Please join us for these upcoming events at Our Lady of the Lake.
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The annual Life on the Lake fundraiser is one of Our Lady of the Lake’s most popular traditions. Each year, hundreds of school families, parishioners, friends and neighbors pack the hall, enjoy good food, entertainment, and an impressive array of raffle baskets and auction prices – all to support quality Catholic education in our community.
Every year Catholic Schools Week at the end of January celebrates the qualities that make Catholic education special. OLL will be celebrating all week long, with a spelling bee and a geography bee, community day, science day with a visit from COSI, an Outback Ray assembly, student and teacher appreciation, and much more. Two events are open to visitors interested in learning more about quality Catholic education.
Our Lady of the Lake School takes learning beyond the classroom in all kinds of ways. Using cutting edge technology and engaged learning, teachers find new ways to get students excited about learning.
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Our Lady of the Lake parish is known for its strong music ministry. Music Director Melissa Gali Bird is herself a multi-talented musician with a deep understanding of liturgy. And she also loves working with young people, helping them develop both their faith and their love of music through her work.
Our 2016-2017 school year at Our Lady of the Lake has gotten off to a wonderful start! We have added classrooms and now have two classes in each grade. We will introduce our new teachers in the next edition. Our preschool is nearly at capacity and it has been wonderful to see all of our returning families and to welcome all of our new families.
Several years ago, Barb Pistillo started gathering neighbors on her porch in Euclid, as a fun way to get to know each other. She’d put out a little sign, and that was the signal to gather and share refreshments, stories and a little time together. Anyone was welcome – no formal invitation required – and it became a great way to meet new people, learn about good things happening in the neighborhood, and build a sense of community.
Water has a central place in the practices and beliefs of many religions for two main reasons.
Our Lady of the Lake continues a cherished annual tradition, with the Backpack Blessing on August 21. For this special youth Mass we invite students and families to gather for a blessing before starting back to school. It's a wonderful opportunity to support and encourage all our young scholars. All are welcome!
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I remember the excitement surrounding the start of a new school year when our five children were in elementary school. We would spend hours at Schoolbelles on Lakeside Avenue choosing jumpers, skirts, pants and shirts. Then there were the all-important school supplies, choosing just the right book bag, pens, pencils, and notebook assortment. This was always a special family time. We would wonder which teacher each child would be assigned and counted down the days to that first day of school. Now, years later, as a principal, I always try to put myself in our parents’ place and remember how exciting, but also stressful this time of year can be! It can be especially challenging if you happen to be starting at a new school. At Our Lady of the Lake School, we try to be as welcoming, supportive and encouraging as we can be. We understand that families are sharing their precious children with us for a good portion of each and every day. That is why we work very hard during the summer months to have everything in place for the start of our year together. What can we look forward to in our 2016-2017 school year? Here are a few thoughts:
The annual parish picnic is a much-loved tradition at Our Lady of the Lake, a chance to celebrate Mass in a different setting, and to visit with friends and family outside church. The volunteers who put this year's event together outdid themselves again, with great food, ice cream, live music, games and prizes for the kids, a balloon clown, dunking game, and even a caricature artist. These are the summer memories children and families look back on, and we so appreciate the chance to make these memories together.
While we’ve been out enjoying summer fun, the hard-working team at Our Lady of the Lake School have been busy working on more ways to make school great for the kids when they come back. Right now they’re planning after-school programs, to make sure both the fun and the learning carry on when the school day ends. Last year, OLL School launched a slew of new after-school offerings, including music lessons, a very popular sewing group, and the Grub Club – fun cooking classes for kids. This year they plan to have even more to offer, including Spanish Club and Chess Club. We can’t wait to see all the good programs they cook up!
Among the many signs of hope that we see every day at Our Lady of the Lake is the partnership we have with the Scouts. Just recently one of the scouts (also one of our parishioners), Connor McSween, initiated a project to paint the entrances to our church hall as part of his requirements to become an Eagle Scout. Connor also participated as a volunteer in our Vacation Bible School. Several other scouts volunteered to serve as an honor guard at the funeral for Senator George Voinovich. All of these partnerships, initiated by the young people in the Scouts themselves, are signs of hope for all of us as we continue to serve our parish and wider community.
