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Lenten Rice Bowl

February 23, 2021
By Our Lady of Sorrows School
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Every year, during the season of Lent, our diocese participates in Catholic Relief Services' Lenten Rice Bowl, and this year is no different. Bishop Flores is calling and challenging every person of good will in our area to find it in our hearts to sacrifice some of our monetary treasure to help areas with some of the poorest of the poor, including the colonias that are a few minutes' drive away from many of us.

To put things in perspective: last week many Texas residents lost power and access to clean, running water anywhere from a few hours to a week (or longer!) — this is the day-to-day life of many of the people that benefit from the donations given through CRS Rice Bowl. 75% of the donations are distributed to areas in desperate need of assistance (this year focusing on El Salvador and Madagascar), while 25% stays in our diocese to assist with efforts that target those living in abject poverty with daily hunger and other pressing needs.

This year, instead of handing out physical Rice Bowls to every student at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School, we are focusing on digital donations that are in line with our COVID-19 safety protocols. You may give:

1) Through OLS Church's online giving page: https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/1383

  • as a one-time donation (select “Quick Give,” then choose “Rice Bowl” as your Fund)
  • as an ongoing donor (select “Create New Account” or simply log in if you have an existing account; make sure to select “Rice Bowl” as your Fund)

2) Through the OSV Online Giving App

As we continue our journey through the season of Lent, let us join our prayers and our charitable donations as a means of continuing to bring the hope, light, and love of Jesus to our neighbors around us.

Blessings & Peace,
Hugo De La Rosa III

Consolidated COVID-19 Information

March 16, 2020
By Our Lady of Sorrows School
Our Lady and OLS students

Posted: 3/16/2020
Last Update: 3/20/2020, 3:15 pm

Good afternoon OLS School Community:

Here you'll find an updated list of all the information OLSS has released through social media, emails, the weekly newsletter and physical notes sent home. This post will be updated as more information is available; newest information will be here at the top of the post.

 

3.20.2020 | OLS Update - Friday, March 20, 2020

Good afternoon OLS Community:

Continued prayers for the safety and well-being of our students, families, faculty and staff!

Even though our school building is closed, learning will begin again on Monday, March 23 and continue until Bishop Flores gives the go ahead to physically open the building again. Please stress to your children that, while they’re at home, they are still expected to work on their schoolwork just as if we were in a classroom at school; this is not a three week spring break! Our Catholic Church has continually reminded parents that they are the first and foremost teachers of their children, so this becomes a challenge for us as parents to step up into that role as well.

The expectation is that students must engage in a combined total of four (4) hours of learning a day in their core subjects (English / language arts / reading / spelling / vocabulary, religion, math, science, social studies, and Spanish [Spanish for our 6-8 grade students]). Please note that this time frame is by TCCBED mandate; it’s not optional.

Teachers in PK-3 have packets to pick up today (Friday, March 20) until 6 pm at school, 4th graders took home a packet of work before spring break, and 5 – 8 grade have moved fully online with work on Google Classroom and other online sites. This may be adjusted as we continue to refine our approach to online learning, but in any case, our students are expected to work every day on their school work.

Remember that many of our books and resources are already online at our website: http://www.olsschool.org/academics/student-resources.cfm 

Please continue to monitor email for further instructions, and please make your children aware of tracking / turn in methods teachers will ask for so that we have documentation of the learning taking place at home.

Finally, please be patient with us and with each other as we work on this shift in our educational model. Please make time as well to pray individually and together as a family.

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” - The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

Blessings & Peace,
Hugo De La Rosa III
Assistant Principal
Our Lady of Sorrows School
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3.19.2020 | Update: OLSS School Closure

Dear OLSS Families, 

The Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Brownsville issued the following guidelines. 

Due to the new executive order by Governor Abbot all Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Brownsville must close by midnight tomorrow, March 20th, 2020 and may not reopen until midnight April 3rd, 2020.  Online learning may continue during this time.
You will be receiving a follow up email with pick-up instructions for packets/work for Grades PK3 - 3rd Grade for Friday, March 20th (tomorrow). 

We ask for your continued prayers.

