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Dear Parent, March 2008

    Many inquiring parents come to us each year wondering what the Catholic schools have to offer that is different or superior to the local public school. After all, much federal and state funding is poured into public schools which allows for electives, special education programs, and state-of-the-art materials and facilities.

    Again, our student learning expectations form the framework of our school’s work. The third of the five expectations is that graduates of our school will become life long learners. They will demonstrate mastery of the content outlined in the diocesan and school curricular guides. This content follows the same state and national standards as the public schools, so where’s the difference? Well, we add

    standards of Catholicity and social justice.

    We encourage our students to strive for academic excellence; to find, interpret, and then utilize information; and to communicate effectively. We expect our students to think critically and problem solve. Literacy in the field of technology and facility with different media are also indicators of this expectation. Again, in the very best public schools in the best of classes with the most motivated students, these same behaviors and learning would also be expected.

    But it is what we expect our children to do with that learning that separates us from the rest of the educational systems in the country. It is not good enough for our stakeholders that our children are learned and educated. They are encouraged and expected to take that education and make the world a better place, a more moral place. Graduates across the nation work to secure the best paying careers to make money. Hopefully, graduates of our schools work to secure careers to help change the world for the better. Making money is great, but what will they do with that money, with that power to lead? After all, we know from Scripture that it is not our abilities that tell what kind of people we are, but our choices of what we do with those abilities.

    To those who question, I sum up my answer, as to what brought me to my life’s work as a vocation. I believe that, with my gifts and abilities, the educational field in the Catholic schools is my calling to serve. It is a vocation, not merely an avocation. Have I passed up monetary advantages? Surely, but I have been allowed to share my faith and love of God in every part of my day’s work. A priceless

    opportunity!

    And it is to this quote from a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp that I go when I need to be reminded of the reason why our children are in a Catholic school:

     “I am a survivor of a concentration camp.

     My eyes saw what no person should witness.

     Gas chambers built by learned engineers.

     Children poisoned by educated physicians.

    Infants killed by trained nurses.

     Women and children shot and killed by college graduates.

     So I’m suspicious of education.

     My request is: help your students to be human.

     Your efforts must never produce learned monsters,

     Skilled psychopaths, or educated Eichmanns.

     Reading and writing and spelling and history

     and arithmetic are only important if they serve to make

    our students human.

Sincerely,

Principal

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    SCHOOL WIDE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS

     A graduate of Our Lady of Grace School is:

    - an active Catholic Christian witness

     - a responsible citizen

     - a life long learner - an integrated individual - a globally aware citizen

     FEBRUARY

    The following students have been chosen for the fulfillment of service this past month and for the

    consistency and timeliness of that service. Congratulations and thanks to all!

ALTAR SERVERS ALTAR SERVERS ALTAR SERVERS

    Katherine Allmann John Dixon Trevor Manns

    Alexis Athis Patrick Dixon Andrew Maybo

    Isidoro Balistreri Evan Durr Adam McDonald

    Maria Balistreri Gary Dutra Sabrina Mendoza-Winteer

    Heather Bardin Jessica Faust Cara Parrella

    Deanna Barrett Patrick Fennell Brooke Shawcroft

    Thomas Blick Cara Filley Kelsie Smith

    Garrett Blodgett Connor Filley Nicole Stewart

    Zachary Blodgett Jeff Fox Matthew Tolliver

    Anne Calvet Kara Johnson Connor Whalen

    Christopher Carlin Melanie Kane John Wilson

    Danamarie Carter Aubrey LaBonte-Clark Michael Wilson

    Thomas Channing Mark Lovejoy Noah Ylagan

    Kaelyn Church Emily Magee Joseph Ziber

    Kathleen Croke Lindsay Magee Joseph Zuccaro

    Danielle Dillard Mackenzie Manns

    Catherine Dixon

PEACE PATROL PEACE PATROL SAFETY PATROL

    Tommy Channing Jordan Kunz** Taylor Ahearn

    Gary Dutra Jennifer Penix Elliott Allmann

    Jessica Faust Danielle Rieger Anne Calvet

    Danielle Gudino Julia Sherwood** Kara Johnson

    Kara Johnson Haley Trenfel Andrew Maybo

     Lily Van Horn Noah Ylagan

     ** denotes Captain

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     CHILDRENS CHOIR

The following students sang at the Children’s Choir Mass on February 2. Thank you for your talents and time.

