OLFCS Principal's Bulletin

March 24, 2021

Why do parents choose a Catholic education for their children?

“We chose Catholic education because of its formation of the whole child and the way it reinforces the Christian values we teach at home.” ~ Nick & Mary

Welcome New Families & Students!

Thank you to all families who have referred OLFCS to family and friends-- we appreciate you more than we can say! We are welcoming back one of our returning students very soon:
  • Grade 4- Michaela


Our kindergarten class keeps growing for next year and we are at 17 registered students! We currently have five students enrolled for grade 1, and expect more to enroll this spring. We are hopeful and optimistic that spring will bring more new students to our learning community.

Junior High Staffing Changes for 2021-22

We will be saying goodbye to Mrs. Star Pedron at the end of this school year. Please see her letter to families here: The five years I’ve spent at Our Lady of Fatima have brought me challenges and joys, and the joys, in the persons of the children, have made any challenges insignificant. I want to thank my students and their parents for all the love, and wish everyone the very best. ~Mrs. Pedron


In August, we will welcome Mr. Michael Botsch as our junior high English- Language Arts grade teacher. Like Ms. Fleming and Ms. Loughlin, he is studying with the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) at the University of Notre Dame for the next two school years. Mr. Botsch will live in community with the ACE Stockton teaching fellows while completing a credential program, in addition to a Master’s degree in Education, from the University of Notre Dame.


Mr. Botsch is graduating with a BA in English from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. He is originally from Weymouth, MA, just outside of Boston, and is excited to be heading out West for the first time and enjoying the weather. In his free time, he likes to read and do some creative writing (looking forward to doing both of those in class this year). He is also trying (maybe not successfully) to learn to play guitar. He has some fun ideas for our classes next year and can’t wait to get to work!

Grade 3 Staffing Change for 2021-22

We will be saying goodbye to Miss Mary Pajaro at the end of this school year. Please see her letter to families here: I would like to thank each and every family who welcomed me at OLF with open arms and hearts. It is with gratitude and thanks that I announce my resignation from 3rd grade at Our Lady of Fatima. It has been nothing short of a blessing to be hired as a new teacher and grown the past three years here. I am continually amazed by the loving, caring, faithful children I encountered daily and am following God's calling for me by accepting a position at Fox Road Elementary. I will hold all of you close to my heart and in my prayers. I will miss you all, Miss Pajaro


Ms. Deborah Fox will join our faculty as our grade 3 teacher in August. Ms. Fox has taught in Catholic Schools for over 15 years. I am a mother to four wonderful adult children and five grandchildren. I just recently moved to Modesto and have lived in the San Joaquin valley for over 63 years. I choose to teach at Catholic Schools because my faith plays an important role in my life. It’s an honor being able to spend each and every day being able to assist you in your child’s faith journey. In addition, I find building and challenging all students academic and life skills to be very rewarding. I enjoy going to the mountains for fresh air and heading to the coast for a walk along the shore. I enjoy crocheting and sewing while listening to Christian, easy listening, and instrumental music. I am excited to join Our Lady of Fatima School and to meet everyone in my new community in the fall!

Enrichment Curriculum

As many of you already know, our greatest source of income is from tuition revenue. As you decide whether or not to re-register for next year, please be aware that your registration and our overall enrollment will determine if the school is able to hire enrichment curriculum staff (i.e. librarian, PE and music positions). The school is only be able to recruit, interview and hire additional staff members if our total enrollment supports salary expenses.


Does your family need to pay re-registration fees in multiple payments? Re-registration fee balances are due May 15-- the number and frequency of payments can be selected via FACTS when you are billed. Click here to re-register. Registration fees ($350 per child) will be billed April 1 & 15, May 1 based on when re-registration is submitted online.


Not planning to re-register your child(ren) for next year? Click here and let us know.

2021-22 Re-registration for Returning Students

Online re-registration for next school year is now open. Click box above.

Join Us for Stations of the Cross

We invite parents to join us at the following times on Fridays during Lent for outdoor Stations of the Cross. If you arrive when the back gates are closed, please park in the front and ring the doorbell to access campus. Teachers will begin as close to the start time below as possible (+/- 5 minutes). Parents who wish to participate should wait outside the office. Stations of the Cross are age-appropriate and may look different for different grade levels.


8:15 AM- grades 3, 5

9 AM- grade 1, 2

10:50 AM- grade 4

2:00 PM- grades 6, 7, 8

Updated COVID-19 Bulletin

Click text above to go to the most recent COVID-19 Bulletin (updated March 24, 2021).

Little Free Library- donate or trade books!

Did you know we have a Little Free Library near the parish office/front parking lot? Thanks to our Girl Scout troop, Our Lady of Fatima was provided a Free Little Library located in front of the parish office. Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Through Little Free Library book exchanges, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Feel free to donated books to the Little Free Library that you no longer want to keep at home!


Parents' Club 21-22 Nominations

Click box for nomination form. PC elections are coming soon! All OLFCS parents are voting members of the Parents’ Club. The 2021-22 PC nominations are due April 1. Voting will begin April 13 via electronic ballot.

Next Bulletin

... coming April 14.


The Vargas family won the $100 April tuition credit. If you do not receive the bulletin by email and would like to be put on the mailing list, please contact me. If you open the emails containing the April bulletins, you will be entered into a drawing for a $100 May tuition credit (depending on your FACTS payment date).

About Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School

Mission

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School provides an excellent academic program founded on Roman Catholic values and teachings to prepare our students to be lifelong learners and active Christians.