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1500 Mark Thomas Dr Monterey CA ∙ 93940 ∙ (831) 655.9324 ∙ FAX (831) 655.9303 ∙ www.SantaCatalina.orG
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Christmas Gifts for Children at the Camphora and Jimenez Labor Camps Dear Parents, If you and your family are interested in participating in December’s community service project, please sign up in the Lower School Office as soon as possible. Make sure to write your name next to the recipient child’s name on the sign up sheet. Special instructions for packaging your gift: • Please firmly affix the gift label to the package. It is extremely important that the label contains the following information: child’s name and age, camp name (Jimenez or Camphora), and apartment number. If you have more than one gift per child, make sure that a label is firmly attached to each package. • If you have signed up for a whole family within one apartment, please package all of the wrapped gifts together in one large plastic bag. • Suggested gift ideas: new toys or clothes (please include batteries if required by the gift). • Bring your wrapped gifts to the Lower School Office by Monday, December 11.
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• Grade 4 to Santa Cruz Harbor, Thursday, November 30, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. • Primary/Intermediate Assembly, Friday, December 1, 8:15 a.m., MPR. • Moms In Touch, Friday, December 1, 9:00 a.m., Rosary Chapel. • Service League Board meeting, Tuesday, December 5, 2:00 p.m. • Grade 3 Brownies, Tuesday, December 5, 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Grade 2 to the Aquarium, Wednesday, December 6, 8:40 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. • Lower School will be on a B schedule Thursday, December 7. • Service League Christmas Luncheon, Thursday, December 7, 11:30 a.m., at Casanova Restaurant. • Chess Club, Thursday, December 7, 3:40 p.m., Rm. 12. • Lower School Mass, Friday, December 8, 10:30 a.m., C Schedule, Chapel Dress. • Book Swap, Friday, December 8, at lunchtime. Remember to bring your book. • Pre-K Christmas Play, Sunday, December 10, 1:00 p.m., Dining Hall. • Kindergarten Christmas Play, Sunday, December 10, 3:00 p.m., Dining Hall. • Candlelight Mass, Sunday, December 10, 7:30 p.m., Rosary Chapel. • 2006 Christmas Ornament order forms available online or in the Lower School office. • Dennis Uniform in-store promotion calendar is available in the Lower School office.
ChriStMaS vaCation inForMation
Friday, December 15, is a minimum day. Dismissal for Grades Pre-K and K will be at 11:30 a.m.; Grades 1-5 at 12 noon; and Grades 6-8 at 12:15 p.m. There will be an early bus, no lunch, and no after school supervision in the library. Christmas vacation is December 18 through January 2. Classes resume Wednesday, January 3, 2007.
SportS reCoGnition niGht deCeMber 4, 2006
All Middle School soccer players will be recognized Monday evening, December 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the MPR for their participation during soccer season. Please remember that this is an expected attendance as it is part of the requirement for participation in the Middle School sports’ program. We look forward to seeing both parents and students on this special evening.
Santa Catalina Middle SChool Grade 7 and 8 FlaG Football
Date 11/30 12/7 12/14 Opponent Junipero Serra All Saints Junipero Serra Location Junipero Serra All Saints Santa Catalina Time B-3:30 G-4:15 B-3:30 G-4:15 G-3:30 B-4:15
MuSiC reCital, deCeMber 5, 2006
Please join us for a music recital after school at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, in the Johnson Recital Hall. This is an important occasion for music students, who are taking private music lessons from Santa Catalina music instructors, to perform for their families and friends. Please contact Michelle Galindo at 655.9354 for more information.
Coach: Jeff Hrepich Head of Middle School: Linda Mutty
Phone #: 655.9353 Mascot: Cougar
Lower SchooL office hourS 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
ChriSt iS born aMonG uS everyday
As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, we are also inspired to celebrate and help others prepare for the gift of new life. Just as Mary wondered how she would care for her son, many families today need help with preparing for their new baby. This Advent season, Grade 6 is collecting baby gifts that will be donated to and distributed through the Compassion Pregnancy Center to families in need. We hope you will help us and donate a gift to fill the “manger/crib” near the Lower School Office. Especially appreciated are sleeper pajamas, blankets, disposable diapers, and powdered formula. Gifts do not need to be wrapped. Grade 6 students are asked to bring their gifts before the Mass on December 8, but gifts will be accepted until Wednesday, December 13.
