Director's Corner

  • Merry Christmas!

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 12/19/2019
    When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me,  and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear. When I was sick, you took; care of me, and when I was in jail, you visited me.”-- Matthew 25: 35-36
     

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

     
    My heart overflows and I am overwhelmed with your generosity. Thank you for sharing gifts with our adopted families. Today, I was privileged to accompany our 4 year olds and PreK class on their caroling field trip. Residents at both Harmony and Wynwood were so pleased with the joy and music our children brought into their homes. Monsignor Saylor, who resides at Harmony, was especially pleased to see our preschool. 
     
    Thank you for being a part of our OLV Family. I pray you all have a very Merry Christmas and a joyous Happy New Year. School will resume on January 2nd. 
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     
    Preschool Christmas Wish
    If any of our families are replacing a microwave, toaster oven, or small fridge this holiday season please keep the preschool in mind for donation of your old, working ones. This week we lost all three appliances. Donations would be most appreciated by all of our staff. 
     
    Parent Pick Up Changes Coming in January
    This week you should have received a letter from Mr. Stec that outlines the new parent pick up procedures for 11:30AM pick up time. There will be no change to drop off, or walker pick up, but anyone driving and picking up at 11:30AM will follow the new procedures. The new pick up will begin on January 2, 2020 when we return from break. 
     
    Living Nativity Opportunity
    Hosted by Bald Eagle Valley Community United Methodist Church at Eagle Towing & Recovery Inc., Bellefonte, PA. 
    LIVE NATIVITY: The Reason for the Season
    Friday, December 20th -- show times 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm
    Saturday, December 21st -- show times 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm
    Sunday, December 22nd -- show times 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm

    This is a 20 minute outdoor moving live presentation with narration and music of the Nativity story, featuring live animals and characters. Join us and celebrate The Reason for the Season! Invite your friends and neighbors. This is a free program for the community. Bleacher seating available -- DRESS WARM!!
     
    OLV Children's Live Nativity Christmas Eve Mass

    All families and children are invited to the annual Children’s Christmas Eve Mass at Our Lady of Victory to be held on December 24, 2019 at the 6:30pm Mass. OLV will have a Living Nativity during the Gospel reading as well as student readers for various parts and gift bearers for the Mass. Older siblings grades K-6 may contact Jim Hoy at jhoy@ourladyofvictory.com if they would like to be a part of the nativity. 

    Do you have a child entering Kindergarten in the Fall?  

    OLVCS Kindergarten registration is open for 2020-2021. Contact us at registrar@olvcs.org  or 814-238-1952 to schedule a private tour if you did not have the chance to attend a Kindergarten open house. Registration fees are waived if registration is completed prior to February 1, 2020! If registering after February 1st registration is $100. 

    Where is the World's Largest Nativity Scene located?  If you guessed Einsiedeln, Switzerland, you could help your table win $400 at OLV Trivia Night on February 21, 2020.  Doors open at 5:30PM.  Great night of food, drinks, raffles, live auction (including for a reserved parking spot and pew for the Christmas Mass of your choice), fellowship, and trivia (of course!).  Tickets: $35/ea or $270/table for 8.  GREAT last minute Christmas gift!  Check out www.olvcatholicschool.org/trivia for all the details.  Follow us on Facebook.  Proceeds benefit the OLVCS Athletic Program.

    Important Dates
    Monday, December 16th: 4 yr, and PreK Christmas Program
    Tuesday, December 17th: 2 1/2 yr, and 3 yr Christmas Program
    Wednesday, December 18th: ESP Changes for January  DUE
    Monday, December 23rd-Wednesday, January 1st: Christmas Break
    Thursday, January 2nd: First Day Back to School
    Monday, January 6th: Tuition Due
    Friday, January 17th: No Preschool: Parent-Teacher Conferences ONLY
    Monday, January 20th: No School, Inservice Day/Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 12/12/2019

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

     
    This is always such an exciting time at our preschool. The halls are filled with the smell of cinnamon and the sound of children singing. Classrooms each have their own special plans to learn about how we can make our home and heart ready for Jesus this Advent, and our whole school is preparing the way of the Lord with our upcoming Christmas programs and adopted family project. 
     
    Today was no exception to this exciting time. Miss Zoe Nelson won the opportunity to be Director for a day through our Scholastic Book Fair drawing last month.  Miss Zoe worked very hard today greeting families, keeping our school safe, visiting classrooms, seeing students in the office, and directing for the day. She learned that being a director is a tough, but super fun job. Her last major decision was that tomorrow, Friday, December 13th, should be "wear your Christmas sweater to school day". 
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     
    ESP Changes
    If your child will have a change in extended school scheduling please submit forms no later than December 18th for January. 
     
