A Roman Catholic parish where the one true God is worshipped, the Spirit is embraced, and the Kingdom is proclaimed. In our parish, the Mother of God is venerated, the Body and Blood of Christ are shared, and the People of God are loved. We are all pilgrims who wish to grow in the knowledge and love of our Savior Jesus Christ. If you wish to join us, please contact us at these numbers; our phone number is 818-592-2880 and our fax number is 818-592-0299. You can always contact me the pastor of the parish at my email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fr. Art Velasco
Greetings from our Principal,I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new principal of Our Lady of the Valley School. I feel truly blessed in being selected to serve as principal of such a wonderful school. I come to this position with energy and excitement as I look forward to working with all members this parish community.
My experience in education spans overs the past 11 years in which I have served as a teacher’s aide and teacher where I primarily focused on instruction in Math and Science. In addition, my leadership experience includes being the Vice-Principal at both of my prior schools. The extensive educational background I have includes degrees in Psychology and Guidance and Counseling from Loyola Marymount University as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. Words cannot describe how thrilled I am to bring my knowledge and skills as an educational leader to Our Lady of the Valley School.
My goal as principal is to provide the leadership that will facilitate a school environment that provides the best possible academic instruction to meet the needs of each student to the best of our ability. While academics is a very important part of education, I believe that teaching the love of Christ with morals and values are just as important in developing the “whole” student. It is my sincere hope that we will work together to provide the children of Our Lady of the Valley School the best possible educational opportunities in preparing them for the future.
I would like to kindly ask all parishioners to spread the word that there are great opportunities here waiting for students.
SAFEGUARD THE CHILDREN
Safeguard the Children is a comprehensive program designed to promote a safe environment for children, youth and vulnerable adults and prevent child sexual abuse. The program was initiated in all dioceses in the United States at the direction of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). There is a Safeguard the Children Committee in each parish which helps to implement the objectives of the USCCB “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People”. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has produced an informative brochure entitle “Working Together” that provides resources on how to prevent abuse and provides information on reporting child abuse.
SAFEGUARD THE CHILDREN COMMITTEE
It is mandated that every parish and/or school site in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have an active Safeguard the Children Committee.
Our Lady of the Valley’s Safeguard the Children Committee is committed implementing the Bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.” If you work or volunteer in the Parish or in the School, you are required to be Virtus trained and fingerprinted. In the school, parents are requested to take Virtus training if they want to do yard duty as their service hours.
Our committee’s goal is to create a safe environment for the children and young people in the church and in the school. We are formed as part of an Archdiocesan-wide effort to assist in preventing sexual abuse of children in parish school settings and at parish sponsored events. With God’s love and guidance, we shall help to protect the children from any kind of abuse.
REPORTING CHILD ABUSE
It is very important that everyone should report suspected child abuse.
If ever one come across a suspected abuse, he or she must make a report to the appropriate child protection or law enforcement agency or call the Los Angeles County Child Protection Hotline at (800) 540-4000 or call Victims Assistance Ministry at (800) 355-2545 for assistance to make a report. In an emergency call 911.
For more information, please visit the Archdiocese website at