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... what is Fabulous Friday/Hot Dog Day?

 ... what is Choice Award Day?

 ... about our Patron Saint, St. Francis of Assisi and the Blessing of the Animals?

 ... about Parents in Prayer?

 ...what "accredited" means for a school?

... what is the Christmas Boutique?

... what is a "Morning with Margaret"?

 ... about our sister school, Our Lady's School?

 

... what is Fabulous Friday/Hot Dog Day?

Fabulous Friday is usually the last Friday of the month. All students are allowed to wear any Nativity t-shirt, team shirts or polo shirt with jeans or khaki pants.  On Fabulous Fridays, students may purchase a hot dog, drink, fruit, chips, and a dessert for $3 (bring an extra $1 for an extra hot dog!). Ki's does not serve lunch on Hot Dog Days. We have a great group of volunteer parents that put together our Hot Dog Day... it's another fun way for parents to volunteer!

Fabulous Friday also means that Student Council is playing music at lunch and coordinating fun and games!  

... what is Choice Award Day?

A Choice Award is a school wide program that encourages your child to make good choices throughout the day. We want to embrace the virtues we study, and recognize when your child exemplifies these virtues. For example, if your child shows consistent hard work and effort in class, being inclusive with others, showing leadership, using positive team attitudes in play, he or she may earn a Choice Award. They can receive it for reaching their quarterly AR (Accelerated Reading) goal, or for helping others in need. They may receive one at any time, and may be nominated by any teacher or staff member. These awards are given at Monday morning assemblies.

On the last Wednesday of each month the students who have received a Choice Award during that month may choose to wear Free Dress. Please follow the school guidelines for Free Dress code.

 
... about our Patron Saint, St. Francis of Assisi and the Blessing of the Animals?
 
St. Francis, the lover of all things natural in God's creation is credited with starting the tradition of honoring the Birth of Jesus by replicating the first nativity scene. This tradition is practiced by millions of Christians all over the world. We have a very special name for our church and our school and so the nativity is always something to which we give special attention. 

On October 4th (check school calendar for this year's celebration), the Feast day of St. Francis, we celebrate with a traditional Blessing of the Animals! Join us before school with your pet of choice or just come to witness and pray with us.


... about Parents in Prayer?

Parents in Prayer is a group of parents, moms and dads, that meet on Mondays after assembly in the Holy Family Activity Center. We pray together for our school, families and special intentions, including prayer books from each class. All parents are welcome! Drop in when you can to experience the strength of praying together.


...what "accredited" means for a school?

As you read in my Principal's Message above, The Nativity School is fully accredited through the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

To be fully accredited, a school must go through an extensive process to create a documented self-study which looks at all aspects of a school. This document is then verified by the commissions' team of experts from San Diego and other diocese with a three day on-site visit. The Nativity School was awarded a full 6 year accreditation, the highest allowed, in 2007. Our accreditation is due for renewal in 2013. As you already know, we are now in the process of writing this document.

All Catholic schools are fully accredited educational institutions. This is an important process that shows we are achieving our educational goals that demonstrate excellence in curriculum, student learning assessments of students and how assessment drives student learning.

The most important question is "How does this affect student learning?"  You have heard that many times before at meetings or in our newsletter. It is not just the newest "slogan" in education. It is a way of thinking and a philosophy of education that focuses all decision making on its impact on student learning. It is an integral part of our accreditation process and how we conduct educational and business decisions at The Nativity School.

How does this accreditation process affect student learning?  It affects student learning by formally documenting all that is strong and effective in our school programs, from how we manage finances to how we provide specialized curriculum. All we do affects and supports learning for all students to reach their full potential.  This process also allows us to highlight for ourselves what we recognize as areas in which we want to improve and enrich our school.

... what is a "Morning with Margaret"? 

This is a meeting for parents from specific grade levels to come be a part of an informal gathering with our principal, Mrs. Margaret Heveron.

Certain grade level appropriate topics, programs and expectations will be presented by Mrs. Heveron at each meeting, as well as school wide philosophies.

An open forum for discussion of your thoughts and questions is available as you are an important part of our school community! New this year - school families with incoming kindergartners are invited to our special Pre-K session.

This is the best time to be part of small group interaction with your principal. Come to listen, share ideas and learn!

 
... what is the Christmas Boutique? 

The Annual Nativity Christmas Boutique is typically held in November, in the Holy Family Activity Center. This fundraiser for our school provides an opportunity to purchase a wide variety of unique gifts while supporting a great cause, all in one place.

Vendors in the past have included: 
Diamond Boutique, Childish Couture, Mabel's,Tolani Collection,Truly Noteworthy, Magnolia Flowers, Pure Barre La Costa, French Basketeer, Shop with Zara, Tiny Turnip, Rancho Santa Fe Pharmacy and Gifts, Good JuJu Charms , Bon Bon, Heaven Sent Cards, Heidi's Cakes, Cookies and Gingerbread, Bowtique Couture, Sweet Violet, Cindy and Sofi Designs, M&M Designs, Neck Art, Bon Bon's Girly Boutique, Morgan Jean Jewelry, Celeste's Boutique, Stella Dot, Tanager, Workings of the Holy Spirit Nativities, Temecula Olive Oil Company and Running Skirts.

Vendors donate 20% of all proceeds to The Nativity School, so please support the boutique, and get a jump start on your Christmas shopping!

 

... about our sister school, Our Lady's School?

For many years The Nativity School has been sister schools with another Catholic school in the diocese, Our Lady's School.  The school is located on the western edge of the Barrio Logan area of San Diego.  The patron saint of their school is Our Lady of Guadalupe whose feast day is December 12th.

Each year The Nativity School 3rd and 4th graders join the students of Our Lady's School to celebrate this feast day with prayer and a simple festival. The day starts with a special Mass prepared by their 5th grade class who act out the story of St. Juan Diego and the visitation of Our Lady to him. In 1531 Mary appeared to Juan Diego, a gifted member of the Chichimeca indigenous people, a culturally advanced group living in what is now Mexico City. Juan Diego's faith and his perseverance to prove to the local bishop the apparition of Mary, was realized with the image of Mary on his cloak filled with unseasonable roses and flowers. This cloak is on display in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

 

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