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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 15:36

God is on My Side!

It warms my heart to know that people turn to God more often than we think. Imagine the beginning of a game; the team gets their pep talk and before they go out on the court or the field, they all yell their "spirit cheer." Have you noticed that as they disperse you can spot two or three of the players making the sign of the cross? As you look over to the other side, you may notice the opposing team members doing the same thing. Since ancient times, people have always claimed that God was on their side. The bottom is: God is on everyone's side, all at once.

God is on the side of truth and compassion. It is up to us to want to grow in our spiritual life, to forgive and to be forgiven. God will always find a way for us to "win." Even when we seem to fail, God is working behind the scenes to bring out good results. It is our mistakes and our faults that make us more compassionate and understanding toward one another. Let us learn from our experiences and take the time to teach these vital lessons to our children. Even in moments of disaster, loss or disappointment, God is there inspiring us to pull together, to do the things we never thought we could. The lessons of kindness toward others are priceless opportunities for us to restore relationships and regain trust. "If God is for us, who can be against?" (Romans 8:31) Let us during this Holy Week make a sincere effort to place our trust completely in God's tender and loving hands. He alone can bring us peace.

Have a blessed Easter Season,


Sr. Carmen Botello, FMA


Thursday, 22 March 2018 12:11

Feast of St. Joseph

St. Joseph was a just man. He was chosen by God to be the foster-father of Jesus and the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He was a man of deep faith and obedient to whatever God asked of him even if he did not know the outcome. When the angel came to him in a dream and told him about Mary and the child she was carrying, Joseph immediately took Mary as his wife. When the angel came back to reveal to him that his family was in danger, without delay he left everything he owned, all his family and friends, and took his family to a strange country. What an example he is for us! He was a man of complete trust in God. May we look to him for guidance as we daily face the challenges that life brings. May he who took such good care of his little family continue to watch over us and protect us from all harm to body or soul.

God bless,

Sr. Carmen Botello, FMA



Memorare to Saint Joseph

Remember, most pure spouse of Mary, ever Virgin, my loving protector,Saint Joseph

that no one ever had recourse to your protection or asked for your help without obtaining relief.

Confiding, therefore, in your goodness,

I come before you and humbly implore you.

Despise not my petitions, foster-father of the Redeemer,

but graciously receive them. Amen

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 13:08

Amazing Evening at the Salesian Gala

What an amazing evening of fun and excitement we had at our Auction Gala on Saturday! The place was filled with so many wonderful people; our present families, parents of our alumni and loving friends. Everyone had a great time re-uniting with people they had not seen in a while. It was truly a night to celebrate community and all the hard work of so many of our parents, who so generously donated gifts as well as time to help our students complete their class auction projects. The joy and laughter that permeated the place was truly in the Salesian spirit. Thank you for supporting our efforts to continue to celebrate community, and our school mission to provide the best for our young people.


Sr. Carmen Botello, FMA


As Salesian educators our objective is to empower the young; helping them to achieve academic success. We see academic rigor as an essential quality of teaching and learning. Our teachers are attentive to adapt to student's needs, skillfully supplementing what textbooks do not cover. Our teachers take pride in being facilitators in the learning experience of your child. Your child is encouraged to take ownership of his/her learning so as to help them become life-long learners.

In order for us to evaluate and see if we have reached our goals, we, as educators, take the time to assess our students throughout the year. The Diocese of Monterey has adopted the Renaissance testing process for our schools to use regularly, which teachers use to make adjustments to their instructions. Our world is continually changing and our students need not only basic skills but skills to face the challenges that the fast-moving world of education presents on a daily basis.

The rationale behind our ongoing assessments is to assist students in deepening their sense of responsibility for their learning process and thereby giving them the tools to develop their own problem-solving skills. Our goal is to continue to, "Empower our students, with Knowledge, Faith and Love".

We encourage you to continue to take an active role in your child's educational journey. Our teachers are passionate about teaching and it is evident that this is passed on to your child. Let us work together as your child grows through the different grade levels and keep challenging them to take ownership of their academic performance as the search for solutions and arrive at inspiring responses.

God Bless,

Sr. Carmen Botello, FMA


Saturday, 17 February 2018 15:30


Dear Salesian Families,

During this Lenten season we are invited to journey with Jesus and live these days in prayer in a special way. What stops me from taking some time to walk into Church to simply sit before the Blessed Sacrament? Why not aside some time on Friday evening to join my parish in making the Stations of the Cross? How am I sharing my faith with my children? How do I continue to reflect the values I want my children to uphold in life?

Let us take the time to gather our family and approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It will give us the spiritual boost that we need to carry our daily crosses. These are the memories I want to create for my family; memories where we turn to God together in prayer.

Many of our parishes hold Reconciliation services during Lent. Let us make sure to save the date and participate as a family in this spiritual renewal and obtain for ourselves peace of mind and heart and true inner joy.

God Bless,

Sr. Carmen Botello, FMA




Lord Jesus, send your Holy Spirit upon me this Lent

that I might faithfully keep watch with you.

As I pray to our Father in spirit of repentance

and thanksgiving, help me to turn to my brothers and

sisters in love and service. May this sacred season be a

time of mercy, a time for me to forgive others

as I have been forgiven by you.

Bring all of us who worship you

as our redeemer closer together

as we prepare to celebrate

your dying and rising.