GRADE 4 GRADE 4 (con’t) GRADE 5 GRADE 6

    Ryan Arroyo Katelyn Heffler Austin Beaulieu Kaelyn Church

     Steven Barrett Zackary Hughes Cathy Dixon Cassandra Van Horn

    Tanner Battikha Brooke Jacobson Matthew Ireland Lillian Van Horn

    Robert Case Matthew Johnston Adam McDonald Noah Ylagan

    Jon Cordero Emily Kane Grant Seitrich

    Megan Darrow Dana Price Matthew Tolliver

    Emily Disser Elyse Rugee Kalib Varela

    Sam Dixon Kyle Ruiz Cameron Way

    Calvin Farris Julie Way Anna Williamson

    Cailan Healy Michael Wilson

    Andrew Heffler

    HONOR ROLL

    The following students have achieved First Honors for the second quarter of the 2007/2008 school year:

GRADE 6 GRADE 7 GRADE 8

    Jasmine Arias Alberto Acosta Deanna Barrett

    Alexis Athis Taylor Ahearn Robert Caya

    Jennifer Collins Christopher Carlin Savannah Dowling

    Bianca Corallino Danamarie Carter Danielle Gudino

    Danielle Dillard Patrick Dixon Melanie Kane

    Jeff Fox Jessica Faust Eden Kennedy

    Lauren Gudino Connor Filley London Knight

    Kristi Johnson Alexandra Hopkins-Baum Derek Price

    Mary Kemp Kara Johnson Danielle Rieger

    Mackenzie Manns Ben Piorkowski Nicklaus Ruppert

    Alexis McClure Cassidy Plunkett Julia Sherwood

    Sabrina Mendoza-Winteer Haley Trenfel Nicole Stewart

    Cara Parrella Scott Walsh Lauren Van Abel

    Jennifer Penix Katherine Williamson Melody Van Tassell

    Chad Plunkett John Wilson

    Torian Riley

    Kelsie Smith

    Connor Whalen

    The following students received Second Honors for the second quarter of the 2007/2008 school year:

GRADE 6 GRADE 7 GRADE 8

    Evan Durr Ashley Ahrens Patrick Fennell

    Cara Filley Isidoro Balistreri Derek Graham

     Kathleen Croke Domenick Sawaya

     Connor Ruiz

     Robert Varela

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SCIENCE FAIR RESULTS: The OLG School Science Fair judging was held on Monday, stFebruary 4. The results are as follows: Behavioral and Social Sciences: 1 Place-Cassidy Plunkett; ndrd2 Place-Victoria Coit-Johnstone and Kara Johnson; 3 Place-Patrick Dixon; Chemistry, Physics, stndMedicine and Health: 1 Place- Kathryn Cordero (Medicine & Health); 2 Place- Kathleen Croke rd(Medicine & Health) and Katherine Williamson (Chemistry); 3 Place-Danamarie Carter (Chemistry);

    Honorable Mention-Connor Ruiz (Physics): Consumer Science, Engineering, Plant Sciences, Zoology: stnd1 Place-Ben Piorkowski (Engineering Energy and Transport); 2 Place-Joan Moorehead (Plant rdSciences); 3 Place-Haley Trenfel (Consumer Science).

The following students attended the Regional Science Fair held at Hillsdale Middle School: Taylor

    Ahearn (Chemistry); Danamarie Carter (Chemistry); Victoria Coit-Johnstone (Behavioral & Social

    Science); Kathryn Cordero (Medicine & Health); Kathleen Croke (Medicine & Health); Patrick Dixon

    (Behavioral & Social Science); Alexandra Hopkins-Baum (Physics); Kara Johnson (Behavioral &

    Social Science); Joan Moorehead (Plant Sciences); Ben Piorkowski (Engineering-Energy and

    Transport); Cassidy Plunkett (Behavioral & Social Science); Connor Ruiz (Physics); Haley Trenfel

    (Consumer Science); Scott Walsh (Physics); Katherine Williamson (Chemistry).