    Adopted Families
    Thank you to everyone who has taken a tag from our giving tree for our adopted families! St. Vicent DePaul will pick up gifts later this month. Please remember to bring your wrapped gift to Ms. Gigi no later than December 18th. 
     
    Christmas Program
    You should receive an invitation this week for our annual Christmas Program! Our Christmas Program will take place at the Activity Center. Students in the 4 year and PreK programs will have their program on Monday, December 16th, and students in the  2 1/2 year and 3 year classes will have their program on Tuesday, December 17th. Doors will open at 10:00AM with program beginning at 10:30AM. Snacks and activities to follow. Students will return to their classrooms for dismissal
     
    Living Nativity Opportunity
    Hosted by Bald Eagle Valley Community United Methodist Church at Eagle Towing & Recovery Inc., Bellefonte, PA. 
    LIVE NATIVITY: The Reason for the Season
    Friday, December 20th -- show times 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm
    Saturday, December 21st -- show times 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm
    Sunday, December 22nd -- show times 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm

    This is a 20 minute outdoor moving live presentation with narration and music of the Nativity story, featuring live animals and characters. Join us and celebrate The Reason for the Season! Invite your friends and neighbors. This is a free program for the community. Bleacher seating available -- DRESS WARM!!
     
    OLV Children's Live Nativity Christmas Eve Mass

    All families and children are invited to the annual Children’s Christmas Eve Mass at Our Lady of Victory to be held on December 24, 2019 at the 6:30pm Mass. OLV will have a Living Nativity during the Gospel reading as well as student readers for various parts and gift bearers for the Mass. Older siblings grades K-6 may contact Jim Hoy at jhoy@ourladyofvictory.com if they would like to be a part of the nativity. 

    Do you have a child entering Kindergarten in the Fall?  

    OLVCS Kindergarten registration is open for 2020-2021. Contact us at registrar@olvcs.org  or 814-238-1952 to schedule a private tour if you did not have the chance to attend a Kindergarten open house. Registration fees are waived if registration is completed prior to February 1, 2020! If registering after February 1st registration is $100. 

    Important Dates
    Monday, December 16th: 4 yr, and PreK Christmas Program
    Tuesday, December 17th: 2 1/2 yr, and 3 yr Christmas Program
    Wednesday, December 18th: ESP Changes for January  DUE
    Monday, December 23rd-Wednesday, January 1st: Christmas Break
    Thursday, January 2nd: First Day Back to School
    Monday, January 6th: Tuition Due
    Friday, January 17th: No Preschool: Parent-Teacher Conferences ONLY
    Monday, January 20th: No School, Inservice Day/Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 12/6/2019

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

     
    I can hardly believe it is that time of year already! It is so exciting to watch as our preschool family prepares for the coming of the Lord! It is such a joy to spend this special time with our children as they learn about Advent and the Nativity. 
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     

    Christmas Family Movie at OLVCS! December 6th (TONIGHT!)  

    The popcorn will be popping and the hot cocoa will be flowing all while the Holiday spirit in Whooville will be growing! Or will it? Join your OLV family and friends on December 6, 2019 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm in the OLV gymnasium for the Family Movie Night featuring The Grinch. Wear your warmest pajamas and bring blankets for this annual event. Sign-up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D48ACAE2CAAF94-olvfamily

    Adopted Families
    Thank you to everyone who has taken a tag from our giving tree for our adopted families! St. Vicent DePaul will pick up gifts later this month. Please remember to bring your wrapped gift to Ms. Gigi no later than December 18th. 
     
    Christmas Program
    You should receive an invitation this week for our annual Christmas Program! Our Christmas Program will take place at the Activity Center. Students in the 4 year and PreK programs will have their program on Monday, December 16th, and students in the  2 1/2 year and 3 year classes will have their program on Tuesday, December 17th. Doors will open at 10:00AM with program beginning at 10:30AM. Snacks and activities to follow. Students will return to their classrooms for dismissal. 
     
    Winter Weather
    Please check your HiMama for information on winter weather closings and updates. You should have received instructions earlier this week through your HiMama account. Please let your child's teacher know if you did not receive this. 
     

    Do you have a child entering Kindergarten in the Fall?  

