Director's Corner

  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 4/3/2020
    Dear OLV Preschool Family,
     
    We are zooming away! Thank you all for helping us keep up with offering digital preschool options for your children. This is such a unique time, and we treasure these very special classes we get to have together. 
     
    As you know, Gov. Wolf has extended school closures "indefinitely". We hope to return to school as soon as possible, but continue to keep everyone's safety and health as a priority at this time. Please stay home, stay safe, and stay positive. We will update you with new information as it becomes available. 
     
    At this time of year we would be preparing for Holy Week and our annual Easter Basket Blessings. I am attaching information below on items in a traditional Easter Basket and their meaning. Baskets children would have made at school would have included bread, butter, and a colored Easter egg. The bread we use for this is Rhodes Dinner roll brand found in your grocer's freezer. Please see information below on a special Easter Basket Blessing with Fr. Antony. 
     
    Wishing you and your family a meaningful entrance into Holy Week. 
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     
    Online Scholastic Book Fair
    Stay tuned! We will soon have information available an online version of our Scholastic Book Fair. Shop safely from home, and our school earns 25% back in scholastic dollars. 
     
    Basket Contents
     
     
     
    Easter Basket Blessing with Fr. Antony
    On Holy Thursday, April 9th, Fr Antony will be joining us for an Easter Blessing.  You are welcome to have your Easter Baskets near you for the call so we can recreate, the best way we can, the Easter Basket Blessing tradition we have always loved at our preschool.  We will be using the Kangaroo Classroom link to meet together at 9:30 a.m.  Here is the link for you to use:   https://us04web.zoom.us/j/4337086894  We hope to see you there!
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    ESD Invitation to Zoom

    We would like to invite ESP students to a special Zoom meeting! Join them next week Tuesday April 7th at 11:00AM.  Ms V will do a science experiment.  Everyone will need a marshmallow or Easter peep.  We will also hear a story from Ms. Holly, and we invite students to bring a joke to share.  Join Zoom Meeting at 
     
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  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 2/28/2020

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

     
    Thank you to everyone who has already signed up for our Color-a-Thon! As a reminder, this is our primary fundraiser and we need everyone's help. To guarantee a shirt and be eligible for prizes, sign up online before March 27, 2020 at http://shop.schoolathon.org/191633. Use group # 121049.
     
    Donations are due in only 33 days! 
     
    Look for a FAQ about our Color-a-Thon to come out through HiMama  early next week!
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     
    Staying healthy
    With flu season in full swing, we ask you to keep children at home when they show any flu-like symptoms. If a child becomes ill at school (temperature greater than 100, vomiting, or diarrhea) they must be picked up within 30 minutes of parent notification either by parent or emergency contact. 
     
    Safety first
    Please, buckle up children immediately and be prepared to pull forward during parent pick up time at 11:30. It is important to keep our pick up line moving so cars are not backed up onto Westerly Pkwy.
     
    Prayers for our Priests Lenten Project - Our Preschool would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of all of our priests in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown throughout the Lenten season.   Our students have created single decade rosaries that we will be sending to all of our priests this week.  We will also be giving every child the name of a specific priest to remember in your prayers.  You will receive that information from your child's classroom teacher this week.  Thank you so much for being a part of such a special project.  If your family isn't interested in participating in our Prayers for our Priests, please send your paper back into school so we can connect that priest with another student.  Thank you and have a beautiful Lent!
     
    Acts of Kindness for Fr. Antony's School in India - Last year, our preschool raised $2,000 to establish a computer lab at an elementary school in Father Antony's home village of Mylapuram, India.  We would love to help them again with some new educational resources.  We are encouraging our students to do acts of kindness to raise money for India.  Some examples are setting the table for a quarter or helping with a younger sister or brother for some change.  You can send in your donations all throughout the Lenten season directly to your child's classroom. Thank you in advance for our love and kindness!  This is a very special project for our preschool.  
     
    Imagine what it'd be like when summer does come!
    Summer registration is now open! OLV Preschool will have summer camp for children ages 3 years (as of March 30, 2020) to 6 years (entering 1st grade). Registration forms should be turned in no later than May 1st. Our camp will be open Monday-Friday from 8AM-3PM. Families registering will receive a summer calendar to designate days and times they would like to enroll. Summer registration forms are available on our preschool website. 
     
