From Mr. Michael A. Smith's year-end letter:
Where did the year go? Here I am writing the last Principal's Message for the 2013-2014 school year, which I believe was a very good year. We worked on writing our Self-Study for the WCEA/WASC Accreditation visit next year. We will be adding a fifth School Wide Learning Expectation: Ambassador of Fitness and Wellness that came as a result of our effort to be a healthy community here at OLM. We implemented the "Eat a Rainbow" curriculum, thanks to Ms. Tafi and collaborated with our hot lunch vendors to offer the healthiest options possible, and I want this movement to continue next year. Therefore, in an effort to walk the walk, I am announcing that beginning this coming school year, our standard treat for birthday celebrations for your students will be fresh fruit and whipped cream. We had the most successful year in fundraising since I became principal. The Fall Festival, the revived Golf Classic, the Annual Auction and Dinner, development of the Annual Fund and ending with the Art Show and Dinner generated revenue far beyond what we had budgeted. Thanks to all who contributed to make these so successful. We progressed in getting our permits for the art studio from the City of Malibu. We brought in new faculty members who have immediately become part of the OLM family and enhanced the instruction your students receive. I am proud to say, according to Fr. Bill, that this is the first time in 19 years that we will open next school year with the same staff. This year also saw the process of finding a company to replace the wood chips in the kindergarten climbing structure. This summer the wood chips will be replaced with a rubberized playground surface much like what's in place at Malibu Bluff's Park and Trancas Canyon Park, actually, done by the same company. These are some of the areas that we have focused on, but more are coming. The Capital Campaign to renovate the church will also have a positive impact on our school technology backbone. We hope to upgrade our server and buy new individual devices for our teachers and students. We also hope to begin a facelift for our building with new paint and other improvement. I wish everyone a great summer and hope I see some of you at our Summer Sessions.