Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume III Issue 22 Sunday, February 12, 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.

The fifth grade would like to thank the entire Our Lady of Mercy School community for all you did to make our annual Mini Thon a great success! With your help, we were able to raise $3,646.34 for the Four Diamonds Fund, which helps families facing the battle against pediatric cancer. Thank you to all of our parent volunteers and especially Mr. and Mrs. Mike Barrett for their help with our Mini Thon t-shirts. Thank you, OLM, for your amazing generosity and for helping to make a difference in the lives of those affected by pediatric cancer. Special thanks to Ms. Timlin, Mrs. DiNenno, and Ms. McGill.

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Upcoming Events

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


Our Peacemakers of the month help us to maintain and strengthen our OLM community. During the month of Janaury, students were asked to look to Saint Andre Bessette and work to be people who make prayer a habit.

Our Lady of Mercy School embraces the virtues of our faith and look to the saints for inspiration and guidance.

The following students have been chosen as Peacemakers of the month for January. They displayed a prayerful spirit each day at OLM. We offer them a big OLM CONGRATS!


Billy Boland

Caroline Hunt

Charlotte Chiappa

1st Grade

Ben Bell

Nora Schmalbach

Christopher Gallo

2nd Grade

Faith Delaney

Jessica Fitzhenry

3rd Grade

Abby Rosenbaum

Meredith Bauer

4th Grade

Aurora Durkin

Emerson Selgrath

5th Grade

Mary Kate Rath

Mark Reilly

Joey Wisniewski

6th Grade

Edwin Garcia

Matthew Braccia

7th Grade

Ansley DiNicola

Patrick Fisher

8th Grade

Meg Waltrich

Melanie McGill

Gretchen Wolpert

Mission Collection for the Month of February

Our theme for this school year at OLM is “OLM is rooted in God and growing in Mercy”. Keeping this theme in mind our OLM community will be collecting donations throughout the school year. These donations will help to spread mercy on a larger scale. In this way we can help mercy to grow in the larger world community in addition to our own community at OLM. 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 positive difference in helping mercy to grow.

During the month of February we will be accepting donations for One Refugee Child. One Refugee Child raises funds to improve the day-to day lives of refugee children. They believe in pragmatism. They believe in simplicity. They believe in initiating specific projects that reflect changing needs and conditions on the ground. Most importantly, They believe in bringing comfort to children in crisis.

Small kindnesses. Targeted projects. Transparency in the donation process. Huge impact.

Collections Days: 02/15 & 02/22 and our DDD on 02/24.


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 Reading Olympics meetings for elementary grades and middle school next Thursday, February 16 during lunch.


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, 02/12

Cole Cubbin

Monday, 02/13

Tuesday, 02/14

Wednesday, 02/15

Thursday, 02/16

Maribeth Flanagan

Caitlin Hart

Adam Spera

Friday, 02/17

Alicia Torres

Aidan Peyton

Saturday, 02/18


Monday: Mary McGrory

Tuesday: Elena Franklin

Wednesday: Andrew Boles

Thursday: Tim Barrett

Friday: JP Romano