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This Week @ OLA

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Principal's Corner

Dear Parents,

All of us in the Our Lady of Angels School Community were saddened to receive the news of the passing of Dr. Dean DeRanieri on Monday evening. Throughout his years of involvement, Dean touched the lives of many students, parents, and staff.

Students will react to this sad news in different ways. We should expect, try to understand, and accept a variety of emotions and behaviors. The most important thing we should do is to be supportive and to encourage discussion about this event, the feelings it gives rise to, and what are some ways that we can respond to it. Father Michael spoke eloquently to the school at morning assembly yesterday about Dean’s passing. I would encourage you as parents to talk further with your children during this week.

Our school counselor, Mrs. Gaby Silverstein, was present on campus yesterday and will be here today as well. Please feel free to contact her through the school office if you would like to speak with her.

We received notice of the funeral arrangements, which are as follows. The Mass of Christian Resurrection for Dr. DeRanieri will be held on Monday, September 15 at 7pm here at Our Lady of Angels Church. I am asking that all 7th and 8th grade students attend the funeral mass in formal uniform as representatives of the school. The Prayers of Final Commendation and Blessing will take place on Tuesday morning at 9:30am in church. During that brief ceremony, all OLA classes will attend. I am currently in conversation with the grade level room parents to provide assistance in the classrooms should any parent not wish their child to attend the final prayers and blessing. Following that, the children will return to their classrooms. Parents are welcome to continue on to the burial should you wish.

I know that you all join me in concern, support and sympathy for Dina and her children: Gianna (Class of 2014, freshman at Mercy Burlingame), Bianca (Gr. 7), Carina (Gr. 4) and Dino (Gr. 1). Many parents have come forward expressing a wish and a need to do something for the family. In response to that, we are beginning a scholarship fund for the DeRanieri children. Donations for this can be delivered to the school office. Again, thank you all for your support. Please continue to keep the DeRanieri family in your thoughts and prayers.

Mrs. Costa