Parent Newsletter • January 11, 2018

Dear Parents,

On behalf of all our staff, I wish each family a Happy New Year and the blessings of God’s peace today and every day of 2018!

During the month of January, our school-wide focus is on the importance of peace among all nations and all people. In light of present day conflicts, it is easy to be discouraged. In fact, at times, peace can seem almost impossible. We know, though, that attaining peace is something we must constantly pursue first in our own lives… remembering the words in the song: “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”

We must also pray for world peace. So many people in our world are suffering as a result of poverty, oppression, conflict. It is in working for justice and in continually praying for peace that we can make a difference in the lives of those who suffer.

On Friday, January 12, in the Peace Garden, we will have a short prayer service commemorating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. We will pray for peace in the world and renew our “Call to Kindness and Justice.”

This month we also kick-off Catholic Schools Week. The theme of our celebration is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” The theme encompasses the core values that can be found in Catholic schools across the country. Not only are we teaching students to become future leaders, faith-filled disciples and enriched citizens in our communities, educators are growing with them. In Catholic schools, we are all learners, servants and leaders. These shared qualities are what make Catholic schools work. They are what make Catholic schools succeed. We hope you join us the last week of this month for the several activities that are planned.

Toni Dimuzio

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Looking Ahead to Conferences:

Friday, January 19, marks the end of second quarter. The school year will soon be half over and so that means it is time for the second session of teacher-parent-student conferences. Conferences begin the week of January 22nd. Junior High conferences will be Monday, 1/22 through Friday, 1/26. Conferences for grades K-5 are Wednesday, 1/24 through Friday, 1/26 (minimum days). If your junior high conference was on Wednesday, November 8, it will now be on Tuesday, January 23. A conference schedule is enclosed for junior high. Now is an opportune time to review progress with both academics and, what is equally important, life skills. (list enclosed) Essential in developing responsibility for one’s own actions, is the student’s ability to recognize and evaluate his/her own progress. We call it self-assessment and the teachers continually work with their students on this in the classroom. The Conference Preparation Worksheet is meant to facilitate that process. If you have any questions, concerns, etc. please jot them down on the worksheet so that they can be addressed at conference time. A reminder regarding appointment dates/times (family list) will be posted outside the office or check time on the school website after logging in (k-5). Please make every effort to be present, with your child, at the scheduled time. (Since it is difficult for each teacher to schedule and hold so many conferences in the time set aside, your cooperation is greatly appreciated.)

Review of School Emergency Procedures and Resources for Parents

Each month during the school year, SMA has drills for emergency situations, earthquake, lock-down and fire. Please review page 9 in your family handbook (School Emergency and Evacuation Procedures) or on the school website:
http://stmartinoftoursacademy.org/academics/policies-and-procedures. The safety and security of all students is our top priority. SMA has a strong relationship with our local law enforcement.
Types of Responses to Emergency Situations:
√ evacuation to the field area (fire, bomb threat, etc.)
√ lock-down (dangerous and/or threatening situation on or near school property)
√ “drop and cover” then evacuation (earthquake)
√ evacuation and parent/guardian pick-up of children

For additional information see below for a list of resources to check out regarding a crisis response:   National Association of School Psychologists (Helping Children Thrive • In School • At Home • In Life) Talking to Children about school safety –
http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis
Helping Students Deal with Natural Disasters
http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/natural-disaster

During the latter part of January the school will be conducting a test of our public alert system. Parents will receive an alert by text, voice mail and email.

Please contact the school office if you have any concerns about the safety of the school and students who attend here.

Corporate Sponsors Needed – Walkathon 2018

We are looking for sponsors to help cover the costs of the student and staff t-shirts for our Walkathon on March 9th. In addition we are looking for families who would be able to sponsor the parking and the water, juice and popsicles for the event. The sponsorship form is enclosed. If you can help or you think your business would be interested, please contact Walkathon Chair, Tracy Giordano at 987-5498 or @. The kick off for the Walkathon is Thursday, February 1st!

REMINDERS:

• school holiday, Monday 1/15
• minimum days: 1/24, 25, 26 (no hot lunch) Day care will be open until 6pm
• Bishop Flores Scholars Tuition Assistance Fund (application period • Jan. 2 – Feb. 28) bishopfloresscholars.org
• St. Martin Tuition Assistance Fund begins 2/1. Both funds go through “TADS” and only one fee is charged to apply.

Please keep in your prayers. . .David Doane & Alan James

 

ENCLOSURES
~ Lifeskills as applied in the classroom
~ Pre-Conference Preparation Forms – due 1/19
~ Jr. High Conference Appointment Schedule
~ Walkathon Corporate & Family Sponsorship Form
~ Carriers of the Light – Blu Ray/DVD order form
~ classroom newsletters (gr. 3)
~ St. Martin Academy Dance Class
~ parish bulletins

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