Principals Message

October 2017 Newsletter

With the coming of the Autumn season, nature provides colorful visible changes. These call us to reflect, pray and prepare for the end of our Liturgical Year and possible growth in our spiritual lives. One prayer on which we focus this month is the Rosary. This scripture-based prayer centers on Christ’s Life.

Many appearances of Mary, especially Fatima, have been associated with praying the rosary. At Fatima in 1917, Mary asked the three children to pray for peace in the world. Today, one hundred years later, let us join Our Lady, Pope Francis and all the saints I pray for peace in our hearts, families, America and the whole world.  


The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. Please come and join us in prayer as we pray the rosary together as one family in Christ, on this Thursday, October 5th at 7:00 pm in the church.


Parents we want to thank you for taking the time to complete the WCEA/WASC survey at our General PTO meeting in September. We are in the process of calculating the data and preparing it for our WCEA/WASC book. Saint Mary School faculty and staff worked together on September 18th to begin the writing process. We are on schedule with the requirements from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. We have worked on looking at the previous WCEA/WASC documents and their finding along with Defining the School’s purpose and Assessing our Catholic Identity. We are off to a great start! Faculty and staff will meet again on Monday, October 16th for an all-day workshop to continue this process. Thank you again for all your help. We ask you to keep us in prayer during this process.


We are four weeks away from our 3rd Annual Autumn Festival. Each year it seems to be more exciting than the last one. We hope you have saved the dates on your calendar to come and enjoy all the fun, food, and entertainment. Mrs. Cano and Mrs. Carlin-Perez have already begun to call for volunteers to help with setup, cleanup and help in the food and game booths. Remember service hours are double for helping on Saturday, October 28th beginning at 10 am, Sunday, October 29th, 6 to 9 am and 7 pm to finish. We are also in need of people to help decorate the hall on Friday, October 27th. We are also looking for donations to help reduce the costs and increase our profit. We will be sending an eblast with items that can be donated for service hours. This week you will be receiving an envelope with a letter and raffle tickets. We are asking if you could sell or purchase the raffle tickets and complete and return the letter.  We are very grateful for all your support in this event!


October is a very busy month especially the end of October. Our Annual Trunk or Treat event is scheduled for Friday, October 27th. Parents are invited to participate in bringing their vehicle and decorating it and passing out candy to the children. Remember that once your vehicle is on campus it must remain on campus until we are finished for the safety of our children. More information to come in the PTO newsletter.


Student Council is busy planning many activities for Red Ribbon Week, October 23rd thru 27th. Check your eblasts for more information regarding these activities.


Saint Mary Sunday is on October 15th at the 7:00 am Mass. Please come and join us in unity and prayer. We thank you for attending the August and September Saint Mary Sundays, your support means a lot to us. We are also asking students to bring any non-perishable food item to donate to St. Vincent de Paul. All students supporting this effort will receive a coupon for a free snack in our cafeteria. All students wearing their formal school uniform will receive a free dress pass

VINCENT DE PAUL We are grateful for your ongoing support of our St. Vincent de Paul here at our Saint Mary’s Parish. As a community, we are blessed and want to share our blessings with others. Please remember to send your food donation on this Friday, October 6th. Thank you!


As a school, we have decided to dedicate two days a month to help support the victims of the hurricanes by having free dress. Students will support by paying a dollar for every item they wear that is not uniform.  October 11th and 25th are the two days in October. Thank you for your support.

PARENT PRAYER CIRCLE We would like to invite all parents to come and pray with us at our weekly prayer circle, every Wednesday morning at 8:15 am in the Conference room. We pray for all the intentions that the students write in their petition books. Come join us in uniting our students, families, faculty, staff in prayer.


Oct. 2nd – Room Parent Meeting 8:15 am     

Oct. 4th – PTO meeting 6:00 pm                                   

Oct. 5th – Family Rosary 7:00 pm in church      

Oct. 6th - 6th grade Mass                                 

Oct. 6th – St. Vincent de Paul Food Collection

Oct. 6th – Progress Reports go home.              

Oct. 11th- Free Dress for Hurricane Relief        

Oct. 12th – Student of the Month breakfast  

Oct. 13th - PTO Mass 8:30 am                              

Oct. 15th- Saint Mary Sunday Mass 7:00 am     

Oct. 16th – NO SCHOOL- Faculty and Staff In-service                                                                                          

Oct. 20th – 5th Grade Mass and Retreat                   

Oct. 23rd – 27th – Red Ribbon Week                     

Oct.27th  Picture re-takes                                       

Oct. 27th – Decorate the Hall for Autumn Festival                                                              

Oct. 27th  - Trunk or Treat                                 

Oct. 28thSetup Autumn Festival 10:00 am   

Oct. 29th – Autumn Festival 8:00 am to 8:00m

Oct. 30th - NO SCHOOL                                                         

Oct. 31st – Halloween Carnival/Café


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October 2017

August/September 2017

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December Publication of Faith, Love, Hope

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