From the Principal

Nazareth School San Diego, California, USA

December 2, 2016
Dear Parents:

Thank you for your generosity in supporting the Turkey Trot. Please note that today is the last day for families to turn in donations that will be counted for eligibility for prizes. Next Tuesday, Dec. 6, we will announce the winners of the prizes and have a special post-Morning Assembly gathering for the top 25 donation-collectors to pick their prizes. Parents are welcome to attend this event.

A couple of notes regarding safety and health:
• Students are not to leave campus via the gate to the Mission property without an adult with them. Please do not ask your children to meet you on the Mission side of the gate. All students should be picked up at the carport, in the front of St. Joseph’s Building or at day care. This is an important safety issue.
• It’s that time of year when bugs of various natures are claiming the health of our students and family members. Please remind your children to use consistent hygiene practices, especially hand washing and coughing and sneezing etiquette. If your child is sick, it is important that he/she stays home. Thank you for your support of these practices.

Today, our 8th grade students are participating in a mini-retreat with Fr. Alex and V.J. Brion of the Mission Parish. The retreat will support and encourage the 8th graders’ participation in a Kindness Challenge that is part of their celebration of a holy and joy-filled Advent. Please keep them in prayer.

Our entire school will celebrate the season of giving kindness and joy to others next Friday, December 9th as “Nazareth Gives Back!” During Morning Assembly, we will light the Nazareth Christmas tree and leave our toys there for the representatives of Catholic Charities to deliver them. Following the assembly, students and their teachers will be working together to make over 300 blankets that will be donated to groups who are assisting homeless people here in San Diego. If you would like to help, contact your child’s teacher to see if she/he needs assistance. Thank you to the generous donor who gave us the fabric for this project and a special thanks to Ellie and Ginny Kerr for initiating this effort that will promote the Nazareth Way and the Core Values of the Sisters of Nazareth in our relationship with the local community.

An Advent Prayer

God of generosity, may we emulate you in passing on to others a portion of the gifts you have given to us. In giving we experience Advent joy; in giving we are true to our being made in the image and likeness of you. Keep greed far from our hearts, Lord. Help us to experience the graced poverty of being open to your coming.
Morneau, Robert F.
Daily Reflections for Advent & Christmas: Waiting in Joyful Hope 2016-17

Blessings to you and your families,

Dr. Colleen Mauricio