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Sunday, October 29, 2017

November 1 is All Saints Day and a Holy Day of Obligation!
God has called us to become saints, all of us!   All Saints Day is a day to celebrate all the holy men and women who are in heaven.  Do you ever ask a friend here on earth to pray for you?  You can also ask the saints in heaven!

Commonly referred to as All Saints Day, the official title of this Holy Day of Obligation is the Solemnity of All Saints.

For kid friendly All Saints Day crafts and recipes: 

For information on All Saints Day:

OBOB Deadline is October 31
Permission slips for Battle of the Books are due by  October 31st . All teams must have a coach. Each team may have 3-5 members.  For any questions please contact Mrs. Booth or Mrs. Gori in the library (ext. 226.)
Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences - SIGN UP DEADLINE IS NOV 1
O'Hara's Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on November 2nd & 3rd. Conferences must be scheduled online. CLICK HERE for instructions to sign up for conferences. The DEADLINE to sign up for conferences is Wednesday, November 1st at noon.

After the Bell will be on-site for both of our conference days and will be providing drop-in care while parents attend conferences. The fee is $5 per child, per drop-in, and is available for O'Hara students and siblings.

If your family has chosen to take a vacation during our scheduled conference days, there will not be alternate conference times available.  Our conference days are scheduled more than 6 months in advance, giving ample time for our families to mark their calendars. When a family chooses to take a vacation instead of attending conferences, O'Hara does not accept requests for alternate times. Accommodating alternate conference times becomes logistically difficult for our teachers, takes away from their personal and instructional planning time and negates the purpose of taking days specifically for conferences. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
Mass on Wednesday
This Wednesday, November 1, is our All Saints Day Mass.   All students (except 7th Grade*) are required to wear Uniform Mass dress.  Please read below for details.
Mass Dress Requirements 
All boys must wear a white button down, collared shirt, and a uniform tie, with khaki or navy uniform pants. Shorts are not permitted.
All girls must wear one of the following:
Uniform skirt & white button down shirt
Uniform dress
Uniform jumper with white shirt underneath
Collars are required
No pants or shorts are permitted
Please remember, students will not be permitted to change clothes after Mass. The disruption and delay to our school day caused by the large number of students changing clothes necessitates this rule. (Students that have PE on Wednesday will be permitted to change clothes; and boys are permitted to remove their ties to store them in backpacks.) Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

*7th grade students will be dressing up as Saints for this Mass. Please refer to the email sent to 7th grade parents last week and contact Mrs. Jones with any questions.   
Uniform Shorts Reminder
Students in grades PreSchool - 5th may wear shorts until October 31; beginning on Wednesday, November 1, shorts are not permitted. Students are permitted to wear shorts again when school resumes after Spring Break. Middle School students may wear shorts year round.
Please help us be good neighbors!
We have been made aware of some close calls between cars and the pedestrians & bicyclists that use 18th Avenue at the same time as our pickup and drop off hours. We understand that these are extremely congested times for traffic at our school and that families are often in a hurry to drop off or pickup.  However, we ask that you please remember that it is the legal responsibility of drivers to heed the right of way to pedestrians and bicyclists in crosswalks and bike lanes. 
Thank you, O'Hara!
On Thursday, we raised $521.51 that will be donated to the NCEA  "Student to Student: A Catholic School Response for Hurricane Relief 2017."

Launched in September, the NCEA extended the  Stud ent to Student  campaign to provide additional opportunities and time for Catholic school students, their families and their schools to help those in need. The funds raised will be distributed to Catholic Schools affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria to help the schools rebuild, re-enroll and re-open. We are grateful for the generous participation of our O'Hara Community and proud to help our students live out the Gospels by compassionately serving others!
November tuition payment will include $150 registration fee for some families
Some O'Hara parents elected the option to pay their $150 (2017-18) registration fee with their November tuition payment. If you elected this option, the $150 will come out on the same date that you have requested your tuition payment to be made: November 1, 2017 or November 15, 2017.  If you do not remember and need to know, you may contact Rebecca Plant at the business office. 
Veterans Day Assembly - SEND PICTURES BY NOV 1!
As part of our Veterans Day Assembly again this year, we would like to collect photos of O'Hara parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. that have served our country to make a slide show. We would prefer photos of veterans pictured in uniform. 

If you would like to participate, please email your photo(s) to  pictures@oharaschool.org and include the following information: Name, Branch of Service, Rank, Dates served and also the connection to O'Hara (for example, John Smith's grandfather.) Thank you!  The DEADLINE to send pictures is Wednesday, November 1.

*If you sent pictures last year, no need to send them again, we will include all the pictures from last year. If you'd like to send updated information, or a new picture, please feel free to do so.*

Postcard invitations were mailed to all of our families on Friday. Please forward the invitation to any family, friend or neighbor who might like to attend. If you would like an additional postcard to mail, please stop by the front office.
Thank you!
Thanks to Caryn Kimble and Dana Bernard for chairing O'Hara's Pumpkin Carnival and making it such a fun event for our community. We are so grateful for their hard work and dedication!

