Director's Corner

  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 1/17/2019

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

     
    Oh, the weather outside is (going to be) frightful! Tomorrow is our scheduled parent-conference day. There is no school for our preschoolers tomorrow or Monday (for MLK). If there is a delay or cancellation tomorrow for SCASD of OLVCS teachers will notify families of the need to reschedule. In the event of delay all conferences scheduled before 9:30AM will be rescheduled. In the event of a school closing all conferences scheduled for Friday, January 18, will be rescheduled.
     
    We are looking forward to an exciting Catholic Schools Week. This week you should have received a flyer with information about special activities for the week. I would love to see our preschool families come to the 9:30AM mass on January 27. After Mass, there will be an Open House in the OLVCS gym, with coffee and donuts. The school will be open to take a look around.
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     
    Soup-er Family Night
    Come enjoy a fun evening with our preschool family on January 30 from 5:45PM-6:45PM. You can sign up to bring an item to share with your class through the links below:
     
     
    Safety and Security
    Please do not hold the door for individuals entering our school as you are coming and going. It is up to everyone to help our preschool to stay safe. 
     
    Wash Hands, Please
    It's that time of year! We can cut down on illness by washing our hands. Please have kiddos wash their hands before entering their classrooms in the morning. 
     
    Priority Registration Window
    Registration is fast approaching. If you have a child enrolled currently in our 4 year program, registration for PreK is open to you February 5. Registration is open to all students beginning February 6. When your registration window opens, you should log on to School Admin and complete the Priority Registration Request Form. This form will not be available until it is time for priority registration. Open registration begins March 1st. 
     
    ESP Change Forms
    To help with setting up registration we ask that any ESP changes be submitted no later than January 22. We will be conducting system maintenance and it will be difficult to generate new contracts after that time. 
     

    Trivia Night is fast approaching 

    Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at 6:30PM in the OLV Gymnasium. 

    Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased NOW ONLINE at www.olvcatholicschool.org/trivia

    Proceeds benefit the OLVCS Athletic Program.

    Every Pledge Counts, Make Yours Today! 

    Help us reach our fundraising goal for the School Improvements Project. This project will make vital upgrades and renovations to our school building so that will enable it to meet the needs of the whole OLV parish community for many years to come. To make an online pledge or to download a pledge card, go to www.olvcatholicschool.org/pledge
     
    Important Dates
    January 5, 2019: Tuition Due
    January 18,2019: No School, Parent-Teacher Get Togethers
    January 21, 2019: MLK, No School
    January 28-February 1, 2019: Catholic Schools Week
    February 5, 2019: PreK Priority Registration for enrolled 4 year olds
    February 6, 2019: All School Priority Registration
    February 18, 2019: No School, In-Service

     
     
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  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 1/11/2019

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

     
    In the next few weeks we will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week with Our Lady of Victory Catholic School. I will send out a schedule of fun activities and spirit days for our preschool next week. 
     
    Help us make Catholic Schools Week "Soup-er"! Classes will be collecting canned soup between now and January 30th to donate to the State College Food Bank. We will also host a special Soup Night for all of our parents and siblings on Wednesday of Catholic Schools Week (January 30th). Look for details and sign ups to come from your child's classroom teacher soon. 
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     
    Priority Registration Window
    Registration is fast approaching. If you have a child enrolled currently in our 4 year program, registration for PreK is open to you February 5. Registration is open to all students beginning February 6. When your registration window opens, you should log on to School Admin and complete the Priority Registration Request Form. This form will not be available until it is time for priority registration. Open registration begins March 1st. 
     
    ESP Change Forms
    To help with setting up registration we ask that any ESP changes be submitted no later than January 22. We will be conducting system maintenance and it will be difficult to generate new contracts after that time. 
     
    We Want to Know . . .
    It might be cold outside but we are already planning for our 2019 Summer Program AND for our next school year! Last year we noticed a lot of families enjoyed the morning program during the summer, but didn't take advantage of the full day. It is important to us that we provide what our families need both during the summer and the school year. To provide feedback on opening and closing times for summer and the school year please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RN8F56W to answer 5 questions to help us better plan summer and enrichment program hours. If you have not had a chance to respond, teachers will be asking the same survey questions at parent-teacher conferences.
     

    Do you have a child who will be a NEW student at OLVCS next year?  

