Angel Express | December 2017

Dear SLM Parents,

I hope that you’re finding a bit of time to rest and reflect during this Advent Season. I know how difficult it can be during this season to slow down. Here at the school, we have had a busy few months. The following are some highlights:

SLM Christmas Concert

Under the direction of our music teacher, Ms. Sepulveda, our students will be performing at our annual Christmas concert this coming Thursday, December 14th. The concert begins at 6 p.m. Doors to the church will open at 5:45 p.m. Students should be seated with their teachers. Come celebrate the season with us!

NOTE: Volunteers needed to set-up before the concert and then to tear-down and clean up after the concert. Please contact Mrs. Sepulveda at if you are able to contribute.

Geography Bee

The school’s annual Geography Bee took place last Friday, December 8. Grades 4 through 8 participated in classroom contests to whittle the field down to two contestants per grade. Then the finalists from each classroom competed in a school-wide tournament. Students were expected to respond to questions concerning continents, countries and U.S. states. We congratulate all of the contestants for winning their classroom competitions and for our two finalists in the school-wide competition. They are the following:

4th Grade: Payton Hofilena and Marcus Pirie
5th Grade: Jenyne Ebreo and Trey Nilson
6th Grade: Julia Camacho and Noelle Nelson
7th Grade: Giselle Groe and Hadley Hanson
8th Grade: Devan Cornelio and Marcelo Long

Our school-wide Geography Bee winner is Jenyne Ebreo (5th Grade) and runner-up is Devan Cornelio (8th Grade). Congratulations students!!!

Jenyne will move forward to take a National Geographic test, and if she proceeds further will compete in a state competition in Sacramento, California. All state champions then compete for the National Championship in Washginton, D.C. The winner receives a $50,000 scholarship and a trip. We wish you the best, Jenyne!!

SLM Mock Trial Team

Our Mock Trial Team competed at the Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Competition in Downtown Los Angeles at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse on November 6th and 13th. The knowledge, poise, and quick sense of both our defense and prosecution teams, as well as our witnesses and defendant were wonderful to observe. Our team, led by their attorney coaches, Mrs. Edna Earley, Mrs. Erika Dominguez, Mr. Scott Dominguez, and Mrs. Jolina Abrena, put in many hours of study and practice to perfect their roles which consisted of witnesses, lawyers, defendants, court clerks, and bailiffs. The students gained much from this experience, such as, knowledge of the U.S. judicial system, communication skills, analytical skills, and a greater understanding of a citizen’s obligations in the U.S.

The SLM Mock Trial Team was comprised of the following individuals:

Olivia Alajian, Julia Camacho, Nolan Cary, Brynn Drye, Jack Earley, Isabelle Fuentes, Isabella Gonzalez, Giselle Groe, Emily King, Katherine Murray, Karma Sarni, Gianna Soriano, Xander Soriano, Lauren Takakawa, Auburn Thomas, Emily Tramontin, Paulina Villanueva, and Lucca Volkman.

Special Mention: Jack Earley received MVP for Prosecuting Attorney and Giselle Groe received MVP for Defense Attorney during the evenings of their trials.  Outstanding work, students!

Congratulations to our students for a job well-done and thank you coaches for sharing your valuable time and expertise in the field of law!

Mariners Of The Month

At November and December assemblies, the following students were recognized for their excellence in following these School-wide Learning Expectations:

“St. Lawrence Martyr students BECOME independent and self-motivated.” (October, 2017):

Jantzen Ebreo (8th), Giselle Groe (7th), Reagan Takakawa (6th), Alexa Wollner (5th), Marcus Pirie (4th), Sydney Sellan (4th), Adrian Vilca (3rd), Luke Banfield (3rd), Michael Flink (3rd), Cate Cansino (3rd), Natalia Nelson (3rd), Brendan Rivas (2nd), Jake Albano (2nd), Connor Smith (2nd), Megan Shimabukuro (1st), Gavin Haynes (1st), Dylan Sheedy (1st), Cailey Bryant (K), Layla Joy Buncio (K), Noa Dagampat (K), Braxton Simmonds (K), and Sophia Gibbs (TK).

