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Sunday, January 14, 2018


January 20 we celebrate St. Sebastian.  He is known as the saint who was martyred twice. He was shot with arrows and miraculously survived and then was beaten to death. He is the patron saint of soldiers and athletes because of his physical endurance.

Prayer to St. Sebastian
Dear Commander at the Roman Emperor's Court, you chose to be also a soldier of Christ and dared to spread faith in the King of Kings - for which you were condemned to die. Your body, however, proved athletically strong and the executing arrows extremely weak. So, another means to kill you was chosen and you gave your life to the Lord. May athletes be always as strong in their faith as their Paton Saint so clearly has been. Amen.

More information on St. Sebastian:

O'Hara's 2018 Open House 

On Sunday, January 28, O'Hara will hold our 2018 Open House for interested and prospective families. Please help us spread the word by inviting friends and neighbors who might be interested, and by sharing our Open House event on Facebook. Please send names/addresses of anyone who might like to receive a postcard invitation to  admissions@oharaschool.org  and we will make sure they receive an invitation. Thank you!

Outstanding JAT Invoices
We are sending Student F olders home on Tuesday with those students who still have Jog-A-Thon pledges outstanding. We are asking our families to help us collect from those who pledged your student. Invoices were mailed out in the fall; this is our second attempt at collection.  Thank you for your help with our collection process.

Sibling Applications for the 2018-19 school year
Please note: the deadline to submit new sibling applications for next year was Monday, Jan. 8. If you missed the deadline, please submit your application ASAP to ensure that we have space for your student next year. Click HERE to download the application.

Rosary Prayer Group is WEDNESDAY 
Everyone is invited to attend the parent prayer group gathering to pray the rosary after drop off on Wednesday, January 17th!  No experience necessary!
What is the rosary? The rosary is a way to structure prayer and focus on different aspects of Jesus' life through Mary's perspective. Catholics have been using the rosary since the 1200's when St. Dominic taught people how to pray using the rosary beads!! 
This group will also meet on Jan. 31. Watch the school calendar and bulletin for additional dates. It's sure to be a great way to start your Wednesday!

  From the Reading Room  
We're really excited to announce a new monthly newsletter that will be sent out to all parents who have a child in Preschool - 5th grades. Reading Connections has been shown to help parents improve their child's reading and writing achievement, boost test scores, help with listening skills, and includes tips for reading comprehension, and for finding books and learning games that will interest your child. The newsletters are fun to read and full of info that we think you'll love! They will be sent home once a month, either in a paper version or electronic version, based on teacher preference. We would really like to hear what you think of these newsletters once you start receiving them!
Lindy Prickel, Title I Reading Teacher
Angie Relling, Learning Coordinator

O'Hara Clubs
School clubs offer the opportunity for students to explore special interests and are run by parent volunteers after school. A club can focus on just about any topic that kids might have an interest in - Legos, math games, chess, world cultures and languages, etc... are just a few of countless possibilities. If you are interested in leading or co-leading a club at O'Hara, please contact  Mr. Milliron. Time spent volunteering will count toward FIP hours.
A list of clubs to be offered will be announced in the Bulletin as soon as club leaders are in place, and signups will follow soon after. The first round of clubs will begin in early February and end prior to Spring Break. Additional clubs may be offered after Spring Break and will be announced later this spring.

Directory Update
Please update your directory with a new email address for Wendy Ames-Dionisio: ames.dionisio@gmail.com

Catholic Schools Week 2018 is Jan. 28 - Feb. 3 
Sponsored by the NCEA, CSW is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Schools typically observe the week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families & school communities. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides young people and its contributions to Church, local communities and the nation. This year's theme is  Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.

We are cooking up some fun activities for CSW and will officially kick off the week with our Open House on Sunday, Jan. 28. We will have an official schedule for CSW to share with you next week, please stay tuned!

¿ Preguntas?
Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre cualquier artículo en el boletín, estamos para ayudarlos! Por favor póngase en contacto con madre de familia de O'Hara, Judy De Leon-Chavez. Ella pude ayudarles con traducciones o cualquier otra pregunta. 
NEW ORDERING OPTION: Available now, on select menu items, additional entrees can be ordered for the cost of $2 each. (For example, corn dogs, hot dogs, chicken bites, and pizza bagel meals all have the option to order extra entrees)


Hot Lunch Contact: Tracy Whalen, Kitchen Manager (541-485-5291 x 303)


O'Hara's 2018 Auction is Saturday, February 10th!

(Read below for more details)

BUY auction tickets/table
VOLUNTEER for auction set-up or at the auction
SPONSOR the auction (email Michelle Meador)
DONATE  to the Silent Auction (email Amy Londahl)
DONATE funds to help underwrite auction packages
DOWNLOAD  a Procurement Form

Auction Volunteers Needed: Please sign up to help at O'Hara Open! 
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on Signup.com.
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com) 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com  will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Silma Rivera-Lyons, our Volunteer Coordinator, and she will sign you up manually.


