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This was the very last Shadow Day for our graduating class which for many is difficult to imagine as they have attended each one since their child began school at OMMS! It is also difficult to comprehend, but we are approaching the month of April ….where has the time gone; it seems as if the school year just began!

On Friday, March 21, we opened up OMMS classrooms for our annual Maria Montessori Shadow Day a tribute to the woman who gave birth to such a unique approach to education, one created out of respect for the dignity of every individual no matter their age! Maria Montessori was truly a woman well ahead of her time and we thank her for what she accomplished in that lifetime.

All OMMS students were excited to have their special someone join them for a morning of work, a special time to celebrate Mass, tour the various levels and then of course the opportunity to leave and enjoy the remainder of yet another beautiful day as a family…..all in all what a way to celebrate your child’s accomplishments plus give yourself a "treat" by enjoying the first weekend of Spring a little early! Thank you for joining us and we hope you enjoyed your visit!

Don’t forget to join us on Thursday, April 10, for our annual Book Fair and Spaghetti Night. Our PTG Core and Committee for this event are hard at work to provide you with a fabulous evening while promoting the love of reading!

Again mark your calendars so you do not forget to join us on Saturday, May 10, for our 3rd annual Night at the Mission, everyone thoroughly enjoyed this event last year!!

 

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The PTG General Meeting has been scheduled for Monday, March 24th at 6:30 p.m. in St. Francis Hall (formerly named McKeon Center).

Included in today’s Packet is a copy of the report from CATHOLIC SCHOOLS MANAGEMENT and a letter from our Pastor Father David.

 

ART POSTER….receive your own copy

For anyone interested in obtaining their own copy of the 2014 ART POSTER you can place your order in the main office. A single copy will be $45; if we order more than 4 then the cost will be $40.

SCIENCE/ART SLIDE SHOW

Additionally a few families were interested in obtaining a copy of the 2014 SCIENCE/ART FAIR power point presentation, please contact the office so we can determine how many copies are needed; the cost would be $5.00 for each copy. These funds would be utilized for additional Science/Art supplies.

Regarding something new this year…..

Thank you to all students and families who decided to leave their ART creations instead of removing them at the end of the evening. We placed this appeal largely due to a wonderful opportunity brought to our attention by a school family and our goal of being able to display OMMS student ART WORK in a new office building; the time frame is still yet to be determined. This is quite an honor and any piece of ART selected to be displayed comes with the understanding it will not be returned to the school or "artist" therefore students/families must be comfortable in donating their piece of work. If this is a problem please let Mr. Sharp or the office know that your family does not wish to participate. Prior to any work being displayed we will ask the families to sign a permission/waiver. Thank you again for your consideration and permission to "show" the talent of our OMMS artists!

MARIA MONTESSORI SHADOW DAY ……..……Friday, March 21

 

What does that mean?

Do you feel as if you have been invited, but really do not understand why?

Hopefully you did remember to save the date as this is a perfect opportunity to join your child at school to "shadow" them at work.

 

Your children are looking forward to captivating you with their "work" on Friday, March 21, and hopefully spending the remainder of the afternoon with you away from "work" enjoying the first weekend of SPRING a little early…..remember you deserve to have that relief every now and then! Our hope is that at least one person in each family will be able to join their child (ren) for this special occasion. We know your child anticipates being your teacher for the morning and the teachers look forward to your presence on Friday. Remember this is a wonderful opportunity for your child, a time to actually show YOU their "work" and have your undivided attention! After everyone’s time within the classroom we will gather to celebrate mass in the Serra Center at 11:00, followed by an opportunity for you and your child to visit other classrooms within OMMS. Many have found this to be truly beneficial especially for those who are not aware of the next level and what the program offers; therefore why not take advantage of this opportunity, consider this time as your own private OPEN HOUSE! We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday, March 21.

 

LET’S KEEP HEALTHY…..

PLEASE CONTINUE to remind and encourage everyone to keep healthy!

