Recently, Mr. Long and I have been working with our middle school students. We want to make sure that they understand the kind of people they are capable of becoming, and that they need to work now toward becoming those people. The two most important characteristics of any team are interdependence and mutual accountability. If you have ever coached or been on a sports team you know this to be true. You most likely have teams at work – and you know the team cannot be successful if the members cannot depend on one another to do their part, or if there is no accountability to the team and the goal. Our children begin to learn these lessons very young. They learn to watch out for one another – to understand that if one falters, we are all responsible to hold him up. They learn that if they don’t contribute in a positive way, then they create trouble for the group. They begin to understand that no one member of the team is more than the team as a whole. They learn that what we say and do matters – to our team, also to our own development.
If, as parents and teachers, we are committed to the same goal – the education and development of young children – then we, too, are a team. We, too, must depend on one another to support the efforts of all. We, too, must be accountable to the team for what we do and don’t do to further our cause. We will not always agree on the methods we use to get our children to where they need to be, but that’s okay. If we never disagree, it only means that we don’t care all that much about what we’re doing. We just need to remind ourselves that good men and women can disagree – but that, we as a team, are far more than our disagreements. We are doing hard work – teaching, parenting and guiding children. This is not work for a haphazard group – this is work for a strong team of people willing to depend on one another and willing to work together to do whatever it takes to teach the children we love what they need to know to become good citizens, good students, good Christians, and good people.
"I invite everyone to choose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition." Cope
16 Spelling Bee/Talent Show, 7pm All participants should arrive at 6:30pm
17 Early Dismissal, 12:10pm
20 NO SCHOOL, PRESIDENTS’ DAY
21 Deadline for Re-enrollment for 2017-2018 School Year
23 Seventh Grade field trip to Most Valuable Player
24 Mass, 9am
27 Deadline for new families to apply for tuition assistance for 2017-2018
28 Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper
1 Ash Wednesday, Mass 9:00am
Strategic Planning Committee Meeting, 6:00pm
2 Non-Public Schools Advocacy Day in Annapolis, Middle School, 8:30am – 2:00pm
3 Mass, 9am
4 First Penance, 10:00am
7 Eighth grade field trip to Museum of Natural History
10 NO SCHOOL, All teachers to professional development at Saint Francis International School
15 Seventh grade field trip to Museum of Health and Medicine
16 K and 1 to the Building Museum
17 Third quarter ends
Drama Production – Alice in Wonderland – 7pm
18 Drama Production – Alice in Wonderland – 7pm
21 Eighth Grade Confirmation Retreat
22 Report Cards go home.
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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