Bright Moments From Mrs. Torchin

December 6, 2018

Dear Marymount Families:

At morning circle last Monday, I shared with the students that our first term had come to an end and that our second term was beginning on November 26. I also shared with them that their families would be receiving their report cards which would offer a good opportunity for them to reflect on all the learning that they had achieved in the first term and set goals for improvement in the second term. I have been very impressed with all the great learning opportunities happening around campus and I wanted to highlight some of these to showcase our “BRIGHT” students.

The Lower School students shine in a variety of different ways and through different content areas across the school year. Although we do focus on building a strong foundation in all academic areas, students quickly begin to excel in one area or another.  The Lower School offers opportunities for all students to develop as artists, musicians, performers, mathematicians, scientists, historians, readers, writers, and athletes. 

In Mr. Lee’s science and math class, our students shine in the mathematical-logical dimension as they build robots and pendulums. They learn how to plan, design, and problem solve and they learn that making mistakes is part of the process.  

In Mrs. Park’s class students get a chance to explore artistic expression through multimedia projects which will be proudly showcased at the end of the school year in our Annual Art Show. Students are also asked to critique works of art and explore the moods that art creates in the observer.  

In Ms. Kennedy’s class, students are offered the opportunity to explore performance and music. All Lower School students participate in our school wide performances as well as in class skits and plays. We are looking forward to the 1st, 4th and 5th grade plays this spring which also support our students growth in the performing arts.

Lastly, each month our buddy activities allow the interpersonal dimension of learning to shine as our students support their little buddies and become good role models as big buddies. These are only a few of the ways that our students shine. There are many more, of course!

A Marymount parent recently shared an article with me called “Valuing Applicants’ Creative Sensibilities”. In this article by Helen Vendler, a former member of the Faculty Standing Committee on Admissions at Harvard University, she writes, “The truth is that many future poets, novelists, and screenwriters are not likely to be straight-A students, either in high school or in college. The arts through which they will discover themselves prize creativity, originality, and intensity above academic performance; they value introspection above extroversion, insight above rote learning.”  

As you review your child’s report card, it is easy to look at it with a lens of what needs to be improved. I know that is my tendency when I look at my own children’s report cards. How about focusing on the areas in which your child shines? What have they achieved this past term? How have they grown from where they were at the beginning of the year until now? Students may not necessarily shine in all areas; but all students will shine in at least one area in the future which will guide their interests and their passion for learning. Vendler reminds us that, “We need to be deeply attracted by the one-sided as well as the many-sided.”

I am looking forward to seeing you at our annual Christmas Pageant on Wednesday, December 19th in Battistone Hall. May the joy of the season shine upon you and your family.

Warm regards, 
Andrea Torchin

"Merrymount" Holiday Cheer and Activities Reminder!
Tomorrow, December 7
Holiday Pajamas and Hot Cocoa Day for all LS & MS students, faculty and staff.

              D.E.A.R. Santa (Drop Everything and Read) in Lower School 10:20-10:40 a.m.

​Special reading hour with "Someone" - This book is hot off the presses. 
Father/son authors, Jay and Bodie Ostrowski will be here to read to JK, K, 1st and 2nd grade at 1:15 p.m. Parents are invited! Click here to read more about this exciting book!


Friday, December 14
Ugly Christmas Sweater Day for all faculty, staff, and students.

Wednesday, December 19
Lower School Christmas Pageant
The Christmas pageant will be the same performance at each time slot. If you have more than one student in the Lower School, please come to your youngest student's performance. 

- 9:15 a.m. for JK, K and 1st grade parents
- 1:15 p.m. for 2nd though 5th grade parents

Service and Spirit Efforts on Campus
​CALM's Adopt-a-Family in Kindergarten
Scholastic's Pajama Drive in Junior Kindergarten
2nd and 3rd grades Christmas performance at Wood Glen Hall
Storyteller fundraising in 6th grade
Grant McNaughton gathering jackets for a jacket drive to clothe the local homeless
Adopt a family in our Middle School (6th, 7th and 8th)



​Development's Corner​

Annual Fund
Thank you to all those who contributed during our latest phone-a-thon!  Class participation is now at 72%.  Below are the current parent participation rates for each grade.
JK- 81%
K- 62%
1- 78%
2- 67%
3- 86%
4- 75%
5- 91%
6- 63%
7- 70%
8- 63%

​Click here
 to make your gift online or send an email to Andrea McFarling at with your pledge amount and payment cycle, and we will count your commitment towards our efforts.


Holiday Movie Party - TOMORROW - A Few Spots Left!
JK, K, & 1st Graders - Don't miss this great opportunity to spend time with Mrs. Broderick and kick start your holidays. Contact Alex Dunn at to purchase a ticket to the Holiday Movie Party. Click here for more information!

80s Glam Gala 
The Auction Committee Kick-off Meeting is this Friday, December 7th at 8:30 a.m. in the Tea House. RSVP to Andrea McFarling at 805-569-1811 ext. 234 or Please park in the LS lot or on Mission Ridge and walk up to the Tea House if attending.

In celebration of Marymount's 80th birthday, Marymount's 80s Glam Gala auction is set for Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.


​Important Links to Bookmark

​In Our Community
Please support Marymount’s 6th grade Storyteller efforts this weekend at a bake sale!

Sunday, December 9th at
11:30 a.m. until we sell out!
Toddy’s Christmas Trees
The Santa Barbara Bowl


​Holiday Buddy Time!

Buddy Day in the JK room did not disappoint this week. Fourth graders showed their little buddies how to construct a small gingerbread house out of milk cartons, graham crackers and yummy treats!


After School Math Clubs
​Be sure to check out the various math clubs offered on Marymount's campus after school.  This is a terrific way for your child to get extra math support at no cost.
Click here for the Math Club Schedule.

Bishop Diego High School
​Admissions Wrap School


​​The Week Ahead

Friday, December 7
Auction meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the Tea House
​Pajama and Hot Cocoa Day for LS & MS
Authors, Jay and Bodie Ostrowski reading to JK, K, 1st and 2nd grade at 1:15 p.m.

Saturday, December 8
Mrs. Broderick's Birthday!

Wednesday, December 12
San Marcos AAPLE Academy presentation for 7th and 8th grade parents led by Director, Erik Nielson at 4:30 p.m. in the Great Room

Thursday, December 13
MS ​Blenders

Friday, December 14
Ugly Christmas Sweater Day for all faculty, staff and students
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