Our Lady of Consolation School

"We Welcome, Serve, and Celebrate All students by demonstrating Spiritual Educational Teamwork at OLC."

School News

Accelerated Reader Program

This week OLC welcomed another student into the 200 and 300 points clubs.
This week two more OLC students joined the 200 points club.
From Mr. Gerber, OLC Principal (3/23/18)

Dear Parents, Grandparents, Students, Parishioners, and Friends of OLC: “We Welcome, Serve, and Celebrate ALL Students by Demonstrating Spiritual Educational Teamwork at OLC.”

I hope you are well. Our Lady of Consolation Catholic School is blessed to have extracurricular activities for the students. We have mentioned many of those programs and activities in past newsletters. This past

week was highlighted with the Mission Fair. This is an awesome event enjoyed by all. Miss O’Reilly and Mrs. Damschroder coordinate Mission Fair. All the staff members assist Miss O’Reilly and Mrs. Damschroder, so it becomes a team adventure during the week leading up to Friday afternoon where all their hard work and effort pays off. Mission Fair is an annual event of fun in the gym of Our Lady of Consolation.

Not only are the students and staff enjoying all the activities, but it serves in benefiting The Franciscan Mission Association. This event is always highly anticipated by the students of OLC, both current and former students. This year we are dedicating our 54th Mission Fair to the memory of Lois Kurtz. She was a loyal supporter of this event and of Our Lady of Consolation School. The monies raised have helped build and supply schools and children in Africa and many other worthwhile causes. The students, staff, parishioners, and community members are all welcome to enjoy the fun. The gymnasium is transformed into a carnival-like atmosphere with games, face painting and even a jail created by our 8th graders to send teachers, students and me to Mission Fair jail for a just a few minutes of fun. A prize table is located in the cafeteria for kids to turn in their prize tickets to shop. Concessions are available in the cafeteria and we also offer our famous “Mrs. O’Reilly” donuts made fresh. Without the wonderful support of our families, grandparents, staff and students, this event wouldn’t be such a success every year.

As stated in last week’s bulletin, Advisory Council terms are expiring for Ray Conti and Ashley Brodman in May. They both have served two terms, and we thank them for their dedicated service to OLC. Those interested in serving will need to complete an application. Please contact Mrs. Chanelle Fletcher, our OLC secretary, and she will send you an application. All applications are due in my office by April 6, 2018. A special council meeting will be conducted in late April to review the candidates and choose new members. Advisory Council is involved in helping with OLC activities and committees. Mary Klein serves on the Early Learning Center Committee, Ashley Brodman and Ray Conti each served on the 8 th grade Fund Raiser Committee, Blake Rossel serves on the Reverse Raffle Committee, Mike Trausch and Kristan Prater will be assisting Mrs. O’Reilly with Soccer concessions, and Bryn Billock will also be assisting with the Pilgrimage lunch stand fundraiser on August 14. Once again, Ray and Ashley have been dedicated during their two terms, and we appreciate their service.

Again, I welcome all of you to be part of our school community, family, and team.  I also want to invite 
and encourage all of you to attend Our Lady of Consolation Catholic School masses on Wednesday at 8:30 A.M. during the school year.  It would be a pleasure to see you during our school masses.  May God Bless and Go Trojans!

In Christ and Education,
Mr. Gerber, OLC Principal
Miss O’Reilly, 1 st grade teacher and Mission Fair Coordinator
Mrs. Damschroder, 4 th grade teacher and Mission Fair Coordinator

Above is pictured, all students who have achieved the 100 and 200 Point Clubs for the new Accelerated Reader program as of March 1st, 2018.
From Mr. Gerber, OLC Principal (2/9/18)

Dear Parents, Grandparents, Students, Parishioners, and Friends of OLC: “We Welcome, Serve, and Celebrate ALL students by demonstrating Spiritual Educational Teamwork at OLC.”


I hope you are well. The students and staff in grades 4-8 were blessed to have Friar John Bamman visit them this past week. Friar John spoke about his life and service as a Franciscan and answered questions from the students. Friar John also discussed Saint Francis of Assisi and his great contributions to mankind. Friar John discussed vocations and being prepared for the plan God has for us. We may not know his plan, but all us need to have an open heart and open mind to be willing to be led by our Heavenly Father. It is a blessing for spiritual leaders to visit with our students at OLC and share the importance of living a faith-filled life to serve others in order to make a positive impact on our community and our world.

We were also blessed with a very spiritual and enriching Catholic Schools Week. Many people contributed to the success of Catholic Schools Week and all the activities associated with Catholic Schools Week. We are grateful that our students can be enriched with the word of our Lord and strive to live a life based on Catholic practices. Even though Catholic Schools Week is nationally designated for one week out of the school year, at OLC, we celebrate being educated in a Catholic school environment every day of the year. Once again, I want to recognize the effort and organization put forth by Catholic Schools Week coordinators Mrs. Windau and Mrs. O’Reilly. Our students and staff benefited from their teamwork.

