From the Principal

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness!
 
Our Lady of Lourdes School
 Nourishing hearts, minds, and souls
 
Let us be a people of peace in prayer and deed.
...Pope Francis



The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary
Schools announced today that nearly 200 schools in 21 U.S. states and territories and 21 countries have
earned accreditation or re-accreditation, the gold standard for measuring and evaluating school  performance.    This list includes:
Our Lady of Lourdes School!


Our 8th graders outside Theatre 80 with one of the young, talented actors of the play, Liberty.

Thanksgiving Prayer Service
 
 
Mrs. Goodwin and the Fourth Grade

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Ms. Schmidt, Mr. Musto and 7th graders enjoyed Technology Day (finally!) at Adventureland!



Congratulations to Ms. Alicia Centeno on her marriage to Mr. Edward Romo.  May God bless them always!

  Students must be in their winter uniforms beginning Monday, October 27.

WINTER WEDNESDAYS FOR TWO
OLLS is excited to announce additions to our
Early Childhood Program!  Starting in November we will begin our Winter Wednesdays for Two program. Children who were two years old by  September 1, and their caregivers, will meet on six Wednesdays, beginning November 5, from  1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. They  will sing songs, make a craft, and engage in play designed to foster language skills and friendships toward building independence for Nursery. A second six-week session will begin in February. 
Click here for flyer.

Starting in the 2015-2016 school year, we will be offering three and five day options for our Nursery program. We are also considering a full-day option for our Pre-K program.

Important Information
It has come to our attention that there is an individual who was arrested in Lynbrook for behaving inappropriately.  Please be aware of your surroundings and make sure that your children are not walking alone.

Welcome to our new faculty members:
Mrs. Maria Verni - art
Mrs. Julie Terrone - physical education
Ms. Meghan Schmidt (an OLL graduate!) - 7th grade HR & 
Math 6, 7, 8
Also, welcome to our new teacher assistants:
Ms. Alyssa DeMarco
Mrs. Elise Becker
Mrs. Joan Vaiana

Scrip-Gift Cards - great gifts for any occasion!
Scrip gift cards are great for all occasions 
and provide an easy way to support our school! Click on the tab on the left side of our home page for more information and order forms.


Mission Statement of Our Lady of Lourdes School
Malverne, New York
The mission of Our Lady of Lourdes School is to provide an opportunity for each child to grow in the knowledge, friendship, and love of the Lord, while aspiring to reach his or her full potential spiritually, academically, and socially. We are dedicated to creating a strong, charitable, faith community that strives to practice the examples Jesus has given us through the gospels.

   Our buzzer system has now been installed.    
     When you hit the buzzer, if we do not recognize you or can't see you on our camera, we will ask you to identify yourself before we buzz you in.

Telephoning the school
Please remember that we have one phone line so you will get a busy signal from time to time.  Please be patient.  You may be trying to call at the same time that others are also calling. Thank you!

Food Allergies
In an effort to keep all of our children safe and with the steadily increasing number of children with food allergies, we are asking that no food or baked goods of any kind be sent in for celebrations.  Each class will have an age appropriate way to celebrate birthdays and holidays. This policy took effect as of November 4, 2013.  If your child's class is a peanut free zone, please make sure that you do not send in a snack with nuts of any kind. Thank you for your cooperation in this serious matter.

Please note:
All students are expected to be in the school yard when we recite the Pledge of Allegiance together at 8:00am every morning.

Kindergarten is dismissed at 2:40pm. First, second, and third grades are dismissed at 2:45pm. Fourth through eighth grades are dismissed at 2:50pm.   

Our rules and regulations, including important lunch procedures, can be found in resources. Thank you!

Click HERE to read about the love and support we show our students in Catholic schools.

Find strength in the Eucharist.  We must be constantly fed and nourished at the Table of the Lord. It is as a community that we grow in faith. It is as a community that we gather to support one another on the faith journey. This is what Eucharist is. We constantly remember that Eucharist is who we are. 
 ... RCL Benziger

 Highlights From Pope Francis' Installation
  Pope Francis I from Argentina
  Let us pray for our Pope!
"The vocation of being a protector... means building sincere friendships in which we protect one another in trust, respect, and goodness. In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God's gifts!"
(from Pope Francis' homily at his inaugural Mass)
Peace is a gift of God, but requires our efforts.  
Let us be people of peace in prayer and deed.
(from Pope Francis' twitter page #we pray for peace)

 Please click here for an important message concerning the health of your children and all the families here at Our Lady of Lourdes School.
 
Welcome all alumni!
We'd like to thank all those who have supported us through the Catholic Alumni Partnership. A special thank you also to our parish family who continues to support all our endeavors!

Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes
O Mary, Mother of Mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners,
comforter of the suffering, you know our needs, our troubles, our sorrows.
Look with mercy on us.
By appearing at the Grotto of Lourdes,
you made it an honored sanctuary where you bestow your favors.
Many sufferers have obtained the cure of their ailments,
both spiritual and physical.
We come, therefore, with complete confidence to implore your
maternal intercession,
O loving Mother, we ask you to grant our requests.
With gratitude for your favors, we will endeavor to imitate your virtues
that we may one day share in your glory.
Amen.


