Letters for Parents
This morning I heard a sixteen-year-old Olympian say that the four years of hard work and incredible effort was worth it – whether or not she received a medal. She believed that the work itself was what mattered, and the effort that she put forth consistently had made her a better person. She said, “I am prepared for life.”
The teachers and staff at Our Lady of Lourdes School are committed to working with you to prepare our children not just for the test or the next grade or the report card, not even for high school or college. We want to help you prepare your children for life. We believe that if we accept each child who walks in our door where he or she is, and work our hardest to make that child the best he or she can be, we are doing what we are charged to do. It is our job to teach them to read and write, to add and multiply, to think and to create. It is also our job to teach them to work harder – that’s not a typo – to work harder and push them to do more. It’s our job to teach them to be better – better friends, better students, better athletes, musicians and artists – better children of God. At the same time, we know that every single day we must reflect God’s unconditional love to them, and demonstrate our unending belief in them. These are big jobs and we take them very seriously.
During the 2012-2013 school year we will recommit ourselves to our motto of “Faith, Excellence and Service” in many ways. We will focus our efforts on getting our children – all of them – to do the hard work that it takes to be the student and person God created them to be. We will remind ourselves and you that one of the worst things we can do to a child is accept mediocrity.
On August 27th we will begin the 2012 – 2013 school year, and we are committed to making it the best school year your child has ever had. Let’s work together to make sure that on June 14th we can celebrate the hard work and consistent effort – the refusal to accept failure and the determination to be our best that we demonstrated all year long, knowing that all of our children are better prepared for life.
Attached is a list of important dates and general information for you to review. I wish each of you God’s blessings and peace during these final weeks of summer, and I look forward to seeing you on August 27.
Patricia McGann, Principal