From Mr. Michael A. Smith's August letter:
I hope all is going well with you and your family this summer. If you haven't been back on campus since June 20, 2014 there have been some significant happenings that I wanted to share with you.
The parish has been enjoying Mass on Saturday nights and Sundays under the tent on the asphalt as renovation continues on the church. It is moving right along and barring any unforeseen bumps in the road is projected to be completed by the end of September 2014. Currently, Room 1 is being used for Confession and Room 2 is serving as the Sacristy. When school begins, Wednesday, September 3, 2014 the Sacristy will have moved to the old Religious Ed. office, next to Sheridan Hall, and confession will take place in the Okoneski Room until the church has been finished. This will mean that our first couple of weeks, Coach will be creating P.E. activities on a shortened play area. He'll probably be using the Upper Field quite a bit, as well. Following the completion of the church, the next phase moves to the bathrooms next to the church and Sheridan Hall. Fr. Bill and I have talked about planning the upgrade of the Hall so that we can still use it during the school day. Plans are to do a lot of this work during the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas vacation.
The renovation process has also been progressing on our Art Studio. Marty King has been tirelessly working with the Fire Marshal to get our fire alarm for the Art Studio connected with the alarm system in the Computer Lab. Once this detail has been worked out, we'll be issued our permits from the City of Malibu and work can begin. I know we were all hoping to complete the work over the summer, but we also must be vigilant in protecting our students and structures. Art, for our K-8 students, will continue as usual and, if necessary, accommodations will be made once Marty has the permits and building starts.
Our new kindergarten students will be returning to a new rubberized surface in the K yard climbing structure. The wood chips had seen better days, and again placing student safety first, we replaced it with the state of art rubberized surfacing. We have scheduled a kindergarten family social on Tuesday, September 2nd from 1:30-3:00 to kick off the school year.
Sharing space with the Parish Yard Sale and not having Summer School Sessions have given us an opportunity to work on some cosmetic touch ups before school reconvenes in September. When you return you'll notice some areas with fresh paint and newly renovated benches. Over the summer, with the help of Eder, Kelly and David S., we replaced all the broken boards and put on a fresh new coat of paint on all our benches, as well as touching up the paint on our outdoor trash cans. In addition, Eder has repainted all the classroom doors and touched up other areas as needed.
Have a great rest of your summer and I look forward to seeing you all in September.
Thank you for all your support in helping to polish our little "gem".