TOGETHER LET’S FOCUS ON MANNERS,
HELP us keep this from becoming “lost” in our
day to day interactions with one another and
those we meet!
REMEMBER TWO DAYS REMAIN ….Science/Art
Fair schedule for Thursday, March 13 from 6:00 –
7:30 in St. Francis Hall (formerly McKeon Center).
We look forward to viewing everyone’s project,
invention and creative work. PLEASE remember
that students are required to wear their mass
uniform and be prepared to present their projects
to those visiting our OMMS event. REMEMBER too
that we are requesting that students take their
Science Projects home at the end of the evening.
On behalf of everyone we thank you in advance for
attending in support of our students and each
child’s efforts in our annual OMMS SCIENCE/ART
Something new this year…..
We would like to request that all students leave
their ART creations instead of removing them at
the end of the evening. This appeal is largely
due to a wonderful opportunity brought to our
attention by a school family and our goal of being
able to display OMMS student ART WORK in a
new office building, but the time frame has yet
to be determined. This is quite an honor and any
piece of ART selected to be displayed comes with
the understanding it will not be returned to the
school or “artist” so students/families must be
comfortable in donating their piece of work. If
this is a problem please let Mr. Sharp or the
office know that your family does not wish to
participate. Thank you for your consideration
and permission to “show” the talent of our
MARIA MONTESSORI SHADOW DAY
……..……Friday, March 21
What does that mean?
Do you feel as if you have been invited, but
really do not understand why?
Hopefully you did remember to save the date as
this is a perfect opportunity to join your child at
school to “shadow” them at work.
Your children are looking forward to captivating you
with their “work” on Friday, March 21, and hopefully
spending the remainder of the afternoon with you
away from “work” enjoying the first weekend of
SPRING a little early…..remember you deserve to
have that relief every now and then! Our hope is
that at least one person in each family will be able
OLD MISSION MONTESSORI SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
FORTY HOLY MARTYRS
During the season of Lent, Eastern Christians celebrate the feast of the Forty Holy Martyrs. These saints
were Christian soldiers of various races from the city of Sebaste in Armenia. They refused to obey the demand
of the emperor Licinius that they abandon their religion, so they were sentenced to death by freezing. Forced
to lie on a frozen pond, they encouraged each other during their ordeal.
One soldier lost heart and ran for a warm bath that the emperor had prepared to tempt them. A pagan soldier,
inspired by the courage of the other 39, joined the martyrs. So their number remained complete.
This feast tells us something about Lent itself. During the 40 days of this season, we try to die to whatever is
not life-giving in us. On this March day it is a custom to search for the returning birds and to listen for their
songs. The deadly power of cold winter will not last forever. The Easter victory of Christ is coming soon.
Forty Holy Martyrs, pray for us.
DATES TO REMEMBER!
Thursday, March 13th
, OMMS Science
and Art Fair 6:00-7:30
Friday, March 14th
, NO SCHOOL,
Teacher Professional Growth day
Monday, March 17th
, St. Patrick’s Day
Friday, March 21st
, Maria Montessori
Shadow Day, 11:00 am all school Mass,
12:30/12:45 pm dismissal, NO PM
EXTENDED CHILD CARE
Monday, March 24th
, General PTG
Meeting, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis Hall,
Everyone is encouraged to attend.
– April 27th
, Easter Vacation
to join their child (ren) for this special occasion.
We know your child anticipates being your teacher
for the morning and the teachers look forward to
your presence on Friday. Remember this is a
wonderful opportunity for your child, a time to
actually show YOU their “work” and have your
undivided attention! After everyone’s time within
the classroom we will gather to celebrate mass in
the Serra Center at 11:00, followed by an
opportunity for you and your child to visit other
classrooms within OMMS. Many have found this to
be truly beneficial especially for those who are not
aware of the next level and what the program
offers; therefore why not take advantage of this
opportunity, consider this time as your own private
OPEN HOUSE! We look forward to seeing everyone
on Friday, March 21.
PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY
..…Sports as Ministry
This workshop is offered to all parents. Several of
OMMS parents and coaches have attended this
workshop in the past and found it to be well worth
their time. For your convenience we have included a
flyer to provide additional information.
The PTG General Meeting has been scheduled for
Monday, March 24th
at 6:30 p.m. in St. Francis Hall
(formerly named McKeon Center).
LET’S KEEP HEALTHY…..
PLEASE CONTINUE to remind and encourage
everyone to keep healthy!
“Hand Washing is one of the single most important
means of preventing the spread of infection,”
according to the Centers for Disease Control and
We continue to remind all students to wash their
hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, after
using the toilet, after sneezing, coughing, and
wiping/blowing their noses; an alcohol based
sanitizer is provided for their use. We also
continue to remind students to COVER their
COUGH and SNEEZES with tissues or cough/sneeze
into the crook of their elbow/sleeve. Please assist
us by reminding your own child (ren) to continue this
practice at home. Please remember to set a good
example by doing this yourself to help children
develop the habit.
