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Saturday, 17 February 2018 15:30


Dear Salesian Families,

During this Lenten season we are invited to journey with Jesus and live these days in prayer in a special way. What stops me from taking some time to walk into Church to simply sit before the Blessed Sacrament? Why not aside some time on Friday evening to join my parish in making the Stations of the Cross? How am I sharing my faith with my children? How do I continue to reflect the values I want my children to uphold in life?

Let us take the time to gather our family and approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It will give us the spiritual boost that we need to carry our daily crosses. These are the memories I want to create for my family; memories where we turn to God together in prayer.

Many of our parishes hold Reconciliation services during Lent. Let us make sure to save the date and participate as a family in this spiritual renewal and obtain for ourselves peace of mind and heart and true inner joy.

God Bless,

Sr. Carmen Botello, FMA




Lord Jesus, send your Holy Spirit upon me this Lent

that I might faithfully keep watch with you.

As I pray to our Father in spirit of repentance

and thanksgiving, help me to turn to my brothers and

sisters in love and service. May this sacred season be a

time of mercy, a time for me to forgive others

as I have been forgiven by you.

Bring all of us who worship you

as our redeemer closer together

as we prepare to celebrate

your dying and rising.


(Bishop Richard Garcia)

Friday, 02 February 2018 11:33

Feast of St. John Bosco

In the early morning of January 31st, Don Bosco would have been so proud to see our Salesian family up on the hill.

We began the feast of Don Bosco with a spectacular view of the Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse. Over a hundred students and parents joined in on the excitement of being together in the darkness of the cold early morning to view the lunar eclipse. We enjoyed an amazing pancake breakfast after sunrise. The celebration continued as we joined our Salesian family at St. Francis High School in a prayerful, animated liturgy focused on Don Bosco, the friend of the young. Mr. Pat Lee and his faculty & staff graciously provided delicious treats and entertainment for all our students. This was a great bonding experience for all of us.

Viva Don Bosco!

Sr. Carmen Botello, FMA


Friday, 26 January 2018 16:59

Catholic Schools Week

Dear Salesian Parents,

Catholic Schools Week is a national celebration of Catholic Education. We have the unique opportunity to celebrate through prayer and worship. We will begin the first of our joy-filled events with our Sunday Mass at Resurrection parish. We are doing this in joint cooperation with two other Catholic Schools in the area, Good Shepherd and St. Francis High School.

This week gives us an opportunity to recognize the importance, the value, and the contributions of Catholic education to our community and society in general.

Salesian takes this time to express our gratitude to you, our parents, for selecting our school to partner with in the education of your child. Together we know we can make a difference in the life of our young people.

Let us keep our Faculty and Staff in prayer as we continue to show them our gratitude for their dedication as they daily touch the lives of our students by their loving care and concern for each individual child.

May Our Blessed Lady continue to bless you and your family for the many sacrifices you make to provide a Catholic education for your child.


God bless,

Sr. Carmen Botello, FMA


Friday, 20 October 2017 10:53

October Notes from the Principal's Desk

Queen of the Holy Rosary, pray for us!

The month of October is dedicated to our Lady of the Rosary. On Tuesday, October 7th Salesian celebrated this beautiful feast. Let us recall the promises that Our Blessed Lady mad regarding world peace, family stability, and universal well-being attached to praying the most Holy Rosary.

Once again this year, Our Blessed Mother will go visiting our school families throughout October. A little traveling shrine, complete with statue of Our lady, rosary beads, and directions, has been prepared for each class. Each day the shrine is sent home to a different family whose name is picked at random. The family receiving it is invited to welcome Our Lady's visit with joy and give her statue a place of honor. Hopefully, then the family will gather together that evening and say the rosary, perhaps inviting others to join. May Mary's spiritual presence accompany her shrine to your home, and may she bring with her a shower of wonderful blessing for you and your dear ones!

Sr Carmen, FMA


Family Rosary Evening

On October 24th at 7pm, the 5th through 8th grade invites you to take time out of your busy schedule and join them for a time of prayer. It will be an opportunity to come together for a special evening, praying the Rosary for the many intentions of all families, our school and peace in the world. You are welcome to come an join us for this evening to honor our Blessed Mother as a family.


Halloween Carnival

Mrs. Summers and the 8th grade students will provide Carnival Games & FUN for the day! Students may wear orange & black free dress, NO costumes. The School will provide a picnic lunch: Hot dogs, chips and a drink. Halloween Treats will be provide by Room Parents for each class.

