Parent Newsletter • April 12, 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! We are in our final quarter of the school year and a lot is still going on! I hope you are able to join us for one of these upcoming events: Pep Rally on Friday (2pm), Ms. Smarty Plants assembly on the 18th (9:45 or 10:45) and our school Mass next Friday, April 20.

We have some staff changes for the next school year that I wanted to share with you. Mrs. Hartley will vacate 3rd grade to become our new principal. Mrs. Soto will be the vice-principal and continue to teach 5th grade. Mrs. Pippin is ready for a new challenge and will assume the position of 3rd grade teacher. In the junior high, Mrs. Mosel will be the 8th grade home room teacher and continue as student council moderator. Mr. Woltz will continue as the 7th grade home room teacher and Ms. Zoni will become the 6th grade home room teacher. The departmentalized schedule for junior high is in process. We are happy to expand Mrs. Carpenter’s hours. She will become the P.E. instructor for grades K-8. I am very excited to continue on the staff part time as the Workshop Way® Consultant. We are currently looking for an art instructor for grades 5-8 and a music teacher for grades K-8. Please see me or Diane Hartley if you have any questions about these staff changes or any other concerns you may have regarding our next school year.

We were also very sad to learn that Father Chris will be leaving our parish. His entire letter is in the parish bulletin from April 8th and online on the parish website. Below is a portion of his letter:

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

“I’ve been getting signs for a while now that God is calling me to live and serve in the Archdiocese of Cebu in the Philippines. I’ve been living here in the States for over 30 years, most of it apart from my immediate family. And too often, I’ve struggled with the lack of family support. When I went on my sabbatical in the Philippines in 2016, I was able to spend time with my remaining family (my older brother, his family and my sister) and old friends. I then realized how much I needed them and how much they needed me too. I would like to reconnect with them while there’s still time. I also saw the great spiritual and corporal needs of God’s people there, many of whom are the poorest of the poor. It would be a great privilege for me to serve them. And there were other signs pointing me in that direction. That is why last month, after much prayer and reflection, I informed Bishop Robert McElroy of my decision to move to the Philippines. He was very compassionate and understanding and gave me permission. I am extremely grateful to him for always looking after the well-being of not just the laity of our diocese but us priests too. We decided to make this announcement the weekend after Easter Sunday to avoid distractions during Holy Week. At the same time, I’m also going on a retreat to further reflect on God’s will for me.

And so, as of June 30, 2018 I am stepping down as pastor of St. Martin’s parish. A new pastor will be named by Bishop McElroy in the next few weeks. Many of you have been very kind to me and I’m really sad that I need to take this path that will separate us so soon. You have my deepest gratitude for the wonderful support you have given me as pastor. It’s been quite a privilege and an honor to serve you. I also wish to apologize to any of you, if I have somehow failed you or
I was lacking in any way. God gives us a certain amount of time for everything He wants us to do. It could be years or just a fleeting moment. Pope John Paul I was pope for only 33 days. I sincerely believe that I have done what I could with the time God has given me at St. Martin’s parish. Let us continue to pray for one another and to love as Jesus loves. I hope our paths would cross again in the future, God willing.
May God bless us all, Fr. Chris Kintanar

We wish Father Chris well and will miss him. He has been a joy to the staff and students and it has been a pleasure to work with him this school year.

Toni Dimuzo

Fair Trade National Conference
On March 23, over 300 individuals from businesses, NGOs, campuses, and campaigns arrived at Georgetown University for the Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference. The Mullaly-Delamater family, representing SMA attended the conference along with students from the Academy of Our Lady of Peace. Fair Trade Campaigns recognizes Towns, Colleges & Universities, K-12 Schools, and Congregations for raising awareness of Fair Trade principles and increasing purchase of Fair Trade products. There are over 250 active campaigns in 41 states across the U.S. Explore the full list of campaigns below, and learn more at fairtradecampaigns.org. Check out the video: The Power of Your Purchase – by Catholic Relief Services
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE0Vy7odb9E&feature=youtu.be

SeaPerch Underwater Robotics- Regional Competition
This Saturday (4/14), from 9-3pm, five teams from the 8th grade class will be competing in the SeaPerch San Diego Competition at Grossmont College. Come out and cheer on our SMA SeaPerch competitors at the Grossmont College pool.

 

WHAT IS SEAPERCH?
SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.

Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People
The Diocese of San Diego is committed to providing a safe environment for all who worship, work, or participate in education and formation opportunities in our parishes and schools. As the primary educators of your child, you are entrusted with the responsibility of providing your child with appropriate information regarding how to keep your child safe from sexual abuse. In compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the topic of safe environments will be introduced to your child in the next few weeks in the classroom. Your child will be told that you will continue this discussion with him/her at home. To review the Safe Environment materials, go to: http://stmartinoftoursacademy.org/information-for-parents/ This material will help you with this conversation as required annually by the Diocese of San Diego.

Upcoming Masses!
Next Friday (4/20) is our school Mass at 8:30AM prepared by the 2nd grade. The Academy also is participating in all aspects at the 11AM, Sunday Mass (4/29). We invite you to attend both Masses!

Board Study Session on School Safety
On April 3rd, Toni Dimuzio attended the Emergency Operations & School Safety meeting at the LMSVSD. It was a thorough and provocative meeting. Besides school board members, LMPD, Sheriff & Heartland Fire were present. Members spoke about disaster preparedness plans for handling emergency and disasters focusing mostly on lock down protocol. They also went over the security infrastructure of La Mesa & Spring Valley schools. In all respects Mrs. Dimuzio felt affirmed that our present campus security and plans are comparable if not better than the public schools. We will be implementing any suggestions/updates gathered at this meeting.

School Messenger Notifications
Everyone should have received a notification regarding a successful lockdown drill on March 27th. If you did not receive this notification and would like to or would like to remove a phone number or email please contact the school office.

REMINDERS:
• Pep Rally – Friday 4/13 at 2PM in the school courtyard – sports pictures follow on the field
• 2017-2018 yearbooks – order by May 1 •  turn in Walkathon thank you letters

Roland Williams

Roland Williams, passed away unexpectedly on March 29, 2018.
He was an uncle to Adam Lynch and brother
to Adam’s mom, Rolanda.  Roland was a twin brother to Roger and will be greatly missed.

Please keep the Williams and Lynch families in your prayers.

ENCLOSURES
~ classroom newsletters (grs. 3, 4)
~ permission slips (grs. 5, 6, 7, 8)
~ East County Catholic Schools – Junior High Dance
~ day care statements
~ parish bulletins

 

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