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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: Catholic, families, 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: Catholic, families, election

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


  • 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

It's an Exciting Time for 8th Graders

Posted by Admin

1/28/16 11:36 AM

The guidance office has been very busy, as the fall and winter is a time for our 8th grade students and their families to learn about and make decisions about where they will go to high school after they leave Our Lady's Academy. During the fall months, staff from many private and parochial schools come to visit our 8th grade classrooms and talk to our students about their schools. In some cases, the high schools bring Our Lady's Academy alumni who now attend these schools. It is a thrill for teachers and staff to see our former students coming back to talk about their new high school experiences. The schools that came to visit Our Lady's Academy this year have included:

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Topics: Middle School, Our Lady's Academy, families, 8th grade

Catholic Halloween?

Posted by Admin

10/31/15 2:58 PM

Guest Post

In a word...yes! While there might be some aspects of our modern-day Halloween celebrations that don't seem very Catholic, Halloween is actually rooted in Catholic tradition. A different picture emerges when we place our current "culture of death" within its original understanding of Christ's victory over death and the devil, and we take a quick look at the traditions of various Catholic cultures. Suddenly our macabre holiday can be understood in a new light. 

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Topics: Our Lady's Academy, families, Catholic

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