Our Lady of Perpetual Help School will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week January 26-February 1, 2014.
This year’s theme “Catholic Schools- Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service encompass several concepts that are at the heart of a Catholic education. First, schools are communities—small families in their own right, but also members of the larger community of home, church, city and nation. Faith, knowledge and service are three measures by which any Catholic school can and should be judged.”
USCCB joined NCEA in recommending that the theme be kept for several years, noting that it “resonates with the New Evangelization and will provide schools the opportunity to create long-term Catholic identity projects in their communities.” Both organizations believe it is especially appropriate that this new brand marks National Catholic Schools Week during its 40th anniversary year. We, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School, are excited to embrace this year’s theme and welcomes you to join us in celebrating Catholic Schools Week, 2014.
For more information regarding Catholic Schools Week, visit www.ncea.org
Great Classroom Sites
Site made for drawing/ painting original works and replaying their creation. Great for younger kids.
Site made to play songs on the piano. You type letters to play songs; this could be good typing practice.
Site made with young kids in mind, with great educational games, lessons for typing, etc. Students can use all games on site.
Site has many games for different grade levels; a few games for pre-K and K;
addition, subtraction, multiplication games.
Site has lots of games for young children. Only some are educational.
This is a great site for young kids. Games arranged by grade level K-5. It’s easy to follow.
Building Language for Literacy, Clifford, and Poetry Engine are great for Ebeam
or individual use.
Site hosts hundreds of games for all levels; good for individuals or whole class on Ebeam.
Design simple machines, a cell phone, perform surgeries, etc. Good for science, medicine, and older students.
Site hosts great science and geography content, animal information, videos, has little kids section.
Site is all about animals, pets and wild; includes games and videos.
Site focused on animals. Good for little kids. Site has games for individuals or whole class.
Site allows you to create your own animals, play games, create an online habitat for animals.
Site hosts lots of stories to read along with. Students can choose from different stories. Good for K-1st grade.
Site hosts typing lessons, games and tests to practice.
Classroom Resources especially for EBeam
This offers a great way to graph something simply.
This site offers a spinner and dice to roll; neat tools.
This site offers a variety of different timers, count-down clocks and stopwatches; very cool tool; can make full screen.
Websites for Students and Teachers
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish and School Walk
The OLPH Parish and School Walk is being created in the walkway leading to the school building, as well as in front of the building. Brick pavers are available for purchase for the first phase of installation.
Pavers can be etched for our school families, parishioners and their families and/or friends to honor loved ones, to celebrate a special occasion, or to create a family memory. Funds raised will benefit OLPH Parish and School.
- Parishioner/School Family: $150 per brick
- Small Business: $250 per brick
- Corporation: $400 per brick
Information is available in the Parish and School Office. To order a brick paver or for more information, please contact the parish office at 760.347.3507 or the school office at 760.347.3786.
Location of the school: 82-470 Bliss Ave, Indio
Location of the parish office: 45-299 Deglet Noor, Indio
Religious Experiences- A Faith Formation Enrichment
One of the joys in teaching religion daily is the opportunity to embrace our faith in a meaningful way. Students and families at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School are able to participate in various prayer services throughout the school year. Celebrating St. Joseph’s Day by inviting fathers, grandfathers, or a significant father figure to attend a special prayer service with the school community, exemplifies values and the importance of honoring St. Joseph as our father “mentor”. Celebrating Mother’s Day in May with our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, etc. signify the respect given to Our Mother Mary. Students write essays about their father and mother figures that have made a valuable impact in their life. These two special prayer services are well-received by the school community.
Another way to share spirituality is the celebration of Mardi Gras. All parents/guardians are invited to attend this activity. In this prayer service, students recognize the great gift of Creation given to us by God. We praise and thank Him for this wonderful gift of life. After the prayer service, the school partakes of lunch as a community. We further celebrate God’s gift of talent as students are invited to participate in a talent show. Mardi Gras is emphasized as a celebration of life in all its fullness. The stark contrast to Lent as a season of prayer, almsgiving, and fasting is called to attention the next day on Ash Wednesday.
The school begins the season of Lent with a Mass during which blessed ashes are distributed. Parents are encouraged to attend this mass with their children. During the season, teachers stress the importance of growing closer to Jesus through the three disciplines of Lent. Parents are encouraged to help their children recognize this important component of spiritual life through the school newsletter, teachers’ communiqués that are sent home, and the donations to Holy Childhood Association with the “My Lenten Offering” folders.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School enriches the faith formation of each student and families by weekly school liturgies, Thanksgiving food drives, Classroom Seder Meals, Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist, Stations of the Cross, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, praying the rosary, Advent and Lenten service projects, and through various opportunities for students to be active ministers through altar serving, music, lectors, and liturgical dance.
Religion is a lived reality at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School. Faculty, students, and families not only are able to partake in these prayer experiences, but are able to share the “Good News” about their faith and why this is one reason they have their children enrolled at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help – School – Home – and Family
By: Guadalupe Gutierrez Saldivar
I have been attending school ever since I was four years old- actually Preschool, here at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Presently I am a seventh grader but I am not sad to say that I no longer attend a school. Somewhere along all the hustle and bustle as I grew, so did my appreciation for Our Lady of Perpetual Help. I now find myself entering a home that is mine, full of people I know and care about. We are the people that make up Our Lady of Perpetual Help. We are the exact opposite of a school. We are a family, consisting of a group of people learning, growing, working, and praying for each other.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a place to explore, create, and try out different experiences as well as our likes and dislikes. This is a place to find out who you are and who you want to be and do in your life to come. I have been to no other place that acts as such. There is a very comfortable environment where everyone knows everybody and no one is left in the dark. We do everything as a family and even have our own families created here in the school. Every year we are placed in a new selected group of students that shall become our school sibling and parents for that year. Next year I am looking forward to being a great school family parent and mentor. There are families in our families and everywhere you turn there is a familiar face and conversations waiting to be had. This is a safe haven for you to freely grow mentally and spiritually without being teased or accused. Everyone is allowed to be a part of whatever they would like to do without being judged. As long as there is a dream to pursue, Our Lady of Perpetual Help will get you started in the right direction. For example, there are many opportunities for wishes to be made real. I had once wished for myself to find a future in storytelling and becoming a novelist. This is a slight push forward in that I had promised myself that I would somehow find a way to become published. The teachers offer me opportunities for the future. They allow me to test my waters and see if I can create a wave. They offer these chances as well as others such as writing short stories and entering art contests within the school. On top of that, a wide range of options in extracurricular activities are available such as sports and student council along with many others.
Once you find a place that you have known and learned to love so well, it is never easy saying goodbye. A good family and household begins with a strong soul. This soul is created by the people that make all this possible, from my parents, to the kind hearted principal for her hard work and dedication, and for the high spirited teachers that take the extra time to care for their students. As well as all the people who have supported and helped us as we grow, and for those who have been involved in anything that we have strived to see accomplished. These are just a few of the things that make this school all the more special. I am really lucky and even more, to say that I am able to attend Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School. Together we walk as one family under the guidance and blessings of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Mark your calendar for the following events:
• Preschool Bike-a-thon, Apr.11
• Third Grade Learning Center, 1st Communion, Apr.12
• School Stations of the Cross, Apr. 14-15
• Class Seder Meal, Apr. 16
• Easter Break, Apr. 18-25
• Third Grade First Holy Communion, Apr. 26
• K-5 Parents’ Workshop, Apr. 28
• 6-8 Parents’ Workshop, Apr. 29
• Fourth Parents’ Club Meeting, Apr. 30
• Nite @ the Races event, May 3
• Mother’s Day Prayer Service, May 12