The Nerve Center for All Things 8th Grade

So Much to Do...So Little Time

Remember the list making? Well...here comes more! Even as it seems overwhelming, take some time to breathe and pause and ponder and disengage. I'm not sure that I'm the best person to give this sage advice, but I'm hoping it will sink in for me as I write this piece. We have a very busy next few weeks and I'm anticipating a busy January still.

In every moment this week, we should look to gratitude, to hope, and to mercy. Let us pray to our school's and our nation's patroness, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, to trust as she did, that all will be well with God, even in light of this past month's tragedies and moments of despair.

As usual, you will find some articles that might be of interest. I would like to highlight a blog written by a former student, Brittney Souza, who is now a Peace Studies major spending her semester in the Czech Republic. She has really internalized the lessons she learned in Catholic school and has made the choice to affect lasting change. She is certainly one of the rays of hope that I look to when I wonder about the path I have chosen.


Join us as we celebrate the opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy and as we witness the continued YES of the Sisters of the Holy Names. About 27 SNJM religious will renew their vows during mass led by the 4th grade class. It will be a sight to behold!


Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation with the school community to "Prepare the Way of the Lord!" Grs. 6-8 @ 9-10:05; Grs. 3-5 @10:20-11:25


I recently posted and emailed reminders for the High School process.


Check SchoolSpeak Announcements for details regarding Secret Santa guidelines. This begins on 12/14 and revealed on 12/18. More information to come regarding events on 12/18. Mr. Punj, Mrs. Delgado, and Mrs. Dickerson will join in celebrating with the class. I will be celebrating with them in spirit from the Philippines!


We have all the drivers and chaperones we need. We will leave school at 10:30A and return by 1:30P. Drivers must stay to chaperone as we are in open lanes. Students will have pizza lunch and will come to school in comfy clothes. PLEASE: send your child to school in MODEST clothes. No clothing that is too tight, too loose, thin, revealing, or see-through. Please make sure no undergarments are showing. Make sure students are wearing socks as they will be using rented bowling shoes.


Information will be coming your way regarding our Emergency Kit Class Fundraiser. Volunteer students are needed to sell at the State of School evening 1/28, at CSW weekend masses 1/30, 1/31, at the VIP Mass 2/5. Contents include 3-day supply of food bar, water, blanket, poncho, squeeze flash light with a 5-year lifespan. If you are interested in making an advance purchase, please contact Sue Bozzini.


Look for an email requesting information in January and save the date to attend the mandatory Parent & Student meeting on Feb. 29 at 7P in the 8th Grade classroom. We will talk about practical matters and procedures for the trip and the tours.


Please look out for information regarding the Graduation Picture date which will be sometime in January. We will need parents to help pick up and escort students back to classrooms; help with hair, make-up, help putting on gowns, etc. Anticipate that boys will need white dress shirts and solid dark blue or black tie. Anticipate students bringing spirit shirts for a group picture after all graduation photos are completed.


I’d like to give the students the option to tie-dye spirit shirts. Some pink must still show. Students can do this at home with parents or in a group with other parents at someone’s home. If you choose to do this, please complete it during the holiday break so that we all have our "new" shirts in 2016.

JANUARY EVENTS: Field Trip Permission Forms Coming Soon!

On Thursday, January 7, we will be traveling to downtown San Jose for an Outreach, a Simulation, and an Immersion experience. When we come to school that day, we will make 200-300 sandwiches, bag them up with fruit, energy bar, drink, and a sandwich. We will leave at about 9:15 to go to the Cathedral to speak with Sharon Miller, the Director of Social Ministry about the work that her office does for the downtown population. Students will eat lunch there (pack a lunch or eat one of the sandwiches we packed). At 11:15, we will leave for the Hall of Justice on Hedding Street to meet Judge Zecher for the Mock Trial. We may be able to stay to watch an actual trial depending the appropriateness of her load that day.

Please look out for driver/chaperone sign-ups in Sign Up Genius as well as sign up to contribute to the sandwich making. Families may make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at home and bring it to school already in ZipLoc bags (Sofia has a nut allergy). We will make deli meat sandwiches at school starting at 8:15. Here are some of the items we will need (sliced bread, deli meats, cheese, mayo/mustard packets, juice/gatorade, power bars, fruit, sandwich bags, brown paper bags/lunch sacks).

In addition, any items such as travel-sized toiletries, crew socks, gloves, and monetary donations to Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph Social Ministry is greatly appreciated.

MOST OF ALL...THANK YOU! Thank you for instilling in your children the love for learning; the respect afforded to all of God's creation, including self; the appreciation for the little things as well as the big things; and the perspective to realize that no matter how bad it seems, there is always hope. And that sometimes, humans can't make everything better. And that sometimes, we need a reminder that we must TRUST that things are always possible with God.

Blessings to you in this week of milestones: the opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the 50th Anniversary of the conclusion of Vatican II!

With a most grateful heart, I remain,

Mrs. Cecile Mantecón