Dear OLL Families,
“Candle, candle, burning bright
…” This refrain brings back warm memories of this season of Advent for many of our students and OLL alums. This week we began gathering as a school each morning for the time-honored tradition of morning Advent prayer services, which include that beloved tune. It’s a way we live out our OLL value of
“We gather, pray, and learn together”
and keep our focus on what is important as we wait in joyful hope and prepare together for Christmas.
Along with Mrs. Clayton, each day a new class takes the lead to light the candle and share the Scripture readings. Our student readers have been excellent. Our weekly Advent theme this week is HOPE. Next up are PEACE and LOVE. All are welcome each morning through Dec. 20 - please join us!
It’s almost time for report cards. Our teachers are finalizing their comments and grades this week. We hope to send the report cards home on Friday, but that is TBD - there is a small technical glitch our vendor (PowerSchool) is looking into. So as soon as we know for sure, we’ll communicate that so you and your children will know when to expect those.
There is lots of excitement around school with musical auditions underway, CYO sports in full swing, the start of a new trimester, and Christmas around the corner. One major event that hopefully is already on your calendar is our
Advent Program on Dec. 19th at 7pm (students arrive at 6:30pm)
. This time we hope there will be light (and power, heat, etc.). Last year was a memorable experience with no power, but ended up being a moment of grace - who knows what blessings this year will bring?
Finally - an important heads-up that we’re continuing to conduct our ongoing emergency preparedness drills - tomorrow on Dec. 5 we will have a “Modified Lockdown” drill at 9am. Classes continue but the entrances are locked with no one entering/leaving. So you will receive an emergency text saying that drill is underway. (We will always alert you if the school goes into a “Modified Lockdown” or a full “Lockdown.”)
This Advent, we hope each of your families experience a sense of joyous anticipation and hope for the coming of Jesus.
Let us walk in the light of the Lord! (Isaiah 2)
Daniel P. Mullen