Last Thursday we said a final good-bye to our graduating eighth graders. Some of our graduation traditions had to be adjusted due to Covid restrictions, but we got to celebrate our students the best ways we could. We began on Wednesday night with an event prepared by 7th grade parents. It wasn’t the usual dinner but it was a beautiful evening with awesome decorations, appetizers for individual families to share, and the customary speeches and 8th grade video prepared by the students. Thursday’s Graduation Day included our annual Affirmations in the church. Each student was recognized individually by the middle school teachers for his/her unique gifts and talents. Though space was limited and the rest of the school watched via live-stream, every teacher prepared a note to be read to the 8th graders by Mr. Talevich thanking them for their leadership and sending them off with tokens of thanks and remembrance. It was beautiful and a very touching tribute to a wonderful class. The day ended with the Graduation Mass and ceremony. In addition to diplomas being presented, school-based awards and high school scholarships were announced. Click here for a complete list of graduation award winners.
Here are links to view a recording of either the Affirmation ceremony or the Graduation Mass
Now, it is on to the final stretch and the last days of school. Kindergarten graduation is this coming Thursday at 10:30am in Banchero Hall. Due to Covid constraints, only immediate family members are able to attend. It will be just a few short years before we will be honoring them at their 8th grade graduation!
Please join us for a celebration (and closure) of this most unusual year. Our students deserve to be celebrated for all they have gone through during the pandemic. They have grown and put up with so much these past 15 months. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel and we can’t get there soon enough. On Thursday morning, June 10th at 11:30am there will be a final good-bye zoom assembly. After the assembly, students will parade counter-clockwise around the school to commemorate this year. Parents are encouraged to circle the block to cheer on our students. Kindergarten will lead the parade and all grades will follow. Since we can’t gather as an entire school for our traditional end-of-the-year Mass, this is as close as we can get to a final send-off. After the parade, students can start their summer vacation!
I hope you and your family have a fun-filled, relaxing and safe summer. We’ll see you in September for the start of a NORMAL school year!
Have a great summer!