1. OLD MISSION MONTESSORI SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
ST. Rose Philippine Duchesne
(1769 – 1852)
Beginning her life as a nun in the Order of the Visitation in France, Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne eventually
joined the Society of the Sacred Heart, founded by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat. Due to her missionary zeal,
she was sent, along with five other sisters, to Saint Louis, Missouri, to care for the poor and educate Native
Americans. Under her leadership, the sisters established numerous schools and orphanages. She is
remembered for her remarkable work, including evangelization and catechesis with Native Americans,
particularly the Potawatomi tribe. Recognizing her extraordinary ministry, amazing ability to navigate
difficulties, and profound spirituality, a contemporary said, “She was the Saint Francis of Assisi of the Society.”
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, pray for us.
DATES TO REMEMBER!
Wednesday, November 20th, Family
Restaurant Night at Fratelli’s, 20% of your
transaction will go to OMMS!
Wednesday, November 27th – Friday,
November 29th, Thanksgiving vacation,
Wednesday, December 4th, PTG Meeting,
6:30 – 7:30 pm, location TBA
Thursday, December 5th, PTG Meeting,
8:45 am – 10:00 am, Art classroom
Thursday, December 5th, Annual
Christmas Program (Primary – Senior
Elementary), 6:30 pm, Serra Center
Friday, December 6th, 11:00 am, all school
Mass, 12:30/12:45 pm dismissal
Monday, December 9th, Holy Day Immaculate Conception, 11:00 am Mass,
Serra Center with Parish community,
3:00/3:15 pm dismissal
Monday, December 9th, “A Christmas
Carol”, 6:30 pm, McKeon Center, (6th Grade
Friday, December 20th, 11:00 am All
School Mass, 12:30/12:45 pm dismissal,
NO PM EXTENDED CHILD CARE
December 21st – January 5th, Christmas
Vacation, NO SCHOOL
Monday, January 6th, children return to
Information for Catholic Schools
Did you receive an invitation from OMMS on behalf
of Catholic Schools Management? On behalf of our
Pastor, Father David we would like to extend our
gratitude in advance for your time, assistance and
response to these invitations. If you have not had
an opportunity to submit your narrative there is
still time to do so; the deadline has been extended
to Friday, November 22. Once again thank you for
being an active participant as we develop plans for
A gift of Thanks ……
As a thank you to all for sharing what you have with
others and offering to lend a helping hand to those
who are in need you will receive a gift of gratitude
from the school.
Your gift is a gift of two
additional “free dress” or non-uniform days next
week on Monday and Tuesday! Enjoy your gift and
remember what you do for others no matter how
small is always remembered and appreciated by
those who receive.
ARE YOU AVAILABLE?
On Sunday, December 15, at 3:00 p.m. to help sing?
We have been asked by Laura Gibson and the
director of the Shepard’s Choir at the parish if any
of our students would be available to help sing a
couple of songs and join in on some carols for an
event called LESSONS AND CAROLS. They have
indicated it would involve approximately an hour on
that Sunday and would greatly appreciate having our
If you are available and
interested could you please contact the school
office on or before FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22.
Thank you for your consideration and your time.
RESULTS from IOWA ASSESSMENTS
We have received the results of the standardized
tests that all 1st through 8th level participated in
during the latter part of October. The results of
these tests will be mailed later this week.
2. had the basic idea of what volleyball would be
like. This season was lots of fun and by far the
best season yet. Thank you very much.
“Pay It Forward” Vote
The ballots are in and have been counted! We will
be sending “A Hope Basket” to a family through
The Hope Basket, with
chickens and rabbits, offers just that to Heifer’s
project partners. Rabbits are easy to care for and
reproduce quickly, allowing their owners to sell the
offspring for extra income. Chickens lay eggs and
provide manure for vegetable gardens. This gift of
hope goes on and on, lasting much longer and helping
Thank you again to those students who donated a
portion of their Halloween candy to our troops; to
Dr. Hurst for “buying our Halloween candy”; and to
Heifer International who helped us provide for a
ANNUAL GINGERBREAD HOUSE PROJECT
It is that time of year again – time to get creative
and make something that looks as good as it tastes!
