Last week we celebrated three days of Unity. From orange outfits (the color of unity) to St. Anne colors or CYO jerseys identifying the entire school as a team, to ending the week wearing Pajamas for “putting excluding to bed and goodnight to grudges,” it was a fun and informative way to highlight our commitment to inclusion and kindness. The middle school Spirit Committee did an exceptional job preparing lessons to teach the lower grades the importance of unity and providing a craft project, stories and videos to emphasize the importance of being united.
Thank you to those who attended the presentation on “Raising Anti-Biased Children” last Wednesday evening. Over 40 participants heard Dr. Janine Jones provide practical, on-going strategies and ideas for parents to use as they raise their children in these difficult times. Thank you to Mrs. Rousso, School Counselor, for organizing the event.
Now, it’s on to Parent-Teacher Conferences and Halloween. Where did October go?
All families should have received their assigned Parent-Teacher conference time via email a week ago Friday. If you did not, please contact Jennifer Hazzard. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to hold in-person conferences this year, but due to Covid guidelines, we are limiting the usual 20 minute conferences to 15 minutes to restrict contact time between individuals. Please honor this by showing up and leaving on time. If just one conference runs over, it affects the entire schedule.
We will be celebrating Halloween with our traditional costume contest, assembly and parade on Friday, October 29th. To limit the length of the assembly, the Spirit Committee will be choosing only one winning costume per class versus the usual best boy, best girl and overall best costume. We will gather together as a school for the assembly before heading outside for the parade which should begin at approximately 11:30am. Parents and friends are welcome to watch the parade as it winds its way from the SW exit of Banchero Hall, heading east on the playground toward 1st Ave. West, north to the Lee St. crosswalk where we will cross. We will walk west on Lee St. stopping in front of the church entrance to pick up a candy treat from the parish staff and continue west to the corner of 2nd Ave. West and Lee St. Students will cross Lee St. and back into the school to prepare for the noon dismissal. Feel free to join us anywhere along the parade route.
Finally, we will be having an all-school Mass (K-8th) on Monday, November 1st celebrating All Saint’s Day starting at 8:45am. I know how hard the morning after Halloween is for families but please make every attempt to have students at school on time that day. I am sorry that we have to restrict Mass attendance to students and staff only. Hopefully, that practice will change as Covid numbers go down.
Have a great week!