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Newsletter 12/18/2018

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” Isaiah 9:6

A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FOR ST. MARK’S STUDENTS AND PARENTS

At the close of 2018, we extend blessings and good wishes for each student and all parents and guardians of the St. Mark’s community. Each day, we marvel at how our students continue to grow and learn in God’s good graces. As we prepare for our Christmas vacation, we wish you a Blessed Christmas and New Year. Please travel safely and enjoy the good company of family and friends.


Dr. Clark and the St. Mark’s Lutheran School Faculty and Staff
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.
Luke 2:11-12

JANUARY TUITION

January tuition 2019 will be due when we return January 7th. You will have Monday, January 7th through Friday, January 11th to pay your tuition without the late fee.
A $15 late fee will be added to all accounts on Monday. January 14th. We accept checks, cash and online billpay.

2ND SEMESTER LUNCH CARDS

When we return to school after our Christmas break, we will start our 2nd semester. If you are planning on buying a 2nd semester lunch ticket for your child, please purchase it before we leave for Christmas break. This will ensure that your child will have a lunch ticket the first day we are back. K-4th is $300 and 5th- 8th is $320.

JANUARY LUNCH MENU CHANGE

Beginning January 7, 2019, the Salad Bar will only be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Salad Bar will NO longer be available on Wednesdays.

SUPPORTING ST. MARK’S THROUGH THE ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN

As we approach our Christmas holiday and the end of the year, we think about our blessings and all that we have accomplished in the last twelve months. And then we look forward to the new year. We hope that you consider St. Mark’s to be one of the many blessings in your family’s life. Please help us to continue our mission to educate your daughters and sons, to inspire them to be life long learners, complex thinkers, responsible citizens, and faithful servants of God. You may be a part of our mission by contributing to the 2018-2019 Annual Giving Campaign. If you’ve already pledged, thank you. If you don’t remember your pledge amount and/or due date, please contact Mary Rosentreter, mrosentreter@stmarks.ws or Tina Kubasek, tkubasek@stmarks.ws. Please remember to submit your donations by tomorrow in order for this to be a 2018 tax deduction. If you have already completed your donation, thank you. And remember, you are a blessing to St. Mark’s as well. Merry Christmas.

HOLIDAY SCRIP AVAILABLE NOW!

Please stop by the Scrip Room for your last minute Christmas shopping and check out our gift cards for the holidays. This is a great opportunity to buy gifts, take care of household needs, and reduce your Scrip obligation at the same time!

CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE FOR LOCAL CHILDREN - A COMMUNITY EFFORT

The Knights of Columbus from St. John Vianney would like to thank all the SML families for their generous donation of toys for those children who are less fortunate. We at SML know how lucky we are to have so many wonderful families.

CHRISTMAS DRESS WEEK

Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 19th students may wear Christmas inspired hats.

7th GRADE PARENTS: CATALINA TRIP MEETINGS

Thursday, January 10th in Ms. Curtis’ classroom 7:15 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. Both of the meetings will cover the same material. Any parent interested in being a chaperone must attend the meeting.

2018 AMC 8 (AMERICAN MATHEMATICS COMPETITION) RESULTS

16 SML 8th graders competed in AMC 8 competition on November 13, 2018. Brett Brzycki placed in the first place and Jeff Sun in the second place. Anna Jordan, Lucas Serna, and Justin Sulivan-Pascual tied in the third place. Brett Brzycki was also awarded an Honor Roll of Distinction for scoring in the top 1 % nationally. AMC 8 is a worldwide competition where over 100,000 students compete annually. Congratulations to all Mathletes!

DAY CARE RATES FOR MINIMUM DAYS and CHRISTMAS BREAK

The Day Care rate will be $20 for students remaining at school on a minimum day schedule regardless of the time that the student is picked up. This rate is charged only for those students who are not on the monthly, prepaid Day Care rate. There is a “15-minute” grace period before your child will be checked into daycare all days and on either of the early dismissal times of 11:30 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.
Christmas Break day care rates for individual daily use is $40 per day per child for those students not on the monthly pre-paid Day Care rate. Please refer to our “Upcoming Events” for our Christmas Break schedule.

