Weekly OLL News: December 18, 2019
Dear OLL Families, 

Our students’ voices are primed and ready to go for our Advent Program. They are excited to let their light shine, and rightly so. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night and sharing this annual Advent experience that is such a cherished tradition at OLL - with power and lights this time! 

One note before we leave. During this extra time away for break, we wanted to urge you to connect with your children and even each other around that fast-changing topic of technology. It is a powerful force and can be used appropriately and inappropriately. We’re fortunate to have a nurturing and safe learning environment here at OLL, and that is due to the wonderful children at our school, their parents, and our teachers/staff. We’ve been hearing questions and concerns from parents and teachers on this topic, and so we wanted to send you some resources that may be helpful in ensuring positive and safe technology use not only at school, but also at home.  

Setting Up a Family Media Use Plan (American Academy of Pediatrics) 
Parenting Resources Flyer (Dr. Tammy Fisher - Open House guest speaker)

How many of us have created a Family Media Use Plan? Talked with other parents about their family’s expectations around the use of cell phones when friends are over? Asked our children if they have seen anything inappropriate online? Are we as vigilant about monitoring our children’s technology use as we could be? For example, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents should “Keep the computer in a public part of your home, so you can check on what your kids are doing online and how much time they are spending there.”  

One final question - Are our children aware of what we expect of them in their use of technology? Again, the AAP suggests the following: “Discuss with your children that every place they go on the Internet may be "remembered," and comments they make will stay there indefinitely. Impress upon them that they are leaving behind a ‘digital footprint.’ They should not take actions online that they would not want to be on the record for a very long time.”

The advent (lower-case “a”) of technology in all forms brings opportunities to connect, but also potential challenges. As we approach Christmas break and have more time with family, we’d like to ask that you continue to be vigilant about monitoring your child’s technology use. Thank you for your part in this. 

Have a blessed Christmas and joyous time away!

Daniel P. Mullen
Special Mass Intention this Friday at 8:30am
As you may have heard, one of our former students, Shane Mullins, was in a serious car accident last weekend and is in critical condition. If you would like to join the OLL community in praying for him and his family, please join us Friday morning.
Upcoming Events/Important Dates  
December 19 - Free Dress
December 19 - Advent Program: 7pm in church (Students arrive at 6:30pm) 5th grade band plays at 6:30pm in Jubilee Hall
December 20 - Noon Dismissal/School Families activity day
December 21 - January 5 - Christmas break
January 6 - School resumes
January 16 - Free Dress
January 20 - No School MLK Day
January 26 - Catholic Schools week Mass 9:30am followed by all school open house
February 8 - Father/Daughter dance 6:30pm OLL Event Ctr
February 20 - State of the School at 7pm in Jubilee Hall
Advent Program - Thursday, December 19
We look forward to seeing many of you at our program on Thursday evening. Here are a few details:
  • Students in grades K - 8 should arrive in their Sunday best. Please drop them off on the 89th street side anytime after 6:25pm, so they can go to their designated spot in the MPR or gym.
  • Church doors will open at 6:20pm. There is no food or beverages  
  • allowed in church, if you need to finish up, please go to Jubilee Hall.
  • 5th grade band will be performing in Jubilee Hall beginning at 6:30pm.

The program "Over My Head" begins at 7pm. 
From the Office

Blanchet Speech Tournament
Congratulations to the Speech team on their 3rd place victory at the BBHS tournament last weekend. OLL was very well represented.

Please see the intent form for December. Please note we will be closed Tuesday, December 24th, Wednesday, December 25th, Thursday, December 26th and Wednesday, January 1st. Please return the completed forms to the office or xcare.

Save the Date - State of the School - February 20, 2020 at 7pm

Tuition Assistance Deadline for 2020/21 School Year: January 8, 2020
If you are interested in applying for tuition assistance for next year (from Fulcrum or OLL), the first step is completing the Fulcrum Foundation "Tuition Assistance Program" (TAP) application.

The deadline for Fulcrum TAP applications for 2020-21 is January 8, 2020 . From Fulcrum: "This means that the application AND all supporting documentation, such as tax forms and W-2’s, must be submitted by end of day January 8th to be considered for Fulcrum funding. No exceptions will be made for late applications."  Click here to apply by January 8 .
Parent Club

Father/ Daughter Dance - February 8 at 6:30pm
Please mark your calendars for this fun event. RSVP here . Please sign up here to help with planning.

Steam Museum
The Steam Museum is coming to OLL on Friday, January 17. Take a look at what this fun event is here. We need volunteers to help with the rotation of stations, please sign up here.

Dinner for Dollars
January 28 - Panda Express 12513 Lake City Way NE - ALL DAY
February 25 - Mod Pizza Lake Forest - ALL DAY
March 26 - Veggie Grill University Village - ALL DAY
April 21 - Ram University Village - 5pm- close
May 19 - Mio Posto - 5pm-close
June 9 - Mod Pizza Lake Forest Park - ALL DAY
Are you thinking procurement? Each family has an obligation to procure $250 towards the Auction. You can write a check and drop it in the front office. You can also check out our Amazon Wish List for items for the Auction! You can purchase an item directly from the website and have them sent to the school and fulfill your procurement.    https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/72G9KJRTCZ67?ref_=wl_share "
You can still purchase online - escrip for your holiday purchases or gifts. Go to www.ShopWithScrip.com . Click here for online instructions. 
CYO News
4th - 8th Basketball Schedules are posted  here.
Parish News
Christmas Schedule
  • Dec. 24: Family Mass 5PM
  • Dec. 24: Vigil Mass 10PM
  • Dec. 25: 9:30AM Mass
  • Dec. 29: Feast of the Holy Family 9:30AM Mass
  • Jan. 1: Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God 9:30AM Mass
Our Mission:
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School is a welcoming and inclusive community committed to a tradition of excellence by nurturing hearts, inspiring minds, and igniting spirits.