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St.

Hilary School
5401 Citronell Ave.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660

November 6, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are back to normal business this week after all of the festivities last week. A world of thanks to all of the parents who
contributed by organizing the class celebrations, helped with the door decorating, served as judges, helped with the
pumpkin table and costume contest. Thank you also to all of our parents, grandparents, and family members who joined
us for our rally and parade.

For any of you who may have heard Father Diegos homily yesterday, he spoke briefly about the Catholic Education system
in the United States. In case you didnt, this is a bit of history of our wonderful school system. The Catholic Education
system in our nation started over 100 years ago as a response to the plight of Catholic children in the public schools,
particularly on the East Coast. There was a lot of anti-Catholic sentiment and intolerance during that time, particularly
targeted toward Catholic immigrants. Catholic children were being harassed and physically assaulted in the public schools
by their non-Catholic schoolmates. As a result of the intolerance toward Catholics, school officials turned a blind eye.
Since many of the parents were immigrants, often poor, not fluent in English and without an education, they were helpless
fighting against a system that was not willing to address the issue. In addition to the harassment, Catholic children were
forced to learn Protestant theology and prayers in the public schools.

And so, parents turned to the institution that provided them comfort and security and that they trusted and knew would
stand up to the bigotry and would protect their children - their parishes. It was in this climate of fear, distrust and
helplessness that the Catholic School system in the United States was born - providing comfort, security and a quality
education. Parish priests and orders of religious women began to educate the children in the safety of their home
parishes. Because the schools were run by religious who did not require a salary, tuition was minimal if there was any
tuition charged at all. Families, whose lives revolved around the activities of their parishes, contributed to the well-being
and maintenance of their parish school. They, just as generations who came after them, were willing to make sacrifices so
that their children could be educated in a nurturing, structured, and faith-filled environment. This week, let us rejoice in
the gift of Catholic Education - the contributions that Catholic Schools make to our society and the difference that it makes
in our lives. Let us reflect on the implication of the statement: Let it be known to all who enter this place that Jesus
Christ is the reason for this school, the unseen but ever-present teacher in all its classes, the model for its students, the
inspiration for its staff. As a Catholic School, we strive to teach as Jesus did, meet our students where they are and bring
them to where they should be in ability and understanding. My prayer for you this week, is that God continues to bless
you for all of the sacrifices that you make to provide your children with a Catholic Education.

This week, we honor all veterans by observing Veterans Day on Friday, November 10 with a school holiday. For
Thursday, November 9, our own Mr. Loaiza, himself a veteran, has been preparing a w onderful tribute to the
members of our school family who are veterans. This ceremony will take place at 8:00 a.m. A flyer was shared on
Remind and was also sent home. Please join us and extend the invitation to your family members.

Also taking place on Thursday, we have our parent-teacher conferences. Report cards will be given during the
conference. If you did not sign up for a conference during our Back to School Open House, please contact your childs
teacher. All homeroom teachers will be present for conferences. All students in grades should be present at the
conferences with their parents.

DRIVEN BY EXCELLENCE, FUELED BY FAITH


During our parent-teacher conference time, I will be in the computer room delivering a Fall state of the school update
with some general information about the school, finances curriculum, etc. This presentation will occur every half hour, on
the half hour.

If you are interested, in serving as a sacristan for our liturgies, you can contact Mr. Jose Rodriguez for any information.
His contact information is included in the flyer that was sent out via Remind two weeks ago. All parents who serve in this
capacity will receive school service hour credit as well.

Scrip order forms are included. If you need any help with the E-Scrip or Presto Pay online options, please contact the
front office.

There was an error on the November calendar that I did not catch until the end of last week. The Thanksgiving Mass is
on November 21 at 11 a.m., there is noon dismissal that day and there is no school on Wednesday,
November 22. I apologize for the error.

When you have a chance, visit our Dia de los Muertos/All Souls Day altar located in the school hall.

As a reminder, the following are the new DAYCARE FEES: Monthly: $180 (1 Child) or $320 (family), Hourly/Drop-in
rate: $5 (1 child) or $8 (family) per hour, per day. If you have already paid under the previous fees, you will be credited.
New bills will be issued as well over the next week.

Same day add-on orders for lunches through Monaris should be placed directly through them by calling
(562)640-1321 by 9:30 a.m. If your child doesnt bring a lunch to school and you have not called Monaris, they can
purchase a lunch pack through the Student Store for the same price of $5 which will consists of either an Uncrustable or
Lunchable, a granola bar, fruit cup and drink. The hot lunches are prepared by a contracted company who do not have a
stock of supplies at the school. Because they bring the supplies with them each day to prepare the food, they are not
always equipped to fulfill extra orders. There have been a few times over the last week and a half that there were not
enough lunches and adjustments had to be made. As our lunch schedule is split with half of the students playing while the
other half eat then switching, we cannot always guarantee that all of the students who paid in advance will receive their
lunches if the food runs out. As such, to insure that no child is left without a lunch, we are going to be offering the lunch
packs.

Mrs. Martinez has joined our staff as of last Thursday, for the remainder of this week, she will be here primarily in the
mornings.

For VIRTUS CLASSES AND LIVE SCAN FINGERPRINTING, please log on to the Archdiocesan website at
www.la-archdiocese.org and click on the Protecting Children tab.

Noon Dismissal Wednesday, November 8


Veterans Day Ceremony - Thursday, November 9 at 8:00 a.m.
Parent-Teacher Conferences - Thursday, November 9
No School - Veterans Day Observed - Friday, November 10

Let us pray for peace - in our families, in our community, our nation and our world. We mourn with all of those who have
lost loved ones to violence, and pray for those wounded. Let us be instruments of peace and witnesses to Christs Gospel
message of love and peace.

Blessings,

Mrs. Patricia Contreras-McJunkin


Principal

DRIVEN BY EXCELLENCE, FUELED BY FAITH