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

Spanish Class Projects

The fourth graders learned about the Day of the Dead in Spanish class. The ofrenda that they made paid tribute to their family members that have passed away while leaning about the history of Spanish culture. The middle schoolers celebrated the day by making sugar skulls. What a great learning experience!

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.

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