Thursday, 07 September 2017 07:09

September Highlights

Dear Parents,

We have come to the end of the first three weeks of school. It is hard to believe how fast time goes by. It is wonderful to have your children back with us!

You have chosen to place your child in a Catholic school, a Salesian School; a place where there is the two-fold purpose of learning and believing. Thanks to the commitment of our Sisters and lay faculty and staff, we Salesian Sisters are able to continue the work of Don Bosco and Mary Mazzarello among our young people.

This year we have taken the initiative to focus and practice a virtue each month so as to allow God to transform us and help us grow to be signs of His love for others. Our virtue this month is "respect". Join us in working with your children to discover ways in which we can practice respect both at school and at home. Together with Mary, our mother and educator, we will take up the challenge to be signs of the foreseeing love of God among your children.

Sister Carmen, FMA

Sunday, 27 August 2017 17:32


Dear Parents,

Welcome to our First Day of School, it was a wonderful day, so good to see everyone. We had our New Family Orientation on Saturday and it was a delight to see such a good group of lovely people eager to hear all about our Salesian School Family. There are a few reminders for the beginning of the year:

·        Feast of the Assumption, School Liturgy Tuesday, August 15 at 11:30am.

·        We do not have a Lunch Program in place so please remember to send a lunch with your child.

·        Every Friday starting on August 25th, our Student Council will be selling Pizza for lunch @ $2.00 a slice. Students must order and pay for their pizza on Thursdays.

·        Aftercare is available Monday-Friday from 3:30-5pm exception Noon Dismissal days. Miss Kendal Bivins is our aftercare coordinator. Parents will need to preregister a week in advance for aftercare. If you need aftercare for the first week of school, please contact the school office; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please see aftercare form attached.

·        MHC (Mary Help of Christians) t-shirt are $12 each. If you would like to place an order it must be done by Friday, September 1. Please see order form attached. This is optional for students; t-shirt may be worn on the 24th of every month.

·        Student Planner (2nd-8th grades) $6.75 ea.

·         Pencil pouches (6th-8th grades) $5.00 ea.


Thank you for sharing your children with us and for all that you do to support what we do make these early years in your child’s life years of making learning fun!

God bless!

Sr. Carmen, FMA


Tuesday, 11 July 2017 10:49

July Highlights

"A special Fourth of July with Our Lady"


We had the most beautiful experience as we welcomed the pilgrim statue of our Lady of Fatima! The girls at camp where prepared to welcome Our Lady of Fatima by learning about the apparition to three peasant children in the spring of 1916 to nine-year-old Lucia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto.  They were herding sheep near their home village in the parish of Fátima, Portugal.  We began our morning with the celebration of the Mass thanks to Fr. Luis Oyarzo, SDB. Fr. Luis reminded us of the blessings we have in our country and that we must not forget our heritage and our roots. We have been blessed with so much and so we should not take our freedoms for granted. He challenged all of us to be good citizens and commit ourselves to be of service in our society.  If we each do our part we contribute to the well-being of our country.  We should be proud to live in the USA! The Mass was followed by the veneration of the image of the “Immaculate Heart of Mary”. All were welcomed to approach the statue that had been blessed by Pope Francis.  Each person was invited to bring a personal item such as a rosary and place it on the mantle of Mary and then each person was invited if they wished to be “covered” by the mantle of Mary and pray in silence. It was such a beautiful experience and we really felt the tangible presence of our Lady among us.  The custodians of the statue, Amy and Ying Palmos, shared that they normally do not bring the statue to “schools” and prefer parishes because there is more opportunity for the faithful to come. He said he was so impressed to see so many young girls express their love for Mary in such a simple but powerful way!  We had the opportunity to pray the rosary and it was wonderful to see school parents, ADMA representatives, and members of the Rosary Group join us!  Thank you, Mary, for coming to visit and blessing us with your presence

CHANGES/REMINDERS  for 2017-2018:



     Uniform shoes for 1st -8th-all black

      Uniform shoes for TK-K all black with Velcro 

      PE Shoes-only black and white athletic tennis shoes




·         Fridays will now be 3pm dismissal

·         Most School Liturgy times changed to 11:30AM

·         BRING SCHOOL SUPPLIES on first day of school


·         Only Monday, August 14, the first day of school is an OPEN CARPOOL DAY and it is a FULL DAY of school

·         Monday thru Thursday of first week are FULL DAYS; Friday is NOON DISMISSAL 

·         Salesian Family Luau, Friday August 18, 2017 from 6-8pm on school grounds!  