                                                E-Rate
The E-Rate provides discounts to assist schools to obtain affordable tele-communications and Internet access. Three service categories are funded: Telecommunications Services, Internet Access, and Internal Connections.
In order to receive a fair part of the discounts applied to school services, we must survey the incomes of our families. This information will be kept confidential and will be use only for the purpose of applying for the telecommunications discounts from the government.


 
IMPORTANT REMINDER:  
All volunteers must be VIRTUS trained.  Please check the Diocesan web site (www.drvc.org) for a schedule of times and places where you can take  the class. 
We must have a copy of your certificate of completion on file here at the school.
In addition, all volunteers must have a background check, and have signed a code of conduct form or we cannot let you volunteer in any capacity at the school.  This does include any helpers who are brought in to help set up our  special events.

Social Media
Please talk to your children about the dangers of social media.  
11 social media apps teens are now using other than Facebook:
 Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Vine, Reddit, Tumblr, Kik, Snapchat, Pheed, 4Chan, Yik Yak

SAFETY FIRST!!
Just a reminder: Please do not park in the bus zone or at the ropes at drop off or pick-up. This causes a safety issue for everyone. 
  Please be considerate of our neighbors and do not block their driveways when you drop off or pick up your children.  
For everyone's safety, please keep your dogs on a leash and away from the children at all school exits.

 Please do not come into the office before 8:15 or between 2:30 and 2:50 since these times are very busy times for the office.
 It is also extremely important that you  try to refrain from taking your children out of school early or bringing them in late. Not only can it be a detriment educationally for them, but it is quite often a distraction for their classes.
      We appreciate your cooperation in these matters!

Lobel's  Uniform Company is located in the Sunrise Mall in Massapequa.
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 "To teach in order to lead others to faith is the task of every preacher and of each believer."  - St Thomas Aquinas 
 
Excellence in Education for America

Top Ten Reasons to Choose Catholic Schools
1 Catholic tradition and academic excellence in a community grounded in faith
2 Balanced curriculum that includes art, music and fitness
3 Emphasis on moral development, service to others and leadership skills
4 A 99 percent graduation rate
5 Strong preparation for further education
6 Safe and disciplined environment
7 Exceptional faculty who help students reach their highest potential
8 Individual attention in a caring community
9 Commitment to technology use to enhance education
10 Good stewardship of resources

National Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Let us keep Pope Emeritus, Benedict, and our Holy Church in our prayers.
    

Let us all continue to remember that what is truly important is that we pray, not where we pray. 
Prayer can be formal or informal, verbal or nonverbal, active or contemplative. Prayer is communicating with God. Just as we talk and share with our best friends what is happening in our lives, so we talk and share with God. Just as we listen to our friends, so we listen to God.  As in human communication, our communication with God can be expressed in a variety of ways. We communicate with God using words and songs, in imagination and silence, and ritually or spontaneously. We can pray in church, our gardens, our cars, or while in the shower. We can also pray lying in bed, as the first thing we do when we awake, and as the last thing we do as we drift off to sleep. One of the characteristics of prayer we as Catholics believe is that with the right intention every moment of the day all our hopes, works, joys, and sufferings can become our prayer.See more at: http://www.loyolapress.com

Please continue to remember in your prayers all victims of violence and natural disasters.
May Jesus and our Blessed Mother keep them in their loving care.


 
Please click on the picture above for more information on the NY State Catholic Conference

Strategic Plan for Catholic Elementary Schools in the Diocese of RVC
There is a link on this page for parents to access information regarding the plan put forth by Bishop Murphy's advisory committee. 
 

 
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Diocesan News

Help Support Our School

We now recycle all small electronics including iPods, GPS devices, digital cameras, laptops, and netbooks.  Send these into school in addition to empty ink cartridges and old cell phones.  Send these to school with your child.   

Shop at Amazon and our school will receive a percentage of the
 sale
if you use the following web address:
https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect-home/ourladoflou-2

There's a program that allows you to help our school while you shop for your
 household needs.  Its called
TAKE CHARGE OF EDUCATION
Click on the banner below for more information.


 Support our school while you shop for groceries. It's easy when you register
for Stop & Shop A+ Bonus Bucks.  Just click on the link below.
http://www.stopandshop.com/aplus

 
Click on the image to redeem your Coke rewards from products such as DASANI Water, POWERADE, Minute Maid and other Coca-Cola products
and donate them to our school. Your donations are used towards playground equipment, art supplies and other resources for our students. 

News and Information

Safety First For the safety of our children and in cooperation with our code enforcement officers, please obey all the traffic regulations around our school. 
Read more...
Thursday, November 27
THANKSGIVING
NO SCHOOL
Friday, November 28
NO SCHOOL

Sunday, November 30
First Sunday of Advent

Monday, December 1
Bagel lunch

Tuesday, December 2
Deli Lunch

Wednesday, December 3
Pizza lunch

Friday, December 5
Pasta Lunch

Monday, December 8
Immaculate Conception
NO SCHOOL
Holy Day of Obligation
Tuesday, December 9
Chicken Cutlet Lunch

Wednesday, December 10
Pizza lunch


Today, 11/27/2014
High: 40 Low: 29
Slight chance rain showers
26% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 11/28/2014
High: 40 Low: 27
Partly sunny
3% chance of precipitation.