Newsletter – October 29th

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Hello OLR families,

What an amazing night of fun for the Trunk or Treat family event on Friday night!  All the students looked fantastic in their costumes and it seemed like everyone enjoyed the decorated cars, the DJ’s great music and the delicious food and candy.  Thank you for helping make our annual event a success!!

With this Wednesday being Halloween, there will not be our normal Wednesday mass for students.  We will instead hold mass on All Saints Day, November 1st. Remember that students are encouraged to dress as a saint or other religious figure for the morning and can change back into normal school attire after mass.  

Also starting the 1st, National Junior Honor Society will be holding a candy drive for items to be included in the Thanksgiving baskets that are provided to local families through Christian Ministries.  So if you have extra candy, or want to limit your child’s sugar intake, please encourage them to donate to those in need.

Lastly, if you haven’t already, please think about using our Scrip program for your gift card needs.  These are perfect for gift giving, any birthday parties you may have, dinner out with friends or family, or even grocery shopping!  If you’re interested, just make sure that the order form and payment are returned to the office by October 31 for delivery the first full week in November.  Thank you!!

#SOCKTOBER 2018

Socktober 2018

#SOCKTOBER is an annual, month-long campaign designed to show people that ordinary acts of love can make a big difference. It can all start with socks.

NJHS partnered with St. Francis to help ensure the men and women who are living on the street have access to such basic needs as socks. This year the goal was to involve TWO MILLION people in serving the homeless of their communities. Recent studies show there are roughly 600,000 men and women who are homeless on any given night in the United States. It’s exciting to imagine 1 million people taking action to help!

We want to see everyone engaged in realizing they each have the ability to create big change right in their own backyard. Great job showing generosity and compassion, Ravens!

Newsletter – October 22nd

Hello OLR families,

Is it really the last full week of October?  Time really flies when things are going great, and this year is no exception!  A huge thank you to all the families who have returned their Fun Run donation envelopes by last Friday’s due date…it’s amazing to see the donation chart sitting just shy of the $20,000 mark already!  If you haven’t turned yours in yet, we’d love to get your support to try and get to our goal of $30,000.

Hopefully everyone is planning to come out this Friday for the annual Trunk or Treat event.  Please remember that the festivities begin at 5 and go until 7:30, and that the event is for Our Lady of Refuge families only.  The weather looks to be dry as of now, which will be much more fun for everyone if it stays that way!

Lastly, this Friday will also be our October Mission Jean Day.  Kindergarten and First Grade chose to have our donations go to The Coffee Bucket.  The Coffee Bucket is a coffee shop affiliated with the non-profit organization DRAW (Disaster Relief at Work) which provides relief services to communities affected by natural disasters.  Your $1 donation to wear jeans on this day will help them buy supplies that are short on or help provide travel cost for the volunteers who travel to disaster sites and help with the recovery process.  Together, we can make a difference!

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

Newsletter – October 8th

Hello OLR families,

Thanks for all the families that helped make sure all our students were well prepared to take the IOWA tests last week, as well as those who were able to make it to Wednesday’s mass and Friday’s Pep Rally.  Your partnership in education is what makes this school so great! It was a busy week and continues to be so this week as well. We’re excited to have our first K-5 assembly this afternoon and really excited for Friday morning’s Fun Run!  Also, on Wednesday evening, there will be a parent meeting for First Communion candidates from 6-7 PM in the Social Hall.

This year we will once again be collecting food to help feed those less fortunate, and fill the Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets from our Christian Service pantry.  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)

Please bring your generous donation to school no later than Friday, October 19th.

Lastly, you may have noticed that our school parking lot has been restriped to allow for ample parking as well as a designated area for emergency vehicles as noted by the diagonal lines.  During our school events (such as today’s assembly) the Social Hall door will be staffed to allow you access from 2:30-2:45, so feel free to use the spots in that area to help alleviate parking congestion in front of the school during dismissal.  Thanks once more for your continued help with our PM parking, it truly helps for things to run as smoothly and safely as possible!

Have a wonderful week!

Mission Jean Day 2018

Mission Jeans Day 2018

Our recent Mission Jean Day raised $4509.00 toward JDRF!! Way to go Ravens! Your generosity is contributing to a wonderful cause. Congratulations to Landen Kinaia, Constance Ayar, Elizabeth Ayar, Jacob Daboul, Luke Jarboa and Selena Kalasho who won our raffle for an Amazon gift card. Way to work together OLR!

Newsletter – October 1

Welcome to October!  What an incredibly busy month September was…and October looks to be just as packed.  This week alone, we are starting our IOWA testing (please see below for good tips to make sure your child is as prepared as possible), hot lunch service and ending the week with our first Pep Rally!  

A HUGE thank you for all the support you generously gave to the JDRF mission day.  Our goal was to beat last year’s amount raised of $2,500 and we CRUSHED that amount by raising over $4,000!!  It’s such a wonderful charity and to continue to support it as graciously as our families do is something of which everyone should be proud.

In case you didn’t receive the email on Friday, please consider nominating one of our outstanding Our Lady of Refuge educators from now through October 4 and he/she could win $500 and some very exciting recognition. Every day between October 22-26, “Live in the D” will surprise one of the winning teachers at his/her school, live on the show!  Use the following link to nominate: https://www.clickondetroit.com/contests/our-teachers-rock

Lastly, we truly appreciate all the parents who are continuing to help make dismissal run as smoothly, and most importantly, as safely as possible for all our students.  Your help in following with the traffic flow and crowd control procedures is making it so we never have to worry about any child walking through our lot. Have a great week and stay dry!

TIPS FOR PARENTS TO PREPARE FOR IOWA:

The Night Before the Test
1. Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep the night before the test.
2. Plan ahead to avoid problems before the test so he/she doesn’t go to bed upset.
3. Tell your child you know tests can be hard, but that taking them gives him/her a
chance to show how well he/she can do.
4. Be encouraging — let your child know you think he/she will do well on the test.

The Morning of the Test
1. Have your child get up early enough to avoid hurrying.
2. Make sure your child has a good breakfast on the morning of the test.
3. Be positive when you send your child to school.
4. Make sure he/she goes to school on the day of the test (make-ups are difficult).

After the Test
1. Reward your child for trying hard on the test.
2. Talk with your child about what was learned from the test.

When you receive your child’s test results:
1. Don’t compare his/her performance to a sibling or a friend’s child.
2. Point out your child’s strong areas and how proud you are.
3. Talk about the areas of need and how the family can work together to improve those
areas.
4. Discuss with your child’s counselor/teacher any questions you or your child have about the
test or the results.

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