Mr. Peace Second Visit to Our Lady of Refuge School

Last Wednesday, Mr. Peace made his 2nd Visit to Our Lady of Refuge School.

This year Mr. Peace, following up on our school theme of BE KIND, spoke to all students in grade K-8th. Mr. Peace emphasized the need to treat everyone like you treat your best friend and that recognizing them for their heart is crucial, along with realizing how one word or action (positive or negative) can change a life forever.

He gave video examples of Duteronomy 11:12-14 as well as many others. Recognizing that the lines etched on the palms of our hands reveal the letter ‘M’, which stands for ‘Miracle’; inverted the other way, ‘W’, which stands for ‘Worthy’. His talk emphasized how each person is unique and reinforces respecting everyone’s differences both inside and out.

The world needs more human kindness, and we begin to accomplish this by appreciating those around us when we show them unconditional love, compassion, understanding & empathy.

I would like to thank Lisa Berkley and the Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition for providing Mr. Kevin Szawada (A.K.A. Mr. Peace) to us.

Margie McElyea, S.C., N.C.C.

7th Grade Trip to Sacred Heart Seminary

Last week the 7th Grade took their annual trip to Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

The morning started off with Mass with Bishop Hanchon. Following mass they were able to learn about personal vocations, an invitation from God to follow the best path that will lead us to happiness. To wrap up a fun day the students were able to tour Sacred Heart Major seminary.

This year was extra special because the students were able to receive tours from those who they have a personal relationship with. Joseph Nannoshi, a current student’s brother, as well as Daniel Whalen, a 2014 graduate of Our Lady of Refuge accompanied them on these tours. They took us to see some of their favorite spots around the campus, as well as share some of the awesome history associated with Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

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!!!

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