St. Mary School Newsletter
April 29, 2022
- Service Above Self Award- Madison
- Outstanding Scholar Award: Kiersten
We are so proud of you! Thank you for representing our school in such a positive way!
Please keep our second graders in your prayers, as they are in the final stages of First Communion preparation and will receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday, 5/7.
May Crowning is on Wednesday, May 11th, this year. As in pre-COVID-19 years, this is a mandatory event for Grades 1-8, but Kindergarten families are more than welcome to join us. If your child is unable to attend, please email your child’s homeroom teacher.
May Crowning will start at 7:15 PM in the church. Students in Grades 1-7 must check in with their teacher at 6:45 PM in their classrooms. Eighth graders will need to arrive earlier to take individual pictures with the photographer. Details on arrival will go out separately. The photographer will only be available to take photographs of our eighth graders.
Students are expected to come in "Sunday Best". This means that boys must wear collared shirts, nice pants (no jeans), and nice shoes. Girls must make sure shoulders are covered (no tank tops), and they must wear closed-toe shoes. If you have any questions regarding the proper attire, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.
On Wednesday morning, May 11th, please send your child to school with one or more home-grown or store-bought flower/s. Just like in recent years, each class will create a bouquet to present to Mary during the ceremony.
When May Crowning is over, please be sure to check out with your homeroom teacher.
We cannot wait to share this special ceremony with you!
Teacher Appreciation Week is Next Week!
Spring 2022 Picture Orders/Payments were picked up this past week. Gerardy will be swinging by to pick up remaining photos next week. If you still have unpurchased pictures at home, please turn them in on Monday, 5/2.
Please note: There is no proof for the Spring Pictures. Instead, the actual photos were sent home on Tuesday, 4/12. Please review, select any photos you want, and pay following the directions provided with the photo. Be sure to return any unpurchased photos to the school.
Secondly, we have added a couple new pant options for our male students. One is a slimmer cut, and the second is a different material.
PE Uniforms and new pants will be available starting this summer. When we know the date, we will let you know.
Timeline for COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements in Schools
In the last school newsletter, we discussed how Sen. Richard Pan held Senate Bill (SB) 871. At that time, the governor's mandate was still a possibility.
Since then, the governor’s office has said that the state will further delay the implementation of the student COVID-19 vaccination requirement. This means the soonest the new requirement would take effect is July 1, 2023, effectively pushing back implementation to the 2023-24 school year.
It also important to note that based on the current plan (a governor's mandate), personal belief exemptions will be available for students when the COVID-19 vaccination requirement goes into effect.
7th Grade's April Service Project
Image created by: Mischa, Bella and Mariana
As you know, there is a horrible crisis going on between Ukraine and Russia. They are at war, and there are millions of Ukrainian citizens who are being forced to flee their homes. We have seen them suffer and cry for help. As a Catholic school we pray that they get the warmth and help they need. Therefore, we would like to raise and donate as much money to the Ukrainian refugees so they can get the help they need. St. Mary School is working to raise donations for the International Committee of the Red Cross, a neutral organization based out of Switzerland helping Ukrainian refugees on the ground in Europe. You can read about their organization and what they’re doing to help here: https://www.icrc.org/en/humanitarian-crisis-ukraine
If you are able to donate, we ask that you use the link below to do so.
Thank you & God Bless
-Gracie and Hannely
Next Year's Calendar
Click here to see school start & end dates, breaks, holidays, and minimum days for the 22-23 school year
8th Grade Vignettes
In Language Arts, our eighth-graders recently read House on Mango Street, a novel told through a series of vignettes. After reading, our students have authored their own vignette collections using themes from the novel as inspiration. Each week, our newsletter will feature one single vignette from one of our student’s collections. If you have any questions or praise for the authors of these vignettes, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, who will pass your comments along. Enjoy!
I like working out, I like having to dedicate myself so I can discipline myself. It makes you work hard for something. If you want big arms you have to motivate yourself to get bigger arms, but one thing I don't like about working out is that it takes forever to accomplish your goals in the gym because if you want to become leaner you have to do a lot of cardio which takes forever and tires your legs. Then your body has the audacity to take forever to see some results, which makes you want to quit, then if you want to maintain your body you have to keep exercising for the rest of your life. But I don't think I’ll quit any time soon.
Save the Date! Catholic Schools Night at Petco Park
Tickets for the Padres game can be ordered online by clicking the link below.
School Wish List
We understand that many symptoms can be a number of things, not necessarily COVID-19. The decision tree is rigid and does not allow for discretion on our part.
If your child has a chronic illness that has one or more symptoms listed on the decision tree, contact email@example.com to learn steps you can take with your child's doctor.
The decision tree was most recently updated on 4/22.
NEW: We can now accept home rapid tests for symptoms as long as a second rapid test is administered 12 or more hours later to confirm the first. Once we have two negative rapids, he/she can return as long as symptoms are improving and the child has been fever free for 24 hours.
We can also now accept a doctor's note from the child's primary doctor saying that it is not COVID-19 in lieu of a test. Like with testing, this letter must be submitted and approved before your child can return.
Have an Announcement?
If you are interested in helping out with our main fundraiser, the gala, email our gala chair, Megan Handy, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have volunteer opportunities that are both large and small, so there is something for everyone.
"The Chosen" TV Series
The month of April is traditionally dedicated to devotion to Jesus in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. The Catholic Church teaches that the Blessed Sacrament is the real and living presence of Christ—His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity—received into our souls with every reception of Holy Communion. Our Eucharistic Lord is the source and summit of our Christian life, the ultimate proof of His infinite love for us.
For more information about the parish and its events, visit their website here.
St. Mary Preschool is currently enrolling for the 2021-2022 school year.
Contact the preschool director, Amanda Harriff, at 760.705-9906 or email@example.com, to set up a tour and to learn more information about their program.