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Sunday, December 10, 2017

This week is the second week in Advent.  
We light two purple candles.   
Oh come, Emmanuel!
Dear Lord,
Through the darkness, I look for your wisdom.
I want my heart to be open to you.
But sometimes in these days, it seems that
so many things come between us.
Help me to be awake and aware
of the radiance you bring to my life.
Help me to be grateful each day
for the blessings of family and friends.
Let me be a peacemaker
in my own life, and in the world.
Let me pray especially for this difficult world
and those who are so in need of an end to violence.
My heart begs for this as my Advent prayer today.
  Prayer from  Creighton Ministries
Advent Parish Mission at St. Mary - TONIGHT
St. Mary Catholic Church invites everyone to join them for their Eucharistic Parish Mission with Father Louis Guardiola of the Fathers of Mercy. The Mission begins tonight, Sunday, December 10th at 7 pm. Father will give four more talks on Monday (12-11) at 1 pm and 7 pm; Tuesday (12-12) at 1 pm and 5:30 pm; Wednesday (12-13) at 1 pm and 7 pm and Thursday (12-14) at 1 pm and 7 pm.  Father will hear Confessions after the 1 pm sessions and before and after the evening sessions. Please come and bring a friend! Click here for more information.

Please join us for a prayer service to celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe on TUESDAY, December 12, at 8:15am in the O'Hara gym.
Each year, on December 12, we celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe.  The Virgin Mary appeared to a  peasant man named Juan Diego near Mexico City. In order to show others proof, he miraculously collected roses that could not otherwise grow near the apparition site. When he opened his cloak (tilma) to show others the flowers, the image of Our Lady appeared on Juan Diego's tilma.

Did You Know???
*The feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is so important in Mexico that it is a Holy Day of Obligation and a national holiday.
*Our Lady of Guadalupe uniquely shows Mary pregnant with Jesus.
*Our Lady of Guadalupe is patroness of all of the Americas.
*Those devoted to Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrate beginning very early in the morning with Mass and continue with celebrations throughout the day.

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Every year, O'Hara collects gift cards that are distributed to help our own O'Hara families in need. If you are able to contribute gas gift cards, grocery store gift cards or gift cards for clothing or toys, please drop them at the front office for Mrs. Conway by Wednesday, December 13th.


Thank you for helping us spread the word by liking and sharing our  Facebook Event , and inviting friends and family.   

Silent Auction Incentive DEADLINE IS FRIDAY
Bring a donation by this Friday, help our Silent Auction and be entered to win!!
Archbishop O'Hara Annual Fund
Please watch your mailbox for our annual appeal letter if you haven't already received it. This very important fund, established in 2015, earmarks financial resources specifically for technology, tuition support, and building safety. 

As we see the end of year coming close and you begin your year-end tax planning, we invite you to consider a gift to the Annual Fund. We hope to have 100% family participation, no matter the gift size, allowing us to continue to fulfill our mission. 

Donations may be made online, or, to further  discuss giving opportunities, please contact Michelle Meador, Director of Advancement (541) 485.5291 x 305. 

Advent Penance Services 
The season of Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Christ and the best way to prepare is to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation to confess our sins and to receive the graces to live holier lives. With this in mind, our local parishes have compiled a calendar listing that includes all Advent Penance Services in our area. All Penance Services are open to anyone (there is no requirement that you attend the service at your own parish). See below for the schedule:

* Monday, December 11, 7:00 pm....Our Lady of Perpetual Help  (Bi-lingual) 
* Wednesday, December 13, 6:30 pm....St. Helen (Bi-lingual) 
* Tuesday, December 19, 7:00 pm....St. Mary (Bi-lingual) 
* Wednesday, December 20, 6:30 pm....St. Alice (Bi-lingual)

Sibling Applications for 2018-19 School Year
O'Hara families that are interested and/or planning to enroll a sibling for the 2018-19 school year must turn in a completed Sibling Application by Monday, January 8. We ask that please turn in an application even if you are not 100% sure that you will enroll so that we have an accurate assessment of space available for new families next year. Please contact Mrs. Conway with any questions or concerns.

Scheduled vacations & absences
If your family will be leaving early for, or returning late from, Christmas break, please send  Barb an email to let her know so she can mark your students out. Thank you.

Inclement Weather Decision and Notification Process Reminder
If it becomes necessary to cancel or delay the start of school due to inclement weather, O'Hara families will be notified in the morning via an automated phone call and text message. The information will also be posted on our Facebook page.

O'Hara typically follows Eugene School District 4J's decisions regarding weather delays and closures. However, we also take into consideration the larger geographic area that our O'Hara families live in and are mindful of what those travel conditions might include. The safety of our families and staff is our primary concern. A decision regarding school delay or closure will normally be announced by 6:30am in the morning.

