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Principal's Spring Newsletter 2018


Dear Parents,


The Lenten season is a time to reflect. In doing so, it is clear that OLC becomes a better-version-of-itself each month. The following demonstrates how that has occurred thus far:


Special Events


  •       The 8th graders’ acceptance letters arrived during January and February. Once again, our graduates will be attending their schools of choice with many of them receiving sizable scholarships.
  •       This winter, Mr. Keating and his math committee held two Family Math Nights, both of which were sold out. For those students and families who attended, it was learning and fun from beginning to the end.
  •       With the help of Mrs. Ryan, makerspace for the teachers and students is alive and thriving at OLC. Space in the Dining Hall has been repurposed for this use.
  •       An era came to an end with the retirement of Father Tom Ciba. The students sent him off in celebration at the Catholic Schools pep rally.
  •       In a similar grand fashion, the students of OLC welcomed Father Bryan Page at the Farewell to the Alleluia. He joined us the following day, leading our Ash Wednesday service. See the video on our website.
  •       During Black History Month and beyond, the 6th graders taught the K-8 students each day at prayers about amazing African Americans who made invaluable contributions to America and the world.
  •       Multiple snow events did not derail the administration of the Iowa Assessments, the standardized test that replaced the TerraNova. However, the snow days did eliminate the give-back snow day on May 29th, so we open on that Tuesday.  
  •       Our middle school students demonstrated how they tackled UN Global Sustainability Goals at the STEM Fair in February. The highest scoring team at each grade level will bring its project to the Archdiocesan STEM Expo to be held in April.  
  •       After working with instructors from Nimbus, students in grades 2-4 taught their parents science concepts through dance.
  •       Two of our 5th graders took second and third place in the Marist Spelling Bee.
  •       On Monday, March 19th, eggs hatched in Mrs. Sullivan’s second grade. Mrs. Sullivan and her students became the proud parents of five chicks.
  •       Most recently, the author of The Not So Boring Letters of Private Nobody, Matthew Landis, worked with the students in grades 5-8 sharing his knowledge and passion for the integration of writing and social studies.


Doing for Others


  •       The blankets the students began making during Catholic Schools Week for Project Linus are an on-going project.
  •       The students jumped for heart health at the Jump-A-Thon, raising over $11,000 for the American Heart Association. Your generosity is amazing. If you have not seen the event, check out the video on our website.
  •       In addition, we had clothing and food drives for local organizations.
  •       Our socially conscious middle school students in grades 6-8 participated in an Archdiocesan sponsored Nationwide Walkout on March 14th to demonstrate concern for gun violence. They solemnly remembered the victims of gun violence by praying at the Stations of the Cross.
  •       Our dress down days demonstrate the generosity of the OLC community. Most recently, we collected exactly $1000 to donate to The Goodwill Rescue Mission to purchase Easter meals. God bless you!


Making Improvements


  •       Efforts continued to improve our physical space. Repairs were done to the brick walls at the top of the school building to eliminate leaks in various places in the building. As a result, repairs were also made to the roof. These repairs will set the stage for plans to renovate Upper Victory Hall.
  •       Our new website was launched. It was very well received. Check it out, if you haven’t yet done so.
  •       Our flagpole was blown done during the nor’easter on Friday, March 2nd.   A new one is in the works.


Looking Ahead


  •       Save the date, April 10th at 7:00 pm to meet Father Bryan. Come hear his vision for The OLC School and experience his contagious enthusiasm!
  •       OLC’s Summer Camp will be back this summer better than ever.   Information will be in the backpacks of the Tiny Tikes to kindergarteners after break.
  •       The purchase of Chromebooks is in the works. Stay tuned for information about our new one-to-one device program for middle school students.


As the Lenten season is about to come to an end, we welcome Easter season, a time of renewal and rebirth. I wish you a blessed Easter and a springtime filled with hope and happiness.


In the Spirit of OLC,


Anna Mae Stefanelli