- Day School
- Parish School Religion (PSR)
- Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
- HR Youth Ministry
From the Principal’s Desk
June 10, 2019
HOLY HAPPENINGS FOR HOLY REDEEMER SCHOOL
I pray everyone has had some time to relax with family and friends during this short start to summer break. I hope that the rest of your summer allows you time to create some wonderful family memories. At school we are trying to tie up any loose ends from the past year and get prepared for the coming year. Enclosed you will find your child’s final report card.
First, I would like to thank the staff for another wonderful year. Your hard work and dedication to your students makes Holy Redeemer the wonderful school that it is. In addition, I would like to thank all of the many volunteers who make our day-to-day operations possible. Daily we have parents coming to work in the health room, do recess duty, serve lunch, read to students, check out books in the library, attend/drive on field trips, deliver snacks…. The list is endless. We are so grateful because without your help we would not be able to offer these services. The Holy Redeemer community is truly blessed!
Before we close this school year, I will review some of the accomplishments from this past year. During this past year we continued our work with our Professional Learning Communities (PLC) with three area schools. We worked with project-based learning with the help of the $40,000 Beyond Sunday Grant we were awarded. Project-based learning develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills as the students work to find solutions to problems presented by the teachers. Professional Learning Communities and Project-Based Learning are currently considered best practices in education. With such a dedicated and devoted staff your child will receive a challenging and rigorous education as the staff continues to challenge themselves as well. This summer staff members and I have committed to various education classes and workshops to improve our craft. Our hope is that by continuing our education we will continue to offer a strong program to our students.Read More
Holy Redeemer Parish School of Religion (grades 1-8) acts as a support for the students and families of the parish as they live out their Baptismal call and give witness to the Good News in word and deed. It is the desire of the program to incorporate the students and their families into the faith life of the parish community.
I have to admit, this week felt a bit strange.
Normally, I would be gearing up for school either getting my classes organized (well, as organized as I got) or dealing with getting the building up to shape and preparing for the influx of students. I realize that we have an elementary school here at Holy Redeemer, but it is not quite the same. The biggest difference is getting homilies ready for a younger audience. I cannot simply take a homily for teenagers and use it for primary school students. For instance, on the Holy Day, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, I had to edit a few things out with a younger audience in mind. The things that might impress or inspire a young adult would probably terrify and possibly even scar a young child. It is a different voice that one uses when preaching to primary grades. Similarly, there are a lot of different things that now demand my attention beyond just school. Parish Council, for instance, will meet this week. There are a variety of groups that need attention, the Stephen Ministries, the Haiti Mission, the small church groups, the ACTS retreat movement, just to name a few. All in all, there are a number of challenges to face here at Holy Redeemer. But that only shows how vibrant and energetic this place is. Yes there are challenges, but they are tremendous. It is different, to be sure, but it is also exciting.