Parent Newsletter • March 1, 2018

Dear Parents,

March is the time of year for us to think about the next school year. We have been working on our school budget – teacher salaries, operational cost projections, facility improvements, tuition and registration. Registration packets for 2018-2019 will be enclosed in your parent envelope on March 15, 2018. It is my hope that every family will be returning, except of course, those families and students who are moving on to a new experience in high school. (We will miss those families and wish them well.)

I believe St. Martin of Tours Academy is an excellent school with well-qualified teachers. Your child is receiving a Catholic school education that is academically challenging and value based. You have chosen our school for these reasons. You have also chosen our school for the Pilon® Workshop Way® System of Education which integrates spiritual and human development, life skills, and intellectual growth. It is no wonder our graduates are well prepared for high school and beyond!

Like last year, we will waive the registration fee for the Academy or Preschool if you refer a family to our school. The family will need to enroll before school begins and complete the first quarter of the school year.

If for some reason there is a hesitation about re-enrollment, I encourage you to discuss it with me before a final decision is made. Sometimes there are other reasons for not returning. There may be a need for more accurate and complete information regarding a particular situation, whether it concerns our system of education, a classroom, or individual progress. We can do the best job for your child(ren) if we are in good communication with each other. I welcome your questions, comments, suggestions and look forward to your return in the Fall.

Following my retirement announcement two weeks ago, a community panel met last Friday to confirm Diana Hartley’s new position as principal beginning at the end of this school year. During the next few months, we will be working together for a smooth transition. I look forward to coming back in the Fall as a Workshop Way® Consultant.

Toni Dimuzio

Walkathon Update

We have received $12,407.00 as of 2/28 for our 27th annual “Engaged Citizens of the World” Walkathon 2018. Almost all of our families have sent in their donation request letters! Additional letters and envelopes are in the school office. We are at 62% of our goal of $20,000! Our next Walkathon t-shirt day is next Wednesday, 3/7. Be sure to return the five letters to the school office.There are two letters that have been returned to the office for a better address. Please email or call if you sent either one of these letters out. (Maggie Boyd and Brendan Mangiafico)

Schedule for Walkathon @ Santee Lakes Friday, March 9

Parent drivers to meet at Barry Hall @10am for instruction.
10:20 -10:35 • Classes leave school for Santee Lakes
11:00 • Arrive at the lake
11:15 • Anthem and stretches
11:30 • Classes are called to begin walking
12:30 • Lunch is served (pre-ordered lunch or bring sack lunch)
12:45 • Lunch and play time
1:15 • Kindergarten departs for school
1:45 • Clean-up
• Begin departures for school (lower grades first)
• Students return to classrooms for roll call & popsicles
2:15-2:30 • Dismissal from classrooms


Santee Lakes • 9310 Fanita Parkway • Santee, CA 92071-9003 • 619-596-3141
East on El Cajon Blvd. • 8 East to 125 North to 52 West • Exit Mast Blvd. • Right on Fanita Parkway • Right into lake entrance

Parking Tips at Santee Lakes

Parents driving for the school, who will have 3 or more Academy students, will be issued a parking pass at the meeting in Barry Hall at 10am. Parents or others who will be joining us for the day please consider parking outside the lake to free up parking for school drivers. You can park free of charge outside the lake by continuing on Fanita Parkway (do not enter lake entrance, instead pass the lake entrance). Keep going approx. 1/2 mile following the park fence line. You will see the park office and a small walk-away entrance to the lakes. Feel free to park anywhere around this walk-way entrance.

School Messenger

Our school will be utilizing the School/Messenger system to deliver text messages with important information such as school closings and safety alerts. On Tuesday, March 6th at 4pm you will be invited to opt-in to School Messenger via a text message. You can participate in this free service just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587. You can also opt-out of these messages at any time simply by replying to one of our messages with “STOP”. SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy Pledge, so you can rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone. Please see attached flyer for more information.

Lenten Speaker Series –
Friday Evening, March 2, 2018 • Parish Hall
5:30 – Casanova Fish Tacos
6:00 – 7:00pm – Presentation

“Olive Crest -Safe Families for Children” & “Interfaith Shelter Network”

Olive Crest is an innovative collaboration between area churches, volunteers and childcare professionals designed to support at-risk children and parents in need. Learn how our parish can become involved in assisting local families in need.

Interfaith Shelter Networks coordinates the efforts of participating congregations, social service agencies and governmental programs in order to provide shelter and other resources to homeless individuals and families and to enable those they serve to move toward self-sufficiency. Learn about the efforts of several La Mesa churches that participate in the rotational shelter.

Garden Work Party – change of date (March 4 • Sunday 2-4pm)

It is in the forecast to rain on Friday and Saturday. We have moved our work day to Sunday from 2pm-4pm. (March 4) The bags of organic raised bed mix are ready to mix in each bed. We need to get this accomplished to begin the Spring planting. Bring trowels, shovels and rakes! This is also a service hour opportunity! Park by the parish hall.

Shop Now and SAVE with your Official Online Sideline Store.
Enter Promo Code Mar18 NOW through March 25th and save 20% off $100.00!

Students, athletes, parents, alumni, and fans can now purchase their favorite SCHOOL custom Nike, Under Armor logo’d apparel products at a great price.

Pick your product, Pick your color, Add your favorite logo, and it ships directly to your front door. Don’t forget you can customize many apparel items with your name, number, or year to celebrate your athlete’s journey. Your school’s Sideline Store operates 24/7 and is supported by an expert customer service team.

Catholic Sports Camp 2018 at St. Augustine High School

Registration is now open for the Catholic Sports Camp 2018. Both weeks are open to students from all schools (grades pre-K to 8th grade). The camp will take place on the campus of St Augustine High School. For all the details and to register, visit the camp website – The camp is offering track, soccer, basketball, football, volleyball, kickball, handball, dodgeball, four square, water games, movies, crafts, board games & more. All food and drinks included in the registration fee. Optional extended care available.

After School Coding Class
2D Video Game Design (3rd – 5th grades) Start Date: March 12th, 2018

SMA is offering a coding class this Spring. Only a few students have registered so far and we need a few more to have the class. The class begins on Monday, 3/12. In this class, students will be engaged in rewarding projects that challenge their imaginations and stimulate critical thinking. Students will have a blast developing entertaining games with type based coding! Technology is an essential component of every child’s education, and our goal in every after-school program is to make technology fun, exciting, and engaging for our students.Link to register:


• Yearbook sponsors (business cards needed!) We have received only 3 business cards so far.
• Return Walkathon letters to school office. (don’t seal the envelopes!)

~ Day of Event – Walkathon (keep for reference)
~ SchoolMessenger – Text Messaging Service (action required)
~ Saint Martin of Tours’ Lenten Workshop sign-up flyer
~ classroom newsletter (gr. 2)
~ permission slips (gr. 4, 5)
~ parish bulletin



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