Our year has come to an end. Maybe it’s because I’m old, but it seems to me that the year has flown by! It was a good year. We welcomed some wonderful new families to the school, and our community was enriched by their presence. Those of you who have been here a while continued to pitch in and do whatever needed to be done, and we appreciate you. The teachers are tired, but they feel great about all the progress your children have made this year. They have done their jobs well, and they are ready to have some down time, although most of them will be working or taking classes this summer.
On Friday we will hold our end of the year Award Ceremony. We will recognize students who achieved academic honors during each quarter of the year, and we will recognize our primary students for developing the strong character traits that we try to instill in them. In each class we will recognize one student whose behavior and words reflect our motto of Faith, Excellence, and Service. I look forward to seeing you there, as we pat ourselves on the back, and congratulate our students for their outstanding work. Each child in the school has grown this year. Some have become more confident, some more sensitive to the feelings of others. Some have developed outstanding study skills, and some have newly committed themselves to academic excellence. Some came in every day with a smile and shared it with whoever needed it. Some needed lots of courage to get out of the car, and face academic or social challenges that might be too much for them – but they showed up each day, and they gave it their best. We see the Face of God and the Hands of God in your children every day. In quiet ways, they put an arm around a friend, or give that difficult math problem one more try. They sing at the top of their lungs – never knowing that they are off key, because nobody gives them “the look”. They pray and they learn to read and diagram sentences and multiply and solve equations. They teach one another and they learn from their outstanding teachers.
They are going through the process, and this is a process. Each year builds on the next, and each year the children become more of what they can be. Lourdes is kind of like a movie: you have to stay till the end to see what happens. When we send our eighth graders off to high school, we know that we have finished the process well. I promise you - every year the movie gets better, and the ending can sometimes take us all by surprise, but it is never a disappointment!
You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting…So get on your way!”
Changes on the Horizon
As we all know, nothing stays the same. We have to adjust to changes as we make this journey. This year some of our teachers will be leaving us for new challenges and adventures. Others are assuming new roles. We have some new teachers lined up, and some we are considering.
Mrs. Wasp (PreK) and Mrs. Richardson (Resource) will be returning to Lourdes after both had their babies in April.
Ms. Molly Carter will be leaving us to pursue her education at Mount Saint Mary’s College. Most of you know that Ms. Carter is a graduate of Lourdes, and so we anticipate that she will return to us when she has finished her studies.
Ms. Riley Sheehey will be leaving us to pursue her career as an artist. She has been here for eight years, and has served us well. Ms. Sheehey has an opportunity to make a living as an artist, and we encourage her to pursue that dream now.
Mrs. Imwalle will become a teaching assistant, before and after she has her twins in November 2017.
Mrs. Cooley will teach fifth grade. She has tons of experience as a classroom teacher, and is looking forward to getting back to what she knows best. We are so appreciative of her flexibility this year!
Mother Therese McNamara will teach music. Mother Therese is Benedictine Sister, and she has experience teaching music. She is looking forward to working with our children.
Ms. Shannon Mester will be teaching art, and working in our Aftercare program. Ms. Mester is currently teaching art at Saint John the Baptist School.
Ms. Meghan Uebel will be teaching religion and enrichment. Ms. Uebel is a graduate of Christendom University, and she is very excited about teaching at Lourdes.
Ms. Paola Palacios will move from resource to co-teach in the first grade with Ms. Norton.
Mrs. Stallsmith and Mrs. Crane will both teach middle school literature.
Mr. Matthew Forbes will teach middle school grade level math.
Mr. Long will teach middle school social studies.
We are in the final stages of interviewing for a lead teacher for our Little Group class. We have very good candidates to choose from, and will reach a decision soon.
7 Early Dismissal, 12:10pm
8 Early Dismissal, 12:10pm
9 Last day of school, Awards Assembly, 11:00am
Dismissal at 12:10pm, NO AFTERCARE
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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