One day, years ago, after my daughter and I had engaged in a “discussion” during which we both dug our heels in pretty deep, neither of us willing to give in, my husband asked me, “Now you know how it feels to argue with you.” These days I find myself arguing with “me” a lot. One day I get all worked up about academic rigor and challenging kids, not accepting anything but their best work, and insisting that teachers make sure the top students have to “sweat” a little to get those A’s. The next day I want them to take their classes for a walk, enjoy the beauty of spring, cut back on homework, and let their classes play outside a little longer than usual. I want them to make sure that these children are not overwhelmed by pressure to achieve, pressure to do all the things we want them to do.
As their parents, you are challenged every day to find some middle ground in raising your children. You recognize the atmosphere within which your children are growing up. You can feel the intensity of the need to succeed all around you. Kids can’t just play soccer anymore. They have to begin preparing for the college scholarship now – before it’s too late. You also feel the tug of childhood. You want your kids to be able to play in the woods, ride their bikes and just goof off sometimes. Unfortunately, there are practices and games scheduled in between piano lessons and karate. In trying to give our children every opportunity, in trying to prepare them for the competitive social and academic world they will enter someday soon, we sign them up for Greek lessons and ballet and art and voice lessons and trombone lessons and mathletics and more.
I don’t have the answers. I do know, though, that your children need to play. I know that they learn a lot when they have to negotiate their own rules for a playground game – even if it is “Chase the girls” (a favorite in Kindergarten and first grade). I know that they deserve a chance to dig for worms, to build a fort, and to fall off their bikes. I also know that you deserve a chance to enjoy your kids. Not everything they do has to be evaluated in light of its contribution to their future success. Let’s just step back and enjoy watching our kids have fun. Take a minute on Saturday - look around and see what it looks like to be a happy child laughing with friends and eating a big fat donut – and enjoy the gift that God has given us in these children of Lourdes.
“The moment the little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.” Berne
“A three-year-old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of an expensive swing set as it does out of finding a small green worm.” Vaughan
26 Seventh grade to Learning Lab
Eighth grade End of Year Performance Series Test
27 Seventh and Eighth grade to National Gallery
28 Mass at noon
Packet pickup 3:30pm- 7:00pm
Lions’ Roar Spaghetti Dinner and SILENT AUCTION, 6:00pm
29 LIONS’ ROAR 5K packet pickup at 8:00am
Race starts at 9:00am, followed by food and fun.
3 Performance Series Testing begins
Progress Reports go home
Scanvenger Hunt, 12:30pm
Ice Cream in the Park, 1:00pm
Strategic Planning Committee, 6:00pm
4 Meeting for fifth grade parents, “All About Middle School”, 7pm
5 First Holy Communion Practice, second grade
6 First Holy Communion, 10:00am.
9 Spring Band and Choir Concert
11 Muffins for Moms and May Procession, 8:45am
12 Mass at noon
Knights of Columbus Teacher Appreciation Night, 7pm
15 CYO Awards Banquet, 6pm
16 Patrol Picnic, 8th grade
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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