OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP SCHOOL
Winter Newsletter 2016 Double Your Money (Give) Back Update In our Summer Newsletter, we told you about a matching grant opportunity from the Osborne Foundation for the purchase of a second iPad lab and professional development. We are pleased to announce that you, our generous donors have stepped up and donated $11,000 to meet that match! The lab consists of 30 tablets, a syncing cart and a MacBook Pro to operate the entire system. This funding will also allow teachers to take advantage of additional training to help blend current curriculum with usage of the tablets. The teachers are very excited to be doubling their access to this wonderful classroom, tool! The students are able to use them to do research, collaborate on projects, and create presentations that include video and picture content. Art students publish artwork and artist statements to our online school art gallery. 5th grade students have used the iPads to create a grammar song/skit to show to the 1st and 2nd grade. 7th graders just finished a persuasive essay on the iPads using Google Docs. They wrote all of the drafts on Google Docs, and then received teacher feedback through Docs. Currently, the 8th grade have begun their long journey of writing The Living Stations of the Cross script. They had to research using Bibles and online resources, and are now using the iPads to actually type out the scripts, edit and revise them. To all of you who played a part in helping us expand our one-on-one technology program….THANK YOU!!!
We’re Growing!! The Pre-K program has been a wonderful addition to the OLPH education system. Begun in 2011, under the leadership of Ms. Jessica Storey, we have offered 4 year old students a great start to their elementary school experience. Coming in the fall of 2017, we will be able to extend that experience to those students turning 3 by August 15. We will have limited spots available for both the three and five-day programs. If you are interested in enrolling a student in our Pre-K this fall, know someone who is, or would like to schedule a tour, contact Teresa Hennen in the Admissions Office at (423) 698-3274.
Beta Club OLPH is excited to announce that we now offer Junior National Beta Club for our 6th through 8th grade students. Students who strive for excellence in both academics and leadership were invited to join OLPH Junior Beta Club earlier in the fall semester. This opportunity directly impacts our school’s mission to know, love, and serve the OLPH and Greater Chattanooga community. Also for the first time, 20 of our 32 Beta Club members were able to attend and compete in the State Convention in Nashville, TN the week of Thanksgiving. Students competed in both academic challenges and in the arts competitions. Our own Ian Agbannaoag took home 2nd place in the state in the individual talent performance competition. Junior Beta Club officers were also chosen this fall. Our president is Maddox Earnest, our Vice President is Sophia John, our secretary is Ian Agbannaoag, and our treasurer is Heidi Eckler. With more than 500,000 active members and 8,750 clubs nationally and internationally, National Beta has become the nation’s largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization. National Beta promotes the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. We are so pleased for our students at OLPH to be a part of such a distinguished and positive organization.
NEW FACES Sharon Leath
Prior to coming to OLPH, Coach Leath worked for three years at Wallace Smith Elementary and Eastside Elementary in Hamilton County as an Elementary Health and Physical Education teacher. She attended college at Loyola University, in Baltimore, Maryland, where she played Division 1 Lacrosse and Field Hockey. Also while attending Loyola, she met her husband Paul. “Paul joined the Army after graduation and our travels began!!!! North Carolina, Virginia, Germany, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia.” Before moving to Chattanooga in 2012, she and her family lived in Macon, Georgia, where she taught PE at St. Joseph's Catholic School for 10 years. “Much like the kids attending OLPH, my kids attended SJS, K-6th grade, right under my nose!” she said. The Leaths have lived in Chattanooga for the last five years, and their children, Jessica (sophomore at UTC) and Zach (freshman at LSU) both attended Notre Dame High School. “We really love Chattanooga, and I can't wait to get involved with all OLPH has to offer. Education, Athletics and Community!!!! Go Rams!!!!”
The newest addition to our Middle School staff is Mrs. Amelia Ribeiro. In her fourth year of teaching language arts, Mrs. Ribeiro came to us from the public schools. She graduated this past summer with her Master’s degree, and will be starting her Ed.S program the fall of 2017 at Lee University. Just married this past summer, she and her husband, Brian Ribeiro, and have a conure-parrot child named Dragon. “She’s a brat, but I love her. I, also, like to run. I try to run a couple of half marathons every year. In order to balance things out, I eat pizza and Chic-fil-A. “ Favorite Quote: “The best teachers don’t give you the answers. They just point the way and let you make your own choices, your own mistakes. That way you get all the glory, and you deserve it.”---Glee
Leslie Kell Kary Berry A familiar face is taking on a new role in as our Pre-School teaching aide. Mrs. Kary Berry is the mother of OLPH students Luke (5th) and Tucker (8th) Berry. She previously worked for several years in aftercare and as part of our cafeteria staff. When asked what she thinks about the change to Pre-K, her answer was “It’s fantastic!! I enjoy being around the kids because they are excited about everything, whether it’s learning something new or just telling you about having chicken for dinner last night.” Mrs. Berry naturally gives back that same level of energy and excitement to her new role and certainly seems to be up for the challenge.
