Dear Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. The season of Easter is a time to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. It is a time to allow our hearts to be filled with gratitude, hope and wonder as we receive a gift of new life. Similarly, spring represents a new beginning, a rebirth, a time to appreciate all of God’s gifts. As we embark on this last quarter of the school year, let’s keep in mind all these blessings and gifts. Let’s celebrate all of our accomplishments, all the blessings this school year has brought us and let’s continue to work together so that our students experience hope and joy every day. The faculty and staff at MDJDA are all eager to finish the year strong. We are inspired by our students each and every day and are excited to welcome them back on Monday. We are anxious to share these last couple of months with them as we continue to grow academically and spiritually together.

Blessings,
Mrs. Oseguera
MOTHER'S DAY CELEBRATION
On Friday, May 11 we will have a special Mother’s day celebration. We want to invite all mothers and grandmothers, with a max of three adults per family, to attend this special event. We will have a special choir and dance program at 10:30 am, followed by lunch at 12:00 pm. An invitation with more information will be emailed soon.
SUMMER SCHOOL 2018
The summer school session will go from June 18 to July 20. You can choose to sign up for the morning academic session from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm or the afternoon ECEP session filled with fun summer camp type activities from 12:00–5:00 pm or for a full day that includes both sessions. Mrs. Faina Salter will be the summer school director. You can find more information in the attached flyer along with the registration form that’s to be submitted to Mrs. Figueroa in the front office. The priority registration deadline is April 20th. We want to encourage you to sign up early to secure your spot. You may contact Mrs Figueroa or Mrs. Salter with any questions.
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
CREATIVE DANCE
You can still enroll in the creative dance session going through May 4. Please contact Ms. Toni, dance instructor, for more information.
ROBOTICS
A new session of robotics will start the week of April 9.
MARTIAL ARTS
A new session of martial arts will start the week of April 16.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
For those of you who have not completed your volunteer hours, there are several ways you can fulfill those in the coming months.
LUNCH TIME VOLUNTEERS
We ask that you please consider volunteering during recess and lunch. The more adults out there supervising, the safer our students will be. Please sign up here to help supervise during the month of April.
LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS
We would like parent volunteers to please help us spruce up and organize the school's library. As you know we have a small section that’s part of the Mater Dei library designated for MDJDA. We would like to make this place more inviting and cozy. We have several books that need to be labeled and added to the library. If you are able to donate books in Spanish for our library that would also be greatly appreciated. Please sign up here to volunteer.
CHILDREN'S DAY CELEBRATION VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS
The celebration will take place on April 30th. If you are able to volunteer either to plan and organize the small event or if you are able to donate items for the event please sign up here.
GARDEN CLUB VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS
Second grade teachers Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Bremer will be starting a gardening club. We are looking for parent volunteers who would like to support them with this endeavour. We also need donations to get the garden club going. Donations like soil, seeds, tools, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Please sign up here.
Virtue for April: Gentleness and Humility