From the Principal

Nazareth School San Diego, California, USA

January 13, 2017
Dear Parents:

Today’s liturgy was a beautiful celebration of the Peacemakers in our school. This month we are celebrating our Core Value of Justice. These children were selected by their teachers and peers for their efforts to practice justice and support a more peaceful community. During the weekend, we, as a nation, will celebrate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to build a more just nation and world. In 1972, Pope Paul VI stated, “If you want peace, work for justice.” Forty-five years later, this concept remains a challenge to many in our local communities and the world. In your family discussions, especially this weekend, consider how each member of the family can work for greater justice in our communities and a more peace-filled world. I think the teachers will enjoy hearing what the children have to share next week!

This coming week will be a busy one! On Wednesday, the Visiting Committee for our WCEA/WASC Accreditation Process will meet at Nazareth for a day of introductory meetings. After our many, many hours of preparation, it is exciting to see our Self-Study report completed! Our report documents the growth our school has experienced over the last six years and it sets goals for the coming years. As always, our focus is to enhance the learning environment and opportunities for our students. The Committee will review the report over the next month and return to Nazareth for a 3-day visit on February 15th to confirm and affirm the report’s findings. Thank you for your support and patience during this process. Again, a reminder: There will be no After-School Care on Friday, February 17th; all staff members will be attending a presentation of the Visiting Committee’s Report of Findings.

On Thursday, Jan. 19th, our Turkey Trot’s “Student Leader for the Day,” Ella Conway is planning a “Love Day.” Students may wear jeans and red or pink shirts to celebrate the occasion. Miss Conway has a few more plans that she will share at morning assembly to make the day special. It sounds like a great day for celebrating the success of this year’s Turkey Trot.

Next Friday, Jan. 20th will be the conclusion of the second quarter. Please check with your children’s teacher(s) if you have any questions about their grades.

Catholic Schools Week will soon be here. The Student Council and the teachers are planning many activities that celebrate how blessed we are to be members of a Catholic School Community. In keeping with tradition, our week will conclude with a celebration of our families; Grandparents’ Day is Feb. 3rd. Invitations to grandparents were sent out before the Christmas holidays. Please remind your children’s grandparents about this special occasion. If you would like to help with this event, please contact Mrs. Angelica Davis, the event chairperson.

Blessings to you and your families,

Dr. Colleen Mauricio