    Tuition
    Thank you for getting in tuition on time. Please note, March 5th falls right before Spring Break. All payments need to be turned in on time as we will not be here the week of March 9th-13th. Tuition that is delayed until after spring break may incur a late fee. 
     
    Read Across America
    During the first week of March our preschool will celebrate National Read Across America Week! Check the flyer that came home this week for fun activities to celebrate at school.
     
    Pick Up March 4, 2020
    OLVCS will dismiss early on March 4, 2020 for their Middle States Accreditation visit. We ask that OLV Preschool families do not line up for pick up until 11:30AM  on this day to allow OLVCS students to safely board their busses. If you are picking up a sibling from OLVCS in addition to your preschooler, you may park in the back and use the main parent entrance for pick up on March 4, 2020. 
     
    Annual Catholic Conference for Women
    The 5th Annual Catholic Conference for Women at OLV will be Saturday, February 29 from 9am-3pm.  The conference includes a live talk by keynote speaker Stacey Sumereau, small group discussions, Confessions and Mass.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Please contact Melanie Smith at melanie.yonushonis@gmail.com to register or for more details. 
     
    Important Dates
    Monday, March 2nd-Friday March 6th: Read Across America Week
    Wednesday, March 4th: OLVCS Early Dismissal Day-see pick up instructions 
    Monday, March 9th-Friday March 13th: Spring Break: No School
    Thursday and Friday, March 19th-20th: Forever Young Photography, School Pictures
    Monday-Friday, March 23rd-March 27th: Scholastic Book Fair
    Friday, March 27th: Color-a-Thon Donations DUE
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  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 2/21/2020

    Dear OLV Preschool Families,

     
    It's a busy time at OLV Preschool! I hope you are watching our Facebook and Instagram to see all of the wonderful things our students and teachers are up to. This wrap up contains a lot of new/updated information, so please make sure to read all of it. 
     
    Next week we begin open registration. The best gift you can give our school is your referral. If you know someone who is considering preschool for their child, please have them contact us for a tour. Notification of class placements for priority enrolled students will be sent home the week before spring break. 
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     
    Box Tops for Education
    Keep your eye out for those paper box tops! We can still accept unexpired paper box tops until February 24th! Drop them off to Ms. Gigi.
     
    OLV Preschool Color-a-Thon 5k and Family Fun Run 
    To guarantee a shirt, sign up online before March 27, 2020 at http://shop.schoolathon.org/191633. Use group # 121049. When you register your student there is no registration fee due at sign up. Registration as a student lets you customize your own fundraising site to send to friends and family and share on social media if you wish to solicit donations. 
     
    We will offer two events--The Family Fun Run will be only on church property. There will be four color stops to run through, face painting, and soccer shots! For preschool children participating in the Fun Run on church property, there is no need for parents to sign up (and pay for) their participation. We invite all families to come out to this event together. If your child raises over $60 other family members or friends can sign up as part of their "color crew". Color Crew members also receive a t-shirt and color packet. There will also be a 5k. If you plan to run the 5k, however, please sign up separately and pay the registration fee. Because this is a fundraiser, we need everyone's help us raise money for our school. Our goal is $10,000. Because tuition only pays for teachers and the school, we need this money for school supplies, field trips, school wide events, and classroom updates. 
     
    We are grateful for our very generous families, individuals, and businesses that help to support our school! 
     
    Thank you to the following businesses for their donation to our Color-a-Thon!
    Blue Level ($251-$500)
    Blaise Hyundai Mazda
    Primerica Office of Luke Lorenz, Investment Advisor Representative
    RedLine Speed Shine
    Yellow Level ($101-250)
    Rugrats Resale
    Red Level ($50-$100)
    Advanced Dentistry
    The Sign Factory
     
     
    Imagine what it'd be like when summer does come!
    Summer registration is now open! OLV Preschool will have summer camp for children ages 3 years (as of March 30, 2020) to 6 years (entering 1st grade). Registration forms should be turned in no later than May 1st. Our camp will be open Monday-Friday from 8AM-3PM. Families registering will receive a summer calendar to designate days and times they would like to enroll. Attached are summer program registration forms. 
     
    Ash Distribution
    Deacon Dave will distribute ashes to OLV Preschool on February 26, 2020 at 10:15AM, immediately following school mass in the OLV baptistry. Families are welcome to join and receive ashes. 
     
