Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath
Volume II Issue 19 Sunday, January 17, 2016
Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic School
Home & School General Meeting (The classroom with the highest attendance will receive a doughnut party!)
Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 7pm
Parish Center at OLM
Kathy Collier, Director of Special Education at OLM, will also present information about this program.
Kasey Dougherty from the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit will provide an overview of support services provided to OLM by the county.
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Reflection Corner: Ordinary Time
Welcome to Ordinary Time! As we pick up the ordinariness of our human life on this January day, with the celebrations behind us and Easter still distant, we can cling to the awareness that the mercy and compassion of God is made evident in the actions of a very ordinary day – because Jesus, our brother and our Lord is present in all things and at all times.
Prayer: Loving God, may the excitement and wonder of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry keep our faith and hope alive and make our encounter with everyone extraordinary. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Virtue of the Month: PEACE
Our virtue of the month of January is PEACE. Students will learn the importance of Peace. Saint John Bosco will be our role model throughout the month. Students will be recognized at the School liturgy on Wednesday, February 10th at 10:30AM.
+Prayer to Saint John Bosco+
God of mercy, You called Saint John Bosco to be a father and teacher of the young. Grant that inspired by his ardent charity we may serve You alone and never tire of bringing others to Your Kingdom.
Reading with Winston
Friday, Jan. 22nd, 9:30-10:30am
29 Conwell Drive
Maple Glen, PA
LEARNING IS FUN! COME RIGHT IN…WE’RE “READING WITH WINSTON”. AND YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS A TON OF FUN! JOIN US FOR STORY TIME, SONGS AND HANDS-ON-ACTIVITIES.
WHO: Preschoolers ages 2-5
WHEN: Friday, January 22nd, 9:30 AM- 10:30 AM
WHERE: Our Lady of Mercy School Library
Any questions? Call 215-646-0150 and ask for Mrs. Costanzo, OLM librarian
GET READY TO READ WITH WINSTON (Our School Mascot)
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Four Diamonds: Week #2 Mission Collection - $200 (Two-Week Total: $327)
During the month of January, we will be raising money for the Four Diamonds Fund. The Four Diamonds' mission is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. Each year, Four Diamonds provides direct support to approximately 600 children with cancer – 100 who are newly diagnosed and 500 who are continuing their fight. Since its creation in 1972, Four Diamonds has helped more than 3,600 children and families and supported a diverse platform of childhood cancer research at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, seeking improved treatments and cures to benefit those around the world. We here at OLM are answering the call to help those facing pediatric cancer and we are asking for your support. We will be collecting donations each Wednesday in January and the fifth grade will sponsor our fourth annual Mini-Thon on Friday, February 5th. More information about this exciting event to follow! We look forward to continuing to support organizations that help others to experience the circle of mercy throughout the school year. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Scholarship Awards for the Class of 2017 as of 01/10/2016
We are so happy and proud to announce scholarship awards to the following students in the OLM Class of 2016. The list will be updated as more awards are announced.
Shannon Reilly: Mount St. Joseph Academy:
Founders Academic Scholarship
Maeve Gallagher: Mount St. Joseph Academy:
Fontbonne Academic Scholarship
Micaelina Carter: Mount St. Joseph Academy:
Fontbonne Academic Scholarship
Maggie Fitzpatrick: Mount St. Joseph Academy:
Eugenia F. Comerford ’37 Alumnae Award
Carrie Johnston: Gwynedd Mercy Academy:
Thomas McLaughlin: Bishop McDevitt:
Lancer Leadership Scholarship
LaSalle High School: Principal Scholarship
Lansdale Catholic: Msgr. Joseph Schade Scholarship
Colin Hope: Archbishop Wood: Academic Scholarship
TOTAL AS OF 1/10/16: $148,000
Mercy 5K - Saturday, March 19, 2016
The 4th Annual Run is scheduled for Saturday March 19, 2016. Click here for all the information: https://docs.google.com/a/olmcatholicschool.com/forms/d/1GhYnnHE66PZr4sH_i2EUnDBh2SJdaqB5xQmX_qs2XI0/viewform?c=0&w=1
We are looking for 100 OLM Students to register and take part in the 5K Run. The first 100 students who register for the 5K run will receive a choice of a free "official" OLM 5K stuffed penguin or School Supply Kit Pouch (with logo) with Pencil, Eraser, and Sharpener. Let’s all run for MERCY! Perhaps, Winston will run with you!