Our decorations committee will be holding work parties in January & February. If you can help, please come to the cafeteria from 8:05am - 11am on any of the following days, it is not necessary to RSVP:

Wednesday, January 17
Wednesday, January 24
Wednesday, January 31
Wednesday, February 7

Please note: work parties are for adults only, please no toddlers or small children (infants ok).  Please contact  Christina Hoffstot   with any questions.

Sponsorship Opportunities:
We are grateful for generous support and partnership of a community who shares in our commitment to advancing Catholic Education at O'Hara.  Please click to view our 2018 Auction Sponsorship Opportunities. If you would like to sponsor our auction, or have any questions, please contact Kate or Kyle Hudson  or Michelle Meador

The deadline to sponsor and have your business recognized in the auction program is Wednesday, Jan. 17. Sponsorships received after the 17th will exclude program recognition.

THANK YOU!  to the following sponsors/donors:
Title Sponsor:  Murphy Company
Platinum Sponsors:  CBT Nuggets, Elevation Fitness
Gold Sponsor: Chelsea & Cort Brazelton, K.P.D. Insurance, Slocum Center, Open Door Foundation Board Members
Silver Sponsor: Comfort Flow Heating, Pediatric Dental Associates, Ryan Hoffstot Insurance Agency
Print Sponsor: Central Print
Wine Wall Sponsor:  Summit Bank
Photo Booth Sponsor:  Thornton Orthodontics
Happy Hour Sponsor:  Jessica Johnston, Realtor, Re/Max Integrity
After ParTee Sponsor: Alpha Turf NW & Tokatee Golf Club
Heads or Tails Sponsor: Merry Maids
Super Silent Auction Sponsor: Moss Adams
Silent Auction Sponsor: Oregon Community Credit Union
Dessert Dash Sponsor: Evergreen Car Care
Tuition Raffle Sponsor: Spring Capital Group
Pick of the Live Auction Raffle Sponsor: Gass Orthodontics
Cookie Sponsor:  John Villano, DDS, PC
After ParTee Pizza: Domino's
Auction Video: Down the Beanstalk Productions
Table Wine Donor: A to Z Wineworks
Student Pictures: Brett Golonka
Our Silent Auction Committee is hard at work putting together great packages for our bidders! To help make our auction a success, we ask that every O'Hara family help by procuring or donating an item or package. 

Click  HERE to view a wish list for our  Silent Auction.  If you would like  additional ideas or have questions, please contact  Amy Londahl   , Silent Auction Chair.

O'Hara's auction is the school's largest fundraiser of the year and we are grateful for the help and generosity of our families to make it a success!

Auction Fundraisers
A great & easy way to help our auction is by attending one or more of our restaurant fundraisers! Skip cooking and help our school at the same time! Thank you to Nicole Roedl for organizing our auction fundraisers this year!

Thursday, January 25: MOD Pizza, both Eugene locations. Flyer Required.

More dates coming soon!

Funds raised from these events will go to help underwrite auction packages. We hope you will consider participating if you are able!

Praesidium will now send you a link to renew your background check when you are due for a new one. You will need to follow the instructions from Praesidium as well as make payment to O'Hara for $15.00.

Returning volunteers: 
All returning volunteers are required to complete the  Safe Haven Safety Training . Follow the links for instructions:   ENGLISH   /   SPANISH .

New volunteers:
  All parents (and grandparents) wishing to volunteer at O'Hara must complete 3 requirements before being eligible to volunteer this coming school year.

 Stacie Seaver with any questions about volunteer requirements.

Click HERE to log your hours. Contact Barb with any questions about your FIP hours.

Kitchen Volunteers Still Needed
Volunteers with flexibility on days are still needed in the kitchen. We are also looking for a sub (someone we can call on if we have a volunteer who cannot make it due to being sick, etc.).  Please let  Tracy Whalen  know if you are able to help.
Scoreboard Operator and Scorekeeper Needed
We are in need of volunteers to run the scoreboard and be the  scorekeeper at home middle school  basketball games. Time spent volunteering counts for FIP hours, and no prior experience or ties to the team are necessary. Games begin at  4:30pm and usually wrap up by  7:30pm . Contact our athletic director, Mr. Milliron, if you are interested or want to learn more.
Auction Volunteers Needed
Details are on  our website .

Family Involvement Hours: Instructions & Link to Log Hours

Volunteer Requirements: ALL volunteers have requirements each year .

Cloud9 World Character Education
Use  this link and then follow instructions below:
Click the "login" at the top left
login: oharaschool-parent
password: c9wparent

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-Isaiah 60:1