From the Principal

Nazareth School San Diego, California, USA

November 21, 2014

Dear Parents:

As November enters its final week, we are beginning to embrace the “holiday season.” Within our faith tradition, we are closing one year and beginning another. While we sometimes focus on all of the things that we need to get done, it is a time of preparation and waiting. When we return from the Thanksgiving holiday, we will be starting the new Church year with the season of Advent. Please talk with your children about the Advent activities that are taking place in their classrooms and at morning assembly.

This is also a time for sharing our gifts with others in our community. Many thanks for your support of our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive on behalf of Catholic Charities. Once again, our students and their families have been able to provide assistance to other San Diego families in need. Our participation in this activity is just one more way that we practice the Nazareth Core Values.

In the category of “getting things done,” our children and teachers are finding their stride in the 2nd quarter. Please consider your calendars carefully in order to balance studies with activities. On another note, the students are finally able to resume their participation in the Reading Counts program. After a great deal of time and energy, Mr. Browder has the library program open and working efficiently. Now our readers can enjoy their books and collect their points! Happy reading to all!

Looking ahead, please note December 18th on your calendars. Our PTG “meeting” will be “Christmas at Nazareth” presented by our students. The children are practicing their songs and it is truly a gift to walk down the halls of the school and listen to their music. Our preparation for the Christmas program provides a beautiful opportunity for the students to learn the traditional songs of our faith and Christian culture. Additionally, this time of preparation provides an opportunity for students to study music as they learn to participate in a bell choir, to sing in counter melody and to perform together in a choral performance. They are very excited as they anticipate (a very Advent experience) sharing their gifts with you and our community. Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Horning as they assist the students in preparing their songs.

Blessings to you and your families,

Dr. Colleen Mauricio