OLM Parent Newsletter

October 21, 2015

Reflection Corner: The Gift of Mary as Our Model

Mary’s obedience to the will of God has been manifested all throughout her earthly life as the Mother of Jesus Christ. From the moment of conception till Jesus’ death, she has remained faithful. This is the pattern that all of us are invited into – not just once, but daily ­ which can become transformative of who we are as God’s children. This is what the Scripture calls the “excellent way of loving and serving”. Mary understands this way and walked on it with great humility.

Reflection: Can we respond to every situation that challenges us to serve with great humility, faithfulness, and love as Mary did?

Book Fair Volunteer Sheets Due

The Monster Book Sale is upon us. It happens on November 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th at the Church Hall. Those of you who would like to volunteer to help run the fair, please turn in your completed Volunteer Sheet as soon as possible. We particularly need volunteers to help pack up at 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Monday. November 9th. Mrs. Bergmans, Book Fair Chair, will be so delighted to have you on her team.

High School Info for 7th and 8th Grade Parents

Our appreciation goes to all parents who came to our High School Information Night. 7th and 8th Grade parents who were not able to make it to the meeting may come to the school office to pick up the handouts given during the presentation. A huge shout-out for Ms. Lisa Perez who has been working so hard to get our students (and their families) right on-track with their high school applications!

School-wide Rosary Recitation

We continue to be one with the Church in celebrating the World Mission and Rosary Month! All are invited to join the School pray the Holy Rosary at 8:05 a.m. everyday this week (till Friday, OCtober 23rd). One decade of the Luminous Mystery will be prayed each day of the week with a particular intention of the five continents. The following will lead the five decades of the Rosary:

Wednesday ( Grade 7)

Thursday (Grade 6)

Friday (Singing Decade – School Choir)

“The Rosary is a prayer that always accompanies me; it is also the prayer of the ordinary people and the saints…it is a prayer from my heart.” Pope Francis.

First Grading Period Ends this Friday

Just a reminder: The grading period officially ends this Friday, October 23rd. Make sure that your child has everything submitted for grading. Have them check their backpacks for work that they may have forgotten to turn in. We want them to get all the credit for all their hard work. As always, we thank you for your dedication to ensure that your child is successful at OLM.

Please note that report cards for the first grading period will be available online no later than 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 2nd.

OLM First Holy Communion Family Gathering #1

There will be a mass for all First Holy Communion families at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 25th. A gathering will immediately follow at the Church Hall. Each family is encouraged to bring food for the reception after the mass. Please see the email / communication sent out my First Communion Parent Chair Melissa Lee for more details.

Basketball Coaching Contract Due Today

Just a reminder: All OLM basketball coaches need to turn in your signed contracts today, Wednesday, October 21st.

Halloween Festivities Coming up

Booo! Halloween is coming up!

We are going to have our annual Halloween festivities on Friday, October 30th. Here are some information to take note of:

K - 6 students may come in Halloween costumes in the morning. Kindergarten teachers will be providing specific instructions for the little ones. Please note that the following are not allowed:

Face Masks

Anything that suggests violence including bloody costumes


Toy weapons of any kind

Any handheld props that may be a safety hazard

Open shoes, slippers, flip-flops

Inappropriate attire (short shorts, short dresses, tank tops, etc.)

Students not wanting to be in costumes must be in their school uniforms. It is not a Free Dress Day.

We will still have our regular lunch periods for K – 6th. Hot lunches will still be available on that day.

The Halloween parade for PreK – 6 starts at 1:30 p.m. Immediately after the parade, classes will return to their classrooms for their respective Halloween celebrations. Parents are reminded to keep the treats as healthy as possible. Halloween treats may not be distributed until the designated Halloween celebration time.

The Halloween Social for 7th and 8th graders begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Church Hall. Special Dress Guidelines were sent our earlier. Please contact the office of you need a copy.

It should be one fun Halloween celebration at OLM. Boooooooooo!

Galaxy of Stars

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Congratulations to the following students:

Lily Doherty (1B)

Alex Whitsitt (3A)

James Dimayuga (3B)

Carlo Bautista (6A)

Marissa Lee (7A)

Kristin Leyson (7A)

Included in the picture are Alessia Vanelli(1B)* and Aeden Perez (4B)*, two of last week's superstars.

Repost: An Invitation from the Cub Scouts . . . . . .

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Repost: Box Tops for Education

OLM continues to benefit from the Box Tops for Education Program. We ask that you participate by turning in your box tops and Campbell Soup Labels on or before November 2nd. That extra little step of cutting and submitting the box tops and labels surely goes a long way for our school. So, could you please gather them shortly after you read this newsletter . . . . . :-) Thank you for your support!


Reading Is So Much Fun You’ll Get Goosebumps!

Our 2015 Scholastic Book Fair is almost here. Our opening day will be on Tuesday, November 3rd in the Church Hall. The fair will continue through Sunday, November 8th (excluding Saturday).

We hope that you’ll come and join in the fun and that you’ll support our Classroom Wish List opportunity. This is a great way to help teachers build their classroom libraries.. Just purchase a book from the teacher’s “wish” basket, sign your name on the presentation label (at the cashier’s table), and you’ve made a meaningful contribution to your child’s classroom. You may deliver the book in person, or we’ll be happy to deliver it for you. What a joy it is to give the gift of reading!

Watch for the Book Fair flyer! It has dates, times, and offers you an opportunity to volunteer at this joyful event.

See you at the MONSTER BOOK FAIR!

Dates to Remember

October 19-23 School-wide Rosary Recitation at 8:05 a.m.

October 23 First Quarter ends, Cub Scouts Movie Night

October 25 First Communion Family Gathering at 10:30 a.m. Mass

October 30 Halloween Parade (Pre-school - 6th) and Halloween Social (7th and 8th)

November 3 and 4 Hearing Screening

November 3 - 6, 8: Monster Book Fair at the Church Hall

November 8: Family Mass

Our Lady of Mercy School

Pastor: Rev. Fr. Domingo Orimaco

Parochial Vicar: Rev. Fr. Sebastine Bula

Principal: Jeffrey T. Burgos

Administrative Assistants:

Sr. Eileen Pazmino, RSM

Mary Lynne Hogan

Discovering, Opening, Nurturing, and Sharing God's Gift to us