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1/1/2020 Newsletter


January 1, 2020                  Issue 18 Vol.46

An SJM student is –
III. A lifelong learner who:
D. develops and uses talents to learn new skills

Dear SJM School Families,

THANK YOU: Thankfulness is a major part of well-being. It creates inner well-being, an inner harmony and when our inner harmony goes missing, we are miserable.

As parents we might hope that our children will learn to be thankful for the way we live our lives before them. We can tell them how thankful we are to have them in our lives. We can spend more time with them instead of buying them more toys and games and teach them the value of relationships over material gifts. We can tell our children that we like it when they say “thank you”. We can tell our children to be thankful for the inspiration that surrounds them: to marvel at the power of the wind, the immensity of the ocean, the perfection of the night sky, the rugged beauty of the natural environment –
“Nature is the living, visible garment of God” Goethe.”

FAITH FACT: How are incense, oil and holy water symbolic? Incense is symbolic of two things: our prayers rising to God and a sign of blessing and respect.  When the priest blesses the body or the cremains at a funeral mass, it is a sign of respect.  Oil and spices were used to express love and respect.  Mary Magdalene and the other women went to the tomb of Jesus with oil and spices to anoint the body of Jesus.  Oil used in the sacraments is a symbol of healing the body and spirit. Holy water cleanses us with the power of God’s love and forgiveness.

Let there be light, in the soul, in the heart,
Mrs. Balsis

SJM Mission Statement
The school’s mission statement and philosophy reflect the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, as stated by the Pope and the Bishops, and are based on the Catholic church’s mission to proclaim the gospel, build community, celebrate through worship, and serve others. These objectives are seen through all aspects of school life from the morning announcements to the afternoon devotions. The mission statement and philosophy were inspired by the collaboration of shareholders to discuss what they envisioned a St. Justin Martyr student to embody. Both the mission statement and philosophy are reviewed by faculty and staff each year. They are then updated as needed to represent the current culture of the parish and school.

Hot Lunch orders for the month of January are now available.

COACH NEEDED:  The Boys B Basketball Team needs a coach so we can follow through with our commitment  with 2 teams this season.  This team includes fifth and sixth grade boys.  Please respond to Athletic Director Mr. Macias or Mrs. Balsis as soon as possible if you are interested.  A family’s service hours can be earned by coaching.


The faculty and staff of Saint Justin Martyr School are here to serve you, our students and families.  We pledge to be ever dedicated to connecting our school community to our Catholic identity.  You are the reason we are here.  Here is an insight from Mrs. Teresa Oldham about what most inspires her about our Catholic faith. “I consider my Catholic faith the biggest gift my parents John and Anne gave me.  I know that giving me 12 years of Catholic education came at great personal sacrifice to them both.  My faith practice includes attending Mass and receiving the Sacraments, going on weekend retreats, having a spiritual director, being involved in my home parish, and developing a deep contemplative prayer life. My faith has held me up during times of hardship and pain.  The great gift Jesus gave us was becoming human so that we could join our personal challenges and heartbrokenness with His because He understands us intimately.”

CELEBRATE FAMILY: Be recognized as a family for “Living as a Catholic Family” at the next Awards Ceremony in March. See the letter of invitation attached here.


Check out the dates and locations near you and register today!

Click here to learn more about Student Leadership Days.

Due to overwhelming popularity and high demand, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition at the Christ Cathedral Campus has been extended through August 2020!  The immersive showcase features museum quality, near-life-size reproductions of the iconic master’s 34 frescos that adorn the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.  Visitors can see this art in a close to life-size, never-before-seen perspective. It’s a perfect experience for those who have never been to Rome and want to see the art work AND for those who have been to the Sistine Chapel and want a closer look and to learn more about each fresco.  This is an excellent opportunity for everyone to experience both the exhibition and the progress made on Christ Cathedral Campus.  Guests can enhance their experience by adding an optional self-guided audio narrative available in 5 languages. Exhibit times: All 7 days/week 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Rosary Academy is offering 2 High School Placement prep courses for 8th grade students on Saturday, January 11, or Tuesday, January 14. The fee is $75. This course is open to girls and boys.

Click here for information.


If a child is absent, the parent/guardian must telephone the school office each day of the absence before 8:30 AM and relate the reason for the absence.  A request for a student’s homework and arrangements for its pick up must also be made at this time.  You are able to leave a message at the school anytime, day or night, to report an absence.

Mass for the Protection of Unborn Children

In observance of the Supreme Court Decision Roe v. Wade, that legalized abortion, Bishop Vann invites all the Catholic community to observe the day as a Day of Reparation.  Catholics are encouraged to practice fasting, abstinence, and prayer on that day.  Bishop Vann also invites our Catholic community as well as all people of good will to join together in prayer for an end to abortion, healing for those involved in abortion, and an increased respect for all human life at the Mass for the Protection of Unborn Children on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The Mass will begin at 7 p.m. inside our newly dedicated Cathedral.

CATHOLIC NIGHT AT THE HONDA CENTER! Click here for all the details about this fun event!


Welcome to our segment featuring a contribution from our (future) students. This week, we celebrate the help of the little ones who are the future of our school.  We thank our amazing families for all their involvement and we treasure their presence, smiles and visits.

Future editions of the IT newsletter will contain featured pictures of the week that will include moments that took place during the week at SJM or at an SJM event. If you would like to submit pictures please send them to this email. If you would like to exclude yourself or your child from these pictures, please respond with the names of person’s you’d like excluded.

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