    OLVCS Kindergarten registration is open for 2020-2021. Contact us at registrar@olvcs.org  or 814-238-1952 to schedule a private tour if you did not have the chance to attend a Kindergarten open house. Registration fees are waived if registration is completed prior to February 1, 2020! If registering after February 1st registration is $100. 

    Important Dates
    Thursday, December 5th: Tuition Due
     
    Friday, December 6th: OLVCS Movie "The Grinch"
    Monday, December 16th: 4 yr, and PreK Christmas Program
    Tuesday, December 17th: 2 1/2 yr, and 3 yr Christmas Program
    Wednesday, December 18th: ESP Changes for January  DUE
    Monday, December 23rd-Wednesday, January 1st: Christmas Break
    Thursday, January 2nd: First Day Back to School 
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  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 11/15/2019
    Dear OLV Preschool Family,
     
    November is flying by! This week we hosted our Scholastic Book Fair. Thank you to everyone who came to shop and support the sale. If you did not have a chance to come in, or have family out of the area, please shop our online book fair at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/olofvictorypreschool1until November 20th. You'll need to create an account so that all sales count toward the OLV Preschool Book Fair. We are REALLY close to hitting our school wide goal of 500 books sold! 
     
    The moment you've been waiting for! Our winners for our book fair contest are as follows: 
     
    VIP Christmas Seating for OLV Preschool Program
    2 1/2 and 3 year Program: Claire Siuta
    4 year and PreK Program: Ryan Geise
     
    Director for a Day
    Zoe Nelson
     
    Free Book
    Jacob Lunn
    Pax Steinbugel
    Emerson Smith
    Mac Kuchta
    Nelson Stager
     
    Congratulations and thank you!
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     
    Absent from school?
    It's that time of year when we start to see an increase in colds, flus, strep, stomach viruses, and all things contagious. Thank you for helping your kiddos wash hands frequently and keeping sick children home. Please remember to contact the main office, or email Ms. Gigi at petersp@olvcs.org if your child will be out for any reason. 
     
    Early Morning Drop Off and ESD
    Our early morning folks are in need of breakfast items, and our extended school program would like some afternoon snacks. Please bring in a snack to share if your child uses early morning drop off or afternoon programming. Having something to eat throughout the day helps them to get the most out of their day! 

    Christmas Family Movie! December 6th with our OLVCS Family

    The popcorn will be popping and the hot cocoa will be flowing all while the Holiday spirit in Whooville will be growing! Or will it? Join your OLV family and friends on December 6, 2019 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm in the OLV gymnasium for the Family Movie Night featuring The Grinch. Wear your warmest pajamas and bring blankets for this annual event. Sign-up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D48ACAE2CAAF94-olvfamily

    Adopted Families
    It's amazing to see the donations for our families come in! Donations can be brought in until November 20th. A member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will distribute the items to each family. Thank you to all who help make this project a success! 
     
    Wear Blue on November 21st
    Join Tides by wearing blue on November 21 to show your support to the grieving children around us. Children’s Grief Awareness Day started to help others understand how important the support of adults and other children is on a grieving child. As a community, we can join together to help kids know that they are not alone or forgotten during a time of grieving...we can make a difference!
     
    Tuition Assistance
    The Childcare Works Program allows for funding to assist families in paying for early childhood education. You can learn more about their program online at http://cdfc.org/CCISCentreClinton.php. Applications are available outside the front office in our brochure rack. 
     
    Yankee Candle Sales Online! 
    Remember Yankee Candles are available online until January!  Visit the online link  for purchases at https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/store.htm with Group Number: 990018055. Purchases made with our group number count 40% toward OLV Preschool fundraising! 
     
    Important Dates
    Monday, November 25th: Grandparent's Thanksgiving Feast, MWF Classes, 4 yr classes
    Tuesday: November 26th: Grandparent's Thanksgiving Feast, TR Classes, PreK, 3 yr M-F
    Thursday: November 27th: St. Joe's Turkey Trot, Boalsburg, PA
    Wednesday, November 27th-Monday, December 2nd: No School, Thanksgiving Break
    Monday, December 16th: 4 yr, and PreK Christmas Program
    Tuesday, December 17th: 2 1/2 yr, and 3 yr Christmas Program 
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  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 11/8/2019

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

     
    What a treat to wake up to a dusting of snow today! Make sure to check out our facebook page for a picture of the Kangaroo class enjoying the fresh flakes. It was certainly a beautiful day in Central Pennsylvania. 
     
