Thank you for your patience with our winter weather conditions these last two days. It’s always difficult to decide on the appropriate changes to the school schedule, but thankfully, this snow situation made it a clear call in the early hours of Monday morning. You should have received notifications via text, voice-mail and e-mail (to your stannesea.org account). If you did not, please contact the office to make sure that we have your correct information in PowerSchool.
What an amazing Catholic Schools’ Week we celebrated last week. Beginning on Sunday for the Liturgy with our parish family, to Monday morning when we celebrated our parents, to the Mass and lunch with our grandparents/grandfriends and Community and Parish Appreciation, we are so fortunate to be in such a supportive community. When Friday arrives and we have the chance to celebrate our students, it is so gratifying to see their excitement as they engage in various activities. Thank you for allowing us to share in the lives of these young people each day.
One of the highlights of the week was the National Geographic Geography Bee on Tuesday afternoon. Finalists from 4th – 8th grades participated in several rounds before a winner emerged. Congratulations to Olivia Rodrigo Dermody, 6th grade, finishing in First Place; Kira Smith, 8th grade, Second Place and Cecilia Alvarez, 5th grade, Third Place. On Wednesday morning, Olivia took an online test to compete at the State Championship level. Results will be announced around the beginning of March for contestants for the March 29th State Geography Bee to choose one winner to compete in Washington, DC. Good luck Olivia!
And then came Friday afternoon with the volleyball game between the faculty and the 8th grade… It was a hard-fought battle with three closely contested games but the faculty just couldn’t match this talented group of 8th grade volleyball players. The gym was full of cheers of support for both the 8th grade and the teachers. Pretty chaotic, but definitely showing how these students really care about supporting their school.
As we enter the month of February (already?) it must be time for the Science and Engineering Fair. Mark your calendars for Wednesday evening, February 13th from 7:00-8:00pm for Family Night and the chance to view some remarkable Science work by our students. And, Mrs. Nenninger is always looking for judges to evaluate the projects during the day. Only qualification is a love of Science. She could use judges from 8:30am to around noon. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Finally, thank you to those of you who attended our State of the School presentation last Wednesday evening. I am sorry about the cancellation of this morning’s presentation but for the safety of all we decided it was best to reschedule. We will hold the second session next Tuesday, February 12th at 8:30am in the Assembly Room of the church. If you missed last Wednesday’s presentation, please plan to attend. You will learn important information on budgeting and tuition for the 2019-20 school year, the accreditation process, update on work on our year 4 goals from our strategic plan and teacher compensation. Thank you to Mark Keilholz, School Commission chair, and Guy Weismantel, for their explanations of work done by our Strategic Plan Teacher Compensation.