The following students will proceed to the San Diego Greater San Diego Science Fair in Balboa Park:

    Taylor Ahearn, Danamarie Carter, Victoria Coit-Johnstone, Kathryn Cordero, Alexandra Hopkins-

    Baum, Joan Moorehead, Cassidy Plunkett, Connor Ruiz, Haley Trenfel, Katherine Williamson, Scott thWalsh. Congratulations to all our 7 grade Science Fair contestants for a job well done. We are very proud of you.

    NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION: Applications for the 2008/2009 school year are being accepted now. If you have a child that you wish to register for next school year who is not yet enrolled at OLG

    or if you know of interested families, please stop by the school office or visit our website at olg.org.

    All new applicants need to fill out a potential student application form now so that they can be put on

    the mailing list for the testing information. These forms are also available on the website.

    Kindergarten Readiness Assessments will take place the week of March 10. All kindergarten students

    must be five years old by September 1. First Grade Readiness Assessments will take place on

    Tuesday, April 1, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. All first grade students must be 6 years old by September 1.

    These dates are diocesan mandates. Testing of applicants for grades 2 through 8 will take place

    Thursday, April 10, from 3:15-4:45 p.m.

    NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY: In accordance with diocesan policy, Our Lady of Grace School, mindful of our mission to be witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students of any race,

    color, and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally

    accorded or made available to students at the school. Our Lady of Grace School does not discriminate

    on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, age, sex, or disability in the

    administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and

    athletic and other school-administered programs.

Likewise, Our Lady of Grace School does not discriminate against any applicant for employment on

    the basis of sex, handicap, race, color and national and/or ethnic origin.

    SCHOOL RE-REGISTRATION: For re-registration at the OLG parishioner rate, all contractual commitments must be met prior to granting of re-enrollment contracts.

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    CONTRACTUAL COMMITMENTS: As stated in the 2007/2008 contract, service hours, the parish commitment, and Bingo kitchen commitments are to be completed by March 31. Completed Service

    Hours forms come to the school office. Questions about your Mass attendance or annual parish

    contributions go to the rectory office. Attendance is expected to be 75% of weekend liturgies and the

    expected contribution is a minimum of $500 per year less than $10 per week. We are aware some

    families are scheduled to work their second or third night of kitchen duties after this date. This will be

    taken into consideration. Thank you to all our families for your hard work and commitment to Our

    Lady of Grace School.

FRIDAYS IN LENT: A reminder that the student body does attend the 8:00 parish Mass on all

    Fridays in Lent during the school session, i.e. March 7 and 14 (This is in addition to the schoolwide

    Masses and the monthly parish Mass assigned by class.) Please have your child(ren) on campus

    (wearing dress uniform) by 7:45 so that he/she can walk up with his/her class and be seated before

    Mass begins. Please note that Kindergarten is exempt from attending this quarter. Parents, please note

    that all Fridays during Lent are a time of abstinence. Abstinence means that meat should not be eaten

    by children (14 years and older) and adults.

ILLNESSES: In the past month, many of our students have been out with a variety of ailments.

    Please note that if your child is running a fever, he/she must not be sent to school. Children must be

    fever free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school. Thank you for your cooperation.

MEDICATIONS: All medications, prescription or over-the-counter, must be brought to the office

    with a Medication Permission Form filled out and signed. Please do not send items through your child

    or in their backpack. Thank you.

LOST AND FOUND: The Lost and Found is located by the Reading Center. If you are missing

    articles of clothing, please check it out. It is overflowing again with sweatshirts, etc. Please place you

    child’s name on articles of clothing.

    STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Parish wide Stations of the Cross are held each Friday in Lent at 7:00 p.m. in the church. Add a family dinner at the Knights of Columbus fish fry and you will have

    quality family time spent in community and prayer.

    PTG MANDATORY MEETING: The February 12th meeting was attended by nearly all parents and staff members. Thank you for your time and support. Some parents sent notes to the office with

    explanations for their absences. Thank you for that courtesy. Remember to add one hour to your

    service hours if you were in attendance.

    ADVISORY COUNCIL OPENINGS: The Advisory Council has one opening for a three year term. Adult parishioners or parents of children in Our Lady of Grace School shall be eligible to become

    members of the Advisory Council. The procedure for applying consists of a short narrative, 250

    words or less, expressing interest and qualifications for a position on the 2008/2011 Advisory Council.