"Hand Washing is one of the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We continue to remind all students to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, after using the toilet, after sneezing, coughing, and wiping/blowing their noses; an alcohol based sanitizer is provided for their use. We also continue to remind students to COVER their COUGH and SNEEZES with tissues or cough/sneeze into the crook of their elbow/sleeve. Please assist us by reminding your own child (ren) to continue this practice at home. Please remember to set a good example by doing this yourself to help children develop the habit.

 

 

 

 

 

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HELP us keep this from becoming "lost" in our day to day interactions with one another and those we meet!

 

OMMS 2014 SCIENCE AND ART FAIR

Once again this year’s annual Science and Art Fair was held in St. Francis Hall. Our Middle School students were given another opportunity to combine knowledge with creative ingenuity to bring about our 2nd

Invention Fair while Jr. and Sr. Elementary OMMS students worked on projects to demonstrate their knowledge of the Scientific Method. I must say this approach continues to "spark" enthusiasm for Science; their inventions were quite impressive, purposeful and a number of adults made the comment "we should market these ideas"! The Science Fair is a culmination of studies and projects that begin as early as our Primary level; everything builds upon what students have learned or experienced as this approach fosters a strong foundation. Our Junior and Senior Elementary students "educated" all who stopped by their projects to explain the Scientific Method with regard to the project they chose to submit. All were excited and enthusiastic about sharing their particular project; it is always wonderful to witness students engaged in their own learning! On behalf of all we would like to extend a special thank you to Ms. Lida for providing the POWER POINT PRESENTATION so all could view OMMS Science and Art in action. We also would like to thank our older students, Miss Susan, Ms. Lida, Ms. Cyndi, Ms. Janie, Mr. Sharp and our Parish Maintenance crew for their "many hands", hands that were necessary to assist with preparations and setting up the venue in St. Francis Hall..... teachers and students working together for a common goal! We certainly hope you found the Science projects/ inventions educational and enjoyed a glimpse into the creative Art offered at OMMS! Thank you for joining us last Thursday and we certainly hope to see you on Thursday,April 10, for our Annual Book Fair and Spaghetti Night; remember same location the St. Francis Hall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HELP us keep this from becoming "lost" in our day to day interactions with one another and those we meet!

 

SCIENCE/ART FAIR

REMEMBER TWO DAYS REMAIN ….Science/Art Fair schedule for Thursday, March 13 from 6:00 – 7:30 in St. Francis Hall (formerly McKeon Center).

We look forward to viewing everyone’s project, invention and creative work. PLEASE remember that students are required to wear their mass uniform and be prepared to present their projects to those visiting our OMMS event. REMEMBER too that we are requesting that students take their Science Projects home at the end of the evening. On behalf of everyone we thank you in advance for attending in support of our students and each child’s efforts in our annual OMMS SCIENCE/ART FAIR.

Something new this year…..

We would like to request that all students leave their ART creations instead of removing them at the end of the evening. This appeal is largely due to a wonderful opportunity brought to our attention by a school family and our goal of being able to display OMMS student ART WORK in a new office building, but the time frame has yet to be determined. This is quite an honor and any piece of ART selected to be displayed comes with the understanding it will not be returned to the school or "artist" so students/families must be comfortable in donating their piece of work. If this is a problem please let Mr. Sharp or the office know that your family does not wish to participate. Thank you for your consideration and permission to "show" the talent of our OMMS artists!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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~ Our Ash Wednesday Mass, scheduled for Wednesday, March 5th, will be a "school Mass only" in the Chapel not the Serra Center. Parents or other adults are always welcome!

~ The PTG General Meeting has been scheduled for Monday, March 24th at 6:30 p.m.

 

ASH WEDNESDAY

ASH WEDNESDAY signals the beginning of LENT. Throughout the next forty days we are on a journey with the people we hear about in the Scriptures; we are invited to learn more about what it means to be a disciple and understand that God is with us, every step of the journey. Remember GIVE from the heart, PRAY always and SERVE others in all that you do!