If you register prior to 03/31/2016, registration fee is $250 per family.
If you registered after 04/01/2016, the registration fee is $350 per family.
Our registration fees cover: the cost per student of the student information database (MSP), Religion books, certain instructional classroom supplies, and administrative fees for the operation the FACTS system. Please note, registration fees are non-refundable.
OLM Home & School News
Designer Bag Bingo:
Join us for our first annual
Our Lady of Mercy Designer Bag Bingo
Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7:00 (doors open at 6:30)
To purchase your tickets, complete the form sent home, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Megan Romano at 215.367.5156
$25 (cash or check made out to OLM)
BYO food and drinks...
Catholic Schools Week:
Catholic School’s Week Breakfast: Please join us on January 31, 2016 from 11:00 to 1:00 for Home and School’s annual breakfast to kick off Catholic Schools Week in OLM’s Cafeteria.
Family Fun Bingo: As we end Catholic School’s Week, please join us for our family bingo which will be held February 6th at 6:00! More information will be coming home this week.
Please save the dates for the following events! Information about these events will be coming home soon:
Mother /Son Bowling: Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Thunderbird Lanes in Warminster
Father/Daughter Dance: Friday, February 26, 2016
OLM Mercy 5k Run: Saturday, March 19, 2016
Thank you for all you do to support our Home and School Organization!
Using the Smart Aid service will assist our school in making data-driven, objective decisions in determining needs-based financial aid. Smart Aid provides a systematic approach to processing applications, and gathering supporting documentation.
Additional Smart Aid Information
OLM SCHOOL CODE 91026
ALL OLM families are encouraged to complete and submit and application. This application replaces PSSA (BLOCS) and Smart Aid 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.
While we believe that Smart Aid will help us to more effectively and efficiently provide financial aid services to our families, we also know that the strategic use of financial aid is crucial to achieving and sustaining our enrollment goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who should complete this aid application?
A: Whomever the child resides with should fill this application out, whether it is a parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, or legal guardian. There is a section within the application where you can enter contributions from non-custodial parents and relatives.
Q: Why do I need to input my spouse’s information if I am remarried and they are not legally responsible for my children?
A: Smart Aid’s calculation works off of the total household income, therefore including all income, whether the party is legally responsible for your children or not. Our system however, does take into effect your spouse’s expenses as well as their income. It is important to list all expenses that are asked of within the application.
Q: I do not have the required tax documents. HELP!
A: Include the most recent tax documentation you have available. If you are asked for a specific line from a tax document that you have not yet completed, please estimate the projected amount.
Q: How will I know if I qualify for aid or not?
A: We do not disclose information about the results of your application. All final tuition aid decisions, including notification of an award amount (if any); will be made by OLM. For the date award notices is anticipated to be March 2016.
Believe it or not, it is time to our your 2015-2016 OLM yearbook! The cost of the yearbook is $20. The Class of 2016 does NOT need to order a yearbook as it is included in the graduation fees. All orders are to be completed online this year. Please no cash or checks! To place an order please follow the directions below:
1- Go to www.schoolannual.com
2- At the top of website, select " "Buy Your Student's Yearbook". This will open a new tab.
3- Type in "Our Lady of Mercy" as the school. Be sure to select the correct school since there is another OLM!
4- Order your yearbook and check out! It may ask you to create an account to purchase the yearbook online!
All yearbooks orders are due February 1, 2016!
Birthday Blessings this Week
Carroll, Jaxson P. Jan 18 - Monday
Galasso, Katelin Jan 18 - Monday
Hoeger, Paige Jan 18 - Monday
Sheak, Alexander Jan 19 - Tuesday
Youngers, Gabriella Jan 19 - Tuesday
Bryce, Conor Jan 20 - Wednesday
Romano, Kathryn Jan 22 - Friday
Coer, Olivia E. Jan 23 - Saturday
McGuire, Allyson A. Jan 23 - Saturday
Playground at Lunch Recess
Tuesday, 01/19: Mrs. Kling
Wednesday, 01/20: Mrs. Quinn
Thursday, 01/21: Mrs. Ronzoni
Friday, 01/22: Ms. Bordoni
Lunch Duty Sign-Up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4daaa622a6f49-january
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.