Our Gingerbread House extravaganza will be held
December 16th through the 19th. We need
December 13th at 8:30 am in the Music Room so they
will be ready the following week for the children to
decorate. Volunteers are also needed to help the
children again in the Music Room in the mornings on
December 16th through the 19th. The schedule will
be out soon. And don’t forget the construction
materials! (This is a good way to use up all that
Halloween candy.) Please bring unopened candy only
and turn it in to your classroom or the front office
by Friday, December 13th, so that I (Mary R.) know
what I have and can divide it up to make sure all the
children have enough and enough variety to work
Many, many thanks to Mary R. for sharing one
of her family’s delicious traditions with all at
P.E. and SPORTS NEWS
The close of our volleyball season…
Why I like being on my volleyball team -This season of volleyball has been the best ever. I
have learned so much and come so far. This
season was a phenomenal season for the OMMS
girls’ volleyball because we played as a team and
a family. We each taught each other something
that made us better players. This season I was
really excited because I learned to set really well.
You, as coaches, really believed I could do it
which was really cool. I also had lots of fun at the
SoCal practice where we learned everything all
together. That was really fun because when we
had our first practice we all knew each other and
The Volleyball season was amazing. The whole
team bonded more closely and we had a great
time whether we won or lost. We all got better.
During varsity volleyball season the team all came
together working, playing=teamwork. We all did
our best! We would win games and lose games
but we did it all as a team. I thought we worked
as a team because we would all cheer even when
there were parts in a game when we were behind.
I thought we all did a great job! E.J. M.
This season in volleyball I have improved in
everything. Three touches. Setting. Teamwork.
This season was great. We had a lot of wins and
great volleys. We faced challenges and no matter
what, we stayed confident and helped each other
out. Shannon M.
This season of volleyball was the best volleyball
season so far. We all improved a lot this season,
and I am so proud of the team and how well we
did this season! Alexis L.
For me this varsity volleyball season was amazing
and fun. We had the help of great coaches that
taught us great teamwork! I had such an amazing
time! Noelle H.
I am so proud of our team in our final year of
OMMS volleyball. Everybody has improved so
much since 4th grade! We have all learned how to
be good teammates, friends, and sisters to each
other. Lea M.
This season of volleyball has been a success, not
only in the sense of winning half our games, but in
all we learned and how we improved, how well we
play and communicate with each other, the
support we all have for each other, and the team’s
sportsmanship whether we are winning or losing.
What I learned this season from volleyball is
teamwork and friendship are everything. You
have to be connected with your team no matter
what ever through the ups and downs. And you
also have to be really, really, really supportive of
your team because nothing says we can do this
like cheering and being supportive. Grace F.
Volleyball this year was the best. I have been
doing volleyball for five years, we weren’t always
the best team but this year we hit the ball out of
the park or should I say hit the volleyball over the
net. Teehee. We ended our 8th grade volleyball
experience with nothing but team work and
knowing we have done our very best, and knowing
to always hit the volleyball three times.
3. Junior Varsity Volleyball News On Thursday, November 11th, we won all three
matches against St. Francis. The amazing players
are Alana, Sophia, Romy, Mona, Malia, Piper, and
Annie. We had an amazing season together. Our
coach was the best coach ever! We might be going
to the playoffs, so wish us luck! by Annie N.
Winter Sports –
Winter sports will begin
the week of January 13th.
The winter sports
schedule will be as follows: Varsity soccer games
are on Tuesdays. J.V. games are on Thursdays.
Varsity and JV basketball games are on Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Permission slips were
handed out last week to students who are
interested in playing. Extra permission slips are
available in the office. Please complete and return
them to the school office before our Thanksgiving
half!) of each sale. If we sell 200 gift cards we would earn $4000. If
we sell 500 gift cards we would earn $10,000! The money to be
earned is endless because everybody NEEDS oil changes.