(Bishop Richard Garcia)

Friday, 02 February 2018 11:33

Feast of St. John Bosco

In the early morning of January 31st, Don Bosco would have been so proud to see our Salesian family up on the hill.

We began the feast of Don Bosco with a spectacular view of the Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse. Over a hundred students and parents joined in on the excitement of being together in the darkness of the cold early morning to view the lunar eclipse. We enjoyed an amazing pancake breakfast after sunrise. The celebration continued as we joined our Salesian family at St. Francis High School in a prayerful, animated liturgy focused on Don Bosco, the friend of the young. Mr. Pat Lee and his faculty & staff graciously provided delicious treats and entertainment for all our students. This was a great bonding experience for all of us.

Viva Don Bosco!

Sr. Carmen Botello, FMA


Friday, 26 January 2018 16:59

Catholic Schools Week

Dear Salesian Parents,

Catholic Schools Week is a national celebration of Catholic Education. We have the unique opportunity to celebrate through prayer and worship. We will begin the first of our joy-filled events with our Sunday Mass at Resurrection parish. We are doing this in joint cooperation with two other Catholic Schools in the area, Good Shepherd and St. Francis High School.

This week gives us an opportunity to recognize the importance, the value, and the contributions of Catholic education to our community and society in general.

Salesian takes this time to express our gratitude to you, our parents, for selecting our school to partner with in the education of your child. Together we know we can make a difference in the life of our young people.

Let us keep our Faculty and Staff in prayer as we continue to show them our gratitude for their dedication as they daily touch the lives of our students by their loving care and concern for each individual child.

May Our Blessed Lady continue to bless you and your family for the many sacrifices you make to provide a Catholic education for your child.


God bless,

Sr. Carmen Botello, FMA


Friday, 20 October 2017 10:53

October Notes from the Principal's Desk

Queen of the Holy Rosary, pray for us!

The month of October is dedicated to our Lady of the Rosary. On Tuesday, October 7th Salesian celebrated this beautiful feast. Let us recall the promises that Our Blessed Lady mad regarding world peace, family stability, and universal well-being attached to praying the most Holy Rosary.

Once again this year, Our Blessed Mother will go visiting our school families throughout October. A little traveling shrine, complete with statue of Our lady, rosary beads, and directions, has been prepared for each class. Each day the shrine is sent home to a different family whose name is picked at random. The family receiving it is invited to welcome Our Lady's visit with joy and give her statue a place of honor. Hopefully, then the family will gather together that evening and say the rosary, perhaps inviting others to join. May Mary's spiritual presence accompany her shrine to your home, and may she bring with her a shower of wonderful blessing for you and your dear ones!

Sr Carmen, FMA


Family Rosary Evening

On October 24th at 7pm, the 5th through 8th grade invites you to take time out of your busy schedule and join them for a time of prayer. It will be an opportunity to come together for a special evening, praying the Rosary for the many intentions of all families, our school and peace in the world. You are welcome to come an join us for this evening to honor our Blessed Mother as a family.


Halloween Carnival

Mrs. Summers and the 8th grade students will provide Carnival Games & FUN for the day! Students may wear orange & black free dress, NO costumes. The School will provide a picnic lunch: Hot dogs, chips and a drink. Halloween Treats will be provide by Room Parents for each class.

Thursday, 07 September 2017 07:09

September Highlights

Dear Parents,

We have come to the end of the first three weeks of school. It is hard to believe how fast time goes by. It is wonderful to have your children back with us!

You have chosen to place your child in a Catholic school, a Salesian School; a place where there is the two-fold purpose of learning and believing. Thanks to the commitment of our Sisters and lay faculty and staff, we Salesian Sisters are able to continue the work of Don Bosco and Mary Mazzarello among our young people.

This year we have taken the initiative to focus and practice a virtue each month so as to allow God to transform us and help us grow to be signs of His love for others. Our virtue this month is "respect". Join us in working with your children to discover ways in which we can practice respect both at school and at home. Together with Mary, our mother and educator, we will take up the challenge to be signs of the foreseeing love of God among your children.

Sister Carmen, FMA

Sunday, 27 August 2017 17:32


Dear Parents,

Welcome to our First Day of School, it was a wonderful day, so good to see everyone. We had our New Family Orientation on Saturday and it was a delight to see such a good group of lovely people eager to hear all about our Salesian School Family. There are a few reminders for the beginning of the year:

·        Feast of the Assumption, School Liturgy Tuesday, August 15 at 11:30am.

·        We do not have a Lunch Program in place so please remember to send a lunch with your child.

·        Every Friday starting on August 25th, our Student Council will be selling Pizza for lunch @ $2.00 a slice. Students must order and pay for their pizza on Thursdays.

·        Aftercare is available Monday-Friday from 3:30-5pm exception Noon Dismissal days. Miss Kendal Bivins is our aftercare coordinator. Parents will need to preregister a week in advance for aftercare. If you need aftercare for the first week of school, please contact the school office; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please see aftercare form attached.

·        MHC (Mary Help of Christians) t-shirt are $12 each. If you would like to place an order it must be done by Friday, September 1. Please see order form attached. This is optional for students; t-shirt may be worn on the 24th of every month.

·        Student Planner (2nd-8th grades) $6.75 ea.

·         Pencil pouches (6th-8th grades) $5.00 ea.


Thank you for sharing your children with us and for all that you do to support what we do make these early years in your child’s life years of making learning fun!

God bless!

Sr. Carmen, FMA


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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

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605 Enos Ln Watsonville, CA 95076