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St. Justin Martyr School
PASSING THE TORCH OF CATHOLIC LEARNING, LEADING, AND SERVING
TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 8TH GRADE

SJM Weekly Newsletter 6/5/17

A WEEKLY NEWSLETTER OF CURRENT EVENTS
AT ST. JUSTIN MARTYR PARISH SCHOOL
Established 1959
June 5, 2017                  Issue 39 Volume 43

AN SJM STUDENT IS AN ACTIVE FAITH-FILLED LEARNER WHO:
worships God through prayer

Dear SJM Families,

PARISH/SCHOOL FESTIVAL: Come one come all!  Support this fundraiser to benefit the church and school.  Help is needed in all areas.  The latest call came for workers for the first aid booth.  SJM School has a General Store to sell desserts/coffee and toys.  Another school booth has a red canopy that is labeled St. Justin Martyr School.  We are marketing to families who are interested in Catholic education.  You will hand out materials.  Let Hector and Rose know if you will work a shift.  (hjmartinez631@gmail.com).  See you at the festival!

REGISTRATION: Safeguard your child’s position on the class list.  Get your child officially registered.  Contact the business office

FINANCIAL AID: You are required to apply through FACTS each year.  The time is now!

SUMMER ACADEMICS AND ENRICHMENT:  Learning should never stop.  Challenge your child to read and keep the brain exercised with numbers this summer.  The teachers will send home Reading/Math Practice.  Watch for it!

FAITH FACT: St. Justin Martyr — Pray for Us – St. Justin Martyr was born around the year 100 in the Palestinian province of Samaria. Justin’s father followed the Greek pagan religion and raised his son to do the same.  As a young man, Justin became interested in philosophy.  Justin had a life-changing encounter with an old man who urged him to study the Jewish prophets.  Inspired by the dedicated example of other Catholics whom he had seen put to death for their faith, he followed a simple life style.  Justin was asked “If you are killed do you suppose you will go to heaven?” Justin said, “I do not suppose it, but I know and am fully persuaded of it.” St. Justin and his fellow martyrs were beheaded in the year 165. St. Justin’s feast day is celebrated on June 1.

Sincerely in Christ,
Ms. Balsis

FREE DRESS DAY
Did your child take part in the AR (Accelerated Reader) fun day May 23?  Did you sign your child up and pay for or a Free Dress Day at the Dinner Dance?
The Dinner Dance Free Dress Day took place on the same day that some students went on the AR fun day.  If your child went on the AR fun day outing May 23 AND you paid for the Dinner Dance Free Dress Day, he/she is entitled to the Dinner Dance Free Dress day this Wednesday, June 7.

2017-2018 REGISTRATION
The 2016-17 school year is quickly coming to an end.  We have not heard from some families regarding your intentions for the 2017-2018 school year.  If you have not yet registered your children, please contact Mrs. Balsis with a plan for enrollment.  Very important: If you are on the FACTS 12-month payment plan (July-June) but have not yet registered, it will be important to
register very soon in order to stay on the same plan.

DAYCARE INVOICES
Daycare invoices for the period from 4/24/17 through 5/19/17 were sent home on Monday, May 22.  Payment is due upon receipt.  Invoices for the final 2016-2017 daycare period (5/22/17-6/13/17) will be mailed to you after the school year concludes.

2016-2017 SERVICE HOURS STATEMENTS
Statements were sent home Thursday, May 25, 2017.  Your statement covers the period from Dec. 2016-May 2017 (and previously, if you have an outstanding invoice).  If you have a balance, it is due and payable now.

THANK YOU, MRS. MARIA OCAMPO
Thank you to Mrs. Ocampo again this year for her service to SJM School as the Service Hours Chairperson.  As you might imagine, this is an involved job and she is very dedicated to the accuracy of the report.  If you have questions about your service hours, please contact Maria at girlpurplegirl@yahoo.com.

STUDENT PHYSICALS AND IMMUNIZATIONS
Just a reminder to parents of students who will enter first grade for the 2017-2018 school year – first grade students are required to have a physical no sooner than 18 months prior to entering first grade.  Please ensure that this physical exam is completed before school begins.  The required form was previously sent to parents of this year’s kindergarteners.  If you need the physical form, please contact Linda Heil in the front office.

Another reminder:  this year’s TK students who will enter kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year need to have the second MMR immunization.  If your child has not received the 2nd MMR, please take care of that before school begins.

Students entering seventh grade need to have the dTap immunization prior to entry into grade 7.

FYI:  Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 277 into law eliminating the “personal belief” exemption from the mandatory immunization requirements.  Beginning last July 1, 2016…public school districts and other educational institutions are prohibited from admitting a child for the first time, or admitting or advancing any student to the seventh grade, unless the child has been immunized for specific diseases.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATED 8TH GRADERS
We offer sincere congratulations to our 8th graders who graduated last Thursday, June 1, 2017:
Kyle, Tamara, Clark, Joel, Jade, Joselyn, Leilani, Daniel, David, Terence, Monique, Danna, Chelsey, Melissa, Erwin, Margarita, Alicia, Ellie, Eddie
Further congratulations to scholarship winners:
Servite scholarship:  Clark H.
Daniel Hassett Family scholarship:  Daniel M.
Fred V. Duda scholarship:  Joel H. & Alicia V.
(The Duda scholarship was established by the Duda family in 1992 – 25th anniversary.)

KINDERGARTEN PROMOTION
Congratulations to the following students who will be promoted this Thursday, June 8:
Briana, Mia, Christen, Emmanuel, Jaeleah, Audra, Sophia, Diego, Mateo, Joshua, Justin, Abigail, Marie, Joelle, Giovanna
Hope to see all of you in Grade 1 on the first day of school August 30, 2017!

TK PROMOTION
Congratulations to the following students who will be promoted this Friday, June 9:
Kataleya, Ava, Emily, Liam, Blaine, Teaghan, Ynez, Diego, Fausto, Nicolas, Onachukwu, Sophia, Delilah
Hope to see all of you in Grade K on the first day of school August 30, 2017!

FUN FACT
July 1, 2017 is a palindrome in its numerical form:  7-1-17.  What is a palindrome?  It is a word, phrase, or number that is the same forwards and backwards. (By the way, punctuation and dividers between the words, phrases, and/or numbers are acceptable.)