 

Today, many are familiar with the term GPS (Global Positioning System) which provides direction to a destination, together let us keep GOD as our GPS so we remain steadfast and on the right path in our interactions with one another as we journey through life here on earth.

MAINTAIN OUR PARISH (MOP)

Remember this group meets in the morning on the second Saturday of every month to help beautify our Parish and School grounds. If you have some time on a second Saturday please consider lending a hand or two, it benefits everyone plus provides opportunities to enjoy nature!

LET’S KEEP HEALTHY…..

PLEASE CONTINUE to remind and encourage everyone to keep healthy!

 

"Hand Washing is one of the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We are reminding all students to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, after using the toilet, after sneezing, coughing, and wiping their noses; an alcohol based hand sanitizer

We are also reminding students to COVER their COUGH and SNEEZES with tissues or coughing/sneezing into the crook of their elbow/sleeve. Please assist us by reminding your own child (ren) to continue this practice at home. Please remember to set a good example by doing this yourself to help children develop the habit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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~ Our Ash Wednesday Mass, scheduled for Wednesday, March 5th, will be a "school Mass only" in the Chapel not the Serra Center.

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An ongoing concern is traffic flow and safety during our morning arrival and again in the afternoon during dismissal; as a reminder the horse shoe drive is a FIRE LANE and cars CANNOT be left unattended for any reason. It is also important to remember that the horseshoe drive is ONE LANE ONLY driving east to west and remains one lane; do not pull out to create your own lane as this creates safety issues, especially when children are involved. The west EXIT is a RIGHT TURN ONLY and by making a LEFT you are putting yourself and others in danger; near collisions have been reported when leaving the school. Additionally this west end of the horse shoe drive is an EXIT ONLY and NOT an ENTRANCE. REMEMBER SAFETY is and should always be a priority for everyone. Students often pose questions to their parents and teachers when adults overlook the rules that are established for everyone. Thank you for your attention and compliance with these safety requirements.

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Roses are Red

Violets are Blue

Remember everyone at OMMS

Appreciates YOU!

 

REMINDER ......SCHOOL TRAFFIC SAFETY

An ongoing concern is traffic flow and safety during our morning arrival and again in the afternoon during dismissal; as a reminder the horse shoe drive is a FIRE LANE and cars CANNOT be left unattended for any reason. Remember too the horseshoe drive is ONE LANE ONLY driving east to west and remains one lane; do not pull out to create your own lane as this creates safety issues, especially when children are involved. The west EXIT is a RIGHT TURN ONLY and by making a LEFT you are putting yourself and others in danger; near collisions have been reported when leaving the school. Additionally this west end of the horse shoe drive is an EXIT ONLY and NOT an ENTRANCE. REMEMBER SAFETY is and always be a priority for everyone. Students often pose questions to their parents and teachers when adults overlook the rules that are established for everyone. Thank you for your attention and compliance with these safety requirements.


A NOTE ABOUT UNIFORMS.....

Please remember all students are expected to adhere to our Uniform Policy. If you are uncertain about the policy, please ask and the office would be happy to provide you with a copy of the guidelines. Free Dress or non-uniform days are a privilege extended to those who adhere to the requirements; faculty and staff have noted that some students are "forgetting" what is within the OMMS UNIFORM POLICY Guidelines and have asked that parents assist their child by reviewing these guidelines. REMEMBER when the weather is colder than normal students are permitted to wear their winter jackets outside (not necessarily navy blue); when conditions are normal their sweaters, jackets, etc. are Navy Blue and these are to be worn inside at all times. Nail polish and make-up are not permitted. Thank you in advance for your assistance and compliance in helping your child follow the established UNIFORM POLICY.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT REVIEW

A safe environment program includes ongoing training for children and young people with age appropriate education pertaining to their personal safety and with direction as to when they should seek assistance from a trusted adult.

