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April 5, 2024


Dear Parents,


After spending weeks in prayer, fasting, and service during Lent, it may seem odd to your children that we don’t have widely similar practices for Easter. That doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the season! Commit to taking moments of little joy throughout the weeks, like random acts of kindness towards others. Consider reading the Acts of the Apostles to learn more about the early church (ctklv).


This coming Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 PM, Mr. Ferney Ramirez will speak to OLC parents in the student lunchroom on the importance you have in your child’s success, how to build your children’s self-esteem, motivation, and values. You will like Ferney! Please join us and invite your friends. The presentation will be in Spanish, with English translation. Any parent who comes to this workshop will receive three hours of volunteer service credit.


Workers from the National Museum of Mexican Art will begin preparing the south wall of our lunchroom this week for a bright new mural. Teaching artists from the Museum are working with all 6th and 7th graders on the planning and execution of this mural. Stay tuned...


Also this month: live butterflies are coming to preschool, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 5th grade classrooms for science study. Watch them as they grow!


Spring Fling Dance for students in grades 6, 7, and 8: Friday, April 12 at 6:30


All school Mass next Sunday, April 14, at noon. The 1st grade class will serve refreshments after Mass in Halpin Hall. All OLC families are asked to please to join us for this liturgy.


Designer Bag Social: Friday, April 19, at 5:30 at St. Mary of Czestochowa Gym (5000 W. 31st St.). Play and you could win a fabulous new designer handbag!


World’s Finest Chocolate sale deadline to turn in $$$: Monday, April 22. No school on Friday, April 26: staff development day


Mother-Son Bowling night! Thursday, May 9, at 6PM at Town Hall Bowl: two games, pizza, and dessert for $10 per person. Open to all OLC boys (and their mom, aunt, godmother, older sister, or significant adult female) in grades PK - 8.


The OLC Panthers girls’ volleyball, JV and Varsity boys’ basketball, and cheerleading season is quickly coming to an end. The JV basketball team did especially well this year. On Friday, May 10, at 6PM we will have a Pack the Place fun night at the St. Mary of Czestochowa gym with basketball, volleyball, and cheerleading events, including parent vs. student games. All students who attend will earn a dress down pass for May 13.


Planning for next school year is underway, and guess what? Students in grades 5 - 8 will be bused twice a week to the gym at St. Mary of Czestochowa for physical education class. Volleyball, basketball, ¡y mas!


Yours in Christ,


Frank S. Zarate, Jr., Ed.D.

Principal

(708) 652-0262

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March 5, 2024


Dear Parents,


Report cards go home tomorrow. Be sure to ask for them.


The Father-Daughter Dance that we had for Valentine’s Day was a hit, and many of you have asked me about a mother-son event. I polled students in grades 2, 5, 7, and 8, and given the choice between a dance and a bowling night, all the boys said they want bowling. Stay tuned for a date for the OLC Mother-Son Bowling Night – we’ll have pizza, dessert, etc. etc. etc.


It’s not too late to pay for skating. The fee is $18 for the eleven days of roller skating, which begins on Friday. Please send your child with the fee and include a note from you giving your permission for him or her to skate. It’s fun and students make rapid progress. If you would like to help the kindergarteners, 1st, or 2nd graders with their skates, contact Pedro in the office.


Book Fair takes place every day after school next week. If you would like to help out, please email Mrs. Johnson: ljohnson@olc-school.org


Our girls’ volleyball season has begun. Contact Mr. Infante for a game schedule. Any OLC student who attends a volleyball game will earn one dress down pass for the next day. Support your Panthers!


Movie Night: See Shrek on the field at 6:30 PM on Friday, March 22. Bring the whole family.


This week we received a delivery of brand new tables and chairs for our preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Thanks to special pandemic related funding from Springfield, we are blessed to have new, state of the art student furniture in all classrooms, preschool to 8th grade.


Thank you to those who attended our flea market school fundraiser at St. Mary of Czestochowa the weekend of February 24 and 25. We raised a profit of over $2000 for our school.


At 6:30 PM on Thursday, April 11, Mr. Ferney Ramirez will speak to OLC parents on the importance you have in your child’s success, how to build your children’s self-esteem, motivation, and values. You will like Ferney! Please join us and invite your friends. The presentation will be in Spanish, with English translation. Any parent who comes to this workshop will receive two hours of volunteer service credit.


All school Mass this Sunday, March 10, at noon. The 2nd grade class will serve refreshments after Mass in Halpin Hall. All OLC families are encouraged to join us for this liturgy. Schoolbelles gift certificates will be

presented to any parent at the Mass.


Our church organ is broken, and it is going to cost $2500 to fix it. That’s a lot less than the $90,000 it would cost to replace it! There will be a box in the rear of the church after all Sunday Masses in which you can place a donation to repair the organ. Please consider making a contribution; we use the organ at all school Masses.


Yours in Christ,

Frank S. Zarate, Jr., Ed.D. Principal

(708) 652-0262

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January/February 2024


General Info

This newsletter is meant to keep you up to date on our progress in music class. Aer a successful Christmas concert and what I hope was a restful holiday season for all of you, we are back!


Class Activities


Kindergarten & First Grade have been continuing to establish a firm foundation in understanding steady beat (tempo) and have been delving more into rhythm. We practice rhythm through establishing patterns using syllables that go on top of the beat. Mostly focusing on Ta (quarter notes, one syllable) or ti-ti (eighth notes, two syllables). We practice using a variety of different percussion methods. In addition, students are continuing to learn about pitch through singing songs and boomwhacker activities. Students were also recently introduced to the music staff!


Second through Fourth Grade students have learned about ostinatos, steady beat, tempo, simple meters, identifying pitch and improvisation in the first trimester. This trimester we have been focusing on learning the music staff, treble clef, major vs minor sound, and the beginnings of music history. As we progress in learning the treble clef, I plan on teaching the students mallet instruments. Hoping that we can perform some beginner ensemble music together by spring break. Lastly, we have been digging into the periods of music history. Thus far digging into Baroque music and learning about Bach, Vivaldi and Handel.


Fih through Eighth Grade this trimester the students have been working on creating their own podcast on a music topic of their choice. The students have been allowed to work in groups of up to three while some have chosen to work independently. We began this journey doing a couple of podcast listening assignments. This allowed for the students to hear a couple different styles of podcasting to model their approach aer. At this point they have picked and refined their topics of interest and will begin compiling research. Over the next few weeks we will be creating outlines, scripts and then finally recording our episodes. We hope to create either a landing page or at least a google drive that will allow for you to listen to your students work!


Sincerely,

Chris Misch-Bloxdorf

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