Last Wednesday, we had our first in-person “Families” meeting of the year. The Families gathered together to prepare for Field Day in distanced groups around the playground. It was quite special to have all of the students finally together in one place. It’s something that hasn’t happened since March 12, 2020 and it was a welcome site. The idea that Covid may begin to loosen its hold on all of us, is an exciting concept and makes us look forward to Fall of 2021 and a (hopeful) return to normal school.
Last Tuesday evening we had our final School Commission meeting of the year. It gave us a chance to say thank you and good-bye to members whose terms are expiring and to welcome our new members. Please join me in thanking Mark Keilholz (chair) who has done an exceptional job guiding us for the past four years. He examined and presented our finances to the Commission each month, spearheaded our latest Strategic Plan and even served an extra year due to Covid; Elyssa Schuessler, who served on the Strategic Plan Steering committee and has worked on our website and communications team; and Kristen Glenn, who chaired the Teacher Compensation task force. They have each put a great deal of effort into improving our school and we can’t thank them enough for all they have done.
New members to the School Commission who are beginning three-year terms are Sharon Cercone, (mother of Cecille- PK and Cosette, 1st grade, Arizcuren), Kathleen Gallagher, (mother of Darren -6th grade, Evan – 4th grade and Sean – 3rd grade), Brian Reisenauer, (father of Ernie –PK and Elle 1st grade) Ashley Rossman, (mother of Carter K and Hunter 2nd grade) and I am also pleased to welcome our new Parent Association chair, Elyssa Schuessler, mother of Bernd 3rd grade) The leadership of these individuals will be invaluable, especially as we return to more activities than this past year and a half.
Congratulations to our 7th grade Student Leadership Award winners. Last Thursday, at our May Crowning Mass, five 7th graders were presented with Leadership Awards for exemplifying our Student Learning Expectations. The 7th graders had a class retreat on May 14th where they reflected on the work our school does to help students achieve the SLEs. They also privately identified students in their class who embody our SLEs. Grace Vanderslice was named an Active Person of Faith, Marguerite Bindel and Zoë Onwuneme were identified as a Lifelong Learners, Elle Holley as a Globally Aware Person and Matthew Riley a Well-Balanced person. Congratulations to all of them!
Just a reminder that next Monday, May 31st there is no school in honor of Memorial Day. We take this day to remember soldiers and their families who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Please take a moment to remember them in your prayers.
Have a great week!