Lately, we have been talking about paying attention to the people around us - listening more carefully, noticing when someone looks troubled or sad - recognizing small changes - acknowledging accomplishments. We often find that even after going to school with each other for several years, many of our children don’t know anything about some of their classmates. Maybe one student is shy, or doesn’t join teams or clubs. Maybe another classmate is just careful about what she shares with others. Maybe we don’t take the time to get to know the person who sits right next to us every day. The eighth graders will be interviewing one another when we come back to school in January - not just to learn about one another, but to learn about themselves and how they interact with others. Our young people have been robbed of the necessity of having to learn how to have a reciprocal conversation. They text us from their bedrooms. They email or text their friends. Snapchat and messaging have taken the place of sitting down, looking one another in the eye, talking, and listening. We see children in the youngest grades struggling to listen. Without the marching band or the superheroes, a lesson in grammar or mathematics is considered boring, and they find it hard to listen.
I think most of us could use a little practice in listening, questioning, and caring about what others say. We are a community built upon the premise that we are called to love one another as God has loved us. If that’s the kind of community we want to be, then all of us will do our best to stop and to listen - really listen - to what someone is saying to us, and to what they are not saying. We will not focus on how we will respond or the story we have to tell. We will focus on the person in front of us - a person who deserves our full attention. I think we will find that in slowing down and interacting with one person at a time, and listening with care, we will be reminded that this community is full of unique, fascinating individuals who can enrich our lives with a simple conversation.
"Listening is such a simple act. It requires us to be present, and that takes practice, but we don't have to do anything else. We don't have to advise, or coach, or sound wise. We just have to be willing to sit there and listen." Wheatley
Dates to Remember:
15 Mass at Noon
20 Christmas Pageant, 6:30 pm in the Church, children should arrive at the school at 6:00 pm
21 School Opens at 9:00 am, Dismissal at 12:10 pm NO ASC
22-2 Christmas break
3 School Resumes
5 First Friday Mass, 9:00 am
10 HSA Board Meeting, 7:00 pm
12 Mass at 9:00 am
Half day dismissal at 12:10pm
15 Martin Luther King Day, NO SCHOOL
18 Career Day presentations, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
19 Mass at Noon
End of 2nd Qtr.
Youth Mass for Life, 7:00 am
24 Report Cards
26 Mass at Noon
Pizza Bingo, 7:00 pm
28 Catholic Schools Week Mass, 9:00 am
29 Middle School Science Fair, 6:00 pm
30 Open House, 9:30 am-11:30 am, 1:00 pm-2:30pm
31 Faculty Appreciation Lunch, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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