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Sunday, March 11, 2018

FEATURED SAINT
St. Patrick
Feast Day:  March 17
 

March 17 is, of course, St Patrick's Feast Day, but did you know that St. Patrick wasn't Irish?  He was kidnapped at a young age and brought to Ireland where he was enslaved until he escaped around the age of twenty. Years later he returned to Ireland for his ministry. 



CALENDAR
UPDATES
2018-19 Registration - Due TOMORROW at 3pm
 
-2018-19 Registration includes both online registration requirements and paper registration forms. To avoid a $50 late fee, families must complete BOTH portions by Monday at 3pm. USE THIS CHECKLIST TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE COMPLETED ALL ITEMS.

-Scholarship application requirements apply for families who are unable to pay the full monthly tuition. Please click HERE for instructions. Assistance will not be allocated to families who do not complete the scholarship requirements. 

-If you know your family will not be returning next year, please  email Mrs. Conway as soon as possible.

-If you know of new families interested in O'Hara for next year, please let them know the first step is to fill out an application form and return it to us; the application form is on O'Hara's homepage.  

-Instrucciones en Español: visite nuestra página de registro y use el botón Google Translate en la parte superior. Haga clic para obtener una Lista de comprobación de 2018-19 para las familias que regresan.

Mass is Wednesday
We invite you to join us for Lenten Mass, at 8:30am on March 14.
Uniform Mass Dress is required for all students.

There will be a Parent Prayer Group in the Chapel from 8:05am-8:25am. Everyone is welcome.

Welcome New Students! Please update your directories with the following information:

Alex Peterman  is a new student in Ms. Hurley's 5th grade class
Molly & Eric Peterman
1699 Oak St.
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 729-4806
peterman70@comcast.net

Gabriel Rodriguez  is a new student in Ms. Halter's 2nd grade class
Sebastian Rodriguez  is a new student in Mrs. Mussio's Kindergarten class
Kelly & Justin Rodriguez
941 W. 8th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97402 
(916) 316-8893 
kandjr@gmail.com
 
2018-19 School Calendar Dates
Work on the 2018-19 School Calendar is underway. Right now, we have the following dates to share with our families:

Start Date
Tuesday, Sept. 4  (Passport Day)

Fall Conference Days
1/2 Day on Wed. Oct. 31
Full Day on Thurs., Nov. 1
Full Day on Fri., Nov. 2

Christmas Programs
Wed., December 5, Pre-S through 4th grade
Thurs., December 6, grades 5-8

Christmas Break 
Fri., Dec. 21  - Fri.,  Jan. 4

Auction
Sat., February 9

Spring Break
March 25-29

Spring Conference Day
1/2 Day on Fri., April 12

8th Grade Graduation Mass & Brunch
Mon., June 10

8th Grade Graduation
Tues., June 11

Last Day of School
Fri., June 14

Congratulations, Fiddler on the Roof, JR cast & crew!

Congratulations to our cast & crew on their fantastic performances last week! Thank  you to Mrs. Leonard, Miss Davis & Mr. Dunn for all their hard work in producing Fiddler. Thank you to all of our volunteers for their generous donation of time to help make the event possible. Our school is so proud of all the students & staff involved! 





Thank you to our sponsors!

          

The Pellegrini Family
Teresa & Karl Saxman

SCHOOL SAFETY UPDATE

At O'Hara, the safety of our students and staff remains our highest and most important priority. As we continue our work as a school to improve and enhance school safety, we want to update you on our progress and inform you of changes that we will be making later this school year. Please read below for information on recent changes, and visit our School Safety webpage (password: riseup ) for reminders about past upgrades and safety procedural changes.

There are a few upcoming changes that we are implementing that will be highly visible to our students. These changes, as well as continuing conversations about school safety, will be discussed with students in classrooms at an age-appropriate level as we continue to increase safety drills and make additions to our procedures. We ask that you please have thoughtful conversations with your children about school safety at home . Knowing just what to say to a child on this topic can be tricky, but we recommend emphasizing that in an emergency situation, children should stop, calmly look for a teacher or adult, and listen to their instructions.  

