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A Message from Ms. B:

One of the simplest things we try to teach every day is the maxim: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Be kind and others will be kind in return. Kindness is shown in many ways, individually or collectively.

The beginning of our second week of break, I assisted Coach Dude in his basketball duties with the 5th grade boys’ team. Not known for my athletic skills, I fell on my face while dribbling a ball (it was not pretty to watch!). A lot of students would laugh when the principal falls doing a simple task but our young men did not laugh and even tried to assist me in getting back up. They quickly exited when the saw the injury and when we had to cancel practice early so Coach Dude could take me to get stitches, no one grumbled or complained. They all wished me well. At that point, kindness was what I needed since not only was my face bruised, my ego was too.

I would love for all of our students to be kind and experience kindness from each other. It can be difficult growing up and realizing the differences we all have. Instead of celebrating the differences, often times, the very things that make us unique become the focal point of jeers and exclusion.

So what can we do, as a community, to teach kindness? Show kindness. I challenge each of you to small acts of kindness standing in line at the grocery store, asking your children to put away their clothes, or even leaving our parking lot at dismissal. Make it a family challenge and priority to show kindness to each other, to adults, to everyone (even those we might not always enjoy the company of or agree with). Encourage your students to share their kindness stories at dinner or in school with their teacher. The more we share the goodness, the less we surround ourselves with negativity. We are the models of kindness for our children.

I truly believe that we are some of the luckiest people on the westside, attending our school and church…not because of the longstanding traditions or excellent education but because of the people.

Keep warm, stay healthy, and Bee Kind, 

Ms. B

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A Message from Ms. B:

With all of the potential negative events and emotions that could bombard us, it’s good to remember the real reason for the holiday season.

Charlie Brown: Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?

Linus Van Pelt: Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'" That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Our Lady of Lourdes

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes Church

We invite your family to celebrate the birth of Jesus by joining us for Mass on Christmas Eve at 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. or on Christmas Day at 10 a.m. Carol singing and the blessing of the Nativity Scene in the Gathering Space will precede the 3 p.m. Mass.

Safe Parish 4th Quarter Training Video Now Due

The 4th quarter Child Protection training video is now available on the Safe Parish web site. Users should have been notified by e-mail of the new video and they have 30 days from the date of posting to complete the training. To remain approved to volunteer with children, please complete the training video by January 8.

Ms. B

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A Message from Ms. B:

’Tis the season for warm places and Yuletide spirit. It is also the season for little critters such as bedbugs, lice, and pink eye germs. Please make sure to alert the school if you should encounter these items. We want to make sure everyone has a critter free holiday. Wash your paws, Tigers!

This might also be the time that some students might receive a new phone from Santa Claus. Please help us remain vigilant regrading social media. Snapchat can be especially problematic for our students if not used properly. Instagram, Facebook, and texts are great ways to remain connected to our friends and peers but “drama” or vulgar content can easily find its way into the school day events, thus potentially causing a distraction. Every student and family have signed the Responsible use of Technology form in order to use tech in the building. If cyberbullying is reported, the school will need to be involved and depending on the content, could involve the police. Keep talking to your students and check their phones. It’s easy, free, and appreciated!

Next week we have the Night of Carols with our “Littles” (K-4) and three (3) guests per student are invited. It should be the cutest performance ever! (Masks are required in the building.) We hope to see you there. Friday, our last day before break, all students are invited to wear seasonal and holiday attire (please choose appropriate attire, no hoodies). Mrs. King believes everyone should wear their best “ugly” or seasonal sweater. See if you can impress her questionable taste in holiday garb!

Ms. B

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A Message from Ms. B:

IMPORTANT NEWS Regarding Pickup in Church Lot: Because of construction, the Muddy Creek entrance will closed for the week of December 6-10, 2021. The morning drop-off can no longer exit through Muddy Creek. We will need to either turn left off Rosebud to Muddy Creek or right off Rosebud to Lumardo. (Busses will still be driving up Rosebud to drop off students, please do not go around them.)

