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March 2017

March 15, 2017

Dear St. Anastasia Families,

Congratulations to our Academic Decathlon Team for their tremendous performance at the Long Beach Pyramid on March 6th.  More than one hundred schools from all around the Archdiocese of Los Angeles gathered to face-off in a competition.  Our team earned four individual medals including first place in math, first place in current events, third place in English, and ninth place in religion.  In the team events we placed tenth in superquiz and fourteenth overall, our best finish in our brief decathlon history.  Thanks to our decathletes and their coaches and parents for all of their efforts.  We are so proud of you.

This year’s Parish Ball was a wonderful night of fun, fellowship, and fundraising.  Thank you to the more than three hundred community members who attended the gala at the LAX Westin.  The school project is to enlarge the field and square it off for greater student and community use.  On the night of the event we raised about $30,000 toward the school project which is sixty percent of the project cost.  The Post-Auction online store will open tomorrow and this is a great opportunity to support the school project and to bid on silent auction items that are still available.  Please be sure to sign in to the post auction website and show your support.

This year we adopted a Digital Citizenship Program from Common Sense Media.  Mrs. Mayhue, Mrs. Handal, and I have been teaching the curriculum with dozens of class sessions throughout the year.  Helping our children manage their online presence is a huge challenge for parents and for the school.  It is imperative that parents keep track of their children’s social media accounts in order to keep them safe online.  We often find that the students who have the best classroom behavior are the ones who have a very different online personality.  The best way to keep track of the activity is to follow your child’s Snapchat, Instagram, or other social media accounts.  You also need to have the username and password for their accounts.  This is not a privacy issue; your child is sharing this information with dozens of people and as the parent, you are responsible for your child’s online activity.  Have regular ongoing discussions with your child about their interactions with others online.  They need your guidance and supervision.  Next Friday morning we are going to provide a workshop for our seventh and eighth graders led by industry professionals, and parents are welcome to attend.  Please contact Mrs. Handal for more information.

Thank you to the many parents who completed the accreditation survey last month.  We have begun analyzing the results which will help us with our ongoing improvement efforts.  The results of the survey will be used in our accreditation process, which will culminate with a three day visit by a team of educators next spring.  Here are few of the results:  When asked if their graduate was well prepared for high school, more than 85% of respondents said very well prepared ( 78.6%) or well prepared (7.1%).  Religion, academics, and community were the most popular reasons that people reported for choosing St. Anastasia.  When asked about needed improvements, some of the most popular answers were, more homework, foreign language, smaller classes, and better communication.  80% of respondents said that the academic demands are about right, 15% said too easy, and 5% too difficult.  90% mentioned that the staff is readily accessible: (55% alll the time, 35% most of the time).  95% of respondents said that students treat each other with respect most or all of the time,  89.5% of respondents said that they would feel comfortable coming to the principal with a concern (63.2% very comfortable, 26.3% moderately comfortable.

The Race For Success took place on the campus of Loyola Marymount University and St. Anastasia was very well represented.  We had medal winners in student and parent categories and it was a fun-filled day for all participants.  For complete details on stats check out post in today's family envelope.

Please pay special attention to our pick-up and drop-off procedures.  There have been issues with the line-up on Park Hill, students getting picked up on Stanmoor, and U-turns on Manchester.  Please review the guidelines available on the school website.


Mike Muir