Built in 1958, Our Lady of Loretto School was the first parochial school in northern Marin County and is run by…More Ursuline Sisters. Started for grades one through three, the school added a grade each year until 1965, then added a kindergarten in 1992. Today the school is overseen by Principal Annette Bonanno and it plays a large part in the lives of many Catholic residents of Novato.
The elementary and middle school lessons include accelerated math, Spanish, computers, music, physical education and science. The average class size is 25 students and the tuition is about $7,000 annually.
Among the enrichment activities offered include a student theater company, academic chess, glee club, weight training, gardening, choir, speech and debate, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, altar-serving, student council and CYO sports teams.
Mindful of its mission to be "witness to the love of Christ for all," the school is committed to diversity and admits student of any race, color and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or make available to students.
Just west of the Novato city limits, Stafford Lake County Park is a popular recreational facility for picnickers,…More anglers, hikers and disc golfers. It's known among locals for its quiet beauty and as a gateway to rural West Marin. There are large lawn areas, top-notch play structures for kids and barbecue areas for up to 500 people. Although swimming and boating is not allowed in Stafford Lake, fishing from the shore is permitted with a valid California fishing license. The park also is a popular choice for local Girl Scout events, occasional rock concerts, weddings, parties, film shoots and corporate functions.
Stafford Lake's disc golf has a dedicated following and occasional amateur and pro tournaments. For more info, check out www.staffordlake.com.
The man-made reservoir was formed in 1951 when the North Marin Water District used taxpayer funds to build a dam and flood the small valley. Ranches once stood where the reservoir is now. Novato's citizens get about 20 percent of their water from Stafford Lake.
A day use fee of $5 per person is required at the park and is payable at the entrance.