Newsletter Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Happy Tuesday! 

This Sunday was the Fourth Sunday of Lent also known as Laetare Sunday. Laetare means to rejoice. We are rejoicing because we are almost to Easter. You could compare this to the 3rd Sunday of Advent or the Joy Sunday. This week the Gospel reading was the Parable of the Prodigal Son. We are very familiar with this parable, but in the homily, we were called to think of times when we had been each of the three main characters. I found this to be a poignant exercise since we have been, at different times in our lives, all three. It helped to provide a new perspective. In the end, we are called to be like the Father, forgiving and merciful. 

One of the ways we prepare during Lent is to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Santa Sophia will be hosting a Penance service this Wednesday at 7pm. There will be about 8 priests available during the service. If you can’t make it this Wednesday check the bulletin for other parishes hosting penance services. 

Another way to prepare during Lent is to participate in the Stations of the Cross. The Santa Sophia Youth Group will be hosting the Living Stations drive Through on April 2nd and 3rd from 6-8pm. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it. Parents, I will be teaching 6-8 ELA until we can find a teacher. This means I will not be available during the day for meetings or as quick to respond to emails. Please be patient.

We are looking for a Junior High ELA Teacher. If you know of someone that is available, please have them email their resume to

Shadow Your Student Day This Friday we are inviting all parents to campus. For those of you who are new to SSA, this day is for the parents to come and spend the day with your child. As usual, we are tweaking it to meet the restrictions still in place. We are looking forward to a fantastic day. We hope you can all make it! 
We will not have traditional drop off or pick up. You will park and walk your children for drop off and pickup.
Here is a schedule for the day. 8am – Mass- Please attend Mass with your child. There will be seating for you to sit with all of  your children. If you are unable to attend, we ask that you park and walk your child to the church. 

At the end of Mass we will have Adoration- We will leave the Church quietly after a few minutes.
9:15- We will head to the campus. There will be 2 stations for families to complete an activity with their children. 

9:45- Adoration and Benediction

10:10- Recess -You will have recess with your children. Refreshments will be provided for adults only. Make sure to send your child with a snack. 

11:00- Knowledge Bowl- This is a tradition at the school that challenges 8th graders against the staff. 

12:00 Dismissal

It is time to re-enroll for the 2022-23 school year! Deadline for current families is March 31st.
Reminder! If you have not registered for the FACTS Family Portal. Please register in order to proceed with the NEW! Online 2022-2023 Re-enrollment. If you will not be re-enrolling please click on the Will Not Enroll Tab to confirm.

  1. Log in to your account FACTS Family Portal District Code: SSA-CA
  2. On the left column, click apply/enroll
  3. Click enrollment/re-enrollment
  4. Follow the directions to complete the enrollment application

If you have NOT created a Family Portal account through FACTs please follow the directions below to enroll.

  1. Create an account here:   FACTS Family Portal  District Code: SSA-CA
  2. Check your email for a verification link

If you have any problems, please contact Rosa Carney at 619- 463-0488.We look forward to everyone returning for the 2022-23 school year.

It’s time to purchase yearbooks!

Schoolhouse Pictures is offering Santa Sophia Academy yearbooks! We are so excited to be offering this year’s Santa Sophia Academy yearbook.
ON SALE NOW!2021-2022 Yearbook details:
160 Pages(Soft) Perfect Bound Cover

Price:  $50
Purchase Deadline: 04/29/2022
Link to Purchase: Santa Sophia Academy Yearbook

There will be a limited supply so make sure that you submit your order before the deadline!
For more information, please reach out to our yearbook coordinator, Carrie Saindon at

Vision Screening Postponed! We will let you know when they are able to come out. Students in grades K, 3, 5 and 8 will have their vision screened on March 28th or 29th. If you do not want your child to participate in the vision screening please contact the Academy Office.

Parents in Prayer Please join us to pray the rosary on Tuesday mornings at 7:40 in the library.

Drama Drama for TK-3 This year’s play is CINDERELLA.  We would love for our TK- 3rd graders to be part of this production. They will be part of our ballroom scene. Please fill out the form below if you want your child to be part of this play. NO COST.  We are asking all parents to make sure that your child is available for ALL practices and performances.  We are also asking each parent to provide your childs costume.  Girls will be wearing a fancy party dress and boys can wear their dress uniform with a clip on bow tie or regular tie. We are looking forward to this year’s performance!
6th – 8th graders who would like to be part of the CREW please fill out the form below as well and Mrs. Gustafson will be in touch with you.
Tk-3 practice: April 25,27,29 from 3:00-3:30                      

 May 2 and 3rd from 3:00-4:00

SHOWS:May 4 at 10:4

5May 5 at 10:45 and 7:00 pm

May 6 at 7:00pm

All TK-3 students MUST have an adult to sit with at the night time performances!
If interested, please complete the attached form and return to school.

Drama for TK-3.pdf

Butter BraidThe school will be selling Butter Braid Breads to support the Youth Groups trip to World Youth Day in Portugal. Please support as you are able. These breads are easy to make and delicious. Order forms are attached. Please complete and return to school by April 8th. 

BB SantaSophia_OrderFm_S22 (1).pdf

PTG NewsHot Lunch
We’re expanding the hot lunch selection at SSA! The next hot lunch is Thursday March 31. Order a 3-piece chicken tenders meal with ranch dressing and a side of chips for $4.95. Orders are due by Wednesday, March 30 at 5 p.m.

Lunch will be supplied by Franco’s Giant Pizza. Support a local, SSA-family owned business!

Hot lunches can’t happen without parent volunteers. If you’re available to take lunch orders or to distribute meals during lunch hour, please email This is a great way to collect parent volunteer hours!

Gala News There will be a Gala planning Meeting Wednesday, March 30th @ 5:30pm in the Advanced Math room. Please Join us!
We are still looking for volunteers for the event. PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK TO VOLUNTEER.

Opportunity Drawing Opportunity Drawing tickets are on sale now in the office. Remember that each family is obligated to purchase or sell 2 tickets. 

COVID Update

There is a new Decision tree. Please find it attached.  
Please remember that it is still mandatory to keep students who are sick home. Contact the office and we will guide you on how to proceed. We have testing kits available if you need them. 

COVID-19-Decision-Tree March 22.pdf

Important Dates
Monday, March 28th- Track/ Co-Ed Soccer/ Vision Screening

Tuesday, March 29th- Assembly/ Drama/ Vision Screening 

Wednesday, March 30th- Gala Mtg. @ 5:30pm

Thursday, March 31st- Stations of the Cross

Friday, April 1st- 1/2 Day/ Mass/ Shadow Your Student Day
Monday, April 4th-Track/ Co-Ed Soccer/ Mass & Confession for 3rd-5th

Tuesday, April 5th-Assembly/ DramaWednesday, April 6th-Mass & Confession for 6th-8th

Thursday, April 7th-Stations of the Cross

Friday, April 8th-Mass

Monday, April 11th-Track/ Co-Ed Soccer

Tuesday, April 12th-Assembly/ Drama

Wednesday, April 13th- Easter Break

Thursday, April 14th- Easter Break- Holy Thursday

Friday, April 15th- Easter Break- Good Friday

Easter Break April 13th- April 22nd.