With the support and encouragement of Dr. Till, Angela Green ’24 and Isabella Sevilla ‘22 both won the Club, Zone, and Regional levels, advancing to the District level of the Lion’s Speech contest. We are so proud of them.
Mater Dei Catholic High School has 10 Ford Scholars this year! Please join us in congratulating the following students: Nathanael Check (General), Jane Clark (Education), Mark Cu (Social Science), Charlotte Doherty (General), Mya Hiatt (Arts), Diya Patel (Medical), Catalina Roji (Education), Bernadette Solares (Business Mgt./Admin.), Melina Vicente (Science), Andre Wichman (Social Science).
Before returning to campus after Easter Break on April 25, 2022, we are requiring students to take a home rapid COVID-19 test, which were distributed to your students today. If your student was absent, you will need to purchase a rapid test on your own. The USPS is also offering free home tests again at https://www.covidtests.gov/.
After 11 years at Mater Dei Catholic, Director of Advancement Alejandra Saavedra is going off on a new adventure as Director of Development for the San Diego Natural History Museum. We are very grateful to Ms. Saavedra for her time and service to Mater Dei. We are a much better school for everything she has done for us. We wish her well in her new endeavor.
We had a big week this week. First, I’d like to thanks ASB, Mrs. Braunstein and our chaperones for helping to organize a very fun Spring Fling dance for our freshmen and sophomores. It was a two-year wait for our sophomores to come to their first dance at MDCHS, and everyone seemed to have a great time. On Monday, we welcomed students and faculty to campus with an option to wear a mask, as the mask mandate for schools was lifted. There is a different spirit on campus this week as a result and I just want to remind everyone to continue to practice good hygiene and follow safety protocols so we can continue to keep everyone healthy on campus.
Now that masking is moving to “highly recommended,” students out of dress code will be more noticeable. We would appreciate your partnership in having students follow the expected dress code (clean-shaven and neatly groomed). Thank You!
This morning you received an email that tickets are on sale now for our 2nd Annual Blue & Gold Night on Saturday, May 7, 2022. Our Advancement team has planned an amazing night with foods from around the world, live and silent auction, live entertainment and dancing, all to raise money for our Turf & Track fundraising campaign. The plan is to have the new stadium completed before we start our 2022-2023 school year next fall. This week, we had our first all-school Mass with our MDJDA students for Ash Wednesday. You can see a glimpse of our celebration above. It was hot, but a beautiful event celebrated by our President Fr. Martinez, SJ and Chaplain Fr. Paul. Sr. Luz Maria also joined us in distributing ashes. Last week’s Night for the Homeless event was also a big success. We had over 115 participants including MDJDA middle school students, who helped make 150 personal hygiene bags to distribute to Catholic Charities of San Diego and Desayunador Padre Chave in Tijuana.
Next week, we will have our first all-school Mass with our MDJDA students for Ash Wednesday on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Please remember to remind your students to wear their Mass uniforms. Tonight we have our Night for the Homeless event which is sure to be an incredible evening for our students as we collaborate with local non-profit to promote ways to support those in need. Lastly, I’d like to remind our Freshmen and Sophomore students to get their tickets for the Spring Fling dance. This is an outdoor event and details for tickets and COVID-19 testing are below.
We have a short week with the upcoming President’s Day weekend and our bonus day off on Friday, February 18, 2022 for reaching our $150,000 goal for our Giving Tuesday Turf & Track fundraising campaign. Thank you to all the families who participated in Giving Tuesday and helped to make this day off a reality! I’d like to remind everyone to be mindful of large gatherings over the long weekend and I thank you in advance for your continued commitment to working together to keep our community safe.
The deadline to pay for books from last year is fast approaching. Students have been contacted this week about paying for/returning any books from last year. To pay the balance, please contact Nancy Mireles at ext.100 by February 16, 2022. Those who do not reconcile their account will be locked out of Schoology on February 18, 2022.