OLM Parent Newsletter

October 14, 2015

Reflection Corner: The Gift of Mary as a Disciple

Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Mary's profound prayer, her "Fiat" (Let it be done) in response to the visitation from the messenger of heaven, the angel, gives a pattern of prayer and a way to live for every Christian. However, the "Fiat" is more than a prayer. It reveals the way of the first disciple, Mary, and it shows a lesson book, a guide, for this journey called life.

Reflection: Our life is always filled with meaning, purpose and destiny. Do we have eyes of faith to see and respond with the kind of trusting surrender that was also expressed by Mary in her continuing surrender to God's invitation?

School-wide Rosary Recitation

OLM is one with the Church in celebrating the World Mission and Rosary Month! All are invited to join the School pray the Holy Rosary on October 19 – 23 at 8:05 a.m. One decade of the Luminous Mystery will be prayed each day of the week with a particular intention of the five continents. The following will lead the five decades of the Rosary:

Monday (Language Decade – Parents & Staff)

Tuesday (Grade 8)

Wednesday ( Grade 7)

Thursday (Grade 6)

Friday (Singing Decade – School Choir)

“The Rosary is a prayer that always accompanies me; it is also the prayer of the ordinary people and the saints…it is a prayer from my heart.” Pope Francis.

Noon Dismissal Coming Up

Monday, October 19th is Faculty In-Service Day. Please do take note: School will be out at 12:00 noon on that day. Thank you

End of the Grading Period

The grading period officially ends on Friday, October 23rd. This is a good time to check if your child has turned in requirements for all their classes. We don't want them to be worrying about them as October 23rd approaches. Let's get them working! :-)

Parent-Teacher Conference Week Appreciation

We are grateful for all of you coming to your respective Parent Teacher Conferences. We hope that you found them informative and helpful as you work with your child(ren) at home. For those of you who have not met with your child's teacher yet, please give us a call and we'll do or best to schedule your conferences as soon as possible.

Chocolate Sale Ends

On behalf of the PTO and the Chocolate Sale Chairperson, Melissa Lee, we would like to thank all of you for your support in this year's Chocolate Sale. While the Sale officially ended, we still have some boxes left if anyone is interested to sell a few more. Just come to the office and we'll gladly give you your chocolates. :-)

High School Information Night

Just a reminder: We have our High School Information Night at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15th, at the Church Hall. We are expecting all eighth grade parents to come and access lots of information about the high school application process. Seventh grade parents are likewise welcome to attend. Please note that this is a Parent / Guardian only event. Hope to see you!

Halloween Festivities Just Around the Corner

Booo! It's Halloween! That's right! The spirit is slowly invading us. People have been asking about the upcoming Halloween events. Here you go . . . . . .

We are going to have our annual Halloween festivities on Friday, October 30th. Here is some information to take note of:

K - 6 students may come in Halloween costumes in the morning. Kindergarten teachers will be providing specific instructions for the little ones. Please note that the following are not allowed:

Face Masks

Anything that suggests violence including bloody costumes


Toy weapons of any kind

Any handheld props that may be a safety hazard

Open shoes, slippers, flip-flops

Inappropriate attire (short shorts, short dresses, tank tops, etc.)

Students not wanting to be in costumes must be in their school uniforms. It is not a Free Dress Day.

We will still have our regular lunch periods for K – 6th. Hot lunches will still be available on that day.

The Halloween parade for PreK – 6 starts at 1:30 p.m. Immediately after the parade, classes will return to their classrooms for their respective Halloween celebrations. Parents are reminded to keep the treats as healthy as possible. Halloween treats may not be distributed until the designated Halloween celebration time.

The Halloween Social for 7th and 8th graders begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Church Hall. Special Dress Guidelines will be provided to students. Junior High students are expected to remain in the hall for the entire Halloween Social event.

It should be on fun Halloween celebration at OLM. Boooooooooo!

Galaxy of Stars

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Congratulations to the following students:

Alessia Vanelli(1B)*

William Tran (2B)

Aiden Torres (4B)*

Gabe Santos (7A)

Krista Castro (7B)

Nicholas Montero (7B)

* not in the picture

An Invitation from the Cub Scouts . . . . . .

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Repost: Photo Retake Day

Our Photo Retake Day is on Thursday, October 15th. Students needing to have their photo retakes must (1) return the original photo package and (2) come to school in complete uniform (including the red sweater) (3) bring and change to their P.E. uniforms after picture taking, if they have P.E. on that day.

Repost: Box Tops for Education

OLM continues to benefit from the Box Tops for Education Program. We ask that you participate by turning in your box tops and Campbell Soup Labels on or before November 2nd. That extra little step of cutting and submitting the box tops and labels surely goes a long way for our school. So, could you please gather them shortly after you read this newsletter . . . . . :-) Thank you for your support!


Reading Is So Much Fun You’ll Get Goosebumps!

Our 2015 Scholastic Book Fair is almost here. Our opening day will be on Tuesday, November 3rd in the Church Hall. The fair will continue through Sunday, November 8th (excluding Saturday).

We hope that you’ll come and join in the fun and that you’ll support our Classroom Wish List opportunity. This is a great way to help teachers build their classroom libraries.. Just purchase a book from the teacher’s “wish” basket, sign your name on the presentation label (at the cashier’s table), and you’ve made a meaningful contribution to your child’s classroom. You may deliver the book in person, or we’ll be happy to deliver it for you. What a joy it is to give the gift of reading!

Watch for the Book Fair flyer! It has dates, times, and offers you an opportunity to volunteer at this joyful event.

See you at the MONSTER BOOK FAIR!

Dates to Remember

October 14 School Mass

October 15 High School Information Night at 7:00 p.m.

and Photo Retake Day

October 16 Daly City Fire Prevention Presentation for K - 6th

October 19 Noon Dismissal - Faculty In-Service

October 19-23 School-wide Rosary Recitation at 8:05 a.m.

October 23 First Quarter ends, Cub Scouts Movie Night

October 25 First Communion Family Gathering at 10:30 a.m. Mass

October 30 Halloween Parade (Pre-school - 6th) and Halloween Social (7th and 8th)

November 3 and 4 Hearing Screening

Our Lady of Mercy School

Pastor: Rev. Fr. Domingo Orimaco

Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Sebastine Bula

Principal: Jeffrey T. Burgos

Administrative Assistants:

Sr. Eileen Pazmino, RSM

Mary Lynne Hogan

Discovering, Opening, Nurturing, and Sharing God's Gift to us