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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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A Message from Ms. B:

Fall is getting closer and that means crazy weather! The last two days we have experienced chilly weather, which means… pants. We do allow our young men to wear shorts throughout the year (due to a very convincing essay written by a former student). On students’ “gym days”, students are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather (not just their shorts). If your student would like to wear sweatpants during the school day on their gym day, they must be the Lourdes sweatpants that can be purchased through our spiritwear coordinator, Lindsey Jones. (More info will be coming!) Otherwise, sweatpants can be worn outside only (removing them once they enter the building). Tights and leggings (navy blue, black, or white) can be worn under uniform skirts or shorts.

A gentle reminder that we do not allow “hoodies” to be worn in the building. If a student has one on, they will be asked to remove it. Students can wear the quarter-zip Lourdes pullovers or solid navy blue, black, or white sweaters.

Next week, we will be sending home interims with students with grades below a ‘C’ average. There is plenty of time for a student to improve and that is the purpose in sending home a formal interim. We like to see and help all of our students succeed. Please reach out to your students’ teachers if you have questions or concerns. 

We hope you have a restful and enjoyable weekend, Ms. B

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A Message from Ms. B:
It’s nice to see all the learning happening in the hallways and classrooms. The teacher voices coming from classrooms and hardworking student groups are music to my ears. And the fist bumps and high fives are a warm salute as I walk down the halls. It’s good to be back in the halls of OLL. Thank you for the emails, prayers, and cards; they were a welcomed panacea! This Tiger cannot be kept down for too long, much to my husband’s chagrin. Just a few thoughts for the week: If you are concerned about your students’ academic or behavioral progress, please reach out to their teachers. Interims come out October 1 but we would like to correct things as soon as we can. We always prefer to be proactive not reactive. A gentle reminder to all regarding the masks: if your student wears a mask, they will not have to quarantine unless they are showing symptoms should someone around them be a probable or positive case. We want all of our students here, everyday (unless they are ill!). Regardless if you signed the exemption or not:

• Masks must be worn by all students in the hallways
• Masks must be worn in some areas of the building where safe distance cannot be achieved or guaranteed (such as the library)
• Parents and volunteers must mask in the building If you are planning to volunteer or attend a student field trip as a chaperone, you must complete SafeParish training. If you were up to date on your Virtus bulletins this summer, your account should have transitioned to Safe Parish. Please make sure to update your account and complete the new bulletins. We have attached the directions to assist you. For additional assistance, please reach out to Ed Bayliss at ebayliss@lourdes.org or 513.922.0715, ext. 3324. We hope you have a restful and enjoyable weekend! Ms. B

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Our Lady of Lourdes has a few reminders for the week of September 13th:

Masking Policy Highlights
• Masks must be worn by students in the hallways
• Masks must be worn in some areas of the building where safe distance cannot be achieved or guaranteed
• Parents and volunteers must mask in the building

We are committed to keeping your student safe while in our care and to providing rigorous academics in a Christ-centered community. We appreciate your willingness to work with us as we educate your student. Have a restful weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather!

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A Message From the Office

Thank you for your patience as we have developed our policies and procedure for when the mask exemption policy goes into effect.  Our goal throughout all of this is to give your student the best in-person education we can and to make sure our students and staff remain safe and healthy.

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