While today we recognized some for their achievements here at St. Alphonsus, I would like to take a moment to recognize all of our students. We have a stellar group of kids here in our community. We stand out in public as a beacon of God’s love and light, receiving compliments from other groups and event/location coordinators alike. I am so proud to serve this group of young students and I can’t wait to see what they will accomplish.
We have reached the end of our school year. It feels like just yesterday we were welcoming everyone back and introducing ourselves. This year was full of opportunities for learning as we welcomed new staff and took on new content with new classes. This year we saw the establishment of our endowment, the start of new traditions like Saints month, and the celebration of established customs that always bring us together as a community.
Thank you for welcoming me as your new principal this year. I have truly enjoyed getting to know our students, staff, and parents. I am excited to continue learning more about everyone as we head into the 2019/2020 school year.
Moving ahead, the work does not end Friday. I will continue prepping for next year by filling our open positions, continuing our work on accreditation by finishing up our self-study, and researching new Science curriculum. I will also be working with several others to continue enrollment efforts, growing our community for the fall.
This summer, the office will officially close June 28. While I will be working at the school for the rest of the summer, I will be unavailable from June 21-July 5. As many of you know, I am getting married and will then head off to my honeymoon a few days later. If you find you need anyone at the school, Charleen Sweet will be able to help until June 28. I will be back in the office July 9.
It is hard to believe my first year with you is ending but I am ready to begin the work God has in store for our second year together.
The year is almost over but we still have so much to look forward to. With so much going on, I will keep this week’s message brief. I sent an email this week that helped lay out all of the exciting activities coming up in the last days of school. Make sure you watch your email closely, as last minute reminders are coming your way from a number of sources. Also, please note that we needed to cancel Coffee & Conversation tomorrow due to set up for the Spring Concert and Junior Olympics.
I hope everyone has a fantastic end of the week.
This week we said goodbye to May and welcome the final two weeks of our 2018-19 school year. It seems as though the year has flown by, but we certainly packed in a lot of learning and excitement. Soon we will be saying goodbye to some and getting ready to welcome others. Let us remember though, it is not over yet.
This time of year can be a stressful time with events, testing, commitments, etc…It can also be a joyous time too—a time to celebrate together and a time to reflect. This reminds me of the Rosary. In my most joyous and most stressful moments I find delight and comfort in reciting the Rosary. Either with others or simply alone, it helps ground me; reminds me of what is really important in my life when my day seems too full, and allows me to truly rejoice during times of celebration. Pope Leo XIII said “The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying.”
If you are looking for peace, if you are looking for joy, if you are looking to rejoice, I encourage everyone to pray the Rosary. We have some free Rosaries available on the table outside the office, as well as Rosary cards. Feel free to check them out and help yourself.