Be Kind. Be Courageous.

As I reflect on the simple and yet far-reaching meaning of our school theme, Be Kind, I can’t help but think that it was on full display through your generous support of St. John School Jog-a-thon. Thank you for sponsoring the runners, keeping them safe at the corners, keeping them hydrated, cheering them on, and dressing up like a dinosaur to add more fun to the festivities. The day was filled with enjoyment and healthy exercise, and we are so close to our 80K goal! We are all very grateful.

To be kind is to also respect the dignity of every person, regardless of race, gender and background. Every person deserves dignity because we are made in the image and likeness of God. To be kind calls us to lift up those with whom we come in contact. It calls us to act in a kind manner and to use kind words. Just this week St. John School leadership was made aware of instances of racial stereotyping directed at one of our students; we have worked with the individuals involved and their parents to create a path towards resolution and reconciliation.

St. John School will not condone behavior that is harmful to our students, and as a part of our mission, we encourage such behavior to be reported by students. At the beginning of the year, I reminded students that it takes courage to be kind. I encourage all of us in the St. John community to live a life of courage, compassion, and generosity – I encourage you to be kind.


Bernadette O’Leary