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By now all re-registered families have received their 2014-15 enrollment packets; please let the office know if your packet did not include the complete Tuition Agreement. Please remember to COMPLETE and then return your Packet prior to Monday, June 2, this will then allow us to complete your on line F.A.C.T.S. agreement. Once we input the information then F.A.C.T.S. will notify you to provide an opportunity to review and allow you to make any necessary changes such as accounts or dates. This information must be completed in a timely fashion to allow OMMS and F.A.C.T.S. time to assist each family with their account.

If you have not completed your registration form, please do so as soon as possible to support plans for the upcoming school year. If you have made the decision not to return we would ask that you complete the form with that information and return it to the office so we can continue with plans for the 2014-15 school year. Thank you in advance for your response and assistance!

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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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Maria Montessori believed that the relationship of child to adult should be one of trust, confidence, and acceptance, together with a belief in the child. Our teachers use these words frequently. In an effort to “bring Montessori home” we are sharing with you our words of encouragement. Remember to frequently acknowledge the positive!


“You do a good job of…..” Children should be encouraged when they do not expect it and when they are not asking for it. It is usually possible to mention some useful act or contribution in each child. Even a positive comment about something small and insignificant to us, may have great importance to a child (even to adults).

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank our OMMS parents who found time to join us for our first GENERAL PARENT MEETING, we hope you found it informative! We also would like to extend our gratitude to our very creative, energetic PTG Committee members who provided such a wonderful array of food that naturally led all to nibble and chat before the meeting.


We thank our representatives from Mission Federal Credit Union for their time, information and for adding a little excitement via a “surprise” donation for our evening raffle! Three families (parents) left with a little more in their hands and a smile on their face as they departed for the evening or to pick-up their children from their “fun” evening thanks to
Ms. Gloria and four OMMS eighth grade students.

Our guest speaker was well received; he commented on the turnout and said he really enjoyed the enthusiasm and atmosphere of cooperation he witnessed at our school. Toward the end of the evening he specifically asked about tuition, as his children had attended catholic school. When I shared OMMS’ current tuition fee he remarked it was much lower than what he paid for tuition at which point I responded that our parents are involved as well as creative!

Many parents have already determined what interests them and what gifts they can share with our community at OMMS; have you? If not why not consider being part of a committee; not certain what committees are available then why not consider contacting your Room Parent(s), or a member of the PTG Committee, or you are welcome to contact the office! All of us greatly appreciate the energy, enthusiasm and sense of community that was demonstrated throughout the meeting and we are looking forward to a GREAT year!

All parents were provided a hand-out prior to the meeting. The hand-out contained a little information about fundraising, where your money goes and why it is so important.

 

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This week we had our “welcome back” assembly for our students.  We acknowledged and applauded our incoming eighth graders for their accomplishments then presented each with their own Eighth Grade “Jacket”. These students represent mentors for our younger classes and role models for the entire school; this academic level carries responsibilities plus offers some privileges.  If your child is in a primary or transition class you might seethese students assisting on the playground, in the class listening to readers, or reading a story to the children, please be assured thatthese students are always under a teacher's directsupervision.   Our

eighth graders also understand that this is a privilege; with their own academic expectations remaining a priority! Many other topics were discussed at this first assembly including the three "R"s.  WE reminded students that the "R"s represent expectations.  The first being RIGHTalways thinking before acting, making the right choices, deciding instead of following; the second being RESPECT: always being respectful towards not only yourself but also those around you; the third “R” is being RESPONSIBLE: always behaving in a responsible manner, responsible for your actions and accountable for work expectations.   The teachers will continually remind students and we will ask you as parents to assist us by discussing the three "R"s with your child.  Parents always remain the primary educators of their child and this responsibility continues even with their entry into school.  Remember as parents and teachers we are a team, supportive of one another for the benefit and/ or success of your child!   We thank you for choosing OMMS for your child’s faith-based, academic journey and for allowing us the opportunity to be part of that journey; together we will encourage that never-ending quest forknowledge, an avid desire to understand what they have learned and the never ending process of how we as individuals continue to develop that knowledge throughout a lifetime; LEARNING NEVER CEASES no matter our age! Traditionally September is always a busy month, with meetings such as Back to School Night, but these times and events are scheduled for our OMMS families and students to commence the year better acquainted, informed, and prepared to work as a team to benefit your child and our school community!  Once again we thank you in advance for sharing your valuable time as a means to assist us in reaching our common goal, to provide a safe, faith-based, enriched academic environment for all children attending OMMS. 

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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!

 

ADDED SAFETY FOR OMMS and PARISH

If you decide to visit during the day please remember to visit the School Office first, sign in to receive your visitors’ badge and then stop by when you are leaving to sign out and return your visitors’ badge.  Please do not feel that you are not welcome it is the policy ofsafety measure for your child.  If you have any questions regarding this policy please contact the school office and we would be happy to answer your questions.   the school/ parish and it applies to all, whether they enter through the school entrance or the parish entrance.

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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 and notify the school if your child is seen by the pediatrician and diagnosed with something communicable to others. Also please continue to remind your child to wash their hands often, this valuable habit benefits everyone. Once again thank you for helping us to keep our school healthy!

 

6th GRADERS RETURN………
Last Friday our tired, but happy 6th graders returned from a week of delightful sunshine, numerous activities and lots of FUN mingling with other 6th graders at YMCA Camp Marston in the mountains of Julian! They arrived while we were in mass and several could barely contain their excitement upon seeing their other OMMS friends and of course their parents. On Monday morning all were still energized, sharing memorable experiences, reliving some through photos and discussing their “favorite” camp counselors, all with unusual “nicknames”! Thank you to all of our parents who helped provide these students with such a long lasting experience plus a special thank you to Ms. Denise, for dedicating her time and spending the entire week with our OMMS 6th graders at camp!! The 6th graders even designed special camp T-shirts with our OMMS and Kings Logo to wear at camp; these T-shirts can also

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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 or Wednesday, March 19th or March 20th. Remember everyone has a shared responsibility to ensure a child’s safety.

 

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Hopefully you saved the date to help us celebrate Catholic Schools’ Week, January 27 through February 2.   This year we begin our celebration with our Parish Community at the 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, January 27, with a special focus on Old Mission Montessori School as the Parish School.  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!   So Don’t Forget to join us at 10:00 a.m. on sunday, January 27!   Afterwards stop by our FOCUS table to view a power point presentation by our students in middle school!

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