Principal’s Letter

During May, we celebrate Mary, the Mother of God and a motherly source of spiritual support.  May is also Mental Health Awareness Month.  NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental health, the Office for Catholic Schools, and all our schools are constantly raising awareness of mental health, fighting stigma, providing support, and advocating for people suffering from mental illnesses.  We have all become acutely aware of the impacts of isolation and social distancing on our well-being.  For those already struggling with mental illnesses, the challenge is immense.  The Mental Health Foundation is hosting a Mental Health Awareness Week on May 18-24.  The theme for the week is Kindness, a familiar one for us at St. John!  Be kind!

We decided to have our second Spirit Week at the same time.  Let’s celebrate the many acts of kindness that are so important to our emotional, mental, social, and spiritual health.  Take a look at the post to our “Be Spirited, Be Fearless, Be Kind” week.  We are apart, but we can still do so much together.  Look for opportunities from the 7th grade to help our local and global neighbors.  Let’s cheer one another on!

If you or someone you know is struggling with emotional or mental health, please check Ms. Shaw’s webpage where you will find information and helpful resources.

Even at a distance, stay close,

Bernadette O’Leary