OLD MISSION MONTESSORI SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
St. Marianne Cope
Marianne Cope (1838-1918) was born in West Germany, but a year after her birth the Cope family emigrated to
the United States of America to seek work and educational opportunities. From a young age, she felt the call to
enter religious life which led to her decision to enter the Sisters of Saint Francis in New York. She had a deep
affection for the suffering and sick. Marianne was instrumental in the establishment of two of the first
hospitals in the central New York area—hospitals that were open to all people regardless of ethnicity, religion,
or race. While serving as superior general of her religious community, she accepted an invitation to care for the
sick, especially those afflicted with leprosy, in Hawaii. Marianne joined the mission to Hawaii where she helped
establish homes for leprosy patients and cared for St. Damien of Moloka’i who contracted leprosy because of
his ministry to the sick. Following the death of St Damien, Marianne continued his compassionate ministry of
care for leprosy patients. Marianne lived the Franciscan call to serve the “crucified,” the most vulnerable, in
St. Marianne Cope, pray for us.
DATES TO REMEMBER!
Wednesday, January 15th – PTG Meeting,
6:30 – 7:30 pm, location TBD, meet in front
Thursday, January 16th – PTG Meeting,
8:45 – 10:00 am, Art Room
Friday, January 17th, 11:00 am All School
Mass, 12:30/12:45 pm dismissal
Friday, January 17th, Catholic Schools
Week Choir Practice, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Monday, January 20th, Martin Luther King
Holiday, NO SCHOOL
Sunday, January 26th, 10:00 am Mass,
January 26th – February 1st, Catholic
January 27th – All School Assembly
Friday, January 31st, 11:00 am Catholic
Schools All School Mass Celebration,
3:00/3:15 pm dismissal
Please remember to continue signing in to receive
your VISITOR’S ID when assisting in the school or
2014 OMMS YEARBOOK
It is that time of year again to begin sharing
photos of school events including sports and
classroom events in an effort to place them within
our upcoming yearbook ....imagine 2014!
also begin accepting yearbook orders so that your
child will have a visible way to remember their
experience and classmates! Unfortunately we will
need to increase the cost to cover our expenses.
This year each yearbook ordered prior to April 1,
will be $45; after April 1, the fee will increase to
$50. REMEMBER to order early to ensure your
child receives a copy; REMEMBER we cannot receive
additional copies! For your convenience order forms
will be included in next week’s newsletter.
Once again, all Senior and Middle School parents
will be asked to sign permission slips for their child
to participate in this aspect of our religious
education program. Please feel free to stop by the
office to preview the Benziger Family Life textbook
that will be utilized as a supplement to the current
Sadlier We Believe religion textbook.
A VISIT FROM SR. EVA – HOLY
Last Thursday all of our students had an
opportunity to visit with Sr. Eva and listen to her
message about helping others. Sr. Eva’s boundless
energy, enthusiasm and passion promote an
awareness of what each of us can do to help no
matter our age.
Founded in 1843, the Holy Childhood Association is
an international organization whose membership is
made up of students in Catholic elementary schools
and religious education programs; it is an
organization dedicated to fostering children's
awareness of the missionary nature of the Church.
More than 100 countries participate in this effort
to bring the young of different cultures closer.
HCA is unique in that the assistance it provides to
less fortunate children comes almost entirely from
those their own age. Funds raised go toward
orphanages, slum areas, schools, hospitals refugee
camps and handicapped centers to provide food,
medicine, clean water, shelter, and education.
Box Tops for Education
check your calendars, ONLY twelve days remain
until we begin to celebrate Catholic Schools’ Week,
January 26 through February 1. Once again we will
begin our celebration with our Parish Community
at the 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, January 26,
recognizing Old Mission Montessori School as the
Parish’s Catholic School. Don’t forget to join us!!
This Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 all students who
are lending their voices to help celebrate Catholic
Schools Week are scheduled for another practice
with Laura Gibson. PLEASE REMEMBER to pack a
lunch as it is an early dismissal day! If your child
(2nd level and up) enjoys singing we still have room
for additional voices to add to the celebration.
Thanks to all of you for participating in the Box
Tops for Education Fundraiser.
received a check in the amount of $221.13! Keep
saving those BOX TOPS!!!
OMMS PTG Meeting
Wednesday, January 15th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm OR
Thursday, January 16th, 8:45 – 10:00 am
Join us at either PTG Meeting. EVERYONE IS
WELCOME and we need your fresh ideas and input!
We will be discussing Catholic Schools Week, The
Scholastic Book Fair and Spaghetti Dinner, along
with the Night at the Mission Wine Tasting Event.
ENTERING the “FLU” Season ….many are already
Please remember that attendance is a priority, but
not when your child is ill. Parents we ask that you
check your child before you send them to school.
Please look for obvious signs of illness such as:
fever, coughing, “runny nose”, vomiting, diarrhea, or
if your child complains of a sore throat, stomach
ache or you notice that your child is lethargic; these
symptoms could be an indication of the onset of a
virus or an illness. PLEASE assist us in eliminating
the “sharing” of unwanted viruses and illnesses by
being observant and listening to your child.
Remember to keep your child home when s/he is
Also please continue to remind your child to
wash their hands often, this valuable habit
“Hand washing is one of the single most important
means of preventing the spread of infection,”
according to the Centers for Disease Control and
We will also continue to remind students to COVER
their COUGH and SNEEZES with tissues or to
cough/sneeze into the crook of their elbow/sleeve.
Please assist us by reminding your own child(ren) to
continue this practice at home. Please remember to
set a good example by doing this yourself to help
children develop the habit. Thank you for helping
us to keep our school healthy!
OMMS SPORTS NEWS
Our J.V. basketball team will have their first game
this Thursday at Nativity, 3:30 p.m. Best of luck to
Farmers Insurance Open, Torrey Pines
Golf Course, January 22nd – 26th
OMMS is raising funds to benefit physical
education and outdoor recreation. For only $30, you
can purchase a ticket to attend one of the most
well-known golf tournaments on the PGA Tour.
These tickets are good for any day of the
tournament. The tickets are available now in the
Please mark your calendars for our next restaurant
night. Up to 20% of our purchases will be donated
by Chick-Fil-A on Wednesday, January 29th. A
restaurant flyer will be available as we get closer to
the event date.
Please keep the following members our school
family in your prayers:
~ The Falbee Family
~ 10 year old Zachary
~ Marilyn Clark, Brooke B’s cousin
~ Fabio Perez
~ Vanessa & Andres’ Grandfather
~ Christina Ruiz
~ Jacob Donahue (7 months old) and his family
~ Mrs. Bush and Ms. Suzanne
~ All of our military families