Principal’s Blog, December 2017
Dear PSA Parents, Students, and Staff,
The holiday season is an exciting time filled with giving, gratitude, and love. One thing that can make holidays special is having family traditions. I was reflecting on all the fun things we did growing up during the holidays, and I thought it would be fun to ask our cadets what their holiday traditions are. So I did!
“For our Christmas tradition, our family gathers at my grandma’s house and she makes tamales. My mom makes champurrado and cocoa flan. My aunt makes pozole. My godmother makes the dessert. Then at midnight we get Baby Jesus and carry him and kiss him. Then, we do our Secret Santa gifts. That is our tradition as a family.” —Fabian Lopez, 8th Grade
“We go to Mexico and we celebrate Christmas together. We give out food to the people in need; we go to everyone’s house and give them food. We make a big posada, and everyone is invited.” —Teresa Raya, 11th Grade
“I eat tamales!” —Juan Hernandez and Michael James, 6th Grade
“My family tradition is we go out of town, like to Las Vegas, and last year we went to Miami. We eat a lot and see the lights in Riverside (Mission Inn), with all my family.” —Irmarie Gonzalez, 11th Grade
“On Christmas our family drinks apple cider!” –Jovani Morales, 6th Grade
“My family celebrates Dia de Los Reyes. That’s when you put your shoe in the window and they put a present in your shoe.”—Angelica Hurtado, 8th Grade
“I celebrate Christmas by opening my presents, going to church, eating tamales, and I drink apple cider.” –Robert Tejeda, 6th Grade
“First, what we do is put up the lights on our house and inside. Then we buy a tree and decorate it so it looks nice. Then on Christmas day, we make tamales, hot cocoa, and pozole. Also, we watch Christmas movies. We open presents together when it hits 9:30. So this is our family tradition for Christmas.”
—Jesus Reza, 6th Grade
“We open gifts at midnight!” –Dolores Lemus, 6th Grade
“We open our presents and we drink eggnog.” –Julian Lopez, 6th Grade
“My family tradition is making tamales, champurrado, dancing to music, making food, doing Secret Santa, opening gifts, and going to the lights at the Mission Inn.” –Jennifer DeAnda, 11th Grade
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!
Principal Jennifer Stickel
I have been the principal at PSA since 2013. It is my pleasure to lead our future leaders.