2nd to dust up the grounds of the school in preparation for the tree lighting ceremony on Monday, 12/05.

Elves are to report to Mrs. DiNenno's room at 3:15PM on Friday, 12/02 and will be finished and ready for pick-up at 3:45PM. If your child is interested in this service opportunity, please RSVP to Mrs. DiNenno at

Upcoming Events

November 14

Club Day #4/STREAM Academy

November 15

7th Grade Trip to Graeme Park

Halloween Candy Drive Ends

November 16

Last Day for Thirty-One Sale

November 18

Dress Down Day to support our Food Drive

Reading with Winston, 11:45AM to 1PM

November 22

Grade 4 Trip - Franklin Institute

Thanksgiving Parties, 2PM

November 23

Thanksgiving Prayer Service, 10:30AM

Noon Dismissal

November 24

Thanksgiving - No School

November 25

No School

November 28

Classes Resume

November 29

Confessions, 1PM - Grades 3-8

November 30

MIddle School Academy Trip to Keswick Theater

Picture Re-takes

Thanksgiving Reading with Winston

Friday, Nov. 18th, 11:45am

29 Conwell Drive

Maple Glen, PA

Open to all pre-school children - please join us in the OLM library for Thanksgiving crafts, stories, and lunch. Meet our mascot, Winston and have lots of fun. Please RSVP by clicking the link below.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


Monday, Dec. 5th, 6:30pm

29 Conwell Drive

Maple Glen, PA

Please join the OLM School community at our tree lighting ceremony - right outside on the main lawn. There will be performances by our choir and band. Enjoy Christmas music and refreshments and watch as our tree sparkles.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


Parents, please use the link to sign your child(ren) up for STREAM for the second trimester. Thank you for your support of this amazing program. Deadline is 12/02/2016.

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. The Priority Deadline is 12/31/2016.


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.

Montgomery County Intermediate Unit - Special Event

The ATRC will be having its November Open House on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, from 7:30 am to 5 pm located in the ATRC on the 4th floor. In honor of AT Awareness Month, we will be featuring High Incidence Apps & Bookshare

Each Open House is geared towards expanding the knowledge of one topic but also meeting the needs of all of your students. We look forward to your attendance to support your students and expanding your skills.

We have many resources on our Assistive Technology page:

These resources include our expanding Symbaloo’s and SETT paperwork. You can always access the Open House schedule here as well.

Here is a link for directions:

and entrance instructions:


For the First Time, Our Lady of Mercy students will be able to participate with a float of our very own in Ambler’s Annual Christmas Parade on December 3rd. This is a time honored tradition that will allow us to show large crowds our OLM Pride.

For our inaugural year, we will be portraying The Kneeling Santa as it shows the Humility of The Christ Child’s Birth. We would like to invite anyone that would like to help with the decorating of the float and construction of the stable and manger to contact Danielle Moore at

Students will be given a t-shirt and Santa hat [unifying us all] as we walk down Butler Pike. Please send in the permission slip sent home this past week if your child is interested in participating.

November's Service Project

From Your OLM Ambassadors of Mercy:

Please Help Us Put a Meal on Every Table

Each student is asked to bring in one or more of the

items asked below to be eligible for the November 18th Dress Down Day:

K-1: Boxed Crackers, Canned Tuna Fish

2-3: Juice Box Packages, Box of Cereal

4-5: Peanut Butter/ Jelly, Canned Mixed Vegetables, Potatoes, Carrots, or Kidney Beans

6-8: Canned Fruit (single serve or snack pack), Spaghetti Sauce, Canned Pasta products (ravioli, Spaghettios, etc.)

Please bring your items into school from

Monday, November 14th to Friday, November 18th.

All items benefit the Saint Catherine of Siena

Saint Vincent dePaul Food Pantry.

OLM's online Art Museum

Please visit this link to view all the amazing works of art created by our OLM students:


To continue to make our MISSION come alive at OLM, we are asking our students to donate some of their Halloween candy to our troops through Operation Gratitude. From November 3rd - November 15th, OLM will be accepting donations of Halloween candy - not all, but perhaps a few pieces. Please place the candy in a plastic lunch bag and send to the main office.

Amazon Smile

Help OLM! Use Amazon Smile with your Amazon Account!

What is the AmazonSmile Foundation?
The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation. In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile.

When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the OUR LADY OF MERCY!

Please click on this link to help OLM:

Yearbook Orders

Believe it or not, it is already time to place your order for the 2016-2017 OLM yearbook! To order, follow the steps below:

1. Go to

2. Click on "Buy your Student's Yearbook" which is above the School Annual / Joston's logo.

3. Enter in school name, city, state, and then click "Go"

4. Enter in number of yearbooks to purchase, as well as child's homeroom / teacher and pay via credit card.

Please note that all 8th grade students DO NOT need to purchase a yearbook since it is included in graduation fees.

  1. All orders are due by January 31st!

Virtue of the Month: SERVICE

Our virtue of the month of November is Service

"Do not shut yourselves in your small world, but be open to others, especially to the poorest and neediest, to work to improve the world in which we live. Be men and women for others, real champions in the service of others." ~ Pope Francis

For Christians, service is not something to be tacked onto our schedules if we can spare the time. It is the heart of the Christian life. Jesus came "to serve" and "to give"—and those two verbs should define your life on earth, too. Serving and giving sum up God's purpose for your life. Mother Teresa once said, "Holy living consists in doing God's work with a smile."

Students will be taught to begin to shift their focus from "Who's going to meet my needs?" to "Whose needs can I meet?"

We pray to Saint Catherine LaBoure to help us to serve others.

Students will be recognized at the School Liturgy on Thursday, December 8th.


Attention all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students! The OLM Ski and Board Club is preparing for a great season at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Lehigh Valley, PA! Please save the following dates for our six session ski package.

Registration and more information will be sent home in the coming weeks. See you on the slopes!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Sale Dates: October 26th - November 16th

Home and School is sponsoring a special Thirty-One fundraiser in time to start your Christmas Shopping. Each family received a Thirty-One catalog today. Information on how to order is attached. If you have questions, contact Ms. Jeanine Duncan at dunk1026 Happy Shopping!!


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


Do your holiday shopping at an Olde Fashioned Christmas Bazaar featuring OLM singers!!

Students from Our Lady of Mercy will entertain shoppers by singing Christmas music during the St. Alphonsus Parish Olde Fashioned Christmas Bazaar, held from 9 am to 3:30 pm, Saturday, November 19th, in the Parish Center. Kick off your holiday shopping by browsing the wares of nearly 40 vendors and enjoy music, food, home baked goods and raffle prizes. Children ages 3 - 10 can shop for gifts at the Secret Santa Shoppe and may even see Santa Clause himself! Admission is free. For more information, contact the parish rectory at 215-646-4600.

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, 11/13

Keegan McAlary

Monday, 11/14

Tuesday, 11/15

Emily Sadorf

Wednesday, 11/16

Katharine Brown

Thursday, 11/17

Friday, 11/18

Kelly Boland

Mason Penna

Saturday, 11/19

Thomas Maselko


Monday: Connor Cunningham

Tuesday: Meghan Dennin

Wednesday: Eddie Donovan

Thursday: Gretchen Wolpert

Friday: Timmy Jennings