Principal´s Newsletter (14)
Dear Salesian Family,
Happy Holy Advent to you and Merry Christmas! I greet you with good tidings and cheer as we close 2016. We have guided our students through their midyear assessments, performed our Christmas Program, and decorated our campus to create the spirit of joy and celebration for Jesus's Birthday!!!
Our Salesian family on a world-wide level also prepares during this time to share what is called the yearly STRENNA. It is the annual spiritual plan for the Salesian Congregation presented by Fr. Angel Artimede, the rector major. This spiritual plan is presented in January. We have received the title of the document which I would like to share with you: "We Are Family! Every Home, a School of Life and Love!" The entire focus is on FAMILY and as a Salesian school that supports families and Catholic Education, we are in a primary spot to support, help, and nurture FAMILIES.
Therefore, it is with great joy that we share our plan to provide affordable Catholic education to all families. Our Salesian Finance Board has been busy formulating a plan to provide more families a Catholic Education at Salesian Elementary and Jr. High. With their guidance, we have developed a plan for a very large reduction in tuition and fees! We want to share this tuition plan in more detail at the next All School Parent Meeting scheduled for January 25, 2017 at 7pm. SAVE THE DATE AND PLAN TO ATTEND! Help pass the word to prospective families who are looking for a school and tell them of this great opportunity. A great way to market our school is by word of mouth. Thank you to our Finance team for their service to our school: Katie Davis, Rosemary Anderson, Rich Bregante, Mike Flynn and Judy Alcantara.
Merry Christmas to you!
United in Hope, Love, and Joy
Sr. Ignacia Carrillo, FMA
A big thank you to Mr. David Sabalka and Driscoll's for renovating our field! The field project began in October and is expected to be completed sometime in the Spring. They just seeded the field and the rain that we were blessed with will help make it grow. We would also like to thank the families who donated toward the materials that were needed to frame the field: Hadayia, McGuire, Whitney, Misa, Candau and Ortega.
We had a tamale sale, thanks to Sr. Lulu and her elves, which raised $1000 to help provide the necessary materials to have our kitchen repainted. A big thank you to Mr. Bill Healey for donating his time and expertise in painting our kitchen. Stop by anytime to check it out.
Dear Salesian Family, October 3, 2016
Happy Month of the Rosary! October is the month dedicated to the rosary and we are inviting you participate in our Family Rosary Nights. The evenings are led by the various grades but ALL are welcomed to attend! It is important to note that as a Catholic School we are required to teach and expose the children to various types of prayers.
The"Catechism of the Catholic Church" teaches us about various types of prayer including vocal prayer, meditation, and contemplation. The rosary is a vocal prayer, a meditation and can lead to contemplation as Pope Paul II mentioned in his encyclical "Rosary of the Virgin Mary."
Family Rosary Nights
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 TK-2nd grades @ 7pm in chapel
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 6th-8th grades @ 7pm in chapel
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 3rd-5th grades @ 7pm in chapel
Dress Code: Sunday's Best
Rosary Boxes will be sent home beginning tomorrow. All students will have the possibility to take a Rosary Box home. If your child comes home with it, we encourage you to pray the rosary as a family and then return the rosary box to school the next day.
October is also mission month. We are participating in the "The Right to Education" initiative in South Sudan. All our Canteen funds for the month of October will be for this project. The money collected will go towards the purchase of books for the children who cannot afford to buy them. Please see the attached document that tells more about this initiative.
Thank you in advance and I look forward to seeing you as we gather to pray for the needs of our school families and for peace in our world.
United in joy and hope,
Sr. Ignacia Carrillo, FMA
Dear Salesian Family,
Greetings from "COOL CORRALITOS"! Please remember to send your child with a water bottle so the he/she stays hydrated. We are reminding the students to drink plenty of water and remove their vests and fleece jackets during these hot days too.
I want to take this opportunity to share that I have begun some conversations with our middle school students regarding "Halloween" and "ALL HALLOW's EVE" since they are the ones who help prepare the carnival for the rest of the school. This is a great opportunity to review how we celebrate this American Custom in the light of our Catholic Faith. In essence the word Halloween when taken apart is a word that comes from "holy" and "evening". October 31st is the Holy Evening before All Saints and All Souls Days.
