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Sunday, January 21, 2018


"Great occasions for serving God come seldom, but little ones surround us daily."

"Be who you are and be that well."

"You learn to love by loving."

"Have patience with all things, but first with yourself."

 -St. Francis de Sales

St Francis de Sales set the groundwork for Vatican II, even though he lived in the 1500s!  He taught that every one of us called to holiness, not just a select few. He is the patron of journalists and writers. St. Francis de Sales is celebrated on January 24. 


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!

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.

Flu Season Reminder
Please read below for important information and reminders from O'Hara parent, SAC member, and pediatrician, Dr. Katie Crenwelge:

Influenza season is in full swing, we are seeing outbreaks from both Influenza A and B circulating in the community. 
Most common symptoms include:
-cough, sore throat, congestion
-body aches
Incubation period ranges from 1-4 days from exposure to the virus. It is transmitted by cough, close contact, or touching surfaces that have the influenza virus on them. Persons with underlying medical issues are at greatest risk of severe illness and complications.
Influenza symptoms and transmission can be mitigated by EARLY diagnosis and treatment. During this outbreak, it is best to see your doctor as soon as you can after symptoms begin. You and your doctor can decide the best plan of care for your family.
Please keep your child home until they have been fever free for 24 hours or more (without fever reducing medication).  This will decrease the likelihood of transmission.
It is not too late to get the flu shot. The current flu shot protects against multiple strains of the virus and can decrease the risk of outbreak in our community. Please see the Lane County Public Health website for more information.

O'Hara's Front Lot Exit Gate
A reminder that the exit gate in the f ront lot is automatic. Cars wising to exit the parking lot must drive slowly up within a few feet of the gate in order for the sensors to detect the car and open. Please be patient and know that it will open. Please maintain proper traffic flow in the parking lot; enter through the east gate entrance and exit through the west gate exit. Please share this information with anyone that might be driving your students to and from school and practices, and also and with non-O'Hara teammates or anyone else that might be using our parking lot after hours. Thank you.

AUCTION FUNDRAISER @ MOD Pizza on Thursday, January 25

Funds raised from these events will go to help underwrite auction packages. We hope you will consider participating if you are able!  Thank you for helping us spread the word by liking and sharing our  Facebook Event , and inviting friends and family.  

Marist Youth Baseball
All future Spartans are welcome to join Marist Youth Baseball. Sunday practices will be as follows:  4th-6th grade from  1:30-3:30 ;  7th-8th grade  3:00-5:00. Please contact  Rob Kimble (541.942.8402) for more information.

Catholic Community Services Volunteers Needed! 
Are you looking for a way to make a difference in your community? Catholic Community Services of Lane County, a Catholic Charities USA agency, is looking for some helpful adults who can assist with in-kind donation drives. Duties include transporting collection bins, and picking up in-kind donations from collection sites and delivering them to the Springfield Service Center. If you're interested, contact Outreach Coordinator Henry Houston at  541-345-3628, ext. 316 or via email at  hhouston@ccslc.org

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.

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 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.

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!

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/donors:
Title Sponsor:  Murphy Company
Platinum Sponsors:  CBT Nuggets, Elevation Fitness
Gold Sponsor: The Brazelton Family, 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
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)

Auction Volunteers Needed
Details are on  our website .
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.
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.


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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"Rise up in splendor! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you."

-Isaiah 60:1