From the Principal

Nazareth School San Diego, California, USA

August 6, 2015

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.

There have been no major construction projects this summer, but certainly there are a lot of changes and things going on around our community.

First, new (and returning) faces to our Nazareth Community:

Mrs. Maria Belflower is our new Secretary/Registrar. Mrs. Belflower has been working with Mrs. Horning and me during the summer. Please stop by and introduce yourself to her when you are on campus. Welcome, Mrs. Belflower!

Mrs. Abiva decided to relocate to Orange County this summer. Ms. Elisabeth Scherer is our new Kindergarten teacher. Ms. Scherer is not new to Nazareth. She was a student here as a child and she subbed in Kindergarten for several weeks a few years ago. Welcome back, Ms. Scherer!

Mrs. Meghan Paquette is assuming the position of permanent 4th Grade teacher. As most of you know, Mrs. Paquette was our long-term sub for 4th Grade last fall. The Paquette Family is also joining our community; Genevieve Paquette is joining our youngest class of Nazareth students, the Sunflowers. Welcome back, Mrs. Paquette!

Ms. Tamkin decided at the end of the school year to retire from Nazareth. Please keep her in prayers as she addresses some health issues. Mrs. Courtney McDoniel is sharing one of her many gifts as our new Art teacher for Grades K – 5. Mrs. McDoniel has many creative ideas and she is planning to offer new experiences to our students as they study art. Ms. “G” will be the 4th Grade Classroom Aide.

Coach Madie Tehan is pursuing a teaching assignment in which she can develop one of her gifts in a dream position of a full-time dance teacher. Coach Tehan will continue to work with our Nazareth Cheerleaders until we find someone to be the squads’ moderator. While all of us will miss Coach, I am sure that you join me in wishing her well and hope that she will stay in touch with her Nazareth Family. I am currently interviewing candidates for the PE teacher position.

Mrs. Roussin is taking a “sabbatical” from Nazareth; her mother who lives in Japan will be in the United States for an extended period and Mrs. Roussin is looking forward to some special family time. She has assured us, however, that she will still be volunteering at Nazareth and helping Mrs. Lacey from time to time. I am currently interviewing candidates for the 3rd Grade Aide position.

We are still in need of an extra person to help with After School Care. If you know of someone who might be interested in the position, please have him/her contact the office.

In terms of the physical plant, our efforts have focused primarily on the St. Joseph – Preschool Building. The Art Room has been renovated with new lighting, new paint and new furniture. When you are on campus, please check it out. The Buzzy Bees will have two classrooms this year. This will provide the teachers with the opportunity to give more attention to the children as they participate in their lessons. The flooring in the nap rooms is being replaced. The Sunflower room will be completed before school starts and the Buzzy Bee room will renovated during the Christmas holidays. The furniture in the Kindergarten room has also been updated. In the elementary school building, Mr. Browder and a group of parents painted and refreshed the library to create a brighter atmosphere for our students. Last year at this time, the landscapers were working on our fields; as we approach the beginning of school, the fields and landscaping are in great shape to welcome our students back. We are blessed at Nazareth to have two wells on campus that support and sustain our environment.

During the summer, the school purchased a class set of iPads for student use. The funds for this acquisition of equipment came from our “Raise Your Paddle” event at May’s auction. Mr. Amann is currently using the iPads during Math Camp. Our teachers attended professional growth activities this past spring to explore various ways in which to use the iPads to complement student learning; during the year, I’m sure your children will be sharing their experiences with you.

The PTG Board will hold its first meeting August 20th. If you are interested in working with the Board to help organize school events, please contact Mr. Matt Allison.

Our first weeks of school will be busy ones. The Preschool Teachers are planning an orientation for parents that will take place Wednesday, August 19th at 6:00. Kindergarten families will get an early start on the year with a Meet-and-Greet orientation on Saturday, August 22nd from 10:00 – 11:00. Our first day of school will be Tuesday, August 25th; Tuesday and Wednesday, August 26th will be minimum days. Please plan to stop by the Lower Field lunch tables on Tuesday 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, August 27th. 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. During their Back-to-School Night presentation, the middle school teachers will discuss our new interdisciplinary art program for students in Grades 6 – 8.

In preparation for our school year, please make sure that your children have completed their summer reading 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! Tuesday, August 25th 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