Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you to all who joined us for our Annual Veteran’s Day Event last Tuesday. It was a wonderful tribute to all who serve our country to keep us free. Thank you to our Student Council for organizing the event and to our teachers and students for preparing patriotic songs and poems and helping to provide decorations.
We are thankful to Mr. Terry Brannan, for agreeing to be our guest speaker for the event. His words were inspirational. Mr. Brannan spoke about a very honorable soldier named Father Emil Kapaun,(Priest, Soldier, Veteran and Medal of Honor Recipient.) I asked Mr. Brannon if he would provide more information on Father Kapaun to share and he sent the following links:
I certainly hope you were with us for our second Family Mass at Christ the King on Sunday. It was a beautiful Eucharistic celebration. I am so proud of our students, those who participated as lectors, greeters and gift bearers and to every student who came in uniform. Each was an ambassador for St. Mary’s Catholic School. Thank you, Mrs. Shadburn and Mr. Shadburn, for your work in preparing our students and guiding them during the Mass. Please mark your calendar for our next Family Mass at St. Mary’s on Sunday, December 14th at 11:00 a.m.
Thank you to all who came out and supported Chick Fil A night. Good food and good company is what it is all about. I loved seeing everyone.
On Friday our Assistant Superintendent, Misty Poe, Diocesan Development Director, Jean Bondy, and Technology Coordinator, Ann Sudduth, came to St. Mary’s for our annual visit. The day began appropriately with Mass. The Eucharistic celebration was wonderful. We were blessed to have the students of Holy Trinity in attendance filling the church to the rafters with the song of our students’ faith-filled participation in the Mass. Thank you to our 5thgrade class and Mrs. Phillips for their preparation of the Mass.
Our day continued with a tour of the school and visits to the classrooms and discussion of school progress toward our goals. I am pleased to share with you that we were given an excellent review. Our guests were pleased with the Catholic Identity evident throughout our school community and our academic achievements. As a result of our visit, and our hard work this year, the Assistant Superintendent granted us a half day on our last day before Christmas vacation. This will be Friday, the 19th of December.
The weather has been quite cold this November already. If it is extremely cold there will be no teacher in the cul de sac in the morning. Please drop off directly at the cafeteria.
Have a wonderful week and thank you for all you do. Please remember should you have comments, questions or concerns my door is always open.
·The Catholic school climate, mission, and purpose positively impact student achievement and attendance (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
·A faith-based orientation builds coherence and integration of schools and school community (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
·Students demonstrate higher academic achievement in Catholic schools (Coleman, Hoffer, & Kilgore, 1982; Sander, 1996).
·Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to vote and earn higher wages (Dee, 2005; Neal, 1997).
·Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults (Campbell, 2001; Wolf, Greene, Kleitz, & Thalhammer, 2001).
· Call the school to make an appointment to take a tour today!