Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday Newsletter 11-16-18

Mon Girls’ Basketball Practice 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Tues Progress Reports available
        Preschoolers in Hibernation (spending morning with Prayer Pals)
        2/3/4th to Movie, Pizza Hut & Unique Creations
        Girls JV BBall @ High Point – 6:30 pm
Wed NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break
Thur NO SCHOOL – Happy Thanksgiving!
 Fri NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break

MIDQUARTER/PROGRESS REPORTS: Today is Midquarter. On Tuesday, 11/20, you will receive your child’s midterm progress report or the sign-off sheet from the classroom teacher (because there will not be a folder coming from the office due to the short week). Students in Grades K-2 receive a mid-term report and students’ reports in Grades 3-8 are to be viewed online at, with our school code – 8085 – and your individual username and password. Please sign & return the progress reports/forms the following Monday. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the classroom teacher.

SCHOOL PICTURES: Class composites will be delivered at a later date.

CHRISTMAS CLASSROOM GIFTS: By popular response, the traditional classroom gift-giving will continue. Gifts should be new and of $5 value. Boys buy for boys and girls buy for girls. Please mark the package “girl” or “boy”. A couple parents mentioned that 5 Below in JC is a great place to find these gifts. We appreciate the input we received in the surveys last week.

THE STUDENT COUNCIL will be sponsoring a hat/glove/canned food drive in December. More details will be available after Thanksgiving.


CLASS BASKETS: In your holiday shopping for good deals you may keep in mind the classroom themes for the Italian Feast fundraiser baskets. Each classroom sponsors a basket, in which is placed items donated by the parents of the classroom. You may send in an item for the basket or $5 & let the teacher do the shopping. Each family is responsible for 1 item for the classrooms they have children in, and also responsible for one other item to place directly on the auction, either through solicitation or donation. (For example, Parent A has three children in school. He/she will purchase a gift for 1st grade basket, 3rd grade basket & 7th grade basket, and also asks their friendly business owner for a donation or the Parent A can donate an item directly.) Classroom themes are:
PK – Backyard Fun Basket
K/1 – Game Night Basket (games & snacks)
2 – Gift Card Basket
3/4 – Mizzou Basket      
5/6 – A Day at the Spa Basket
7/8 – Camping Basket

BOYS BASKETBALL: Please send back packets sent home two weeks ago. Packets are to be filled out completely by you and your player. This packet, along with a current physical & the $20 per family sports fee, must be on file in the school office in order for the athlete to participate in practices.

SANTA STORE: We will have a Santa Store on Tuesday, December 18th, and are asking for donations. Donated items may be new or gently used - items for moms, dad, siblings, grandparents, etc. We usually run short on men and boy items. Please send any donation anytime. WE ALSO NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR THE SANTA STORE – FROM APPROXIMATELY 9:30 – 10:00 TO 3:00 PM. Please call Rosie if you would be able to help out – it is so much FUN! So far, we have one volunteer, Marie Massman. We usually have about 8 volunteers.
SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: Thursday, December 6th at 6:30 pm. The make-up date will be Sunday, December 9th at 10:30 am. Please have your children to school by 6:00 pm so that they have time to get ready.

COOKIES FOR THE PLAY: As is our custom, we are asking each school family to send in two-dozen homemade cookies, to serve after the play. Please send in on Wednesday or Thursday, Dec. 5th or 6th. Home & School & School Board officers are in charge of refreshment prep. & serving.

BLESS THE BABY JESUS! OLOSS students will be able to bring the Baby Jesus from your home Nativity set to Mass on Wednesday, December 19th for blessing. Father Alex will do this blessing sometime during the Mass that morning. Students who placed an order will receive their baby Jesus that morning before Mass (we had to substitute the style). We would like all school children to have a Baby Jesus to bless. 

MARY’S HOME CHRISTMAS PARADE! The parade will be on December 22nd. We would like the school to have a float in the parade, so if you are willing to head this up, and know of a trailer we can use, please let Mr. Vandike know, so that we can start getting prepared. We have one parent, Joan Doerhoff, who has offered to help.

COLD WEATHER!!! BRRR!!! Please make sure your child wears sufficient warm outerwear to school – coats, gloves, hats, etc. Students are on the playground when the weather is above 32 degrees, but sometimes with the wind it is VERY COLD. The school hoodies are great, but they may not be warm enough for some of the colder days.

UPCOMING MEETINGS: There will be a Reading Counts Trip planning meeting on Monday, December 3rd, at 6:00 pm. There will also be a Catholic Schools Week planning meeting following that at 6:45 pm. Please come and share your good ideas!

GUN RAFFLE: 2019 OLOS Gun Raffle tickets are available for purchase at the school office or Mary’s Home Bank. If you need tickets to sell, you may also contact Josh Vandike, Greg Koetting, or Jay Harms. CONGRATULATIONS to the NOVEMBER WINNERS – Louise Greigore, who won the Henry Golden Boy .22 & Gerald Schulte, who won the Glock 43 9 mm.

OLOSS “BEE” KIND CLUB: Students who were recognized for acts of kindness and generosity on 11/9 were: PK – Charlotte Groose – asking a friend if he was OK when he fell, K – Anna Berry – making a nice picture and then giving it as a gift, 1st – Elaina Backues – picking up flashcards for another student,  2nd – Tanner Lage – picking up trash in the lunch room, 3rd – Shane Beck – being nice to others, 4th – Rylee Vandike – helping Carla in the kitchen, 5th – Karley Lage – getting work together for a sick student without being asked, 6th – Zachary Vandike – trading the chips he wanted with someone else to make them happy,  Grayson Koetting – taking care of a younger student in church, 7th – Bella Groose – praying the rosary diligently, 8th – Grace Groose – sharing her thoughts in religion class. All acts of kindness “bees” are displayed in the school cafeteria. (Note – the first student listed in each grade is kindness noted by the classroom teacher. If any additional are listed, they have been noted by other members of the staff.) Great job, students!

UPDATE ON CHRISTMAS CAROLING AT CAPITOL: The 5-8 Graders will be attending the “Happy Birthday Jesus” event at the Capitol on December 12th. These students will also be going to “Unique Creations” that morning to create a Christmas ornament. More details coming from the classrooms.

GERBES:  OLOS is enrolled in the Gerbes “Community Rewards” program. This program offers money back to our school, based on enrolled customer’s spending. It is a really easy process. You just tie your Gerbes shopper’s card to our school account. If you don’t have a Gerbes shopper’s card, it takes less than a minute to get one at the store and also online. All the information needed to complete this process is online. @ Our school code is 48253. It takes just a couple minutes so get all your family and friends to register as well! The school will receive quarterly payments in cash form. We will update you as we receive those funds. This has the potential to be a huge moneymaker for the school – the key is to get many, many people involved. Please pass the word to family and friends and thanks for supporting OLOS School!!! 

VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS: Please return your uniform as soon as possible. Place them in a bag with your name on them. They will be kept in the office until it is time to take team pictures.


Mon., Dec. 3 – Reading Counts Mtg – 6:00 pm
Mon., Dec. 3 – Catholic Schools Week Mtg – 6:45 pm
Wed., Dec. 5 – Dress Rehearsal – 9:00 am
Thurs., Dec. 6 – School Christmas Program – 6:30 pm
Wed., Dec. 12 – Nativity/Caroling @ Capitol – grades tbd
Sat., Dec. 22 – Mary’s Home Christmas Parade – 4:30 pm
Tues., Jan. 8 – Home & School Meeting – 6:30 pm
Sat., Jan. 12 – Shiloh 21 & over Dance – 7:30 – 11:30 pm


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