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Each year, third grade students at Our Ladyof the Lake organize a Souper Bowl food drive, to collect canned food for the Euclid Hunger Center. The children learn about compassion, caring and systems of support. The lesson was obviously well learned – this year one student took it a step further – he organized a food drive at his birthday party. Instead of receiving gifts for himself he gave a gift to needy families in our community. We are so proud of how our students live their faith!
Please join us for an all school art show and open house on Thursday May 5 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Our Lady of the Lake School. Artwork created by all students will be displayed on all floors of the school, and our talented student choir vocalists will be performing on the main floor at 6:45. Students can also visit the art room and create a paper mask.
As educators we are always seeking the best tools to help our students succeed in the classroom in each subject area. Phonics is such a key component to reading that we decided to explore how to enhance instruction here at Our Lady of the Lake School. With the support of Mrs. Kingsbury, and after doing some online research and speaking with reading specialists, we decided to focus on the Wilson Reading Fundations phonics program. This program is truly all encompassing. Fundations provides a systematic and explicit approach to reading and spelling with phonics.
At Our Lady of the Lake School, we value learning by doing. One great way our students experience this is with our annual 8th grade trip to Washington, DC. It was an amazing experience, and we are very proud of our students. Our first stop on April 20 was at Gettsyburg, where we could see actual marks on the buildings from gunshots and cannonballs. Seeing the battlefield and surrounding area, remembering the thousands who gave their lives, made us feel very grateful for our united country.
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This year's parish mission at Our Lady of the Lake was a big success. We reflected on the Pope's Care for Our Common Home, with presentations, witness talks, conversation and prayer. Thank you to all the many people who joined as witnesses and participants, and helped to make this such a valuable event. We grow stronger in our faith together.
Our Lady of the Lake's next Kindergarten Buddy Day will be March 14. This is a wonderful opportunity for preschoolers to get a real sense of what kindergarten is like, spending a day in the classroom with a kindergarten "buddy" and taking part in lots of fun crafts and activities. Those interested in registering for kindergarten should mark their calendars for our next screening days, as well, which will be May 4 and May 11. This is not a test but a developmental assessment that helps us to identify your child’s areas of strengths and challenges.
For more information, for details on possible scholarships, or to schedule a tour, please call the school office at (216) 481-6824.
Living Stations has become a cherished tradition at Our Lady of the Lake. We invite friends, neighbors and visitors to join us for this lovely presentation. This year, we'll be presenting Living Stations on Friday, March 18, at 8:00pm. For more information, call the rectory at (216) 486-0850.
Based on Pope Francis’ encyclical “Care for Our Common Home”, Our Lady of the Lake’s newly formed Youth Council planned and facilitated ice breakers, witness talks, and small group sharing activities during our 3 day parish mission. Both grade school and high school teens and friends are anxious to bring our ideas to schools, homes, and community.
Council leaders Brian Bopp and Machala Comenschek are excited about this new initiative. “This council is starting small but it is going to be a great force bringing great energy to our parish,” said Bopp. We agree and are looking forward to many great things to come.
Six New Members Preparing to Join Our Lady of the Lake Parish. Five children and one adult are preparing for Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist (Communion) on Holy Saturday, March 26, 2016. Upon reception of those three “Sacraments of Initiation” these six persons will become full members of Our Lady of the Lake parish.
Our Lady of the Lake School has a tradition of offering quality Catholic education that has served the community for more than 80 years – but they’re not resting on their laurels. “We’re not only committed to offering a faith-based, caring environment,” says Principal Rita Kingsbury. “We’re also committed to offering the very best education for your child.” That means investing in state-of-the-art technology in everyone classroom – from preschool on up – and ensuring that students have access to a broad array of curriculum and enrichment offerings.
Our Lady of the Lake School is proud and happy to introduce their new Physical Education Instructor, Stephanie Omueti. Stephanie joins the talented teaching team at Our Lady of the Lake this January, and brings with her an exciting approach to physical education that promises fun challenges ahead for students.
Our Lady of the Lake celebrated Breakfast in Bethlehem with students in the Parish School of Religion, hosting a fun feast that celebrated the true meaning behind the Christmas Season.
Find out if quality Catholic education is right for your child!
