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November 5, 2013

Blessings…the members of our community have many to count! Here are just a few.

We are blessed with students who are willing to learn how to serve others. Last Friday the student council organized and performed the first school rally of the year.   The rally was headed by our Spirit Commissioner Giuliana Hernandez.   Giuliana and the student council organized games and introduced the fall sports teams, and they were successful in bringing out the school spirit in each of our students.  This year’s Student Council, lead by Commissioner General Mia Castillo, is off to a terrific start.

We are blessed with a strong parent community.  Last Saturday’s Auction was a huge success because of committee chair Sara McCraw and co-chair Elisha Nakada.  Sara and Elisha, with the help of many others, provided a beautiful evening.  Elsiha and her volunteers were responsible for the lovely décor and setting the evening atmosphere. The Sweet Shop, organized by April Gonzales and team, had many delicious desserts available to the highest bidder.  The Silent Auction, led by Betty Kempen with the help of Amy Hirata and Lisa Cavazos, was organized and set up beautifully and there were many wonderful items to choose from.  The live auction was chaired by Sara McCraw and it was awesome!  The crowd responded to Amanda Vanegas and Jeff Cardinale’s auctioneer skills by opening up their wallets to support our school.  Many people were excited about our $10,000 cash raffle that was handled by Flor Antonio. There were many people who helped behind the scenes, such as Becky Wright with the bank, Tara Crabtree with reservations, and Roxanne and David Castillo with the program and slide show and Juan Hernandez for taking many of those slide show pictures.  The parent club board and many others behind the scenes worked very hard for our school and their efforts for this event made the Auction a great success! We especially have to thank all the generous sponsors who with their donations make this event possible.   Thank you!

We are blessed with a committed extended community that continues to support us!  The Knights of Columbus, the Ladies Guild, CIF and other parishioners support our school financially. Other parishioners, like Ernestine Avledo, volunteer their time and talent to our school.  The grandparent club members continue their efforts to keep our students safe in the morning and they are committed to helping make improvements within our school.  There are many alumni and alumni families that donate their time, talent and treasure to our school.  They support our fundraising events in a big way!

God has blessed us abundantly and with more blessings then we can count.  They are big and small.  Some are easy to see and some remain silent and hidden.  I thank God for all of them.  Go in peace and don’t run in the halls.

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Deborah J.V. Nettell


Faith Corner

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton  (1774-1821)
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was the first native-born citizen of the United States to be cannoned by the Roman Catholic Church. She was the founder of St. Joseph’s Academy and Free School, the first Catholic school in America.   She also was the founder of the Sisters of Charity.

Living in the Moment:I believe that anyone can be successful in life, regardless of the natural talent or the environment within which we live.  This is not based on measuring success by human competitiveness for wealth, possessions, influence, and fame, but adhering to God’s standards of truth, justice, humility, service, compassion, forgiveness, and love.”  ~President Jimmy Carter

Pray ForFlor Antonio’s mother who was in the hospital and for those who are ill and for their caregivers.

Special ThanksTo Sara McCraw, Elisha Nakada, parent club board members, and all those who volunteered at the auction.  Patricia Benavides and Clemencia Cardinale for setting up a remembrance table for our loved ones that have passed on.

Prayer of the Day– Holy Spirit, guide my steps.


Mark Your Calendars!  

2nd grade field trip to Discovery Center – November 7th

End of First TrimesterNovember 8th

Veterans Day – NO SCHOOL- Monday, November 11th

Recycling- November 13th. The Grandparents Club is sponsoring this event. A flyer is included in this mailing.

Teacher In-service – NO SCHOOL – Thursday, November 14th.

7th and 8th Grade Field Trip– November 15th

First Trimester Report Card Goes HomeNovember 15th, All report cards should be signed and returned no later then November 22nd.

Student Council Food Drive – November 18th through November 22nd.

1st Trimester Awards Assembly – November 18th @8:30am in APR.

4th Grade Field TripNovember 22nd.

Thanksgiving Vacation– November 25th through the 28th     

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