JAN 13 - Student of the Month Awards Assembly, 8:15 am

JAN 13 - OLPH Annual Spelling Bee (4-8 grades), 1:30 pm

JAN 16 - No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

JAN 17 - 2nd Trimester Progress Reports sent home

JAN 18 - "Free Dress" $2.00

JAN 19 - 4-6 Grade Field Trip to Coachella Valley Rescue Mission

JAN 20 - Walkathon forms due, except pledge sheet; Inauguration Day

JAN 29 - FEB 4 - Catholic Schools Week

The holidays are always a reminder for all of us to celebrate the special things in life-family, health, love, peace and most importantly God. We all know we need one another especially in our challenging and difficult times. Last November, many of you supported Birth Choice of the Desert by providing items desperately needed. You also supported your child's class with various service projects. This is who we are--a school community serving one another and growing every day by modeling positive actions for others. Thank you for allowing us to teach your children these values and for your support in exemplifying them. Attached is a thank you letter from Birth Choice of the Desert. An act of kindness makes a difference.


Safety Patrol Monitors

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School is looking for volunteers to monitor morning arrivals between 7:30 -8:00 am. We do need Safety Patrol Monitors to

*remind us the correct way to enter and exit the parking lot,

*remind us to park our cars,

*remind us to drive slowly,

*remind us not to double park and

*remind us to be observant of others walking to the school building.

Can you help us? Service will be credited for hours, but more importantly, your service will be valued. Please contact Mrs. Arias if you are able to be one of our Safety Monitors.

OLPH Scrip Program

Thank you to our families who are purchasing Scrip. Remember, Scrip is another word for gift cards or certificates. When you know you are going shopping at a retail store or vendor, you can order Scrip from us and it will be sent to you within a few days. The school receives a percentage from each Scrip ordered, which really helps. You can also order Scrip online at www.shopwithscrip.com. If you haven't registered, it is fairly easy to do so. See attached list of a few retail stores for all your shopping needs. You are welcomed to stop by the office to pick up a list of all retail stores.

Catholic Schools Week

The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2017 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” The annual observance starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2017 is January 29-February 4. The theme encompasses several concepts that are at the heart of a Catholic education. First, schools are communities—small families in their own right, but also members of the larger community of home, church, city and nation. Faith, knowledge and service are three measures by which any Catholic school can and should be judged.The logo features a swirl of colors interacting around a cross, which is at the center of all Catholic education. The vibrancy of the colors and the movement and shadows in the logo portray the inner-connectivity and community life that are present in our Catholic schools.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School is proud to celebrate Catholic Schools Week and welcome you to join us in recognizing and acknowledging Catholic education. Here are a few activities for the week.

Sunday, January 29:Catholic Schools Sunday-Families are encouraged to attend one of our Sunday Masses, 8:15, 10:00, 12:00 or 2:00. Students are to wear their school uniform. We will have students participating in the Liturgies.

Monday, January 30: Faith & Academics Day- Wear your Thinking Cap! Junior High Liturgy at Xavier College Preparatory High for 7th & 8th; Academic activities throughout the day in the classroom. (Outdoor activities provided by Student Council during recess and/or lunch)

Tuesday, January 31: Student Appreciation Day- Students can come to school in pajamas or a favorite character! More information will be forthcoming. There will be activities provided by the faculty and student council. Lunch will also be provided for all students.

Wednesday, February 1: Teacher/Staff Appreciation Day- Lunch will be provided by the Student Council for the teachers. Teachers vs. Students activities today!

Thursday, February 2: Schoolwide Food Drive. Students are to bring a canned food item to be given to needy families. Student Council will provide activities during recess and/or lunch.

Friday, February 3: 29th Annual Walkathon!

Saturday, February 4: Catholic Schools Week Banquet, Diocese of San Bernardino-OLPH is proud to recognize the following special people for their tremendous service and dedication to Catholic education! Each will receive their award at the banquet held at Doubletree Tree Resort, Ontario. Congratulations!

Ms. Sarah Romero, Distinguished Alumni

Ms. Marci Quintana, Distinguished Volunteer

Mrs. Vicky Domingo, Distinguished Volunteer

We are very blessed to have these ladies on our team! Thank you for all you do for OLPH School!

Martin Luther King Day in the United States, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King was an important civil rights activist. He was a leader in the movement to end racial segregation in the United States. His most famous address was the "I Have A Dream" speech. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated in 1968.

