The Season of Advent began on Sunday, November 27. This is the beginning of the new liturgical year and a time to reflect on the how we can prepare for the celebration of the Birthday of Our Savior Jesus Christ.
Each year I am reminded of how hard it can be as a Catholic Christian to stay focused on the time before December 25th. A time we call Advent when we spend time in prayer giving thanks for the great gift we have received and we will celebrate in four weeks. I say it is difficult because of the commercialism that can blindside all of us pulling our attention away from the real meaning of Christmas to the material celebration.
As we prepare for the Feast of His Birth, let us take each day as a new beginning to focus asking for the grace to stay focused on the true meaning of Advent so that the Celebration of Christmas will have a deeper meaning than just what the world offers us.
On behalf of the administration, faculty staff and student body we wish you the grace of this holy season and the Peace and Joy that only Jesus Our Savior can bring.
Sister Paula M. Randow, Principal
School pictures will be taken on Tuesday, November 29 for PreK 3 and Wednesday, November 30 for PreK4 through Grade 8. The brochure which contains the package offerings and cost have been sent home earlier. Students in grades K-7 will have their picture taken in school uniforms and 8th grade in cap and gown.
Kindergarten, First and Second Grade students under the direction of Mrs. Secula and the teachers have been preparing for this special Christmas program. The event is scheduled for Thursday evening, December 15 @7pm.
Santa Secret Shop
The annual Santa Secret Shop has been scheduled for December 5-7. Students in all the grades will have the opportunity to do their Christmas shopping during this event. The days and times for the various grades will be provided for our families.
Christmas Raffle Drawings
All returns were due November 28. Drawings will begin on December 1. Thank you for your support.
FACTS Applications for Assistance
It appears that families who wish to apply for assistance for the 2017-2018 school year may go onto the FACTS website and make application. The decisions will not be made until a later date once the tuition costs have been announced.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
The priest of the Regional parishes will be here on Wednesday December 14 for the students in Grades 3-8 to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation @10am.
December Calendar Update
- 2- 1st Friday Mass 8am- 11:30 dismissal- Staff Development
- 5-7 Santa Secret Shop
- 6- Grade 4 Bake Sale
- 8- Feast of the Immaculate Conception- Holyday and Holiday
- 9- Feast of St. Juan Diego
- 12- Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
- 14- Deficiency Notices sent out – Sacrament of Reconciliation 10am Grades 3-8
- 15- K-2 Christmas Program 7pm
- 16- Gr. 3 trip to Aquarium
- 22- Class Christmas Parties- Christmas Dress down Day.
- 23- Christmas Mass 8am- 11:30 dismissal- NO AFTER CARE
Thursday, December 22 will be Dress down day for the students. We ask a $1 donation to be sent to one of our outreach programs. Class parties will be from 1-2pm.
JUST A REMINDER THAT FRIDAY DECEMBER 23- 11:30 DISMISSAL NO AFTER CARE PROGRAM.
CLASS RESUME ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 3 2017
BLESSINGS FOR A VERY HAPPY, PEACEFILLED AND JOYFUL CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY. HEALTH, PROSPERITY AND WORLD PEACE IS THE PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR 2017!
During Back to School Night we asked each parent to sign a letter addressed to the Governor, Senator and Representative asking them to increase the nonpublic transportation ceiling cost which has not been increased since 2007.
We are grateful to all our families who helped in this initiative, however, we believe that more needs to be done to motivate the Governor and legislature to make this increase a reality.
Many of you lost bussing this year because the cost was not increased for this year. In an effort to continue to make contact with the Governor and the legislators it is imperative that they hear how this has impacted your family. So we are asking all our families but especially those who have lost bussing over the past two years to write a personal letter to the Governor sharing your story how this has affected your family and the sacrifices you have made because you want your child/children to attend Catholic School.
Your letters should be mailed directly to the Governor at the following address:
The Honorable Chris Christie
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 001
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Your family may not have been affected by this but as we move into the future there is always the possibility that more of our families will experience the loss of transportation.
I believe that the more we make contact with those we have elected to represent all families in New Jersey the better we will be in the long run.
If you would like additional information or facts please let me know.
Sister Paula M. Randow,Principal
November 18, 2016
As a community outreach program for the holiday season, once again Our Lady of Hope School will be working with Sacred Heart Church in Camden to provide Christmas toys for those less fortunate.
We received letter from Fr. Michael Doyle, pastor of Sacred Heart, asking for donations of new toys for the parish’s “Toy Store Event.”
For three days in December, the parish runs a “toy store” where neighborhood parents shop at appointed times for gifts for their children. Parents are limited in the amount of money they can spend on each child, and the donated toys, although much more valuable, are priced from $1.00 to $5.00. According to Fr. Doyle, “the purpose of the toy store is to give people the dignity of purchasing toys for their children and the dignity of choice.” He reminds us that Camden is one of the poorest cities in the United States. All money that the parish makes on the “toy store” goes back into the project.
Toys that are needed are sports equipment (especially basketballs and football), trucks, cars, Lego sets, dolls (especially African-American dolls), doll houses, strollers, tea sets, kitchen sets, Playskool and Fisher Price sets, preschool toys, stacking blocks, building sets, and board games. (The parish has an abundance of Candy Land and Yahtzee games, as well as stuffed animals, puzzles, coloring backs, Playdoh and clay.) NO WAR TOYS, PLEASE.
We will start collecting donations right away, and the drive will run through Thursday, December 1st so that we can deliver them to Camden by December 4th.
We thank you in advance for your generosity and support.
May God Bless You,
The administration, faculty, staff,
and students of Our Lady of Hope School