Crusader Connection 2-11-21
February 11, 2021
Dear OLGC School Families,
Next week, as we return from Winter Break, we will begin the Lenten Season with an All School Mass on Ash Wednesday. All families are invited to attend at 8:30 AM at the church. There will be reserved seating for school families.
During the Lenten Season, the OLGC School Staff would like to partner with you to PRAY, FAST, and GIVE! Please check out the guide at:
This guide is intended to help you and your family encounter God this Lent, live more fully in relationship and receive new graces. We give suggestions for the three main practices of the 40 days: prayer, fasting and giving. Each week will also have a Prayer and Practical Challenge to help you take a deep dive into the graces of the season. Each student will receive a "
" and be encouraged to participate in the weekly challenges.
May God use this season of Lent to transform your hearts with gratitude, patience, strength, and peace. The school staff will be praying for your family and welcomes your prayers. We are blessed to be on the Lenten journey with your family.
Have a wonderful Winter Break!
In Christ's love,
Melisa Hunt, Principal
All School Mass (Ash Wednesday)
Green and Gold Theme Day (rescheduled from Catholic Schools Week)
OLGC Spirit Day
All families are invited to attend Mass at 8:30 AM at OLGC church on Wednesday, February 17th. There will be reserved seating for school families. Students who do not attend Mass with their families will livestream mass with their class. You can learn how OLGC will distribute ashes this year
Principal Coffee Chat
If you missed the Principal Coffee Chat last night, you may view the recording here
. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. It is a blessing to partner with each family to provide the BEST education and spiritual offerings for your child!
Principal Coffee Chat Recording - Main Session
Principal Coffee Chat Recording - Question and Answers
OLGC Parish School Lenten Challenge
All families are invited to participate in a school-wide Lenten Challenge. Students will receive weekly recognition and incentives for their participation. There will also be grade level and school wide participation challenges!
AOD Art Contest
The Department of Catholic Schools is hosting a Catholic Schools Week Art Contest. The theme for the contest is "St. Joseph as a model of Faith, Excellence, and Service." Scholarship prizes will be awarded in three age categories. You can see the guidelines and instructions
. Deadline for submission is Friday, February 19 to Mrs. Aquilina at email@example.com
OLGC has welcomed over 50 new students for the 2021-2022 school year! Each student is receiving a personalized welcome video. Meet our newest Crusader, Hayden! As Hayden watched his video, he said, "They're all cheering for me." Let's celebrate and cheer on our newest school family members!
Watch Hayden's Welcome Video Here
Mass this week was offered for the
We are grateful you are part of the OLGC Family! May God bless you.
Mrs. Howard to our Intervention Team!
Click here to learn more about
Reminder: Renaissance Star Testing
The Archdiocese of Detroit has adopted Renaissance Star 360 screening assessments in Early Literacy, Reading, and Math. The use of Renaissance Star 360 assessments allows your child’s teacher to provide targeted instruction, intervention, or enrichment to your child based on his/her identified learning needs. Your child will complete the middle of the year appropriate assessment for his/her grade level during the following testing windows:
Math Assessment (All 1-8 students)
Reading (All 1-8 students) and Early Literacy (K-1 students)
*Your child's specific testing date will be communicated by your child's teacher. Thank you for making sure your child gets a good night rest and eats a good breakfast in order to do their best!
Letter from Mrs. Hunt About Renaissance Star
Please use the following
Screening Tool for Families
. Although it reflects a 10 day quarantine period, the AOD is still recommending a 14 day quarantine period. As always, please contact the school if you have any questions regarding our health and safety protocols.
Daily Health Screener
For ongoing COVID-19 testing sites, you may visit:
Winter Clothing Reminder
Please make sure all students are dressed appropriately for the cold temperatures. Students should have winter coats, hats, and gloves. Snow boots and snow pants are required to play in the snow.
Reminder: 2021-2022 Tuition Assistance
Parents are invited to apply for Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance for the 2021-22 academic year. Deadlines to apply are April 30 for the first round of awards and June 30 for the second round of awards. Families who would like to be considered for tuition assistance through our local Vollbrecht Fund must first apply for Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance. Please contact Mrs. Fitch for support with the $30 online application fee, if needed.
More information about the program can be found at
Young 5's Class
Help spread the word! We will be offering a Young 5's class next year! The class will follow a similar schedule to kindergarten Monday thru Friday 8:00-3:10. Students accepted should turn 5 years-old between May 1st and October 31st.
Reminder: Rotating Shelter 2021
OLGC’s Annual Rotating Shelter looks a little different this year. We are unable to host our guests at OLGC, but we can still serve our brothers and sisters by delivering prepared meals and other goods to Cass Community Center Monday, March 1st- Friday, March 5th. If you are in need of DOVE hours, this is a great way to acquire some. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Miller at
6th-8th Gr. Confirmation Webpag
UPDATE/CHANGE IN CONFIRMATION MASS:
After consultation with our facilities manager and the AOD, and in an effort to ensure the safety and health of our families, we are asking the AOD for an additional Confirmation Mass. We will inform you as soon as it is scheduled.
The Friday, May 21st (6:00) Confirmation Mass will still take place. However, the Thursday, May 20th (7:00pm) practice is subject to change.
Candidate & Sponsor Retreat:
If you were unable to attend the retreat, the livestream link and corresponding materials are loaded to the confirmation webpage.
Candidate & Sponsor Information Forms
are due Feb. 6th. Forms can be returned by one of the following:
Mail to the Religious Formation office, attn. Kate Shortal. Address is at the top of the form. Please make a copy of your form before mailing in.
Email Kate Shortal:
Confirmation Coordinator, Ann Grobbel, can be contacted at
, should you have any questions.
First Communion & First Reconciliation Webpage
First Communion Mass sign up will be coming your way soon. Keep an eye on the Crusader Connection, our first communion web page, and your email for updates and information.
First Communion Coordinator, can be reached at
should you have any questions.
You may also want to check out
Moe's on Ten
, a restaurant in Novi. The Leon family is a member of our OLGC Parish and their children (now all grown) went to OLGC Parish School!
on Thursday, February 11 at 2:00PM