Spring has sprung! I wish someone would tell the weather gods that it’s time for sunshine, flowers and warm weather. We’ve made it through two seasons, the most difficult ones, with no Covid cases in our school. It would be nice to get the students outdoors more in some springtime fresh air. We’d love to give them the chance to eat lunch outside or have a class on the lawn. Not only good for the soul but great for diminishing transmission of Covid.
As the year goes on we find ourselves constantly pivoting to attempt to continue our regular traditions while making sure we do them safely. One such event is our annual Move-a-thon. Customarily held in the Fall, we moved it to April 16th, hoping for good weather and an easing of protocol restrictions that were in place. Then we moved the auction from late March to May 8th. The auction is full speed ahead, but we realized that having the Move-a-thon and auction just three weeks apart was probably not the best idea for our families. So, we are postponing the Move-a-thon once again, but hope to have it in late May or early June.
As Holy Week and Good Friday approach, I want to update you on our activities. Typically, we serve students a Simple Meal of ramen, crackers and water for a silent lunch on Good Friday. Unable to prepare food or gather together for lunch in the gym, we are asking families to provide a simple lunch for their student/s and they will have a silent, reflective lunch in their classroom cohort. No need to send ramen and crackers, just a lunch that is simpler than usual. They will listen to the music that has always been played during the Simple Meal and maybe next year, we can once again join together. Please note: There will be no hot lunch available for purchase from Queen Ann Catering on Good Friday.
At the end of the day on Good Friday, the 8th graders will again be presenting the Living Stations of the Cross. The Stations will be live-streamed for students who need to remain in the school and our parishioners. We hope to have at least one class present in the church during the Stations. They will begin at 1:15pm and conclude by dismissal at 2:00pm. On that Friday, (April 2nd) we will be dismissing ALL GRADES at 2:00pm, instead of having our multiple dismissals. We will still have our silent dismissal for all honoring the solemnity of the day.
Finally, congratulations to our second graders who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time, last Saturday. Now, their preparation begins for their First Eucharist which will be held on Saturday, May 15th at 9:00am.
Have a great week!