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Parish School Newsletter for 1-28-2014


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Parish School Newsletter for 1-28-2014

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Parish School Newsletter for 1-28-2014

  1. 1. OLD MISSION MONTESSORI SCHOOL NEWSLETTER Tuesday, January 28, 2014 rtin’s ne. T n was St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) The classmates of Thomas Aquinas had a nickname for him. They called him “the dumb Sicilian ox” because he was big, slow-moving and shy. They didn’t realize until later that their classmate was fantastically intelligent. Thomas’s family was related to emperors. He was born in the family castle in Italy. His parents prepared him for a life of importance. Instead, humble Thomas joined the Dominicans, an order whose friars took a vow of poverty. His family felt angry that Thomas would be begging for his living. His six older brothers, who were soldiers like their father, held him captive for more than a year while his mother and sisters tried to talk him into changing his mind. During this time, Thomas calmly read and studied. He also learned a great deal of the bible by heart. Finally his family gave in and allowed him to return to the Dominicans. Thomas kept quiet in his university classes because he did not like to show off his intellect. However, he was so brilliant that he became a professor at the University of Paris. He was also known as a great preacher. In those years, just about everyone talked about religion. They got into big arguments over small matters. Some people insisted that the truth of spiritual things is different from the truth of material things and that only spiritual truths really mattered. But Thomas said to look in a mirror. Ask yourself, where does the body stop and the soul begin? How is it possible to separate spirit and matter? In future years the ideas of Thomas Aquinas became the way that theology was taught in much of the church. Thomas’s writing fill 20 volumes. Perhaps he was able to produce so much in the midst of a busy life because of his deep prayer life. Celebrating the Eucharist often moved him to tears. He treated everyone with patience and kindness. During his whole life he was never known to lose his temper or speak sarcastically about another person. Thomas died at age 50. Because of his writings, Thomas has been honored with the title “Angelic Doctor” (“doctor” here means “teacher”). St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.     In the   res   St. Thomas Aquinas,Serra for us. giving evidence of their joy in pray Center celebrating with our Parish Community. We are very blessed to be part of this Parish Community and DATES TO REMEMBER! doubly blessed with the students and families within OMMS for their continued support of our January 26th – February 1st, Catholic determination to unite Education with Faith! Schools’ Week Wednesday, January 29th, OMMS We would also like to extend a very special thank Restaurant fundraiser, Chic-Fil-A, you to our OMMS Choir under the direction of Mrs. 4:00 – 7:00 pm Laura Gibson accompanied by Jim with his guitar, Friday, January 31st, 11:00 am “Catholic Minh-Chau and Becky on piano, Matt who assisted Schools” all school Mass Celebration, with all aspects of sound, and Nicki N. who kept all 3:00/3:15 pm dismissal choir members/families informed and organized; February 4th-6th – ACRE Testing (5th & 8th Altar Servers; students who brought up the gifts; grade only) our dedicated parents who were organized by our Wednesday, February 5th, PTG Meeting, PTG Co-Chairs, Danielle C. and Jawrad T., to ensure 6:30 p.m. (meet in the school office) that all who left mass were able to see a display of Thursday, February 6th, PTG Meeting, what takes place within our catholic Montessori 8:45 a.m., Art Room School then depart with not only information, but a February 7th, 11:00 am All School Mass, piece of fruit or a muffin! We hope all accept our 12:30/12:45 pm dismissal heartfelt gratitude for their support and February 17th, Presidents’ Day, commitment to OMMS!! NO SCHOOL PRINCIPAL NOTES……….. CATHOLIC SCHOOLS’ WEEK Thank you for celebrating the beginning of Catholic Schools’ Week with our Parish Community this past Sunday. The voices of our OMMS Choir filled the CATHOLIC SCHOOLS MANAGEMENT After an ambitious three days of gathering information our team of visitors from Catholic Schools Management have now departed, returning to their various states of residence. In the weeks ahead they will begin compiling the data and then
