Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume III Issue 8 Sunday, October 30, 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.

From the Principal .... CATHOLIC Education

I firmly believe in Catholic education. I am a product of 21 years of involvement as a student and have continued my development as a teacher and administrator. I believe that I have benefited from the gifts that Catholic education offered to me - especially the gifts of sacrifice of my parents who provided the means whereby I wold be able to have this advantage. And I do believe Catholic education is an advantage!


Memories of Catholic education will remain with me for the remainder of my life. And they are wonderful memories, ones that are shared and brought back to memory when one encounters others who shared the same advantage. With such a gift, it is only natural that you hope others might also share it. It is a very personal and strong reason for my belief in Catholic education.


I laugh to remember how in first grade Sister Grace made us slide over to make room for our guardian angel. I don't slide over anymore. But if I could tell someone only one bit of wisdom, I would tell them that they indeed have an angel of their own, not an imaginary playmate, but a companion, who reminds them of God's love and mercy.

Annual Giving

Our Lady of Mercy Annual Giving Fund Inaugural Event

Sunday, Oct. 30th, 2pm

33 Conwell Drive

Maple Glen, PA

You are invited to the Our Lady of Mercy Annual Giving Fund inaugural event on Sunday, October 30, 2016.
*2PM Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Alphonsus Church
*Cocktail reception to follow at Our Lady of Mercy School

Kindly RSVP by Monday, October 24, 2016 to
olmannualgiving@olmcatholicschool.com OR
by calling Julie Bebey at 215-646-0150 X113

Matching Gifts from your company are always welcomed. Checks can be made payable to OLM Regional Catholic School, earmarked for "OLM Annual Giving Fund".

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Upcoming Events

October 30

Lead Gift Event, 2PM


October 31

Halloween Parties, 2PM (Students may accessorize their uniforms with orange/black, Halloween t-shirts, headbands, socks, etc. No masks or face painting)


November 1

School Liturgy, 9AM

Peacemakers


November 7

Professional Development Day #1 - No School for students


November 8

Election Day - No School


November 12

Home & School Adult Social

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST - Thank you already for your overwhelming support!

By now, many of you have heard of the tragic accident that occurred last week involving a 2nd grade student from Maple Glen Elementary School. Jenna Demar and her father were struck by a vehicle last Monday night as they were walking home on Susquehanna Road. Tragically, Jenna Demar passed away from her injuries on Tuesday, October 18th.


There is a Go Fund Me account already set up, which has raised over $77,600 for the family. Our Lady of Mercy would like to give Jenna's family a lasting memorial to their beautiful daughter. An OLM mom suggested purchasing a bench to be placed in one of the parks in Upper Dublin (Mondauk Water, Verans Memorial, Klosterman Park). We thought that would be a lovely tribute and we are proceeding with the purchase of the bench and a plaque.


Next Monday, October 31st, OLM is celebrating Halloween by allowing students to accessorize their uniforms with orange and black Halloween t-shirts, socks, etc. To help pay for the bench ($1,000), we are asking for a $1 (or more) donation. We will keep everyone updated on the site chosen and the progress of the installation. Thank you for you support and Mercy.

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 http://www.schoolannual.com/

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!

SAVE the DATE ...

New: OLM Tree Lighting and Christmas Concert. Date: Monday, Dec. 5th at 6:30PM. OLM is looking for a 12-foot Tree to display in front of school for this event If you know someone who is taking down a tree OR who wishes to donate a tree for this event, please contact Julie Bebey at school.

Kindergarten 2017-2018

Any current OLM family that will be enrolling a Kindergarten student for the 2017-2018 school year should contact Julie Bebey. Interest has been extremely high and we want to make sure we have spots for current families.

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.

OLM SKI & BOARD CLUB

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

OLM THIRTY-ONE FUNDRAISER

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 @yahoo.com. Happy Shopping!!

A MESSAGE FROM THE HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION...

OLM Adult Social

TICKETS ARE ON SALE!

Saturday, November 12th ~ 7:00 - 11:00 PM

$25 per person (Includes food, beer & wine & DJ)


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 mirellapalme@verizon.net 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 https://sites.google.com/site/olmhsaweb/volunteers


GIANT A+ REWARDS PROGRAM


Welcome to the start of a new school year and a year of A+ School Rewards. Beginning October 12, 2016 through March 17, 2017, Our Lady of Mercy will have the opportunity to earn cash through the Giant A+ School Rewards Program. Our School ID # is 26548.


All you have to do is: Log on to www.giantfoodstores.com/aplus to designate our school online using your Giant BONUSCARD - or - Call the A+ Hotline at 888 - 448 - 4642 for assistance.


Remember: If you registered your card last year, you DO NOT need to re- register this year. You can visit the website to verify the correct school assignment.


Also, don’t forget to encourage your friends and relatives to do the same. It could mean more CASH for our school. After you register your card, each shopping trip to Giant using your BONUSCARD earns CASH for our school. Each month, the amount of CASH awarded will be updated on the Giant A+ website.


You can track the amount of points you earn for our school by checking your grocery receipt and online when you create an account at www.giantfoodstores.com.


Our school will receive a check at the end of the program and the money can be used for any of our school’s educational needs.



Thanks for supporting our school.If you have any questions, please contact Janine Braccia at janinebraccia@comcast.net.

ST. ALPHONSUS CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

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.

BELIEVE IN ME 2

Believe in Me 2 is a new art boutique and studio in Maple Glen. Their goal is to empower American artists, artists with disabilities, self-help organizations and thoses who have experienced a hardship and life changing event. More information can be found on the attached flyer or by visiting their website at www.believeinme2.com.

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:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4daaa622a6f49-november

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, 10/30

Brady Donovan


Monday, 10/31



Tuesday, 11/01

David Saban

Brey Rivera

Lucia DeLuca


Wednesday, 11/02



Thursday, 11/03


Friday, 11/04

Nora Schmallbach

Mr. Smith


Saturday, 11/05

Lauren Bauer

ALTAR SERVICE THIS WEEK 9AM

Monday: Mary McGrory

Tuesday: TBA

Wednesday: Anna Emma

Thursday: Mark O'Brien

Friday: Eddie Donovan