Last Friday we celebrated Halloween as an entire school once again. It was a fun-filled day with parties, a parade and a special costume contest awards assembly. Though we couldn’t celebrate as much as we would have liked to, it still was a joyful day. Next year, we hope to welcome parents back to the building to share in our festivities. Thanks to those parents who joined us outside as we took our parade through the parking lot and over to the church where Fr. Colin and the parish staff was distributing candy to our PreK to 5th graders.
Yesterday we celebrated our All Saints’ Day Mass as a school. A wonderful job was done by the 6th graders and Ms. Raney in preparing and presenting the readings at Mass. And special thanks to Ms. Vizzare who cantored during the Mass. It was nice to have music though the students are not yet allowed to sing along.
Thank you for your support of our Parent Teacher Conferences last week. Though it is a demanding time for teachers, they appreciate the opportunity to partner with you in the education of our students. It is truly a blessing to work in a school where parents are so committed to their children. It makes all the difference!
As you heard at the Masses this past weekend, it is time to update your Stewardship pledge for 2022. Parish households will receive the 2022 Parish Stewardship Pledge Card in the mail this week. It is a requirement for anyone receiving in-parish tuition to have a new commitment card on file each year. The parish sets its budget for staffing, programs and operating expenses (including the subsidy to the school) according to how much is pledged by the parishioners each year. Contributions by parishioners are the only source of income. The archdiocese does not subsidize the parish. Please review the Stewardship giving materials and prayerfully consider your Sunday collection amount. It can be pledged weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly and via electronic funds transfer (EFT). Last year’s pledge expires on 12/31/21. Don’t delay your commitment! Fill out your pledge card today. You can drop it in the collection basket at church or turn it into the school office.
Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday! Don’t forget to “fall back.” No joy in arriving to school an hour early next Monday.
Finally, I have started to receive questions about travel restrictions over the holidays. Currently, there are no travel restrictions within the United States. I would just ask that if you plan to travel, especially if you are using public transportation, that you use caution, remembering that we are still battling this virus. Testing sites are readily available in our area and I would encourage you to get tested upon your return to keep all safe and healthy.
Have a great week.