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Notes from Our Lady's Academy

Kindergarteners Live Their Faith

Posted by Admin

11/1/17 1:37 PM

Greetings from Ms. Kovacevich's Kindergarten class!

While students at Our Lady's Academy were preparing to begin a new school year, many schools in the south were dealing with tragedy as a result of hurricanes. Floods from Hurricane Harvey's rains (read about this record breaker) completely devastated some areas in Texas. Many teachers and students in this area lost everything, including school supplies and teaching resources. Ms. K's Kindergarten class decided to put the school's mission into action and adopted a kindergarten class in the Houston area.

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Topics: Catholic, K, Kindergarten, service, faith

Principal's Update

Posted by Chandra Minor

11/1/17 1:17 PM

So much has happened behind the scenes this year at Our Lady's Academy! After a work-filled summer, our new playground is being enjoyed by the children. The extra padding under the turf will hopefully prevent some injuries, and the layout gives the students more room to enjoy themselves.

We have great addition to our academic program this year. We are providing a Greek and Latin Roots class that is being taught in grades 6-8. Our language is based on Greek and Latin roots, and knowledge of these roots will help the students with understanding their reading; knowing these roots will increase and improve their vocabulary. Additionally, knowing these roots will prove to be an asset when taking standardized tests, including the required assessments needed for private high school acceptances.

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Topics: Our Lady's Academy, Catholic, reading, curriculum

March for Life and 13 Things you may not know about Roe v. Wade

Posted by Admin

2/26/17 4:15 PM

The March

January 27, 2017 marked the 44th annual March for Life. This year, technology allowed the march to be streamed on Facebook, and this message of life and love received almost 2 million views and more than 33,000 shares. The March for Life began over 40 years ago to commemorate the January 22, 1973 Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.

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Topics: families, Catholic, March for Life

A Statement of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts on the Legalization of Marijuana

Posted by Admin

10/7/16 10:54 AM

The following is the statement of the Roman Catholic Bishops in its entirety. This is regarding Question 4 on the upcoming MA November ballot. Catholics are urged to prayerfully vote their consciences in the upcoming election.

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Topics: families, Catholic, election

Bus Routes for 2016-2017 Updated

Posted by Admin

9/5/16 1:03 PM

The updated bus routes have been posted. As with most years, there are a handful of small changes to the routes. Be sure to check start times and stops to ensure you're not surprised!
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Topics: Our Lady's Academy

3rd Grade Wraps Up the Year with Academics and Fun

Posted by Admin

6/16/16 4:08 PM

Greetings from 3A and 3B! We have been busily working on finishing up our end-of-year academics and activities. Boy, how time flies! The Fractured Fairy Tales that students just finished required them to choose their favorite classic fairy tale and fracture or change it up a bit to make it their own. A few titles we have this year from the students are Cinderninja, The Three Little Staplers and the Big Red Scissor, and GoldiSOX.

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Topics: 3rd Grade, study, reading, writing

The PTO: Enriching Education and Fostering Community Spirit

Posted by PTO

5/31/16 5:07 PM

Greetings from the PTO!

As we wrap up another successful year, the PTO would like to thank everyone who coordinated, assisted with and attended the many events throughout the past several months. You are, of course, too numerous to name individually, but without you it wouldn’t have been possible.

“What exactly is the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)?” you may ask. It is an organization, intended to include ALL Our Lady’s Academy parents and guardians, in support of the teachers’ efforts at educating our children. While our teachers and other OLA staff members are charged with meeting and exceeding their students’ educational needs, we, the PTO, work to further enhance that education through enrichment efforts that also help to foster community spirit – such as Catholic Schools Week assemblies, end of year field trips, and receptions for Kindergarten graduation and Grandparents’/Special Persons’ Day. Yes, it includes ALL OLA families. And without the help of all families, the PTO will not be able to continue providing these wonderful resources to our students and families.

Here is a sampling of the events and programs put on and supported by the PTO this academic year:

  • Back-to-school Coffee – we welcomed new and returning families on the first day of school

  • Room Parent Coordination – we lined up room parents for each class, and supported them

    throughout the year

  • Monthly Newsletter – keeping everyone “on the same page” for upcoming events on the

    calendar and recaps of the ones that have taken place

  • Halloween Party – a social event for all students and their families

  • Middle School Dances – two per year, social event for middle school students from the school

    and surrounding parishes

  • Breakfast with Santa – out largest fundraiser – contributed over $11,000 to our PTO budget in

    2015

  • Catholic Schools Week (Family Bingo, Crazy Hat Day, Real Life Board Game Assembly, Ice Cream

    Social, Movie Day, Door Decorating Contest) – a week filled with fun events celebrating the

    special nature of our school

  • Passive Fundraising – more commonly recognized as “Boxtops for Education” and other similar

    means of raising money for playground equipment and the like

  • Receptions for Grandparents’ and Special Persons’ Day, First Communion and Kindergarten

    Graduation – we provided the coordination and funding for these special events

  • Teacher Appreciation Luncheon – an annual event that serves as a small token of our gratitude

    for the teachers and staff that do so much for our children (have you noticed the great picnic

    tables we were able to purchase for them this year?)

  • Restaurant Fundraising – in recent months, we’ve lined up area restaurants (or entertainment

    venues) that are willing to donate a portion of their proceeds on a given day in exchange for us

    providing a flyer and advertising to the school and parish community

  • Field Day Cookout – we provided the food and labor to feed over 400 hungry people on this fun-

    filled day

  • Eighth Grade Dinner – we fund this annual tradition for our graduates to reflect on their time at

    Our Lady’s with their parents and teachers

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Topics: Our Lady's Academy, families, fundraiser, pto

Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic in K

Posted by Admin

3/10/16 10:41 AM

 

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Topics: elementary school, reading, writing, K, math

Busy Days in PreK-3!

Posted by Admin

2/25/16 4:56 PM

We are hard at work learning the fundamentals of communication and interaction. January has been a busy and productive month. Our theme this past month was Our Neighborhood. We focused on learning what kinds of places we visit in our neighborhood, who are our neighborhood helpers, maps and navigation, and how to be good neighbors. We connected our theme across different subject areas.

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Topics: PreK, science, STEM, social studies

At the Core: Learning our Faith

Posted by Admin

2/16/16 5:11 PM

Peace from the primary grades' religion classes! Each day we begin and end our lesson with prayer. The children learned about the Rosary as a prayer tool that helps us stay close to our Mother Mary and her Son Jesus. During Advent we focused on the Joyful Mysteries, and during Ordinary Time we reviewed the Luminous Mysteries. 

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Topics: PreK, 3rd Grade, 2nd Grade, Catholic, elementary, 1st grade




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