    This season brings quite a few special events, so please make sure to read the wrap up and communication from your child's teacher. If you miss a wrap up, you can access all of them on the Director's Corner on our website at: https://www.olvcatholicschool.org/domain/389. 
     
    Also, with this season brings weather changes and challenges. In addition to email, we use HiMama to communicate with families. In the event of a snow day we will notify families via a HiMama email alert. Next week I will send out a test message on HiMama to ensure all families are receiving alerts. Additionally, the announcement will be made on our facebook page, WJAC, and Forever Broadcasting. In general, if Our Lady of Victory Catholic School is closed or delayed, the preschool will be as well. 
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     
    Thanksgiving Feast
    It will be here in no time! One of the unique things about our preschool is that we host an annual Thanksgiving Feast for our children and their grandparents. Watch for invitations to come home in your child's folder. This year, we are excited to have the Knights of Columbus cooking turkey for our special celebrations! Our classes each choose a special dish to make and share at the feast as well. Please see a sign up outside the classroom to sign up to bring an item. 
     
    Adopted Families
    It's amazing to see the donations for our families come in! Donations can be brought in until November 20th. A member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will distribute the items to each family. Thank you to all who help make this project a success! 
     
    Book Fair PREVIEW at the OLV  Annual Parish Bazaar  
    The OLV Annual Bazar will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9am to 3pm.  OLV School Auditorium 800 Westerly Parkway.  Featuring Crafts, Cash Raffle, Food Galore, Theme Basket Raffle, Baked Goods, Kids Games, Silent Auction, Used Puzzles, Games and Toys, Entertainment, Pull Tab Game of Chance.  Make sure to stop by our preschool table to see some of the great book titles from our book fair!  We will also have home-made ornaments from our preschoolers to sell to benefit Fr. Antony's school in India!
     
    Wear Blue on November 21st
    Join Tides by wearing blue on November 21 to show your support to the grieving children around us. Children’s Grief Awareness Day started to help others understand how important the support of adults and other children is on a grieving child. As a community, we can join together to help kids know that they are not alone or forgotten during a time of grieving...we can make a difference!
     
    The Season for Reading!
    Our book fair has arrived! Next week the children will be creating their wish list in class. We invite all families to stop by our fair beginning during morning drop off and pick up. If you are a late pick up, please see Dr. Lorenz to arrange for a time to shop the fair. We would like all of our families to have the opportunity to shop! As an added bonus for every $5 you spend you will get a chance to win great prizes like a VIP Preschool Christmas Program Package, Child-Director for the Day, or a free book!
     
    Tuition Assistance
    The Childcare Works Program allows for funding to assist families in paying for early childhood education. You can learn more about their program online at http://cdfc.org/CCISCentreClinton.php. Applications are available outside the front office in our brochure rack. 
     
    Positive Parenting
    KinderCare Learning Center and the Children's Aid Society are offering an 8 week class at KinderCare on Positive Parenting.  It is free, light snacks and babysitting are offered during the class. Please see attached flyer for more information. 
     
    OLVCS Kindergarten Open House
    It's never too early to start thinking about Kindergarten! OLVCS is hosting several open houses to learn more about all OLVCS has to offer. Please see attached flyer for more information. 
     

    7th Annual NVRC Boalsburg Turkey Trot. 

    Join in the fun on Thanksgiving Day (November 28, 2019 at 9AM) at this 5K run/walk. The event benefits the Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy’s Cross Country/Track and Field Teams and the Friends of the PA Military Museum. For more information go to boalsburgturkeytrot.com. Discounted registration for veterans and those registering by November 8th!

    Lady Lions Jared Box Game
    Preschool families are invited to join the Lady Lions for a special game to help the Jared Box program on November 17th at 2pm. Bring a toy for Jared Boxes and admission is only $5! 
     

    Orphan Sunday Event hosted by Centre County Orphan Care Alliance

    Come learn about >More than Enough+ More than enough FOSTER families for every child to have an ideal placement~ More than enough ADOPTIVE families for every waiting child to have a family~ More than enough HELP for biological families who are trying to stay together and get back together~ More than enough SUPPORT for foster, adoptive and biological families. Event will be held at Calvary Church on November 10th from 3-6pm with games and activities for kids 3-4:30pm and program 5-6pm. Free Hot Dogs, Fruit, Snacks and Dessert will be served. Childcare will be provided during program for kids through 5th grade. Contact orphan.care@ccocoa.org with questions or to register for childcare.