Please see Ms. Cyndi in the office to buy yours; grab a few more
to sell at work to your coworkers.
1. What type of vehicle can use this program?
Most makes & models, cars, trucks, vans & SUVs serviced at
participating affiliates. Program not available for 1 ton vehicles or
2. May I split the oil changes among different vehicles?
Deal good for 3x oil changes on the same vehicle at the same
3. How long do I have to activate the code?
Program coupons are valid for 365 days upon activation.
4. What happens if I forget to activate my code?
Non-activated codes expire after two years without program
5. What if I don’t have conventional oil or if I have special
Additional charges may apply for synthetic, 5W20-ZO, diesels,
canister filters or those vehicles requiring more than six quarts.
Courtesy Chevrolet Center
Precision Tune Auto Care
Precision Tune Auto Care
Subaru El Cajon
Toyota of Poway
Oceanside Turkey Trot –
Training for the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Troy has
much improved OMMS P.E. students’ cardiovascular
fitness. Students are running faster and for longer
periods of time. There is still time to sign-up for
this event and when you participate and name our
school, OMMS will receive a portion of the entry
fee! Come Run/Walk Thanksgiving morning,
November 28th. OMMS students have been training
hard for this event! You can register online at
www.osideturkeytrot.com. Hope to see you there!
Don’t forget Family Night at Fratelli’s this
Wednesday, November 20th. This fundraiser will be
all day. Whether you have lunch or dinner, eat-in or
take-out, just present the attached flyer to your
server and Fratelli’s will donate 20% of your
transaction to OMMS! Fratelli’s is located at 3915
Mission Avenue (in the Albertson’s shopping center).
Mossy Nissan El Cajon
Mossy Nissan Kearny Mesa
North County Ford
North County Buick Cadillac
North County Kia
Brothers Auto Repair & Fleet
Lexus El Cajon
South County Buick GMC
Ron Baker Chevrolet Isuzu
Annual OMMS Christmas Program
All Primary through 5th grade students, please wear
red and or green tops and dark bottoms for the
Christmas concert attire. The concert is scheduled
for December 5th at 6:30 pm in the Serra Center.
Please bring your child to their classroom at 6:00
OMMS CHOIR NEWS
Eoilchange.com…another great way to
support our school!
Eoilchange.com is offering gift cards for 3 oil changes worth $120
for only $40. The best part is OMMS gets to keep $20 (that's
On November 15th, there was an error made in
communication regarding choir practice.
practice is to be held every 3 rd Friday of the month.
I mistakenly relayed information saying that there
was no choir rehearsal when in fact rehearsal was
scheduled for that day.
I apologize for my
oversight and am taking steps to ensure that this
does not happen in the future. Parents will be
notified if there is any change to the choir
4. rehearsal schedule in the school newsletter. Any
announcements to be made between newsletters,
will be sent home in a note regarding the
information. It is my intention to have a regular
choir schedule and to have clear communication with
parents of choir members.
regarding the OMMS choir will go out to parents in
advance so as to eliminate any confusion and any
inconvenience that might occur. Please accept my
sincerest apologies for the oversight. I thank you
for allowing your child to be in the OMMS choir and
I look forward to working with you and your child in
the future. Mr. Tom
Please keep the following members our school
family in your prayers:
~ The communities in the Midwest effected by the
tornadoes, hail, and wind
~ The people of the Philippines effected by the
~ The Densert Family
~ 10 year old Zachary
~ Joseph Cierzan
~ Marilyn Clark, Brooke B’s cousin
~ Fabio Perez
~ Vanessa & Andres’ Grandfather
~ Christina Ruiz
~ Jacob Donahue (7 months old) and his family
~ Mrs. Bush
~ Ms. Lida
~ Ms. Suzanne
~The Varrichio Family
~ The Golina Family for health and healing
~ Joan Satterfield & family
~ All of our military families