OUR LADY OF MERCY SCHOOL TO CELEBRATE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS’ WEEK; OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 29
Our Lady of Mercy School, 55 Fourth Avenue, East Greenwich, is hosting Open House and Registration for incoming students for the 2017-18 Academic Year on Sunday, January 29 from 10:00 a.m. – Noon. Offering Pre-K for 3 & 4-year olds through Grade 8, OLM School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. OLM offers a challenging curriculum with multiple enrichment opportunities like weekly Spanish Classes for Grades 1-8, Computer Classes, Music, Health, Library, and Art, and physical education twice per week. Extracurricular activities include Robotics, Science Olympiad, Drama, Band, Yearbook, CAL Sports, Student Council and after school clubs like Mandarin, Chess and Stock Market Club. Before- and after-school care are available, as well as multiple scheduling options for Pre-K. Bus service is available to those students residing in East Greenwich, West Warwick and parts of Warwick.
The theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week, held nationally each year, is “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” OLM embraces this theme all year long in a variety of ways including daily prayer, weekly school masses, sacramental preparation and values based lessons throughout the day in each classroom. Students are challenged in the classroom and encouraged to reach their fullest potential by a strong, dedicated faculty and staff. One such faculty member, second grade teacher Mary Ryan, in her 24th year at OLM, states “I feel blessed to be able to share my love of God with my students each and every day. To be able to “Teach as Jesus Did” is truly a gift from God.” Students are also exposed to multiple service opportunities in the community on a weekly basis, developing core values and compassion while striving to be saints and scholars…. so that mercy may flourish.
On Wednesday, February 1, OLM Students will be putting their mercy in action with a variety of outreach projects. The school will be collecting canned soups for the OLM Parish Outreach, gently used games for McAuley Village and socks, hats and mittens for the Midnight Moment Outreach, a “Christ-centered outreach to the people in the streets of Providence.”
The Catholic Schools Week celebrations officially begin at OLM on Friday, January 27 with the Warm Hearts and Warm Wishes Event. While sharing in “breakfast for dinner” being provided by Pranzi Catering, students will have the chance to create placemats which will later be laminated and shared with the residents of Heart of Mercy Home in Honduras. The project is being led by the “Friends of Mercy” group at OLM. Music, games and dancing will round out the event which is sure to become a family favorite.
The Annual OLM Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the school’s library from Friday, Jan. 27- Wednesday, February 1, including during the Open House. Students and their parents have the opportunity to visit the fair to purchase books for themselves as well as for their classrooms, selecting from the “teacher wish lists”.
On Tuesday, January 31, students will be treated to movies, popcorn and bingo in the afternoon for a special “Student Appreciation Day”. Thursday, February 2, students will have the opportunity to say “thank you” to their parents for the gift of a Catholic education by way of special cards and poems. Friday, Feburary 3 will feature a traditional favorite at OLM: the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. Hosted by the OLM PTG, teachers are treated to a special catered lunch from Pranzi Catring, with room parents providing classroom coverage.
For more information on the Open House, or registration for next year, please call the OLM office at 884-1618 or visit www.olmschool.org .
With a tradition of excellence in Catholic elementary and middle school education since 1951, Our Lady of Mercy School offers its students an opportunity to pursue excellence in academics, athletics and the arts. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Pre-K through Grade 8, co-educational Catholic school located in East Greenwich provides a nurturing, values-driven environment built upon the teachings of the Catholic Church.