May 7, 2021
This week we had the May Crowing at the school mass. All of our 2nd Grade First Communicants, dressed in their finest, brought special joy to this first May school mass celebration. Check out the school's Facebook page to view a short video of our 2nd graders walking in.
Also this week we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week. It was heartwarming to witness the many ways that you and our students took the time to show our teachers how much we appreciate them.
Special thanks are given to all the room parents and PTG leaders who coordinated a number of all-school appreciation events and gifts for our teachers. I can't say it enough, OLVCS is blessed to have such a great group of volunteers and teachers!
Finally, don't forget to send in your student's yearbook order TODAY (Friday, May 7th) by noon. Cost is $20 per book.
Taking on the heart of Jesus,
Chad Packer, MEd
Congratulations to Mrs. Koehle: State College Magazine Teacher of the Year
In this month's issue of State College Magazine, OLVCS's First Grade teacher, Mrs. Molly Koehle, is recognized as one of the area's Teachers of the Year.
Our school is blessed to have Mrs. Koehle, who views learning in first grade "as much as a social activity as an academic one."
To read more about Mrs. Koehle and this honor be sure to pick up the issue at local distributors or click on the button below.
We Are So Close!
We are so close to 58 yard sign posts--in commemoration of 58 years of great Catholic education at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School! Don't forget to send in your yard sign photo.
Don't have a yard sign? Email Mrs. Cindy Kolarik at firstname.lastname@example.org with your student's name and grade and she'll be sure to send one home for you.
Diocese Begins "To Proclaim and Teach"
In the continued effort to support and improve Catholic education in our Diocese, on April 27, 2021, the Diocese kicked off a strategic growth and planning process for all Diocesan schools called "To Proclaim and Teach."
This effort involves a variety of steps, including a review of enrollment, finances, and outcomes data from all Diocesan schools. Additionally, a consultant team will visit each of the Diocesan schools--including OLVCS, Saint John's Evangelist, Lock Haven Catholic, and Saint Joseph's--to learn first hand about the successes and challenges faced by each school. Parents and faculty from each Diocesan school will be asked complete a survey about their respective school. The results of these steps will be used to create a comprehensive Diocesan action plan for our Catholic schools.
Please keep those who are working at all level of the "To Proclaim and Teach" process in your prayers. For more information go to https://www.dioceseaj.org/to-proclaim-and-teach/ or contact the Diocese Education Office.
Why Choose Our Lady of Victory?
Accepting Applications For All Grade Levels for Fall 2021
May Volunteer Sign Up Available Now
Volunteers are needed from 11:30 AM-12:40 PM. Lunch room volunteers chat with the students, wipe down tables, and help younger students open packaging. Recess volunteers help monitor children at recess. Use the button below to sign up.
Reminder: Completion of the Youth Protections program and clearances required to volunteer. See announcement below about how to complete these.
Artwork of Saint Joseph's Students Showcased In Divinely Inspired Art Show
Due to the COVID restrictions the annual Divinely Inspired Student Art Exhibit in collaboration with the Johnstown/Altoona Diocese was unable to move forward. That, however, didn't stop Diocesan school students and their teachers from making some truly inspiring art.
The Bottle Works is proud to present a Virtual Gallery of student work from Bishop Guilfoyle, Bishop McCort, DMCA, Holy Name, Holy Trinity, and St. Joseph's.
Click on the button below to navigate to this gallery hosted on Facebook.
Don't Wait: Apply Now for Fall 2021
Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy is Centre County's only Catholic high school. At Saint Joseph's students are held to high standards and expectations so they achieve more than they initially think they can!
Applications are being accepted for grades 9-12. Click on the button below to schedule a visit or begin the online application process, or contact Ms. Maryann Lingenfelter, Director of Admissions and Career/College Counseling at 814-808-6118 or email@example.com.
What's Your Student-Athlete Doing In The Off-Season?
Saint Joseph's would like to invite OLVCS 7th and 8th grade student-athletes to join in the following open gyms taking place now through the summer:
Boys Basketball: Tuesdays and Thursdays; 7-9PM
Head Coach: Richard Ciambotti, firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Volleyball: Mondays, 5:30-7PM
Head Coach: Cori Donaghy, email@example.com
Student-athlete of all skill levels are welcome to attend, work up a sweat, and have fun! Parents/students are encouraged to email the coaches prior to their student's first time of attendance to confirm open gym time, etc. as the schedule can change on occasion.