    NOW is the time to begin the application process by completing the online application through SchoolAdmin. We have updated the application process, so that once you log in, it only takes many parents/guardians less than 15 min to complete--even on a smartphone! Don’t delay: Register before February 1, 2019 to receive a discounted registration fee of $50. After February 1, 2019, registration will be $100.  To learn more and to complete the online application, go to www.olvcatholicschool.org/admissions.

    Every Pledge Counts, Make Yours Today! 

    Help us reach our fundraising goal for the School Improvements Project. This project will make vital upgrades and renovations to our school building so that will enable it to meet the needs of the whole OLV parish community for many years to come. To make an online pledge or to download a pledge card, go to www.olvcatholicschool.org/pledge

    SU Women's Basketball - Jared Box Game 

    The Lady Lions; Jared Box night on Thursday, January 17. 

    The Jared Box story and great work done by the community will be showcased at half time. Bring a toy for Jared Boxes and you can get a discounted ticket for $6. PSU will take on Ohio State. So proud that The Jared Box Project was started right here at OLV! Hope to see you there. If you have questions, you can contact Cindy Kolarik at thejaredbox@gmail.com or call 814-883-8615. 

     

    Trivia Night is fast approaching 

    Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at 6:30PM in the OLV Gymnasium. 

    Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased NOW ONLINE at www.olvcatholicschool.org/trivia

    Proceeds benefit the OLVCS Athletic Program.

    Every Pledge Counts, Make Yours Today! 

    Help us reach our fundraising goal for the School Improvements Project. This project will make vital upgrades and renovations to our school building so that will enable it to meet the needs of the whole OLV parish community for many years to come. To make an online pledge or to download a pledge card, go to www.olvcatholicschool.org/pledge
     
    Important Dates
    January 5, 2019: Tuition Due
    January 18,2019: No School, Parent-Teacher Get Togethers
    January 21, 2019: MLK, No School
    January 28-February 1, 2019: Catholic Schools Week
    February 5, 2019: PreK Priority Registration for enrolled 4 year olds
    February 6, 2019: All School Priority Registration
    February 18, 2019: No School, In-Service
     
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  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 1/4/2019

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

    Happy New Year! It is so wonderful to hear the joy in the hallways! Our first week back we are always working to get back into routine. It can certainly be a challenge for children and adults alike. 
     
    The next few months are packed full of wonderful activities! Make sure to read emails from teachers and the weekly wrap up. If you miss a wrap up, you can always access them on our website under "Director's Corner" at https://www.olvcatholicschool.org/domain/389. 
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     
    A HUGE Thank you!
    We received the following message from Mary Anne Huelly with St. Vincent DePaul,
    "Dear OLV Preschool Families,
         I just want to pass on a big thank you from one of the families that you provided a basket to this Christmas AND a Thanksgiving basket. You were so generous and God will surely give back to you. You can feel happy that you brightened their holidays."
     
    We Want to Know . . .
    It might be cold outside but we are already planning for our 2019 Summer Program AND for our next school year! Last year we noticed a lot of families enjoyed the morning program during the summer, but didn't take advantage of the full day. It is important to us that we provide what our families need both during the summer and the school year. To provide feedback on opening and closing times for summer and the school year please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RN8F56W to answer 5 questions to help us better plan summer and enrichment program hours before next Friday, January 11, 2019. 
     
    It's amazing how many items we use throughout the year!
    We are asking for your help in providing us with the following items at any point during the year. Please bring items to the Preschool Office. Your help is greatly appreciated!
    1. Hand sanitizing wipes
    2. Kleenex Tissues
    3. Baby Wipes
    4. Ziplock Bags (gallon or sandwich size)
    5. Small Paper Plates
    6. Paper Towel Rolls
    7. Plastic Spoons or Forks
    8. 5 oz. Cups
    9. Fresh Fruit and/or Snacks for our Enrichment Program

    Do you have a child who will be a NEW student at OLVCS next year?  

    NOW is the time to begin the application process by completing the online application through SchoolAdmin. We have updated the application process, so that once you log in, it only takes many parents/guardians less than 15 min to complete--even on a smartphone! Don’t delay: Register before February 1, 2019 to receive a discounted registration fee of $50. After February 1, 2019, registration will be $100.  To learn more and to complete the online application, go to www.olvcatholicschool.org/admissions.
     