·         Extended Care will be available starting the first week of school. Available Monday-Friday; 3:30-5pm except for Noon Dismissal days and holidays.

·         September 8, 2017 Come celebrate Grandparent’s Day with Bishop Richard Garcia!   



We thank two new school parent volunteers for coordinating our uniform exchange program for 2017-2018!

Thank you Kristina Maria Jaras and her sister, Alexis Monica Jaras. They both have children in our TK-K program.  We ask that all uniforms that are donated for our uniform exchange MUST be brought to school the week BEFORE school begins. All items must be prewashed and inspected and be in GOOD condition for purchase at a discounted price of $5 or exchanged for another article of similar quality. NO ITEMS that are torn, bleached, or extremely worn out will be accepted for the uniform exchange. In addition, NO non-uniform articles will be accepted. We thank you for your help in “prescreening” all donated uniform articles to ensure quality.


United in prayer and gratitude,

Sr. Ignacia Carrillo, FMA





Wednesday, 05 July 2017 11:27

Welcome to Our NEW Students

We Welcome 20 New Students!

Olivia TK           AthenaTK

Lorenzo TK      Gael TK

Joey TK            Victoria TK

Aiden TK           Dylan K

Sophia K           Raymond K

Kyla K               Evonna 2nd

Carson 2nd       Hayden 3rd

Luis Angel 3rd  Bryan 3rd

Emily 4th           Coy 4th

Aaron 5th          Joshua 5th


"New Family Orientation"

Please join us for orientation on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 10am.

We look forward to seeing all of you soon and welcoming you to our Salesian Family!

United in prayer and gratitude,

Sr. Ignacia Carrillo, FMA


Saturday, 01 July 2017 13:36

June Highlights

The glory of God is the human person fully alive” St. Ireneaus





I hope you are having a fantastic summer with your families and friends! We are midway of our first week of Camp Auxilium and are blessed to have sixty-five girls along with thirteen counselors and eight sisters who have been assigned as the summer camp staff!  Today Fr.  Joseph Paradayil, SDB reminded us at Mass about the life of St. Ireneaus who was martyred for believing and defending the Gospel.   Fr. Joseph’s homily focused on being aware of the temptations of the world which can easily lead us astray if we are not careful. We should strive to practice virtue and follow the good example of those who bring us closer to Jesus.    


Ocean Guardian Update

We are thrilled to announce that our Ocean Guardian Grant has been renewed for the second year for our garden/habitat project thanks to the dedication and hard work of our students and Mr. Silva! If you would like some garden- fresh onions, feel free to come by and pick them up right from our garden!


Two New Puppies!

We welcome two new female puppies to our school family! They are eleven weeks old   and their names are Latte and Mocha! The puppies are yellow labs, the lighter coat is Latte and the darker coat is Mocha.   Nizza is learning to be their big sister and BFF.  The puppies are very smart and they have learned to sit, stay and come when called.   

I am looking for a gently used large kennel to hold the puppies during the night.  If anyone has one they want to get rid of let me know.


  Calendar News

We are excited about our upcoming Family Luau that will be held on August 18 from 6-8pm on our campus. We welcome our returning and new families to our new school year!   We are thrilled that our Booster Club, led by Mr. Luke Gelin, will be hosting this event! Don’t forget to mark your calendar!  This will be a great opportunity to meet the new families and make new friends!



Please NOTE: We have changed “ALL IN ONE” to

“New Family Orientation” and school supplies should be brought on the first day of school, which will be an open carpool day.  

To our NEW families. New Family Orientation is scheduled for:


Date:   August 12, 2017

Time: 10:00AM

Place: School Cafeteria

We are looking forward to seeing all of you soon and welcoming you to our Salesian family!



United in prayer and gratitude,

Sr. Ignacia Carrillo, FMA









Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:46

Happy Easter!

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The mission of The Salesian Elementary and Junior High School is a TK-8 private Catholic elementary and junior high school working cooperatively with the Diocese of Monterey to provide a child-centered learning environment within a family atmosphere that embodies the Salesian philosophy of reason, religion, and loving kindness as taught by Saint John Bosco and Saint Mary Mazzarello

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