Dear Families:

This past week we celebrated Catholic Schools Week along with thousands of other Catholic Schools across the nation. Catholic Schools Week reminds us the value that Catholic education provides to young people, their local community and the world. I recently came across an article by Dr. Tim Uhl, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for Montana, where he said, “I believe Catholic schools provide the best environment for students to come alive. At our best, we provide communities of faith committed to our students’ development. Students are known, loved, and called to transform the world.” I one hundred percent agree with every single word in this statement. What I love about Catholic education is that it challenges all of us to be better versions of ourselves. It challenges educators to truly be committed to the whole child. It challenges our students to not only be excellent students academically, but also faith-filled, kind, compassionate human beings. Furthermore, we are challenging our students to put their faith into action and transform the world they live in, for they are the future change-makers. Thank you for your commitment to Catholic education. It is you r support that truly keeps us going every single day. 

Blessings,
Leticia Oseguera
DATES TO REMEMBER

  • February 7: January Virtue Recognition (Courage)
  • February 14: Valentine’s Day add-ons
  • February 18: President’s Day Holiday - No School
  • February 20: Parent Academy - Safety Net
  • February 22: Walkathon
  • February 28: February Virtue Recognition (Justice) 
  • February 25 - March 1st: Read Across America Week
 
LOOKING AHEAD

  • April 15 - 26: Easter Break
  • June 7: Last Day of School
  • June 17 - July 19: Summer School 2019

SCHOOL YEAR
2019-2020

  • August 21: First day of school
  • December 20 - January 6: Christmas Break
  • April 6 - April 17: Easter break
  • June 5: Last day of School
Dear Families,

It is hard to believe how quickly January came and went. When we came back to school in January, we hosted a Kindness Assembly which began our kindness challenge and shoe drive. We are so proud of our students for all their acts of kindness; from a simple smile to helping out at school or home, to being polite and respectful. As Aesop wrote, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”. Together, our students documented over 6,000 acts of kindness far exceeding our kindness challenge goal of 5,000 acts of kindness. Additionally, we were able to collect over 300 pairs of gently used shoes that will help children in Africa access education. Please join us in congratulating all of our students for helping us spread kindness here and around the world. Thank you for your continued support!

Gratefully,
Cristina Torres
Our annual fundraiser is here. Help us fund the next generation of innovators and bilingual, global leaders. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to support continued professional development for our faculty and staff and to purchase athletic equipment. We need all of your support to reach our goal of $10,000. We are asking every family to donate a minimum of $25 per student. For a $25 donation your student will enter our tier one raffle, a $50 donation enters your student into the second tier raffle with better prizes and a $100 donation equals an entry to our tier three raffle for the top prize. If you donate $150 or more, you will receive one entry to each of the three tiers. We also have prizes for the top three individual fundraisers and for the top homeroom. To see the list of prizes and to donate online, please go to our fundraising site, www.mdjda.myfunrun.com. You can also share this link with friends and families. All their donations will help your child get additional entries for the raffles. 
Once there, click on “donate to participant” on the menu on the left. Type your student’s name and donate online. 

Please share this site with grandparents and other family members who might be willing to support your student and our school. You may also donate in person in our office.

The walk-a-thon will take place on Friday, February 22. The school day will go from 8:15-11:30am. All students are released at 11:30am. We invite all parents to participate and join us for the walkathon and family picnic. Please remember that no ECEP is provided. 

The schedule for the day is as follows:
  • 8:15-9:15: Students attend class
  • 9:30-10:30: Walkathon at Egger Stadium
  • 10:30-11:30: Family Picnic at Fatima Court (we will have pizza, snacks and drinks)
PARENT ACADEMY
On February 20 at 5:30pm, we will be hosting a talk by Safety Net. Safety Net: Smart Cyber Choices is a program run by the San Diego Police Foundation that educates parents about online threats and outlines actions to take to protect your children online. The following day, February 21, Safety Net will also be presenting to our students in 2nd through 5th grade about online safety. To read more about Safety Net you can visit their website: https://sdpolicefoundation.org/programs/safety-net/
RE-REGISTRATION PROCESS
We have entered our admissions and enrollment season. We are currently assessing incoming TK and Kinder students and starting shadow days for students interested in grades 1-6. We believe we have contacted all current families who have other children who are planning to enroll for the first time at MDJDA next school year, however, if we missed any of you, please contact us as soon as possible. 

Current families will receive an email in early March from Mr. Rey with the re-registration link with a deadline of March 22. Due to high demand, we encourage you to complete your registration for the year 2019-2020 early, in order to guarantee your spot for the coming school year. After the re-registration deadline we will be opening any available spots to new families. If you have any questions about this process, don’t hesitate to contact us. 
SAFETY UPDATE
We recently installed six more cameras on campus. Three of these cameras have been installed around the Guadalupe Center hallway specifically. This gives us a total of 48 cameras on campus. We also continue to meet with security experts, local law-enforcement officers and traffic engineers to continue to improve the safety and security of our students. 
CO-ED JV SOCCER
This year we are able to participate in the co-ed JV soccer league. Boys and girls in 4th and 5th grade are able to participate. Practices will be on Thursdays after school and the games are played on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays after school at Santa Sophia or at our campus. The fee to enroll is $50. At this time we want to see how many students are interested in participating in the league. Based on the numbers of students who express interest by completing the form below, we will decide if we need to conduct tryouts for the team. Those students selected after the tryouts will then register officially and submit payment for the fee to Mrs. Figueroa in the main office. 
REMINDERS
UNIFORM REMINDERS
Please remember to follow the uniform guidelines. You will find a reminder of the official uniform policies below. Please read them carefully. 

A friendly reminder that boys must wear dress shoes on Thursdays as part of their formal uniform for mass. They may change into athletic shoes after mass if you would prefer so and if they are able to do it independently. In case of rain, we are allowing our students to wear black rain boots. To be consistent with our uniform, all shoes are always black. Remember that there shouldn’t be any visible brands on any piece of the uniform. 
PICK UP REMINDERS
Please remember to not park in the roundabout at pick up time. Park in the parking lots and walk to pick up your students. Also, there have been several incidents of students being left unsupervised by parents after picking them up from their classrooms. Please remember that our number one priority is the safety of our students, therefore we ask for your support in this area. Please hold on to your students and walk next to them at all times. Please also remember to cross on the official crosswalks and follow all traffic and safety regulations. 
LUNCH MENU FOR FEBRUARY
Here is the lunch menu for February. You can also find the menu on our website.
VIRTUE OF THE MONTH: JUSTICE