AOD update: Coronavirus

Hello OLR families,

As you may have seen, the Archdiocese of Detroit has commented on the topic of COVID-19 (click here to view the WXYZ broadcast) and Our Lady of Refuge is promoting the practice of good hygiene which includes:

  • washing hands regularly, particularly after using the bathroom and before eating
  • using hand sanitizer after touching other people/items
  • not sharing drink or food with others
  • staying home if symptomatic (coughing, fever, runny nose)
  • wiping down items commonly used by other students

Per the above strategies, if you are able and willing to donate hand sanitizer or wipes for your child’s classroom, please contact the teacher to let them know you can send items in for the students. Please DO NOT just send items in without checking first, because we do not have storage for excess amounts. For other information on this topic, use this link to get the latest details from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Remember, COVID-19 is simply a more aggressive virus, so following good safety protocol will go a long way toward keeping this and any other virus from spreading!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year OLR families,

Welcome back!  Hopefully your family enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and New Year holiday together.  It was exciting to see all our Ravens come back into school this morning all relaxed and ready to start a new calendar year of learning!  With the completion of the Parish’s new organ, we will return to our regular Wednesday school mass times starting on the 8th, so hopefully we will see you in attendance those mornings, starting at 8:15.  Also, remember to spread the word that we will have our Open House to kick off Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, January 26th from 10 AM – 1 PM.  Our best reference for future students is our own families, so if you know of any great additions we can bring to OLR, let them know to come by and visit!  Have a great week and once again, welcome back!

Mr. Rapal

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. Rapal

First week of school

Hello OLR families! Welcome (back for many of you) to the 2019-2020 school year, hopefully the summer was a restful and relaxing one for you. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, there have been some changes at the school, primarily in staff, from last year to this year. In addition to some new students and families, we’d like to introduce our newest staff members (or returning to a different position):

  • 3 year old preschool lead teacher Vanda Watha
  • 3/4 year old preschool assistant teacher Samantha Hannon
  • 3/4 year old preschool assistant teacher Jill Pollard
  • 4 year old preschool assistant teacher Kim Moss
  • 1st grade teacher Katy Knighton
  • 3rd grade teacher Bridgette Gumma
  • 5th grade teacher Val Whalen
  • 5th grade teacher Alli Printz
  • Middle School English teacher Lydia Baron
  • Middle School Social Studies teacher Katherine Naeyaert
  • Electives Drama teacher Howard Andress
  • Instructional Support teacher Tara Mulvaney

While we will miss those staff members who have retired or moved on to other things, we are lucky to have the teachers we have brought in to join our OLR family. We look forward to seeing you either at our Parent Orientation Wednesday evening starting at 7 PM in the church, or at our Ice Cream Social Friday evening in our lunchroom/playground! Have a great week!!

Starting a New School Year!

Hello OLR families,

We welcome all returning and new students and families as we prepare to start a new school year!

The first day of school for K – 8th grade is Tuesday, September 3rd from 8am to 11am. The first day for 3PS/3 and 4PreK is Wednesday, September 4th. The first day for 3PS/2 is Thursday, September 5th.

Please visit our Calendar page for up to date details throughout the school year.

We look forward to seeing you all this coming week. In the meantime, have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend.

Have a great summer!

Hello OLR families,

I would like to thank everyone in the Our Lady of Refuge community for embracing me in a fantastic first year as Assistant Principal!  I am so blessed and honored to have been accepted into this family atmosphere and look forward to many more years serving the wonderful students and parents of OLR.

Please have a safe and restful summer and remember to keep your brain sharp by reading (and do some math too) when you’re not busy enjoying the outdoors!!

Our office hours for the summer will be 9-2 Tuesday through Thursdays if there’s anything you need.

See you in September!!!

Newsletter – April 8th

Hello OLR families,

Hopefully you were able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather this past weekend!  With any luck, Mother Nature will keep the streak going into the NJHS Tiger game this Thursday.  Also, ask your child about our wild turkey guests at recess today!

