Dear Families:

As we head into March, a month that witnesses the transformation from winter to spring, I cannot help but reflect on our journey, my second year at Mater Dei and the school’s fourth year of existence. As I look back, I cannot help but be grateful for everything we’ve been able to accomplish together. Our school is not only growing, but maturing and settling in to all of its potential. While it’s easy to focus on what we still are yet to achieve, let’s take a minute to celebrate all of our successes. In a few short years our school has transformed in front of our eyes in small and big ways. That transformative power can be seen in every classroom through the rigorous curriculum being implemented. It can be seen in every student who feels confident speaking, reading and writing in both languages. It can be seen in our teachers, who not only have a passion for teaching, but for learning and growing and in our parents who are committed to a bilingual, faith-filled Catholic education. Although it may not always be easily perceived, the transformation is both delicate and powerful. As a literature major my quotes tend to be of great writers, philosophers or thinkers, so a quote from physical trainer Jillian Michaels might seem a little strange, but she gets it right when she says, “transformation is not a future event. It is a present activity.” We are living out the transformation of our students and of our school every day. It is a continuous process, full of challenges, hard work and determination, but it’s also a rewarding and fulfilling process. Educating the future bilingual, bilterate, faith-filled, global leaders of tomorrow takes place every single day in our classrooms. We are witnessing the delicate and powerful transformation of our students every single day, and it’s a magnificent sight to see.

Blessings,
Leticia Oseguera
Dear Families,

Our second trimester flew by and our 3rd, and final, trimester is upon us. It seems fitting that the virtue for the month of March is perseverance. Although much work has already been done and amazing things have been accomplished by students, faculty, staff and parents, we must continue to put forth our best effort. Vince Lombardi once said, “The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.” As a Mater Dei community let’s continue to persevere, work hard and support each other as we enter the last stretch of the 2018-19 school year. We are blessed to have each other.

Keep up the great work,
Cristina Torres
DATES TO REMEMBER

  • March 5: Re-enrollment emails go out via School Admin
  • March 6: Ash Wednesday Mass with High School at 9:50 am
  • March 22: No School - Mater Dei Faculty and Staff Retreat
  • March 22: Deadline to re-enroll for the 2019-2020 school year
  • March 25: No School - Mater Dei Incentive Day
  • March 27: Parent Academy: Lenten Retreat lead by Mrs. Salter
  • March 28: Virtues Recognition for March (Perseverance)
  • March 29: No School - Diocesan Professional Development Day

LOOKING AHEAD

  • April 15-26: Easter Break
  • May 10: Mother’s Day Program
  • May 17: Father’s Day BBQ
  • May 27: No School - Memorial Day
  • 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
ACADEMICS
SECOND TRIMESTER PROGRESS REPORTS
Second Trimester Progress Reports will be sent home this week. Please take some time to review the progress report, congratulate your children on their areas of strength and develop goals for their areas of growth.
DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM
One of our main goals this year has been to continue to strengthen and support our dual language program. Therefore, we continue to search for and provide professional development opportunities for our teachers. In January, all teachers and administrators attended the Dual Language Conference at San Diego State University. We were able to attend workshops on various aspects of literacy, science and engineering, and data analysis. We have also been working with our dual language mentor, Sally Fox, who is coaching and supporting our teachers with implementing GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design) strategies. Overall, we are committed to continued growth and learning.
DATA MEETINGS AND GUIDED READING
From our continued learning, we have implemented monthly data meetings. These data meetings, conducted in grade level teams, allow us to gain a deeper understanding of our students’ strengths and identify areas of growth. During these meetings, we have been able to delve deeper into the data as a comprehensive team of educators (teachers, principal and assistant principal) and immediately address needs. One of the most exciting additions to our program is guided reading, where students are being challenged at their reading level and engaging in thoughtful conversations with their peers surrounding their text. It has been great to see our students further their reading and comprehension abilities as they engage in these guided reading “book clubs” while also receiving support from teachers and instructional aides.
New sessions will be starting soon for the following activities:
CYT:
CYT is back with another production. Please take a look at the flyer for all the dates and registration information.
ROBOTICS:
A new robotics session will start in the coming weeks. Please take a look at the flyer for more information.
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 are on Thursdays after school. The games will start around March 22nd. We are still in need of a few more players. The fee to enroll is $50. To enroll complete the form below and submit your payment to Mrs. Figueroa in the front office.
READ ACROSS AMERICA
This week we celebrated Read Across America. Thank you everyone for participating. The students were excited all week not only with the activities but also with the reading challenge. A large number of students would prefer to stay indoors and read during their recess rather than go outside and play. It was amazing to see their school spirit and love for reading. Students will turn in their reading logs on Monday morning and we will announce the winners by the end of the day on Monday. Permission slips will go home that day and the field trip to Barnes and Noble for the winners will take place on Thursday morning. Thank you for your support.
SUCCESSFUL PEE-WEE SOCCER SEASON
Thank you to our students and parents who participated in the Diocesan Pee-Wee Soccer League. A special thank you to all the coaches for guiding and mentoring our students throughout the season. It was a successful season all around, congratulations to all the players and coaches.
SUCCESSFUL WALK-A-THON
Together we raised $16,116 that will go towards the continued professional development of our faculty and staff and to purchase athletic equipment. Some of the professional learning opportunities for our teachers will include:

