SMA Newsletter • September 22, 2022
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,

Thank you for participating in an amazing Catechetical Sunday Mass. We had a packed house Sunday and the 6th-grade class raised over $500 at their bake sale! This will help offset student activities costs for the school year including field trips or 6th grade camp.

The Fall Festival is TOMORROW! Join us for an evening of fun, food, and community from 5-8 pm! There aren't many restaurants you can go to for an $8 meal and $5 glass of wine/beer these days. Tickets are on sale in the school office or you can purchase them at the event. The Fall Festival will be located in front of the preschool and dinner/drinks are in the parish hall. All are welcome!

The kick-off of our 30th Annual Great Cash Giveaway is next Thursday at dismissal. The theme, "SUPERHEROS UNITE" will be at the Chula Vista Golf Course Clubhouse on Saturday November 5th. Teresa Propper, Mari Waldron, and Ally McGrory (gala co-chairs) have been working hard to make this an extraordinary evening. As part of our school contracts, every SMA family will be given a dozen tickets ($25 each) to sell or purchase themselves for a chance to win $5,000 or (5) chances to win $1000. Family packets with invitations and tickets will be distributed. More tickets are available in the school office. See below for an opportunity to distribute tickets after Sunday Mass.

Part of our goal at SMA is to grow self-sufficient learners who can advocate for themselves. Since the pandemic, we have noticed a trend where students yield to their parents for help instead of directly asking their teachers. This makes sense as our students relied on their parents throughout the distance learning period. Please join us in promoting self advocacy with your child by encouraging him/her to ask questions in class or email questions (perhaps with your help) as support. As Grace Pilon wrote, "It is important that adults understand that it is of primary importance for the child to develop feelings of importance, intelligence and the power of self-management" (from The Foundational Text of Grace H. Pilon, SBS, PhD). As always, thank you for your partnership!

In Mission,
Jennifer Miller
FAll FESTIVAL •Tomorrow 9/23 • 5-8pm
Buy Your Tickets Early!
Don't wait in line! Purchase booth tickets, wrist bands and dinner tickets in the school office today until 3:30 pm and tomorrow until 8:30 am.
Booths: Candy Corn Bowling, Pumpkin Putt Putt,Corn Hole, Matching Ducks, Dunk Tank, Pumpkin Catapult Can Knock Down,
Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe, Pumpkin Ring Toss, Obstacle Course, Cake Walk, Cookie Decorating, Lollipop Tree, Face Painting
Purchase tickets, wristband and dinner using the QR code or click below. Stop by the ticket booth to pick up your tickets/wristband at the ticket table. Click HERE.
PICTURE DAY - Next Friday 9/30- Dress Uniform
All students should wear their dress uniform. Click HERE for guidelines. In the Spring, a second photo opportunity will allow student to wear free dress.
Easy online ordering on with Picture Day ID:
Make up Picture Day is Thursday, 11/3.

Three volunteers are needed to assist photographers & teachers. 8-11:30am
Please email the school office if you can assist.
30th Annual Great Cash Giveaway
Next Thursday, each family will receive an invitation and the “Family Dozen” opportunity drawing tickets that each family is required to sell per their school contract agreement. You may purchase the raffle tickets or reserve a time slot to distribute tickets following the 9am Mass and before the 11am Mass. (9:45-11:15) beginning on Oct. 2nd. Tickets are $25 each. Use Sign up Genius to select any Sunday through Oct. 28th. Sign up HERE!
Campus Happenings & Improvements
Catechetical Sunday Mass
  6th Grade Bake Sale
New shades were added to the library, resource center, kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms.
The school received a donation of (4) Promethean ActivPanel Touch boards. Primary grade teachers are excitedly using these interactive boards with their students.
Parents may go to SchoolSpeak to review SpartanCare hours & log in volunteer hours.
Click HERE for a short instructional video.
All fall sports, after school classes and Chess Club are now closed.

A man's watch was found in the parking lot and a silver bracelet
has also been turned into school office.

A volunteer is needed to steam clean graduation gowns.
Please email or call the school office if you can help out.
Medications in the office

Medications will not be furnished by the school. No medications can be administered by school personnel without written authorization from a physician and the parent. A Physician’s Recommendation for Medication Form will need to be filled out and kept in the office (form available in the office). All medications must be in their original bottles/boxes, with an expiration date, kept in the office, and taken under supervision. Please note that cough drops, Tums, Tylenol, etc. need to be approved by your child’s pediatrician. No medicine can be brought loose in a plastic baggie. Please bring emergency medications to school prior to the first day so staff can be alerted.
† Andrea Teklinski
9/23/1987 - 9/7/2022

Andrea passed away in Minnesota. She is an alum from the Class of 2002. A Celebration of Life will be held at Cathedral Catholic High School on Saturday, October 8th at 11:30am. Please keep the Teklinski family in your prayers and her son, Cooper who is less than a year old. Click here for more information regarding the Celebration of Life.
St. Martin of Tours
Family sittings are being scheduled for St. Martin's Centennial Memorial Album. Register with an address and phone, however, those items will NOT BE INCLUDED in the directory. Sign in with ca103 and password is “photos”. Sittings are from Oct 31-Nov 5. Click HERE to schedule your appointment! ALL ACADEMY FAMILIES ARE WELCOME whether you are a registered parishioner or not.

There will be an opportunity to sign up for your family portrait at the Fall Festival. Directory includes a free 8x10 portrait and Centennial Memorial Album.
St. Martin of Tours Academy