February 22, 2013

We are just over halfway through the school year and we are very proud of how hard the children are working and what they are achieving this year. It’s not all work though – they are also having fun at school thanks to many of you! We are very grateful for your support and thank everyone who has taken time out of your busy schedules to help us hold such enjoyable events and programs such as:

and more like our Book Fair and Santa’s Secret Shop. We are also extremely thankful for our many wonderful volunteers who make school life fun for the children: the lunch program moms, dads, and grandparents, the room parents who organize class parties and much more, our snack shop helpers, everyone who helps with our after school sports program and our other after school programs.

We have had a busy year so far and we have many wonderful plans for the rest of the year! Here’s some of what we’re looking forward to:

  • March Madness – Every Friday in March is a Free Dress Day with a theme. This kicks off on March 1st with the always popular Crazy Hair Day!
  • Open House – Join us on March 14th from 6-7:30pm to see what has been happening in all of the classes so far this year. Be sure to invite family and friends along and anyone you know who is looking for a school for next year.
  • Talent Show – St. Martin’s definitely has talent and will show it off in the annual Talent Show on March 20th at 6:30pm.
  • All School Easter Chapel – Join us in the church at 8:30am on Friday, March 22nd.
  • Annual Gala – Save the date for our Spaghetti Western Night at Rancho St. Martin’s taking place on April 20th.

Have you seen the beautiful sunflowers “blooming” around campus? Get your child’s name on one when you make a donation to our Annual Giving campaign.

Helping Children Cope in the Face of Tragedy

… weep with those who weep.
Romans 12:15

Today we at St. Martin’s weep with those who weep over the senseless loss of innocent lives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. It is truly impossible to imagine the grief felt by those who have lost their family members and the anguish of the entire school community at Sandy Hook Elementary. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families in Connecticut who have experienced the loss of a loved one, the community at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the village of Newton, CT.

Our prayers also go out to our own school community as we and our children struggle to deal with this tragedy. The National Association of School Psychologists has published some guidelines for helping children to cope with national disasters and tragedies. As you and your children try to cope with these events, we hope that the information found in A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope can help you to ease any fears your children may have.

It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas!

Decorations are going up at St. Martin’s beginning with our annual Christmas Tree decorating in the Church.