Dear Families,

April brought us many blessings, our third graders celebrated their First Holy Communion, and as a school we celebrated children, everything they represent and everything they bring to the world. In April, we also hired a new assistant principal for next school year (read below to get to know her). Now in May we will celebrate mothers and teachers. Mothers and teachers share some key characteristics, after all, mothers are also teachers and teachers are like mothers to their students. On mothers, Charles Stanley wrote, “motherhood is a great honor and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servanthood. Every day women are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their families. Whether they are awake at night nursing a baby, spending their time and money on less-than-grateful teenagers or preparing meals, moms continuously put others before themselves.” I would argue this quote would apply to teachers as well, with a few minor changes, “being a teacher is a great honor and privilege, yet is also synonymous with servanthood. Every day teachers are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their students. Whether they are awake at night grading papers, spending their time and money on less-than-grateful students or preparing lesson plans, teachers continuously put others before themselves.” Although each one is unique and special, both a mother and a teacher are a precious gift from God. This month and always, let’s remember what a noble profession teaching is and what a treasured gift mothers represent. I am blessed to be both a mother and a teacher. When I left the classroom, to become an administrator, part of my heart was broken because I love teaching so much. I like to say that I will always be a teacher at heart, and while this is true, what I had not yet realized when I started this job back in April of last year, was that not only would I not stop being a teacher, but that I would now also get to be a teacher and a mother to 215 students (and maybe some teachers too), and that truly is the best part of my job.

Mrs. Oseguera
After an extensive search and interview process, I am happy to announce that Cristina Barajas Torres is our new assistant principal. Mrs. Barajas has ten years of experience working in dual language education. During those ten years she has not only taught kinder, second, and fourth grade in a 50-50 dual immersion setting, but has also served as an instructional coach and intervention specialist. Mrs. Barajas has a BA in Liberal Studies and a Masters in K-8 Mathematics Education from San Diego State University. In addition, she has a multiple-subject teaching credential with a BCLAD authorization and an Administrative Services Credential from the University of Southern California. Mrs. Barajas is a product of Catholic education, attending Santa Sophia Academy and Our Lady of Peace.

Mrs. Barajas is excited to start working full time with us and while she won't officially start until August, you may see her at some events this school year.

Mrs. Barajas is the mother of three girls and two of them will be joining us next school year, Isabella in first grade and Gabriella in TK.
With your help and support we were able to fundraise over $15,000 during our Walk-a-thon. We’re happy to announce that in the next few days 30 new iPads with logitech detachable keyboard cases will be making their way into the classrooms and most importantly into the hands of your students. We will be getting the newest iPads that were just released (64 bit quad processor (4 processors) with super sharp Retina Displays). Thank you again for all of your support and generosity. Together we are educating the next generation of global leaders.
All mothers and grandmothers are invited to our Mother’s Day Celebration on Friday, May 11 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Due to limited space in the theater we ask that only mothers and or grandmothers attend this event. We will be recording the entire show so that you may share it with everyone else in your family. Please remember to RSVP for both the theater program and the special luncheon by going to our website, .
Catholic School Night will take place on Saturday, June 1st. Discounted tickets to the ballpark are available to Catholic school students and their families. Seats are held just for Catholic Schools. The earlier we order, the better the seats. Therefore, we ask that you please take a look at the flyer for ticket prices, select the number of tickets you would like to purchase and pay for the tickets in our office with Mrs. Figueroa by May 20th. All participating schools will be recognized with a special welcome message on the right field ribbon scoreboard during the game. The school that sells the most tickets will be able to select a student to receive an autographed ball!
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. You may contact Mrs Figueroa or Mrs. Salter with any questions.
For those of you who have not completed your volunteer hours, there are several ways you can fulfill those in the coming months.
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 May.
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, especially in Spanish, that would also be greatly appreciated. Thank you to those who have signed up already. Please sign up here to volunteer or to donate books.
Mrs. Salter, Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Bremer will be getting the school garden started. We are still 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. Thank you to those who have already signed up. Please sign up here.
Virtue for May: Wisdom