As part of our ongoing training with our students OMMS teachers will provide an age appropriate Safe- Environment Review/Education for their respective classroom on Tuesday, February 25, or Wednesday, February 26. Please read through the handouts included in today’s newsletter as this information will assist you in your discussions with your child to continue this education process. Remember everyone has a shared responsibility to ensure a child’s safety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Students in our fifth and eighth grade level will once again participate in an Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (ACRE) beginning today (Feb. 4th through Feb. 6th). This assessment is required for all Diocesan schools and has been developed by the

National Catholic Educational Association as a tool to assist school and parish catechetical leaders in providing a sound comprehensive religion program.

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~ The Falbee Family

~ Marilyn Clark, Brooke B’s cousin

~ Fabio Perez

~ Vanessa & Andres’ Grandfather

~ Christina Ruiz

~ Jacob Donahue (7 months old) and his family

~ Mrs. Bush and Ms. Suzanne

~ Sr. Joyce Hampel, CSJ, Associate Principal

Academy of Our Lady of Peace

~ All of our military families

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Thank you for celebrating the beginning of Catholic Schools’ Week with our Parish Community this past

Sunday. The voices of our OMMS Choir filled the Serra Center giving evidence of their joy in celebrating with our Parish Community. We are very blessed to be part of this Parish Community and doubly blessed with the students and families within OMMS for their continued support of our determination to unite Education with Faith!

We would also like to extend a very special thank you to our OMMS Choir under the direction of Mrs. Laura Gibson accompanied by Jim with his guitar, Minh-Chau and Becky on piano, Matt who assisted with all aspects of sound, and Nicki N. who kept all choir members/families informed and organized; Altar Servers; students who brought up the gifts; our dedicated parents who were organized by our PTG Co-Chairs, Danielle C. and Jawrad T., to ensure that all who left mass were able to see a display of what takes place within our catholic Montessori School then depart with not only information, but a piece of fruit or a muffin! We hope all accept our heartfelt gratitude for their support and commitment to OMMS!!

 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS MANAGEMENT

After an ambitious three days of gathering information our team of visitors from Catholic Schools Management have now departed, returning to their various states of residence. In the weeks ahead they will begin compiling the data and then formulate a report to share with our Pastor, Father David. The team expressed their gratitude to everyone who accepted the invitation to become more involved through their active participation within the diverse, focused meetings. Information collected during these discussions will assist Catholic Schools Management in their development of recommendations to further strengthen OMMS. Once the information has been received, considered and discussed we will share their recommendations with faculty, staff and OMMS parents. On behalf of Father David, our OMMS faculty and staff we too extend our gratitude to you for your time and commitment in this process as we plan for the future.

 

ACRE Assessment

Students in our fifth and eighth grade level will once again participate in an Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (ACRE) on Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 4 – 6). This assessment is required for all Diocesan schools and has been developed by the National Catholic Educational Association as a tool to assist school and parish catechetical leaders in providing a sound comprehensive religion program.

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It is that time of year again to begin sharing photos of school events including sports and classroom events in an effort to place them within our upcoming yearbook ....imagine 2014! We will begin accepting yearbook orders so that your child will have a visible way to remember their experience and classmates! The order forms are attached to today’s newsletter.

You also have an opportunity to be a business sponsor. For only $30 we will include your business

card in our yearbook. Limited space is also available for "Personal Messages". This is a great way to have a "love note" in the year book for your student. There is a 20 word limit for only $5.00.

Unfortunately, we will need to increase the cost to cover our expenses. This year each yearbook ordered prior to April 1, will be $45; after April 1st,

the fee will increase to $50. REMEMBER to order early to ensure your child receives a copy. We cannot receive additional copies!

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THOUGHTFULNESS…

Collectively we thank our students and families for their beautiful cards, wishes and unexpected gifts; your thoughtfulness, generosity and sentiments are

truly appreciated! Our hope is that everyone enjoyed their time together during Christmas being with family and celebrating with friends, just as we

did with our families! Thank you, not only for all that you continue to do, but on behalf of every adopted family that was a recipient of your

generosity during Christmas….through your gift of sharing many families did celebrate a truly blessed Christmas Dinner with their family too! May God continue to bestow his graces on you and your family.

