Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume II Issue 29 Sunday, March 27, 2016

Have A Blessed Easter!

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

March 29

Classes resume

March 30

Spring picutres

March 31

Dress Down Day & Bake Sale: Service Trip to Guatemala

April 1

School Liturgy, 9AM

Peacemakers for the month of March

Bake Sale

From the Principal's Desk

Once upon a time, the God of the universe was basically fed up with being on the receiving end of all our human imperfections, tired of being nothing more to us than what we thought God should be: angry, show-offy, defensive, insecure -- in short, the vengeance-seeking tyrant we would be if we were God. So, at that time, over 2,000 years ago, God's loving desire to really be known overflowed the heavens and was made manifest in the rapidly dividing cells within the womb of an insignificant peasant girl named Mary. And when the time came for her to give birth to God, there was no room in our expectations -- no room in any impressive or spiffy or safe place. So this God was born in straw and dirt. He grew up, this Jesus of Nazareth, left his home, and found some, let's be honest, rather unimpressive characters to follow him. So, with his little band of misfits, Jesus went about the countryside turning water to wine, eating with all the wrong people, angering the religious establishment, and insisting that in him the kingdom of God had come near -- that through him the world according to God was coming right to us. He touched the unclean, and used spit and dirt to heal the blind, and said crazy, destabilizing things, such as "the first shall be last and the last shall be first," and "sell all you have and give it to the poor."

And the thing that really upset people wasn't the question "Is Jesus like God?" It was, "What if God is like Jesus?" What if God is not who we thought? What if the most reliable way to know God is through a person? What if the most reliable way to know God is to look at how God chose to reveal God's self in Jesus?

Because that changes everything. If what we see in Jesus is God's own self, revealed, then what we are dealing with here is a God who would rather die than be angry. A God who would not lift a finger to condemn those who crucified him, but went to the depths of Hell rather than be apart even from his betrayers. A God unafraid to get God's hands dirty for the ones God loves. This is the God who rises to new life with dirt still under God's nails.

The God of Easter, the God who brings life out of death doesn't want to make you perfect. If you think that's what resurrection looks like, you might be wrong. God is about making you new. And new doesn't always look perfect.

Happy Easter!

John C. McGrath

Spring Pictures: Wednesday, March 30th

Tipping Pictures will be here on Wednesday, March 30th for anyone interested in having their Spring picture taken (OLM Uniform not required for this picture). Only students having their picture taken may come to school in regular clothes. This is not a dress down day. Please do not send payment into school on picture day. You will receive a proof prior to purchasing the photo.

Dress Down Day & Bake Sale

OLM will be participating in a dress down day on Thursday, March 31and hosting a bake sale on Thursday, March 31st and Friday, April 1st during each lunch period to support a service trip for two OLM alumnae from the class of 2014, Lauren Dennin and Tori Araco. They are raising funds and collecting supplies for a service trip this summer. On this trip to Guatemala, the girls will hug, hold and give attention to malnourished babies at Casa Jackson; they will serve women, children and families in the Santa Madre Homeless Shelter, and take part in a local vegetable distribution center where people walk far distances in order to provide fresh food for their families. In the course of the 10 days spent in Guatemala, they will spend 3 days manually building a home from the foundation to the roof for an impoverished family and have the fulfilling experience of welcoming that family into their new home. The girls will be fully immersed in the native culture by residing with a Guatemalan family, sharing meals, helping with household chores, and communicating largely in Spanish. Within these 10 days, the girls will be able to see the impact they are making on the lives of this underprivileged population first hand.

We will also have a drop off box at school if you have any of the needed supplies on the list below to donate. Thanks so much for supporting the girls in this endeavor.

Most Needed Donations General Donations

Ø Flash drives

Ø Board Games or other educational games for the school (they would need to be in Spanish or games that don't require words like checkers or Chutes and Ladders)

Ø Basketballs, Volleyballs and Soccer Balls

Ø Digital Cameras (new or gently used)

Ø Memory Cards for the digital cameras

Ø Toothpaste for adults and children Dreamer Center

Ø Spanish Textbooks for grade school

Ø Any Instruments – guitars, flutes, keyboards, drums, recorders, etc.

Ø Paints, brushes, CD Players with speakers (it would be great if they could also play USB)

Ø Spanish Kid Books

Ø Coloring Books

Ø Dry Erase Markers

Ø Dry Erase Board Cleaner

Ø Dry Erasers School Supplies – glue, colored pencils, crayons, pencils, pens, paper, notebooks, folders, etc.

Ø Children’s shoes

Dental Clinic

Ø Applicator Brushes

Ø Articaine

Ø Articulating Paper

Ø Aspirator Tip

Ø Calcium Hydroxide

Ø Composite

Ø Dental Gel Conditioner

Ø Dental Amalgam

Ø Dental Floss

Ø Dental Needles

Ø Flowable Composite Resin

Ø Fluoride Varnish o Gauze Sponges

Ø Glass Ionomer

Ø Gloves (XS and M)

Ø Hand piece o IRM (Intermediate Restorative Material)

Ø Lidocaine with epinephrine 1:100,000 (maybe 1:10,000)

Ø Light Cure

Ø Low speed

Ø Mask

Ø Mepivacaine

Ø Pit and fissure sealant

Ø Prophylaxis paste

Ø Saliva ejectors

Ø Single Bond (adhesive)

Ø Topical Anesthetic gel

Casa Jackson

Ø Baby Wipes

Ø Nurse Scrubs

Ø Baby Bottom Wipes

Ø Lysol Disinfectant

Ø Dish Soap

Ø Toilet Paper

Ø Disposable Gloves

Ø Laundry Detergent (Powdered)

