SMA Newsletter • September 8, 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,
Our 8th graders started a new tradition of starting the year with an 8th grade sunrise. Parents organized breakfast goodies while students made lasting memories. Another upcoming special event is our Student Council Inauguration Mass. We invite you to join us Tuesday 9/13 at 10am. Parents/guardians are welcome to sit with their children. Dress uniform required (minus sweaters due to weather).

Our parish community is busy! First, we are encouraging our families to be included in the centennial parish memory book. Everyone photographed will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait and a memory book. The flyer and link are below. Secondly, I hope you consider attending a free workshop entitled "Care for Our Common Home" this Sat. at 9:30 am in the parish hall. SMA's "Green Ribbon" award will be recognized. The flyer and more information are below. Dr. David Larom, interviewed on Channel 7 in Rome with Cardinal McElroy, will be one of the guest speakers. He lectures at SDSU on environmental issues.

Within the Academy, the Fall Festival Committee has been working hard to create a fun and exciting event for our SMA community on Friday 9/23 from 5-8 pm. This community-building event will offer low-priced games, food, and crafts. Please join us! Maybe you'll be the one to dunk Mr. Meza in the dunk tank! Beginning September 12th, our students will be taking the STAR Math and Reading assessments to provide teachers with a snapshot of where their learners are to improve weaknesses and leverage strengths. Please make sure your child is well rested and has a hearty breakfast. The testing window runs for the next few weeks, so teachers will reach out with specific testing dates for their classrooms.

PLEASE join us in the parish hall Tuesday 9/13 from 6-7:15 pm for our first all-school PTG meeting featuring anti-bullying expert Jodee Blanco. You do not want to miss her presentation! One of our cluster schools, Holy Trinity, will also be joining us for this event. Your children will be receiving an age-appropriate presentation from Jodee earlier in the day. Our PTG executive officers and chairpersons will be introducing themselves too. We all look forward to seeing you there.

In Mission,
Jennifer Miller
Join Academy families at our first Fall Festival! Tickets will be on sale in the school office beginning Wed. 9/14. Tickets will also be sold at the event. The committee and room parents are coordinating with classroom families on activities for each grade level to host, such as a bean bag toss, fishing, bowling and golf games.There will be face painting, pumpkin decorating, a photo booth, cake walk and so much more! Food and drinks will be served in the halls for $8.

Students attending our Free Friday After School Activities, (12:30-2:45) following lunch MUST register. This will allow staffing preparation and organizing of materials for projects. Please review the flyer. Register your child HERE.

We made some changes to ordering pizza for Fridays. The deadline is Thursday at noon! No later! You will now have the option to order not just for the day but for the month or the entire school year. There is a discount if you order for the month/year. The link is on the school website under Parents or click HERE to order.
“This is my body given for you”

Our first Academy Sunday-sponsored Mass is September 18 at 9 AM (co-hosted by our Faith Formation family). The sixth-grade class will also be hosting a bake sale along with coffee & donuts in Barry Hall after the 7 am and 9 am Masses.
ALL STUDENTS ATTENDING the 9 am MASS WILL RECEIVE A "FREE DRESS" COUPON FROM THEIR TEACHERS. Students may come to school the following day without wearing uniforms. Follow the Family Handbook Dress Code for Non-Uniform Days (pg.16).

If your child would like to be a "Greeter" at the 9 am Mass, please click HERE to sign up. We ask that all students wear their school uniforms to Mass.

Teachers, staff, and church ministers will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry on this Sunday.
Last day to register for the Spanish after school program.
Class begins on Monday, 9/12.
This after school program is full of dynamic activities for your child that can progress them from Level 1 to Level 7. Families return to register year after year because they see their kids enjoying and thriving in our Spanish classes! 1. See a VIDEO of family experiences 2. See online schedule and register HERE.
Parents may go to SchoolSpeak to review SpartanCare hours & log in volunteer hours.
Click HERE for a short instructional video.
St. Martin of Tours Parish
How to Care for our
Common Home Workshop
Saturday at 9:30am
Parish Hall
All are welcome!
Centennial Memorial Album
We invite all families to have their picture in the album.
Click HERE to schedule appointment.
Use ca103 for church code and photos as the password.
Diocese of San Diego Synod Survey
10 minutes
Take a moment to share your input with us!

Sacramental Prep Program for Academy students desiring
to make their Sacrament of Reconciliation and
First Holy Communion begins this month!

Click HERE for Sacramental Prep Information & Schedule
Keep up with parish news HERE.
St. Martin of Tours Academy