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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.
Speaking of our strong program, on May 22 we graduated 12 eighth grade students. 100% of these students will be attending their first-choice high schools with many of these students receiving scholarships for their academics or service to the community. We are proud of our graduates and know they will continue to excel in their chosen high schools. The success of these eighth graders is due to the hard work of the students and the dedication of the teachers and parents to guide the children to be the best they can be.
Our Curriculum Committee continued their hard work on updating our curriculum to align with the current state standards. I want to offer a BIG Thank You to the core team of Kerry Fitzgerald, Debby Koulouriotis, Teresa Martz and Lauren Poelker who met multiple times last summer and monthly this school year to update our curriculum. Additional teachers would join the core team as their subjects were being reviewed. To date our Social Studies, Science, Religion, and Math have been aligned, and during the coming year they will complete the English-Language Arts curriculum. In addition, the Curriculum Committee created curriculum guides for each teacher.
We continued our work with communities in our Middle School program. The goal for creating these communities is two-fold: 1. Develop leadership skills in our Middle School students. 2. Foster relationships and build community of mixed age groups of students. Looking ahead we have scheduled a monthly activity for these communities related to service, faith-building, and team-building. This coming year several Middle School parents have participated in the planning of these activities. We are grateful to the parents for their assistance in this endeavor.
Last year we were awarded an additional Beyond Sunday grant to replace and update our current technology as well as bring new programs into our school. Some of the changes funded by this grant were: purchasing 3D printers, extending coding to sixth through eighth grade, EdClub typing program, and the Go Guardian system to monitor students on their Chromebook in grades 4-8. Mr. Biggs piloted an after school robotics club through the Clavius project, and during the coming school year, the robotics program will be added to the technology curriculum. During the coming year we will be writing another grant to replace our aging Smart boards.
Since my last parent letter I have hired both PE and Music teachers. Our new PE teacher is Denise Wiemann. Denise comes to us with 19 years experience teaching PE both in the parochial and public school sectors. Our Music teacher Michelle Shaver-Krus also has 19 years of teaching experience in the Catholic school system. Both women are energetic and passionate about the subject they teach and will be wonderful additions to our already terrific staff.
There is one new position that I still need to fill. We are looking for a full-time third grade assistant. If you know of someone who might be interested, please have them send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each day I pray for the community of Holy Redeemer, and I will continue to pray that all of you have a relaxing, refreshing break filled with many adventures.
God Bless You,
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.
The Church celebrates the solemnity of the Holy Trinity today, and the world–at least in the US–celebrates Father’s Day. It strikes me as a happy coincidence. At its heart the mystery of the Trinity is about relationship: That of the Father to the Son in the power of the Holy Spirit. The liturgy of the day reminds us that there is nothing so important in life as the relationships that surround us. Cut off from Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we have nothing. No creed, no sacraments; we are simply individual motes floating around in an atmosphere. Being drawn into God’s life means mattering, belonging, abiding in love, not just with others but with the very source of all love and life. Our fathers are/were for many of us a mirror of that great embrace. Hopefully it has been strong and welcoming, reassuring and tender. Our fathers taught us to be free; they taught us the importance of integrity and how to act not just for the good of our own family but for the good of the whole human family. We wish all our dads a happy and blessed day on this Father’s Day, and we thank them for giving us life. What a great act of faith and hope they made along with our mothers in calling us into being. The work of creation did not end on some day in the past. God’s work of creation continues to this day, especially in the love created each day in our homes and families.