Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume II Issue 19 Sunday, January 17, 2016

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.

Upcoming Events

January 18

No School Students

(MLK Day)

January 19

Home & School General Meeting, 7PM

January 20

Grade 4 Class Mass, 9AM

Mission Collection - THON

January 22

Dress Down Day -THON

Reading with Winston, 9:30AM

Home & School General Meeting (The classroom with the highest attendance will receive a doughnut party!)

Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 7pm

Parish Center at OLM

Special Guest Speaker: Terry Dearing will discuss OLM's new Tier Three Reading Intervention Program. Terry taught 3rd and 4th grade in Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She received her certifications from the Children's Dyslexia Center of Philadelphia. She has both Initial and Advanced Certificates in Orton Gillingham Training, the Program of Education in Therapy for Dyslexia. She also hold Certificates as an Orton Gillingham Supervisor and Instructor of Teachers. She has received additional training in Take Flight: Small Group Intervention. She is also ALTA Certified as a CALP (Certified Academic Language Practitioner). She has worked in a private school for children with disabilities in Abington providing one-on-one intervention for over 4 years. She currently work as a contractor in two school districts in Bucks County as well as in a private school.

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.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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


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


RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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:

Legacy Scholarship

Thomas McLaughlin: Bishop McDevitt:

Lancer Leadership Scholarship

Nicholas Signoretta:

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:

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!

2016-2017 Registration

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 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

The new ONLINE application is available. Click the Smart Aid Button above to access the application. There is a $25 fee.


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

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:

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.

Altar Servers 9AM

Monday, 01/18: Teddy Nagle

Tuesday, 01/19: Gretchen Wolpert

Wednesday, 01/20: Jack Gentile

Thursday, 01/21: Jimmy Johnston

Friday, 01/22: Meghan Dennin