    New HOOPS Program for Preschoolers
    Dan McKenna has started a new preschool basketball program here in the State College area.  Hoop Stars is designed to teach both preschoolers and school age students basketball fundamentals using a fun, play-based format. Please see the attached flyer for information on January programs available. 

    Every Pledge Counts, Make Yours Today! 

    Help us reach our fundraising goal for the School Improvements Project. This project will make vital upgrades and renovations to our school building so that will enable it to meet the needs of the whole OLV parish community for many years to come. To make an online pledge or to download a pledge card, go to www.olvcatholicschool.org/pledge
     
    Important Dates
    January 5, 2019: Tuition Due
    January 18,2019: No School, Parent-Teacher Get Togethers
    January 21, 2019: MLK, No School
    January 28-February 1, 2019: Catholic Schools Week
    February 5, 2019: PreK Priority Registration for enrolled 4 year olds
    February 6, 2019: All School Priority Registration
    February 18, 2019: No School, In-Service
     
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  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 12/7/2018
    Dear OLV Preschool Family,
     
    I am so grateful for the love that I see shared in our preschool family. As you know we have been blessed to have Fr. Antony in our school to bless our Advent Wreathes. This week it was a privilege to hear his homily at 9:30A mass and at the school mass on Wednesday as he talked about the wonderful experiences he is having at our school.
     
     As we move further into Advent Fr. Antony spoke to our classes about what gifts we could give Jesus. One student commented he wanted to give Jesus "niceness". In a world where we are often pushed to the brinks of  gift buying and commercialism let us be reminded that the greatest gifts we can share are love, kindness, and "niceness". I am grateful for this time at our preschool as I see not only the outpouring of love for one another, but also the care and thoughtfulness of gift selection for our adopted families. I pray that as our families open their gifts from you they know the love with which they were selected. 
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     
    Christmas Program
    • All 4 year olds and PreK, December 17, 2018: Activity Center Doors open at 10AM, program starts at 10:30AM
    • All 2 1/2 year olds and 3 year olds, December 18, 2018: Activity Center Doors open at10AM, program starts at 10:30AM
    • Craft and snack to follow
    • Children will return to their classrooms following the program and may be picked up at the preschool afterward.
    Preschool Movie Afternoon
    • The Star will be shown at 1:00PM at the Activity Center
    • All preschool families invited to attend.
    • Bring a blanket, and wear pajamas (if you'd like)
    • Popcorn provided
    OLV Preschool Adopted Families
     
    For Advent, OLV Preschool is partnering with the St. Vincent DePaul Society to help provide gifts to three area families in need. You can help!
    1. Choose a gift tag –  tree,  star or heart.  Each tag is  numbered.
    2. Use the sign-up sheet to log the tag(s) you have chosen,  (i.e. tree #2, and your name).
    3. Have fun shopping.
    4. Attach the gift tag to your wrapped gift.
    5. Place wrapped gift under the Christmas tree no later than 12/19.
     
    Tuition 
    • Please turn in by December 5th.
    • Please do not post-date checks
     
    OLVCS News
     

    Do you have a child entering Kindergarten in the Fall?  

    Then you and your child should join us on Thursday, December 13th for a Kindergarten Open House. Choose the session that works best for you: 12:15-1:15 PM or 5:30-6:30 PM. Meet the teachers, tour the school, and learn about the enrollment process. Can’t make it? Contact us at registrar@olvcs.org  or 814-238-1952 to schedule a private tour that works better with your schedule. Registration fees are based on date of enrollment: On or before 12/31/2018 --NO fee; 1/1/2019-2/1/2019--$50; Thereafter--$100. 

    Looking for that perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves trivia, live auctions, beer/wine, food, and basket raffles? 

    How about tickets or a table for 8 at OLVCS’s Trivia Night? This event will take place on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at 6:30PM in the OLV Gymnasium. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased NOW ONLINE at www.olvcatholicschool.org/trivia. Proceeds benefit the OLVCS Athletic Program.

    Every Pledge Counts, Make Yours Today! 