8TH GRADE HIGH SCHOOL RECOMMENDATIONS – A TWO WEEK PROCESS

SML High School Recommendation forms are available in the School Office. There is a $5.00 processing fee for each High School Recommendation request. Please allow enough time for two aspects of the recommendations: (1) our junior high teachers strive to write a thoughtful and thorough recommendation for each student; and (2) the Office staff pulls, copies, and mails required documents to the high school. We are aware of the high school’s important due dates and our goal is to send your recommendation package to the high school. The teachers and the Office Staff need two (2) weeks to process your High School Recommendation in a timely manner.

MEDICAL NOTES

If your child brings a medical note from either a parent or physician restricting them from P.E. or sports, it is very important that students bring the note to the Office first thing in the morning. It is important for the Office to know if there are health issues at the beginning of the school day.

6th, 7th, 8th GRADES: 2019 CAML (California Math League) MATH COMPETITION

February 26, 2019, Tuesday. 7 A.M. (7th and 8th). 3:30 P.M. (6th).
This competition is open to all 6th, 7th, 8th graders, but you must sign up to compete. If you are interested in competing, you can pick up the Sign-Up/Information form from Mr. Ossa/Mrs. Eng (7th and 8th) or Ms. Estrada (6th). The completed form must be turned in by January 11, 2019, Friday.
4th and 5th GRADES: 2019 CAML (California Math League) MATH COMPETITION
For 4th and 5th, CAML competition will be held after April 15, 2019. Details on the date and time will be announced in late March. Students can prepare for the competition using past contests samples posted on St. Mark’s website (Blackboard) under “Students” tab/CAML Math Competition page.

K-5 CHINESE CLASS REGISTRATION DEADLINE

The registration deadline has been extended from 12/14 to 12/19! Be sure to sign up this week for one of our Chinese classes offered next semester by contacting Lights On Learning at 909-366-9339 ext. 3 or emailing office@lightsonlearningcenter.com.
More info:
Your child can learn Chinese right on campus! Through fun activities, songs and stories, this beginner course will introduce students to pinyin, stroke order in writing characters and character recognition. Students will also work on listening and speaking skills!
• BEGINNING CHINESE A: Classes will be held Mondays 3:30-5:30pm starting 1/28.
• BEGINNING CHINESE B: Classes will be held Wednesdays 3:30-5:30pm starting 1/23. (for those who have already completed a semester of Beginning Chinese A

Upcoming Events

Every Tuesday 7:45 a.m. 5th-8th Grade Prayer Groups
Dec. 19th - 11:30 a.m. Dismisal for grades K-8th Grade – Classroom parties prior- NO HOT LUNCH
Dec. 20th – 21st - Christmas Vacation – No School –Day Care will be open
Dec. 24th–26th - Christmas Vacation - No School and Day Care closed
Dec. 27th–28th - Christmas Vacation – No School – Day Care will be open
Dec. 31st–Jan. 2nd - Christmas Vacation – No School and Day Care closed
Jan. 3rd & 4th - Christmas Vacation – No School – Day Care will be open
Jan. 7th - School Resumes

SML CHURCH HAPPENINGS

Sunday Service 9:00 a.m. – Sunday School 9:25 a.m. during church service.
Office hours 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Christmas Eve, December 24th
The Nativity of our Lord 7pm
Communion Candlelight

Christmas I, December 30th 9:00 am,
Lessons and Carols

Epiphany of our Lord 9:00am
Sunday, January 6th

Epiphany Service and Party
Wednesday, Jan. 9th, 4pm

If you need time for mediation or prayer in the church or side chapel, please contact Francoise in the church office.