PNL – January 5, 2017

Dear Parents,

On behalf of all our staff, I wish each family a Happy New Year and the blessings of God’s peace today and every day of 2017!

During the month of January, our school-wide focus is on the importance of peace among all nations and all people. In light of present day conflicts, it is easy to be discouraged. In fact, at times, peace can seem almost impossible. We know, though, that attaining peace is something we must constantly pursue first in our own lives… remembering the words in the song: “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”

We must also pray for world peace. So many people in our world are suffering as a result of poverty, oppression, conflict. It is in working for justice and in continually praying for peace that we can make a difference in the lives of those who suffer.

On Friday, January 13, in the Peace Garden, we will have a short prayer service commemorating the life of Martin
Luther King, Jr. We will pray for peace in the world and renew our “Call to Kindness and Justice.”

Normally the first Friday in January is set aside for an East County Cluster in-service. We will not be attending this year, so that we can work on our WCEA self study protocol, Improving Student Learning, gathering and preparing our evidence for the visitation in February. We will keep you up to date on this process.

Toni Dimuzio



Kindergarten Registration and New Students (Grades 1-8) 2017-2018 School Year
We are beginning our registration for the 2017-2018 school year for new students.  First priority in applications is given to those already enrolled in our preschool and to siblings of those already enrolled in K-8.  If there is a sibling entering first grade, they must be six years old by September 1. Kindergartners must be 5 years old by September 1.  It is very important that all applications be filed by the end of February.   Applications are available in the school office and on SMA’s website.   Application fee is $35.00 per student.

Day Care Payment Change for Balances under $25
Beginning this month, if your day care bill is less than $25, you will not be charged until your balance reaches $25.  For bills over $25, statements will be generated and your FACTS account will be charged.  If your balance does not reach $25 by the end of the school year, you will be charged for final payment.  For any questions concerning this, please call the bookkeeper, Lynne Johnston, at the school number, ext. 329.

Motivational School Assembly by CREW- Grades 4-8
On Thursday, January 26 at 1:30pm in the parish hall we will be having an assembly titled: “ No Bullying”- Created to reinforce the importance of acceptance and respect for others.  Chris Rubio, the director and choreographer of CREW, has traveled and performed in the off Broadway show STOMP for over five years.  He has created his own percussion movement group here in San Diego called CREW that features a unique combination of rhythm and movement and utilize everyday objects to make percussive sounds.   Crew performs all over the United States and has been very popular in the San Diego educational system where it performs in over 150 schools a year.  The group promotes healthy lifestyles and teaches kids to develop their own talents and hobbies as a way to stay positive and avoid drugs. Parents are welcome to attend.

Vision Screening for K-3 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 30-February 1st.

A Prayer Service commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr.   (Friday, 1/13)
This month we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. During our prayer service next Friday, students will renew a “Call to Kindness and Justice”.

Displayed and discussed in every classroom are the following ways we can make our commitment tangible for our students.   We ask that you reinforce and support these actions and values by your example and by encouraging your children to strive to be kind and just in their actions.

This is our “Call to Kindness and Justice”.  Let each of us in this community renew our commitment to accept the challenge.

• to look for ways to improve the lives of others
• to show courage, to speak up for what is right and fair
• to include and be accepting of all who are in my school community
• to get to know and understand others

• to practice nonviolence by resolving conflicts with words and positive action
• to treat every single person with dignity, courtesy & respect
• to reach out to others with kind words and actions


~  DVD order forms – “A Simple Christmas Story”
~  Dance – after school class with Mrs. Collins
~  Grossmont High School open house (gr. 8)
~  parish bulletin 1-1-17

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