August 31, 2016
Welcome to a new school year! We are a few weeks into the first quarter and everything is running smoothly. With such a dedicated staff and supportive parents it is easy for all of us to quickly return to our schedules. As I walk through the building and visit classes each day, I see everyone engaged in meaningful work and enjoying their time with each other. It is great to be part of such a wonderful community.
Our theme for the year is: Gentle Hands, Gentle Words, Gentle Hearts. The theme encompasses our goal to instill the values of kindness and compassion into all that we do. We are currently running a T-shirt decorating contest to choose the virtue T-shirt we will have for the year. After we choose the winning entry, we will be sending home an order form where you will indicate the size your child will need. After everyone turns in the forms we will order the T-shirts and begin wearing them with our uniform bottoms on each of our All School Masses.
As part of the new year there are a couple of policies which I need to remind you. First, in the morning if you are planning on walking your child to his/her classroom, please park in the upper lot off Joy Avenue. I am asking that no one parks in the Mason lot in the morning after 7:40. When you park in the Mason lot at drop-off, children have to walk between moving cars. The early morning drop-off for Before Care can still use the Mason lot. Thank you for doing your part to keep our students safe.
Second, beginning on Tuesday, September 6, all Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade parents who want to walk their child to class need to first stop in the office and sign-in and pick up a Visitor’s badge. This badge signals to the staff and students that the office knows of your presence in the building. It is part of our safety plan that all adults without a badge will be reported to the office. Please follow this simple procedure because it is just one of the many procedures we have in place to keep our students and staff safe at all times. Preschool parents may continue to walk their child to class without picking up a badge until further notice. There are several Preschool families who also have an older middle school student and have asked if their middle school student could sign-in the preschool sibling. We will allow middle school students to do this.
Again this year we will have a school counselor, Maureen Leuktemeyer, on campus every Monday. Mrs. Leuktemeyer is an employee of Catholic Family Services. She will be doing some classroom presentations and is available to meet with individual students. If you are interested in having Mrs. Leuktemeyer meet with your child, you will need to fill out some forms giving permission. These forms can be obtained by speaking to your child’s teacher or Mrs. Galluzzo. This service is provided by a grant to Catholic Family Services so their is no cost to the school or families.
Last week we began serving hot lunch on Tuesday through Friday provided by Byrne Catering. When I have informally surveyed the students purchasing the lunches, they have reported that the food is delicious. I encourage everyone to give Byrne Catering a try. I think your children will be pleased. I did want to note that if a parent volunteers to serve lunch, your children and the parent eat for free on that day.
During our most recent School Board meeting, we discussed the need to put together an Enrollment Management Plan. The Archdiocese is asking all schools to formulate one of these plans using the workbook provided by the Catholic Education Center. Sue Brown, a new parishioner and Director of Marketing for the Archdiocese, has volunteered to give some guidance, but we are looking for some parent volunteers to work on this project as well. If you are willing to assist, please contact either Principal Pam Galluzzo or School Board President Sarah Andres. Thank you in advance for your help.
I want to remind everyone that the office has an open door policy. If you have any questions or concerns, please visit or call. Mrs. Gaffney and I will do our best to answer your questions.
God Bless You,