Constitution Day

The Kindergartners celebrated Constitution Day with patriotic headbands!  They looked awesome and learned a lot about the history of our country.  Looking great Kindergartners!


OLR Spring Plays and Drama/Music Elective Classes

Our talented OLR students have busy this spring!

The OLR 3rd and 4th  grade students performed  101 Dalmatians April 19th  and 20th.  The 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Drama/Music elective classes performed Annie Jr.  on May 11th and 12th.  All performances were in the OLR Performing Arts Center.

The productions were a shorter version of the original musical plays which included the songs from 101 Dalmatians such as: “Thunderbolt Adventure Hour, Twilight Bark, Kanine Krunchies, My Beautiful Coat, Dalmatian Plantation, Cruella DeVil, and The Fur Vault”

Songs from Annie Jr. included: “Maybe, Hard-Knock Life, Tomorrow, Little Girls, I think I’m Gonna to Like it Here, N.Y.C., Easy Street,  You Won’t Be an Orphan for Long,  You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile, I Don’t Need Anything But You,  Tomorrow –Reprise FINALE”

The OLR student performers did a terrific job and the performances were enjoyed by all!

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A special thank you to:

  • All the faculty and staff for all their cooperation and support.
  • Mrs. Flynn for directing the costume designing and creating the beautiful costumes.
  • The parent and teacher volunteers  for helping with props and costumes.
  • St. Dunstans, Abbott and Orchard Lake Middle Schools for letting us use their props and costumes.
  • Ms. Mazich – Music Director and Mrs. Zazaian – Drama Director for all the hard work and extra rehearsals

Each of these people made the spring 2016 plays a great success!

New Second Grade Teacher – Mrs. Engler

Emily EnglerMr. Robert Pyles, Principal of Our Lady of Refuge School, is pleased to announce that Mrs. Emily Engler is joining our school faculty as a new teacher for the additional 2nd grade class that is being added this year.

Mrs. Engler grew up in the local area graduating from West Bloomfield High School.  She graduated from Grand Valley in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and English.  Most recently, she taught in Germany for two years before moving back to Michigan with my husband.  Her hobbies include photography, reading, playing volleyball and traveling.

“I am excited to be teaching in the community I grew up in, and am looking forward to a wonderful and successful school year!”

Mr. Pyles commented, “I am pleased to have Mrs. Engler join our faculty.  Her experience will be a key asset as we introduce an additional second grade this year and continue to develop and strengthen our curriculum to meet the needs of our students both today and into the future.”

New Computer Lab Teacher – Mrs. Baskerville

Meghan BaskervilleMr. Robert Pyles, Principal of Our Lady of Refuge School, is pleased to announce that Mrs. Meghan Baskerville is joining our school faculty as the new Computer Lab teacher after filling in as the interim teacher for a significant portion of the previous school year.

Mrs. Baskerville recently moved to Detroit from Chicago. In the suburbs of Chicago, she was an Instructional Technology Specialist for 16 years.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University and a Masters of Technology in Education from National Louis University.  In addition, she has a Masters of Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University.

“I am very excited to be the new Computer Lab teacher at OLR!  I am passionate about teaching, learning, and connecting with others through technology. I believe every student should develop technology skills to help them be successful in school and life.”

Mr. Pyles commented, “I am pleased to have Mrs. Baskerville join our faculty as our full time Computer Lab teacher starting this school year.  Her passion for teaching coupled with her formal training and extensive experience will enable us to reach further and achieve even greater results as we seek to leverage and apply the computer skills that students develop in Mrs. Baskerville’s class throughout the entire learning process at Our Lady of Refuge School.”

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