There is a chance that we will have back-ups; therefore, you should consider dropping your student off earlier than normal. Our cafeteria doors will open at 7:20 am and students can come inside to their HRs. If your student arrives after 7:45 am it is still considered tardy. Please plan ahead.

For pickup in the Church Lot, we will be using the following procedure: Drivers will turn onto Lumardo (carefully since the busses will be there and we have walkers who cross the street). Drive straight through towards the Parish Office Center (POC) and take a left, proceeding down the hill onto the church lot, assembling as normal.

When we release everyone, we will be going out the same way we came in (up the hill and back out onto Lumardo to Glenway). We will use Rosebud once the cafeteria lot is emptied. Please be mindful of the traffic pattern and share this with your family and friends who drive as well. We will have staff placed in order to help with traffic but please be mindful of the students and staff who are walking throughout the campus.

We know you are all very busy but we need to be the courteous towards each other as we all navigate this.

Ms. B

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A Message from Ms. B:

A gentle reminder about school hours and tardiness. When a touring parent asks when we start school, I am clear to say that the doors open at 7:25am and many students arrive by 7:30am. I explain that some teachers start class at 7:30 because their students arrive and start immediately on their morning work (especially the “Littles”). We expect every student to be in their homeroom by 7:45am or they are considered tardy. We start the day by 7:50am with morning prayer together (led by our 8th graders). We understand that things “pop up” but it can be difficult for some students to “switch gears” in that short amount of time. Coats and lunchboxes put away, books are together, and the class changes. Things move quickly during the day and tardy students could find themselves trying to catch up all day. It can make instruction a challenge and could add to behavioral problems. Chronic tardiness can effect a student’s grades and/ or scholarship. Please try to avoid this and remember that if the cones are up in the parking lot at 7:45am, your student is already tardy.

There is a lot of information in this edition of Paw Prints: financial aid information, information from the Athletic Department, the Art Department, and opportunities to help around the parish and campus. As a Catholic and caring community, we have many resources that allow us to help each other and others within our community as well as in our city. Please take a moment to read through the various articles this week. Knowing that our students work hard, care deeply, and unite for common causes is a comfy feeling, like a warm blanket. I certainly hope that everyone has a restful Thanksgiving, taking time to be thankful for continued blessings.

Gobble Gobble,
Ms. B

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A Message from Ms. B:

Covid has caused a number of changes in our school. Some changes are made for the safety, health, and well-being of students, staff, and family. Last year we needed to cancel our traditional Grandparent's Day due to a lack of ability to social distance. In years past, the church has been filled and we have had a robust attendance. While we know this is a popular event that we want to celebrate with everyone, we feel we cannot safely accommodate the many special people who want to spend time with their student. Our “Littles” have not all had the opportunity to experience this special day. We are carefully and safely planning a smaller version of Grandparents’ and Special Guest Day. The PTO and staff feel that Kindergartenthird grade students should have this great opportunity. PTO and the Primary are planning a few things that will allow the students to showcase their work, entertain their grandparent or special friend, and tour their classroom. We hope that you can understand our desire to share with our littlest Tigers, this wonderful event and know that we hope to celebrate Grandparents’ and Special Guest Day with every grade in the future. More information will be forthcoming for your families regarding this event. Since we are planning fall events, for the great Paw Print Challenge, your student can wear an orange, yellow, or red top or socks on Monday with uniform bottoms (no hoodies, please). Have a great weekend!

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A Message from Ms. B:

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and a perfect way to demonstrate our knowledge of the Works of Mercy is to bring in items for OLL’s St. Vincent de Paul. We will be stocking our own campus pantry and helping to feed the hungry.
A shout out to Mrs. Dinkelacker for helping the students with Reading and Math on Friday. We appreciate it and we appreciate the laughter!
Finally, we have two weeks until the end of the trimester…study hard, turn in your assignments, and prepare for the final countdown. We are working to prepare your students for high school and we need our students to be held accountable. Please strongly encourage your students to work hard!