Pictured this week are students Sarah Reinhart, Rachel Reinhart, and Lydia Gery. Sarah is an 8 th grade student, Rachel is a 5 th grade student, and Lydia is a 6 th grade student. All three students recently qualified for the 100 point AR club. Accelerated Reader points are earned as students complete a book and take an online AR quiz. We anticipate that many more OLC students will accomplish their AR goals and will continue to progress with this reading program. I will continue to share this information in the bulletin as students strive to excel in the Accelerated Reading program.

Again, I welcome all of you to be part of our school community, family, and team.  I also want to invite and encourage all of you to attend Our Lady of Consolation Catholic School masses on Wednesday at 8:30 A.M. during the school year.  It would be a pleasure to see you during our school masses.  May God Bless and Go Trojans!

In Christ and Education,
Mr. Gerber, OLC Principal

Accelerated Reader Wall of Fame

This year OLC has been blessed by the contributions of many as we look to build a new and relevant library for our youth. The students will be honored as they explore the literary world. Their progress is tracked and they receive honor and recognition for the achievements.
From Mr. Gerber, OLC Principal (2/2/18)

Dear Parents, Grandparents, Students, Parishioners, and Friends of OLC: “We Welcome, Serve, and Celebrate ALL students by demonstrating Spiritual Educational Teamwork at OLC.”

I hope you are well. The students and staff at OLC sincerely appreciate the generous financial support we have received from our parishioners to help fund the Accelerated Reading program. To this date, OLC has purchased approximately 350 Accelerated Reading books. These books encompass all the grade levels.


Students have been reading and enjoying the AR books. The goal of the Accelerated Reading program is provide additional reading resources for our students. The AR program is designed to inspire and motivate students to read school appropriate books based on their topics of interest. The Accelerated Reading program will also align across the curriculum in the other academic classes such as Social Studies, Science, Math, and Language Arts, which will greatly improve all the students at OLC in literacy.


Pictured are students Autumn Boullion and Elyse Lortz. Autumn is a 4 th grade student who recently qualified for the 200 point AR club, and Elyse is an 8th grade students who just entered the 100 point AR club. Accelerated Reader points are earned as students complete a book and take an online AR quiz. We anticipate that many more OLC students will accomplish their AR goals and will continue to progress with this reading program. I will continue to share this information in the bulletin as students strive to excel in the Accelerated Reading program.


Again, I welcome all of you to be part of our school community, family, and team.  I also want to invite and encourage all of you to attend Our Lady of Consolation Catholic School masses on Wednesday at 8:30 A.M. during the school year.  It would be a pleasure to see you during our school masses.  May God Bless and Go Trojans!


In Christ and Education,
Mr. Gerber, OLC Principal
First Honors: 2nd Quarter 2017-2018
Second Honors: 2nd Quarter 2017-2018
Trojan Award Grades K-3: 2nd Quarter 2017-2018
Trojan Award Grades 4-8: 2nd Quarter 2017-2018
From Mr. Gerber, OLC Principal (1/26/18)

Dear Parents, Grandparents, Students, Parishioners, and Friends of OLC: “We Welcome, Serve, and Celebrate ALL students by demonstrating Spiritual Educational Teamwork at OLC.”

I hope you are well. As a spiritual educational school community, we are given so many daily opportunities to come together and celebrate Catholic education at OLC. We are blessed. We are also blessed to celebrate Catholic Schools Week from January 28-February 3, 2018.

Please note the Catholic Schools Week agenda that is accompanied with this newsletter. I want to give credit and thanks to teachers Mrs. Joyce Windau and Mrs. Carol O’Reilly for co-chairing the committee that developed the weekly agenda for Catholic Schools Week.

Catholic Schools Week also reminds us of our OLC motto which is “We Welcome, Serve, and Celebrate ALL students by demonstrating Spiritual Educational Teamwork at OLC.” We say our motto every day during announcements and prayer. Each word has significant meaning.

We Welcome” is significant because those words represent the entire staff welcoming each student into the OLC school environment. Each student is unique and special in their own way.

Serve” has a meaningful purpose because OLC staff is student service oriented. OLC staff goes beyond the call of duty to serve our students in so many ways.

Celebrate All Students” is directly related to Mrs. Hall’s philosophy, desire, and passion to celebrate all students in all ways no matter how big or small the accomplishment was, it was still an accomplishment.


Spiritual Educational Teamwork” is a phase I am passionate about. I strongly believe it takes a team to function as a cohesive unit to educate our students in a spiritual and educational way that is conducive to learning. The school is part of the parish and the parish is part of the school. We should have one heartbeat in working together. We are all interwoven under this spiritual and rewarding umbrella. We are all working together to bring a spiritual and rewarding experience that is valued and has life-long meaning to our students as well as lifelong results.

Again, I welcome all of you to be part of our school community, family, and team.  I also want to invite and encourage all of you to attend Our Lady of Consolation Catholic School masses on Wednesday at 8:30 A.M. during the school year.  It would be a pleasure to see you during our school masses.  May God Bless and Go Trojans!


In Christ and Education,
Mr. Gerber, OLC Principal

The 1st Annual Staff vs. 8th Grade Benefit Basketball Game (2017)