Grade 6 latin CelebrateS ludi plebeii
Ludi Plebeii was a festival that lasted for the first two weeks in November and was celebrated with theatre performances, games and chariot races. This year, Grade 6 decided to mark Ludi Plebeii with a triathlon. Since chariot races are customarily the favorite sport of Latin students, following the traditions of Circus Maximus the students were split into 4 teams – Reds, Greens, Whites, and Blues. They had to compete in the following three contests: • Horse Race - Each team galloped around the track on a horse. • Toga Relay - The students had to not only put on their togas correctly, but also not lose them while running 10 meters to their partner. • Blind Latin Reading - The students wearing blindfolds had to feel a word on a paper, recognize it, and pronounce it correctly. The teams would like to thank Mr. Jack Tardieu, Mrs. Riley, and Mrs. Dodd for lending us their horses, thus assuming a noble task of sponsoring the games. We also would like to thank Mrs. Lotz for storing all of our belongings in her room, and additionally, the shy mariachi band that entertained the spectators for only a very short period of time. Next year we would love more music! Masha Berezovska
lower SChool ChriStMaS ConCert thurSday, deCeMber 14, 2006
The Lower School Christmas Concert will be held on Thursday, December 14, at 7 :00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Please refer to the appropriate student dress for this event. Boys - dress shoes and slacks, white shirt and tie, or bow tie. Jacket is optional. Girls - party dress (no formals, full length dresses, strapless, or spaghetti straps) and dress shoes, heels no higher than 2 inches and they must have an enclosed heel or sling strap. There will be a reception following the concert in the Upper School Dining Hall. Please join us for an evening of music and holiday celebration!
ServiCe leaGue newS
Service League Annual Christmas Luncheon Thursday, December 7, 2006 11:30 Reception 12:00 Upper School Choir Performance 12:15 Luncheon $45 per person Reservation required; seating is limited. In the spirit of giving, please bring personal hygiene items for the Door to Hope women’s shelter. Contact Patricia Giffen/655.9382 or Margie Fithian/656.9393 for more information. Please mail check to Santa Catalina Lower School, attn: P. Giffen/Service League Luncheon, and make checks payable to Santa Catalina Service League. Thank you and hope to see you there. 2006 Christmas Ornaments The Santa Catalina Service League is proud to offer the fifth edition in the series of heirloom quality beveled glass Christmas Ornaments. The 2006 edition is etched with a beautiful image of the Sister Mary Kieran Memorial Library. Please download the order form from the Service League page on our web site at www.santacatalina.org.
CoMFy ClotheS day iS on itS way!
Comfy Clothes Day is on its way! It is a day to celebrate our wonderful Christmas performance, so come to school in your most comfortable clothes. You can wear Uggs, sweatpants, sweatshirts, and most any other comfy attire…but sorry, no pajamas and no flannel pants. Please remember that the usual free dress rules apply. Keeyana Donaldson, Student Council President
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• Monterey Sports Center flyers for Winter 06/07 are available in the Lower School Office. • Do you want to learn more about Girl Scouts? Flyers are available in the Lower School Office. • One Warm Coat…Warming Communities One Coat a Time The Girl Scouts of Monterey Bay are participating in “One Warm Coat” to benefit St. Vincent de Paul, IHELP, Migrant Workers, Salvation Army, and ag/farm workers and families. Barrels are on campus if you would like to donate a clean and gently used coat or jacket. Please contact Kim Johnston (Gregory and Emilee’s mom), for more information. You can also go online to www. onewarmcoat.org, click on donate a coat, click on CA, and enter our zip code. The web site will display information about the local coat drive.
Often events and activity announcements are included in the “Cougar Connection” at the request of sponsoring agencies which are not affiliated with Santa Catalina. The inclusion of an announcement does not constitute an endorsement by Santa Catalina School.
bon appétit 2nd SeMeSter hot lunCh proGraM
It is time to sign up for the 2nd semester hot lunch program offered by Bon Appétit. The cost is $348.75 which covers the period from January 3, 2007 through May 29, 2007. Forms are available in the Lower School office. The deadline to sign up for the hot lunch program is Monday, December 11, 2006.
Lower SchooL office hourS 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.