Dear Families,

Happy New Year 2019! I hope all of you had a Blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year. The start of the new year always brings new possibilities and dreams. It is a time to reflect and set goals for the future. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”. All of us wholeheartedly believe in the beauty of the dream that MDJDA represents. As the first dual language Catholic school in San Diego, we are truly part of something special. Everything we do stems from that common vision towards creating a future of academic excellence, a future of bilingualism and equity, and a future full of hope, joy and love rooted in our faith. Let’s continue to work together to create a bright future for our school and most importantly for our students. May the new year inspire all of us to continue to work hard and appreciate the present so that the future we envision becomes a reality for our families and our school community. As always, thank you for your commitment and support.

Blessings,
Leticia Oseguera
DATES TO REMEMBER

  • January 8: First day of School
  • January 8-11: Minimum days, dismissal at 1:00pm
  • January 9: Campus-wide Emergency Drill
  • January 11: Kindness Ninja Assembly
  • January 17-18: No School - Professional Development Days
  • January 21: No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 27-February 2: Catholic Schools Week
  • January 30: Mass with MDCHS, gymnasium, 9:00am
  • January 31: Virtues Recognition for January (Courage)
  • February 2: Parent Academy - Excellent Decisions
 
LOOKING AHEAD:

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

Happy 2019! I hope this Christmas Season was full of joy, laughter, love and peace for you and your families. Mater Dei has quickly become an extended family to me. I want to extend my most heartfelt gratitude to all of you for making this further evident with the cards, treats and gifts presented to me during this holiday season. As we begin this new year, let us be more aware of the gifts God has bestowed on us and how we can continue to share them through simple acts of kindness, a friendly smile, or a helping hand. Jon Gordon wrote, “Letting people share their gifts and strengths is real love”. Let’s continue to spread LOVE in 2019.

Gratefully,
Cristina Torres
PARENT ACADEMY
On Saturday, February 2nd, Robert MacPhee will return to Mater Dei for a day long workshop. He will review the Dynamics of Change model from our previous Parent Academy, dive more deeply into the principle of Personal Responsibility and get into clarifying the Vision and Values that drive Excellent Decisions. This session will include some of the skills that need to be developed to help our children achieve their full potential, including being willing to receive acknowledgement, dealing effectively with rejection and communicating effectively. Save the date. More information will be sent out soon.
KINDNESS NINJA ASSEMBLY
We are excited to be hosting the Kindness Ninja for a school-wide assembly on January 11th. The Kindness Ninja inspires measurable acts of kindness in schools and communities around the world. They believe that each act of kindness, no matter how small, has an unforeseeable ripple effect that makes the world a better place. Our students will be tasked with performing 5,000 acts of kindness and donating gently used shoes to children in need from around the world. They will learn how a simple pair of gently used shoes will not only keep a child from going barefoot, but will also give them the gift of an education. For more information on the Kindness Ninja visit their website, https://thinkkindness.org.
As part of our commitment to continue to strengthen and support our dual language program and ensure biliteracy for all students, on January 17 & 18 all the teachers and administrators will be attending the 2019 Dual Language and English Learner Conference sponsored by the San Diego County Office of Education. The conference takes place at San Diego State University. The conference will “inspire and equip educators with the tools to transform systems and outcomes for their students. Participants will learn, collaborate, and network around current research and innovative practices to improve academic and social-emotional outcomes for dual language learners”. 
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
Catholic Schools Week 2019 is the week of January 27. We have several exciting activities planned for our students and families. Our focus this year once again is prayer. We invite all of you to stop by our office and offer your prayer intentions to be placed on our prayer tree. We will soon be sharing with you a calendar for the week with more details for each day. Here are some highlights:

Sunday: We invite all of you to attend either the 9:00am Mass at the Mater Dei Parish or the 1:30pm Spanish language Mass at the Corpus Christi Parish. Please have your students wear their uniform. Our teachers and administrators will be distributing cookies after Mass.
Monday: Everyone is invited to write prayer intentions to go on our prayer tree.

