Principal’s Letter

On Monday, at the Crowning of Mary Liturgy, Father Paul asked our students, “Who are you?” The answer was simple and empowering, “You are the children of God.” He tasked them to “remember who you are” – they are kind, talented, and thoughtful, and they have the strength and conviction to make their community a better place. Thank you to eighth-graders, Matthew M. and Grace M., who processed in with Father Paul and crowned the statue in honor of Mary, Queen of Heaven. I am sure that she was beaming as the children presented her with flowers and remembered who they are – God’s children.

This beautiful mass was the beginning of a pretty hectic week! Five of our teachers are out with COVID-19. I am so grateful to all the faculty and staff who jumped in to ensure our students remained in the in-person model. Happy Teachers Appreciation Week to this wonderful team! And I know I sound like a broken record (remember those?), but please be vigilant. We sent quite a few children home this week with headaches, coughs and tummy aches.

This busy week foreshadows a full month of activities. In May, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, where we honor Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are pivotal to its success. May is also Mental Health Awareness Month; do take a look at the Counselor’s Corner post. Ms. Shaw shares helpful resources that promote children’s mental health.

This month, we also welcome special guests of students in grades K-2 for Grandparents and Special Friends Day. We are also hosting “happy hours” for all PreK and Kindergarten families, as well as New Families of students in grades 1-8. Whew!

That brings us to June! Save the Date – Friday, June 10 – for our School’s Out-Grill’s Out end-of-the-year BBQ, which will be in-person after a two-year hiatus. And do recall that the last day of school was updated to Thursday, June 16.

Together We Can!

Bernadette O’Leary