From the Principal

Nazareth School San Diego, California, USA

March 26, 2015

Dear Parents:

Today is the last day of the 3rd Quarter. This year is passing us by so very quickly! Teachers will be processing their grades during the weekend and early next week. We will have the electronically generated report card ready for you when the students leave for the Easter holy days and holidays on Thursday.

Holy Week is always special in a Catholic School. It is the week that we can truly focus on the miracles of our faith; it is also the week that we can more clearly focus our attention on reconciliation with God and with our neighbor. As the children are engaged in activities of reconciliation and faith in their classrooms, I hope that you will have the time to reach out in a similar manner to others in the school, in your workplace or in your homes. Please remember that we will be concluding our week with the beautiful and deeply moving Passion Play on Holy Thursday; this prayer service travels the Stations of the Cross with the eyes and heart of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Thank you to our 8th grade for leading us in prayer that day.

Congratulations to Hannah Balkowski and Xavier Aguon, who placed first and second respectively in the Serra Essay Contest! The topic this year was: If I were called to religious life, what community or order would I consider joining. The essays required research and reflection. Hannah’s essay will compete in the diocesan-wide contest. Mrs. Florence Murphy, the Serra Club representative, complimented all of the 8th graders on their thought-filled and well written essays.

Seventh grade students enjoyed a wonderful evening of success at the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair! Placing first in their divisions are: Ben Brandon, Colton Campagna, Colleen Kennedy and Dylan Manriquez. Lance Chauhan, Kate Burton, Daniela Lamas and Valentina Perez Rocha placed second. Third place in their divisions are: Nicholas Burner, Jacob Fuson and Elise Prentice. Several of our students received special awards from professional organizations: Ben Brandon, San Diego Association for Rational Inquiry; Lance Chauhan, Art Institute of California—San Diego and ONR (US Navy Science and Technology)/ Naval Science Awards Program (NSAP); and Colleen Kennedy, Society of Women Engineers—San Diego County Section. Congratulations to all of the students for their excellent work; and thanks to Mrs. Reed for guiding them through this academically challenging process!

Blessings to you and your families,

Dr. Colleen Mauricio