Our Lady of Perpetual Help School bulletin, (Vol.21) (Issue No. 4) Jan. 25, 2019

Calendar Reminders

Jan. 18-28- Baby Bottle Drive, Birth Choice of the Desert

Jan. 25 - Ocotillo Wells, Desert Animal Presentation

Jan. 27- Feb 2. - Catholic Schools Week

Jan. 27 - Catholic Schools Sunday

Jan. 28 - Academic Day

Jan. 28 - Meet & Greet School Board

Jan. 28 - Junior Historians Program begins today

Jan. 29 - Student Appreciation Day

Jan. 30. - Teachers/Staff Appreciation Day

Jan. 31 - Faith Day, Donate a canned food item for families in need.

Feb. 1 - 31st Annual Walkathon, Minimum Day, 1200 Noon Dismissal

Feb. 2 - Diocesan Catholic Schools Awards Banquet

Feb. 4 - First Basketball game of the season

Feb. 5 - WASC/WCEA Pre Visit

Feb. 8 - No School, Teacher In-service Day

Feb. 9 - Next Generation Debate League Tournament

Feb. 13 - Kindergarten Field Trip to Children's Discovery Museum

Feb. 18 - No School, President's Day

Feb. 21 - McTeacher's Night @ McDonalds, North Indio

Feb. 27 - First Grade Field Trip to The Living Desert

Feb. 28 - OLPH Science Fair

OLPH Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the school's annual Spelling Bee. They did a great job spelling various words in front of an audience. We are very proud of each of these students, who aspire to be Life-Long Learners!

Eighth Grade- Jillian Brown, Ricardo Diaz, Anna Maria Rivera

Seventh Grade- Haley Maloy, Daniel Reed, Alejandro Salomon

Sixth Grade- Avery Crousillac, Camilla Regalado, Vianca Terriquez

Fifth Grade- Emma Aguilar, Isabella Duarte, Lucas Sear

Fourth Grade- Quinn Crousillac, Nghia Hoang, Zachary Muniz

And the winners are...Anna Maria Rivera, First Place and Lucas Sear, Runner Up.

Anna Maria Rivera will be representing OLPH School in Riverside at the Catholic Schools Spelling Bee competition in February. Congratulations Anna Maria and Lucas Sear!

Student of the Month

It is time again to recognize our students who were chosen Student of the Month for December. Congratulations to the following students who demonstrated the SLE, A Faithful Catholic. You are awesome!

Kindergarten- Nicholas Gomez

First Grade- Luke Meraz

Second Grade- Joan Andres DeLaTorre, Jesus Martinez

Third Grade- Brock Owens, Teagan Steiger

Fourth Grade- Brandon Domingo

Fifth Grade- Frida Andrade, Guillermo Delgado

Sixth Grade- Alexia Garcia

Seventh Grade- Vanessa Castro

Eighth Grade- Cianna Saenz

Computer- Isabelle Fair, Alyssa Mendoza, Samara Serafini, Joshua Sanchez

Physical Education- Gladys Armenta, Lilyana Rodriguez, Rebekah Fierro, Joshua Sanchez

Junior Historians

The Coachella Valley History Museum is hosting their annual Junior Historians for students in grades 3-5. This dynamic after school program will help students learn while having fun in a safe and encouraging environment. Each session includes hands-on activities.

*Learn the exciting history of the Coachella Valley and "become" one of the early settlers at the museum's Heritage Festival on Saturday, March 16.

*Sharpen your speaking and presentation skills.

*Snacks and all materials are included as well as old-fashioned games such as horse shoes, croquet, 3-legged sack races, relay races, an egg toss, jacks, cat's cradle, checkers, jump rope, and hop-scotch.

*Make new friends, do projects, play games, and have fun!

The Junior Historians after school program begins January 28 and continues through March 13, 2019. Thank you to all the families who registered their child for this program!

Riverside County Date Festival Tickets
Birth Choice of the Desert Baby Bottle Drive ends on Monday January 28. Thank you for your support!
Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week is an annual national celebration of the important role that Catholic elementary and secondary schools across the country play in providing a values-added education for America's young people. Catholic schools are proud of their educational network that emphasizes intellectual, spiritual, moral, physical, and social values in their students.

Catholic Schools Week begins Sunday, January 27 through Saturday February 2, 2019. The theme Catholic Schools- Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. teaches our students to always strive to reflect these values. It is who were are as a Catholic school family.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and Preschool celebrates Catholic Schools Week and congratulates all Catholic schools nationwide. And as always, we thank all our families for their support! Please refer to the flyer for next week's activities.

We are asking all students to attend one of the Sunday Masses Jan. 27 in school uniform- 8:15 -English, 10:00 -Spanish, 12:00-English, or 2:00 pm Spanish.

Our OLPH Children's Choir will be singing at the 8:15 am. Thank you choir and Mrs. Brown-We will see you Sunday!

Don't Forget...

*Tuesday January 29 is Student Appreciation Day-Lunch is provided.

*Thursday January 31st is Faith Day. Donate a canned food item for a needy family.

*Friday February 1st Walk-a-thon!

31st Annual OLPH Walk-a-thon

Here is a reminder regarding our Walk-a-thon next Friday.