DON’T FORGET …….
Deadline for 2014 Yearbook is
approaching. At this point we still have
yearbooks; remember to purchase early to ensure
your child receives a copy to preserve memories of
the 2013-14 school year!
VARIETY SHOW AUDITIONS
Auditions will be held on Friday, April 4, in the
Music Room beginning at 12:45. Sign-ups will be
posted soon requiring parent signature…...keep your
eyes open! Remember ACTS are around 2 minutes in
length. If you have questions please speak with Mr.
Tom. OUR VARIETY SHOW IS scheduled for
Catholic Baseball Camp
Mike Sweeney’s annual Catholic Baseball Camp will
be held Monday, June 30th
, for students aged 8 – 15 years. It will be
held at Cathedral Catholic High School and the cost
is $300. Please see the attached flyer for more
Mark your calendar for the next restaurant night
which will be at Souplantation on Wednesday, March
. The flyer is included in today’s newsletter.
Night at the Mission Wine Tasting Event
(This evening is for “adults only”)
Tickets will soon be on sale for the “Night at the
Mission” wine and beer tasting event to be held on
. The event will include international and
domestic wines along with local beers, a food
showcase from local restaurants, and a silent
auction. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the
door. You can purchase tickets on line at
www.nightatthemission.com. Be sure and spread
the word to family, friends, and co-workers. Tickets
and flyers are now available in the school office.
Christmas in July
Jewelry Boutique Needs You!
We are in need of individuals willing to co-chair our
CinJ Jewelry Boutique. Jewelry is donated by
school families and parishioners then it is sold at
Christmas in July. If you are interested or have
questions, please contact Zophia Dyblie at (760)
721-9475. More information will be available at our
General PTG Meeting on March 24th
The Christmas in July Artisan Committee
We are looking for two to three parents to join our
creative group to fulfill their Christmas in July
hours. The Artisan committee meets regularly to
“jury” artisan applications before CinJ. Duties may
include determining grounds/artisan booth layout,
setup/tear-down timing, artisan conduct, payments,
etc. Each member will work the CinJ weekend in
some capacity. Once the committee is fully
staffed, specific duties and shifts will be discussed
and determined to ensure there is constant
coverage and supervision leading up to, and during,
the weekend of CinJ. Please contact me directly if
you would like to participate on the Artisan
committee, or if you have any questions. Our first
committee meeting is coming up next week, so don’t
hesitate! Renee Michaelson (619) 867-9680
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 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.
RECYCLING YOUR ELECTRONICS
We continue to collect cell phones, laser & inkjet
cartridges, laptops, MP3s, PDAs and tablets/
eReaders/notebooks to raise money for our school.
We are asking parents to ask businesses like: Cell
phone stores, Medical facilities, Technology
Companies, or even your place of business to donate.
The possibilities are endless! Business donations
can be tax deductible. Please drop off items at the
school office. Thank you for recycling!
AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS NEWS
Permission slips for the after school sports
must be turned in no later than March 13th
~This Spring sports’ season, OMMS boys will now
have the opportunity to play volleyball! Boys’
Volleyball will begin week of March 24th
through April 11th
, and end with a volleyball
tournament on May 2nd
. (We are need of a coach
for our volleyball team. If you are willing to
assist, please contact the school office.)
~ Boys’ soccer season will begin April 28th
~ The sports fee for each sport is $50.
**For those signing up for both sports,
families will receive $25 off the second
North County Parochial League
Annual Track Meet
The Annual NCPL Track Meet will be held Saturday,
. All students are encouraged to
participate in this fun and exciting event! It is a
day of friendly competition and personal goal
setting. More information will soon be available.
We will need parent volunteers. If you have any
questions, please contact Ms. Saundra @
Stations of the Cross Schedule:
4:30 pm (English) – Parish Chapel
7:00 pm (Spanish) – Parish Chapel
Quiet Monday Retreats Offered by Old Mission
Come and remember the sound of silence. Silent
Retreats offered during Lent on Mondays,
and March 31st
from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
The fee is $25. Lunch and private room is included.
Communal Lenten Reconciliation Serves
All parishioners are encouraged to attend a
communal reconciliation service:
March 11 @ 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm, St. Francis, Vista
March 12 @ 7:00 pm, St. Margaret’s, Oceanside
March 30, @ 4:00 pm, St. Thomas More, Oceanside
April 2, @ 7:00 pm, St. Patrick’s, Carlsbad
April 3, @ 7:00 pm, Mission San Luis Rey Parish
Please keep the following members our school
family in your prayers:
~ The Packard Family
~ Hannah Higgins and Family
~ The Falbee Family
~ Marilyn Clark, Brooke B’s cousin
~ Fabio Perez
~ Vanessa & Andres’ Grandfather
~ Christina Ruiz
~ Jacob Donahue (7 months old) and his family
~ Mrs. Bush
~ Sr. Joyce Hampel, CSJ, Associate Principal
Academy of Our Lady of Peace
~ All of our military families