    Tuition
    Thank you for getting in tuition on time. Please note, March 5th falls right before Spring Break. All payments need to be turned in on time as we will not be here the week of March 9th-13th. 
     
    Read Across America
    During the first week of March our preschool will celebrate National Read Across America Week! See attached for the flyer that will come home next week for daily activities.  
     
    Pick Up March 4, 2020
    OLVCS will dismiss early on March 4, 2020 for their Middle States Accreditation visit. We ask that OLV Preschool families do not line up for pick up until 11:30AM  on this day to allow OLVCS students to safely board their busses. 
     
    Annual Catholic Conference for Women
    The 5th Annual Catholic Conference for Women at OLV will be Saturday, February 29 from 9am-3pm.  The conference includes a live talk by keynote speaker Stacey Sumereau, small group discussions, Confessions and Mass.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Please contact Melanie Smith at melanie.yonushonis@gmail.com to register or for more details. 
     
    Important Dates
    Sunday, February 24th: Open Registration begins
    Wednesday, February 26th: Ash Wednesday
    Monday, March 2nd-Friday March 6th: Read Across America Week
    Wednesday, March 4th: OLVCS Early Dismissal Day-see pick up instructions 
    Monday, March 9th-Friday March 13th: Spring Break: No School
    Thursday and Friday, March 19th-20th: Forever Young Photography, School Pictures
    Monday-Friday, March 23rd-March 27th: Scholastic Book Fair
    Friday, March 27th: Color-a-Thon Donations DUE
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  • Color-a-Thon Count Down

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 2/21/2020
    Dear OLV Preschool Family,
     
    Have you registered online for Color-A-Thon?  Did you email your friends and family asking them to help?  Remember for every $30.00 you get in donations, after your first $60.00, you can add another member to your Color ClubTo guarantee a shirt, sign up online before March 27, 2020 at http://shop.schoolathon.org/191633. Use group # 121049. When you register your student there is no registration fee due at sign up. Registration as a student lets you customize your own fundraising site to send to friends and family and share on social media if you wish to solicit donations. 
     
    We will offer two events--The Family Fun Run will be only on church property. There will be four color stops to run through, face painting, and soccer shots! For preschool children participating in the Fun Run on church property, there is no need for parents to sign up (and pay for) their participation. We invite all families to come out to this event together. If your child raises over $60 other family members or friends can sign up as part of their "color crew". Color Crew members also receive a t-shirt and color packet. There will also be a 5k. If you plan to run the 5k, however, please sign up separately and pay the registration fee. Because this is a fundraiser, we need everyone's help us raise money for our school. Our goal is $10,000. Because tuition only pays for teachers and the school, we need this money for school supplies, field trips, school wide events, and classroom updates. 
     
    We are grateful for our very generous families, individuals, and businesses that help to support our school! 
     
    Thank you to the following businesses for their donation to our Color-a-Thon!
    Blue Level ($251-$500)
    Blaise Hyundai Mazda
    Primerica Office of Luke Lorenz, Investment Advisor Representative
    RedLine Speed Shine
    Yellow Level ($101-250)
    Rugrats Resale
    Red Level ($50-$100)
    Advanced Dentistry
    The Sign Factory
     
    Color-a-Thon

     

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  • Color-a-Thon Count Down!

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 2/14/2020

     

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

    It’s another Color-A-Thon Update…Now, you may be thinking… hey I haven't done anything yet - is it too late? The answer is NO! Our Color-a-Thon event will be an excellent family fun day! In addition to the 5k and family fun run (with splashes of color!) we are excited to host Faces by Leah for face painting and Soccer Shots all morning! It costs nothing to create your donation website and get signed up for our event and you can start collecting donations right away by sending it to friends and family. Good luck!

    To get registered go to https://shop.schoolathon.org/EventIndex.asp?EID=191633 and use Group ID 121049!

    Blessings,
    Dawn

     

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  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 2/7/2020

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

     
    February is an exciting time for us at preschool! Valentine's Day looms and we prepare for Ash Wednesday at the end of the month. But, the biggest thing on everyone's mind is our registration for the next school year, and summer camp! 
    Please review our recommendations for a seamless registration experience for 20-21 below, and information regarding our summer camp. 
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     
    Volunteers for Open House
    Each year we offer an open house for new families. During this open house we like for current parents to be available to provide tours, and answer parent-perspective questions. If you love our school and would like to help with our open house, and have your clearances we'd love to have your help. You can sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090949ADAC28A6FC1-olvpreschool
     
    Tuition 
    Thank you to everyone who gets your tuition in on time! Remember, tuition is due no later than the 5th of the month. Your tuition pays our teacher's salaries  and building expenses. 
     