We take time to celebrate and honor those fellow Christians who lived the gospel in a heroic way and we look to them for encouragement and inspiration. Some saints went through great trials and difficulties and yet they were faithful to God. All Souls Day is set aside to give honor and proper remembrance to our beloved deceased brothers and sisters.
It is important for us to know what to celebrate and focus on during this American Custom so that in the midst of it all we don't give the wrong message to our children. We are believers in Jesus Christ who died and was buried and rose from the dead! We do not focus on the darkness, the fear, and the gruesome. We are Children of the Light! Death is simply a passage from this life to the next.
We focus on the life to come! Children can dress up in a saint costume, funny costume, or character costume. These ways of dressing up invoke a focus on things or people who are life giving and not the opposite. We will also begin All Hallow's Eve Fun day with a prayer service with the theme of "Mercy".
Please know that we are looking forward to these special days with the focus of joy, light, and hope! We look to the Saints who have gone before us and have stayed strong in their faith!
United in Prayer,
Sr. Ignacia Carrillo, FMA
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your participation in our annual First Half of the Year Fundraiser: DRIVE FOR SCHOOL. Remember that you have ALREADY paid for these tickets with the $250 fundraising fee. Please fill out the ticket stubs and send them to school. You also have the option to sell the tickets and recoup your fee. Either way ALL STUBS must be filled out COMPLETELY and turned in to the office by October 14.
GRADE LEVEL FAMILY NIGHT
I am thrilled to share that we are looking forward to our first Grade Level Family Night which will be held this Wednesday, September 28 at 7pm! This Family Night is geared to TK-2nd Grade Families. See attached flyer.
SCHOOL PICTURE DAY: Wednesday, September 28
EVERYONE should come in complete uniform, nice haircut, hairdo, etc. to look great in our yearbook! Lifetouch will come in the morning to set up.
Support ART Program
Save the Date! Wednesday, October 12 come dine at the "HIDE OUT"! A percentage of the proceeds from 3PM to closing will directly benefit our ART PROGRAM! Please invite all your friends!
NEXT SCHOOL MASS
Friday, September 30th at 11am is our next mass. We welcome Fr. Paul McDonnell as our celebrant and we thank our Fourth Grade class who will be responsible for animating our liturgy!
Dear Salesian Family and Friends,
We want to invite all Grandparents, Salesian Family and Friends of our students to our Grandparents Day Celebration! This beautiful annual tradition brings all members of our Salesian family together in joy, love, and gratitude. Come join us on Monday, September 19, 2016 and make beautiful memories!!
We all know that family is important and taking time to acknowledge those special people in our lives is a value we want to instill in our children. What a perfect way to do this than to celebrate and honor our grandparents and special family members/friends! Of course, if your grandparents are unable to attend, we encourage you to invite any special family member or friend who is like a grandparent in your life. Our grandparents are special people who have a wealth of knowledge and experience and do so much for our children. We want to honor our grandparents and pray for them in a special way during our liturgy which will be celebrated by our very own Bishop Richard Garcia.
We will enjoy a special family-style picnic immediately after the Mass. Come and bring your home-made lunches and enjoy a relaxed afternoon.
A special thank you to our members of our Rosary Group, ADMA, who have been like spiritual grandparents to our school for over 40 years! These dedicated women will hold their Annual Bake Sale and all proceeds will go towards a scholarship for an 8th grader in the Spring.
I hope you save the date and look forward to celebrating with all of your family!
United in gratitude and joy,
Sr. Ignacia Carrillo, FMA
- Mass @ 11am with picnic lunch to follow
- Bake Sale
- Scholastic Bookfair
Dear Salesian Family and Friends, August 18, 2016
It is with great joy that I welcome you back to School! Our hope is that you have had a wonderful summer and made some great fun memories. I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to our returning families and our NEW families for choosing to support Catholic Education at Salesian Elementary and Jr. High School! WE welcome all of you and your children with great joy!
