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Cougar News, Week of January 17th



Cougar News, Week of January 17th

  17 January 2019           Open House   Mark your calendars and plan to attend Open House on Sunday, January 27th! If your family brings a prospective family to Open House, your children will receive a FREE DRESS PASS! Start brainstorming who you can invite so you can show off our amazing school. Rita’s Italian Ice will serving their delicious Italian ice throughout Open House, with favors such as mango, cherry and cotton candy!   For planning purposes, we have created a Google Sheet for prospective families of currently enrolled students. If you have a child who you are interested in enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year, please add his/her information HERE. Packets can be picked up in the office beginning on Monday, January 14th. They will also be available at Open House.      Washington DC Raffle Tickets If you have not picked up your TWO Washington DC Raffle Tickets, please do so as soon as possible. This is a mandatory fundraiser for all families (TK – 8). All ticket stubs and money are due by January 23rd at 3:00 PM to the Front Office. The $10,000 raffle ticket winner will be pulled on live Broadcast…

Cougar News, Week of January 10th



Cougar News, Week of January 10th

  10 January 2019           Open House   Mark your calendars and plan to attend Open House on Sunday, January 27th! If your family brings a prospective family to Open House, your children will receive a free homework pass. Please consider liking and sharing our Open House event on Facebook, and inviting your friends and family to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram!   For planning purposes, we have created a Google Sheet for prospective families of currently enrolled students. If you have a child who you are interested in enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year, please add his/her information HERE. Packets can be picked up in the office beginning on Monday, January 14th. They will also be available at Open House.      Watches   Our Parent Handbook states that “simple watches” may be worn by students. Please do not send your child to school with a smart watch. Thank you for the support.     Career Day   Career Day will be Thursday, January 31st, 2019. to help inspire our students, we are asking parents (or family friends) to visit our TK – 8th grade classrooms and briefly share for ten minutes about…

Happy 2019!



Happy 2019!

Hello SAM Family,   Happy New Year! I hope this email finds you happy and healthy in 2019! I cannot thank you enough for all of the very thoughtful gifts you showered me with for Christmas! Having your children here at SAM is gift enough, but I really appreciate all of the extra love!   Please mark your calendars and plan to attend Open House on Sunday, January 27. If your family brings a prospective family to Open House your children will receive a FREE DRESS PASS!!! Start brainstorming who you can invite, so you can show off our AMAZING school.   For planning purposes, we have created a Google Sheet for prospective siblings of currently enrolled students. If you have a little one who you are interested enrolling for the 2019- 2020 school year, please add his/her information here. Packets can be picked up in the office beginning on Monday, January 14. They will also be available at Open House.   Reminder… DC raffle tickets are in the office and ready to be picked up. This is a mandatory fundraiser for all families (TK- 8). All ticket stubs and money are due by January 23 at 3 pm. The…

Cougar News, Week of December 20th



Cougar News, Week of December 20th

      20 DECEMBER 2018           Kelley Glidewell’s Celebration of Life   Mrs. Kelley Glidewell’s celebration of life will be on Friday, January 4th, at EvFree Fullerton in the Worship Center (2801 Brea Blvd, Fullerton 92835). Her family asks that everyone in attendance wears colorful attire to reflect her joyful spirit, and in true Kelley fashion, flip flops or sandals too.    Christmas Musicals   We have one more Christmas musical left for you to attend! Join us in celebrating this wonderful time of the year with: What Wonderful God-given Christmas Day: On Friday, December 21st at 10:00 AM, our School Band and 3rd through 5th grade students will present a poetic Nativity with story and song at our Birth of Jesus Prayer Service .   December Family Mass   St. Angela Merici Parish School is excited to announce our next Family Mass is Christmas Eve, December 24th at 4:00 PM. All grades are encouraged to attend and may participate as readers, greeters, ushers and choir by signing-up HERE. All students who attend this Mass & dress in their holiday best may wear free dress Monday, January 7th.     Golf Sign-ups for Winter Season   Golf…

Celebration of Life for Mrs. Glidewell



Celebration of Life for Mrs. Glidewell

Hello,   Mrs. Glidewell’s celebration of life will be on Friday, January 4th at 4 pm at EvFree Fullerton (2801 N Brea Blvd, Fullerton).  The family is asking everyone to wear colorful attire and flip-flops or sandals in her honor.    Thank you,   Mrs. Tapia