Our Lady of the Lake School will host an open-house on Sunday, January 31, from 11:00am-1:30pm, at 175 E. 200th Street. Visitors are encouraged to come in and see some of the exciting things happening at OLL School, to learn about possible scholarships and discover resources that can help every parent get the best education for their child. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (216) 481-6824, or email Principal Rita Kingsbury, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Lady of the Lake School celebrates its biggest fundraiser of the year with its Races and Raffles night at the Races on February 6. The event features races, raffles, games and prizes, great food and drink and company and a full evening of entertainment. It all takes place at the East Side Irish American Club, and if you'd like to be there, or be sure that your business or organization is featured as a sponsor, you can call to reserve a space, sponsor a race or place a program ad. Call (216) 486-0850 for more information, or visit www.olleuclid.org.
Ash Wednesday is February 10!
Join us for Lenten services
Living Stations March 18
Palm Sunday March 20
Tenebrae March 23
Holy Thursday March 24
Good Friday March 25
Holy Saturday March 26
Easter March 27
Our Lady of the Lake Theater Group is continuing its long and successful record presenting impressive productions to sold-out crowds. Every year they put together an ambitious show with youth from the parish and school, and this year was no exception. This year’s production of the Lion King was wonderful, featuring beautiful sets and costumes, and a cast of nearly 100 students and young parishioners of Our Lady of the Lake. Thanks to the experienced direction of Carrie Walsh-Hilf, this musical story of a lion cub's journey to adulthood brought enthusiastic response from audiences. As always, parents and volunteers came together and gave countless hours of themselves to make every aspect of this show a success. Huge thanks go out to all the wonderful friends, neighbors, families and parishioners who supported this year’s play. We’re already looking forward to next year!
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In this season of giving and thanks, it is nice to take time to appreciate what a committed and caring community we are in. Our Lady of the Lake parishioners took time out to show appreciation and give back to the community with a Service Day on November 7. Nearly 100 parishioners, friends, families and neighbors went to sites around Euclid and Collinwood to help out those who needed a hand and do their part to make our neighborhood a better place. They visited sites such as Rose-Mary Center, the HELP Foundation, Hospice of the Western Reserve, and the Euclid Hunger Center to clean, carry, sort and serve. Local homeowners got help with yard work thanks to the Boy Scouts, and our friends at the Euclid Adult Activities Center even came and helped out with preparing a lunch back at the church hall. Donuts before and lunch after gave everyone a chance to enjoy some fellowship and share the days' experiences. Everyone agreed that, young and old, we all become better stewards and better neighbors when we practice our faith together by giving back. We look forward to another Service Day event in the spring.
Our Lady of the Lake Parish is excited to present their production of The Lion King November 20, 21, and 22. Directed by Carrie Walsh-Hilf, the play will feature students and parishioners of Our Lady of the Lake in a beautifully staged version of Disney’s classic tale. Admission is just $7.00 for general seating and $10.00 for preferred seating (sold on a first-come, first-served basis for each show).
Our Lady of the Lake School hosted a STEM showcase in October, that was a hit with students, families and visitors. Every classroom in the school featured exhibits, presentations and demonstrations showcasing the work the students have been doing in science, technology, engineering and math, with a focus on clean water. From models of water sheds to desalination, the water treatment process to environmental stewardship, the students dug deep to learn about water as a resource, and the science and technology surrounding it.
Our Lady of the Lake was delighted to welcome Senator Voinovich and his wife in September, when they joined Margaret Lyons, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Cleveland, for a tour of the school. The Senator shared a wealth of wonderful stories, got an up-close look at the students' projects, and gave everyone the chance to ask questions. In the 8th grade class studying geography and history around World War II, he was able to discuss his own role in helping bring the Baltic States into NATO. With kids studying water quality, he shared his work helping to implement clean water policy. And the first grade was thrilled to learn he's shaken hands with every president since Jimmy Carter!
Our Lady of the Lake's popular Youth Masses are now held monthly. Please join us for one of these upcoming Sundays at 10:00am:
As part of Cleveland's Year of Clean Water, Our Lady of the Lake School got a grant to study local water. OLL has STEM programs at all grade levels, and this cool project is a great example. Second graders in Ms Zbiegen's class and Mrs. Ezzo’s class will be doing a whole unit on water filtration and water quality, as a fun way to study the scientific method as it applies to their daily lives. They've learned all about what children in other countries have to do to get clean water. Now they're learning about our own water supply right here. They are visiting Lake Erie, and going online to chart bacteria levels. They're visiting the Waste Water Treatment plant, to learn more about water management systems.They are using CAD software to create their own water filter designs, and then they're going downtown to Cleveland Public Library's TechCentral MakerSpace, where they'll use 3D printers to produce actual models of their designs.