SMA Newsletter • November 9, 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,

It's T-5 days until the Turkey Trot!

Trotters raising at least $50 in donations will be receiving their free Turkey Trot t-shirt today. If you haven't sent out your student's free personalized 99Pledges site to family, friends, and social media, please do so today. Contact Lauren in the office if you need assistance with your site. She is happy to assist!

We have received a total of $17,936.00 in donations!
This reflects only 55% of SMA families participating.
We NEED 100% FAMILY PARTICIPATING IN FUNDRAISING our preschool and academy to improve our field!

In addition to 99Pledges, some students have opted to send out letters to their family and friends. Click HERE for a customizable Turkey Trot letter template, compliments of the Bartel family.

Advent program reserved seats are the most sought-after perk at SMA. These pews with the best views are being auctioned off right now! Bidding closes Tuesday and winners will be announced at the Walkathon.

Have you always wanted to throw a pie in a teacher or priest's face? I know I have! Now is your chance. Click here for your tickets. You can also purchase a shout-out from the DJ as your favorite trotter walks the track. What a great feeling it is to be cheered on during the event!

Tomorrow is a very special day of remembrance. Thank you to all our active duty, reservists, veterans, and retired military members. You are so appreciated! As a former Navy wife, I'm personally in awe of our SMA parents currently serving our country and their families who support them. It is not easy to leave your family for months at a time. Please keep us posted if there is a need for our students to send care packages of cards/letters SMA is closed for Veteran's Day tomorrow, Friday, 11/10.

Finally - be sure to sign up for your Parent/Teacher/Student conference by Monday 11/13 through Schoolspeak. Our teachers love talking about your shared favorite topic...your child(ren)!

Jennifer Miller
Tuesday is the Turkey Trot!

Families have raised $17,731.00 in donations towards the shade structure and soil prep/turf for the field! Sponsors have also contributed $5,320 to get the Turkey Trot. We still need $75,000 to get the project rolling.

Would you or someone you know like to dedicate a portion of the field to a loved one? Large donations of $30,000 or more will be memorialized with a plaque on the field (to be designed with the donor).

Please share this link with anyone who might be interested in helping us beautify and strengthen the safety of our field.
For any single donation of $70+, donors will create a custom message for a student motivation poster, to be hung up at the track on Turkey Trot day!
Winter Sports - Sign up by 11/27
• Kinder Co-Ed Peewee Soccer • 1st/2nd Grade Boys Peewee Soccer 
• 1st/2nd Grade Girls Peewee Soccer • 3rd/4th Grade Boys Peewee Soccer 
• 3rd/4th Grade Girls Peewee Soccer • 5th/6th Grade JV Boys Basketball 
• 7th/8th Grade Varsity Boys Basketball • 5th/6th Grade Girls JV Soccer 
• 7th/8th Grade Varsity Girls Soccer
Fall Parent/Teacher/Student Mandatory Conferences
Wed. 11/15 • Thurs. 11/16 • Fri. 11/17
• Conferences begin at 12:45pm. • Noon Dismissal on Wed./Thurs./Fri.
• SpartanCare is open until 6 PM, as usual @ $8/hour.
• No hot lunch, sports, or after school classes on conference days.
Saying Good Bye to Emily Lucier
Hello SMA Families, 
As much as I have enjoyed my time as your student's PE teacher at St Martin of Tours, I am sad to announce that I will not be returning after Thanksgiving break. I highly appreciate the relationships built with the wonderful staff, students and families in this community, but I must take advantage of another opportunity I am being offered.
- Coach Emily
Nov. 15-17 during conferences.

Parents may sign up for "eWallet" for the Book Fair. There is no cash. It's the easiest way for kids to shop. Use a credit card to add money. Share your eWallet link with friends and family Now your child can shop the Fair using a printable bar code or name to lookup at the register.
Thank you for the donations of jackets and blankets that benefited Fr. Joe's Villages, El Cajon Transitional Center and Western Service Workers. The Knights of Columbus made 8 car trips with donations from the parish and school.
SK Chris Warner
Grand Knight
Support our Decathlon Club and SMA's general fund by dining at Rubio's next Thursday! Download the flyer! Grossmont Center - all day.
The Spartan girls varsity volleyball team finished an incredible season by defeating Stella Maris and Christ Lutheran in the playoffs. They finished league play undefeated and won the Catholic Sports League Championship! Thank you to those in the Spartan community who cheered them on to victory. Way to go girls and Coach Brian!
Purchases through FACTS - Reminder - Action Needed!
Why am I receiving past due emails? FACTS reset defaults at the beginning of the school year. If you have made purchases through the office, (totes, visor or sweatshirts) please sign into FACTS and set your account to automatic payment. This is the only way the bookkeeper can charge FACTS for items purchased. This will eliminate receipt of past due notices.
Girl Scout Derby Highlights
Keep up with parish activities, programs and Mass schedules. Read the weekly bulletin HERE.

St. Martin of Tours Academy