Blessings,
Mr. Martinez
Principal

 

3.18.2020 | OLSS Update: Diocesan Guidance on Schools [Email]

Dear OLSS Families,

There has been much conversation in our diocese regarding our Catholic Schools and what will happen after Spring Break. We pray the Lord will protect our families from the devastating effect of the Coronavirus.

After consulting with our Bishops, other superintendents, guidance given by TCCBED, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the County Health Departments, the following guidelines will be in affect after Spring Break.

1. Schools will remain closed the week of March 23 – 27, 2020.
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All students should stay home.
     - All students will have an excused absence.
     - Instruction will be given by each campus by means of:
          1. Take home packets (that will need to be picked up at the schools)
          2. Google Education, online instructions, etc.
               1. Packets will be ready for parents to be picked-up on Friday March 20, 2020 (this information will follow)
               2. You will be receiving an email from your students teacher with online instruction guidance
     - All school events will be canceled until further notice.
     - Schools will do a thorough cleaning and disinfecting before opening.

2. All staff will report back to the schools during the week of March 23 – 27.
     - Teachers will be on duty to prepare lesson plans, provide instruction and communicate to parents as needed. 

3. For parents who have no one to care for their child, our schools will assist them in this need. Students will be supervised at all times.  However, we do ask that parents do not send their child to school if they are sick or have fever – they should stay at home.
     - Each campus will give specific guidelines for students/parents entering our schools (these guidelines will follow)

4. Schools will re-open the week of March 30 – April 3, 2020.
     - Since the virus can change our status day by day, we will keep all parents updated from time to time. 

     ***IOWA testing will be postponed at this time.  

We continue to follow the directives from our Bishop, and follow his recommendations as he stated in his letter – “Let us pray for one another, for the sick and vulnerable, and for those who care for them; let us be generous and kind in our responses to one another; let us take to heart the advisories of health officials, and let us use our common sense.”

For more information from the various agencies, please visit the following links:

Blessings,
Mr. Martinez
Principal

 

3.16.2020 | School Update: Beginning of Week OLSS Update [Email]

Dear OLSS Families,

Peace be with all of you. I hope each of you are enjoying the start of our Spring Break week. This message is to provide each of you with a start to the week report in light of the media attention surrounding COVID-19. As I stated last week, I am asking every and all parents to engage in communication with the school by means of our email system when asking questions, seeking answers and/or updates about this matter and potential next steps. A few have chosen the platform of social media via public or personal pages and this is not the best ways to express your concerns as this continues to produce panic rather than seeking healthy dialogue straight to your source (Our Lady of Sorrows School). 

We are committed to keeping updated on the latest news and also the latest updates from CDC, TDHS, TEA, Texas Private School Association, Our Catholic Schools Office (Our Superintendent and Bishop Flores) on this matter. I have been receiving updates three times a day from these respective offices and partners and will provide another update mid-week and also at the end of the week on any changes to our operational and academic day a week from today. I have also been in partnership with our surrounding ISD's and we are also aware of their next steps. As of now, everything is being monitored accordingly and no change has been implemented for us. Remember, this may change after tomorrow's call with Bishop Flores and our Catholic School's Office. In the event of a change, we held an ad hoc meeting with teachers on Thursday and we are prepared as a school to provide online instruction and resources if need be. Trust that the safety, the health and the well-being is our top priority when it comes to our students and staff and we will not hesitate to take action once the proper guidance and decision is made. 

In the meantime, I ask that everyone continue to pray, be patient, continue following our safeguards as we have been advised. Also, with any and all questions, I respectfully ask that you use our school email platform to reach out and be careful with what is posted to social media. Mr. De La Rosa and I are ready and willing to address any and all concerns you may have. 

Blessings,
Mr. Martinez
Principal

 

3.13.2020 | A Message from Bishop Flores [Social Media Post]

Bishop Flores encourages everyone to take the precautions necessary to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). He reminds us, “It is not a moment to panic. It is a moment to help one another.”

