AOD Superintendent Fall Return Plan 2020

Link to the 5/20/20 letter from the Office of the Superintendent, Department of Catholic Schools


Hello OLR families,

Despite the snow this week, we are more than halfway to May, which means warmer temps and hopefully the start of the transition away from quarantine are right around the corner!  A huge thank you to all families who filled out the teacher surveys regarding how we can help you more at home. The overwhelming support and gratitude you shared makes our difficult jobs worth it, and please know that we are taking all your comments, suggestions and kind words to heart as we tirelessly work to improve our distance learning.  

Another huge thank you to our wonderful National Junior Honor Society students who willingly took time to record themselves saying our morning and afternoon prayers so any families who want to start and end the school day much like we normally do are able to view them on line.  Watch your child’s Google Classroom for those videos and use them to practice our daily routines. 

Keeping with thanks, I appreciate everyone who sent in pictures of our first Virtual Spirit Day, it was so nice to see all the students supporting our “home school”!  Look for our first of many video montages coming soon. To continue this celebration of students, Mrs. McElyea has created the following “Spirit Day Calendar”.  

  • 4/23 is “Thankful Thursday” – send a picture of what you are thankful for
  • 4/30 is “No Tech Thursday” – show us what your favorite book or board game is
  • 5/5 is “Cinco de Mayo” for grades K-8 – send a picture celebrating Cinco de Mayo for Senora Sheehan (PK can send a picture of them as their favorite Superhero)
  • 5/14 is “May Crowning/Mother’s Day” – send a picture of you praying the Rosary or doing an act of service for your mother (folding laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc…)
  • 5/21 is “Creativity Day” – send a picture of you doing something creative like drawing, building, etc…
  • 5/28 is “Summer Break Day” – send a picture of you in your flip flops and summer attire

Please send these specific pictures on the identified day so we can enjoy seeing one another in a fun way!

And finally, just a reminder, there will be no classes this Friday.  The staff will be attending a virtual Professional Development provided by the AoD.  Have a great week and hopefully the temperatures will continue to rise with each passing day!

Mr. Rapal

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Our Lady of Refuge School Recognition

As the 2019 – 2020 school year draws to a close, we are pleased to share the following videos that have been submitted by teachers and students. Congratulations to all!

Link to YouTube playlist

Introduction to Our Lady of Refuge Parish School

OLR offers a Catholic Christ-centered education comprised of a strong, fully accredited core curriculum complemented by classes in Religion, Music, Art, Spanish, Computer Skills, and Physical Education, a wide range of sports and school activities as well as before and after school care programs that are available to meet the needs of working parents.

OLR has seen some major improvements in the past few years including a renovated Media Center equipped with an iPad lab, a new Performing Arts Center and the implementation of “Everyday Math” and “Literacy by Design” into our math and reading curriculums. OLR offers Catholic Christ centered education for students Pre-K (3, 4, 5 year olds) through 8th grade. We offer a strong, fully accredited core curriculum complimented by Religion, Music, Art, Spanish, Computers, Drama, Band and Physical Education classes. We are one of the few Elementary Schools that offer drama for students during the school day. We also provide a wide range of after school activities and athletic programs including football and lacrosse.

Contact our principal, Denny Rapal, at 248-682-3422 or principal@olr-school.net for more information and to schedule a visit.

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