Ms. B

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A Message from Ms. B:

What a whirlwind of a week! Parent-Teacher Conferences were a success even if it made for longer days. It was a great opportunity to discuss the progress our students are making as well as some of the areas on which we should work.

Our 4th grade is still hard at work advertising, announcing, and collecting baby food and wipes for Pregnancy Center West and they have been telling me it is quite the undertaking but it has proven successful. I am eagerly awaiting the results to be announced!

Thursday morning was fun…our very own Mr. Lones was awarded the Warm 98 (cumulus radio station) Teacher of the Week! Amanda from the DJ duo ‘Amanda and Jim’ came to announce this amazing award and present Mr. Lones with flowers and Dewey’s pizza. Mrs. Reid was there to film Facebook Live, Mrs. King took pictures, and Mrs. Routt was our diversion (so we could pull off the surprise). Friday morning at 6:40 am, clips of the interview will be aired. Make sure to tune in and hear what our favorite Gym Teacher had to say (yes, Mr. Lones was my Gym Teacher too!).

Saturday night is Chili cook-off and Trunk or Treat after Mass. Come and eat some spicy cookin’ and cool off with a mouth full of candy! We can’t wait to see you there.

We want to continue to invite you to Mass on Sunday (or Saturday before the cookout) and celebrate with the community our faith. Have a great weekend.

Ms. B

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A Message from Ms. B:

I want to take a moment and thank you for your contributions. Whether it is time or money, we are eternally thankful. When you donate to the parish, the money helps to fund the many projects OLL sponsors. The money also helps the school with upkeep of the facilities (yeah, for air conditioning) and teacher and staff salaries (which is expensive!). This allows the administration to continue to recruit the best faculty and staff.

If you have time to donate, we appreciate that too! Recess duty, cutting out and laminating things for the primary grades, and even grading spelling tests provides the staff an opportunity to take a small break or work with another teacher on lesson plans. We welcome help in the cafeteria, on the playground, around the school, and even field trips. In this Paw Prints, you should find some valuable information about SafeParish. Thank you so much for your time and donations. I know the faculty and staff appreciate everything you do to help our students prosper. We want to continue to invite you to Mass on Sunday and celebrate with the community our faith.

Ms. B

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A Message from Ms. B:

One of my second graders asked the other day: “How come when Scout comes to school everyone is so happy? Why is Scout so good at making us smile?” I answered, “Because Scout has only known love and kindness from everybody she’s encountered her entire life. And we hope she stays that way.” “Is that why you bring her here, Ms. B? Because we’re good and she loves us?” Of course, all of our students are “good”. I like to think that our students are the best. The best they can be each day. It can be challenging to follow the rules, interact with friends and peers, participate in instruction, and smile (like you mean it!) all in one day, every day, five days a week. Our students aren’t “perfect” but the inner fortitude they have to get back up and try again, makes them the best. Their wellmeaning intentions to do the right thing (even if it turns out a bit ‘wrong’) makes them the best. And their willingness to learn makes them the best. It would be great to keep our students surrounded only by love and kindness, like Scout. But the reality is as our students get older, they are bombarded by social media posts on Instagram, Snapchat, and influences from other outlets. Some might think the task too daunting. We can only keep loving our kiddos and demonstrating kindness, every day. “Tucker, I bring Scout because she makes you as happy as she makes me. And I think you make her happy, too.” Have a great weekend, Tigers!

Ms. B

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Join Us for Sunday Mass

In June the bishops of Ohio lifted the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation that they granted in March of 2020 due to the pandemic. So we invite your families to resume the practice of regularly participating in the celebration of the Eucharist in-person with the parish community. Hearing the Word of God and receiving the Body of Christ in Holy Communion can strengthen you and your children to cope with the stresses of these difficult times. We welcome you to pray & worship God with us on Saturday evening or Sunday morning.

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