Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends,
Happy New Year! I hope 2016 will bring peace to our world and to your families. January 1st is one of several starting over points during our year. Resolutions are a beginning and beginnings can be hard. Those New Year’s resolutions we make demand deep thought and reflection. Are they meaningful resolutions or will they fall by the wayside in just a few weeks or even days? How can our resolutions make us better people? Does our resolution include our Catholic values and how will these values be demonstrated outwardly? As St. Francis tells us, “Preach the gospel every day-use words if necessary.”
With the start of the second semester, how do parents help students make meaningful resolutions? Resolutions can be likened to goals. Ask your students what they think they could be doing better and how they think they can get to the goal. Goals have achievable ends and they must be realistic. Examples of achievable goals include helping students organize their time, completing their chores around the house or setting up their study time in the evening. Encourage students to break their goals into smaller sub-goals. Doing so allows students to see their progress in achieving the larger goal quickly. The second semester is the students’ new beginning, a time to start again and reach their goals. In the end we can all say “I kept my New Year’s Resolution and it made a difference in me”.
Our first semester went by quickly and came to a beautiful ending. On Dec. 8, Archbishop Wester spent most of his day with us. He celebrated Mass with the faculty and students and a packed gym of grandparents. The grandparents met Archbishop Wester at a reception after Mass and many families enjoyed a photo opportunity with him.
Archbishop Wester spent his time touring the school and visited a number of classes. He also blessed the STEM Lab and dedicated the lab to Our Lady, Mary. The administrators treated him to lunch. He left the school happy, complimenting our students on their reverent behavior at Mass. Ask your student for the homily and beanie highlights!
The combined band, orchestra, dance and choir Christmas concert was exquisite. What a joy to watch and hear our students perform! It was a joyous and fun night to ring in the Christmas season. Thanks to Mr. Jordan, Ms. Ayub and Mr. Reith and all the students performing for all their hard work and preparation.
You were sent an email informing you of the upcoming registration process for the 2016-2017 school year. A postcard will be mailed to you very soon with additional registration information. Look for it in your mailbox. If you have any questions about re-registration for the next school year, please contact Mrs. Keiser, 831-8409 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The administrators and counselors will be administering the High School Placement Test to all the Catholic school eighth graders at their respective schools, the week of Jan. 11. The regular placement test for non-Catholic school students will be administered on Saturday, Jan. 23 and Jan. 30. Please call Mrs. Keiser, 831-8409 or email@example.com
, for details to register for this test.
Wishing you the best for 2016!
Barbara M. Rothweiler, PhD