Tuesday: We will celebrate our students by giving them an extended recess with pizza and ice cream for lunch. You may still send a snack to school. There is no need to send lunch on this day. Students have a free dress day.

Wednesday: We will celebrate Mass with the high school at 9:00am in the gymnasium. There is no Mass on Thursday at the Mater Dei Parish. Students wear their formal uniform on Wednesday and their P.E. uniform on Thursday.
RE-REGISTRATION PROCESS
We have entered our admissions and enrollment season. Due to high demand, we need to know how many families are returning and how many of you have other children who you are planning to enroll for the first time at MDJDA next school year. We are asking you to please complete a form to let us know if you are planning to re-enroll your students in the 2019-2020 school year. Please complete this form by January 15th. Please note that this is a preliminary form and you will have to go through the formal re-registration process in the coming months.
After school activities will be updated on our school website as they become available. Please check back in a few days.
SAFETY & SECURITY UPDATE

One of our main goals over the last two years, as an overall Mater Dei organization, has been to continue to update and improve our school safety plan. This includes our emergency plan for the various natural disasters, threats or situations that may occur as well as increasing our prevention mechanisms. In 2018, we installed an intercom and buzzer entry system with camera in the main entrance to Mater Dei. We also added a doorbell and camera system at the ECEP entrance and added additional security cameras around campus. In December, we increased our security presence during dismissal time to continue to safeguard the safety and security of our students after school. Over the winter break, we installed three additional security cameras in and around the main hallway in the Guadalupe Center. These cameras will be fully functional in mid-January. In addition, there is now a direct line to ECEP. The number to reach ECEP directly is (619) 656-2670. Finally, upon our return to classes, we will be implementing a new sign-out sheet during pick up. Authorized adults will sign a form when picking up a student from all classrooms. We apologize for the small inconvenience this may cause. This new form will help us document who has picked up every student on any given date. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
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.

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. During cold weather, please layer the various pieces of uniform available. In order to maintain the integrity of our uniform, no other jackets or coats should be worn.
EMERGENCY CONTACT AND
AUTHORIZED PICK-UP FORM
Upon our return to classes on January 8th, students switch their morning classroom. Therefore, students will now report to what used to be their afternoon classroom and should be picked up from their homeroom. Because students will now be picked up from their homeroom, please be aware that the teacher may not be familiar with the adult who usually picks up your child and so they may ask to see an ID, especially those first few days, or the first time a new person picks up a student. Please inform anyone who may help with pick up to please carry a photo ID with them the first few weeks.

We also want to give you the opportunity to update the emergency contact list and the authorized pick-up list. Attached you will find the form where you can update this information. If you would like to make any changes, you can submit it electronically to Mrs. Figueroa, kfigueroa@mdjda.org , by January 7, or you can print and submit it in person to the office the first week of school.
ROUNDABOUT USE
Please remember that the roundabout is not a parking area. This area may be used for drop-off in the morning only. When picking up students from after school activities or ECEP, you must park in a parking lot and walk to pick your students up. You may not leave your car unattended in the roundabout area for any amount of time. If you remain in the car, while waiting for someone (another adult with your student for example) you may remain in the roundabout, however, be prepared to move should one of the security guards ask you to move. Please remember to not block any of the driveways, emergency parking areas or any areas marked in red. In the morning during drop-off, please remember to be courteous and exercise caution when entering the roundabout area. To expedite the process, adults should not be exiting their car. Please have your children ready to exit by keeping backpacks and lunchboxes in the car with them. For their safety have children exit on the passenger side.
ATTENDANCE
In order to ensure our students’ academic success, it is essential for students to be present every day and arrive on time to school. At 8:15am, students need to be in their classrooms ready for the morning prayer. If your child will be gone for an extended amount of time, please remember to submit an anticipated absence request to Mrs. Oseguera with at least two weeks notice.
LUNCH MENU FOR JANUARY
Here is the lunch menu for January. You can also find the menu on our website.
VIRTUE OF THE MONTH: COURAGE