May 6, 2022
Dear Parents, Thank you to all of you who provided treats for us during Teacher Appreciation Week. Many of us will never forget the teachers who encouraged us when we were children, and many of us remember our favorite teachers. During National Teacher Appreciation Week, “we pay tribute to educators who provide our children with the knowledge and skills they need to reach their potential and achieve their dreams” (NAESP). I would especially like to thank Ms. Lupe Castillo from the 1st grade class, Ms. Diana Vazquez from the 4th grade class, Ms. Tania Reyna from the 3rd grade class, Ms. Melissa Cundari from the 7th grade class, and Mr. Raul Vasquez from the 2nd grade class for their support with the week’s activities.
There will be a special recognition for our current pastor, Fr. Sergio Mena, following all Masses on May 21 and 22. All OLC students and parents are invited to attend Mass with us that weekend. If you can provide a snack or beverage to share, please bring it to Halpin Hall before Mass, as refreshments will be served following Masses on both days.
Summer School at OLC will run from June 7 - June 30, Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm each day. Before and after care is available. The registration fee is $50 per child; tuition is $335, and includes meals and supplies. For more information, visit the school office or email me. Registration forms will be distributed soon.
OLC Olympic Day is moved to Monday, May 23. This is an outdoor recreation day. Can you volunteer to help us? We will have a variety of jobs: games, cooking, serving, student monitors. We’re also looking for parents to provide donations of hot dogs, hot dog buns, individual bags of chips, bottled water, and ice cream sandwiches. Please email me or call the school if you can work that day.
8th grade Capstone Project exhibition in Halpin Hall: Tuesday, May 10, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. The capstone project is a major research paper complete with a trifold presentation board. The topics come from Catholic social teaching, allowing the students to use their research, language arts and religion skills to address real word problems from a moral perspective. All parents are welcome to come and see their projects. 2nd grade boys and girls making their 1st holy Communion on May 7 will wear their 1st Communion dresses/ outfits AGAIN for the OLC Ribbon Mass on Thurs., May 19, at 1:00. Parents are invited.
Friday, May 13: Walk-a-thon! This date keeps changing (sorry!) but there are quite a few end of the year events to coordinate. Thank you for your patience. Students should wear their gym uniforms.
Free lunch and breakfast again next year? This issue has not yet been determined by government officials, but as of now, no waivers have been issued for the upcoming school year. What this means is that families may be required to complete applications to obtain free or reduced-price meals, and those who do not qualify will need to pay.
Get VIRTUS training to volunteer: Go to our website for info: olc-school.org
Important dates: Saturday, May 7: 1st holy Communion for 2nd graders at noon Wednesday, May 11: Students may pay $2 and come out of uniform. Proceeds will be sent directly to a Catholic parish in Ukraine run by Redemptorists. Friday, May 13: Walk-a-thon (see above) Thursday, May 19: 8th grade Ribbon Mass at 1:00. Parents of 2nd graders and 8th graders are asked to bring cake, cookies, brownies, and/or a beverage to share afterward in Halpin Hall. Parents are welcome to join us.
Monday, May 23: new date for Olympic Day (outdoor field day) Friday, May 27: last day of school for 8th graders
Monday, May 30: Memorial Day, no school Wednesday, June 1: 8th grade graduation in church at 7:00 pm
Yours in Christ, Frank S. Zárate, Jr.,
Ed.D. Principal (708) 652-0262