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Caroline Seta 0 5 Article rating: No rating

A Message from Ms. B:

One of the hardest things about education is the amount of money it takes to run a great school. Schools are non-profit and our products are little humans. It’s hard to generate money that doesn’t necessarily produce an item or a commodity. This is especially challenging for a Catholic school that only receives a fraction of public money. Why am I telling you this? Because the easiest way for our school to generate some money and have a good time doing it is through Lourdes-a-palooza.  

This adult only, fun event was devised to make money for the school during the boring winter months. For a few hours, parents and friends work the festival party atmosphere and generate money that directly goes to the school! This one evening will help pay for the quality and consistent staff that teach your students. It helps to pay for the heat and air conditioning and updates to our facilities. This is the easiest way to give back to the place that provides a Christ-centered and rigorous education in a safe and healthy environment. Your students deserve the best and it costs only a little bit of time. Please consider signing up to work or donating a gift to auction.  

Have a fabulous week! We enjoyed celebrating Catholic Schools Week with your kiddos. 

Peace,
Ms. B 
 

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Caroline Seta 0 20 Article rating: No rating

Catholic Schools Week By:  Harper Muccillo, The Tiger Leaders, and NJHS Members

Some of you may know Catholic Schools Week as a five-day period filled with arbitrary activities. However, that is not the case. Catholic Schools Week is a week of thanks and gratitude to our ancestors in faith.  

The year is 1783 in Philadelphia. In an attempt to preserve and teach the Catholic faith, the first Catholic school was opened. This inspired the appearance of more than two thousand Catholic schools around the country by the 1920s. We would like to thank these brave men and women for establishing safe spaces to teach children about the Catholic faith.

Today, Catholic Schools Week takes place the last days of January into the first days of February. This week we not only celebrate with fun and wacky days and activities that go on; we also celebrate and honor all the people that have helped to make Catholic education what it is today.  

We would like to thank our teachers for all the time and work they put into our school. We would also like to thank our students because without them, we wouldn’t be able to have a school filled with learning. We want to thank the families and parishioners that are involved in our school, as well as all the people that have helped make Our Lady of Lourdes a great Catholic school.

A Message from Ms. B:

It’s so difficult to navigate the world right now. We are bombarded with so many outside forces that sometimes it can be overwhelming. Our job, in partnership with the parents, is to help our students navigate this world appropriately and with courage.  

During Catholic Schools Week, we are reminded why Catholic schools are unique and special places. It is our faith. We all pray together once a week as a community. We pray every morning. And we pray every afternoon. Our faith will help us navigate the ugliness we might face.  

Together we help our children live in a world that we want them to live in and we help them make it a better place. That is what makes Our Lady of Lourdes so special. We have a partnership with families, and we have our faith in Jesus, who helps guide and protect us every day.

And that is why Catholic Schools Week is so important for us as a community. We celebrate what makes us unique. Every day we will celebrate those people who help us receive a quality Christ-centered education. Thank you to those who have made Our Lady of Lourdes such a great place to be every day! Have a fabulous week!

Peace,
Ms. B 
Proud OLL Alumnae  
Class of 1986 

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Caroline Seta 0 30 Article rating: No rating

A Message from Ms. B:

After a week of fairly nice weather, it seems like we will be hunkering down for more cool weather. As a matter of fact, snow is forecasted for Sunday. This is just a reminder that we follow Oak Hills School District NOT CPS. This can cause some confusion in transportation but Mrs. DiTullio and I will make sure to communicate those updates to you. If Oak Hills has school but CPS does not, there would be no transportation. CPS also does not have bus service when delays are called or for early dismissals. We will be happy to clarify if the weather causes one of the scenarios.  

Congrats to our 8th graders! Many of our 8th grade students received their acceptance into their first choice schools at our various Catholic high schools! What a testament to the hard work and sacrifice our families and staff have put into the education of 37 students. We had a class meeting with our 8th grade talking about how their Lourdes’ journey is not over as well as learning their A, B, C’s. Their Academics remain an important part of the final piece. They must complete homework and continue to study. We send their final grades/report cards to the high schools in May. Positive Behavior is a continual learning process for all students. They are still learning that every choice has a consequence, whether positive or negative. We hope they learn how to overcome adversity with help of friends, family, and faculty as an advocate for themselves. Finally, Catholicity and Community. Our faith is the reason why we come to Lourdes and pray at Lourdes. We are Family: Lourdes’ Family and the Lord’s Family. We are all people and we are all part of the human race. We continue to pray and demonstrate the respect and dignity all humans deserve. It’s certainly hard work but very rewarding!

This is why Catholic Schools Week is so important for us as a community. We celebrate what makes us unique. Every day we will celebrate those people who help us receive a quality Christ centered education. Thank you to those who have made Our Lady of Lourdes such a great place to be everyday! 

Peace,
Ms. B 

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