NCTM Conference:
All of our math teachers will be able to attend the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Conference which takes place in San Diego this year. This is a great opportunity for them to engage with innovation in the field, and discover new learning practices that will drive student success. To learn more about NCTM you can visit their website at: https://www.nctm.org.
The Religious Education Congress:
The Religious Education Congress is the largest annual gathering of its kind in the world. The four-day event is held at the Anaheim Convention Center and is sponsored by the Los Angeles Office of Religious Education. The event features more than 300 workshops focused on religious education.
Early Literacy Education:
Our instructional aides will be able to continue to learn about early literacy development in a dual-immersion setting. Specifically, they are being trained in Guided Reading and conducting reading fluency and comprehension assessments and interventions.
Athletic Equipment:
As we continue to grow, our students will now be able to participate in a wide range of sports including volleyball, basketball, flag football and JV Soccer. We plan to purchase equipment to support these programs as well as equipment for our students to be ready to take the presidential fitness test at the end of their fifth grade.
RE-REGISTRATION
Re-registration emails go out on Tuesday, March 5th. Due to a very successful admissions season, we ask that you please complete your re-enrollment by March 22nd to secure your spot for the 2019-2020 school year. We thank all of you for your commitment and support. There is a definite buzz about the wonderful things happening at MDJDA and that’s all thanks to you for getting the word out there. Please contact our office if you do not receive the email from SchoolAdmin.
Attention All MDJDA Parents!
You are cordially invited to our First Annual Blue & Gold Night.

This is a fundraising event for the entire Mater Dei Community (MDJDA & MDCHS). The proceeds will benefit the development of a comprehensive Visual and Performing Arts Programs (VAPA) that spans TK-12. Please join us for a wonderful celebration as we come together as one school for a great cause. Tickets will go on sale this week. For additional information or if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact our Advancement Department at advancement@materdeicatholic.org . Thank you in advance for your support!
REMINDERS
ROUNDABOUT USE
Please remember that drop-off at the roundabout starts at 8:00 am. Supervision and support at the roundabout area starts at 8:00 am. Before then, supervision may not be available.

When using the roundabout at drop-off please remember the following:
  • Follow instructions by staff supervising the drop-off area.
  • Pull all the way up to allow more cars to enter the roundabout area at once.
  • Don’t get out of the car to open trunks or let children out on the driver side.
  • All children exit the car on the passenger side.
  • Have all supplies (backpacks, lunchboxes, etc.) ready with the children.
  • Be careful and check your surroundings when leaving the roundabout area.
LUNCHTIME VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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 March.
LUNCH MENU FOR MARCH
Here is the lunch menu for March. You can also find the menu on our website.
VIRTUE OF THE MONTH: PERSEVERANCE