Open gyms for other sports team will likely be added in the coming weeks. For more information, contact Dr. Justin Rodkey, Saint Joseph's Athletic Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need A Daily Dose of Iron?
Come support the Wolfpack at the annual Saint Joseph's Golf Outing on Monday, June 7, 2021 at the Centre Hills Country Club. In addition to playing a great round of golf on one of the best courses in the area, you will be supporting the activities of Saint Joe's students. Great "late" Mother's Day gift or "early" Father's Day gift!
Click on the button below to view the event brochure and obtain information to register information, or to be directed to the online registration.
Want to be a Sponsor? Sponsorship information also available using the button below.
Not Interested in Golf...But Looking to Try Out Some New Wine?
Then make plans to attend the Wine Tasting Event on Sunday, June 6th at 5:30PM at Centre Hills Country Club. This dressy casual event will be a relaxed, interactive, and fun evening! Cost $75 per person; proceeds benefit the Joseph Fund.
Space is limited to 30 participants, and spots are going quickly. Click on the button below to learn more and to register online.
OLV Preschool News
Resilience of OLV Preschool Teachers Highlighted in Local Magazine
The May Issue of Town and Gown highlights the extra efforts of area educators to meet their students needs during the COVID pandemic--including the teachers and administration of OLV Preschool!
Pick up the issue today at one of the many local distribution sites--including most grocery stores--or click on the button below to read the article online.
Few Spaces Still Available At Camp Kindness
All children ages 3 years (as of March 30, 2021) to 6 years old are invited to join in summer fun at OLV Preschool's Camp Kindness! We will play games, go to the park, do a variety of arts and crafts and other fun activities. Camp Kindness runs from June 14th through July 30th (7 weeks), Monday - Friday, 9AM - 12 Noon. For more information, click on the button below.
Looking For Great Preschool Programming?
Choose OLV Preschool! Registration is now open for Fall 2021! Interactive, faith-centered programming for children age 2.5 years to Pre-K. Only a few spaces are availabel, so don't delay in submitting your child's application. For more information about OLV Preschool go to www.olvcatholicschool/preschool or call the OLV Preschool office at (814) 238-6616.
Next to Dandelions, Cub Scout Pack 383 Carnations Are Every Mother's Favorite
OLV Cub Scout Pack 383 will be selling carnations outside OLV Church this Mother’s Day weekend after all the masses. Please consider supporting the Cub Scout Pack by purchasing some carnations this weekend. They are only $1 each...and a favorite of mothers!
Father Dadey Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Ordination
Sunday, May 23, 2021 marks Fr. Neil Dadey, OLV Church pastor's 40th anniversary of ordination. Fr. Dadey will celebrate the 9:30AM mass on this day to mark this occasion. Unfortunately, no reception will be held due to current COVID mitigation guidelines.
Click on the link below to read a brief biography of Fr. Dadey that was recently published in Proclaim!
VBS Is Back for Summer 2021!
OLV will be hosting Vacation Bible School! This fun week of activities will be held Monday-Friday, July 12-16, 9:00 AM-Noon in the OLV Activities Center. Children ages 4 (potty trained) – entering 5th grade are invited to attend. Cost: $20 for first family member; $10 for each additional family member. Space is limited, so sign up soon. Use the button below to learn more and sign up your child(ren).
Youth entering 6th grade through high school are needed to help as VBS volunteers. Volunteers are to arrive each day by 8:30 AM and stay until clean up, typically completed by 12:15 PM. Use the button below to learn more and sign up your child to volunteer.
Camp Zacchaeus Is Back--Just Different
All children entering grades 3-9 in Fall 2021 are invited to join in Camp Zacchaeus, a summer camp offered by the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. This day camp will be hosted at three sites:
- July 19-21: Your choice of two sites: St. Patrick Church , Newry/Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Port Matilda
- July 26-28: Resurrection Church, Picnic Grove
Cost: $25/child for virtual camper; $75/child for in-person camper
For more information, click on the button to download the brochure or contact Mrs. Francine Swope at the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Office of Youth Ministry at email@example.com.
Can't Make it To Mass?
Tune into the OLV Church YouTube channel. Recordings of daily mass and inspirational messages are posted daily by Fr. Dadey and Fr. Jonathon. Click on the button below to view.