    Please type your narrative and include name, address and phone number. There are four questions that

    should be addressed in your narrative. A flyer outlining more details was sent home through the

    family envelopes on February 19, however, additional flyers are available in the office and on the

    website at www.olg.org. If you are interested, nominations are due no later than Monday, March 10.

    Elections will be held after the evening Mass on Saturday, April 19, and after all the Sunday Masses

    on Sunday, April 20.

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    A GOLDEN TRIBUTE TO 1957 SPRING GALA 2008 The annual Spring Gala will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2008, at the San Diego Marriott in Mission Valley, 6:00 p.m. to midnight. The

    premier reception will be 5:00 6:00 p.m. There will be a silent and live auction, dinner, a $10,000

    Draw Down, $3000 tuition raffle and dancing to The Heroes. Please watch for the latest information on the website or the Tuesday envelope.

CONCERT AT GOOD SHEPHERD: Good Shepherd Parish is sponsoring a music event featuring

    Mr. Dan Schutte. Mr. Schutte is one of the best known composers of music for the liturgy. He has

    composed Glory and Praise to our God, Here I am Lord, Servant Song, Table of Plenty and many

    more. The event will take place at Good Shepherd Parish,8200 Gold Coast Drive, San Diego, on April

    4, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. cost is $10 per person for the concert and April 5, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    for $25 per person for the workshop. For more information, please contact Romer Fajota at (858) 271-

    0207.

MARCH CALENDAR

     thMARCH 1 TUITION DUE Tuition is now due and considered late after the 15. If thpaying after the 15, please include a $20 late fee.

     CHILDREN’S CHOIR – Members should be robed and in seats by 5:10 p.m.

    MARCH 3-7 SPIRIT WEEK Please visit our website at www.olg.org for more details

MARCH 3 CRAZY SOCK DAY Uniform dress code, other than socks, still applies.

    PARENTING SESSION #4 Mr. Becker 7:00 p.m. in Moloney Center

MARCH 4 MINIMUM DAY - Dismissal at 12:00 noon. Office will be closed at 12:30.

    HAWAIIAN DAY OR PAJAMA DAY No slippers or flip flops. Proper

    shoes must be worn. Free dress code applies.

    FACULTY MEETING - The school faculty will attend this monthly meeting

    this afternoon from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

    GOLD RUSH DAY Grade 4

MARCH 5 CRAZY HAIR DAY No coloring of hair allowed. Uniform code, other than

    hair, still applies.

    DEPOSIT DAY The representative from Inland Federal Credit Union will be

    on campus during lunch to accept deposits.

    MARCH 6 MORNING MASS GRADE 1 DRESS UNIFORM

     BLUE ACCESSORY DAY Student Council is encouraging students to

    accessorize their uniforms with blue in support of phantom spirit. THE

    REGULAR SCHOOL UNIFORM MUST BE WORN INCLUDING

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    UNIFORM SOCKS AND SHOES. Accessories that can be worn include: blue

    hair bows, hair bands, scarves, blue painted fingernails, blue earrings, blue

    bracelets, blue ties, etc. Blue make-up, face paint, wigs, etc. are not allowed.

     GRADE 8 VS. STAFF GAME

    MARCH 7 FIRST FRIDAY LENTEN MASS Students in grades 1-8 will please attend

    the 8:00 a.m. Mass this morning. DRESS UNIFORM. Car pool moms and

    dads, please try to get the car pools here by 7:50 a.m. This would eliminate

    many of the students coming late to Mass. Thank you for your effort.

     OLYMPIC DAY Dress uniform must be worn to school for Mass. After Mass

    students can participate in Olympic Day by adding an OLG Sports uniform

    jersey, SD Padres and Chargers jerseys ONLY may be added to their uniform.

    Uniform shorts, socks and shoes must be worn.

    MARCH 9 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS Set clocks ahead one hour before bed

    on Saturday, March 8.

MARCH 10-14 KINDERGARTEN READINESS ASSESSMENTS - All who are making

    application to attend OLG’s kindergarten for the year 2008/2009 school year

    will have individual appointments with Mrs. Herman during this week.

