Lemonade For a Cause
In honor of their classmate Kiera, who so bravely fought the battle against Childhood Cancer, our 4th grade hosted a lemonade stand fundraiser. The class organized, advertised, and ran the lemonade stand with virtually no adult intervention and did an outstanding job! The event raised a whopping $1,161.66! All proceeds from the fundraiser will be going to Alex's Lemonade Stand, an organization dedicated to "...funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer." Kiera will forever be in our hearts and her fighting spirit guides us as we continue to honor her and all those who face Childhood Cancer. We are so proud of our 4th grade class for honoring their dear friend and doing what they can to make a difference in the lives of others!
Fall Drama Production a HIT!
Our fall production of Seussical, Jr. was such a treat! Everything from the set, to the costumes, and the singing and dancing was spectacular! Once again, Mr. Bridges' directorship did not disappoint as he guided a cast of fifty seven of our students in grades 1 - 8 in learning to share their God-given talents in this delightful musical. We are blessed with great families that dedicate many hours of their time to help pull off a production such as this. Our school community is grateful to all who played a part in helping our children shine! Click HERE for a video montage of scenes from the play.
Middle School Volleyball Championship
Congratulations to our middle school students who are part of the JCCHS Middle School 8th Grade Volleyball Team for their Southern Conference Tournament Championship!
Celebrating our Blessed Mother Mary in October
During the month of October, in honor of our Blessed Mother Mary, our entire school took time each morning to pray a decade of the rosary. At the end of the month, everyone gathered in the gym for a beautiful living rosary. Students in every grade from Kindergarten through 8th grade led our rosary while students, faculty, staff, and family members joined in prayer.
School-Wide Unit: All Things Alabama
In conjunction with the state's bicentennial, our school-wide unit this year focused on all things Alabama. Students enjoyed many wonderful activities that further enriched their knowledge of our great state. We had a variety of visitors that helped to make this day a memorable and educational one. A great time was had by all and our students are surely now well versed in Alabama history.
Virtue of the Month Program
This year, our entire school community is focusing it’s attention on becoming better disciples of Christ through our school-wide theme, Win, Build, Send. One of the ways we will be doing this is by concentrating on virtues. Each month, a different virtue will be the focal point of all we do. From interactions on the playground or in the cafeteria, to lessons and stories discussed in the classroom, the virtue of the month will be evident in all we do. To carry the virtue of focus through to home, prayers and suggested activities are communicated through the monthly newsletter.
A Very Special Visitor
On Wednesday, August 14, OLV students were treated to a visit by Thierry Roch, former Swiss Guard to the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Thierry spoke to our middle school students at length about his experiences in his role of protecting the Pope. Thierry also took the time to visit briefly with a few of our younger students. Thierry shared with the children the history of the Swiss Guard, qualifications and duties of a guard, and some of his personal experiences during his time as a guard. He spoke of the effect that being a guard had on his own religious life and how being so close to the Pope brought him closer to God. Our students thoroughly enjoyed learning about Thierry’s special role, seeing pictures from his time at The Vatican, and asking questions. We are grateful for his visit to our school.
OLV Science Olympiad Team Takes 3rd in State!
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!