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From the Principal’s Desk
HOLY HAPPENINGS AT HOLY REDEEMER SCHOOL
“Finding JOY through a Grateful Heart”
We just finished another successful Scholastic Book Fair, and I would like to send a BIG Thank You to the many parent volunteers who made this fair possible. There were countless hours of planning, building of an igloo, hosting a breakfast for grandparents, parents and our youngest students, plus hosting a library lock-in for our second and third graders. It is our dedicated, hard-working parents who give so much of their time and talent that makes Holy Redeemer such a special place to be. We are grateful!!
As I have mentioned before, we are beginning a two-year School Improvement process. Shortly, I will be sending a survey to parents so we can identify the things we do well and those areas where we can improve. The last question on the survey asks the parents to reflect on what they can personally do to make Holy Redeemer even better. Recently, I held a virtue/prayer circle in each of the middle school classes. As the leaders of our student body and the future leaders of our Catholic Church, I asked the MS students the same question. I was both pleased and amazed with the thoughtfulness they gave to their answers. I will share just a few of the many answers given.
I can make a Holy Redeemer a better place by:
*Be kind to everyone.
*Don’t judge others harshly.
*When others are struggling, try to lead them to the answer.
*Understand what others are going through.
*Respect your teachers. They spend a lot of time preparing for you.
*Be yourself no matter what anyone else does.
*Stick up for others.
*Do more service/volunteer more outside of school.
*Don’t bicker about small things.
*Be helpful in group projects.
The list goes on and on. It makes me feel grateful and hopeful for the future of our community when I see so much good in our students.
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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.
This weekend we begin a new Church year as we enter into the Season of Advent.
The trouble with Advent is that we should be slowing down and contemplating on our relationship with Christ, how He can enter into our lives in a new and vibrant way. Instead, things speed up rapidly and we rush and scurry to get everything accomplished for the holidays. Back in the day, Advent always meant the end of the semester and trying to get the last bit of my syllabus completed. It is a lot of work to try to slow down, isn’t it? That is why I have a few suggestions for you as you get into the madness of the Christmas rush.
- Take time to eat a meal as a family. I know, I know, easier said than done, but I think this makes a big difference in our lives. Some of my strongest and best memories of growing up centered around the dinner table. I remember laughing so hard milk almost came out of my nose. What about lighting an Advent wreath at your table as you say your meal prayer. Kids LOVE Advent wreaths. It is the best way to count down to Christmas.
- Online shopping beats the malls any day. I know the retail people are so upset with me right now, but you can save a lot of time and a lot of energy by just logging on and doing your shopping at home. You save on gas too. And goodness knows, gift cards make awesome gifts.
- How about starting your day with daily Mass. We have two wonderful little communities every morning and I promise you that you will be out and on the road by 6:40 at the latest. I appreciate starting every day with this. The amazing thing about this area is that beginning with our 6:15 Mass – the original Dawn Patrol – there is a Mass around the area every fifteen minutes: 6:30 (Annunciation) 6:45 (Mary, Queen of Peace) and 7:00 (St. Michael’s). There are a ton of Masses at 8 am, ours at 8:15 (Friday’s All School Mass is becoming “appointment watching”) and even some midday and evening Masses in the area. On Sundays, why not come to Mass fifteen minutes early. Beat the rush, get a good parking space and spend some time in prayer.
No matter what you do, slow down and have a great Advent season!