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November 2016

November 30, 2016

Dear St. Anastasia Families,

God of hope, who brought love into this world, be the love that dwells between us.
God of hope, who brought peace into this world, be the peace that dwells between us.
God of hope, who brought joy into this world, be the joy that dwells between us.
God of hope, the rock we stand upon, be the Centre, the focus of our lives always, and particularly this Advent time.  Amen

I want to wish each of you a very blessed Advent. As we prepare in joyful hope for the coming of Jesus at Christmas, it is a beautiful time to be with your children at school. There are also wonderful ways to celebrate Advent with your family at home and I have included a link here to some excellent resources: Family Advent Ideas .

On Saturday, November 26 two St. Anastasia robotics teams competed in a regional qualifier event for the first time in our school’s history. The robotics teams were made up of pioneering middle school students who had to design, build, program, and operate an autonomous robot for the competition. In addition to the robot design, the students had to research a problem with animal and human reaction, develop a solution to the problem, and present their results to a panel of judges. It was a long day, yet the students still had fun. Our teams represented Saint Anastasia School well and should be proud of their efforts. Next the team will compete at Legoland and all are excited to take part in our new robotics program.

The St. Anastasia Mock Trial Team had an unprecedented run in the Los Angeles County Competition earlier this month, as the team moved through the event all the way to the third round of the playoffs. Prior to this year our team had not made it past the preliminary round. Several parent attorneys worked with our coach, Mrs. Perry to guide the team and prepare them for their days in court.  Congratulations to the students and many thanks to all who pitched in to make this year’s team such a tremendous success.

Report cards will be sent home with your child next Wednesday.  Grades One through Five will notice some significant changes in the way that language arts is reported.  Rather than a grade that averages all of the skills over the course of the trimester, the new system will evaluate each language arts standards based upon the most recent assessments to offer a snapshot of the child’s current progress. Please contact me for more information or clarification.

Advent Blessings,

Mike Muir