OLM Staff Bulletin

Monday, October 19, 2015


Mary’s obedience to the will of God has been manifested all throughout her earthly life as the Mother of Jesus Christ. From the moment of conception till Jesus’ death, she has remained faithful. This is the pattern that all of us are invited into – not just once, but daily ­ which can become transformative of who we are as God’s children. This is what the Scripture calls the “excellent way of loving and serving”. Mary understands this way and walked on it with great humility.

Reflection: Can we respond to every situation that challenges us to serve with great humility, faithfulness and love as Mary did?

Grading Period Ending and Report Cards

The grading period ends on Friday, October 23rd. Please make sure that all report cards are finished at or before 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28th. Also, please note that you will be given the quarterly student recognition form during our next staff meeting to be completed on or before October 28th.

Cheerleading Tryouts

6th to 8th Grade Teachers, please share the following information to your students:

Ms. Moroney and Ms. Simpson invite all prospective cheerleaders for an Informational Meeting at 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21st in Room KA. Tryouts will be at 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28th. List of accepted cheerleaders will be released on Thursday, October 29th.

Composting at OLM

This is a reminder for all to to please make use of our composting buckets. Let's remind our students to take advantage of the program by doing the right thing. Guidelines of composting items are posted in each classrooms. If you need a copy of the guidelines, please ask the office to provide you one. Thank you.

School Play

And now for some exciting news . . . . . . . .

Mr. Paris will be directing and supervising an after-school play. Auditions will be held at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, November 20. If your students are interested in participating, please have them show up at the Church Hall at that time. Students do not need to prepare anything for the audition.

Rehearsals will take place at 3:15 after school most days. The final schedule is TBD but the play will most likely open in the early spring or possibly late winter. Mr. Paris is also looking for an assistant director to assist in both direction and in supervision of students.

More information will be provided in our staff meeting on October 26th.

School Mass and Weekly Mass

Thank you very much for another beautiful celebration of the Holy Mass last Wednesday. Appreciation goes to Ms. Simpson, Ms. Twommey and our terrific third graders for sponsoring the mass and the beautiful song they shared with all of us before the final blessings. What a special treat!

Our next School Mass is on Wednesday, November 25th. Please note that starting November, on weeks when we have school masses, classes will no longer attend their regular weekly mass. Classes will then just attend the School mass for that week. Please be guided accordingly.

Educator Incentive Grant

The Archdiocese of San Francisco is pleased to offer a program that provides partial tuition reimbursement grants for elementary and secondary school teachers and administrators.

The Archdiocese can provide grants of up to $1,950 to educators who are enrolled in credential programs, including BTSA programs, and $2,100-$2,250 for those teachers and administrators enrolled in postgraduate degree programs at accredited colleges or universities. Professional growth in the areas of school administration, Religion, Mathematics, Science, and effective use of technology in classroom instruction, are priorities for the Department of Catholic Schools. Preference will be given to grant applicants for study in these areas, and to those closest to completing their degree.

For more information, and access to applications, please click on the link below or contact Gustavo Torres at torresg@sfarch.org.


Goal Setting Meeting Schedule

Thank you very much for your timely submission of your Professional Goals. Please find below the Meeting Schedule to go over your selected goals. Just have your calendar and a copy of your goals with you for the meeting.

Tuesday, October, October 20

8:15 - 9:45 Ms. Coddington

8:45 – 9:15 Mr. Paris

9:15 - 10:15 Ms. Twommey

10:15 - 11:15 Ms. Simpson

11:15 - 11:45 Ms. Sargenti

11:45 – 12:15 Ms. Vasquez

1:00 – 1:30 Mr. Rougley

1:30 - 2:15 Ms Moroney

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

8:45 - 9:15 Mr. Sato

9:15 - 9:45 Ms. Egan

10:45 - 11:15 Ms. Gotuaco

1:30 - 2:00 Ms. Collins

2:30 - 2:30 Ms. Morris

Thursday, October 22, 2015

8:45 - 9:15 Ms. M. Galli

9:15 - 9:45 Mr. Byrne

10:45 - 11:15 Ms. A. Galli

11:15 - 11:45 Ms. Bergmans

12:55 - 1:25 Ms. Petersen

1:25 - 2:55 Ms. Andre

Meetings with Resource Team and the Counselor will be scheduled the following week. Thanks.

DCS Cluster Professional Development

Monday, Oct. 19th, 12:45pm

Church Hall

We are going to have a Professional Development hosted by the San Mateo Cluster I schools (of which we are a part of) on the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts on Monday, October 19th at the Church Hall. Our colleagues from Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Holy Angels, St. Robert's, St. Veronica's, All Souls, St. Dunstan will be with us for the presentations led by teacher representatives. Representing our school is Shannon Twommey. It will also be a great opportunity to network with teachers from other schools. Happy learning!

Lunch and afternoon snacks will be provided.

P.S. Please take note of the change in start time. You are expected at the Hall at or before 12:45 p.m.

School-wide Recitation of the Holy Rosary

OLM is in one with the Church in celebrating the World Mission and Rosary Month! just like in previous years, we will be praying the Holy Rosary on October 19 – 23 at 8:05 a.m. One decade of the Luminous Mystery will be prayed each day of the week with a particular intention of the five continents. The following lead the five decades of the Rosary.

Monday (Language Decade – Parents & Staff)

Tuesday (Grade 8)

Wednesday ( Grade 7)

Thursday (Grade 6)

Friday (Singing Decade – School Choir)

“The Rosary is a prayer that always accompanies me; it is also the prayer of the ordinary people and the saints…it is a prayer from my heart.” Pope Francis.

Faculty Room Duty

Just a reminder: 5th and 6th grade teachers are in-charge of the Faculty Room clean-up this week. The sign-up is on the board. Thanks!

Halloween Festivities

Please review with your class.

We are going to have our annual Halloween festivities on Friday, October 30th. Here are some information to take note of:

K - 6 students may come in Halloween costumes in the morning with Kindergarten teachers providing specific instructions for the little ones.

Please note that the following are not allowed:

Face Masks

Anything Bloody

No make-up

Toy weapons of any kind

Any handheld props that may be a safety hazard

Open shoes, slippers, flip-flops

Inappropriate attire (short shorts, short dresses, tank tops, etc.)

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 PreK – 6 starts at 1:30 p.m. Immediately after the parade, classes will return to their classrooms for their respective Halloween celebrations. Please remind parents to keep the treats as healthy as possible. Halloween treats may not be distributed until the designated Halloween celebration time.

The Halloween Social for 7th and 8th graders begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Church Hall. Special Dress Guidelines will be provided to students. Junior High students are expected to remain in the hall for the entire Halloween Social event.

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Reading Is So Much Fun You’ll Get Goosebumps!

Our 2015 Scholastic Book Fair is almost here. Our opening day will be on Tuesday, November 3rd in the Church Hall. The fair will continue through Sunday, November 8th (excluding Saturday). Jody Bergmans is mobilizing parents to help run the fair.

Important Dates to Remember

October 19 Noon Dismissal - Faculty In-Service

October 19-23 School-wide Rosary Recitation at 8:05 a.m.

October 23 First Quarter ends

October 25 First Communion Family Gathering at 10:30 a.m. Mass

October 26 Staff Meeting 2:45 - 4:15

October 28 All grades and comments posted online

Awards list due

October 30 Halloween Parade (Pre-school - 6th) and Halloween Social (7th and 8th)

November 3rd and 4th Hearing Test

November 8 OLM Family Mass at 10:30 a.m.