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/271294873000109/posts/2643690325760540

 

3.13.2020 | Diocesan Holy Mass Guidelines [Social Media Post]

Directives from Bishop Flores for the celebration of Holy Mass as we continue to monitor the situation here in the RGV.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.13.2020 | COVID-19 Update [Email / Physical Note Home]

Good morning OLS Community:

One quick correction from the newsletter - even though we've run Yearbook purchasing information in the newsletter and online since December, I still made a mistake on this last newsletter: the final day to order a yearbook is today (Friday, March 13). You may call the front office before 3:00 pm today to have the $60 cost added to your account. Thank you to those who already ordered, and please excuse the oversight in this last newsletter.

Secondly, please note that, as per the State PSIA Office, both our district PSIA Meet (March 28) and the State PSIA Meet (May 2) are cancelled. There will be no PSIA competition held this year.

Finally, please read this notice with the latest updates on OLS' response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. We will update as needed during Spring Break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.12.2020 | Newsletter Update [Email]

Good afternoon OLS Community:

We are aware of rumors that say a member of our school community has fallen ill due to COVID-19. Please be aware that they are rumors, and we would appreciate OLS community members not making light of the situation or spreading misinformation. Our faculty and staff are following all necessary precautions as sent out by our Bishop, the Catholic Schools Office, and the Texas Department of Health & Human Services in order to ensure the safety of all staff and students.

Please note that tomorrow (Friday, March 13) is a full day of school, as well as the closing of the 3rd quarter. Students not on campus will be marked as unexcused (unless accompanied by a doctor's excuse), and there will no opportunity to make up any missed work.

Blessings & Peace,
Hugo De La Rosa III
Asst. Principal

 

3.12.2020 | Weekly Newsletter, Vol.5 , Issue 30 [Email]

4. Health Information

As we begin our Spring Break, please take note of the following information and directives:

1) Please be careful with travel plans over Spring Break, especially to areas where verified cases of illness are being reported
2) Students who appear sick after spring break (with travel or not) should be checked by a doctor before coming back on campus
3) Students who have fever may not come back on campus without a doctor's note, and must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication to help control the fever
4) OLS is deep cleaning and sanitizing the campus before students come back on March 23
5) Two PDF handouts are attached to this newsletter with information on speaking to students about the COVID-19 pandemic and on staying healthy during this time
6) More information was sent in previous newsletters - please continue to help your children follow those guidelines as well

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links to the two PDF documents included with the newsletter:

Talking to Children about COVID-19

What To Do If You Are Sick with Coronavirus

 

2.14.2020 | Weekly Newsletter [Email]

7. Novel Coronavirus Information

Please read the attached notice from the Texas Department of State Health Services on the Novel Coronavirus, especially the section on tips to help prevent contracting any respiratory illnesses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessings & Peace,
Hugo De La Rosa III

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The Advent Season

November 21, 2019
By Our Lady of Sorrows School
OLS front office Christmas Nativity Scene

During the blessing given to the mother and father of a newly baptized child at the end of the Baptismal Liturgy, we hear these words: These parents will be the first teachers of their children in the faith, may they be also the best of teachers by what they say and do. The Second Vatican Council called each home and family “the domestic church.” With this in mind, the season of Advent provides an excellent opportunity for parents to nurture the faith of their whole family.

Buying (or making) an advent wreath and then setting up a prayer area in your home (somewhere near the living room or dining room, where it is clearly visible) to place it on is a good first step. Blessing the wreath, and then lighting the candle(s) before or after dinner each evening can become a way of keeping the focus of this Advent season on the coming of the Light of Christ.

Setting up a Jesse tree (especially a homemade one) can be another way of marking the days during Advent until we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Setting up Christmas lights inside or outside the home can be another way of remembering the light of Christ, especially as our days grow shorter and the nights grow longer.

Traditional Posadas or praying the rosary together are another way to fully prepare for the coming Christmas season. And of course, the best way to prepare is to attend Holy Mass together during the season of Advent—it will help to prepare the whole family to celebrate the birth of the Baby Jesus at the beginning of the Christmas season.

In whatever ways your family prepares, remember that Jesus can stay at the center of our lives only with our attention and devotion to him—may we give God the best gift we can ever give him this Advent and Christmas season: our time.

Blessings & Peace,
Hugo De La Rosa III

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