OLG Mariners Newsletter
July 2021
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Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic School



Summer Updates

Greetings Mariner Family!  We hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!  Things are busy on campus as we remodel Room 14, turn Room 1 into a Multipurpose Room for small meetings and student activities, and completely reorganize all our closets and files.  We have been amazed at what has been squirreled away over the past 25 years and sometimes startled.  It is a summer for cleaning house as we prepare for our upcoming accreditation visit from the TCCB-ED - our version of TEA.
We are also making plans to celebrate our school's 25th Jubilee on August 15th.  It promises to be an exciting year filled with memories - old and new.  Thank you for being a part of our Mariner story.  

COVID-19 Protocols

Our COVID Task Force Team has revised protocols based on a review of the recent updates from the TEA. The Team encourages all eligible people to receive the vaccine (currently 12 years of age and older). We continue to put the safety of our students at the forefront. The following are protocols for the Fall:
  • Wearing masks will be optional. We do, however, support the use of masks for anyone who prefers to wear one. 
  • Morning protocols with temperature checks will continue as a best practice.
  • Plexiglass in grades K-4th will remain in place.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will continue to be available.
  • Students will attend daily Mass as a classroom and will be seated so they are grouped by class, and separated from other classes and parishioners as much as possible.
  • 6th - 8th grade students will again have band, art, and PE classes together.
  • K/1st, 2nd/3rd and 4th/5th will again have PE classes together.
  • All students will eat in the cafeteria seated by grades levels. To maximize spacing, the cafeteria will be used only by staff and students during lunch.  This will be in place for at least the first part of the year as we continue to monitor developments so as to open the campus safely.
  • Parent/Teacher meetings can now occur by phone, Google Meet, within our Multipurpose room up front during teacher planning periods, or inside the classroom between 4pm-5pm.
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures are now part of our normal routine.
  • The office will continue to close during normal student arrival (7:30 - 7:55am) and dismissal (3:30 - 4:00pm) to allow office personnel to focus on student safety during these busy times.
  • Because all after school, extra-curricular activities and events are optional for our students, masks will be optional but not be required during these activities for any participants or visitors.  Visitors will be allowed to attend the games, performances, etc. inside the gym.
Please be aware that students' attendance via Remote Learning will no longer be recognized by the TEA.
OLG School's 25th Jubilee
On August 14, 1996, Rev. Dan Morales founded OLG Catholic School. To celebrate this event and the hundreds of people who have been involved in making this school a shining light for the community, a Jubilee celebration will be held August 15th on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary starting with a special Mass with Bishop Cahill at 3:00pm.  Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details!
Mariner Alumni Group
With the celebration of our 25th Jubilee, we will also be introducing the Mariner Alumni Group for former students that attended our school through 8th grade.  The purpose of this organization is  to provide an opportunity for fellowship amongst Mariner Alumni while giving them an avenue to also stay connected with their Mariner family of faculty and current students.  The hope is to promote alumni involvement and service within the community, parish, and school while also tracking and supporting the progress of our alumni through their academic careers.  Members will also be eligible to apply for college scholarships from this organization their senior year of high school.  Selection of scholarship recipients will be based on the applicant's  involvement within the group and level of volunteering throughout the community during their high school years.

Summer Activities!

The last week of school students began their summer learning program, Freckle, and they loved it!  Continue to encourage your children in 1st through 8th grades to work on the math and language arts activities their teacher has assigned to them. They can earn up to 3 free dress passes while continuing their learning and avoiding the dreaded summer slump. Also, the student in each grade with the most minutes using Freckle over the summer will receive a Sonic Gift Card!

Students also have the opportunity to earn a free dress pass by reading books in their ZPD reading range and taking Accelerated Reader tests over the summer. The library will be open for AR tests 11:00am - 1:00pm on July 13, 20, 27, and once school starts on August 10th. 
Mariner Open House &
Family Bingo - August 8th

OLG Orientation will be held at 1:00pm on Sunday, August 8th
for parents and students to meet their homeroom teachers, learn about
class routines, and drop off school supplies.

Mariner Family Bingo will be held in St. Jude Hall from 2:00pm - 3:00pm with prizes, popcorn, and lots of fun and fellowship!

Congratulations Pre-K Graduates!


We congratulate our PK4 Graduates and welcome them as the Kindergarten Class of 2022! We are looking forward to watching them continue to grow.


Congratulations 8th Grade Graduates!


We also congratulate our 8th Grade Graduates and send them out to spread the Light of Christ! With the Alumni Club, we also look forward to having them stay connected to our Mariner family.


End of Year Fun

Since vaccines became available for adults, we were finally able to take students out on field trips and retreats. By the end of school, vaccines were available for everyone 12 years old and above.
Kindergarten and 1st grade students took trips to the zoo.
3rd graders attended Ag in the Classroom.
Middle Schoolers visited the Floating Classroom.

8th graders had their Spring Retreat at the Spiritual Renewal Center.


A Summer Prayer

Long warm days...
The pace of life slows...
A time for picnics and rest in the shade...
Lord, help me to rest awhile
in the cooling shade of your presence.
Slow down my restless heart and
fill me with
gentle compassion for all your people.

- Author Unknown


School Advisory Council

We are most grateful for the SAC members, who meet monthly to ensure that we can continue to provide a faith-based education to every child whose family so desires. 
Covid Task Force

We are also grateful for Covid Task Force members, whose guidance has been invaluable this year.
We want to take this opportunity to thank our donors.

Your generosity makes it possible for our school to provide a loving and productive environment
in which students can grow in the Light of Christ.

Catholic Daughters
Ana Campos de Lopez & Armando Lopez, Jr.
John & Simone Segure
Bernice Bergschneider
Roberts, Odefey, Witte & Wall, LLP
Manuel Resendez
Sather Financial Group, Inc.
Mark & Grace Faulkner
Gregory and Iris Howard
Albert & Noreen Taylor
David & Karen Flynn
Constance Kindred
Wayne & Agnes Johnson
Jeffrey & Peggy Bergschneider
Gregory & Cindy Kindred
Dennis & Michelle Whalen
Barry & Tami Bone
Christine Barnes
Gay Woodward
Robert & Vickie Kindred
Ira & Merelyn Nicholson
John & Carol Stewart
Theresa & Tim Dent 
Linda Meyer  



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