Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume III Issue 21 Sunday, February 5, 2017

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.

A special thank you to our 5th grade teachers - Mrs. DiNenno, Ms. McGill, and Ms. Timlin for your generous gift of talent and time for organizing the THON. Congratulations to our 5th grade students for their hard work and support of this event. The entire OLM community came together this past week in support of Catholic education and the MISSION of OLM. It was indeed a beautiful sight!

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A warm welcome ...

OLM welcomes Mr. Christopher Kinney to the Middle School Academy. Mr. Kinney will be teaching Social Studies. He recently returned from South Korea where he spent three-and-a-half years teaching. Mr. Kinney holds a bachelor degree in Political Science from Neumann University and is certified by the PA Department of Education. He enjoys rugby and playing ice hockey. His email is:

Upcoming Events

February 6


February 8

Ski Club Trip #3

February 10

School Liturgy, 9AM with Peacemakers

Jr. High Dance #5, 7:30PM

February 14

Valentine's Day parties, 2PM

Merit Dress Down

February 15

Grade 1 Class Mass, 9AM

Merit Dress Down

Box Top Contest ends

Grade 2 Bake Sale during lunch to benefit Annual Giving Campaign

February 16

Grade 2 Bake Sale during lunch to benefit Annual Giving Campaign

February 17

Professional Development, No School for students

February 20

President's Day - No School


Box Tops Contest Ends on 2/15

Now is the time to send in any Box Tops that you may have been saving up. Our next contest ends on February 15th, and the winning class gets to choose cupcakes or donuts for their prize. All Box Tops submitted also count towards the year end class Pizza Party! You can find BoxTops on products such as Annie's, Hefty, Nature Valley, Mott's and General Mills cereal. A complete list can be found here: Please email Eileen Wisniewski at with any questions.

Reading Olympics 2017

There will be a middle school Reading Olympics meeting on Thursday, 2/9, at lunch in Mrs. Marano's classroom. This meeting will begin at lunch recess and extend into lunch as well. Members of the middle school Reading Olympics team should see Mrs. Marano either on Monday or Tuesday to place their order for their Reading Olympics t-shirt. They can check in with Mrs. Marano at any point during the school day on Monday or Tuesday.

There will be an elementary Reading Olympics meeting on Friday, 2/10, at 12:35 in the library. The elementary team members should bring their book list as well as any books that they are reading. Elementary Reading Olympics members received their t-shirt order forms at their last meeting and should try to return them by Friday, 2/10.

Thank you to Mrs.Romano and to the Home and School Association for ordering and also paying for these t-shirts. There has been such an interest in our Reading Olympics program this year that we now have two elementary and two middle school teams planning to attend the competitions. The moderators have been impressed with the enthusiasm for reading shown by their team members! If you have any questions about Reading Olympics please contact one of the moderators.


The 5th Annual Run is scheduled for Saturday March 25, 2017. Registration is now open. Register before February 6th for early bird pricing! The homeroom class with the highest percentage of participation will receive a prize. Post race food courtesy of Fireside Bar & Grill. Happy running!

Click here for all the information:

A Shout-Out to our Students Runners:

This year, the classroom with the highest percent participation in the 5K will win Rita’s Water Ice - date to be set with teacher of the winning classroom.

Also, 5K age groups have changed to give our younger runners an opportunity to win prizes. New age groups: 9 and under - top 3 boys and girls

10-14 year olds - top 3 boys and girls

Our Virtue of the Month of February is Generosity.

Pope Francis says, "Christians know how to give. Their lives are filled with generous acts - often hidden - towards their neighbor."

The highest gift we can give to another is the gift of ourselves. Giving ourselves in this way epitomizes the virtue of generosity. The perfect example of generosity is God the Creator. By means of His generosity, He generated man in His image. For Christians, God's gift of Himself through Christ represents the ultimate form of generosity, and serves as a model for all human generosity.

Because God creates -- or generates -- man in His image out of His own generosity, a dynamic impulse toward generosity is implanted in the depth of man's being. As a consequence, to live authentically means to give generously. Personality and generosity, therefore, are virtually synonymous. To live authentically is to give generously of oneself. The great Thomistic philosopher, Jacques Maritain, underscored this unification of personality with generosity when he wrote: "Do not heroes and saints impress us as men who have reached the heights of personality as well as generosity?"

What are the limits of generosity? Since virtue is rooted in love, this question is tantamount to asking, "What are the limits of love?"

St. Bakhita will be our model.

Prayer to St. Bakhita

Loving God, rewarder of the humble, you blessed St. Josephine Bakhita with charity and patience. May her prayers help us, and her example inspire us to carry our cross and to love you always. Pour upon us the spirit of wisdom and love with which you filled St. Josephine Bakhita.

By serving you as she did, may we please you by our faith and our actions. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Students will be recognized at the School Liturgy on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 10:30AM.

SMART AID FOR 2017-2017 IS NOW OPEN! Click the link above to apply.

Smart Aid Information

The new ONLINE application is available. Click the Smart Aid Button above to access the application. ALL applications are due on or before 03/31/2017.


OLM families are encouraged to complete and submit and application. This application will handle all financial aid for OLM (and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia) - including BLOCS, Heritage of Faith Funds, and other scholarship opportunities - both system-wide and at OLM.

Those families who applied in 16-17 will only need to:

1. Login in ( using the username and password from 16-17)

2. Update their information

3. Submit and pay the $25 application fee

4. Return to the site and upload their 2016 taxes when completed but no later than 3/31/2017.


The HSA is organizing another Teacher's Wish List. Last year, the OLM community provided so many important items to help our teachers provide the best education to our students. Please take a moment to look at this year's requests. If you are able to provide new or gently used items, please sign up!

Consider joining together with other families and don't forget about our specials teachers!

When you have something ready, please contact the teacher it is for to set up the best way to get it to them!

Please contact Alison Bell,, with any questions!

We Can’t Do It Without You!

The Home and School Association sponsors a full calendar of social events, fundraisers, meetings and programs each year. Lots of volunteers are needed to help make this happen. Contact Mirella Palme at our volunteer coordinator to lend a hand!

To view a list of current volunteers and chairs/co-chairs, or to sign up as a volunteer, please

Volunteer for Lunch Duty at OLM!

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.

Sign up for Lunch Duty at:

Birthday Blessings this Week!

Heavenly Father, we thank you and praise you this week for the gift of life. We thank you especially for those who celebrate their birthdays this week. Thank you, Father, for gifting our lives with these individuals. Fill them with many blessings throughout the year. Make them good sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, and fellow classmates. Allow them to be good role models to all those they meet. Give them the gifts of peace, joy and happiness throughout this year. AMEN.

Sunday, 02/05

Emily Knouse

Monday, 02/06

Tuesday, 02/07

Veronica Brown

Kendall Tallon

Meg Waltrich

Mrs. Bebey

Wednesday, 02/08

Thursday, 02/09

Friday, 02/10

Saturday, 02/11


Monday: Bebe Lemanowicz

Tuesday: Gina Princivalle

Wednesday: Connor Cunningham

Thursday: Timmy Jennings

Friday: Nathan Selgrath