OLM Parent Newsletter

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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“This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.” Luke 11:29–30

Do you ever find yourself looking for signs from God? Often when we go through life, navigating through the ups and downs we all experience, we can easily find ourselves looking for signs from God about what we should do about this or that. And though God certainly communicates to us at times through special graces that are signs from Heaven, the passage above gives clarity to what sign we must be most attentive to.


The simple message in this Gospel passage from our Lord is that we must discover the meaning of the most profound sign ever given and use that as the foundation of all our decisions in life. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection were not only the source of eternal life, they are also the clearest sign we need as we make all of our decisions in life.


Reflect, today, upon any decision you are trying to make. Then reflect upon how you are going about this decision. Do you use the witness Jesus gave to us as the foundation of your discernment? Do you reflect upon how you can lay your life down as a sacrificial gift for others? Do you look at love from the point of view of the Cross of our Lord and strive to imitate His glorious and selfless dedication to the salvation of those whom He loves? Seek to imitate our Lord, using the witness of His actions as the foundation of all of your discernment and decisions in life, and you will have discovered the only true sign you need to navigate the challenges of life.


My perfect Lord, every decision You made in life was made out of love and was in accord with the perfect will of the Father. Give me the grace I need to make every decision in life in imitation of Your perfect example. May my life imitate You as You laid down Your life for others. I choose You and Your glorious sacrificial life as the sign by which I am directed in life. Jesus, I trust in You.


Catholic Daily Reflections

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SLE Focus for October

OLM students are Thoughtful Catholic Christian Learners who


Respond to Jesus’ call to serve others

Value the gifts of diversity

Respect self and others

Pope's Intention for the Month of October is for the Missionary Disciples


We pray that every baptized person may be engaged in evangelization, available to the mission, by being witnesses of a life that has the flavor of the Gospel.

RESPECT is our Virtue of the Month for October.

Sesame Street: Respect | Word on the Street

October is the Month of the Most Holy Rosary

The month of October is the Month of the Most Holy Rosary. We encourage all our families to pray the Holy Rosary as frequently as possible.


How to Pray the Rosary

This year is the Year of St. Joseph.

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Congratulations to the following Superstars of the Week.

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Please see Superstar of the Week Google Classroom assignment. Thank you!

Parent Teacher Conference Week

This week is Parent Teachers Conference week. Today, Wednesday, Thursday are Minimum Days. Dismissal is at 12:30 p.m. Hope you all have great conferences with our teachers.

Dismissal Procedures

We have been working hard to make our drop off and dismissal procedures as smooth as possible. For now, our morning drop-off has been going really well. We continue to look into ways to improve our dismissal procedures. Your understanding is always most appreciated.

Check out the pictures and video below from last Friday's Ecohero Show.

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Coming up . . . . .

Tuesday, October 19th, is Picture Day!

Just to give you a heads up. This is our first time to have Jostens, our yearbook vendor, doing our school pictures. There surely are some changes that you can anticipate. We will keep you posted as Picture Day gets closer.

Next School Mass: Wednesday, October 20th

Our next School Mass is at 10:35 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20th, in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Most Holy Rosary. The plan is hold it at the Upper Yard as we did the last two School Masses. The fourth grade class is sponsoring the said Mass.

Monday, October 25th, is Minimum Day. Dismissal is at 12:30 p.m. It is Professional Development Day for the teachers.

Halloween

We are going to have our annual Halloween festivities at school on Friday, October 29th. The following are important information on this annual fun event:


Gr. 1- 6 students may come in Halloween costumes in the morning.

Kindergarten teachers will provide specific instructions for the little ones.


Please note that the following are not allowed:

Face masks (other than the regular face coverings they use everyday)

Anything bloody

Make-up

Toy weapons of any kind

Any handheld props that may be a safety hazard


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 K – 6 starts at 1:30 p.m. Immediately after the parade and school-wide activity at the Upper Yard, classes will get ready for their class celebrations which will be taking place right outside their classrooms. Unlike in past years, the event will only be for students. Parents will NOT be allowed on campus during the parade and class celebration.


Please note that Halloween treats may not be distributed until the designated celebration time. Students may not consume the treats till they get home.


The Halloween Event for 7th and 8th graders begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Church Hall. Same guidelines for K - 6 apply for 7th and 8th graders.

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Liturgical Seasons and Colors

Liturgical Season

We are now in Ordinary Time.

Color: Green


Ordinary Time refers to all of those parts of the Catholic Church's liturgical year that aren't included in the major seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter


"The Sundays and weeks of Ordinary Time take us through the life of Christ. This is the time of conversion. This is living the life of Christ. Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ. The goal, toward which all of history is directed, is represented by the final Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe."


USCCB

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Reposts: The following have been shared with you in our previous newsletters.

OLM COVID-19 Protection Plan

The link to our OLM COVID-19 Protection Plan is follows. Please make the llnk available to our families as frequently as possible. Thank you!

OUR LADY OF MERCY SCHOOL Non-Discrimination Policy

Our Lady of Mercy School, mindful of its mission to be witness to the love of Christ for all,

admits student of any race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at this school.


Our Lady of Mercy School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color,

national and/or ethnic origin, age, gender or disability in administration of educational

policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-

administered programs.


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OLM Calendars

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