Ø Nestum Baby Cereals

Ø Powdered Whole Milk

Ø Nido Entera (Nido brand whole milk)

Ø Enfamil sin lactosa (Enfamil Lactose Free Formula)

Ø Isomil Formula

Ø Meal Lite Formula

Ø Oats, Maicena (corn flour), Cereal (corn flakes), Boxes of Tea (Apple and Cinnamon, Chamomile)

Ø Other Baby Cereals o Baby Powder

Ø Baby Lotion (to prevent or to cure rash)

Ø Baby shampoo and soap

Ø Similac (baby formula)

Ø Desitin (diaper rash cream)

Ø Incaparina

Ø Baby/Children’s Toothpaste

Ø Antibacterial Hand Gel

Ø Child-Safe toys that don't break, i.e. rubber ducks, balls, chewing rings

Ø Disposable Face Masks for infants on oxygen and/or nebulizers

Ø Eye-Droppers to feed children too malnourished to eat

Ø Pedialyte

Ø Liquid infant and small child vitamins

Ø Infant and small child toothbrushes

Ø Disposable gloves for nurses, staff, and volunteers

Ø Disposable face masks to use around children with severely compromised immune systems

Ø Disposable or non-disposable aprons

Ø Sugar, Cooking Oil


There will be class on Mondays only. The class is for 1st - 4th grades. Please see the attached revised flyer below. It's not too late to register!!

Virtue of the Month: PATIENCE

Our virtue of the month of March is PATIENCE. Students will learn that patience enables each of us to endure disappointments without sadness, to bear difficulties without complaint, and to accept hardships with spiritual joys. Saint Dominic Savio will be our model. Students will be recognized at the School Liturgy on Friday, April 1st.

Dear Saint Dominic, you spent your short life totally for love of Jesus and His Mother. Help youth today to realize the importance of God in their lives. You became a saint through fervent participation in the sacraments, enlighten parents and children to the importance of frequent confession and Holy Communion. At a young age you meditated on the sorrowful Passion of Our Lord. Obtain for us the grace of a fervent desire to suffer for love of Him.

We desperately need your intercession to protect today's children from the snares of the world. Watch over them and lead them on the narrow road to Heaven. Ask God to give us the grace to sanctify our daily duties by performing them perfectly out of love for Him. Remind us of the necessity of practicing virtue especially in times of trial.

Saint Dominic Savio, you who preserved your Baptismal innocence of heart, pray for us.

Final Box Tops Contest of the Year

Please start sending in any Box Tops that you have been saving up. Home and School will be sponsoring a pizza party for the class that has sent in the most Box Tops this year! Any Box Tops submitted through May 11th will be counted for the contest. You can use the attached form or just send in your Box Tops in a baggie or envelope. Please make sure the teacher’s name is on all submissions. The money earned from this fundraiser helps Home and School provide fun programs for our students throughout the year.

The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (Middle States Association or shorter as M.S.A.C.S. or M.S.A.) is a voluntary, peer-based, non-profit association dedicated to educational excellence and improvement through peer evaluation and the proper accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary/high schools, and elementary schools in the United States and foreign institutions of American origin. Our Lady of Mercy will be re-accredited from April 10th to April 13th, 2016

Our Team

Internal Coordinators

Caroline Maher

Eighth Grade Teacher/Asst. to the Principal

Natalie Marano

Third Grade Teacher

Planning Team

John McGrath


Linda Reilly

First Grade Teacher

Stephanie Cox

Fourth Grade Teacher

Alison Dudenbostel

Sixth Grade Teacher

Carol Opdyke

Sixth Grade Teacher

Karen Ryan


Caroline Maher

Eighth Grade Teacher/Asst. to the Principal

Natalie Marano

Third Grade Teacher

OLM Home & School News

2016-17 Home and School Association Board Nominations

The Home and School Association is now planning for next year. We are looking for enthusiastic, committed parents to help us support our school. We need your help planning social events for our children and families, sponsoring fundraisers to provide wonderful enrichment opportunities for our students, and lending general support to our wonderful faculty. Please consider nominating yourself or someone else to join the board or to chair one of our many events. You will work with a great, welcoming group of parents who, like you, value Catholic education and want to see it thrive. Your children will love to see you taking time out of your busy schedule to get involved in their school! Nominations forms were sent home with your child. They are due back by Wednesday, April 6th. Thank you for your consideration.

Upcoming Events:

4/19 General Home and School Meeting

5/18 Volunteer Luncheon

6/1 New Kindergarten Families Ice Cream Social

6/6 Golf Outing at Sandy Run

Link to their webpage:

Birthday Blessings this Week

Bonner, Natalie R. Mar 27

Cooper, Andrew J. Mar 28

Sadorf, Elizabeth G. Mar 28

McGettigan, Matthew Mar 29

Palazzo, Peyton Mar 29

Ignudo, Gianna L. Mar 30

Van Stone, Andrew M. Mar 30

Wills, Ryan Mar 31

McErlean, Sean L. Apr 1

McGuire, Katelyn J. Apr 2

Playground at Lunch Recess

Tuesday, 03/29:

Wednesday, 03/30:

Thursday, 03/31:

Friday, 04/01:

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. 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.

Altar Servers 9AM

Monday, March 28: Jack Gentile

Tuesday, March 29: Antonio Fabrizio

Wednesday, March 30: Gina Princivalle

Thursday, March 31: Meghan Dennin

Friday, April 1: Colin Hope