The Magic of Autumn is here. The nights are longer and the mornings are dark. Please be extra careful the mornings these days, when it is still dark while children make their way to school. Be mindful of crosswalks and school zones. Hang up and drive – cell phone use is not allowed in vehicles in school zones.

When my son was in second grade, one of his classmates was hit by a truck on the way home after school. The boy could not remember his name nor his parents’ names, but he knew his teacher’s name! That was how the first responders were able to notify his parents. While this was terrible for the child and his family, thankfully, the child suffered no permanent injuries. However, the event was a terrible experience for the driver of the truck as well. You do not want to be the person who hits a child with your vehicle.

Now we are celebrating the beginning of autumn, preparing for the Fall Festival, which will be on November 4 this year, and Dia de los Muertos. Our Monarch Gardens continue to serve as a way station for butterflies going to Mexico...

for the winter. We hold Open House for parents to visit the teachers and examine the work their children have been doing in class. Kinder through Second Grades had their Open House on September 22; Third through Eighth Grades’ will be October 11.

The sewer lines under S. St. Mary’s Street will be upgraded this fall. Work will initially be on St. Mary’s between Pereida and Alamo streets, eventually extending to Cesar Chavez. By late October, construction will have begun and St. Mary’s may be reduced to one southbound lane. In order to assist with drop off and pickup of children before and after school, we encourage parents to use the car loading area on Cedar Street. This provides a safe and more efficient way to get our students safely to and from school.

Contact your child’s teacher for information on how to sign your child up for this. Please do not park and leave your car in the loading zone during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal times! We hope the construction will not take long, but be especially careful during this time as some drivers may not be expecting the change in front of our school.

Thank you for your support of our neighborhood school. - Principle Will Webber