●  At our Monday Morning Assembly on March 12, we will explain our new safety whistles that have been distributed to all staff. These whistles have a special high pitch and students will be asked to "stop, look, and listen" when they hear one.

●  In the coming weeks, we will be sharing the book " I'm Not Scared, I'm Prepared! " written by Julia Cook, in each classroom. This book has been recommended by the Eugene Police Department and reviewed by the O'Hara administration. It introduces the ALICE training in a child friendly way. It also talks about the "STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN" signal (which is our safety whistle).  

We will be practicing "emergency" drills with both evacuation and lockdown procedures later this Spring. We will notify parents of these drills as they happen. In case of an actual emergency, parents would be notified through the texting system and/or by phone with specific details and directions.

Education and empowerment are the keys to preparation and relieving fear. The skills we will cover in our drills are concepts that work everywhere, not just at school, and they are considered life-long safety skills. Please check in with your students to see what safety steps they learn.

Thanks for your attention to this important matter.  If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Conway .


REMINDERS

Click HERE to view the 2018 Vicariate Lenten Penance Services
Spring Break
Spring Break is Monday, March 26 - Monday, April 2. If your family will be taking an extended vacation and your student(s) will miss school, please send an email to  bwhitford@oharaschool.org.

March 17, 5pm-until it ends!

Marist Catholic High School's Project Starfish is hosting this St. Patrick's Day Party with local music group Irish Echo. All proceeds will be donated to the CCS G Street OASIS Program, a collaborative project to provide daytime relief to homeless families with children. Call John Stacy for tickets or sponsorship opportunities by March 13: 541.342.8073.
Project Starfish Continues
Thank you to everyone who has donated items to support Project Starfish! We are proud to support Catholic Community Services with this year's donation drive. Need a reminder about what items are being collected?  Click here.
Lunch Program: SALAD BAR trial run for ONE MORE WEEK
The Salad Bar trial period extends until Friday, March 16. Pricing is the same as the current Hot Lunch prices of $3.95 for Preschool through 3rd grade and $4.95 for 4th through 8th grade, early ordering discounts apply. It will include a trip through the salad bar and a whole wheat roll. Milk is an additional 50 cents. The salad bar will be stocked with traditional salad bar fixings, and a daily protein item of chicken, ham, beans, or hard boiled eggs.

We are excited to try the Salad Bar! Depending on demand, it may continue after spring break. Please contact Tracy Whalen with any questions; the best way to reach her is via email: twhalen@oharaschool.org

Auction Buy In Packages: Space Available
There are still spots available for O'Hara's 2018 Auction Buy-In Packages listed below. Sign your student up at the front office.

Movie Night @ O'Hara - watch Beauty & The Beast with Mrs. Leonard & Miss Davis!
Friday, March 16; 5-8pm
O'Hara 4th - 7th graders only, $25 per spot

Dodgeball
Friday, April 6; 6-8pm 
O'Hara 7th & 8th graders only, $30 per spot

NW Ninja Park
Wednesday, April 11; 6:30-8:30pm
O'Hara students ages 7 & older, $40 per spot 
 
Spring Coaches Meeting
On  Thursday, March 15, at 5pm , there will be a short  meeting  for anyone interested in  coaching  a team that will use the O'Hara gym or fields this Spring. The  meeting  will be held in the library.  Coaches  who came to the  meeting  for Fall or Winter sports do not need to attend. Please RSVP to  Mr. Milliron  if you plan on coming. The gym/field calendar will be updated after the  meeting .

ALL ARE WELCOME - Guest Speaker @ Marist
Mater Dei Radio is hosting EWTN's Dr. Ray Gaurendi at Marist High School on Tuesday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are FREE, but attendees must visit  www.MaterDeiRadio.com  to reserve space. Click HERE for more information.

HOT LUNCH
LINKS:

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

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT O'HARA
Field Day Volunteers Needed
Mrs. Meyer is looking for parents to volunteer with Field Day. Twenty-five volunteers are needed to make this fun day happen. Field Day falls on the last day of school,  June 19th; this is a half day of school. The volunteer time commitment is from  9:00am - 11:30am

Please fill out this form  if you can help.

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.
IMPORTANT LINKS

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