DID YOU SEE OUR NEW SIGN??

Hopefully all noticed the new signage above the main school entrance, a sign that identifies our Parish Montessori School. If you see Father David please let him know that you noticed the new sign as this was a gift from our pastor!

You will also notice….

During the Christmas holidays some of the trees were removed from the front of the school, these trees were old and needed to be eliminated. This week you will see many hands working to plant twenty new trees ensuring shade for our students plus school and parish events.

Don’t forget to check your calendars, ONLY nineteen days remain until we begin to celebrate Catholic Schools’ Week, January 26 through February 1. Once again we will begin our celebration with our Parish Community at the 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, January 26, recognizing Old Mission Montessori School as the Parish’s Catholic School. During this celebration our OMMS choir will share their gift of song! Therefore we are asking all of our families and students to join us on for this special day to demonstrate our SCHOOL SPIRIT. Please come dressed in your Mass uniform and parents perhaps you might even consider wearing your school polo to show your SPIRIT too! Further information will follow later, but please SAVE the DATE and show YOUR SPIRIT!

Many, many thanks to Mrs. Laura Gibson who will join us for this special celebration to work with our OMMS Choir and Mrs. Nicki Nugent who has offered once again to assist....we are truly appreciative of their expertise and time!

Remember Mission San Luis Rey is the home of the only catholic Montessori school in the Diocese of San Diego. Old Mission Montessori School (OMMS) offers the unique Montessori approach within the framework of a quality catholic education. Our Mission is to be Model Stewards of God's gifts: His gift of faith, family, community and self; His gift of intelligence, a true appreciation of knowledge and the joy of learning; His gift of creation, a reverence and respect for all God has created. Our students are active participants within their combined faith education, a catholic journey for children from all backgrounds.

ENTERING the "FLU" Season …many are already experiencing

Please remember that attendance is a priority, but not when your child is ill. Parents we ask that you check your child before you send them to school. Please look for obvious signs of illness such as: fever, coughing, "runny nose", vomiting, diarrhea, or if your child complains of a sore throat, stomach ache or you notice that your child is lethargic; these symptoms could be an indication of the onset of a virus or an illness. PLEASE assist us in eliminating the "sharing" of unwanted viruses and illnesses by being observant and listening to your child. Remember to keep your child home when s/he is ill! Also please continue to remind your child to wash their hands often, this valuable habit benefits everyone.

"Hand washing is one of the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We will also continue to remind students to COVER their COUGH and SNEEZES with tissues or to cough/sneeze into the crook of their elbow/sleeve. Please assist us by reminding your own child (ren) to continue this practice at home. Please remember to set a good example by doing this yourself to help children develop the habit.

Thank you for helping us to keep our school healthy!

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Our hope is that you always REJOICE in this season, stop to experience the WONDER through the eyes of a child!

Enjoy being together as a family remembering the many ‘GIFTS’ that Our LORD has bestowed upon each of us, our gift of LIFE, our gift of one another, and most importantly our gift of HIS LOVE through HIS only son JESUS CHRIST!

May you unwrap YOUR gifts often to recognize and receive the true treasures often hidden within

and certainly not available for purchase within any store!

Share your gifts with your family and friends throughout this miraculous season and during HIS gift of a Blessed New Year!

From all of us at OMMS

M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S

and

a joyous N E W Y E A R !

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The Holidays bring many wonderful gifts, many of which do not come in a package, but instead are demonstrations of joy and love that get tucked away as treasured memories. That certainly was the case for our annual Christmas Program and our 6

th graders’ interpretation of "A Christmas Carol". All of our students, your child or children, provided a fabulous evening of entertainment and Christmas delight for everyone….anyone who was not ready for the Christmas holidays prior to attending these two performances certainly felt the spirit by the end of the evening! We are incredibly proud of our students; their gifts of song and drama are OUR treasured memories at OMMS!