At today’s Student Leadership assembly, the following students were recognized by their classroom teacher for their commitment to our school’s theme of Being Kind:

Hudson Thomas, Kindergarten, Miss Bickes

Scarlett Jarjosa, Kindergarten, Miss Bickes

Nicholas Kassab, Kindergarten, Miss Ingweiller

MJ Hajjar, 1st Grade, Mrs. Tahmouch

Stella Yono, 1st Grade, Mrs. Tahmouch

Luke Abro, 1st Grade, Miss Wolynski

Addison Toma, 2nd Grade, Miss Kerckaert

Milania Kassab, 2nd Grade, Miss Zeer

Andrew Abro, 3rd Grade, Mrs. Printz

Leah Mansour, 3rd Grade, Mrs. Murphy

Sonny Hesano, 4th Grade, Mrs. Garber

Luco Wisniewski, 4th Grade, Mrs. Garber

Isaac Watha, 4th Grade, Mrs. Martinez

Rocco Wisniewski, 4th Grade, Mrs. Martinez

Maxx Armstrong, 5th Grade, Mrs. Stec

Brooklynn Barbat, 5th Grade, Mrs. Stec

Kyle Isso, 5th Grade, Mrs. Mulvany

Giavanna Tanguay, 5th Grade, Mrs. Mulvany

Joseph Abro, 5th Grade, Mrs. Mulvany

Lastly, this Friday, April 12th is April’s Mission Jean Day, sponsored by the 8th grade for The Michigan Humane Society, which is a non-profit organization that provides animal welfare and sheltering services for homeless, abandoned, or abused animals in the Detroit area.  They are the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. Volunteers at the Michigan Humane society care for over 500 dogs, cats, and other animals every day. They depend on donations to save the lives of thousands of animals in need.  On Friday, your child/children can help by wearing jeans and donating at least $1.00 and/or an item on the MHS Need List. The MHS is always in need of supplies, food, toys, etc. Please look over this list and kindly consider bringing in an item that can help save lives.  You can bring in donations any day this month. We all greatly appreciate your generosity and support of the Michigan Humane Society!

  • Blankets
  • Towels (Medium & Large)
  • Fleece Fabric
  • Hand Sanitizer (pocket size)
  • Lint Rollers
  • AA or AAA batteries
  • Paper Towel
  • Rubber Dishwashing Gloves
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • 10-20 lb bags of dog or cat food
  • Canned dog or cat food
  • Raw-Hide chews med/large
  • Pig Ears
  • Heavy Duty dog chew toys
  • Cat and Dog toys
  • Stuffed Dog toys
  • Nylabones
  • Rabbit and Ferret toys
  • Cat litter (non clumping)
  • Dog and Cat treats
  • Peanut Butter
  • Ink Pens
  • Copy Paper
  • Post it notes
  • Sharpies (thin)

Newsletter – April 1st


Hello OLR families,

Welcome to April!  Hopefully the new month will bring us more sunshine, less snow, and of course, warmer temperatures!  Please remember, our tardy bell rings at 8 AM. Students arriving to school after that time are issued a tardy and too many tardies can result in lower grades and truancy.  We will be making it a priority to remind those families that struggle to get their kids here on time. Please help your child make it to school before this bell to avoid any issues.  

There are a few events taking place this week.  Tomorrow night at 7 PM will be a meeting of the Dad’s Club in the Social Hall.  Please see the email that was sent earlier today for more information This Friday will be our school viewing of the Stations of the Cross at 2 PM.  Next week, grades PK4, K, 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th grades will be having their vision screened by Oakland County Health Division Monday through Wednesday during the school day, and National Junior Honors Society will attend the Tiger’s game on Thursday the 11th.  

Have a great week!

Newsletter – March 26th


Hello OLR families,

It’s finally Spring and the weather is starting to feel like we’ve turned the corner from the bitter cold!  As we kickoff our 4th and final quarter, please remember that the tardy bell rings at 8 AM. Students arriving to school after that time are issued a tardy and too many tardies can result in lower grades and truancy.  Please help your child make it to school before this bell to help avoid any issues.

