Principal's Message

January, 2016


Dear Parents,

We are excited to announce that Catholic Schools Week will begin on Monday, February 1st!  This year, the theme is “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service”.   There will be a variety of activities and events this week.  The following is a schedule for the Toddler 2’s through 8th grade.


Monday, February 1st

Mass:  Students in grades K-8 will celebrate the beginning of Catholic Schools Week with a Mass at the church, led by Father Tom.

Reading Buddies:  Each class will be assigned a younger/older grade, which includes our Pre-K students, and they will enjoy reading stories together. 

Tuesday, February 2nd:

We are a Community:  Students in Preschool- grade 8 will join one another for lunch and board games.  To show that we are a school community, the grades assigned to eat lunch and play games together, will also wear the same color! (This is a dress down day). Your child’s teacher will give further information. 

Author Visit: Students in Kindergarten through grade 2 will have a special visit from a local author; Namrata Agarwal.  Namrata is a mom, has two children and loves to read and write.  She will be sharing with the students her two books; Misha Learns About Money and Misha and Her Farm Adventure.

Wednesday, February 3rd:

Service Project:  Students will once again participate in the service project Table to Table.  This organization is a community-based rescue program that collects and donates prepared and perishable foods to organizations serving Hudson, Passaic, Essex and Bergen counties.


Would you consider donating what you would normally spend on lunch for one day?  Simply place your “lunch” money inside of the brown paper bag that your child will take home.  Students will decorate the bags in school and Table to Table will pick up all bags and place food donations to distribute.  Our student council will collect all donations and distribute bags.


Crazy Sock Day: Students are encouraged to wear their craziest and silliest socks (along with their regular school uniform). 

We are WILD about Thursday, February 4th:           

It’s a Jungle In Here!  Students in grades K-3 are in for a treat!  Very special visitors from the animal kingdom at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey will be visiting.  The animal caretakers and trainers will give a presentation to our students about the animals’ habitats and environment. 


Crazy Animal shirt and sock Day:  Students can wear their craziest animal socks, along with their favorite animal shirt.  This is a dress down day ($1).  All proceeds collected will be donated to the Jersey City Animal Shelter. 

Friday, February 5th:

This is a half session day with NO AFTERCARE

School Meeting: We will have a school wide meeting with our students from Pre-K4 through eighth grades, with a special performance by the OLC Rock Band! This is an event for students only.

Wear your favorite sports team shirt:  Whether it is football, basketball, or baseball, students can wear their favorite team shirt!  This is a dress down day.

As you can see, there are many wonderful activities and events planned as an extension to what is being done in the classrooms.  We are looking forward to celebrating our school.

To conclude, we are looking forward to Catholic Schools Week at OLC and LHA.  Our school truly reflects Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service. 


 In the Spirit of Catholic Schools Week,


Anna Mae Stefanelli, Principal

Nelly Morales, Vice Principal



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