    Help us reach our fundraising goal for the School Improvements Project. This project will make vital upgrades and renovations to our school building so that will enable it to meet the needs of the whole OLV parish community for many years to come. To make an online pledge or to download a pledge card, go to www.olvcatholicschool.org/pledge
     
    Important Dates
    December 13, 2018: OLVCS Kindergarten Open House
    December 17, 2018: 4s and PreK Christmas Program
    December 18, 2018: 2 1/2 and 3s Christmas Program
    December 24, 2018-January 2, 2019: Christmas Break No School
     

     

     
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  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 11/30/2018

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

    Thank you all for your help with our book fair, and our annual Grandparent Feast! It was such a blessing to celebrate Thanksgiving with your families! I am grateful for the generous gifts you provided for our adopted families with St. Vincent DePaul Society. All three families received a large box of food, a bag of canned goods, and a bag of toiletries. Keep watch in the front entrance for information about their Christmas wishes.

    We are preparing our school for Advent! We are grateful to Fr. Antony who blessed several Advent Wreaths today. He will meet with students again on Tuesday to bless any who were not able to attend our advent wreath blessing today.

    Please read below for important information about events in our preschool during the Advent and Christmas Season.

    Blessings,

    Dawn

    Winter Weather

    • Remember to send in seasonably appropriate clothing--including hats and gloves
    • Children will go outside as long as the real-feel is 25 degrees or above

    Christmas Program

    • All 4 year olds and PreK, December 17, 2018: Activity Center Doors open at 10AM, program starts at 10:30AM
    • All 2 1/2 year olds and 3 year olds, December 18, 2018: Activity Center Doors open at 10AM, program starts at 10:30AM
    • Craft and snack to follow

    Preschool Movie Afternoon

    • The Star will be shown at 1:00PM at the Activity Center
    • All preschool families invited to attend.
    • Bring a blanket, and wear pajamas (if you'd like)
    • Popcorn provided

    Tuition 

    • Please turn in by December 5th.
    • Please do not post-date checks

    Health Minute

    • Notify preschool if your child will be absent and for what illness (if known)
    • Children with a stomach virus should not return to school until they have not had diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours
    • As you see your physician for wellness visits, please bring in updated copies of vaccines and physicals for your child's folder. 

    Safety Minute

    • Please remember your fob to access the doors to the school. 
    • If you have lost your fob please notify Ms. GiGi or Dr. Lorenz
    • If you need a new fob, or an additional fob, one can be obtained for a deposit of $20. 
    • Please do not hold the door for others entering the school. 

    ESP Changes

    • Turn in any schedule changes to Ms. GiGi no later than 12/3 for December. 
    • Submit any January changes no later than 12/16

    Adopt a Family for Thanksgiving

    • Our Giving Tree will be up next week
    • Information about gifts  will be available in the foyer with Ms. GiGi

    OLVCS News

    Do you have a child entering Kindergarten in the Fall?  

    Then you and your child should join us on Thursday, December 13th for a Kindergarten Open House. Choose the session that works best for you: 12:15-1:15 PM or 5:30-6:30 PM. Meet the teachers, tour the school, and learn about the enrollment process. Can’t make it? Contact us at registrar@olvcs.org  or 814-238-1952 to schedule a private tour that works better with your schedule. Registration fees are based on date of enrollment: On or before 12/31/2018 --NO fee; 1/1/2019-2/1/2019--$50; Thereafter--$100. 

    Looking for that perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves trivia, live auctions, beer/wine, food, and basket raffles? 

    How about tickets or a table for 8 at OLVCS’s Trivia Night? This event will take place on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at 6:30PM in the OLV Gymnasium. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased NOW ONLINE at www.olvcatholicschool.org/trivia. Proceeds benefit the OLVCS Athletic Program.

    Every Pledge Counts, Make Yours Today! 

    Help us reach our fundraising goal for the School Improvements Project. This project will make vital upgrades and renovations to our school building so that will enable it to meet the needs of the whole OLV parish community for many years to come. To make an online pledge or to download a pledge card, go to www.olvcatholicschool.org/pledge

    Important Dates

    December 13, 2018: OLVCS Kindergarten Open House

    December 17, 2018: 4s and PreK Christmas Program

    December 18, 2018: 2 1/2 and 3s Christmas Program

    December 24, 2018-January 2, 2019: Christmas Break No School

     

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  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 11/9/2018

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

    We jumped right from Halloween into Thanksgiving! You are probably hearing songs about turkeys and thankfulness this week. They may even sing you a song about being responsible from classroom guidance! 