MARCH 10 DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE OLG ADVISORY COUNCIL

     KINDERGARTEN ASSESSMENT SCREENING

    ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING 7:00 P.M. LIBRARY. If you wish to

    be placed on the agenda, please contact Mr. Paul Durr

    MARCH 11 MORNING MASS GRADE 5 DRESS UNIFORM

     KINDERGARTEN ASSESSMENT SCREENING

     PTG BOARD MEETING 6:00 P.M. LIBRARY. If you wish to be placed

    on the agenda, please contact Mrs. Suzy Northrup

    MARCH 12 MORNING MASS GRADE 7 DRESS UNIFORM

     KINDERGARTEN ASSESSMENT SCREENING

    MARCH 13 MORNING MASS GRADE 4 DRESS UNIFORM

     KINDERGARTEN ASSESSMENT SCREENING

MARCH 14 LENTEN MASS - Dress Uniform. The students in grades 1 7 will please

    attend the 8:00 a.m. Mass. Parents, please try to get the children to school at

    least by 7:45. Parents, this is also a day of abstinence. Abstinence means that

    meat should not be eaten by children (14 years and older) and adults.

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     MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE grade 8 will travel to the Museum of Tolerance

    in Los Angeles. Students are to wear dress uniform.

     KINDERGARTEN ASSESSMENT SCREENING

     th SIXTH GRADE CAMP MEETING Parents of 6 graders attending camp are

    invited to an information meeting in the classroom at 2:10 p.m.

MARCH 15 TUITION NOW DUE - If paying after today, please add $20 late fee

MARCH 16 PALM SUNDAY

     CHILDREN’S CHOIR – Members should be robed and in seats by 8:10 a.m.

MARCH 17-19 NO SCHOOL HOT LUNCH. El Cajon High School will be closed for Spring

    break.

MARCH 17 NO SCHOOL HOT LUNCH

     SEDER MEAL Grade 8

    MARCH 18 MORNING MASS GRADE 8 DRESS UNIFORM

     PTG FUNDRAISER - HUNGRY HOWIE’S HOT LUNCH TODAY; NO HOT

    LUNCH FROM EL CAJON HIGH SCHOOL

    MARCH 19 MORNING MASS GRADE 6 DRESS UNIFORM

     FIELD TRIP Grade 2 will travel to the San Diego Zoo.

    DEPOSIT DAY The representative from Inland Federal Credit Union will be

    on campus during lunch to accept deposits.

    NO SCHOOL HOT LUNCH TODAY

MARCH 20 MINIMUM DAY NOON DISMISSAL

     LENTEN PRAYER SERVICE Grade 6 will lead the student body in prayer

    for the Lenten Prayer Service at 11:15 a.m. in the church. All are invited.

MARCH 21 MARCH 28 SCHOOL CLOSED FOR EASTER VACATION

MARCH 31 SCHOOL CLOSED FOR WASC WORK DAY Classes will resume on

    Tuesday, April 1, 2008

MARCH 31 DEADLINE FOR COMPLETION OF CONTRACTUAL

    COMMITMENTS. Contractual commitments for the school year 2007/2008

    are to be fulfilled by today. Commitments include parish, service, Magazine

    Drive, and Moloney Kitchen.

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APRIL

APRIL 1 MINIMUM DAY - Dismissal at 12:00 noon

    OLG BLUES DAY- All students who have returned the blue eligibility form

    will be allowed to have an OLG Spirit Blues Day. OLG Spirit Blues Dress

    translates as free dress, BUT BLUE AND WHITE APPAREL ONLY. Please

    note if shorts are worn, they must be walking length. OLG jerseys and OLG

    cheerleading outfits are encouraged. Sport shoes are needed since recess will be

    in the morning.

    FACULTY MEETING - The school faculty will attend this monthly meeting

    this afternoon from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

    GRADE 1 ASSESSMENT SCREENING - Potential students for grade 1 will

    take the Assessment screening today.

     th TUITION DUE Tuition is now due and is considered late after the 15.

APRIL 3 FIELD TRIP Grade 2

    APRIL 4 FIRST FRIDAY MASS Students in grades 1-8 will please attend the 8:00 a.m.

    Mass this morning. DRESS UNIFORM. Car pool moms and dads, please try to

    get the car pools here by 7:50 a.m. This would eliminate many of the students

    coming late to Mass. Thank you for your effort.

     FIELD TRIP Grade 7

    APRIL 5 CHILDREN’S CHOIR – 5:30 Mass

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