New third grade teacher, Leslie Kell, has spent nearly 20 years working in the Georgia public school system mostly in special education classrooms. She began as a parent volunteer, then as a paraprofessional, studying and taking classes at night for six years to become a teacher while raising her three children with her husband of nearly 30 years. She graduated from Covenant College in 2010 and taught both special education and general education classes at Rock Spring Elementary in Rock Spring, GA. Last year was her 17th year at RSE. “Although that was my home for many years, I had a desire to teach in a Catholic school where my faith could flourish. I love working here, and I hope I will have many more years to come at OLPH,” she says. OLPH is very fortunate to have added her to our staff!
FALL AND WINTER SPORTS Swimming
The Notre Dame Middle School Swim team is comprised of both OLPH and St. Jude Students. Most recently, they participated in the Ray Bussard Invitational at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Cross Country Our Elementary Boys Cross Country team ended up taking second place for the season while the Middle School Girls team took home the FIRST PLACE trophy! Special congratulations to our CC State qualifiers: Elise Alvarado, Sam Murrah and Kaitlyn Critchfield
Soccer Soccer season was cut a bit short this year with the cancellation of tournament play due to heavy smoke in the region from wildfires, but our teams still had a great run!
Basketball season is in full swing, and the newly re-finished gym floor is getting a real workout! Check out the schedule on our website and swing by to cheer on the Rams!
Catholic Rams, a combined OLPH St. Jude team, finished the season with a perfect 11-0 record for the year. It is Catholicâ€™s second consecutive undefeated season.
Volleyball The Lady Rams had a great volleyball season this year! The Varsity team, with ONLY three 8th graders, finished the year with 6 wins and 6 loses. The JV, compiled of mostly the same girls, rallied with a record of 5-3! The elementary team worked very hard and finished with TWO MORE wins than last season! We have an exciting program that is getting stronger every year. GO RAMS!
In keeping with our mission to Know, Love, and Serve, OLPH introduced “Houses” into our middle school this year. This concept was based on the “houses” model of several schools in the area, including Notre Dame here in Chattanooga and Sacred Heart in Knoxville. OLPH Houses are named after the Latin words for Know (Cognitio), Love (Caritas), and Serve (Ministro). Sixth through eighth grade students participated in a sorting ceremony and were divided up into these houses in order to form student service groups and friendships in the middle school as a whole. The goal is to build interactive service communities which help students to make connections to others in a broader scope. Students also earn points for their houses through participation in positive actions, such as: volunteering to help teachers or a fellow student, collecting items for food and clothing drives, working hard in class, etc. Houses also meet monthly to conduct prayer breakfasts which are led by both the house teachers/sponsors and the elected house leaders. This has been an exciting addition to opportunities for leadership and spirituality here
10 WAYS (BIG & SMALL) TO HELP
Know, Love, and Serve
Donate to the Annual Fund using the enclosed envelope or online at www.myolph.com/support. 2. Check with your employer to see if they will match your donation. Some companies will match as much as 2:1! 3. Volunteer your time. We love our volunteers! 4. Purchase Scrip gift cards from the school for your groceries, gas, dining, online shopping and more. Call the school for more information on placing orders, or drop by to purchase from inventory. 5. Link your Food City grocery card to earn $$ for our school each time you shop. Just ask the cashier to scan your card and enter our code: 60016 6. Pick up a Publix key tag card designated for OLPH (available in the Publix store or in our office) and use it each time you shop. 7. Link your Ingles Advantage card to our school: School ID 11624 8. Drop your used ink cartridges into the collection bins in the school or church. 9. Clip and save Box Tops for Education and send them to the school office or collection bin in the back of church. 10. Donate your My Coke rewards points to us. (search our zip code: 37412)
TRUNK OR TREAT FUN! Hundreds of students, parishioners, and friends from the surrounding community came to the OLPH campus for an early celebration of All Hallow’s Eve. Dozens of participants in the fifth annual “Trunk or Treat” decorated cars, provided treats and games, and cocoa.
Published on Dec 15, 2016