This Week at Our Lady of the Lake!
Week #23 Update
Our Lady of the Lake School is committed to the Word of God through living out the Good News of Jesus Christ. A supportive educational team of students, staff, parents, and community aims at providing a creative, Christian learning environment. An emphasis is placed on developing students’ individual abilities, promoting social awareness, and encouraging them to become responsible, contributing members of church and society.
Week #23 Update
Dear OLL Families,
I hope this email finds you well as we approach the season of Lent. We will be marking the beginning of this solemn period with an Ash Wednesday Mass at our school on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 8:30 a.m. We encourage all families to join us in this meaningful service as we reflect on the significance of Lent and its spiritual importance. Your presence will contribute to the sense of community and reflection during this sacred time.
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you about the importance of submitting your child's registration payment for the upcoming academic year. Your prompt payment helps us plan effectively for the upcoming school year, ensuring that we can provide the best educational experience for all our students. If you have any questions or concerns about the registration process, please do not hesitate to contact our school office.
On a lighter note, as Valentine's Day approaches, we at OLL want to wish you all a happy and love-filled celebration. Our Lady of the Lake School is grateful for the continued support and dedication of our wonderful parents, and we hope your Valentine's Day is filled with joy and warmth.
Have a beautifully blessed week,
We would like to bring to your attention an important matter regarding the registration process for the next school year. The Archdiocese has set a deadline for all returning families to submit their registration payment by Monday, February 12, 2024. To ensure a smooth and timely process, we kindly request that all registered families submit their payments at this time.
We understand that financial circumstances can vary, and we are here to support you. If you have any concerns or special considerations regarding the registration payment, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Our aim is to work collaboratively with each family to ensure that every child can continue to thrive within our educational community.
STEM Afterschool Program: Robotics (6-8)
K - 4 January 2024 Student of the Month!
1st Grader Xavier!
5 - 8 January 2024 Student of the Month!
7th Grader Christian!
February Lunch Helpers
Art to Remember Coming Soon!
Re: B6T Application for Private School Transportation Academic Year 2024-2025
Aid-in-Lieu of Transportation (AIL) is available to New Jersey families if the town they reside in would have provided bus transportation for their student(s) if they attended the local public school. The reimbursement is approximately $1,000.00 and remitted twice for the academic year; in January and June.
To qualify for AIL, you must meet a distance criteria and complete and submit the B6T form. Students in grades K-8 must live at least 2.0 miles but no farther than 20 miles from OLL.
If you meet the distance requirement, complete the form on the next two pages and return it to the campus where your student will attend OLL for the 2024-2025 academic year marked, Attention: Transportation.
Please submit the form as soon as possible but no later than Friday, February 24.
Please use this address:
26 Lakeside Avenue, Verona, NJ 07044
Join us as we honor our 8th grade basketball players at Our Lady of the Lake Athletic's Annual Rose Ceremony! The presentation will take place on Thursday, February 15th in between the 6:45 pm Varsity Lady Lakers game and the 8:00 p.m. Varsity Boy's Game.
Help us celebrate Our Lady of the Lake Athletes! Families of volleyball and basketball players are invited to join us for our annual Lake Athletics Sports Banquet on Saturday, March 16th.
- Cost: $20/ family.
- Please Venmo @LakeAthleticsOLL or give cash to Kevin Foley.
- RSVP by February 29th.
Register your family here: https://forms.gle/HqQohjyMrnRiDVYK8
This weeks games:
- 2/11: 3/4 Girls Basketball - AWAY vs. St. Joseph (EO) - 12:00 p.m.
- 2/11: 3/4 Boys Basketball - AWAY vs. St. Joseph (EO) - 1:45 p.m.
- 2/12: 7/8 Girls Basketball - AWAY vs. St. Aloysius - 8:00 p.m.
- 2/15: 7/8 Girls Basketball - HOME vs. St. Cassian - 6:45 p.m.
- 2/15: 7/8 Boys Basketball - HOME vs. St. Cassian - 8:00 p.m.
It is amazing how many “time saving” gadgets and methods we have. When we compare the work involved in preparing an ordinary meal 100 years compared with today, it is possible to wonder how things ever got done. To bring the oven to temperature, you didn’t get to turn a knob. Before you could begin to cook, you had to build a fire. Before you could build a fire, you had to chop wood. Once that task was completed, you had to begin everything from scratch. There were no blenders, microwaves, etc. Everything took so much time. We are certainly blessed in that regard. You’d think with all these modern conveniences and advances in technology, we would be just lounging around with so much free time. Nope, not the case at all. We have found more things that we “need” to do and we fill the gaps trying to do more.
Our response to Psalm 32 at Mass this weekend is “I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.” It is a great comfort to know that Jesus is with us in those dire moments of our life. He gently leads us and guides us along the way to eternal life. But is that the only time that we turn to Him? Sadly, we are often too busy with our own plans that the Lord is relegated to solve our problems. Then, we feel our prayers were not answered by God, He not only doesn’t love and care for us, but that He doesn’t exist.
As we begin the season of Lent this week, rather than giving up things, how about trying to spend some time with Jesus when you are not in trouble. Imagine if we used all the time that we have saved with modern conveniences to sit with the Lord for 10 minutes each day. In this time of communion with the Creator, you could listen to what His plan is for you during the day. With this as the basis of what you need to accomplish, you’d be less likely to find yourself in trouble. You would see that it really is His desire to fill you with the joy of salvation. If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans. If you want joy in your life, follow His!
Pax et bonum
100th Anniversary Gala!
Let's all support our Parish and Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of the Lake! It will be a great evening!
2/12: Forensics Competition - Drama - 4:00 p.m.
2/13: Instrumental Music
2/13: Chess Club
2/14: Ash Wednesday - School Mass - 8:30 a.m.
2/14: H.S.A. Pizza Kit Fundraiser
2/14: Crochet at Recess - Gr. 3
2/14: Harry Potter Lab - Gr. 3 - 5
2/15: Crochet at Recess - 2nd/3rd & 5-8
2/16 - 2/19: Winter Recess - School Closed