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OLV Science Olympiad Team Takes 3rd in State! viatc5ikllhzf2a51n93bo489zl.JPG
The Our Lady of the Valley School award-winning Science Olympiad team continued its rich tradition of excellence by shining at the State Competition held at Auburn University on Saturday, March 30, coming in 3rd place. OLV teams medaled in 11 of the 23 events they competed in.  Award medals were given for each event for first through fourth places. OLV students placed in the following events:  Boomilever 3rd place; Dynamic Planet 4th place; Elastic Launch Glider 3rd place; Experimental Design 2nd place; Fossils 3rd Place; Meteorology 4th place; Potions and Poisons 2nd place; Roller Coaster 4th Place; Solar System 4th place; Thermodynamics 4th place; Write It Do It 3rd Place. Congratulations to this hard-working group!

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On January 15, 3rd-8th grade students competed in the annual school-wide Spelling Bee. Each class had four representatives whom had earned enough points to advance to the school-wide bee. We are very proud of our winner, Catherine S. from 8th grade and Kate N. (6th grade), who is our runner up. Catherine will go on to represent OLV in the Shelby County Spelling Bee in February. The school Geography Bee was the following week, with representatives from 4th-8th grade. Sixth grader Nathaniel R. came out on top as our first place winner this year. Congratulations also to Fields H. (8th grade) who was the runner up, and Brandon R. (7th grade) for coming in 3rd place. We are very proud of all the class representatives for both of these events and wish Catherine and Nathaniel the best of luck going forward.

Science Olympiad Continues to Make Mark at Chattahoochee Invitational 
Our Lady of the Valley School took two teams to compete against nationally ranked teams at the Chattahoochee Science Olympiad Invitational in Johns Creek, Georgia on December 8th. Our teams performed well, with two events earning medals; quite an accomplishment considering the level of competition. The team is now preparing for their next invitational competition against more nationally-ranked teams. This event will be in Lebanon, Tennessee in January. Read more about these events here.

Classes Participate in Adoration, Advent Services, Penance Services for Spiritual Preparation
Our Lady of the Valley School students have been very involved in activities of spiritual preparation over the last few weeks. First Friday Adoration, a special Penance service, and weekly Advent prayer services have given students a wonderful opportunity to center their thoughts on Our Lord, Jesus Christ and highlight the importance of preparation during this most blessed Advent season.  Click here to read more.

Thanksgiving Family Day & Spirit Day
Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other family members had opportunity to join their child(ren) for lunch the Friday before Thanksgiving, November 16. What a wonderful opportunity for us to gather as a school family to give thanks for our abundance of blessings that we have here at OLV.  Everyone had a wonderful time, and the atmosphere was one of jovial celebration and warm hearts as the OLV School family gave thanks for God’s grace!



Preschool Thanksgiving Program: An OLV Tradition
This exciting, family tradition began many years ago, and many students, alumni, and parents have fond memories of the food, fellowship. and entertainment by our youngest students. Parents, grandparents, siblings, and church personnel are always invited to attend.   The children performed variety of fall/Thanksgiving songs ranging from Ten Little Indians to the infamous favorite, Turkey Tango.



Veteran's Day Program a5lt0me513cti3csdzidrfdmknl.JPG
On November 12, the school community, along with family members and local veterans were offered a very special tribute to our veterans.  Mr. Andy Rothery led a program that began with an historical background of Veteran’s Day, including the fact that it was suggested by a Birmingham native.  The program continued with a prayer service led by Mr. Greg Hughes and students, followed by a rendition of “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” led by Mr. Mike Bridges and the 5th grade class.  Mrs. Colleen Sweeney led students in presenting the tradition of the “Missing Man Table,” pictured here.





OLV Students Hone Persuasive Skills On Debate Team
Middle school students at OLV have the opportunity to participate in the Debate Team. These students will be participating with other middle schools in the Birmingham area in conjunction with the Birmingham Area Debate League through Samford University.




Makerspace Stimulates Creativity, Teamwork, Life Experiences
A “makerspace” enables students to explore through active learning experiences. Students at OLV have opportunities to hone their problem-solving skills during Makerspace lab times. Click on the article to learn more. 



Grandparents Day at OLV Represents Love, Fabric of School Community

This annual tradition at OLV teaches students about heritage and the vital role that grandparents and ancestors play in our families and communities. Guests streamed in from across the country, including areas as far away as Dallas, Boston, and Indiana. To read more about this wonderful OLV tradition, click on the article.