St. Mary School Newsletter

Escondido, California

December 7, 2018

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Principal’s Message

This week, we participated in Hour of Code across the grade levels and will continue to explore coding over the next few weeks. the children truly enjoyed learning a new skill.

The second week of Advent begins this Sunday. Here is a prayer from Catholic Spirit to help us prepare and reflect.

Father in heaven, during this second week of Advent, help us see clearly the times when we have sinned. Accept our sorrow for having pulled away from you, and give us firm resolve to stay close to you.

God above, help us conduct ourselves in holiness. We long to be the people you expect us to be. Help us as we strive to make our souls spotless and our hearts and minds at peace.

Help us, Lord, to remember that we were baptized for a reason. Help us realize our baptismal call to live as children of God.

And dear God, don’t let us miss chances this week to be welcoming to other people and to work in harmony with everyone. Help us as we try to change our ways so that we are good examples of people who love and follow the Lord.

Just a reminder that we have a half day this Wednesday so that our teachers can attend science professional development.

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Students of the Month

Congratulations to our November Students of the Month:

Kindergarten- Lia Bliesath

First Grade- Ella Keating

Second Grade- Laney Lake

Third Grade- Payton Steinberg

Fourth Grade- Olivia Farmer

Fifth Grade- Natalie Jacobo

Sixth Grade- Siena Ybarara

Seventh Grade- Sarah Jauregui

Eighth Grade- Gemma Culver

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Mater Dei Award

Congratulations to four of our students for receiving awards from Mater Dei Catholic High School for their Christ-like behavior.

8th Graders:

Daniel DeSantis

Ardy Burnette

7th Grade:

Kyle Szem

Natalie Wilkins

Scholastic Book Fair

Thank you so much for everyone who supported our Scholastic Book Fair. As you may recall, we set a goal of selling $2,500 worth of books/merchandise. We are happy to report that we exceeded our goal and sold $3,338.64!

Our Lady of Guadalupe

In celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the 6th grade students from St. Mary School are planning a performance of the reenactment of Our Lady of Guadalupe immediately following Mass on Wednesday, December 12. We invite you all to share in this St. Mary School tradition.

Escondido Christmas Parade

St. Mary School’s submission for the Escondido Jaycee’s 68th Annual Christmas Parade was accepted. The parade will take place on Saturday, December 8th. The overall parade theme is “Wild about Christmas”. Our St. Mary School float will have the theme “Wild about the Word of God” and it will resemble a jungle complete with large blades of green grass and big palm trees. The center of the float will host a giant birthday cake decorated in different animal print designs indicating “Happy Birthday, Jesus!” – acknowledging the reason for this season. Families from the school and preschool are invited to participate by donating money for the float decorations, helping with the assembly of the float and of course walking in the parade. If your child plans to walk in the parade, he/she will need to be accompanied by a parent or gaurdian.

Please sign-up here to donate for any of these items and to let us know if you are planning to attend. Please wear a St. Mary shirt if possible. We will have some wild animal masks for those that want to wear them.

Christmas Sweaters

New this year: On Tuesday, December 18th, students may wear Christmas sweaters or other Christmas tops with uniform bottoms!

Students will also be allowed to come to school in Christmas attire free dress on Thursday, December 20th since they will be celebrating their Christmas parties. Kindergarten students will come in their pajamas on this day instead.

All-Star Catholic Student Choir - Upcoming Events

If you have a child who loves to sing, please consider signing him/her up for the All-Star Catholic Student Choir. They have an upcoming event.
  • January 26 ~ Catholic Schools Night at USD Basketball Game ~ Grades 7-12

For more information, click below.


Christmas Eve Choir

Christmas Eve Choir is open to all students in Grades K-8 and will be led by Mr. Fishburne, our third grade teacher. Christmas Eve Mass will be on Monday, 12/24, at 4:30 PM. Choir members are expected to arrive at 3:30 PM to prepare. Sunday Best for this Mass. Uniforms are not required.

Please note the following:
-Parents will not be able to sit with children in choir during the Christmas Eve Mass. They will need to be dropped off with Mr. Fishburne and/or Mrs. Johnston.
-Children need to be picked up/ signed out immediately following the Mass so that staff can spend time with their families on Christmas Eve. Please do not leave the church facility during the Mass.

The choir practices are as follows:
Thursday, 12/13, from 3-4 Grades 3-8
Wednesday, 12/19, from 3-4 Grades K-2
Thursday, 12/20, from 3-4 Grades K-8

Choir practice location TBD. An email with those details will go out as we get closer to the practices.

Click here to sign your child up!

Please direct any questions to Mr. Fishburne at

Hot Lunch/Pizza

Hot lunch and pizza orders for January are now open. The hot lunch order form will close this coming Wednesday, 12/12, at 11:55 PM.

Instead of French toast, eggs, and bacon this month, Farmer Boys will be offering 3 silver dollar pancakes, eggs, and bacon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Click here to be redirected to the ordering website.

The school can only accept online orders and can no longer accommodate late orders.

20% off with discount code SCHOOL

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Upcoming Events

Join Fr. Scott in consecrating California to Jesus through Mary on Saturday, December 8th beginning with the 2pm Latin Mass followed by the Holy Rosary in Procession around St. Mary campus with the Image of our Blessed Mother. Everyone is welcome to attend! Click the button below to see the flyer.

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Additional Events

December 7th:

  • Minimum Day (Accreditation Meeting for Teachers)

December 8th:

  • Escondido Christmas Parade

December 12th:

  • 12pm dismissal (Science Professional Development for Teachers)
  • Mass (students must wear formal uniform)
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Reenactment Apparitions by 6th Grade 9 AM

December 19th:

  • Mass (students must wear formal uniform)

December 20th:

  • Class Christmas Parties

December 21st:

  • Christmas Pageant at 10 AM in church

December 24th:

  • Christmas Vigil Mass at 4:30 PM

December 24th-January 7th:

  • Christmas Break

January 8th:

  • Classes Resume

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Currently Enrolling

St. Mary Preschool is currently enrolling for the 2018-2019 school year. Come tour the new facility!

Find out more information on their website below and follow them on Facebook here or call to set up a tour!


We have Scrip available for purchase at our school. Scrip orders are placed on the first and third Monday of each month. Scrip typically arrives by Wednesday of that week.

To learn more about this fundraiser, click the FAQs sheet below. To sign up, click the Shop With Scrip button on the right. Contact Jessica if you have any additional questions or to get our enrollment code at

About Us

St. Mary School provides all students a quality, Catholic education rooted in faith, dedicated to academic excellence, and committed to service.