Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume II Issue 30 Sunday, April 3, 2016

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

April 6

Mission Collection: NJHS Service Project

April 10 - 13

Middle States Visitation

April 13

Noon Dismissal

April 15

No School for Students

With Gratitude ....

Dear Mr. McGrath,

I would like to thank you and the entire Our Lady of Mercy School community for supporting the 2016 St. Joseph's Preparatory School book drive. Our Lady of Mercy alone was able to collect 2,296 books in total, making the OLM school community the single largest contributor to this year's book drive. Many other records were also broken this year. One was the largest amount of books collected in one day which totaled over 8,000 books. Also, the record for the grand total number of books was set at over 20,000 books being donated over the span of the book drive. Without the assistance of the Our Lady of Mercy community, the drive would not have been as successful as it was. The books generously donated by OLM are now being distributed to underprivileged children in the North Philadelphia community.

Personally, I would like to extend my gratitude to the Ambassadors of Mercy, under the guidance of Ms. Timlin, who encouraged donations and organized the books for delivery. Their hard work made it easy for the books to be collected, transported, and counted at St. Joseph's Prep. I am also grateful for your support and willingness to participate in this worthy mission.

Many thanks,

Alexander Cabulong

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Virtue of the Month: GOODNESS

Our virtue of the month of April is GOODNESS. Students will learn to deliberately choose right from wrong, resist sin, and then choose to do acts of mercy. Saint Bernadette Soubirous will be our model. Students will be recognized at the School Liturgy on Thursday, May 5th.

O Mary conceived without sin
Pray for us who have recourse to you.
Our Lady of Lourdes
Pray for us.
Saint Bernadette
Pray for us.

Our theme for this school year at OLM is “Experience the Circle of Mercy”. Keeping this theme in mind our OLM community will be collecting donations throughout the school year to help organizations that show and promote mercy in the world. In this way we can help others throughout the world experience mercy as a result of our generosity. These mission collections will take place each Wednesday. Please encourage your child to bring donations regardless of how large or small the donations are. Every donation makes a difference in helping more people to experience the circle of mercy.

During the month of April, the National Junior Honor Society at OLM is sponsoring a service project to help the Philadelphia Veterans Home in West Philadelphia and the Homeless Veterans in Glenside. There will be mission collections on 04/06, 04/15, 04/20. and 04/27. The money collected will help the organizations continue their good work.

The NJHS will also be sponsoring a Dress Down Day on Friday, April 22nd. Please choose from the following items. Please choose at least one from the list to participate.

Kindergarten and First Grade: aluminum foil, plastic wrap, large sandwich bags

Second and Third Grades: Lysol wipes and paper towels

Fourth and Fifth Grades: dish soap, bar soap, Brillo pads, sponges

Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades: toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, shampoo, and shaving kits

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

Detwiler, Grace M. Apr 3

Weidner, Jake Apr 3

Smith, MaKenzie E. Apr 4

Mrs. Quinn Apr 4

Mrs. Makoid Apr 5

McMullen, Michael W. Apr 5

Wade, Emma Apr 5

Torres, Marlin Apr 7

Delaney, Liam Apr 9

Playground at Lunch Recess

Monday, 04/04: Mr. Smith

Tuesday, 04/05: Mrs. Kennedy

Wednesday, 04/06: Mrs. Marano

Thursday, 04/07: Mrs. Kling

Friday, 04/08: Mrs. Quinn

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, April 4: Gretchen Wolpert

Tuesday, April 5: Antonio Fabrizio

Wednesday, April 6: Jimmy Johnston

Thursday, April 7: Jack Gentile

Friday, April 8: Eddie Donovan