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January 2017

January 25, 2017

Dear St. Anastasia Families,

May the Lord bless our school with enthusiasm for the Gospel, a love of learning, and a desire to be of service to others.  Amen

Thank you to the many parents who have completed the school survey that I sent out this past weekend. I take your comments very seriously and will work together with the teachers, school board, the PTO board and you to help make some of the improvements that you have suggested. If you have not had a chance to complete the survey, please do so by this Friday.  LINK TO SURVEY

Next week is Catholic Schools Week and we have a number of exciting activities planned.  It all begins on Sunday with Open House following the nine o’clock Mass.  Student work will be on display throughout the school including California Missions, Native American Dwellings, Gateway to Art portraits, and science fair projects.  Please join us and bring some friends.  Monday is Reach Out Day and we will return to Dockweiler for beach clean-up involving our 4th-8th Graders.  The younger classes will have a guest speaker who will focus on ways that children can help their environment.  Tuesday is International Day, Wednesday is Career Day, and Thursday is Student Day.  Friday is Teacher Appreciation Day and our staff will be treated to a delicious feast served by our school parents.  Many parents and staff members have been working hard to prepare for this very special week. 

The school musical Annie Jr. rounds out Catholic Schools Week with evening performances on Friday and Saturday at the El Segundo Performing Arts Center.  The cast and crew have been working very hard since September and a splendid time is guaranteed for all in attendance.  I have had the pleasure of listening to some of our music classes singing the songs from the show and they sound wonderful.  Check the family envelope for ticket information.

The informational meeting about LMU SUCCESS Coaching at St. Anastasia has been moved to Thursday, February 2nd at 7PM in the church.  Dr. Sheri Atwater will be on hand to explain the program and answer questions.  Dr. Atwater teachers in graduate school at LMU working with students that are preparing to be school counselors.  These students will be the facilitators of the SUCCESS Coaching sessions. We are very excited about this partnership and hope that you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

The start of a new year is a good time to review some of our procedures for dropping off and picking up your children.  If you prefer to drop your child without getting out of the car, you must use the drop-off line that begins on Park Hill and cuts across the parking lot feeding out to Stanmoor.  If you would prefer to walk your child onto campus you have the option of parking in the surrounding neighborhood, or finding a spot in the church parking lot.  Please do not make your own spot in the parking lot.  In the case of rain during drop-off students are sent directly to their classrooms, where they are supervised by their teachers.  As a result, the outside supervision is minimal and we need students to be dropped off at the porch area beyond the crosswalk.  This is not so that students avoid getting rained on, rather, it is so that we can keep a consistent flow of traffic and provide the best supervision possible.  Thank you for your cooperation.

With a rise in airborne allergies a number of staff members and students have had to miss school due to migraines caused by fragrances like perfume and cologne.  If you are volunteering to work with students, please refrain from wearing fragrances at school. 

I look forward to seeing many of you this weekend at Open House and throughout the week at our varied activities.

Blessings,

Mike Muir