Parent Newsletter • March 8, 2018

Dear Parents,

I hope you are able to join us at Santee Lakes tomorrow! Our 27th annual Walkathon is a wonderful community event and an opportunity to focus on physical fitness and teamwork. As of 3/7, we have received 20,042.00! We are thrilled to have reached our goal. Donations are still coming in daily. There are a few extra t-shirts available for purchase for the Walkathon. We will sell them in the office and at the Walkathon. If you would like one set aside for you, email or call the office. They are $15 each.

There has been much in the news about protecting our campuses and bringing about change in our laws. We are encouraging our junior high and staff to participate in the “March for our Lives” San Diego event on March 24th. This past Monday, all of our families received a text from School Messenger. Parents have the option of selecting the “Y” to receive safety alerts from the school or “opting” out. The Diocesan office is moving forward to ensure that we are preparing for any event that may harm our students and that we are working towards securing our campuses and protecting our students to the best of our ability. The office is working with both Catholic Mutual Group and the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) to revisit and update resources and training for school safety across the diocese. Working with local law enforcement resource officers is key. Last week, Fr. Chris, Stephanie Kingston, and myself walked through our campus discussing areas that may need to be addressed to increase security. A few days later, Diane Hartley and I met with La Mesa Police Officer Paugh. We went over the emergency plans in the Staff Handbook and discussed our protocol for a secure campus and lockdown. He was satisfied that we had a safe and well thought out plan. We will be using the resources Officer Paugh gave us to update our Staff Handbook, especially the template from Homeland Security. We will then revise our Family Handbook to include more specific information regarding emergency situations. After meeting with Officer Paugh, we feel affirmed that we are following best practices and are confident we are moving in the right direction. I personally want to thank Stephanie Kingston for contacting the La Mesa Police Department and her persistence in making the meeting with Officer Paugh happen.

You may have noticed that cameras have been installed outside and inside the church. In the next few months, we will be using the same company to add cameras to our campus. We also are looking into replacing the low wooden fence that leads to the parish garden with a higher, more secure fence. We will keep you posted regarding any other future improvements.

I hope to see tomorrow!
Toni Dimuzio

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.

Walkathon Donations received – no name!
Please call the school office to receive credit if one of these names belongs to your family as we want to be sure everyone is thanked: Dr. Ernest Tiangco, Cherry Evans, Brendan Mangiafico and Maggie Boyd

IMPORTANT: If you did not order a walkathon lunch for your child, be sure your child has a lunch this Friday.

First Day of School
The 2018-2019 school year will start on Monday, August 20, 2018.

Third Quarter Conferences

The third quarter of this school year ends Friday, March 15, 2018. Teacher-Parent-Student conferences are scheduled the week of March 19th. Information regarding the conferences, items for review, and the “conference preparation worksheet” are enclosed. The conference preparation forms, one per student, need to be completed and returned no later than Monday, 3/19. Individual appointment dates and times are the same as last quarter conferences. A reminder regarding appointment dates/times (family list) will be posted outside the school office. You may also check the web site under the parent sign-in. 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.)

Lenten Speaker Series –
Friday Evening, March 9, 2018 • Parish Hall
5:30 – Tacos La Mezcla Food Truck • 6:00 – 7:00pm – Presentation

“Laudato Si”
Father Emmet Farrell will be focusing on “The Care of our Common Home”. Enjoy a short video, learn about creating a Creation Care Team at our parish, and learning about and living Pope Francis’ teachings about global warming, global inequity, and poverty.

• Yearbook sponsors (business cards needed!)
• Official Online Sideline Store Promotion. Enter Promo Code Mar18 through March 25th and save 20% off $100.00!
• After School Coding Class 2D Video Game Design (3rd – 5th grades) Start Date: March 12th, 2018 (we need 2 more students in order to have the class. Register at:
• Nacho sale $2 on Wed. 3/14 – proceeds will go to Ruben’s Lopez’s daughter-in-law and grandchildren.

The lost & found bin is FULL!  If you are missing something, please check the bin before Easter break.

~ Pre-Conference forms due 3/19 (third quarter)
~ Lifeskills in the Classroom
~ Laudato Si (Friday’s Lenten Speaker Series 3/9)
~ classroom newsletters (grs. K, 3)
~ Mad Science after school class (K-6)
~ parish bulletin


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