OLM Parent Newsletter

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Reflection Corner: Lenten Season Begins

Ash Wednesday, February 10th, is the beginning of the Lent Season. It is a time of repentance, prayer and fasting for forty days. This day receives its special name from the blessing and imposition of ASHES in the form of a cross on our foreheads. “Remember man that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

PRAYER: Jesus, our Savior, grant to your faithful, Lord, a spirit generous enough to begin these solemn fasts with proper fervor and to pursue them with greater devotion. This we ask of you in your most holy name. Amen. (Liturgical Press)

Reminder on Church Doctrine on Fasting and Abstinence: Abstinence from eating meat is to be observed on all FRIDAYS during Lent. Abstinence from eating meat is to be observed on all Fridays during Lent. This applies to all persons 14 and older. Fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday applies to all Catholics from age 18 through age 59.

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First Bible Quiz

Our first OLM Bible Quiz took place last Wednesday, February 3rd, with six of our students, Carlo Bautista (6A), Anuraag Gregory (6B), Jonas Ubaldo (7A), Jonathan Torrea (7B), Leilani Zaragoza (8A) and Samantha Magdamo (8B) representing each of our middle school classes. It was an exciting afternoon for the contestants as well as the audience who likewise had the opportunity to answer bible-related questions asked by Sr. Rosabel as the judges were tabulating the scores.

Congratulations to our winners:

First Place: Jonathan Torrea (7B)

Second Place: Samantha Magdamo (8B)

Third Place: Jonas Ubaldo (7A)

Appreciation goes to CSW Committee headed by Sr. Rosabel, Dana Sargenti, Katherine Coddington, Lynne Morris, Zarah Llemos. Special thanks to Fr. Doming Orimaco and Fr. Sebastine Bula for joining Dana Sargenti in the panel of judges.

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Very Important Loved Ones (VILO) Day

It was wonderful to see many grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, godparents, loved ones joining us on Very Important Loved Ones (VILO) day at OLM last Thursday, February 4th. We truly value everyone's presence and engagement. Our celebration of Catholic Schools Week was made even more special for our students because of their visit. Thank you very much!

National History Day School Round Competition

Here are the results of the School Round of the National History Day Competition that was held last week Thursday and Friday. The following students will now advance to the San Mateo County NHD competition on Saturday, February 27 here at OLM.

Individual Exhibit Category:
Logan Scudmore
Elijah Calip
Rheanna Torres
Zailea Flores
Nicolas Santiago

Group Exhibit Category:
Dylan Hom & Griffin Cheng
Kateleen Santos & Mary Heishan
Anuraag Grehary, Rodel Espinosa, Gerious Heishan

Individual Documentary:
Julia Macaspac
Justin Samaniego

Group Dcoumentary:
Amy Dayrit, Cailey Pasco, Elizabeth Langley
Ashley Enriquez, Janessa Lee, Kayla Chongco, Alisan Blair
Andrew Bautista & Logan Kong
Carlo Bautista & Matthew Mohler

Individual Website:
Samantha Magdamo
Aaron Abraham

Group Website:
Jacob Gregorio & Lucas Velasco

Individual Performance:
Leilani Zaragoza

Students will now have 2 1/2 weeks to continue their research to make improvements on their projects before they present their projects and go through a judges interview at the county competition. The winners will then move on to the California State NHD Competition in Rocklin, CA, at William Jessup University on May 5-7, 2016.

Ash Wednesday Mass

Please note that our Ash Wednesday mass is at 10:30 a.m. (not 10:15 a.m.) this Wednesday, February 10th. We invite you to join us as we begin our lenten journey as a faith community.

OLM Superstars

Congratulations to the following students:

Izaiah Abad (1A)

Nikhil Bulchandani (2B)

Kamille Cayas (5A)

Mileena Lapuz (1B)

Samantha Magdamo (8B)

Sydney Yap (8B)

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Thank you, Sr. Claire's Pre-School Prayer Leaders!

It was a truly special morning last Wednesday when our little preschoolers joined and led all of us in prayer. Thank you for the beautiful song that brightened our day.

Feast of St. Blaise

We appreciate Fr. Doming and Sr. Virgie for coming last Thursday, February 3rd, the Feast Day of St. Blaise (known as the patron of throat illnesses). They visited all our classrooms to bless everyone's throats.

"Through the intercession of Saint Blase, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and from every other illness:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."

VERY IMPORTANT: 60th Anniversary Coffee Table Book

The deadline to submit the 60th Anniversary Coffee Table Book solicitation forms and contributions is on Friday, February 19th, 2016. Each family is expected to contribute in this worthwhile project. This is our second required fundraiser for the year. Please find below one of three ways (as provided in our previous communication with you) you can contribute to this project:

*Be one of our Commemorative Coffee Table Book Contributors by completing and submitting the solicitation form (given to you) with an enclosed check. Contributions, starting at $60, will get your name (designated name) in the book and a copy of the said book. You can request for another form from the office as needed.
*Find people / companies to be Contributors in this project. Letters/ forms may be obtained from the office as well.
*Opt-out by enclosing a $50 check.

Those who choose to opt-out will be assessed $50. Note that opting out would mean that you would not obtain a copy of the book.

We thank you for your generous support to our school.

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A Note to All Those Who have Turned in the Completing Forms and Contributions . . .

Thanks for supporting the 60th anniversary Commemorative Coffee Table Book. Please let us know how you would like your name listed on Family and Friends List by Wednesday, February 17th. Could you please email the office with the following information:

Child's name and Grade__________________________

Family and Friends ($60)
Name you would like listed on Family and Friends list in the 60th year Commemorative Coffee Table Book

For Those Who Supported over $60

Special Greeting/Message Box (no more than 60 characters)


If we do not hear from you, we will put down your family name (i.e. The John Jones Family).

Please email back to office@olmbulldogs.com by Wednesday, February 17th.

Junior High Valentine Social

Our Junior High students were treated to a special Valentine Social last Monday, February 8th. Dressed in their nice and sharp party attires, our seventh and eighth graders were served with plated lunches on elegantly decorated tables. They, then, enjoyed an afternoon of dance music (and yes, dancing!) which was captured in many photos taken by our parent photographers. Special thanks to our seventh grade parents (and students) who spearheaded and hosted the event.
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Long Weekend Coming up

Monday, February 15th, is a school holiday in observance of Presidents' Day. Hope you have a well-deserved, restful, and fun weekend!
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Repost: Lion Dance Performance

Our students are going to be treated to a Lion Dance performance in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Angela Chan, mother of Alex (KB) and Ryan (2B), has arranged for West Coast Lion Dance Group to come to our school once again at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, February 19th.

Important Dates to Remember

February 10: Ash Wednesday, School Mass at 10:30 a.m.

February 15: Presidents' Day, No School

February 19: Lion Dance Performance at 8:30 a.m.

February 22: Noon Dismissal, Cluster PD at OLM