What a wonderful day we had last Friday at our annual Field Day. As I watched the students (especially the 8th grade Family leaders), I was so impressed with the way they interacted with one another. They were continually encouraging, supporting and caring of one another. The weather was perfect and all had a great time. I am sure you had some very tired children on Friday evening… I know we had some very tired teachers and parent volunteers! Thank you to all who made the day so special, especially Miss Grelle for her excellent organization and fun-loving attitude.
This year, we created a new way to award Families for Field Day competition. We wanted to begin a tradition that tied performance to our SLEs. Throughout the day, the Families were awarded points based on being Active Persons of Faith (i.e. how they treated one another), Life-Long Learners (i.e. teaching us something new or unusual about their country or its history), Globally Aware (i.e. good stewards of the environment though reducing waste or taking care of trash) and Well-Balanced (i.e. strong competition while taking care of their bodies through hydration and healthy snacking). We have new SLE banners to hang in the gym with the winning Family # for 2019 on each. We will display them in the gym over the next couple of weeks but will wait until after the new gym floor is installed this summer to hang them in their permanent location.
Yesterday, we had “Bump-Up Day”. This is where classes spend time with their next year’s teacher in their next grade classroom. They talk about the year ahead and begin to get to know what the next level holds. The 8th graders get a chance to return to the Kindergarten classroom where it all began. They are always amazed at the smallness of the tables and chairs that they sat in just 9 short years ago.
This Thursday evening, June 6th, we say good-bye to a wonderful group of 8th graders as they graduate and move on to an exciting new chapter in their lives. Please join us at the 5:00pm graduation Mass and reception as we bid farewell to the 95th graduating class of St. Anne School.
On Friday, June 7th don’t forget that we have a tropical free dress! More info can be found here.
We are heading into the final stretch – only one week to go! As this school year draws to a close, parents continue to come to school each day to volunteer in a variety of ways. I marvel at the generosity of this community and all that is done to support the school and our students. There are many, many unsung heroes who give of their time and talent and ask for nothing in return. They are here to help make our school a success and to give our students every opportunity. So many fall into this category that I would be remiss in trying to name them. You know who you are. You are the Room Parents, Coaches, the ones who organize Scrip, you help in classrooms, drive on field trips, judge at the Science Fair, and provide snacks for faculty meetings and classroom parties. You serve on School Commission or organize Parent Association events; you give hours to our fundraisers, spending days and evenings away from your family to help raise money to keep tuition costs down; you make costumes for the Christmas pageant, organize and chaperone Middle School dances and help with our Catholic Schools Week activities. You even spend a day helping with Field Day….and so much more. We can never thank you enough for your gift of volunteerism. All of us benefit in so many ways from your efforts. Thank you!
Finally, if you haven’t done so already, please get your Annual Fund payment in. Monica Flora has e-mailed those with outstanding balances. We really appreciate the funds raised through the Annual Fund. It helps keep operating costs down and helps grow the endowment to fund teacher salary raises and tuition assistance. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great week!