Planned Vacations & Absences
If your family will be taking an extended vacation over the upcoming long weekend or the Thanksgiving holiday, please send an email to Barb so she can mark your student(s) out. Thank you.
¿ 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. 
REMINDER:  We ask that parents communicate with students each morning if they will be having hot lunch and/or milk. Our homeroom teachers ask for a count each morning, and the kitchen relies on this information to prepare the correct quantity of food each day. Thank you!

We could still use a few volunteers with flexibility on days, and 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.
October Cold Lunch Menu  (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
November Cold Lunch Menu is available on the ordering website

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
Auction Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for O'Hara's 2018 Auction! It takes many volunteers to help with O'Hara's largest fundraiser, and we are grateful to the O'Hara community for the generosity and support!

If you missed the coffee chat on Wednesday, but are interested in learning more about our auction and how you can get involved, please fill out this survey
We currently need volunteers in the following areas:

1-2 Volunteers Needed for November 7 & 8:  Our auction committee will be taking student photos on these days, and help is needed to transport students between photos and classrooms. This is an ALL DAY committment (8:05am - 3pm). Please contact Laura Rossow if you can help.

Donation Request Phone Calls: Volunteers are needed to make follow up donation request phone calls to local business donors. If you would like to learn more or sign up to help, please contact  Amy Londahl , Silent Auction Chair (541-514-1369).

Donation Pickup Drivers: Drivers are needed to make local donation pickups. These pickups will primarily take place in January and February, on an as-needed basis. If you would like to learn more or sign up to help, please contact  Amy Londahl , Silent Auction Chair (541-514-1369).
Sponsorship Opportunities NOW AVAILABLE!
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 Amber Ferrari .

THANK YOU!  to the following sponsors:
Title Sponsor:  Murphy Company
Platinum Sponsors:  CBT Nuggets, Elevation Fitness
Wine Wall Sponsor:  Summit Bank
Photo Booth Sponsor:  Thornton Orthodontics
Happy Hour Sponsor:  Jessica Johnston
Live & Silent Auction Donations Needed!
Our Silent and Live Auction Committees are 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. Read below to see how you can help!
Live Auction 
If you can help with an idea, connection or a donation for a larger package for our Live Auction, please contact Shelley Giustina or Jaime Landon, our Live Auction Chairs. 
Silent Auction
If you can help with an idea, connection or a donation for a silent auction package, please contact Amy Londahl, our Silent Auction Chair.
One of our goals this year is to have packages completed by mid-January; this helps us tremendously with our organization and set-up schedule. We encourage you to help us by bringing your donation early this year. Read below for an exciting new incentive to help us accomplish our goal!

Any family that brings in a complete basket for our Silent Auction 
by Friday, December 16, will be entered to win! (limit: 1  entry per family)  The winner will choose between 2 prize options: 10 FIP hours -or- 1 tuition raffle ticket at our 2018 auction!

Not sure what to donate? For a list of ideas, 
Ideas Wanted!
Do you have a suggestion for a Live or Silent Auction package?  We'd love to hear your ideas! Send it to us here

Student/Parent Handbook Update
The sections in red below are being added to the Student/Parent Handbook in the "Student Leadership Council" section:
"Students must maintain at least a 3.0 G.P.A., model the mission and philosophy of our school, have 10 or fewer Behavior Log Entries for the yearand have administrative approval in order to run for or be a member of Student Council."
This change will take effect for Spring 2018.  For this year, we will count BLEs from  October 23 until the end of the year to account for the change in rules.
Reminder about student illnesses
-Students must be fever free (without medication) for a 24 hour period prior to returning to school.

-Students must wait for a 24 hour period prior to returning to school after an episode of vomiting or diarrhea.

-Students must have 24 hours of antibiotics before returning to school after highly contagious conditions such as strep throat and pink eye. 

-Please do not give your student a fever reducer in order to send them to school. Masking a fever is not the same as not having a fever. 
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.

Click HERE to log your hours.

CONTACT: Danielle Hauser with any questions.
Volunteers needed on Thursday, November 2 & Friday, November 3
1-2 Volunteers are needed to hang Veterans Day artwork in the gym this Thursday & Friday. Hours are flexible, but must fall within the hours of 10:30am-6:30pm on Thursday, or 8am - 11:30am on Friday. Project will take approximately 1-2 hours. Please contact Amber Ferrari if you can help.
Scholastic Book Fair Volunteers Needed
The fall book fair will be November 27-29.  Volunteers will be needed for set-up before the fair, selling on the fair days and for packing up once it ends. Please contact Mrs. Gori if you are able to help.
Book Fair Hours:
Monday, Nov. 27th 10-3
Tuesday, Nov. 28th 9-3:30
Wednesday, Nov. 29th 12-3
Additional Volunteer Help will be needed for: 
Set-up on Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 8:30am - 12:30pm
Pack-up, starting at 3 pm on the 29th
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 in the Auction section above, and 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