Friday Newsletter 12-16-16
CHRISTMAS GIFTS: This year, students will be exchanging gifts within the classroom. Girls should buy for girls and boys buy for boys – with the value of the gift being $5. PLEASE SEND IN YOUR CHILD’S GIFT BY TUESDAY, SO WE KNOW THAT EACH STUDENT HAS ONE TO SHARE. They will exchange their gifts at the Christmas party this Wed., Dec. 21st, with parties scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm. We will also have a special visitor that morning around 9:00 am! Room parents – we count on you to make our parties a success – providing for games & refreshments. There is a room parent list at the end of these notes for your convenience.
PRINCIPAL’S GOOD CHEER! Mr. Vandike is just full of Christmas cheer this year, so as a Christmas gift to the students & staff, he is giving two bonus dress down days – on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday is a dress down in red & green day. THANK YOU MR. VANDIKE!
FATHER PAT & PIZZA: What do they have in common, you ask?? As a Christmas gift to the students and staff, Father Pat is ordering in pizza, chips, and a sweet treat for lunch on Tuesday. All students, including students who normally bring a sack lunch, are invited to eat pizza with Father that day. THANK YOU SO MUCH, FATHER PAT – WE ARE ALL LOOKING FORWARD TO TUESDAY!!!
PK/K/1st/2nd PARENTS: If you are planning on attending the 4:00 pm Christmas Eve Mass, and would like your child to be part of the Nativity during the reading, please send a note to the office. Father Pat would like to have some little ones act out the Nativity, much as they did at the school program.
SANTA STORE: The students had a great time shopping at the Santa Store on Tuesday. Many thanks to all who sent in donations or helped in any way. We especially want to thank our “Santa’s elves” who helped with shopping and wrapping all those gifts – Theresa Berendzen, Debbie Schulte, Debbie Klindt, Danen Horseman, Tracey Backes, Elijah Whittle, Alvina Sestak, Cindy McKenna, and Jonie Lage. Also thanks to Chistina Eickhoff, who was coordinator of this event.
AFTER CHRISTMAS SALES: When you’re out, picking up the bargains after Christmas, watch for cheap gift bags. We had so many donated this year, but once again ran out. Any and all sizes needed. Also, be watching for Santa Store items, especially dad and older brother gifts. If you buy, and don’t want to store until next year, go ahead and send bags/items in, we will be glad to store it until next year! Thanks so much!
THE MARY’S HOME CHRISTMAS PARADE is THIS Saturday, December 17th, after the 5:00 pm Mass. The parade begins at 6:30 pm, and the floats will be lining up at the KC ball field around 6:00 pm. If you go to 5:00 pm Mass, your child can still ride the float, but you may consider carpooling kids together because it may be harder to get in with so many vehicles congregating. So far, we have approximately 25 children riding, with several offers to chaperone. IF YOUR CHILD WANT TO THROW CANDY, PLEASE SEND SOME ALONG. Parents – please use your discretion regarding the cold and bad weather and putting your child on the float. If the weather becomes too bad on Saturday afternoon, OLOS School will withdraw from the parade, and you will be contacted through Option C Thank you for your support!!
THE ELDON PARADE went very well with much fun and fellowship. Our Lady of the Snows float won FIRST PLACE! Thanks to all who participated and a special thanks to Jay Harms for all his hard work and hospitality!
ITALIAN FEAST NEWS: We are right at the door of Christmas, and before you know it, we will all be coming together for the Italian Feast fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4th. In today’s folder, you should find two flyers for posting, a letter to parents, and an envelope with tickets to sell for this event. If you need additional tickets or copies, please notify the office. Each student is asked to bring in an item for their classroom basket valued at $5 or more no later than Jan. 20th. Class basket themes are as follows:
PK – Family Fun Night
K – “Frozen” – the movie (anything to do with movie)
1/2 – Missouri Lottery
3/4 – Camping
5/6 – Baking
7/8 – Beach Bums
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY! The H & S is looking for someone to train with Nancy this year, to be the manager in the kitchen for the Italian Feast next year. Two people could do this as co-managers. The ordering of groceries for the Feast would not necessarily be part of this position. Please pray over this opportunity to share your talents and management skills and contact Mr. Vandike with your offer to help.
CHRISTMAS EVE CHILDREN’S MASS CHOIR PRACTICE: The second practice will be Thursday, December 22nd from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the choir loft of church. If you missed the first practice, no worries, just come on Thursday and join in!
PARISH PENANCE SERVICE: Reminder to all – Penance Service, Wednesday evening, 12/21, at 7:00 pm. All second graders plan on coming to the Penance Service to watch.
OLOS SCHOOL IS SPONSORING A SHILOH DANCE ON JANUARY 21, 2017. Tickets will be sold at the door. Make plans now to help out and/or attend. Work sign-up sheets were sent home last week. If you would be able to help out, and didn’t return yours, contact the office or Ashely Groose.
BALL SCORES: The JV Girls took a loss against St. Peter last night, with a final score of 14 - 21 – a good game! The JV Boys won their game against St. George, Linn, with a final score of 50-35. Way to go boys!
FOOD DRIVE: Congratulations to the 5th/6th & 7th/8th grade classes, on winning the dress down day, for most cans collected by average. We collected a total of 345 items for local food banks! Good job students (and parents!) Mr. V will assign a day in January when these four classes may dress down.
This will be the last Friday folder/notes for 2016. We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. May the love and peace of the Christmas season find a place in your home & hearts! God’s blessings to you all!
After the three days next week, we will see you all back on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
Please return your folder on MONDAY.