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Monday, 30 January 2017 21:59

Open House Invitation

You're invited!

Please join us for Open House on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from noon - 2pm. Tour our campus, talk with current Salesian families and meet our principal, Sr. Ignacia Carrillo.

Monday, 26 December 2016 21:05

December Newsletter

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


Thursday, 22 December 2016 22:55

Playground Field Updates

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.

Thursday, 22 December 2016 22:52

Christmas Wreath Sales

Thank you to Judy Alcantara for spearheading our Christmas Wreath sales, $534 was raised to help support our Art Program.

Thursday, 22 December 2016 22:50

Tamale Sales

Thursday, 22 December 2016 22:43

Tamale Sales

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.

Thursday, 15 December 2016 22:57

Mixedbag Fundraiser Update

Mixedbag Fundraiser Update

Thank you for helping make our fundraiser success. We raised $2,800 and it will go towards our Athletics Department.

Thank you to Gabe Summers!

Monday, 03 October 2016 18:45

October-Month of the Rosary

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


Tuesday, 27 September 2016 21:05

Principal Newsletter

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!

*If you would like to donate some of your time to help us set up or prepare the event please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. I have a couple of wooden board games that need a new paint job or need replacing!  Some handy dad could do the job!


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.


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!


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!


Contact Us

The mission of The Salesian Elementary and Junior High School is a TK-8 private Catholic elementary and junior high school working cooperatively with the Diocese of Monterey to provide a child-centered learning environment within a family atmosphere that embodies the Salesian philosophy of reason, religion, and loving kindness as taught by Saint John Bosco and Saint Mary Mazzarello

(831) 728-5518

605 Enos Ln Watsonville, CA 95076