In 1968, shortly after Martin Luther King died, a campaign was started for his birthday to become a holiday to honor him. After the first bill was introduced, trade unions lead the campaign for the federal holiday. It was endorsed in 1976. Following support from the musician Stevie Wonder with his single "Happy Birthday" and a petition with six million signatures, the bill became law in 1983. Martin Luther King Day was first observed in 1986, although it was not observed in all states until the year 2000. In 1990, the Wyoming legislature designated Martin Luther King Jr/Wyoming Equality Day as a legal holiday. (www.timeanddate.com)


I*Begin your morning with prayer.

*Encourage your child to complete all assignments. Spend quality time reviewing work with your child.

*Communicate often with your child's teacher.

*Attend school events and/or activities when you can...such as our Spelling Bee competition on Friday January 13.

*Do your best to stay on top of your extended care invoices.

*Take your children to church every Sunday.

*Turn in your lunch order forms when due.

*Be courteous in the parking lot. Please park your car and be observant of children.

* Smile often...it is contagious!

Flu Season

As you know the flu season is here! We have had several students with the flu, cough, bronchitis, cold, etc. We encourage you to take preventive measures to ensure your family does not get sick this winter. Here are a few tips:

• Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds

• Cover your mouth or nose with a tissue if you sneeze or use your upper sleeve (not your hands) if you have no tissue

• Disinfect shared objects and common areas, clean doorknobs, tables, telephones, countertops, etc.

• Avoid sharing personal items such as eating utensils, toothbrush, drinking cups or straws, etc.

• Be careful around those who are sick. Stay away at least 6 feet from people who are coughing or sneezing. Do not touch or rub your eyes and always wash your hands immediately after any contact with someone who is sick.

• Be ready to arrange for the care of your family and household responsibility should a family member become ill.

Flu shots are available throughout the county. For information on flu shots contact the Riverside County Health Department.


If your child becomes ill, he/she cannot return to school without a doctor’s note releasing the child back to school.

Catholic Calendar, Epiphany, January 6

Many Christians around the world annually celebrate Epiphany on January 6. It is a public holiday in many countries and marks two events in Jesus Christ’s life, according to the Christian Bible. The first event was when the three wise men, or kings, visited infant Jesus. The second event was when St John the Baptist baptized Jesus.

Epiphany is commonly known as Three Kings’ Day or the Feast of the Epiphany. It means “manifestation” or “showing forth”. It is also called Theophany (“manifestation of God”), especially by Eastern Christians. Epiphany refers not only to the day itself but to the church season that follows it – a season that has a varied length because it ends when Lent begins, and this depends on the date of Easter.

It commemorates the first two occasions on which Jesus’ divinity, according to Christian belief, was manifested: when the three kings (also known as wise men or Magi) visited infant Jesus in Bethlehem, and when John the Baptist baptized him in the River Jordan. The Roman Catholic and Protestant churches emphasize the visit of the Magi when they celebrate the Epiphany. The Eastern Orthodox churches focus on Jesus’ baptism.

Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian feasts. It was celebrated since the end of the second century, before the Christmas holiday was established. Like other Christian seasons, the church appropriated Epiphany from an old pagan festival. As early as 1996 BCE, the Egyptians celebrated the winter solstice (which then occurred on January 6) with a tribute to Aeon, the Virgin. It is important to note that the holiday was established prior to the Gregorian calendar’s introduction.

Various paintings, artworks and sketches show the three wise men and Jesus. Some paintings artworks show the three wise men on the way to Bethlehem or adoring baby Jesus. The kings are important because their visit illustrates that Jesus was the king of all kings who came for the Jews and the Gentiles.

The star that guides the wise men to Christ also symbolizes Epiphany, as well as the three gifts they gave to Jesus:

Gold (fit for a king).

Frankincense (used to worship at a temple).

Myrrh (used for embalming, as well as a salve for irritations such as diaper rash).

Many Orthodox churches consider Jesus’ baptism to be the first step towards the crucifixion. The liturgical color for the Epiphany season is white. (www.timeanddate.com)

"Like the Magi, may we also journey and be attentive, untiring and courageous on the path to find the invisible God who was born among us." -Pope Francis

What’s Your Catholic I.Q.?

This Week’s Question

The sixteenth-century Spanish nobleman who founded the Jesuits and is the patron of retreats is

a. St. Ignatius Loyola

b. St. John Capistrano

c. St. Valentine

d. St. Mark

See bulletin for the answer!

Answer to last question

The Immaculate Conception

a. means that Mary was preserved from sin from the moment of her conception in her mother’s womb.



Pope Francis

Most Reverend Bishop Gerald Barnes

Father Alex, Father Kien, Father John

OLPH Catholic School and Parish Community

World leaders in all nations

Those who are ill, homeless, hungry, lonely and depressed

For the families of Elizabeth Leon, who passed away this week

Violence and Injustice

Peace among humanity

Our Lady of Perpetual Help pray for us and bless our school

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