We would like to extend a warm thank you too to all of our dedicated parents and teachers for without

YOU our annual celebrations would not be possible! Thank you for joining us and sharing your Christmas Spirit as your presence filled the rooms with the energy of life!

I believe we all agree, impossible as it seems, Christmas is approaching with great speed! Perhaps it reminds you of that fun-filled sled ride when you were a child….you remember, at first it feels somewhat slow then picks up momentum on that "thrilling" ride downhill to your destination or goal. What a ride, but at times it wasn’t always a smooth one, we often encountered a few mishaps on our way. Now as adults our sled ride is our life’s journey and our focus for Christmas is the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and our most precious gift! We receive this gift over and over again throughout the year, it is given by way of our children, our family, friends, and people who come unexpectedly into our lives…..treasure these relationships, times to be tucked away in our treasured memories and re-opened often throughout the year!

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Thanksgiving is now a delicious memory, a memory that you helped create for many families due to your thoughtfulness and generosity. On behalf of these families we would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to your family for reaching out and sharing what you have so they too could enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving meal with their family. May our Lord continue to bless you and your family!

Hopefully everyone thoroughly enjoyed spending time this Thanksgiving with their family and friends, offering a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for our many blessings!

 

We have now officially crossed the threshold into the Holiday season, traditionally a very busy time of the year. This past Sunday marked the beginning of Advent, a time of preparation and anticipation. As we once again enter this special time of the year, remember to allow time to pause, reflect, recognize and note the many blessings that often may be taken for granted, but encircle our life. Often we can become too intent on what we do not have that we fail to recognize all that we do; together let us take that pause and reflect on those treasures in our midst. Your child and your family are definitely one of OMMS’ treasures; a treasure we recognize and appreciate for without you we would not be here!

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Thank you to everyone who helped to make our annual Sock Hop such a huge success!! You are all truly appreciated! A special thank you to our two new families who spear headed this fun family event! Everyone seemed to enjoy the food and the fun!

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One of our ongoing goals is to encourage all students no matter how young to think about assisting others; it does not matter what they do to assist, but to understand that even small gestures can be of benefit. Anyone and everyone can reach out to help others.

 

Every year OMMS is involved in numerous stewardship projects, but two occur during the holidays, one at Thanksgiving and another one at Christmas. During these holidays classrooms adopt at least one family, a family who is in need of assistance. The students then prepare a beautiful basket (decorated box) of food or necessities that can be given as a ‘gift’ to help their adopted family celebrate the holiday!

 

Consider discussing the term sacrifice with your child; encourage them to give up (sacrifice) something such as a trip to McDonald’s and use that money to shop for an item of food for their adopted family basket. Remember no matter how small the act it can have significant impact! Please look for additional information from your child’s class as the holidays approach, but it never is too early to begin thinking about what we can do to help those in need! We are indeed blessed and may God continue to bless you and your family!

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Notes from our Principal:


How to contact the school after hours (during afternoon extended child care):
If you need to reach the school after the office has closed, please call the Primary Office at 760-757-3232, extension: 156.

STANDARDIZED TESTING through IOWA ASSESSMENTS
This is our second year to administer the IOWA ASSESSMENTS previously termed ITBS, the standardized tests administered to all students within the Diocese of San Diego. These tests are aligned to the Common Core Standards with New Norms, comparing current students to 2011 norms instead of 2005. As a Diocesan school all students enrolled in 1st – 8th will be participating in these tests from October 14th through October 24th. We do not want to overly stress the word TEST, but we do ask that your child is well rested, arrives at school on time and arrives after eating a nutritious breakfast; this will assist your child throughout the test taking timeframe. We will provide some practice time for each level to become familiar with the expectations of this new format.

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We have now completed one full week of school and the students are adjusting or re-adjusting to their school schedules after their summer hiatus......have you adjusted?  Please remember that each individual is different and some may require more time than the next, this is especially true with our younger students so continue to reassure them, provide that hug and let them know you will see them a little later.  Believe it or not it actually makes it more difficult when you remain and it is also more difficult for you too!

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