Cougar News, Week of December 13th



Cougar News, Week of December 13th

  13 DECEMBER 2018           DRIVING SAFETY   Once again, we need to remind our school community to practice safe driving. Speeding through morning carline has become an increasingly dangerous issue among the several other unsafe driving practices we have observed lately, such speeding through the residential area around our school, distracted drivers, drivers unsafely blocking traffic and more. Not only do we observe these dangerous practices occurring on almost a daily basis, but we have received several complaints from individuals who live nearby our school. There are reduced speeds in school zones and residential areas for a reason. Failure to follow the California driving laws, especially in areas of reduced speeds, will result in serious and sometimes fatal consequences.    If you need a reminder on California driving laws specific to speed in a school zone or residential area, click the link HERE. If you would like more information on the dangers and consequences of distracted driving, click the link HERE. If you need information about pedestrian safety, click the link HERE. Most importantly, click on this LINK to learn how to drive safely around schools.     Christmas Musicals   This year our students…

Mrs. Glidewell



Mrs. Glidewell

Dear Parents,   It is with a heavy heart that I send this message to you. This morning students and staff were notified about the passing of our beloved Mrs. Glidewell last night.  We will gather together as a school community today at 2:00 pm. in the church for a prayer service in her honor. You are more than welcome to join us.   Mrs. Glidewell’s passing will undoubtedly have a profound impact not only on many students and staff members but also on many of you.  We have had counselors on campus today to help support those who may need it during this time of grief. Here are some links they shared with us to help you support your child(ren) during this difficult time:   http://www.tiporangecounty.org/pdfs/How_to_help_chart.pdf   https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/grief/​   If there is any assistance you need, please don’t hesitate to contact me. My condolences go out to those of you who had personal connections with Mrs. Glidewell.  Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers as they ambulate through this difficult process.  I will share funeral arrangements with you as soon as they are made.   With love and prayers,   Julianna Tapia Principal

Cougar News, Week of December 6th



Cougar News, Week of December 6th

  6 DECEMBER 2018           Christmas Musicals   This year our students will be putting on three Christmas musicals to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!  Merry Little Christmas: On Thursday, December 13th at 6:00 PM, TK through 2nd grade will present a collection of holiday favorite songs to celebrate the reason for the season. Light of the World: On Tuesday, December 18th at 6:00 PM, 6th through 8th grade middle school students will present a theatrical performance with storytelling, singing, dancing, and worship. What Wonderful God-given Christmas Day: On Friday, December 21st at 10:00 AM, our School Band and 3rd through 5th grade students will present a poetic Nativity with story and song at our Birth of Jesus Prayer Service .   Glidewell Family Christmas As our PE Teacher, Mrs. Glidewell, continues her courageous fight with cancer, we remember to pray for her and her family. She is blessed with 3 beautiful children (Reece 15, Reagan 13, Rylann 7). During this Christmas season, let’s come together as a SAM Family and shower them with love and gifts. We would like to cover each child’s entire wish list. If you are able and willing…

Cougar News, Week of November 29th



Cougar News, Week of November 29th

    29 November 2018           Toy Drive Ending Soon   The November Charity of the Month, OC United Toy Drive, is coming to an end! Turn in your brand new, unused, $15+ toy donations to the Front Office by December 1st. With your help, OC United can provide Christmas for 300 individuals. For Children: Legos, baby dolls, trains, board games, nerf-guns, transformers, etc. For Teenagers: portable speakers, insta camera, make-up, headphones, hydro flasks, etc. For Adults:  kitchenware, purses, scarves, perfume/cologne, wallets, belts, etc.   Dining for Dollars at CPK   Our next Dining for Dollars event will be held at the California Pizza Kitchen in the Brea Mall all day on Monday, December 10th. Present the flyer to your server and CPK will donate 20% of your check to SAM. This includes dine-in, takeout, catering and all beverages.   If we raise over $2,500 in total sales, someone at our school could win a free class pizza party! Students will be asked to write their grade on the flyer when they show it to the server, who will collect them to be tallied up to see which class had the most participation. We hope to see everyone there!    …