    Fundraising Updates
    Thank you to everyone who was able to join us at Hoss's on 1/26. Hoss's donated $117.20 to our preschool! Another thank you for supporting our Box Tops for Education program. We received a check for $206.70 for our fall collection. Presently we are accepting box tops for our spring collection. Please turn in all box tops to Ms. Gigi no later than February 24, 2020. 
     
    We are grateful for our very generous families, individuals, and businesses that help to support our school! Did you know tuition pays for teacher salaries and school expenses but is not enough for supplies, field trips, special events, and classroom updates? Your participation in our fundraisers greatly enhances the quality of programming and experiences we are able to provide for our students! 
     
    OLV Preschool Color-a-Thon 5k and Family Fun Run 
    Join us at OLV for a 5k and family fun run with a splash of color on April 18, 2020. Registration begins at 8AM with 5k and Fun Run beginning at 9AM. Registration is $30. This event is the primary fundraiser for OLV Preschool for the year. To guarantee a shirt, sign up online before March 27, 2020 at http://shop.schoolathon.org/191633.  Business sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact Dr. Dawn Lorenz at lorenzd@olvcs.org. Funds raised will help with classroom supplies, school wide events, field trips, community outreach, and school safety improvements. 
     
    Fara Lippencot at OLV Preschool
    We are blessed to again host Fara Lippencot Designs at OLV Preschool. Individual student pictures will be taken on February 18th and 19th, and Sibling Saturday will be held on February 22nd. You must pre-register/prepay for Sibling Saturday sign ups. Sibling sessions will be $125 and deposit can either be used toward the purchase of all digital images, or toward a print package. Please see flyer below for a sample of her work. 
     
    Sign up for Sibling Saturday (2/22) time here: 
     
    Pay for Sibling Saturday (2/22) session here:
     
    Registration Details
    In house registration is coming soon! Classes do fill quickly and I encourage you to register as soon as possible when your window opens to ensure you get your top choice for program placement. 
     

    Monday, February 10th: Priority Registration (current student and siblings - ALL classes) Open

    Monday, February 24th: Open Registration begins
    ALL registration is done at https://olvcs.schooladminonline.com/users/sign_in. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office. You will ONLY need to complete the Priority Registration Request Form. Access this form from the link under your students name that says "continue enrollment". This form allows you to select your top three choices for program placement. We do our very best to ensure each student is placed in his/her top choice. However, due to space limitations and ratio requirements, this may not always be possible. For this reason, please remember to select a second choice for your program. 
    This form will be time stamped when you sign the form. Forms signed/submitted prior to midnight on the day of registration will go to the end of the line. 
     
    Please, do not submit a new application for a returning student. New applications for returning students cannot be accepted.
     
    When we finally do what frozen things do, in summer!
    It may be chilly outside, but we are thinking about our summer program! Traditionally, we offer a summer camp to our students that runs the second week of June through August, Monday-Friday. To help us best accommodate our families, please complete the summer survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RRC3WTS no later than Monday, February 10th. Summer registration will be available  after the priority registration window closes. 

    How many toes does a horse have on each foot?  If you know, you could help your table win $400 at OLV Trivia Night, our annual evening of food, drinks, auctions, raffles, laughs, and (of course) trivia!  Friday, February 21, 2020.  Tickets are now only $35/each or $270/table for 8…price goes up to $40/each and $300/table on February 8th.  Proceeds benefit the OLVCS Athletic Program.  Purchase tickets and learn about all things OLV Trivia Night at www.olvcatholicschool.org/trivia  and follow and share us on Facebook.

    Important Dates
    Monday, February 10th: Priority Registration (current student) Open
    Wednesday, February 12th: OLV Preschool Open House
    Monday, February 17th: No School, Inservice
    Tuesday, February 18th: All TR classes, 4 year 4 Day, 4 year M-F
    Wednesday, February 19th: 3 yr M-F, all MWF Classes, PreK
    Sunday, February 24th: Open Registration begins
    Wednesday, February 26th: Ash Wednesday
    Monday, March 2nd-Friday March 6th: Read Across America Week
    Monday, March 9th-Friday March 13th: Spring Break: No School
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