OLM Parent Newsletter

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Reflection Corner: Feast of the Presentation of Jesus (February 2nd)

On this feast day, we celebrate and remember that 40 days after the birth of a Jewish boy, it was the custom to take him to the temple to be presented to God. Mary and Joseph observed this law and presented Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem. On this day, we also bless candles that remind us the light of Jesus’ coming to us. Candles invite us that as Christians we must bring the light of Christ to the darkness of the little corner of our world and to all people we meet.


Lord, help us keep your love, your light burning brightly in our lives. Give us the wisdom and the strength to avoid the shadows of sin in our lives. Help us carry your light to all we meet until that day when we go out to meet you.

OLM Catholic Schools Week 2016

January 31st – February 4th


We continue our celebration of Catholic Schools Week at Our Lady of Mercy. Here are our activities for the remainder of the week:

Wednesday, Feb.3rd: Staff Appreciation Day

Morning Prayer will be led by our Preschool students

"Free Dress" day for the staff :-)

We will have an On the Spot Essay Writing Contest Grades 4 & 5 at 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Parish Center and a Bible Quiz Bee from Grades 6 - 8 at 1:15 p.m. at the Church Hall.

Thursday, Feb. 4th: Student Appreciation Day and Loved Ones / Grandparents Day

Morning Prayer will be led by Yearbook Club.

Loved Ones and Grandparents are invited to come visit our classrooms from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. to observe and participate in class activities as planned by the classroom teachers.

It's Spirit Day for students. It will be OLM Rewind Day. First to 8th graders may choose one of the following themes:

Ugly Sweater


Bulldog Spirit

Kindergarten students may choose from one of the following themes:




Friday, February 5th: School Holiday

Teachers will be participating in a K - 8 Professional Development at St. Cecilia's School. Pre-School teachers will be attending the Pre-School Professional Development at the OLM Church Hall.

Thank you to our Catholic Schools Week committee members, Sr. Rosabel, Lynne Morris, Dana Sargenti, Katherine Coddington, and Zarah Llemos, for planning, organizing our events for the week.

Happy Catholic Schools Week to all of us!

January 27th and Ash Wednesday Mass

Thank you to all those who came to our school mass last Wednesday. It was a truly special occasion for our school community. The families of Jasper Watts and Mrs. Mary Lynne Hogan express their appreciation for the celebration we had for them.

Our next school mass is at 10:30 a.m. on Ash Wednesday, February 10th. Please join us in celebrating the Holy Mass as we begin the season of Lent.

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OLM Superstars

Congratulations to the following students:

Riley Butler (1A)

Joshua Gorospe (6A)

Rheanna Torres (5A)

Jaren Villacarte (1B)

Marcus Villareal (2B)

Leilani Zaragoza (8A)

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Grandparents / Loved Ones Day

We invite all grandparents and loved ones to come to their students' classrooms at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 4th. Participate in the class activities while spending time with your students. It should be one enjoyable afternoon.

Book Drive, A Success!

Our Book Drive was a success! We collected almost 5,000 books in one week. Congratulations and thank you to all who supported the drive! The class that gathered the most number of books is . . . . . . . .. 1A! Congratulations, 1A! A pizza party courtesy of Saint Vincent de Paul is on 1A's way.

Auction 2016

The Auction was certainly one fun event. Thank you to all who came, supported, and / or contributed to the success of this year's auction. Appreciation goes to our Parent Teacher Organization - officers, committee chairs, and volunteers for another job very well-done! Here are a few pictures taken at the auction:

Incoming Kindergarten Assessments

We begin our Incoming Kindergarten Assessments on Tuesday, February 9th. If you know families who are looking into sending their little ones to our kindergarten classes, please do let them know that our admission process has started. Send them our way as soon as possible. Thank you.

Open House

It was great to see many of you at our Open House last Sunday. We thank you for coming! Appreciation also goes to those who invited prospective OLM families to come and learn about the great program offerings we have at our school. Keep on spreading the word! :-)

60th Anniversary Coffee Table Book

Thank you for helping us spread the work about the our 60th Anniversary Coffee Table Book. We have been receiving completed forms with families / alumni's contributions.Our deadline to turn in completed solicitation forms is coming up. Please do turn your forms in to ensure that your or your child's name gets included in the book. Families not turning in the completed forms will be on the Opt-Out list. Those opting out will be assessed $50 and will not receive a copy of the book.

Our orchestrated effort to get the word out would help make this project a big success. Thank you very much!

No School on Friday, February 5th

Please note that school will be closed on Friday, February 5th, to let our teachers participate in the Archdiocese-wide K -8 Professional Development. Please be guided accordingly.

Lion Dance Performance

Our students are going to be treated to a Lion Dance performance in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Angela Chan, mother of Alex (KB) and Ryan (2B), has arranged for West Coast Lion Dance Group to come to our school once again at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, February 19th.

Prayer Intentions

For the eternal repose of the souls of

*Marianne O'Reilly, mother of teacher assistant / OLM alumna Maeve O'Reilly.

*Myrna Herrera, grandmother of Ethan Villanueva (8A), Darren Minioza (1B) and Tyler Minioza (4A).

Important Dates to Remember

February 1 - 5 CSW Celebration

February 5: No School, K - 8 Conference /OLM at St. Cecilia's. Pre-School PD at OLM

February 8: Valentine's Day Celebrations Pre-School to 6th, Social 7th and 8th

February 9: Incoming Kindergartners' Assessment

February 10: Ash Wednesday, School Mass at 10:30 a.m.

February 15: Presidents' Day, No School

February 19: Lion Dance Performance at 8:30 a.m.

February 22: Noon Dismissal, Faculty Professional Development