Parent Newsletter • May 18, 2018

Dear Parents,

Once again Grandparents’ Day was a big success. All the planning and preparation were both evident and appreciated. The liturgy, the student art work, and of course, the class performances were so loved by the grandparents. The food stations worked out very well along with photographers taking pictures in the classroom. All the extra little special touches helped to make it a perfect morning for all who were here. A special thank you goes to Mari Waldron who for several years has secured a golf cart to transport grandparents from the church, to the school and the hall. That was a gift to many! We also give special thanks to Luciana Hopkins for creating another beautiful & fun video of our grandparents & students. The video is posted on our school website and a link is below. Thank you to Anna Kennedy and all the room parents, photographers and volunteers who worked very hard to make this event so special.

We hope you join us for our Open House next week. If you can’t come for the dinner, stop by to peruse the classrooms, view student portfolios and the beautiful art work the students have on display and more. Also featured this evening on the lower basketball court will be dance routines from Folklorico Mexican Dancers led by Dory Miller & Mrs. Collins Dance Class Our local librarian and parishioner, Denise Stutzman will be on site to promote summer reading at the La Mesa Library. I hope you stop by to pick up material for your child’s summer enrichment.

– Toni Dimuzio


Celebrating World Fair Trade Day on the Field 1:45-2:30pm!

People all over the world celebrate World Fair Trade around the 2nd Saturday in May. In December 2015, St. Martin of Tours Academy received the designation of becoming the first Fair Trade Catholic Elementary School in the nation and 2nd elementary school in California. Ongoing Fair Trade education and promotion is a priority within our school community. Students are educated and empowered through fair trade curriculum to be conscious consumers. In addition, the school commits to using fair trade products on campus. (soccer balls, t-shirts, fund-raisers, coffee, tea & chocolate) Today our students will become “Agents for Change” as they learn about the 10 Principles of Fair Trade and walk hand in hand to create a human chain learning that we are connected to the farmers that grow our food, to the producers & workers that make our clothes. We are excited to welcome Ben & Jerry’s, a Fair Trade company who will be serving vanilla ice cream to our students.


Thank you to Luciana Hopkins for a wonderful video reflecting our Grandparents’ Day event. Enjoy!



Looking for Service Hours now that Bingo is Gone?

Serving on the Committee for Advancement and Development might be for you! At this time we are looking for those who could help with data entry and marketing. As our plan develops there may be more opportunities for volunteering. The next planning meeting is Wed. May 23rd at 4pm in the 5th grade classroom. We hope you come and share your talents!

Project Based Learning

Two 7th grade teams participated in the Rokenbok Design Challenge and STEAM showcase on the 16th of May. They had one hour and fifteen minutes to design and build a device to complete a design challenge. It was required that they use the knowledge of the engineering design process and teamwork to complete the task. They competed against teams from ten other Catholic schools. Two other 7th grade teams were part of the STEAM Showcase. They demonstrated their scientific devices from the STEM Maker Fair in December. Our 2nd place 8th grade Sea Perch team demonstrated their ROV to parents and students attending the event. Our teams represented our school very well!

Kindergarten successfully completed a science unit on the life cycle of a butterfly.  We raised eight painted lady butterflies successfully from the larva stage, watched them grow into a chrysalis and provided them with fresh flowers and sugar water for food. They were released on Wednesday.

Prayer Service Honoring Mary


There is now a link to order yearbooks online if you have not already ordered a yearbook.
Yearbook supplies are limited. Order one now for $30.00 while you still have time to get one.

Click here to order your book!



• SLE Presentations on Monday
• Open House & dinner on the field – Thursday 5/24
• Check out SMA’s Facebook and Twitter social media pages!
• school holiday Monday, May 28

Please keep in your prayers. . .

Francisco Castillo, Mr. & Mrs. Caster and Chris Davis

~ classroom newsletter (gr. 2)
~ parish bulletin
Courtesy flyer: YMCA


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