  2. 2. formulate a report to share with our Pastor, Father David. The team expressed their gratitude to everyone who accepted the invitation to become more involved through their active participation within the diverse, focused meetings. Information collected during these discussions will assist Catholic Schools Management in their development of recommendations to further strengthen OMMS. Once the information has been received, considered and discussed we will share their recommendations with faculty, staff and OMMS parents. On behalf of Father David, our OMMS faculty and staff we too extend our gratitude to you for your time and commitment in this process as we plan for the future. ACRE Assessment Students in our fifth and eighth grade level will once again participate in an Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (ACRE) on Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 4 – 6). This assessment is required for all Diocesan schools and has been developed by the National Catholic Educational Association as a tool to assist school and parish catechetical leaders in providing a sound comprehensive religion program. FAMILY LIFE REMINDER Soon we will begin our Family Life component of our religious education in the Senior Elementary and Middle School classrooms. Your son/daughter was given a permission slip for this aspect of to take home. If you have not done so, please sign the permission slip and return it to your child’s teacher as soon as possible. LOST AND FOUND All of the Lost and Found items have been laundered and are back in the school office. If you are missing any clothing, please stop by the office and pick up your items. Also, if your child has come home with an OMMS jacket/sweatshirt that does not belong to him or her, please return it to the school office. Thank you in advance for your assistance. Christmas in July Raffle Ticket Co-Chair Wanted! My name is Lisa Caso, and I am the chair of the Christmas in July Raffle Ticket Committee. I am looking for someone who would like to co-chair this committee with me. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to; sorting and distributing raffle tickets to OMMS families, tracking money and tickets as they are returned to OMMS, helping to sell additional tickets before and after Masses, as well as coordinating ticket sales at various OMMS and Parish events. Co-chairing this committee will fulfill your second semester required Parent Participation Hours! If you are interested, please contact me at TEAM SPORTS NEWS Catholic Schools Week and our Sunday Mass Kick off Sunday was a wonderful success! Every volunteer's contribution: whether bringing food, helping to set up/clean up, helping with the choir, and talking to people during the information sessions after each Mass…all are so very appreciated. Many teachers and parents have commented positively on the growth of our OMMS display and activities for our kick off to Catholic Schools Week, and the credit goes to everyone who could lend a hand in one way or another. We had quite a few people sign up for school tours, were approached by a small business to set up a lesson on solar and renewable power for our older children, had the Knights of Columbus discussing a "Bake Off" that they want to include our school on, and many appreciative children of all ages grab a snack after Mass. Thankfully, we were able to be a presence on the lawn after all three Sunday Masses, so THANK YOU again!! OMMS Junior Varsity Basketball game vs. Norte Dame, today at 3:30 p.m. Go Kings!! PTG NEWS PTG FEBRUARY MEETING Please mark your calendars for the February PTG Meeting. We will have two time options again this month: ~ Wednesday, February 5th @ 6:30 pm (meet in the office) OR ~ Thursday, February 6th @ 8:45 a.m. (Art Room) We will be finalizing the events and PTG positions for the 2014-2015 school year. Your input is greatly appreciated!
  3. 3. ENTERING the “FLU” Season ….many rosary, or just sit and keep the Lord Jesus company. are already experiencing 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 ill! Also please continue to remind your child to wash their hands often, this valuable habit benefits everyone. “Hand washing is one of the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 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! This Wednesday, January 29th, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, is our next restaurant fundraiser at Chick-Fil-A. Up to 20% of our purchases will be donated back to OMMS! A restaurant flyer is attached to today’s newsletter. Parish News Join us on Sunday, February 2nd at either the 10 am or 12 noon masses to celebrate the dedication of our new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. This is a wonderful place for the Eucharist to repose and be adored in quiet prayer and reflection before and after weekend masses in Serra Center. The Holy Eucharist will repose in the parish chapel during the week. After Mass, meet the artisan who created this beautiful worship space. Take a look at the mural of St. Francis and St. Clare, standing in adoration on either side of the tabernacle. Spend some time reading and praying scripture, say a Please keep the following members our school family in your prayers: ~ The Falbee Family ~ 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 ~ Sr. Joyce Hampel, CSJ, Associate Principal Academy of Our Lady of Peace ~ All of our military families