From the Principal

Nazareth School San Diego, California, USA

August 3, 2016

Dear Parents:

Our summer is passing quickly and it won’t be long before we are embracing the beginning of a new school year. I hope this letter finds you and your families enjoying a relaxing summer filled with many special activities and family memories.

As we prepare for our coming school year, I am delighted to introduce new members of the Nazareth School Staff to you. I am sure that you will come to appreciate the many gifts that they bring to our community and to know the commitment that they are making to provide a wonderful education for your children.
• Mrs. Anabel Lopez will be greeting students, families and visitors to our office and she will be coordinating the many activities associated with the front office. Mrs. Lopez will start August 8th. She attended St. Vincent’s School as a child and is excited about her new position working with the children and families of Nazareth School.
• Mrs. Dana Tirado is not new to the Nazareth School community, but she will be new to the leadership of the 1st Grade classroom. Mrs. Tirado possesses a California teaching credential and Masters’ degree in education. Additionally, she brings many personal and professional skills and experiences to share with the 1st grade, our staff and our community.
• Mrs. Mayra Mendez will be teaching Spanish this coming year. Mrs. Mendez was formerly the Spanish teacher at Holy Family School. She is also joining our community as a school parent.

As Lifelong Learners, many of our teachers have participated in professional development experiences during the summer. They will be bringing fresh ideas to their classrooms and new learning opportunities to all of the children. This year will be a busy one for our staff as we prepare for our Accreditation Renewal Visit in February. In June, we worked diligently on the Self-Study report and at our 1st PTG Meeting, we will be sharing our Action Plan and we will be asking for your thoughts. Please look for more information regarding this meeting.

Each summer seems to bring special projects that enhance the environment of the school. As they return to the school later this month, the children in K- 8 will find all of their classrooms with fresh new carpet! I think everyone will be delighted by the difference! PTG funds contributed significantly to this major school improvement. Our Upper School Garden is almost ready for the gardeners to take over. Volunteers have worked this summer to get the garden beds installed and ready for planting. The statue of the Sacred Heart in our parking lot received a much needed cleaning and painting. This beautiful statue is a reminder to all of us that we are incredibly blessed to be a part of the Nazareth Community.

During the summer, the school purchased 62 iPads. These iPads will be distributed throughout the classrooms. Our intention is to have mini-tech centers where students and teachers can work on special lessons and instruction can be differentiated to meet student needs. Additionally, the school purchased new classroom emergency supplies to enhance student safety. Both of these expenditures were funded by the PTG.

The PTG Board will hold its first meeting August 16th. If you are interested in working with the Board to help organize school events, please contact the office for more information. As noted above, the success of our PTG fundraisers is making a significant contribution to the enhancement of the school’s environment and resources, please plan to participate actively in the PTG events and programs.

Our first weeks of school will be busy ones. The Preschool Teachers are planning an orientation for parents that will take place Wednesday, August 24th at 6:00. We will have a New Family Orientation meeting on Thursday, August 25th at 6:30. Kindergarten families will get an early start on the year with a Meet-and-Greet orientation on Saturday, August 27nd from 9:30 - 10:30. The 1st Graders and their families will also have an opportunity to meet Mrs. Tirado and see their classroom that day from 10:00 – 11:00. Our first day of school will be Monday, August 29th; Monday and Tuesday, August 30th will be minimum days. Please plan to stop by the Lower Field lunch tables on Monday morning for a Meet-and-Greet gathering hosted by the PTG. Coffee and morning treats will be provided. Back-to-School Night will be held Thursday, September 1st. During this evening, you will be able to meet your children’s teachers and there will be tables on the Holy Family Courtyard where you can learn more about PTG-sponsored events.

In preparation for our school year, please make sure that your children have completed their summer reading and math review activities, and that their uniforms, grooming and supplies are in order. Regarding supplies, it is not necessary to buy all new supplies if your child has unused materials from last year. If you have questions, about school preparation, please contact the school office.

As we prepare for a new year, and all of the opportunities it will bring, know that all of us at Nazareth School have made a heartfelt commitment to provide the best experiences possible for all of our students and their families. The teachers, staff members and I look forward to working in partnership with you to celebrate the gifts of Nazareth School and all of the members of its community.

Enjoy these last days of summer! Monday, August 29th and a new school year will soon be here; I look forward to seeing you then!

God bless each of you and your families,

Dr. Colleen Mauricio