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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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                                       CHILDREN’S 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,
February 4. The results are as follows: Behavioral and Social Sciences: 1st Place-Cassidy Plunkett;
2nd Place-Victoria Coit-Johnstone and Kara Johnson; 3rd Place-Patrick Dixon; Chemistry, Physics,
Medicine and Health: 1st Place- Kathryn Cordero (Medicine & Health); 2nd Place- Kathleen Croke
(Medicine & Health) and Katherine Williamson (Chemistry); 3rd Place-Danamarie Carter (Chemistry);
Honorable Mention-Connor Ruiz (Physics): Consumer Science, Engineering, Plant Sciences, Zoology:
1st Place-Ben Piorkowski (Engineering – Energy and Transport); 2nd Place-Joan Moorehead (Plant
Sciences); 3rd 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
Walsh. Congratulations to all our 7th 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.




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MARCH CALENDAR

MARCH 1          TUITION DUE – Tuition is now due and considered late after the 15th. If
                 paying after the 15th, 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
                 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


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              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.

              MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE – grade 8 will travel to the Museum of Tolerance
              in Los Angeles. Students are to wear dress uniform.

              KINDERGARTEN ASSESSMENT SCREENING

              SIXTH GRADE CAMP MEETING – Parents of 6th 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



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              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.


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.


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          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.

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

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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