Parent Newsletter 12/14/17


Bishop Flores Scholars Tuition Assistance Fund (application period • Jan. 2 – Feb. 28)

The mission of the Bishop Flores Scholars Fund is to provide tuition assistance for children in need to attend Catholic schools in the Diocese of San Diego. Catholic education should be both affordable and accessible to every child and family who desires it regardless of their background, neighborhood, family income, or culture. We encourage families to apply for this assistance if there is a need. Tuition assistance will be given to Catholic elementary and high school students who demonstrate the greatest financial need. Families who qualify will be eligible for up to one-third of the total cost of tuition with a maximum of four recipients per family. There is an application fee of $25. Award notifications will be announced in late March or early April. If you know of a family who is considering St. Martin Academy and may need assistance, please let them know of this opportunity. More information is on our website under Admissions.

San Diego Gulls -Catholic Schools Night • Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at 7pmThe San Diego Gulls are very excited to host Catholic Schools Night again this season. While there is an online order available to individual families and friends, each school has the ability to put a bulk order together to ensure that families can sit together. Ordering in bulk will also save families a few dollars per ticket due to the fees incurred by purchasing online.
Upper bowl tickets start at $18 each or $21 each with a Gulls hat. Order form is enclosed. Ticket orders are due Jan. 10th.

Lunchtime Book Club at SMA for Grades 2 &3

Janette Rogers, parent to Adam and Evan Rogers, is overseeing a lunchtime Book Club at SMA. The purpose of the book club is to: develop friendships through literacy, engage students in different styles of reading, enhance critical thinking skills and promote literacy through new approaches. As a member, he/she will be reading and discussing books that are selected by the club. This is a free lunchtime club with no cost to the students. Students will eat their lunch first before going to the library. All materials will be provided to the students. Permission slips are due 12/21 and are enclosed for grades 2 & 3.


We have a new video to share with you featuring Father Chris Kintanar. Thank you to Luciana Hopkins who captured the essence of Fr. Chris sharing the Christmas message of “love” and wishing all of us a Merry Christmas. The video is on the school website & Facebook.

Advent Program: “Carriers of the Light” -Thursday, December 21 @ 6:30 p.m. (church)

We ask that there be no flash photography during the program “Carriers of the Light”. There will be a photographer and video recording. Mark Pearson will be recording a video & using the projection camera in the church. Order forms for the DVD’s will be in the January 11th parent envelope.

Family Sponsored Seating

Pews will be reserved for the families who purchased seating from the Great Cash Giveaway Fundraiser. We are grateful for the financial support that comes from offering this as a family sponsorship. Thank you to: Comana, Crockett, Cryns, Iagmin, Jacobs, Kingston, Marshall, Ongtawco, Poling, Ruiz & Waldron families.

A dress rehearsal is Wed. Dec. 20 at 1pm in the church if grandparents/relatives or parents would like to attend. Only the Academy will be rehearsing; preschool will not be there.

Procedures for the evening: Important! (repeat)

• All students in preschool, kindergarten and grades 1-8 will be participating.
• Students should be in dressy attire, including shoes!
• Parents need to bring students directly to their classrooms at 6:00 p.m. No drop off in front of school!
• Preschool children will need to be in the South Chapel at 6:00 p.m. (sign in required) Additional information will come from preschool.
• The front & side doors of the church will be open for parents/families at 6:10 p.m. Do not form a line at the doors of the church. We ask that people gather in the patio area or at each side until the doors open and to please be considerate of elderly or disabled people (no pushing, please). The service will begin promptly at 6:30.
• Academy students will be brought over to the church by their teacher during the program.
Pick-up Procedures
Classroom: Kindergarten
Church: Grades 1, 3 – front of the altar
Grade 2 – front of the Jesus statue
Grade 4 – front of Mary statue

Grade 5 & 7 – down middle aisle of the church
Grade 6 – middle of church
Grade 8 – in the classroom after helping Mrs. Pippin clear the altar

Holiday in the Village – thank you!

Thank you to all the parents and students who staffed the booth at this La Mesa event. They sold cups of hot chocolate and tea to support their 6th grade camp fund. We also thank Tracy Giordano for organizing the event and securing a free booth for our school. The class earned $340.90 in sales.

Christmas Art Around the School!















Garden Update!
First grade students harvested 10.6lbs of carrots and each student took home some fresh carrots. Two large bags will be going to Food Assistance.










Please keep in your prayers. . .

Alan James, grandfather to Zach (gr. 6) & Jillian (gr. 2) Crockett and father to Alicia who had a heart attack last night.

 Isaac Phruksukarn who is the hospital as he finishes up IV antibiotics.  Isaac was born on  10/27/17 to Katrina & Adrian.

David Doane who is receiving treatments for cancer.

~ Gulls Catholic Schools Night 2018
~ Lunchtime Book Club Permission Slip
~ parish bulletin


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