SMA Newsletter • May 25, 2023
Mission Statement
St. Martin of Tours Academy fosters confidence, curiosity, and independence through a climate of cooperation and trust by preserving dignity throughout the learning process, accentuating all children’s God-given gifts in a Catholic environment.
Dear SMA Community,

Catholic school volunteers play a crucial role in Catholic education, embodying the spirit of selflessness and service. Their dedication and commitment contribute to creating a nurturing and enriching environment for students to learn and grow in their faith. These invaluable individuals generously give their time, talents, and resources to support various aspects of school life, whether it's assisting in classrooms, organizing events, supervising lunch/recess, or arriving early for traffic duty. Our volunteers deserve heartfelt appreciation for their tireless contributions, as their unwavering support positively impacts the lives of countless students, teachers, and families. Their service exemplifies the Gospel message and strengthens the mission of Catholic education, nurturing the next generation of compassionate and socially responsible individuals. Thank you for taking the time to relax, unwind, and enjoy some coffee while we looked back on the school year.

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”
~Winston Churchill

As our school year comes to an end, our 8th graders are ready to move on to their next chapter in life fully prepared, both academically and faithfully. Our students have a tremendous advantage entering high school. The education they received at SMA is exceptional and of high quality. Our focus on honing life skills is, by far, the greatest gift our students take with them, as mentioned in many of their SLE presentations. Please consider joining us for the staff-vs 8th-grade volleyball game at 1 pm Tuesday and the farewell assembly at 1:30 pm on Wednesday. Our Spartan cheerleaders will be making appearances too!

All are welcome to the last school Mass tomorrow at 8:30 am. The Class of 2023 will enjoy a beautiful brunch, following Mass hosted by the 7th grade parents, which is a tradition here at SMA. You are all invited to attend the Graduation Mass next Friday, June 2nd at 3 pm to celebrate the Class of 2023. Next Thursday is free dress for all summer birthdays!

This Memorial Day weekend, my heartfelt thanks and prayers go out
to all of our military families (past and present). As a former military
wife, I know the feeling of helplessness and concern when saying
"good-bye" to a loved one, not knowing where their path may lead and what harm might come, either physically or emotionally. Thank you, veterans and active duty members, for your service and response to God's call to protect our country despite knowing the costs.

Happy birthday to the church! The word "Pentecost" means 50th day in Greek. Fifty days after Easter, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and wear red to Mass. If you'd like to enjoy a new experience, consider attending the Pentecostal Mass for All Peoples at Miramar College on Saturday at 10 am, hosted by the Diocese of San Diego. It is a wonderful way to learn about various cultures.

In Mission,
Jennifer Miller, Principal
Letter from PTG President Katie Scheie
Dear SMA Community,

I hope this email finds you in great spirits as we enter the final weeks of the school year. For those of you who do not know me, my name is Katie Scheie and I will be serving as the PTG President next year. First and foremost, I want to express my gratitude for the support I have felt and kind words since the announcement was made. And second, I am writing to share some
information about the PTG and call out for additional members. READ MORE HERE
Your Opinion Counts! Pizza Survey
We are seeking interest in offering pizza for sale next school year. School ends Fridays at 12 pm. Pizza is offered until 12:30 pm. We need a steady flow of volunteers should we move forward. Please help us decide by completing the survey below. Thank you!

Meet Mrs. Raven Broughton!
Hello, my name is Mrs. Broughton, I am a passionate 7th grade science teacher dedicated to inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. I am a San Diego State University Aztec and my hometown is Denver, Colorado. My love for science and robotics began during high school where I was introduced to the exciting world of robotics competitions. Since then, I have been dedicated to exploring the intersection of science and technology. My interest in teaching began when I volunteered at church as a teenager help chaperone K-5 Sunday school. My interest in education was further ignited while I worked as an in-class tutor at Canyon Hills High School. I gained invaluable experience as a student teacher in City Heights, San Diego due to the high amount of English language learners. During this time, I developed a profound appreciation for the significance of culturally responsive teaching practices, and recognized that every student has the potential to thrive academically and personally if provided with the right support and guidance.
Quinn Suzuki was chosen as a classroom winner for the 2023 8th Grade Serra Essay Contest. The awards presentation is this evening at 7 pm at the Diocese of San Diego Pastoral Center.
Read Quinn's essay HERE.
Campus Highlights
Students were treated to Mahalo Shaved Ice and free dress
as a Walkathon fundraising thank you!
As a thank you for their leadership, Student Council (both incoming and outgoing) enjoyed a unique field trip to In N Out Burger where they had the chance to tour behind the scenes and eat some tasty food!
School will be closed for Memorial Day, Monday 5/29.

Check Lost and Found. All will be donated 6/2.

SERVICE HOURS- Get them done & log them in SchoolSpeak! All hours must be completed by June 2, 2023, to fulfill the requirement for our
last year of discounted tuition.

Help with Linens!
Linens need to be washed after the 8th grade brunch on Friday. If you are able to wash them this weekend or next week contact the office. This would be an opportunity to finish any family service hours for this school year.
Summer Camps at
Mater Dei Catholic High School

Mater Dei Catholic is expanding the Summer Camp program and will be offering a series of camps led by coaches and players.
The Uniform Store -
Memorial Day & Summer Sales

The Uniform Store has a special Memorial Day sale for this weekend. Receive a free uniform item when a minimum order is placed and/or buy 5 items and get one free. Sale begins May 26 and runs through May 30. The “Early Bird” sale is only available online. It is not available in the La Mesa store.

There is a summer sale from June 15 -30th. Consider placing your order early to avoid crowds and shipping delays.
Parish News
*** Shine Jesus’ Light ***
Students from 4 to 11 years old are invited to participate in the parish summer program from July 10-14 from 9am to noon. Click HERE to enroll.

Click HERE for Parish Bulletin

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