Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that it is now December. This will be a busy time in our school community as I am sure it is a busy time for your families as well. Although this can be a busy and overwhelming time for all of us, let’s all try to take some time to remember the gift that awaits us this month, and that is Jesus Christ. As we embark on the Advent season, let’s take some time to reflect on the meaning of Advent. Advent comes from the Latin word meaning “coming”. Jesus is coming and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. Advent is about hope and about joy and about love. And, so this verse is fitting, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in your faith, so that in the power of the Holy Spirit you may be rich in hope.” (Romans 15:13). May all of you experience the hope, joy and love that surrounds us this Advent season and less of the stress that can accompany the busyness of this month. I hope you enjoy all the gifts that December brings us and I wish you all a very merry Christmas.

Blessings,
Leticia Oseguera
DATES TO REMEMBER

  • December 1: Parent Advent Retreat
  • December 4-6: Book Fair
  • December 7: Day of Immaculate Conception Prayer Service: Morning Assembly at Fatima Court
  • December 7: Christmas Program, 4:40pm & 6:30pm, minimum day, no ECEP
  • December 10-14: Advent Pajama and Book Drive
  • December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe and Juan Diego Prayer Service: Morning Assembly at Fatima Court
  • December 13 & 14: Spirit Day: Ugly Sweater or Christmas attire
  • December 18: Mid-Year Awards & Virtue Awards
  • December 20: Last day of School, minimum day, no ECEP
  • December 21-January 7: Winter Break
  • January 8: First Day of School
Dear Parents,

As we enter into the season of Advent and celebrate Christmas, I can’t help but reflect on all the blessings we have. We have a roofs over our heads, food to nourish us, our faith to guide us and best of all, a loving community, the Mater Dei family, that supports each other. This Christmas season let us share our blessings with each other through acts of service. Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, “Faith in action is love and love in action is service”. At this time of year, let us show our love and faith to all.

Merry Christmas!
Cristina Torres
NEW INSTRUCTIONAL AIDES
We are excited to welcome two new employees to the Mater Dei Family. Please give them a warm welcome.
Nelly Ortega recently graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics. Her goal is to become a teacher in the near future. Miss Ortega will be supporting our students as an instructional aide in English, Spanish and Mathematics.
Geovanna Soler has 12 years experience coaching children. She has an extensive background in sports, training children and adults in fitness and training young athletes for the olympics in archery. She has created lessons that are creative and stimulate learning. Miss Soler will be supporting our physical education program. In addition, Mrs. Soler is also the new ECEP coordinator.
NEW ECEP PROCEDURES AND INCREASED SECURITY
In order to continue to ensure the safety and security of our students, starting on Monday, December 4, teachers will be dropping off students directly in ECEP. Aides will no longer be collecting students from the classrooms and walking them over to ECEP. Teachers will walk their students directly into ECEP, after 3:30pm, and sign them in.

In addition, starting this Monday, we will have an increased security presence after school, during pick-up hours. We will continue to remind all our faculty and staff for both the elementary and the high school, as well as our school community, to keep their eyes and ears open, remain vigilant and report any suspicious behavior. Our students' safety is our top priority and we will continue to take measures to ensure all of our students are safe at all times.
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
You are all cordially invited to attend our Christmas Program, MDJDA’s Christmas Spectacular , which will take place on Friday, December 7th. To accommodate everyone, there will be two performances. All students will perform at both performances. Students will be on campus from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. The 4:40 performance will be for all families whose student’s last names start with A-L. The 6:30 performance will be for all families whose student’s last names start with M-Z. 

Families will reserve their seats in advance via a link that Mrs. Oseguera will share with all the families. Families with one student enrolled will be able to reserve up to four seats. Families with two or more students enrolled will be able to reserve up to five seats.

We will have a minimum day schedule so that the students have time to go home, get something to eat, get some rest and return that evening. The evening will consist of an art exhibition in the theater lobby, followed by a performance by our choir and our dance classes. Overall it will be a special evening showcasing our visual and performing arts program. For those families that don’t want to return home during the performance they are not assigned to attend, you may wait in the school library. We will be live streaming the show to the library and have some refreshments available for you there as well.

The schedule for the evening looks like this:

4:00-8:30pm: Art Exhibition in the theater lobby. Enjoy pastries and coffee.
4:00-4:20pm: Drop off students behind the theater, around the corner by Lima 8.
4:40-6:00pm: First Performance MDJDA’s Christmas Spectacular
6:30-8:00pm: Second Performance MDJDA’s Christmas Spectacular
8:00-8:15pm: Parents pick up their students behind the theater.
DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM
Strengthening and supporting our dual language program continues to be one of our main goals this year. This past November Mrs. Elsa Bremer, Mrs. Lauren Lee and Mrs. Oseguera had the opportunity to attend, La Cosecha , the top Dual Language Conference in the Nation. The conference has the nation's leading dual language educators, researchers and specialists present their latest findings, best practices and educational materials.
In addition, Mrs. Faina Salter and Mrs. Teresina Ruiz had the opportunity to attend a week long training on GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design) strategies that support all students in developing biliteracy in English and Spanish.
ANNUAL FUND
This year we are launching our new Mater Dei Juan Diego Academy Technology Fund in order to ensure our school continues to provide the best quality education that will prepare our students to be bilingual, biliterate, bicultural, faith-filled global leaders. Please consider becoming a founding member by offering a gift to help us reach our annual goal of $40,000. Your gift is 100% tax deductible. It is through the generosity of donors like you that we are able to provide students with innovative and enriching learning experiences.

We are happy to announce that we have an anonymous donor who has generously offered to match all donations dollar for dollar up to $20,000 made before December 15. In addition, all donations of $500 or more will receive a Memorial Brick in the “Garden of Remembrance” (next to the Chapel) in the Fall of 2019. Please help us reach our goal and donate now.
BOOK FAIR & ADVENT PAJAMA AND BOOK DRIVE
Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will take place December 4-6 in the theater lobby. We invite you to stop by the theater in the morning from 7:45-8:45am and in the afternoon from 2:45-3:45pm. Students will be visiting the Book Fair on Tuesday, December 6th with their classes.

We are also having our Advent Pajama and Book Drive the week of December 10-14. In the spirit of service and putting our faith into action, MDJDA is sponsoring an Advent Pajama and Book Drive to benefit Polinsky Children's Center. We are asking families to please donate one pajama and one book for a child that's the same age as your student. We ask that you please label your donation with your student's name. Students can drop off their donation in their classrooms or in the front office. We hope you consider purchasing a book to donate from the book fair. Our students will be writing notes to the children to go along with their donation. Each classroom has a specific assignment, please see more details in the flyer.
REMINDERS
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Please remember that all parents who want to volunteer in any capacity must be cleared. Please contact Mrs. Figueroa for all the details of this requirement.
LUNCH SUPERVISION PARENT VOLUNTEERS
We need parent volunteers to help with lunch supervision for December. The students love seeing you on campus. Click here for more details and to sign-up.
LOST AND FOUND
Our lost and found is overflowing. Please take a look and claim your items by December 15. We want to clean up this area prior to our winter break.
LIBRARY SILENT READING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
LUNCH MENU FOR DECEMBER
Here is the lunch menu for December. You can also find the menu on our website.
VIRTUE OF THE MONTH: SERVICE