Newsletter September 16, 2019
Hello OLR families,
It may just be my second year at Our Lady of Refuge, but it’s amazing to see the difference a year makes in recognizing the returning families at our Parent Night last week! We were hopeful to have another chance to see families at our Ice Cream Social on Friday night, but unfortunately, the weather did not make that possible. In lieu of a new date, we will be giving out the ice cream to all students on Thursday, September 19th during the day as well as providing an opportunity for an extra recess with their grade clusters for their socialization.
Also, we have been tracking student tardies a little closer this year, so please make sure you are leaving enough time in the morning to get your child to school BEFORE the 8 AM tardy bell. There are a few students who are coming in after 8 and that makes for a scattered start to their school day. Additionally, please adhere to the handicapped signs for those families that are in need of those parking spaces due to their circumstances. If you do not have a clearly identifiable reason to use those spots, you may be asked to move.
Have a great week and make sure to keep this Wednesday evening open for our first Parent Club meeting at 7 PM in the Media Center, it’s yet another great way to keep updated with everything going on in the school.
Mr. Peace Second Visit to Our Lady of Refuge School
Last Wednesday, Mr. Peace made his 2nd Visit to Our Lady of Refuge School.
This year Mr. Peace, following up on our school theme of BE KIND, spoke to all students in grade K-8th. Mr. Peace emphasized the need to treat everyone like you treat your best friend and that recognizing them for their heart is crucial, along with realizing how one word or action (positive or negative) can change a life forever.
He gave video examples of Duteronomy 11:12-14 as well as many others. Recognizing that the lines etched on the palms of our hands reveal the letter ‘M’, which stands for ‘Miracle’; inverted the other way, ‘W’, which stands for ‘Worthy’. His talk emphasized how each person is unique and reinforces respecting everyone’s differences both inside and out.
The world needs more human kindness, and we begin to accomplish this by appreciating those around us when we show them unconditional love, compassion, understanding & empathy.
I would like to thank Lisa Berkley and the Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition for providing Mr. Kevin Szawada (A.K.A. Mr. Peace) to us.
Margie McElyea, S.C., N.C.C.
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.
Learn more about Our Lady of Refuge School – OLR School Brochure (pdf)
Contact our principal, Robert Pyles, at 248-682-3422 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to schedule a visit.
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