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Newsletter 9/3/2019

“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven” Matthew 5:16

SEPTEMBER TUITION

September tuition is now due. Tuition may be paid in the school office with a check or cash. You may also schedule bill pay through your bank. Tuition paid on September 11th or later will be charged a $15.00 late payment fee.

PARENT/BOOSTER MEETING THIS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH

As a parent or grandparent of St. Mark's, there is no need to register, because you are already a member of the Booster Club.
This Thursday, September 5th , is our first meeting of the year at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our teachers will be attending this evening Booster Meeting.
Dr. Clark will be speaking on several subjects. Parents and teachers will then break up into age groups for a discussion. This meeting is for parents/grandparents only. NO children please!

USED UNIFORM SALES ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH

We will be holding a used uniform sale this Thursday during the Booster Meeting from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Shirts are $5. Sweaters and jackets are $10. We accept cash and check only.
Also, if anyone needs Family Commitment Hours, help is needed for clean-up.
(Double hours will be earned).
All proceeds from the Used Uniform Sales go to the Booster Club.

CHAPEL OFFERING

Every Wednesday, a chapel offering is collected. Our chapel offering is used to support Lutheran Social Services, Navajo Lutheran Missions, Child Fund Philippines, and our local Action Food Pantry. Offering envelopes for the year were passed out at registration. If you did not receive a set, please ask in the school office. The offering will be collected Wednesdays during chapel. Please consider contributing to these worthy causes through supporting our weekly chapel offering. Thank you.

FUN & FITNESS

Our Fun & Fitness Fundraising and Contest will run for three weeks until Fun & Fitness Day, Friday, September 20th. Donation turn-in days are September 6th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th. Please see attached flyer for details. If you want more information or want to help, please email Mary Quesada [mary5quesada@gmail.com].

POLICY CHANGE: ARRIVAL TIME FOR STUDENTS IN 5TH – 8TH GRADE

Students in Grades 5-8 may arrive at 7:35 A.M. and report to the lunch table area.
There will be staff supervision provided for students at that time, as that is when
Day Care releases 5-8 students from the Day Care Room. Students who arrive prior to 7:35 A.M. will still need to report to the Day Care Room.

SCRIP

Parents may drop off a completed SCRIP order form with payment at any time during school office hours. The orders will be filled within two days, if we have the correct SCRIP on hand. If we need to place an order, it will be approximately two weeks for your order to be ready for pickup.
Scrip Hours Monday – Friday, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

STUDENTS MUST BRING REUSABLE WATER CONTAINERS TO SCHOOL

We have several water stations on campus where students may refill their water containers. We strongly encourage our students to bring their own water containers and avoid using disposable plastic water bottles. In the past year, the value of recycled goods has plunged so low that recycling companies are paying to get rid of the recycled materials. In light of this issue and our goal to reduce plastic waste, we remind our SML families that students should only bring their reusable water containers to school. Make sure your name is clearly marked on your reusable water containers. Thank you for helping us take care of our planet Earth.

HOMEWORK TABLE PURPOSE

Once school has started, parents are not allowed to go to the classrooms to deliver a forgotten lunch, homework, textbook, P.E. clothes, or any other item. Parents may, however, drop off these items at our “Homework Table” in front of the School Office. Students may check the Homework Table at their Nutrition Break or lunchtime to retrieve these items. Please clearly mark your student’s name and classroom on the items so that someone else does not pick up items in error.

PARKING RULES ON OUR CAMPUS AND IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Please do not block the driveways of our neighbors. You will assume the risk of having your vehicle towed away. Please practice common courtesy when parking your vehicles. Blocking a driveway is unsafe and prohibits homeowners from entering or exiting their driveways.

The Church parking spaces are designated for Church business only. Please do not park in these spaces at any time. Thank you.

ACCEPTING NEW CUB SCOUTS (GRADES K-5) FIRST MEETING SEPT. 4TH

St. Mark's Cub Scouts Pack 727 is now accepting new Cub Scouts in grades K-5. Cub Scouts meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, directly after school until 4:30 pm. There are still Den Leaders (parent volunteers) needed for K & 1st. Please let us know if you'd like to volunteer. The annual fee for new Cub Scouts is $130. Your child may try out Scouts for free at our next meeting on Wednesday, 9/4 (our first meeting). Please email Glory Hammes at scouts.pack727@gmail.com or call/text 562-572-7799 in advance to attend. For more information visit our website at smpack727.com.

EMERGENCY WATER NEEDED/ EARN FAMILY COMMITMENT HOURS

We are updating and completing our emergency/earthquake supplies. We need individual water bottles for each classroom. Still needed are 30 cases total of 24 bottles of 16.9 oz. Please call the school office to sign up.
For 2 cases of water, you will receive one (1) hour of Family Commitment Hours.

ACADEMIC CHESS REGISTRATION INFORMATION

When trying to register your student on the Academic Chess website, be sure to type Saint Marks and NOT St. Marks as the school location. They have a little glitch in their website that doesn’t recognize our abbreviated school name.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

Veterans Day November 11th
Thanksgiving Break November 27th -29th
Christmas Break December 19th – January 3rd
Easter Break April 10th – 17th

Upcoming Events

Every Tuesday - 7:45 A.M. 5th-8th Grade Prayer Groups beginning September 3rd
Sept. 5th - 7:00 p.m. Booster Club Meeting in the Fellowship Hall
Sept. 8th - 4th Grade Sings in Church 9:00 a.m. service
Sept.17th - K-8th Grade School Pictures
Sept. 19th - 6:00 p.m. 5th Grade Sacramento/San Francisco Parent Information Meeting
Sept. 20th - Fun & Fitness Day at SML
Sept. 22nd - 3rd Grade Sings in Church 9:00 a.m. service
Sept. 29th - 2nd Grade Sings in Church 9:00 a.m. service

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.