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Sunday, December 3, 2017

This week is the first week in Advent.  
We light one purple candle.  
Oh come, Emmanuel!
Lord God,
only you can see into my heart and know
that under all the busy-ness of my life,
there is a deep longing
to make this Advent one that welcomes you
more deeply into my own life.
My heart desires the warmth of your love
and my mind searches for your Light
in the midst of the darkness.
Help me to be a peacemaker this Advent
and to give special love to those
who disagree with me.
Give me the strength and courage
to forgive those who have hurt me.
Help me to free my heart
from the prison of my anger and hurt.

for Hot lunch ordering STARTS TOMORROW
As previously announced, effective tomorrow, our hot lunch ordering process will change as follows:

All lunch orders must be placed online using our  Same day ordering will still be 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 will no longer be able to 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 will be 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.

Toys for Tots
Please bring all donations by 8:05am tomorrow morning! Representatives from the Marine Corps will attend our Monday Morning Assembly tomorrow to collect our donations.

Toys for Tots is an official activity of the United States Marine Corps. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

Over the last few years, O'Hara has been the largest private collection site in Lane County! We are grateful for your support in our efforts to help the Marine Corps and our local fire departments to collect and hand out toys to children in Lane County this Christmas season.   

Religious Jewelry Sales THIS WEEK
Looking for religious gifts for Christmas? The O'Hara 8th graders attending the Steubenville San Diego Conference this summer will be selling religious jewelry at O'Hara beginning  Dec. 4th thru the 8th . Please stop by the table in the front entry way before and after school to take a peek. This is a great fundraiser for these kids and even better gifts for your loved ones. Please contact Leslie Jones with any questions.

Marist sweatshirts for sale on TUESDAY
On Tuesday, December 5, at morning drop off, Caryn Kimble from Marist High School Spirit Store will be in O'Hara's Front Lobby taking p re-orders for Marist hoodie sweatshirts. These make great Christmas gifts and will be delivered back to O'Hara by  Thursday, December 14  for pickup.

O'Hara's Christmas Programs are WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY

PreSchool - 4th Grade Program is Wednesday, Dec. 6
5th - 8th Grade Program is Thursday, Dec. 7

Students should report to their classrooms by 5:30pm, programs begin at 6pm 

PreSchool - 4th Grade   students have specific dress/costume requirements. If you have questions about what your student should wear, please email your room parent. (room parents are listed in school directory.)

5th - 8th Grade  students should wear their Christmas best. (Girls: shoulders must be covered and hem length should be no shorter than 3" above the knee.)

All students  are required to attend the Christmas Programs. For students in grades 5-8, failure to attend will result in an automatic grade reduction. Exemptions are given only in extraordinary circumstances by the administration.

O'Hara's doors will open at 5pm. Families are welcome to arrive at 5pm to reserve seats; seats may not be reserved before 5pm.

Please remember that siblings attending either night should be seated in the gym with adult supervision. Students are not permitted to run around at the back of the gym or in the hallways.

A webcast will be provided for both nights of the programs, the  link will be posted on our website.

Rosary Prayer Group is WEDNESDAY
Everyone is invited to attend the parent prayer group gathering to pray the rosary after drop off on  Wednesday, December 6th!  

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!! 

Mark your calendars for  December 13th; the group will also meet in the chapel then. It's sure to be a great way to start your  Wednesday!

Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass is FRIDAY
This Friday, December 8, is our Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass and a Holy Day of Obligation; we hope you will join us.  All students 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 Friday 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.

What is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and why is it a Holy Day of Obligation? Watch this awesome video explanation from Fr. Mike Schmitz. 

Helping our own
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.

We were thrilled to have so many O'Hara families attend our Advent Wreath making party on Thursday. It was a wonderful evening of faith and community! 

A very heartfelt THANK YOU to Caryn Kimble & Dana Bernard for chairing our Advent Wreath Making Party for their 11th & final time this year. We are grateful to them for their many years of hard work and dedication to plan this very important annual event. Thank you to Danielle Alapont & Meghan Myers for shadowing this year in preparation to take over chairing this event. We are ever grateful for the dedication of our volunteers and blessed by their loyalty and love for our school.

Thank you to our P izza Moms and our Student Council for hosting Pizza Day on Friday! 

Advent Parish Mission at St. Mary
St. Mary Catholic Church invites everyone to join us for our Eucharistic Parish Mission with Father Louis Guardiola of the Fathers of Mercy. The Mission begins 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 (Mass).  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.

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.
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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. 
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.

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
Wine Wall Sponsor:  Summit Bank
Photo Booth Sponsor:  Thornton Orthodontics
Happy Hour Sponsor:  Jessica Johnston
Heads or Tails Sponsor: Merry Maids
Cookie Sponsor: John Villano, DDS, PC
Print Sponsor: Central Print
Silent Auction Incentive
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!
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! We haven't received our total from the restaurant yet, but will post it here when we do!  

Thursday, December 14: Chipotle (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!

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

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

-Isaiah 60:1