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Newsletter – October 15th

Hello OLR families,

It was so great to see the numerous families coming out to support all our runners last Friday for the Fun Run.  At this point, all students should have received envelopes for their donations, please have them back to school by this Friday, the 19th to be eligible for the prizes.

Even though it’s a rainy Monday, all the students looked great for Picture Day today!  Any students who forgot to dress correctly for today can retake pictures on Tuesday, November 20th.  

Speaking of dress, remember that as the weather begins to get cooler, please make sure your student is properly dressed to go outside at lunch.  Beginning November 1st, the uniform policy changes to no shorts and students must have a sweater or sweater vest with their blue shirt (and tie) for Mass on Wednesday.

A few additional dates to plan for:

  • The Adult Halloween Party on Friday, October 19th
  • Mission Jean Day on Friday, October 26th
  • Trunk or Treat on October 26th

And one final reminder about the Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for our Christian Service pantry.  If you’re able to donate, please have them to school no later than this Friday, October 19th. The items per grade level are as follows:

PreK 3 & 4 year old:  Boxed jello and boxed pudding

Kindergarten:  Crackers, cookies

1st Grade:  Boxed potatoes, boxed stuffing

2nd Grade:  Canned gravy, canned olives

3rd Grade:  Pancake mix and syrup

4th Grade:  Canned yams, pumpkin or canned cranberries

5th Grade:  Coffee

6th Grade – Boxed cake or brownie mix

7th Grade:  Mayonnaise, canned cream soup (chicken, mushroom, celery)

8th Grade:  Canned fruit (mandarin oranges, pineapple, peaches)


Fall 2018 Art Project

2018 Fall Art Class

To start the year off in art class all the students worked together to create a work of art. This project was directly inspired by the work of street artist Kelsey Montague. Kelsey is well known for her angel wing murals around the world. (We are lucky to have one in Detroit.)

To create this piece each student painted, cut out a feather from their painting and added pattern-work on their feather including something meaningful to them about being kind.

You can see this collaborative project when you come to school in the hall which leads from the office to the back of building. I would encourage you to ask your child to point out their feather and perhaps take a photo of them standing in front of the wings.

The big intention was to get them to work together to create something beautiful but to also reflect on the idea that God lifts us up but we also need to help lift each other up.

Colors by grade: Kindergarten – red, 1st – orange, 2nd – yellow, 3rd – green, 4th – blue, 5th – purple, middle school – magenta and turquoise.

Mrs. Darby, OLR Art Teacher


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 rpyles@olr-school.net for more information and to schedule a visit.

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