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



We will soon be welcoming everyone back to school!

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather we have been having all summer!  Our new school year is quickly approaching.  We begin on Wednesday, September 3rd at 8:00am sharp.  The first day is an early 11:50am dismissal.  The next two days are full days for grades K-8.  Nursery and pre-k will be receiving notes from those teachers outlining their starting days and times. Back to school night will be on Tuesday, September 9th at 7:00pm. Our school Mass will be Friday, September 12th.  Students should be in their proper summer uniforms. Please, no neon sneakers.  You may try Penney's for black, white, navy, or gray sneakers.


 May God bless all of our graduates who will be heading for high school soon!


June Edition of OLL Times!
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Our eighth graders crown Mary.
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Our First Communion Classes.
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Holy Week


Spiritual Mentors
3rd and 6th Grades




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


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.


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


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

                    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.

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



 Highlights From Pope Francis' Installation
  Pope Francis I from Argentina
  Let us pray for our new 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 way at the school.  This does include any helpers who are brought in to help set up our  specialevents.

Social Media
Please talk to your children about the dangers of social media.  
10 social media apps teens are now using other than Facebook:
 Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Vine, Reddit, Tumblr, Kik, Snapchat, Pheed, 4Chan
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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.
Drop off time begins at 7:50am.
That is when the teacher is on duty. The bell rings at 8:00am. All children should be here by then, even for inclement weather. Please make sure that your children get to school 
on time.
 Once the classes have entered the building, you are considered late!  Students not entering their classrooms with their classes must get a late pass. Please make every effort to be on time. It is very disruptive to your class to come in late.  
If you need to speak to the teachers, please make an appointment rather than engage them in conversation before or after school. 
Parents must stay on the sidewalk by the priests' residence.   Please do not stand next to the children's class lines in the mornings. 

 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.

LUNCH
Please, no one is to bring in food from outside vendors for  their children's lunches.  If you are bringing your child in late, they must be brought in either  before or after lunch. Children being brought to school for any reason during the lunch hour will have to sit by the office until the 12:35pm bell rings.  
In addition, please remember that only parents on lunch duty should be in the school yard at lunch time. 
     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.  

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
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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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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.   

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There's a program that allows you to help our school while you shop for your
 household needs.  Its called
TAKE CHARGE OF EDUCATION
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 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. 
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Monday, September 1
Labor Day
Tuesday, September 2
Professional Day for Teachers
Wednesday, September 3
First Day of School
11:50AM dismissal
Grades K-8

Today, 8/22/2014
High: 75 Low: 64
Slight chance rain showers
21% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 8/23/2014
High: 76 Low: 63
Mostly cloudy
12% chance of precipitation.