From the Principal

Nazareth School San Diego, California, USA

October 17, 2014

Dear Parents:

Mid October brings to our school many activities that complement our daily routines. Many of these activities involve not only our children, but you as well. There are in many ways in which you can learn, pray and play with Nazareth School.

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be open for business next week! Sir Readalot’s Castle will be hosting a “kingdom of books.” Next week, the students will be exploring the castle and its treasures. What a fun way to encourage reading and support our school library. If you are able to assist Mr. Browder with the Book Fair, please contact him at

Next Friday, Oct. 24, the adults of our community are invited to participate in a parents’ prayer group. The Holy Family of Nazareth Prayer Group will meet at the Grotto at 7:45 every Friday to pray the Rosary. This is a beautiful opportunity for personal spiritual growth and to join with other school parents in support of our children’s growth and needs. Mrs. Vanessa Piraino is facilitating the prayer group. I want to thank her for initiating this activity. Following the Rosary, parents are invited to join the school at Mass. As always, grandparents and other friends of our community are invited to this prayer gathering and Mass.

It’s hard to believe that it is Carnival time already! Next Friday evening, our campus will be hosting ghosts and goblins, princesses and superheroes of all ages and sizes! Please remember to keep costumes Catholic school appropriate, and no blood, gore or weapons. The Halloween Carnival is always a favorite family event. The Carnival Committee has been busy this year. Among their efforts has been an attempt to bring new activities to the event while maintaining the traditions that we associate with the Halloween Carnival. Thank you to the many people who have worked to plan the event and to Mrs. Holly McMahon for her leadership. There is still time to volunteer, so please contact your child’s classroom room parent or Mrs. McMahon.

The PTG General Meeting that was scheduled for this week has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 5th. Representatives from the Cyber Crimes Task Force of Homeland Security Investigations will be speaking with parents regarding internet safety and cyber issues that affect our children. All parents are encouraged to attend this informative meeting; cyber safety affects children of all ages. This presentation will be oriented to an adult audience; child care will be provided during the meeting.

Lastly, concerns have been expressed regarding safe drop-off procedures in the mornings. After 7:40, please pull forward before your children leave your car. Cars stopping in the middle of the traffic lanes are causing back-ups to Rancho Mission Rd. This is a safety concern affecting everyone. Thank you for your cooperation.

Our Iowa Assessment Testing schedule has gone well this week. Thank you for your efforts to make sure that your children are present and punctual in arriving to school. Testing will continue through next Thursday.

Blessings to you and your families,

Dr. Colleen Mauricio