Just before leaving for winter break, we spent Friday afternoon at the St. Anne Winter Games. “Families” competed against one another in a variety of “modified” winter sports. The Science Lab became an “ice rink” with figure skating to the song “Let it Go.” There were also bobsled runs, curling, moguls and cross-country skiing. Best was a comment made by a second grader who said, “Wow, I wondered how Mr. Sauvage was going to make the floor in the Science Lab into ice!” I think he was quietly relieved to learn that “ice” was formed by slippery shoe covers.
On Friday, February 16th our eighth graders received letters from the Catholic high schools about acceptance for next year. We are so proud of our students and how well they did getting into these schools. Their years of hard work have paid off and I’m sure their families are as happy for them as we are. Congratulations!
“March Madness” is coming to St. Anne! Not just the craziness in all that happens during springtime, but the joy of seeing our favorite college teams compete in exciting basketball games. Though the tournament is still a few weeks away, the Spirit Committee has declared this Friday, March 2nd “March Madness/Favorite team colors day. Students may sport jerseys or favorite team colors to kick off the season. There will also be a bake sale at all lunches to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
We all watched in horror as the events of the school shooting in Florida unfolded. Words cannot begin to describe the pain that is being felt in that community. Please know that we do everything we can to keep our students safe at St. Anne. There are procedures in place for emergency lock-downs. I have had questions from parents as to whether there was anything they could do to help. The biggest thing you can do is to reassure your child/ren that we care deeply about them and safety is our number one priority. Remind them to never open a school door for a parent or visitor to enter. Always direct the person to the front door, even if your child knows them. And if anyone sees a door propped open, feel free to always close it. Propped open doors are an invitation to enter. It may take a few moments to knock and wait for an answer, but it is a necessity for continued safety.
I am sure you have heard the news about Ron Ryan being diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Please see the letter that was read to parishioners at the Masses this weekend. Grades 2nd – 8th will be joining with the parish community at 9:10am tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 28th) in the church to say the rosary for Mr. Ryan. Please feel free to join us.
As we enter our third week in Lent, I hope you will take the time to reflect on, and to commit to, a Lenten season of change and renewal. Consider joining our fellow parishioners each Wednesday for the weekly Soup Night beginning at 6:00pm in the Assembly Room, followed by Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm. Just few minutes out of our busy lives could make a world of difference and give Easter a whole new meaning.
Have a great week!