The beginning of the year is filled with establishing new routines and procedures to help make our students successful not only in school but for life! Help us by establishing routines at home that will help them be accountable for their actions and be responsible. A simple way you can do that is establish a “homework” space and routine at home. Once the student has finished their work show them how to get organized for the next day the night before. Maybe by establishing an area where backpacks and shoes are placed and putting out all their uniform items ready to be put on. These practical steps will help your mornings go smoother!
We are training the students these first two weeks of school to establish routines that will help them be successful. We focus also on helping them create good habits too. I am proud to share that we have not had ONE single item of lost and found so far! This is our goal. Label all of our child’s belongings with your child’s name and help them be responsible for their personal belongings.
One new practice we are going to be introducing this year to our children is the beauty and importance of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. This is the highest form of prayer after the Mass. The dates in which we will have time before the real presence of Jesus are posted on our school calendar and they will usually be on every First Friday of the month. Our faculty and staff began the week of teacher in-services with prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. We began offering our whole selves once again to the Lord as we begin another new year of service to the young entrusted to us in the Spirit of St. John Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello.
I would like to express a special welcome to our New Sisters in community who have embraced their new responsibilities with great joy!
Sr. Lourdes Lujano—Convent Finances
Sr. Cecilia Henry- Second Grade
Sr. Theresa Khong-TK-K Teacher aide and Aftercare
United in prayer, mercy, and joy,
Sr. Ignacia Carrillo,FMA
We want to highlight that this coming September 9th has been declared as a National Day of Prayer. Please check out the following link for more info: http://www.usccb.org/new/2016/16-095.cfm
Dear Salesian Family and Friends, July 2016
I want to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Fourth of July! Enjoy yourselves and thank the Lord for all His blessings! As we are in the middle of a fun-filled summer camp experience, I wanted to take a moment to send you our best wishes and prayers. I am sure you are enjoying your summer with family and friends. This is a special time to rest, relax, have fun and pray. It is important to get away from the routine of everyday and rejuvenate ourselves physically and spiritually. As Salesian Sisters we take a week every year to live a spiritual retreat. It is a beautiful time to spend in prayer, read good books and take time to evaluate the quality of our relationship with Jesus.
I invite you to do the same. I know that you have children and jobs and responsibilities but you can plan out some quiet time for you and Jesus. How? When? Consider making time early in the morning before the kids wake up or maybe late in the evening when the kids are in bed. If you use a little creativity you can do it. Maybe you can find a nice CD with a meditative rosary that you can listen to on your long drive to work or while running errands. I recommend any books on the life of St. Frances De Sales. St. John Bosco was greatly inspired by this wonderful saint who lived and shared a beautiful simple spirituality that colors much of our Salesian charism. He was a believer of the importance of “little virtues” and doing little things with love. We can become holy by simply fulfilling our duties with great love. This means that we gain merit when we are washing dishes, doing laundry, running errands for the family, etc. Let us keep in mind that the Lord loves us and wants only our happiness. Let us respond to that merciful love of God by fulfilling our duties with great love!
I also want to express our gratitude to Mrs. Alexis Meschi who has moved on in her educational experience and has taken a position at St. Francis High School. We wish her well. I am excited to share that Mrs. Vanessa Kehoe will now be the 8th grade homeroom teacher! She has a wealth of experience that can enrich our middle school program. I am also currently interviewing for the 1st grade position and the transitional kindergarten position. Please join me in prayer as we ask the Holy Spirit to guide this process. I look forward to seeing all of you very soon!
Sr. Ignacia Carrillo, FMA
Dear Salesian Family,
Happy Advent Greetings to each of you and your families! I write to
you with a heart full of joy and hope as we begin our Year of Mercy!
We had a beautiful liturgy Tuesday celebrated by Fr. Wayne Dawson,
pastor of St. Joseph’s Church. We celebrated many events: the beginning
of the Year of Mercy as requested by Pope Francis, the solemnity
of the Immaculate Conception, the feast day of our Province of Mary
Immaculate, and the commemoration of the first recorded occasion
when St. John Bosco helped a poor young boy named Bartholomew Garrelli.
We had the joy of consecrating ourselves to Mary along with
Marian Club members. Thanks to a generous benefactor, each child received
a miraculous medal along with a medal of