    Important Dates
    Tuesday, November 5th: Tuition Due
    Saturday, November 9th: OLV Parish Annual Bazaar
    Monday, November 11th-Friday, November 15th: Book Fair
    Monday, November 25th: Grandparent's Thanksgiving Feast, MWF Classes, 4 yr classes
    Tuesday: November 26th: Grandparent's Thanksgiving Feast, TR Classes, PreK, 3 yr M-F
    Thursday: November 27th: St. Joe's Turkey Trot, Boalsburg, PA
    Wednesday, November 27th-Monday, December 2nd: No School, Thanksgiving Break
    Monday, December 16th: 4 yr, and PreK Christmas Program
    Tuesday, December 17th: 2 1/2 yr, and 3 yr Christmas Program 
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  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 11/1/2019
    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

    What an honor it was to see several of our preschoolers at mass this morning. I'm so proud of our students and teachers for the amazing work they do! 
     
    Thank you to everyone who was able to help us celebrate our harvest parties and parade this week! November is finally here and has brought the cold with it. Remember, even though the weather is chilly we will continue to go outside as long as the real feel is 25 degrees or above. Please send in coats, gloves, and hats labeled with your child's name as weather gets cooler. 
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     
    OLV  Annual Parish Bazaar  
    The OLV Annual Bazar will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9am to 3pm.  OLV School Auditorium 800 Westerly Parkway.  Featuring Crafts, Cash Raffle, Food Galore, Theme Baskets Raffle, Baked Goods, Kids Games, Silent Auction, Used Puzzles, Games and Toys, Entertainment, Pull Tab Game of Chance.  
     
    As a thank you to OLV Parish, OLV Preschool will be putting together a basket to raffle at the Bazaar. Our theme for the basket is "Snow Day". Please use the sign up genius to help us gather items for our preschool basket! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B44A9AE23A3FD0-snow
     
    Flu Season is Coming .  . .
    The Department of Human Services requires that we keep an updated copy of immunizations on file for every child. Remember to bring any copies of updated health and physical reports and immunizations (including the flu shot) to the front office. If your family is opting out of the flu shot this season you MUST provide a written statement for your child's folder indicating that you are choosing not to get the flu vaccine as per regulations. 
     
    Adopted Families
    Each year the OLV Preschool Programs “adopt” families for both Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. We work with the St. Vincent de Paul Society to identify families that could use assistance. We are asking OLV Preschool families to bring in non-perishable food or grocery store gift cards for donations.  Collection boxes will be located in the front foyer where you can drop off items to be donated. A member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will distribute the items to each family. A list of needed items went home in children's folders this week. A collection bin is located in the front foyer.
     
    Lady Lions Jared Box Game
    Preschool families are invited to join the Lady Lions for a special game to help the Jared Box program on November 17th at 2pm. Bring a toy for Jared Boxes and admission is only $5! 
     

    Orphan Sunday Event hosted by Centre County Orphan Care Alliance

    Come learn about >More than Enough+ More than enough FOSTER families for every child to have an ideal placement~ More than enough ADOPTIVE families for every waiting child to have a family~ More than enough HELP for biological families who are trying to stay together and get back together~ More than enough SUPPORT for foster, adoptive and biological families. Event will be held at Calvary Church on November 10th from 3-6pm with games and activities for kids 3-4:30pm and program 5-6pm. Free Hot Dogs, Fruit, Snacks and Dessert will be served. Childcare will be provided during program for kids through 5th grade. Contact orphan.care@ccocoa.org with questions or to register for childcare.

    Keep Our School Safe
    Please remember your key fob. If you happen to leave it at home, please look up at the camera above the door so staff can identify you to let you in the building. Our school is only as safe as we all make it. 
     
    Important Dates
    Sunday, November 3rd: Daylight Savings Ends (fall back one hour)
    Tuesday, November 5th: Tuition Due
    Tuesday, November 5th: Picture Makeup Day
    Saturday, November 9th: OLV Parish Annual Bazaar
    Monday, November 11th-Friday, November 15th: Book Fair
    Monday, November 25th: Grandparent's Thanksgiving Feast, MWF Classes, 4 yr classes
    Tuesday: November 26th: Grandparent's Thanksgiving Feast, TR Classes, PreK, 3 yr M-F
    Thursday: November 27th: St. Joe's Turkey Trot, Boalsburg, PA
    Wednesday, November 27th-Monday, December 2nd: No School, Thanksgiving Break
    Monday, December 16th: 4 yr, and PreK Christmas Program
    Tuesday, December 17th: 2 1/2 yr, and 3 yr Christmas Program 
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