    We have started preparations for our annual Thanksgiving Celebration and our Fall Book Fair. We will need volunteers for each event. Please see below for more information.  Next week we will also have a lock-out drill with our students with the assistance of Mr. Stec. 

    Blessings,

    Dawn

     

    Parking on Monday 11/12

    The church has alerted me that there will  services that could effect parking and traffic at our school next week. Please be cautious and aware. There will be a funeral on Monday, 11/12 at 11 am but there is a visitation in the Gathering Space an hour before the Mass. There is another funeral on Thursday, 11/15 at 10:30 am.  

    Parent Advisory Board

    Come check out our parent advisory board opportunity on November 12th at the Activity Center beginning at 9:30am. Children are welcome to attend with parents.  We are looking for volunteers who understand and support the vision of OLV Preschool, to serve our on board and share your talent and insight! With a little of your time, you can make a BIG difference! For more information or to express your interest, please contact: Sarah Lees at (814) 691-7909 or by email lees.sarah.elizabeth@gmail.com

    All volunteers must have completed current clearances and trainings to serve on the board. For a complete list of requirements please visit https://www.olvcatholicschool.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1513

    Enchanted Forrest Book Fair

    If you visit only one book fair this year--this should be the one! Teachers are already planning for a magical book fair. Visit between November 12th and November 16th, or see us at the OLV Church Bazaar with a few books for older elementary students! NEW this year-we will have a special GRAND event at our book fair, allowing children and grandparents to shop after our Thanksgiving Feast on November 19th! More details to come, along with a sign up for volunteering! Please use the following link to sign up to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E48ABAB23ABFD0-book1 

    If you received a scholastic book fair raffle ticket from walk-a-thon, please remember to get those in too!

    Thanksgiving Celebration!

    Information went home this week in folders for children to invite grandparents or a special guest to our annual Thanksgiving Celebration. Celebrations are held on November 19th and 20th and feature special snacks made by our preschoolers, and a preschool performance for our loved ones. Help us to make our celebration successful by signing up to volunteer at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090949ADAC28A6FC1-thanksgiving1.  All volunteers must have their clearances. 

    Adopt a Family for Thanksgiving

    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 donation.  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. 

    Walking with Purpose

    Are you interested in getting together with a group of women to grow in your faith? Would you like to see how the scriptures apply to your everyday life? If so, Walking with Purpose Catholic Bible study is for you! Please join us on Friday mornings, beginning on October 5th, in the Assembly Room of the OLV Activities Center.  We meet after daily mass (9:45 am) and childcare is provided. Please contact Elizabeth Stoddard at elizabeth.m.stoddard@gmail.com with any questions, or check out www.walkingwithpurpose.com. We hope to see you this fall!

    Tuition and ARK

    As a friendly reminder, tuition is due the 5th of each month. Thank you to all who have contributed to our new ARK (Acts of Random Kindness) Fund. We've already been able to help a few families with tuition! To contribute to the ARK all you need to do is round up on your regular tuition check! We do ask that you do not post-date checks, however.

     

    OLV News

     

    OLV Bazaar - November 17th 

    Eat on location all day or take home various ethnic foods and desserts.Enjoy live entertainment while shopping for crafts and toys, Money and Theme Basket  raffles, , or bidding on silent auction items.  There will be games for children of all ages.A big-screen will show the Penn State – Rutgers football gameHoops at OLV Registration OPEN now!  All children in Kindergarten through 6th grade are welcome to join in this developmental basketball league.  Parents/guardians are needed as volunteer assistant and head coaches. Practices and games begin in January. For more information and to register your child and/or volunteer go to https://olvhoops.com/  

    Community News

    6th Annual NVRC Boalsburg Turkey Trot.  Join in the fun on Thanksgiving Day (November 22, 2018 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.

    Important Dates

    November 5th: Tuition Due

    November 12th-16th: Book Fair

    November 19th: GRAND Event--Book Fair open for grandparents

    November 17th: OLV Church Bazaar

    November 19th and 20th: Grandparent's Thanksgiving Feast

    November 21st: No School, in-service

    November 22nd-26th: No School, Thanksgiving Break

     

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