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Weekly Newsletter

February 16, 2023

Dear Parents,

Lent lasts for 40 days because Christ suffered in the desert for 40 days. Lent is from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday, excluding Sundays. Sundays are an important part of Lent, but we do not include them in the “40 days” because on every Sunday we remember and celebrate the Resurrection of Christ in the Mass. Lent ends with the start of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. This year, Lent ends on April 6.

What to give up for Lent? Here are some ideas for children:

  • Give up a favorite toy or game

  • Fast from social media for a day

  • Give up a favorite snack

  • Drink only water at school

  • Give up a favorite chair at home or seat at school

  • Go without headphones/air pods for a day

  • Play your favorite game, focusing on helping others instead of winning

  • Allow others to pass in front of you in the lunch line (Hallow, Inc.)

I have attached a calendar of daily at home Lenten activities for families. They’re fun!

Summer School: We are planning it already! The tentative dates are Monday - Thursday, June 12 - July 13. The tuition will be significantly lower than last year. More information later.

OLC School is hosting a Pop-Up shop Arts & Crafts Fair at the St. Mary of Czestochowa Social Center on March 4 and 5. If you have a small business and would like to reserve a space, contact our school marketer, Yashica Zuniga, at We will be renting out 25 spaces that are about 8ft x 8ft. It is $30 for one day and $50 for both days.

School Mass schedule (parents welcome to join us): Feb 22: Ash Wednesday, 12:00 English Feb 24: 9:00, Stations of the Cross (all school; led by 8th grade)

2023-2024 Tuition Rates: Though tuition will rise next school year, it is an increase of only $1.65 per day for one child. 1 student $6,254 2 students $9,663

3 students $12,699 4 students $14,926 Early registration begins on April 3, 2023

Important dates:

Friday, February 17: no school, staff development day

Monday, February 20: no school, Presidents’ Day

Wednesday, March 1: World Compliment Day; students who compliment three people today can wear their favorite flannel shirt to school instead of their uniform!

Friday, March 17: no school

Friday, April 7 - Sunday, April 16: no school, Easter break

Saturday, April 29: 1st holy Communion at 1:00

Yours in Christ,

Frank S. Zarate, Jr., Ed.D. Principal (708) 652-0262


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