Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful break and got to relax, even with our wacky weather! We had it all – snow, rain, wind and sun! Bring on spring. We are ready for more sunshine, warmth and a chance to be outside.
We now have ALL of our classes back in the building and it feels very good. It was just over 50 weeks ago that we said good-bye to our students and we can finally say hello, in-person, to them again. Thank you for all you have done to support these students over the past year. It has been tough on so many levels and we cannot express how appreciative we are to all of you in partnering with us to keep our students on track. They have been such troopers through it all and we long for the time when things will really be normal again and they can all be back in their regular classrooms, together.
Just before our mid-winter break began, our eighth graders received letters from the Catholic high schools about acceptance for next year. We could not be more proud of them and how well they did getting into these schools, especially during such an unusual application and acceptance season. I am so happy to report that our eighth graders were accepted into multiple high schools, many with honors and scholarship awards. They can now breathe a sigh of relief in having this stressful part of their 8th grade year behind them. It’s time for them to focus on enjoying the next four months with a sense of pride and accomplishment in how well they have done. Congratulations!
This past weekend, our middle school Speech Team participated in the Seattle Prep Virtual Speech Tournament and once again, they won numerous awards, including the top, all-tournament female competitor! Savvy Stack took home the overall award, along with a $2500 scholarship. In addition, she won 1st Place in Open Editorial Commentary, 1st Place in Oratory and 3rd Place in Dramatic Interpretation
Other winners include:
Olivia Askew who won 2nd Place in Expository and a $1000 scholarship.
Emani Burkhart who won 2nd Place in Oratory, 3rd Place in Impromptu and a $1000 scholarship.
Tegan Rain who placed 3rd in Editorial Commentary.
Zoe Onwuneme who placed 2nd in Editorial Commentary.
Ethan Burkhart who placed 3rd in Impromptu.
Great job by all of the middle school Speech team!
As we enter our second week in Lent, I hope you will take the time to reflect on, and to commit to, a Lenten season of change and renewal, especially during these difficult times. Consider joining our fellow parishioners each Wednesday for evening Mass at 5:30pm with Stations of the Cross following at 6:00pm. Just a few minutes of quiet reflection out of our busy lives could make a world of difference and give Easter a whole new meaning.
Have a great week!