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April 24, 2018

Dear St. Anastasia Families,

Lord we lift our hearts to you. As the dawn breaks, may we carry the unity we share into every moment knowing that we are one with the risen Christ. Lord, we lift our eyes to you. And so, we lift our voices to you. We celebrate the greatest day in history, when Jesus rose from death, defeated darkness and bathed the world in stunning resurrection light. May we ever live to praise you!  Amen.

This year our school has been accredited by two organizations: The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Western Catholic Educational Association.  The accreditation term is for six years and culminates with a three day visit by leading educators in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in which they observe teaching in the classroom, analyze data, and interview constituents.  The Visiting Committee prepares a report for the school in addition to recommending a term of accreditation. Our visit was a tremendous success! The visiting team loved our school and was very impressed by our students and teachers, the high level of parent support, and our very strong Catholic identity.  I am including a link to the Visiting Committee Report. I hope you will take the time to read it and will feel validated in your choice to be a part of our wonderful school.  Visiting Committee Report

Congratulations to our music teacher, Mr. Petitt, who was chosen by his colleagues as the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year from St. Anastasia School.  For the past five years Mr. Petitt has shared his love of music and helped our students grow in their appreciation and participation. He teaches our students how to sing beautifully and he helps them discover a world of music.  We are so blessed to have him as a member of our staff.

Thanks to Mr. Roque for heading up the upper grade talent show this year, so mark your calendars for Wednesday May 16th at 10:30 in the church.  Our seventh graders are off campus this week at the Pali Leadership Institute. Mrs. Handal and Ms. McDonnell have been sending great pictures of the students participating in a wide variety of activities.  Next Wednesday is the Renaissance Festival at St. A’s. After recess the 7th grade will present a child friendly version of The Taming of the Shrew, as well as a class dance, the Maypole, and an archery display.  Spring athletics are well underway and our Panthers are off to a tremendous start. We have teams for soccer, softball, volleyball, futsal, and track and field. Thanks to all of our athletes and coaches for their dedication and sportsmanship.  Go Panthers!

Our seventh and eighth graders have been involved in small group service projects, and on Sunday, April 15th, the students presented their projects and encouraged support from the parishioners after Masses.  It was a huge success and the students have been able to increase awareness of their charitable organizations and raise needed funds. Here are the organizations that our students have chosen to support: Our Lady of Talpa, Safe Place For You, Salvation Army, San Miguel Elementary School, St. Jude Hospital, Ballona Wetlands, Heal the Bay, Adopt and Shop, Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, Children’s Shelter, the Flying Samaritans, and St. Joseph Center.  

Please be sure to complete your children’s enrollment for next year using the following link by April 30: Enrollment Information.

We gather as a school community every Friday at 8AM for Holy Mass.  It is such a pleasure to join members of the parish community and many of our school parents.  Please join us.

Easter Blessings,

Mike Muir