A book fair and giving events are on tap at the school

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School community, in conjunction with the Our Lady of the Lake Parish, aims to stuff 300 stockings for Fill a Stocking, Fill a Heart. Students posed last year with their brimming stockings.Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School is abuzz with activity and replete with seasonal giving.

The private school for grades kindergarten to eighth is holding a book fair and supporting Fill a Stocking, Fill a Heart as well as donating goods for care packages for military personnel in Afghanistan and collecting food for St. Vincent de Paul.

The community can drop off nonperishable food for the school’s food drive for St. Vincent until Dec. 14 at the school, 650 A Ave. in Lake Oswego. School employees are available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Students and their families, in conjunction with the Our Lady of the Lake Parish, mostly will be in charge of collecting items for Fill a Stocking, Fill a Heart, a nonprofit group that receives community support to fill more than 3,000 stockings for Clackamas County agencies such as the juvenile department and social services. But, the community also can donate. Desired items include socks for people of all ages, toothbrushes, tubes of toothpaste and gifts for adult males and for children age 9 and older. by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School opened a new facility in 2012.

The school goal this year is to fill 300 stockings. For more information, visit

Giving to others is an integral part of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School’s mission, and seasonal giving is an annual affair, said Avril Allori, administrative assistant at the school.

“It’s just very rewarding, and the children love it,” Allori said.

Our Lady students’ families recently contributed items for care packages for military personnel in Afghanistan. Students also decorated boxes. School officials last week gave the cheery boxes and gifts — which included hard candy, beef jerky, Crystal Light, toothpaste and shampoo — to Intel, which packs and ships the care packages.

The school also has opened its book fair to parishioners for the first time. The event, this week and next week in the school library, is designed for parents and children, but from 9 a.m. to noon this Sunday, parishioners are invited to attend after Mass at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. School Principal Joan Codd said she wouldn’t mind if a few members of the Lake Oswego community came by to support the school’s book fair.

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School also provides a host of lively and educational events for students such as a spaghetti dinner, Halloween parade and six-graders’ three-day stint in September at the Cedar Ridge Outdoor School, about a mile from Vernonia. The outdoor school’s 28 acres are home to deer, birds of prey and salmon, which spawn each fall in Rock Creek, which flows through the heart of the camp.

Denise Gonzalez, a sixth-grade teacher at Our Lady, said the school also offers a rigorous academic atmosphere.

“I feel very proud to work here, and we work extremely hard,” Gonzalez said.

The Western Catholic Educational Association-accredited, more than 70-year-old school always is focused on growing and improving, Codd said.

“I think we have a very good school,” she said. “I’m proud of the work the faculty and students have done.”

The school last year opened in its new facility, which is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified, meeting eco-friendly specifications.

“We have an awesome new space, facility, that the kids are proud of and the parents are proud of,” said Molly Bell, whose three children attend Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School.

Jillian Daley can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @jilliandaley.

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