“St. Lawrence Martyr students BELONG by using their gifts and talents to better their community.” (November, 2017):

Alyssa Cansino (8th), Andrew Song (7th), Talan Holladay (6th), Aidan Morais (5th), Kendall McKechnie (4th), Lance Robert (4th), Nathalie Haynes (3rd), Juliette Ruiz (3rd), Carley Medina (3rd), Logan Lara (3rd), Benjamin Volchok (3rd), Mercury Cox (2nd), Christopher Camacho (2nd), Sophia SerpaKarthaus (2nd), Stella Koch (1st), Natalia Soebich (1st), Isabel Utpadel (1st), Delaney Sheedy (K), Valentina Schneider (K), Sophia Kavulich (K), Michael Diaz (K), Reed Lyons (TK), and Fiona Bellante (TK).

Way to go students! Thank you for making it a priority to become self-starters and in using your gifts to better the community! We are proud of you!!

Sports News

Football - Congratulations to our varsity football team for a terrific season under the helm of coaches, DeLuca, Montoya and Sellan. Our varsity team finished 2nd in the South Bay league and made it into the top brackett of the CYO play-offs. They ended the season 6-2. 

Cross-Country News from our cross-country coach, Coach Vicario:

“On Friday, November 10th thirty-nine schools sent their cross country athletes to compete in the CYO Cross Country Championship at Hollydale Park.

138 Girls competed in the 3rd & 4th grade course where 3 from SLM (K. McKechnie, M. Viera, A. Olderwurtel) finished in the top 10 overall propelling our girls team to place First Overall in the Championship Meet. Similarly, 155 Boys competed in the 3rd & 4th grade course where 1 from SLM (A. Hayes) finished in the top 10 overall helping the boys to a Fourth Overall place at the Championship Meet.

Today at assembly we presented Mrs Kaiser with the Girls Championship Plaque to hang alongside the Girls and Boys Invitational 2nd Place Plaques. Chloe Nunamaker was the winner of the Brooks Sneakers in the morning raffle and each athlete was recognized with a certificate of achievement. I couldn’t be more proud of all that they have accomplished these past few months.” ~ Coach Vicario

Congratulations SLM Cross-Country Team and THANK YOU, Coach Vicario, for your time and energy training our students!

Winter Sports Teams

Basketball -Boys and Girls Basketball teams have formed and practices have begun. We wish you the best of luck this season!!

Golf - The next CYO Golf Tournament is on Sunday, January 28th, 2018. It will be held in Long Beach at Heartwell Golf Course, 6700 E. Carson St., LB, CA. Tee times begin at 10 a.m. The fee for this tournament is $45 and will be billed to your Smart Tuition account. To register, email Mrs. Kaiser at


Feel free to send updates on how the teams are performing to AND thank you for sharing your time and talent with our students! Our success is because of YOU!

Facebook Page

For more on “happenings” at SLM School, check out and like our Facebook page titled, St. Lawrence Martyr School - SLMS *Official Page*

Advent Season

As we are in the middle of the Advent Season, the busyness of our lives seems to pick up a bit. I found this wonderful resource that has helped me to slow down and contemplate the richness of our faith and to connect with our lord, Jesus. On the following Ignatian Spirituality site there are video reflections for Advent: I hope you’ll join me in taking a moment to reflect and pray.

Thank Yous

As we close this year, I want to thank you for your patience with me as I continue to grow in my position as principal. I am certainly not perfect, so your support and kindness have given me strength throughout the process. Thank you!

I’d also like to thank all of our parents who volunteer their time in making so many things possible.  Thank you to our librarians, art docents, health room nurses, parking lot patrol people, athletic team coaches, academic coaches for mock trial and decathlon, volunteers who set-up and tear-down during special events, those who help make costumes or backdrops, our fundraiser chairs, our room moms and our PTO reps. All of the wonderful functions and activities that we have for our students and parents would not be possible without your help. This is an amazing community to belong!

Finally, I wish you all a wonderful, safe, and joyful break.  May the hope that Jesus brings brighten and enliven your hearts and minds this Christmas and throughout the New Year!

Mrs. Diane Kaiser