It was so nice to see so many of you at our Back-to-School Night last Thursday evening. Your lives are so busy just trying to keep up with your child/ren’s schedules, let alone your own. We appreciate your efforts to stay involved. The level of support is evident and it makes our jobs all that much easier. Thank you for joining us!
US Department of Education
This week I have the privilege of being one of 100 invitees from across the country to participate in the US Department of Education’s Office of Non-Public Education (ONPE) Annual Private School Leadership Conference in Washington DC. In addition to presentations on Federal programs, inclusive schools, and Supreme Court cases affecting private schools this year, I have been invited to a round-table discussion with 25 participants with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on teacher retention, recruitment and compensation. It should be a very interesting time to be in DC and hear from leaders across the country. I will report on the conference and news from the “other” Washington in my post next week.
Safety at QA Bowl
Recently I received an e-mail from a parent who had witnessed the aftermath of an accident involving a pedestrian being seriously injured after being hit by a car at the crosswalk on 3rd Ave. West in front of the entrance to the Queen Anne Bowl. Many of our St. Anne CYO teams hold practices at the Bowl and extra caution should be taken when dropping off your children. The speed at which vehicles travel on 3rd West and the congestion of parked (often illegally) cars at the entrance to the QA Bowl creates a real hazard. The situation seems worse due to the recent development in the area. Let’s really work to keep our kids safe!
Save the date – Blessing of the Animals
As October quickly approaches, we start gearing up for a month full of fun activities. Save the date for our Feast of St. Francis celebration of the Blessing of the Animals on Thursday, October 4th at 8:30am in Banchero Hall. Pets of all shapes and sizes are welcome to join in this special blessing. For those pets that find it difficult to handle the chaos, or coming to school is just too difficult, your child is welcome to bring a photo of the pet or a favorite stuffed animal, and rest assured, they will receive the same blessing. You are free to park on the lot that morning and bring your pet directly into the gym. Following the blessing, all pets need to return safely to the quiet of their home.
Have a great week!