Be Watchful, be Alert!
The following is a reflection focused on the Season of Advent which begins on Sunday, November 30. It is taken from the December issue of The Word Among Us.
“And so Advent begins with the call to be alert. There’s one group of people, however, who don’t need any reminding: children! They watch television ads intently, search the Internet eagerly, and pore over catalogues endlessly, looking for just the right gifts to ask for We adults would do well to imitate their sense of wonder and enthusiasm.
Yes, Jesus urges us to be alert, but for what? For God to “rend the heavens and come down” (Isaiah63:19) He wants us to look for ways that he can remove barriers between Him and us.
…You know how to give gifts to the people you love. How much more should you expect from God the Father? He loves you completely. He delights in you. He enjoys giving you good things. So go ahead, and ask Him for something this Advent.
Maybe you need more patience or more self-control around holiday food and drink. Ask Him! Maybe you’d like to feel His presence more concretely or hear Him speak to your heart more clearly. Expect it! Then be alert for it as you pray.
Don’t limit Jesus only to the small gifts. Open wide the doors of your heart, and let Him give you new and unexpected gifts: joy, peace, gentleness, vision, courage. He may not answer exactly as you expect, but that’s okay. Let His creativity surprise you. You can be sure that He will give you only good gifts, even if you can’t recognize them right away.. Just believe ...When you ask, you will receive and when you seek, you will find.”
May you and your family experience God’s grace and peace during this Advent Season in preparation for the Feast of Christmas.
Sister Paula M. Randow,Principal
FACTS and Financial Assistance
Families who wish to be considered for tuition assistance for the 2015-2016 school year should apply through FACTS. Go to the website and complete the application. Deadline is December 31.2014. Since 2014 tax information will not be available, please use 2013 tax information to complete the application
December Calendar Update
- 3-4 Santa Secret Shop
- 5- 1st Friday Mass 8am- 11:30 Dismissal Staff Development
- 6- Diocesan Sponsored Christmas Program "Celtic Twilight Christmas" TD Bank Arts Centre
- 8- Feast of the Immaculate Conception- Holyday and Holiday
- 11- Deficiency Notices sent home
- 17- Sacrament of Reconciliation for students in Grades 3-8 10am-Gr. 7 Bake Sale
- 18- Christmas Program featuring Grades K-2, 7pm
- 19- Grade 3 trip to the Aquarium
- 22- Class parties 1-2pm – dress down
- 23- Christmas Liturgy 8am, 11:30 dismissal- NO AFTER CARE - CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS BEGIN
- CLASSES RESUME ON MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015
Celtic Twilight Christmas
The announcement for this event sponsored by the diocese to raise money for financial assistance to the schools is taking place on Saturday, December 6 @7pm @ the TD Bank Arts Centre, Sewell, NJ. The Catholic Schools in the diocese have been asked to send 4 students who will be part of the chorus that will perform before the actual performance as well as during the program. We have 4 student who will be part of the chorus.
They are: Ava Taormina and Alexandra Paris Grade 2 and Kamryn Cieslik and Lily Anna Lamauro Grade 4. Tickets are still available if anyone wishes to support this event that will benefit our school.
Our students in Kindergarten, First and Second Grade have been practicing or their performance scheduled for Thursday evening, December 18 @7pm. The students will have the opportunity to see the performance that morning. Doors will open @6:30pm.
Santa Secret Shop
PTA is sponsoring the Santa Secret Shop on Wednesday and Thursday, December 3-4. Students will have the opportunity to Christmas shop during these days.
As we approach the midpoint in the second marking period, deficiency notices will be sent home to let parents know if student academic progress is in jeopardy so that improvements can be made before the marking period closes in January.
Monday, December 22- Class Christmas Parties has been scheduled 1-2pm. Students may dress down in Christmas colors or special Christmas shirts. No sports shirts are permitted.
We ask a $1 donation which will be used for one of our outreach programs to be determined after Christmas.
Thank you and God bless you!
We wish to thank you for your overwhelming response to the Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit those in need through the outreach of the OLOH St. Vincent DePaul Society.
Also you generous support of the Toy and Food drive to support Sacred Heart Parish in Camden. We can always count on your support especially for our Outreach Programs.
With the help of our technology committee we have been able to improve the coverage and increase the speed of our internal network to provide more dependable and faster internet access in our classrooms and our computer lab. State Technology Initiative Funding is being used to upgrade 2/3rds of the computers in the lab which will result in an improved working environment for our students. In addition to the state funded computers we are receiving a donation of cpu's which will be used to replace the remaining lab computers. We thank our technology committee for all their efforts to improve the environment for our students and staff.
Security is a hot topic in schools today and Our Lady Of Hope is no exception. In addition to our drills and table top exercises we have upgraded our camera system with the installation of new DVR's and cameras to effectively cover and monitor the interior and exterior grounds of our facility with real time and recorded video surveillance. Our camera system can be accessed on premise and a remote access has been established to provide local police with the capability to view activity from their headquarters or from their police operations command truck. For our safety we can happily say, "big brother is watching."