The following middle school students were recognized on Monday the 25th for their commitment to our theme of Being Kind and were chosen as March’s Student Leadership Award by their teacher:

Ms. Stachura:  Landon Samona

Ms. Flynn:  Vanessa Kizy and Thomas Denha

Ms. Ruppel and Mr. Hilbers:  Celia Dabish

Mrs. Embree:  Alana Basmaji

Mrs. Babcock:  Luke Jarboa

Mrs. Bowyer:  Jacob Jarjosa

This Friday the 29th will be the March Mission Jean Day, below is the reason this charity was chosen:

Beginning in Detroit in 1952, the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan is a statewide organization dedicated to providing compassionate, personalized

support to any Michigan child, adult, or family affected by leukemia, lymphoma, or other blood related disorder. Through disease information & resources, emotional

support, financial assistance and events & opportunities for fun, the CFL currently helps more than 3,200 families maintain their quality of life while dealing with leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, multiple myeloma, aplastic anemia, Fanconi’s anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, myeloproliferative disorders, Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia and many other diseases.

Every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. In the United States, childhood cancer causes more children’s lives to be lost than any other disease. The most common childhood cancer is acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). In July 2018, Blakely Lindemulder (Ms. Emma Flynn’s and Mrs. Sandy Flynn’s niece) was diagnosed with ALL at the age of one. She is currently still undergoing chemotherapy treatment at the University of Michigan CS Mott Children’s hospital. First hand, the Flynn family has witnessed how overwhelmingly brutal cancer and cancer treatment is on a child as well as the entire family. To honor Blakely’s fight, as well as all families and children affected by childhood cancer, the sixth grade class will dedicate their Mission Jean Day fundraiser on March 29th to Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.

Additional congratulations to the following 8th grade girls for making it to the final round of our Optimist speeches last week: Isabella Dimitroff, Madeline Goodman, Brooke Kouza, Sophia Shamoun, Sophia Skellett, Kamryn Winchester and Sagel Yono.  They were chosen by the teachers as the best of the 8th grade essays. More information can be found under our recent news tab.

A few last things to note…please look for your child’s report card to come home with them tomorrow, Wednesday the 27th.  An additional thank you if you are a chaperone for the 4th grade trip to Robot Garage tomorrow or the 8th grade trip to Compuware on Thursday!  And remember that there will be no AM busses all next week if you need to make arrangements.

Newsletter – March 11th

Hello OLR families,

We’re glad everyone remembered to move their clocks forward, since  (almost) all students came to school on time today! It was great to see some parents attend our Internet Presentation Friday morning, you can never be too informed about the constantly changing concerns we have for the accessibility our children have to information.  Please make sure you are doing all you can to monitor your child’s online behavior as it will avoid potential issues in the future.

The following elementary students are being recognized for their commitment to our theme of Being Kind and were chosen as March’s Student Leadership Award by their teacher:

Sergio Abro, Kindergarten, Miss Bickes
Noah Lousia, Kindergarten, Miss Bickes
John Marji, Kindergarten, Miss Ingweiller

Lucas Kathawa, First Grade, Mrs. Tahmouch
Madalyn Moss, First Grade, Miss Wolynski
Steven Kherkher, First Grade, Miss Wolynski
Jocelyn Yono, Second Grade, Miss Zeer
Jordan Barbat, Second Grade, Miss Zeer
Julian Kalasho, Second Grade, Miss Kerckaert
Anthony Antiwan, Second Grade, Miss Kerckaert
Gabe Yono, Third Grade, Mrs. Printz
Stella George, Third Grade, Mrs. Printz
Paris Pattah, Third Grade, Mrs. Murphy
Landon Zeer, Fourth Grade, Mrs. Garber
Noor Sheena, Fourth Grade, Mrs. Garber
Olivia McCue, Fourth Grade, Mrs. Martinez
Lourdes Abro, Fifth Grade, Mrs. Stec
Julian Yaldoo, Fifth Grade, Mrs. Stec
Jade Bacall, Fifth Grade, Mrs. Mulvany
Mavario Zoma, Fifth Grade, Mrs. Mulvany

Just a reminder that this week, there will be a Parents’ Club meeting on Wednesday at 7 PM in the Media Center and Fall registration for next school year is due on Friday.  Enjoy the warmer temperatures as we get closer and closer to the official start of Spring!

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