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!

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:

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!


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
4. Discuss with your child’s counselor/teacher any questions you or your child have about the
test or the results.

Newsletter – September 24

Hello OLR families,

We are well into the school year, and it’s hard to believe that it is already the last week of September.  There has been quite a run of students that have already been out sick, so we’d like to remind all parents that if their child is sick with a fever, they must be 24 hours fever free before returning to school.  If your child has been to the doctor and has been diagnosed with strep, please notify us so that we can warn the class to be on the look out. If your child is sick, or for any other reason they will not be in school, please let the school know in the morning either by phone or email.

For new parents, and some that have been here for a while, there is a calendar on our website homepage at  It has the week listed, but you can click onto the entire year’s calendar.  If plans change in the middle of the month, they should be updated on this calendar.

Some activities at OLR in the coming weeks:

Friday, September 28th, is the first Mission Jean Day.  The last Friday of each month is a Mission Jean Day where students can wear jeans, tennis shoes and OLR spirit wear (or other theme if announced) if they bring in at least $1 for the Mission.  Missions are selected each month by a different grade. September’s Mission is JDRF. Mrs. Flynn has sent home information for all families.  We hope to raise more than the $2,500 that was donated last year!

The hot lunch program begins Monday, October 1st.  Also on October 1st, students will begin taking the IOWA Testing for grades 1st-8th.  Please make sure that your child gets a good night sleep, breakfast, and arrives to school on time since testing is usually in the morning.

Kaiser School pictures will be Monday, October 15th, and will begin at 8:00 am in the Mitchell Family Gym lobby.

Lastly, please pay close attention when picking up students at the end of the day.  We will send out a reminder of how the traffic flows so we can ensure the safety of all our students.  Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe!

Newsletter – September 17

Hello OLR families,

What a busy second week of school!  It was such a pleasure to meet so many wonderful parents and (try at least) to associate names and faces to the students that I’ve already met.  From parent orientation and Wednesday mass to ice cream social and the parish picnic, I was excited to exponentially expand my limited knowledge of our families!  I was also glad to meet the board members of our Dad’s Club, which was instrumental in helping make sure both the ice cream social and parish picnic could be successful endeavors.  If you haven’t heard about the Dad’s Club and are interested in more information, please contact the office and we can get you in touch with the right people!

Just a couple of reminders…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. Also, 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.

Lastly, it was great to see so many of our 7th and 8th graders interested in our National Junior Honors Society!  I was able to sit in for their first meeting and heard about all the great organizations they are looking to coordinate our student body to help support.  Keep an eye out for those special events as they get communicated.

Have a great week and enjoy our extended summer weather!  And make sure to keep Wednesday evening open for our first Parent Club meeting at 7 PM in the Social Hall, it’s yet another great way to keep updated with everything going on in the school.

Mr. Rapal

Newsletter – September 10

Hello OLR families,

After the first week of school, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I am even more excited to be a part of the culture of learning which is so evident in each and every classroom!  As I made my way around the building to see the staff and students interact, the one thing I was so pleased to see was the commitment to our theme of “being kind” for this year. From the respect students showed each and every adult with whom they interacted to the compassion they shared with one another, it is clear that the idea of “being kind” is nothing new and will only be strengthened as we continue to learn and grow both academically and spiritually throughout the school year!

I was also so happy to not only meet so many parents, but to see you at mass on Wednesday morning and to share a friendly wave during dismissal…that definitely makes my day.  I look forward to seeing you again, or in some cases, meet you for the first time Wednesday night at Parent Orientation. Please forgive me if I ask your name for the second, third or umpteenth time, but I promise to keep trying to learn the names of as many people as I can in as short a time as possible.

Lastly, thank you for helping get all our students here on time.  As I’m sure you all know, the ability to start the day with the entire class together only enhances the school experience from both a learning standpoint, but more importantly from a community mindset as well.  Please help us help your child be as successful as possible by having them dropped off in time to be in the classroom by the start of morning prayer. By working as a team, we can make sure this school year is the best one yet for your child.  

Have a great week!

Mr. Rapal

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