better to light a candle than to curse the
Our Lady of
Nourishing hearts, minds, and
We are protectors
of God's gifts!
Advent is about
waiting. We light the candles on our Advent wreath and wait in
hopeful anticipation for the coming of our
As an Advent project, we
will be collecting money for Regina Maternity Services. In
addition, we will be collecting unwrapped toys for John Theissen
Children's Foundation (www.jtcf.org).
To learn more about Advent
and how we can celebrate click here.
CONGRATULATIONS to our FALL
Prize: Masaracchia Family
1st Prize: M.
3rd Prize: Bianco
Cards - great gifts for any occasion!
Scrip gift cards are great for all occasions,
especially Christmas! They are still
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
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.
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.
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.
Mission Statement of Our Lady of Lourdes
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
Pope Francis I from
Let us pray for our new
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
Francis' homily at his inaugural Mass)
here for an important message
concerning the health of your children and all the families here at
Our Lady of Lourdes School.
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
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
Look with mercy on
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
We come, therefore,
with complete confidence to implore your
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.
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
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
must be VIRTUS trained. Please check the
Diocesan web site (www.drvc.org)
for a schedule of times and places where you can
We must have a
copy of your certificate of completion on file here at the
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.
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,
All students should be in
the school yard by 8:00am. 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
considerate of our neighbors and do not block their driveways when
you drop off or pick up your children. Thank you!
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.
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. Please make sure that your
children get to school on time.
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.
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.
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.
please remember that only parents on lunch duty should be in the school yard at
appreciate your cooperation in these matters!
You will notice
that our logos are slightly different and
that we are introducing a nicely tailored vest for
our 4th and 5th grade girls. We will also be offering
an alternative nylon gym uniform to our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders,
if they prefer that to the sweats.
"To teach in order to lead others to faith is the task of
every preacher and of each believer." - St Thomas
Excellence in Education for
Top Ten Reasons to Choose Catholic
Catholic tradition and academic excellence in a community grounded
Balanced curriculum that includes art, music and fitness
Emphasis on moral development, service to others and leadership
A 99 percent graduation rate
Strong preparation for further education
Safe and disciplined environment
Exceptional faculty who help students reach their highest
Individual attention in a caring community
Commitment to technology use to enhance education
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.
Celebrating the "Year of Faith" -
XVI has declared a "Year of Faith" which will begin October 11,
2012 and conclude November 24, 2013. "It will be a moment of grace
and commitment to a more complete conversion to God, to strengthen
our faith in Him and proclaim Him with joy to the people of our
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
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 the victims of the Super Storm
Sandy and all victims of violence and natural
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
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.
Check out The Malverne-West