Calling All Pray Warriors



Calling All Pray Warriors

Hello,   Thank you for all of your prayers for Mrs. Glidewell! We are hoping you can join us on Sunday at 3 pm in front of her home for a special prayer service and blessing by Fr Dave. Please wear a red shirt to not only show our connection through Saint Angela, but also to represent the fire of our LOVE for her.   Her address is 1524 S Citrus Ave, Fullerton. Hope you and your families can spend just an hour with us. For those that want to go after to 5pm Mass at SAM, you’re welcome to, as Fr Dave will be at Mrs. Glidewell’s and also presiding over 5pm Mass. Depending on how she’s feeling, we may stay outside and let her hear our prayers from inside. She was so excited to hear we’d be coming to pray for her, as that is what she says she desires most at this time.   St Angela Family and Friends, let us gather to pray together for this family member in need. God bless Thank you again from the bottom of my heart, Mrs. Julianna Tapia Principal  

Cougar News, Week of November 15th



Cougar News, Week of November 15th

  15 November 2018           Thanksgiving Break   We wish all of our SAM families a wonderful, happy and safe Thanksgiving Break! Students will be released at 12:00 PM and Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences will conclude tomorrow. Please join us on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, at 9:00 AM for our November Family Mass (more details below). School will resume on Monday, November 26th. Happy Thanksgiving!   November Family Mass St. Angela Merici Parish School is excited to announce our next Family Mass is Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd at 9:00 AM. In collaboration with other parish ministries, our students can participate as greeters, readers, and singers. All grades and families are welcome, and you can participate by signing up HERE. All students who attend in formal uniform may wear free dress on Monday, November 26th (please see the School Handbook for free dress guidelines).     November Charity of the Month   The November Charity of the Month is OC United’s Affordable Christmas Store. St. Angela Merici Parish School is helping OC United collect new gifts that allow aged-out foster youth, fostering families, individuals who are homeless, domestic violence victims, and families from at-risk neighborhoods to experience the joy of Christmas. We…

5th grade- IMPORTANT



5th grade- IMPORTANT

Dearest 5th grade families,   This letter is to inform you that as of today, Mrs. Ivy Hoang will not be returning to St. Angela Merici School. We have made this decision for the best interest of the students. I greatly appreciate your patience during the first trimester. We have a plan in place that will begin next week with Mrs. Robin McConnell as your child’s homeroom teacher. Our goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible with the help of our amazing staff. We will provide a full breakdown of the schedule in the coming days.  Mrs. Halliday and I will be finishing your child’s report cards and we will give them to you next week. Mrs. Halliday will be assisting with next week’s parent/teacher conferences. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything.   Blessings,   Mrs. Julianna Tapia Principal

Cougar News, Week of November 8th



Cougar News, Week of November 8th

  8 November 2018           Morning Drop-Off Safety Reminders   We ask that you abide by the following rules regarding morning drop-off procedure to ensure the safety of our students and keep the car line moving as efficiently as possible: Enter the parking lot by the Walnut Street entrance and stop to unload passengers as directed by the supervisors. Turn left and exit on Fir Street after drop off.  Do not stop on Walnut Street to drop your child off. This stops the flow of traffic and is not safe, as traffic is very busy during this time. Parents who wish to walk their children up to the classroom may park in the Fir Street parking lot.  Do not text and drive.  Save the Date!   Save the date for Burger Parlor Dining for Dollars next week, November 13th and 14th! We have half days for conferences on both of those days, so why not head there at noon for lunch or stop in for a delicious dinner! Please invite your friends, family and neighbors to join in the fun as well. More information to come.   Used Uniform Sale Reminder   Don’t forget there will be a…

Cougar News, Week of November 1st



Cougar News, Week of November 1st

  1 November 2018           November Charity of the Month   The November Charity of the Month is OC United’s Affordable Christmas Store. St. Angela Merici Parish School is helping OC United collect new gifts that allow aged-out foster youth, fostering families, individuals who are homeless, domestic violence victims, and families from at-risk neighborhoods to experience the joy of Christmas. We are asking for gift donations that are brand new, unused, and $15+.  With your help, OC United can provide Christmas for 300 individuals. For Children: Legos, baby dolls, trains, board games, nerf-guns, transformers, etc. For Teenagers: portable speakers, insta camera, make-up, headphones, hydro flasks, etc. For Adults:  kitchenware, purses, scarves, perfume/cologne, wallets, belts, etc. Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences   It’s that time of the year again: time to schedule your Parent-Student-Teacher Conference! All conferences will be booked via Sycamore, which will open tomorrow (10-26-2018) at 12:00 PM. Please remember that we have noon dismissal Tuesday through Friday, November 13 – 16, the week of conferences.    To book your conference, log into Sycamore. Click on the “My School” toolbar on the left side of the page. When the drop down menu appears, click “P/T Conference”. Pull down your student’s…

