Parent Newsletter • January 19, 2018



We are excited to have Sullivan Solar begin work on the school and parish grounds by installing the solar panels on two buildings of the school and on the parish hall roof. The construction will be completed in a few weeks. The walkway to the day care is being used by Sullivan as an access point so please use the Peace Garden entrance for day care. DO NOT drive around the back of the rectory for drop off or pick up. This is a residence for the priests. In addition, children may be walking in this area for drop off and pick up. FYI: The school gates close at 3:30pm. Use the Peace Garden entrance to pick up your child(ren) from sports and after school classes..

Catholic Identity Survey

As part of the WCEA (Western Catholic Educational Association) protocol, Improving Student Learning, we are asked each year to study two Catholic Identity standards as a means of self-evaluation. Enclosed is a survey for standards 4 and 8 which we need feedback from in order for the teachers to complete the Religion In-Depth study for this year. If you are not sure of any of questions, please put N/A. Return by Friday, 2/2 in your parent envelope. Your response is valuable and appreciated. Your input is vital in helping us identify our strengths and target areas for growth.



SMA Families – An Opportunity to Represent St. Martin Academy at National Conference!

We invite our families to consider attending the Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference in Washington, DC on March 23, 24 & 25, 2018. We hope to have an SMA student/parent represent our school at this conference. Early Bird registration ends this Monday, January 22 – register today to save $50 on student tickets. We are the first designated Fair Trade Catholic Elementary school in the Nation and we have been asked to have a representative at the conference if possible. The conference will be at Georgetown University. There is also an opportunity to apply for a conference scholarship. Go to:

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Tuition Assistance Fundraiser

Join SMA families for lunch or dinner from 11-9pm on Thursday, January 25 (conference week). Present the enclosed flyer when you order and 20% of food and soft beverage sales will be designated toward SMA’s tuition assistance fund. The flyer will also be emailed to each family for you to share and/or distribute to others (maybe while in line)! Additional flyers are in the school office.

Vision Screening for K, 3, 5, 8 Students (Important)

The California-Hawaii Elks Major Project is a non-profit organization that offers free vision screening to children throughout California. The purpose of this screening is to identify children who may be at risk for undetected vision abnormalities. The screening is not a substitute for a doctor’s eye examination. The Vision Screening Program is performed by a Certified Pediatric Vision Screener and consists of the following for each child:
• assessment of visual acuity and external eye health • evaluation of the ability of the two eyes to work together
• observation of the muscular ability of the eyes to follow, fixate and maintain bin-ocular vision.
The Vision Screener will need to obtain your address and phone number for the sole purpose of providing vision screening results and obtaining follow-up information. There is no cost to the school or child for participation in this vision screening. Results will be provided to the legal guardian.
If you DO NOT desire that your child participate in this screening, please email the school office or come to the office to sign the waiver prior to the scheduled screening which is January 29, 30, 31.

Chromebooks in Junior High

This week we introduced Chromebooks in the junior high classes. Students wrote essays, turned in homework and researched on the Chromebooks. We are very excited to debut this learning tool as we prepare our students for high school.

Box Tops for Education
Thank you for turning in Box Tops! Our December 2017 check came to $349.30. Each Box Top is worth 10¢. Please continue to bring them into the office or classroom! Thank you to Darlene Hastings who prepares & mails the Box Tops for processing.

Corporate Sponsors Still Needed – Walkathon 2018

Thank you to the Cryns family for sponsoring t-shirts for $500 (we would like 3 or more sponsors!) and the Iagmin family for covering the parking fees for $300. We are also looking for a family to sponsor the water, juice and popsicles ($300) for the event. The sponsorship form was emailed last week. 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 Thurs., 2/1!

Exciting sports weekend!

All of our soccer teams went 7-0 this week, out scoring our opponents 41-4 with 4 shutouts. Congratulations to a great weekend!

Catholic Schools Week Activities!

Sunday Jan. 28th – Academy Mass 9 AM Celebrating Catholic Schools!
SMA students will be participating in all aspects of the Mass. All students are asked to wear school uniforms to Mass. A pancake breakfast follows in Barry Hall prepared by room parents.

Monday – Joan Kroc ice-skating 3:15-5:30 PM (flyer enclosed)
Tuesday – “Caps for Kids” -wear a cap/hat for $1.00 (fundraiser benefits children with cancer), “Souper” Bowl canned food drive 1/30-2/3 – benefits parish food assistance center
Wednesday -*Lunch on the Lawn (11:45-12:30pm), Green/Gold/Yellow, add-ons with uniform
*Bring your lunch (no candy or soda), chairs, blankets, umbrella and sunscreen. All family members are welcome to attend. After eating feel free to join students in a game of volleyball, basketball, hop scotch or even some jump rope!
Thursday – Crazy Sock Day, Big Friend/Little Friend Activities/ Open House & Food Truck: Tacos la Mezcla (see flyer for more information)
Friday – Jean Day with Class Color
Class Colors:
K-Red • 1- Blue • 2 – Black & White • 3- Orange • 4- Yellow • 5- Purple • 6 – Gold/Silver • 7- Pink • 8 – Rainbow


• minimum days: 1/24, 25, 26 (no hot lunch) Day care will be open until 6pm (Conferences!)
• Bishop Flores Scholars Tuition Assistance Fund (application period • Jan. 2 – Feb. 28)
• St. Martin Tuition Assistance Fund begins 2/1. Both funds go through “TADS” and only one fee is charged to apply.
Spartan Spirit Wear 20% off all items until 1/21.




Please keep in your prayers. . .

Margarita Seiler, grandmother to Evan (gr. 5) and Adam (gr. 2) Rogers who was recently hospitalized, David Doane and Alicia Crockett for healing.


~ Workshop Way® Open House and Dinner flyer
~ Ice-skating at Joan Kroc- ticket order form
~ Catholic Identity Standards Survey
~ BJ’s Restaurant – tuition assistance fundraiser flyer
~ classroom newsletters (grs. K, 2)
~ permission slip (gr. 4)
~ parish bulletin



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