Parent Newsletter • April 19, 2018


Celebrating Earth Day!
April 22, 2018 marks the 48th anniversary of Earth Day. St. Martin Academy students participated this week in the Catholic Climate Covenant’s Earth Day program. The program calls upon us to live more faithfully and justly with all creation. This year, we focus specifically on how our overuse of single-use disposable plastics contributes to what Pope Francis calls “the throwaway culture.” Throughout the week, students engaged in activities about taking care of our earth.

Summer Preschool!

Registration/enrollment for preschool has begun for the 2018-2019 school year. There are a few openings for the summer enrichment program that begins on June 11th and ends on July 29th if you are interested in enrolling your child. Both a half day and full day schedule will be offered Monday through Friday. We hope families will take advantage of this opportunity as we work to make our Catholic preschool a better fit for our parents year-round. Please help us spread the word about our preschool to your family and friends. Tours are welcome.

School Board Openings

There are a few openings on our School Board for the 2018-2019 school year. If you are interested, applications are in the office or may be downloaded from the school website: – Role of School Board & School Board Member Application. Applications are due by Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Contact Lee Ann Iagmin at if you would like more information. The final School Board meeting is on Monday, May 21 @ 3pm (library). All new members are invited.

Room Parent Sign-Ups 2018-2019

Rate 1 or Rate 2 parents may sign up to be a classroom room parent. We are also looking for a “head” room parent. Please consider all the responsibilities and commitments that are required. This is also another opportunity to complete volunteer hours by assisting teachers and facilitating activities throughout the school year. The form is due no later than May 4th.

Grandparents’ Day Volunteers Needed!

We need volunteers on Friday, May 11 from 7:45am-noon. Please email Anna Kennedy at @ if you can help.

SMA Tabling at the Chamber of Commerce “Spring Fling”

We invite you to the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce Spring Fling. St. Martin Academy will be tabling at the event along with 48 local businesses. Sample food from 11 local restaurants & enjoy a chance to win over 48 free door prizes on Thursday, April 26th from 5-8pm at the La Mesa Community Center. Entrance fee is $10.

Annual Catholic Schools’ Night at the Padres!

All are invited to join SMA families and other Catholic schools on June 1st for the Padre vs Cincinnati Reds game at 7:10pm. Flyer is enclosed. Deadline for ticket orders is Tuesday, 5/15.

Project Based Field Trips in April

The Fifth Grade class participated in JA BizTown on April 13th. BizTown combines a financial literacy curriculum taught at school with a full day visit to a hands-on, simulated community. As a result of the visit, students are able to make the connections as to how a business is run as well as understanding the role they play as citizens in their community.

Students worked for Kaiser at Biz Town

Five teams from the eighth grade participated in the SeaPerch Underwater Program Competition at Grossmont College. “The Bubble Guppies” team won 2nd place in the challenge competition. (pictured) 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.


Tuition Assistance

Thank you to all the families that participated at Mountain Mike’s Pizza Restaurant on March 22nd. We received 20% of the proceeds which came to $103.71.

School Mass tomorrow (4/20) dress uniform
Registration fee for 2018-2019 school year will be deducted by FACTS on May 1st for those who checked this option on school contracts.

Lost & Found
There are several small items that are in the office that need to be claimed: 2 bracelets, 2 pairs of glasses, earring.


All are invited to the parish hall next Thursday for “Moana” !  Students will be performing at 1:15pm and 7pm in the parish hall.


Rita Pontes
December 3, 1952 – April 6, 2018

Rita Pontes passed away recently. She resided in Murrieta.
She was a grandmother to Abigail (gr. 3) & Danielle (gr. 1).
Services have been held.

Please keep the Pontes families in your prayers.


~ Catholic Schools’ Night with the Padres ticket order form
~ Room Parent Application
~ classroom newsletters (grs. K)
~ permission slips (grs. 4, 5)
~ parish bulletin


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