Busy Week Update



Busy Week Update

Hello SAM Family,   I hope this email finds you well! I would like to begin by thanking you for all of the time and love you pour into SAM! I know it’s been busy around here, but there is never a lack of energy and enthusiasm!   Thank you to everyone who attended the Family Mass on Saturday. It was well attended and such a gift to share the Eucharist with one another. The movie, dinner, and dessert made for a fun evening, as well. I look forward to many more community-bonding nights to come. I’m especially looking forward to seeing everyone at the Auction Dinner and Dance on Saturday evening! Please register at https://e.givesmart.com/events/7KV/ in advance. We will go LIVE by Friday.   We are looking forward to a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween celebration tomorrow. Please note school begins at regular time (8 am). Be sure to follow the costume guidelines and send a change of clothes for your child (free dress guidelines apply). Dismissal is at noon.   Thursday is another special schedule day with LATE START at 9:15 am and All Saints Day Mass at 10:30 am. Please send your child to school in Formal Uniform. There is…

Cougar News, Week of October 25th



Cougar News, Week of October 25th

  25 October 2018           Next Week’s Schedule   This upcoming week is going to be very busy and fun packed! Here’s a look at our unique schedule for the next week: Saturday,  October 27th // Family Mass at 5:00 PM followed by dinner and movie on the field. Bring your own chairs and blankets for seating! Monday, October 29th // Free Dress for students who attended Mass in Formal Uniform. Tuesday, October 30th // NO Eucharist. Wednesday, October 31st // NO Late Start and NO Band. The Halloween Parade begins at 8:15 AM and there is 12:00 PM Dismissal. Please view the Halloween event information below for more details! Thursday, November 1st // 9:15 AM Late Start. All Saints Day Mass at 10:30 AM (Formal Uniform is required). Everyone is invited to attend Mass and there will be a collection. Friday, November 2nd // NO SCHOOL (Teacher Inservice Day). Saturday, November 3rd // SAM Auction Dinner at 5:30 PM at Los Coyotes Country Club. FACTS Accounts   FACTS accounts will be charged if RSVP’s or donations for the Auction Dinner are not turned in by tomorrow, October 26th. Halloween Event Information   Next Wednesday, October 31st, our…

Saturday Night



Saturday Night

Hello, I am excited to see everyone on Saturday for Family Mass at 5 pm. Please remember, all students who attend in Formal Uniform may wear Free Dress on Monday, October 29. As a special way to bond as a SAM School Community, we will have dinner and a movie after Mass on the field. Please don’t forget to bring a blanket and chairs for your family. L.A. Tacos & Company Food Truck will be on campus selling delicious Mexican food. They are generously giving 20% of the proceeds back to SAM.  It will be a wonderful faith-filled family evening! See you then!   Blessings,   Julianna Tapia  

Cougar News, Week of October 18th



Cougar News, Week of October 18th

  18 October 2018           Family Mass Reminder   Our next Family Mass will be held Saturday, October 27th at 5:00 PM. Kindergarten and 6th grade are hosting and are encouraged to sign up HERE. All students who attend in formal uniform may wear free dress on Monday, October 29th (please see the School Handbook for free dress guidelines). We will also have dinner and a movie on the field after Mass! Please join us for a faith-filled, community bonding evening.    Red Ribbon Week   Next week, October 22nd – 26th, is Red Ribbon Week! This year’s Red Ribbon Week theme is Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free. Read through the following list for details specific to each day of Red Ribbon Week: Monday: Proud to be Drug Free, Wear red with jeans or uniform bottoms to show our pride! Tuesday: Our Futures are Bright Because We are Drug Free, Wear neon/bright colors and sunglasses with jeans or uniform bottoms to shine brightly! Wednesday: Do-nut Do Drugs!, Wear black with jeans or uniform bottoms to show we blackout drugs on campus! $1 donut sale will be happening to raise money for the Red Ribbon Campaign….