Please note, in the event of questionable weather, we expect and encourage each family to make their own decision for safe travel based on location and circumstances. If your students will not be to school on time, please  email Barb to let her know.

O'Hara's Christmas Programs
Thank you to Mrs. Leonard and our O'Hara students for all their hard work in preparing for two very wonderful Christmas programs! We would also like to thank Mr. Chris Fudge and Mr. Greg Long for running our webcast, Mr. George Helbling for managing our lights & sound, and Fr. Ron, Fr. Bryce, Fr. Theo & Fr. Mark for making time to attend our programs!

The webcasts from the programs will stay live on our website for another month. Please visit our homepage to view.

If you have pictures to share from the Christmas Programs, please send them to: pictures@oharaschool.org

Scholastic Book Fair - Thank You from Mrs. Booth & Mrs. Gori!
Thank you to the volunteers for their kindness and flexibility. To the children for their enthusiasm. To our parents for their continued support and generosity. We have new books! We took 61 books from the fair and have an additional $982.00 to spend!

O'Hara Volunteer Badges
We are running low on volunteer badges here at school. If you find you have an extra one or two floating around in your car or at home, please return it to us the next time you come to school. Thank you!

Marist Preview Day is January 6 at 1pm
Discover the Marist difference - a faith-based, thriving and diverse school where students are known, challenged and given the tools to be successful. Please join us for Preview Day, where your family will meet Marist staff, take a campus tour, hear from a panel of students learn about scholarship opportunities more!

Doors open at noon for registration, or you may also   register online .

¿ 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. 
January Menus will be added to website & app when available

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


O'Hara's 2018 Auction will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018
Ticket & Table sales will open on December 13.

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 .

THANK YOU!  to the following sponsors:
Title Sponsor:  Murphy Company
Platinum Sponsors:  CBT Nuggets, Elevation Fitness
Gold Sponsor: Slocum Center
Silver Sponsor: Comfort Flow Heating
Wine Wall Sponsor:  Summit Bank
Photo Booth Sponsor:  Thornton Orthodontics
Happy Hour Sponsor:  Jessica Johnston
After ParTee Sponsor: Alpha Turf NW & Tokatee Golf Club
Heads or Tails Sponsor: Merry Maids
Cookie Sponsor: John Villano, DDS, PC
Print Sponsor: Central Print
Not sure what to donate? For a list of ideas, please click here .
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!

Thank you  to everyone that ate at Papa's Pizza on November 16th! O'Hara received $445.50 that will be  used to underwrite auction packages!

Thank you   to everyone who at at Pastini on Nov 27 & 28! O'Hara received $509.43 that will be  used to underwrite auction packages!

Thursday, December 14: Chipotle on Oakway (flyer not required, just mention O'Hara when ordering)

Wednesday & Thursday, January 10 & 11: ALL Westraunt Concepts Restaurants (Bill & Tim's, Mucho Gusto, Dickie Jo's & Dickie Yo's). Flyer Required.

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

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!

New process  
for Hot lunch ordering began on December 4

All lunch orders must be placed online using our  Same day ordering is still available, however all orders must be placed using the  online ordering system  and the deadline to place a same-day order will be 9am. Due to the restrictions of our software program, payments online can be made via credit card, debit card or a PayPal account; we can no longer accept cash or check. The O'Hara front office can no longer accept hot lunch orders via phone or email. This change streamlines our process, eliminates miscommunication and decreases wasted food and cost.

We never want to see a child go hungry for lunch. Due to this change, we are unable to offer a hot lunch to a student if the order hasn't been placed by the deadline of 9am. However, if a family has missed the order deadline and their child needs a lunch for the day, the kitchen staff will prepare a sunflower butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread for them and charge the meal at the current lunch rate of $3.95 for PreS-3rd / $4.95 for 4th-8th. The meal will include sides of fruit and/or veggies.

The  ordering link can be found on the O'Hara website, and has also been conveniently placed on the O'Hara app. If assistance is needed in navigating either of the ordering avenues, please reach out to Tracy Whalen, our kitchen manager, at  twhalen@oharaschool.org.

St. Mary volunteers needed
If you are receiving tuition subsidy from St. Mary Catholic Church and are looking for a way to fulfill your subsidy requirement, please consider volunteering for Sunday hospitality:

Sunday coffee & donut hospitality is in need of volunteers: there are a couple shifts that need to be filled.  It is typically a 1 hour commitment; once a month helping after each service.  It is a fun and easy way to complete subsidy hours while building community and getting to know others who share your faith.  If you can help, please contact Carolina Jackson at gz.carolina@gmail.com or (541) 704-8301.
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