Weekly OLL News: December 4, 2019
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 community - “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 
Principal 
Upcoming Events/Important Dates  
December 5 - Pride Wear
December 12 - Comfy Cozy Day/8th grade Slime Mr. Mullen at 2:30pm in the gym
December 13 - Priority Application Deadline - All Grades (New Families Only)
December 19 - Free Dress
December 19 - Advent Program 7pm in church (Students arrive at 6:30pm)
December 20 - Noon Dismissal/Families activity day
December 21 - January 5 - Christmas break
January 6 - School resumes
From the Office

Comfy Cozy Day - Thursday, December 12
Due to the amazing success of the food drive, students earned this day to wear their "comfy cozy" clothes to school. Then, our top class that brought in the most food items (8th grade) will take the front spot in a "Slime-the-Principal" assembly at 2:30pm in the gym...all are welcome for what will be a sight to see.

PE Fitness Gram
This week your student will be bringing home their fall FitnessGram test they completed in PE class. We complete this test twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. For more information about the test please see the attached .

Xcare
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.

MS Musical
Shrek Jr: Auditions this week!! Look for the cast list to be published in the coming weeks! Break a Leg to all who are auditioning and to the Audition Team.
Advent Program

Advent Program: December 19 at 7pm
Save the date for this year's Advent Program: the evening of Thursday, December 19, 7pm in the church. Ms. Jennifer Kush and Mrs. Amy Beck are already practicing with our students for what promises to be a wonderful celebration of the joy and hope of Advent. Students should plan to wear their Sunday best and arrive at 6:30pm.
Auction
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 "
Parent Club
Chinook Books
The physical books are $25 per book and the App is $15. You may purchase them at the Thanksgiving Mass or using this  form .

Holiday/Santa Shop
The annual Holiday/Santa Shop is December 9 - 13. If you are available to help out, please sign up for a shift - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b48aaae2babfc1-santa. More information will come home on Monday.

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
SCRIP
Thank you for your support. We had 45 families order this week!

Christmas is right around the corner! Don't forget Scrip while doing your shopping! It's a great way to raise money for the school while making your purchases for your loved ones. Scrip is a great gift or can be used to buy gifts.

SCRIP Contest: We will be running a contest the first two weeks of December. Every class with 100% participation will get a free PE class, always a huge perk for the kids. The class with the highest in sales will get a free dress day.  Contest ends December 13th.

Scrip pouches will go home on Monday,'s please return on Tuesday morning and you will receive your cards on Thursday. You can also order Scrip online at  www.ShopWithScrip.com . Click here for online instructions.  On December 5th and 6th, there will be no credit card fees with online orders.
CYO News
4th - 8th Basketball Schedules are posted  here.
Parish News
Christmas Schedule
  • Dec. 9: Immaculate Conception 7PM
  • Dec. 10: Vespers 7PM Mass
  • Dec. 16: Penance Service 7PM
  • Dec. 17: Vespers 7PM Mass
  • 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

Pax Christi Movie Event
Pax Christi group is presenting Joyeux Noël  in Jubilee Hall, on Wednesday, December 11. The arrival time is 11:30am, with a brief discussion to follow the movie. People should bring a sandwich, and we will provide beverages and some light finger food. For more details on the film see this link  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyeux_No%C3%ABl .
COMMUNITY NEWS
Bishop Blanchet activities
Please see the attached flyer for information on sports clinics, high school proficiency testing and a Christmas concert.

Nativity NW Exhibit
Friday, December 6 - Sunday, December 8 at Messiah Lutheran Church - see flyer for details
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