Remember to turn in all forms including pledge sheet by Tuesday January 29. We are in need of volunteers, cut-up oranges, and cupcakes for the students. If you are able to bring in oranges and/or cupcakes, please call the school office at 347.3786.

Please note below routes for K-4 and 5-8.

Every year the Diocese of San Bernardino recognizes and honors special people in our Catholic schools for all they do for Catholic education. Our Lady of Perpetual Help is pleased to congratulate and honor Ms. Elisa Bautista, Distinguished Staff Award and Mrs. Celina Jimenez, Distinguished Volunteer Award. They will be acknowledged and will receive their award at the Diocesan Catholic Schools Week Banquet in Ontario on Saturday, February 2. Congratulations again Ms. Bautista and Mrs. Jimenez!

School Board

OLPH School has always been blessed with individuals who support the school in their endeavors. The Parent Board is one group working in collaboration with the school families, administration, faculty, and staff. Another group is our school board. Anyone who would like to meet the school board, please feel free to stop by the school and meet/greet the board in the school lobby on Monday January 28 at 6:00. May Our Lord continue to bless and guide all who contribute to the educational and spiritual journey of our students, so they can succeed in the future.

Next Generation Debate League

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School is excited to share with you that we have joined the Next Generation Debate League of the Coachella Valley. Our students in grades 6-8 have been preparing for debates under the leadership of Mrs. Rebekah Shepherd. We are proud to join four other middle schools-Desert Christian Academy, Indio Middle School, Bobby Duke Academy, and Desert Ridge Academy in this league.

OLPH School will be hosting the next debate on Saturday February 9, 2019. The topics of the debate will be:

*The United States should close its Guantanamo prison.

*Schools should be year round.

*Palm Desert should allow Drive-Thru's.

*The United States voting age should be lowered to 16.

All are invited to attend this debate. The first round begins at 9:00 am. We are looking forward to seeing this event! Thank you to our students and Mrs. Shepherd, for your enthusiasm to share your knowledge, opinions, and your critical thinking skills on the topic/s you are presenting. Good Luck to all our students participating!

OLPH Science Fair

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School is collecting Box Tops for Education. This is a great way to support the school. Many stores where you shop are part of the Box Tops for Education and will donate a percentage of your online purchase to the school. Many thanks to all who are participating by cutting out the box tops and sending them to the school. You can find these pink box tops on many items you buy for your family. Remember, every bit helps! Thank you Mrs. Bowman for chairing this activity!


*Begin each morning with prayer.

*Read everyday to your child.

*Make quality time for your children and family.

*Take time to communicate often with your child's teacher.

*Be courteous in the parking lot. Follow the guidelines of the Bliss Ave parking lot and the staff parking lot. Be patient and observant of others.

*Remind your child to dress in correct uniform.

*Make your payments for extended care, lunch and other fees in a timely manner.

Payments with

Gradelink now has the ability to accept payments from our families who has a child in 3-8 grades. Families can make payments for registration fees, fundraisers such as Walk-a-thon, Las Vegas Spring Fundraiser, Nite @ the Races, Bishop's Car Raffle tickets, extended care, lunch, and the sports program. All you need to do is log on with your Gradelink user ID and password and you will find your account. You can then click on make a payment to make your request. We are hoping this will make it easier for you, our families, instead of having to send in your payment or come into the office.

We are still working on the primary grades so they too can have this option. We will keep you posted when this is available for K-2, as soon as we are informed by Gradelink.

"In this World Youth Day #Panama 2019 I invite you to pray all together The Holy Rosary for peace through @clicktoprayapp."-Pope Francis

Catholic Calendar
Presentation of the Lord, February 2

At the end of the fourth century, a woman named Etheria made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Her journal, discovered in 1887, gives an unprecedented glimpse of liturgical life there. Among the celebrations she describes is the Epiphany (January 6), the observance of Christ's birth, and the gala procession in honor of his Presentation in the Temple 40 days later- February 15. (Under the Mosaic Law, a woman was ritually "unclean" for 40 days after childbirth, when she was to present herself to the priests and offer sacrifice-her "purification." Contact with anyone who had brushed against ,mystery-birth or death-excluded a person from Jewish worship.) This feast emphasizes Jesus' first appearance in the Temple more than Mary's purification.

The observance spread throughout the Western Church in the fifth and sixth centuries. Because the Church in the West celebrated Jesus' birth on December 25, the Presentation was moved to February 2, 40 days after Christmas.

At the beginning of the eighth century, Pope Sergius inaugurated a candlelight procession; at the end of the same century the blessing and distribution of candles which continues to this day became part of the celebration, giving the feast its popular name: Candlemas. -from americancatholic.org

What's your Catholic IQ?
Last Question

The wise men did not return to King Herod to tell him where the newborn king was because

a. they were warned in a dream and went home another way.

New Question

The "bread from heaven" that God provided for Moses and the Israelites as they journeyed in the desert for forty years was called

a. manna

b. matzo

c. challah

d. unleavened

See answer in next bulletin!

Prayer Corner

Please pray for:

*Pope Francis and World Youth Day

*Bishop Gerald Barnes, Father Alex, and all religious clergy

*Faculty, Staff, Students and Families of OLPH School & Preschool

*Those who are ill, depressed, lonely

*Families who are unemployed, hungry and homeless

*World Peace

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Pray For Us And Bless our School
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Diane Arias

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