OLFCS Principal's Bulletin

February 10, 2021

Why do parents choose a Catholic education for their children?

Welcome New Families & Students!

Thank you to all families who have referred OLFCS to family and friends-- we appreciate you more than we can say! We are touring potential families each week and welcoming new students:


  • February 16 expected start- Roxanna, grade 3

We have been in contact with families who chose not to return this year for COVID-related reasons and have some families who are already registered for next year.


We have received inquiries and completed registrations for next year's kindergarten (approx 10 students) and grade 1 (approx five students), which is wonderful. We are hopeful and optimistic that the coming months will bring more new students to our learning community.

2021-22 Re-registration for Returning Students

Online re-registration for next school year is now open. Click box above.

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Bishop Cotta's February Reflection

Click box above to read Bishop Cotta's reflection.

Cards of Compassion Community Service Event

Are you participating in our Cards of Compassion community service event? It's not too late for students to create valentines cards to be distributed to local nursing homes. Students should sign each card with their first name (no last name) and age. Cards can be brought to school and turned in on Thursday, Feb 11. Thank you to those who have already turned in cards!
Updated COVID-19 Bulletin

Click text above to go to the most recent COVID-19 Bulletin (updated Feb 10, 2021).

LENTEN FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Lent begins next Wednesday, February 17. Ash Wednesday is one of the most important holy days in the liturgical calendar, and opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.


Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us.

Non-Christians are welcome to receive the ashes. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year's Palm Sunday Mass. Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice. His Divine mercy is of utmost importance during the season of Lent, and the Church calls on us to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance



Are you looking for activities to do with your children at home during Lent? Check out the online resources below:


40 LENTEN ACTIVITIES FOR CATHOLIC FAMILIES FREE PRINTABLE

40 Ideas for 40 Days

25+ Ideas for What Kids & Teens Can Do for Lent

Loyola Press resources for your Lenten Journey

Lenten Activities for Children

Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl

One way to give to the poor during Lent is participating in CRS Rice Bowl. Students will be sent home with Rice Bowls next week. Click box above for a letter from OLF Parish's Coordinator of Social Justice Ministry, Louise Johnson.

Applications Open for Kindergarten Teacher (2021-22)

We are seeking a kindergarten teacher for the 2021-22 school year. Candidate must:

  • hold a current and valid California Teaching Credential.
  • be able to maintain a systematic written plan for organization, curriculum, and instruction, including daily lesson plans.
  • utilize research-based instructional strategies, teaching methods, and technology.
  • address the needs of all learners while maintaining a classroom environment conducive for learning.
  • communicate effectively and in a timely manner with parents regarding student progress.

Click here to apply on EdJoin. Send letter of introduction, resume, and three letters of recommendation to Melissa Neder.


Please share with anyone that might be interested. We have scheduled interviews for the last two weeks in February for qualified candidates.

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Did you know you have access to GoGuardian Parent-- a mobile app to help keep parents/guardians aware of your children's activity on school-issued devices and provide you with additional controls during out-of-school hours.


GoGuardian Parent is a companion to the classroom management and internet filtering tools that your child's school uses for devices issued to students. Through the use of this app, we hope to encourage more open and honest conversations between parents and children that will result in safer practices and responsible browsing habits.


What is GoGuardian Parent?

GoGuardian Parent was created to help provide additional educational support to administrators and teachers by allowing parents to see what sites and documents their children are browsing and providing parents with additional internet controls at home. The app gives parents a bird's eye view of the apps and websites that their kids are on most often and control over school-issued devices during out-of-school hours. With this perspective, parents can be made aware of what types of browsing behavior schools are seeing from students so they can all work together to encourage more effective internet browsing habits at home and at school.


What's the intention of the app?

By providing insight and controls over student browsing activity, our goal is to empower parents to take a more active role in their children's online learning. We aim to create a greater sense of transparency with student browsing to help bring about a greater sense of accountability on both the parent's and the student's part. We also believe that transparency and insight will increase the likelihood of productive student browsing habits on a more consistent basis.


What is included in this app:

  • Top 5 summary of student browsing (apps, extensions, documents, and websites visited)
  • Teacher interventions
  • 30-day view of websites, videos, documents, apps, and extensions
  • Ability to block websites on school-issued devices during out-of-school hours
  • Ability to pause internet access on school-issued devices during out-of-school hours, either on-demand or at a scheduled time

To access the app, please follow the below instructions:

  1. Download the app
    1. iPhone: Visit App Store, search for GoGuardian Parent, and tap the download button.
    2. Android: Visit Google Play Store, search for GoGuardian Parent, and tap the download button.
  2. After the app is successfully downloaded and installed, open it up and enter the email address registered with the school.
  3. Login/Check Email: Check your email on your phone for a link to log in to the app. Tap the "Verify your email", and it will take you straight to the app. Note: If you don't have access to your email through the device you used to log in, tap on "Login with verification code", and copy and paste the verification code from the email into the app.

If you have any questions, please send me an email.

Next Bulletin

... coming February 24.


The Sarabia family won the $100 March tuition credit. If you do not receive the bulletin by email and would like to be put on the mailing list, please contact me. If you opened the email containing the February bulletins, you will be entered into a drawing for a $100 March tuition credit (depending on your FACTS payment date).

About Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School

Mission

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School provides an excellent academic program founded on Roman Catholic values and teachings to prepare our students to be lifelong learners and active Christians.