It was so great to see so many of you at Back-to-School Night. Your love and support for your children is evident. It makes our jobs so much easier! I remember well how hectic life can be trying to balance homework, athletic practices, running errands and other family obligations. But the time you spend with your children comes back to you ten-fold. The old cliché, “They grow up so fast”, is really true. Enjoy these tiring, yet rewarding, years.
Jason Romero – Motivational Speaker
Last Thursday, our 3rd-6th graders listened to an inspirational presentation by Jason Romero, a blind ultra-athlete who at age 14 was told he had a rare degenerative retinal condition where he would slowly lose his eyesight. Not to be deterred, Jason went on to finish school, earn a Juris Doctorate, practice law, and run a $400 million company. Legally blind, he began to run and continued to build his stamina in hopes of running across the United States. Last May, he became the only blind person to have attempted and completed the 3,063 mile run across the country. It took him just 59.5 days. Thank you to Kevin and Ester Burkhart for making arrangements to bring Mr. Romero to St. Anne.
Move-a-thon is coming!
One of the highlights of the year, is our annual Move-a-thon. This year the fun takes place on Thursday, October 5th. Donation envelopes were sent home last Thursday and our students are busy calling on relatives, neighbors and friends to secure pledges. At yesterday’s Prayer Assembly, Move-a-thon chair Libby Rain challenged our students to a game of trivia involving their teachers/staff “moving” accomplishments. (i.e. Which St. Anne teacher beat her high school Science teacher, who was a UW track star, in the 100-yard dash, while wearing a dress? – Answer: Mrs. Sturgeon!) Stay tuned for another game next week!
Parish Leadership Retreat
Last Saturday, our School Commission, along with other Councils and Commissions attended a Parish Leadership Retreat, facilitated by Ron Ryan, where we reported on and celebrated the work of our parish groups over the past year. We also discussed ways to more actively engage fellow parishioners in the life of the parish.It was a valuable day with lots of good insights by our School Commission members. Please take a moment to read this blog post to get an interesting perspective on the “return” one gets from School Commissioner, Anders Brown.
Please join me in thanking the wonderful team we have on School Commission this year: Sasha Muir – Chair, Anders Brown, Mark Keilholz, Kelly Kemp, Nicole McDonagh, Lisa Middlebrook, Catherine Porciunucla, Elyssa Schuessler – Secretary and Carmen Suazo.
Have a great week!