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DMA Student Selected as 826 Valencia Writer of the Month

Each month, 826 Valencia – a nonprofit dedicated to supporting under-resourced students with their writing skills – selects a writer of the month from its various programs. We are proud to announce that Jabari, an eight grade student at De Marillac, was selected as September’s writer of the month.

“Jabari is an incredible part of our writing program,” said Jill Waskick, Tenderloin programs director at 826 Valencia. “He models positivity, effort and creative thinking. Jabari is a strong leader and helpful team player.”

The writer of the month receives a free book of their choosing and will have their picture taken for a poster that is displayed in the 826 Valencia lab. Jabari has been involved with 826 Valencia since sixth grade and was very excited to be selected.

“My writing class at 826 Valencia is really cool,” says Jabari. “I’ve learned how to better express myself through writing.” Way to go, Jabari!

Enjoy Jabari’s poem, “All I Want”, which was written during an 826 Valencia lesson on blues music and poetry.


Posted on: October 25th, 2018



2017 Leap Sandcastle Competition

This past weekend, our 5th grade class participated in the Leap Sandcastle Classic – the largest sandcastle competition in Northern, CA. Teams comprised of architects, engineers, contractors, designers, corporations, and local elementary school students worked together to build giant sand sculptures based on a certain theme; this year’s theme was CASTLES! CASTLES! CASTLES!  This meant it could be any kind of castle – classic, imaginary, video game themed, or futuristic. Our student’s partnered with Turner Construction Community, UC Berekely, and Dirtt to create there very own Sanderella . The Funds raised by teams and sponsors go towards arts in education. Last year, Leap Arts was able to serve over 6,000 students across 25 Bay Area schools with hands on learning experiences in the arts. This year’s goal was to raise 300,000 to help continue expand its programs.

One Work Place’s Environment team working with students in a design workshop to brainstorm and prototype their sandcastle. Photo credit goes to One Work Place’s Instagram @owplearn.


A BIG THANK YOU to all of our community partners!!! 

Posted on: November 13th, 2017



School’s In Session!

First week of school is in full effect!

It’s so nice to hear the buzz, chatter, and laughter of children on campus after a quiet summer. 4th grade lead teacher, Ms. Dzida, took our newest Saints around school to show them the ins and outs of De Marillac via scavenger hunt. Two of our newest Saints, Sergio and Mia, gave us a little insight as to what their first day felt like.

Sergio, 4th Grade

Mia, 4th Grade

How was your first day? What was the best part?

S: It was great! I was kind of nervous. The best part was meeting my teacher.

M: My first day was good. The best part was meeting my new friends and teacher.

If anything could be different what would you change?

M: I wouldn’t change anything.

S: Me neither!

How was the food yesterday? I heard you guys had chicken and waffles…are you the type to eat them together or separately?


M: I like mine separate..

S: Yea, Separate…

What do you like so far?

S: I like the science room!

M: I like..uhhhh.. everything!

What are you still unsure or nervous about?

S: Hmmm.. nothing.

M: *nodding in agreement*

Is there anything you’re most excited about? 

S: Doing science stuff.

M: I’m excited about going into 5th grade…

Did you have a uniform at your last school? How do you like wearing one everyday? 

M: Yea, we wore a uniform at my last school. I like it because it makes it easy to get ready in the morning. And you don’t have to wash more and more or go shopping.

S: Umm, it’s like my everyday uniform, but my shirt is white not red.

So you’re saying you wear clothes like your uniform on a regular basis? 

S: Yea. *nods head proudly*

I remember when I was going back to school, shopping for supplies was my favorite part…are there any supplies you get really excited about? 

M: Every time we go shopping for school supplies, my mom gets me a slime kit so I can make slime.  I also like when we get led pencils.

S: I like slime too and I like led pencils too. I really like this one *shows me his led pencil*

And finally, What is your favorite school subject? 

M: Math.

S: I love science.


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Posted on: August 18th, 2017



Black Days and Nights:The Story of Leon Rajninger as a Holocaust Survivor


Friday May 12th, our eighth grade class hosted a very special guest, Leon Rajninger who shared his story as a Holocaust Survivor. Over winter, the eighth grade studied the book Night by Elie Weisel over the course of six weeks. They also had to complete individual book reports on stories they selected covering the Holocaust. A big thanks to the Jewish Family and Children’s Services Speakers Bureau for helping make this experience possible. This is something we (students, faculty, &  staff) will never forget.

Leon was born in Bukovina, Romania and was eight years old when the Second World War started. His Holocaust story is one of the Romanian Holocaust, also known as, The Forgotten Cemetery. He shared the extended version of his book, which is pictured below; and  answered a few questions in the end.

In the early morning, we were lined up for the march into the Mogilev-Podolsk camp. As we started marching with many armed Romanian soldiers guarding us, our family was the last in line. A young Ukrainian boy passed us polling an empty two-wheeled cart. My mother asked the soldier guarding us if we could put our backpacks on the cart. He agreed. With many packs, the cart was heavy to pull. We dropped behind and soon there was only one soldier guarding us. We were about fifty feet behind the rest of the group. The Mogilev- Podolsk Jews were standing by the roadside, warning us not to continue our journey. My mother gave the soldier some money as a bribe. Bless him, he looked the other way, and we grabbed all the bags from the card and escaped into the crowd.

We lived up on a hill and the only water pump was by the river. It was very hard to get water up in winter. By the time we reached the top of the hill there was very little water left in the bucket. So for most of the winter we just opened the door and scooped up a bucket full of snow. If we had some wood, we would boil whatever we had, like sweet beets or a potato. The first winter of 1941 was the worst for us, sitting in the dark with only one small window that was covered with ice and snow. In addition, we had a big problem with lice in the winter. My parents and I slept on a few boards elevated from the floor. We had only one blanket and my father’s coat, which was warm but had a lot of lice and was difficult to clean. Unfortunately there was no choice, because it was very cold, especially at night.

Leon wanted us to make sure we walked away with three very important lessons:

  1. Take care of your family, especially your parents when they get older. Do everything you can for them.
  2. Finish the highest level of education possible.
  3. Never lose control over your life.


Posted on: May 15th, 2017