While the temperatures are not exactly spring-like, the sky today says we are right on the brink of crocuses and short sleeves. The other day one of the students pointed out a whole crowd of big fat robins perched in the tree on the deck. They are surely a sign that Spring is here!
As we begin the fourth quarter of our school year, it is a good time to make sure we appreciate the people we have come to know, and the relationships we have developed. It’s also a good time to recognize the progress we have made. We have a building full of respectful, considerate, hard-working children. They never fail to step back and wait when a grown up needs to go through a door. They say good morning, good afternoon and good evening to everyone! They hold doors, and they carry boxes and books for parents, teachers and friends. They take notes for a friend with a broken finger, and they record assignments to share with a sick classmate. They understand what it means to be reverent in church and during prayer. They work hard, and when things don’t work out as they hoped they would, they work harder.
This morning, as I watched the middle school students running through Bethesda before school started, I wondered, “Is there anywhere else in the state of Maryland where a teacher meets students at 6:25am, coaches them up, and convinces them to run farther and faster than they think they can?” Is there anywhere else in the state of Maryland where twenty or thirty middle school students would get up early and run because a teacher invited them to? On Tuesday afternoons young teachers, who surely could find other things to do, can be found running and “walk-running” through Bethesda with another group of Lourdes children. After school third graders work with their teacher to sharpen their Math skills, and the line in front of Mr. Dwyer for homework help can get pretty long. The teachers of Lourdes realize that we require more of them than the average school does. They are expected to invest in their students. They are expected to know and love every student in the school – not just their own class. They recognize that unless all of us work together for every child, we will not make a lasting impact on the children in our care. They understand that we promise more to the parents of Lourdes. We promise to teach children not subjects. We promise to care what happens in their lives. Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the incredible responsibility we accept when we partner with you to teach your children, but I remember that we are successful because we are all committed to growing well-educated children of faith and character. Then, I am simply filled with gratitude for the opportunity I have to know and love your children, and to work with you to teach them what they need to know to live lives of purpose and faith.
"Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation." John F. Kennedy
22 Report Cards go home.
24 Mass at noon
27-30 Faith Knowledge Assessments for grades 3 – 8
28 Second grade to Franciscan Monastery
29 Pi Pizza Fundraiser, 5pm – 10pm
31 Mass at noon
3 Spring Uniforms!
Confessions, grades 5 – 8
4 Stations of the Cross, 1:30pm
6:30pm – Enrollment for First Holy Communion
5 Eighth grade Confirmation Retreat, 8:30am
6 Tag Day for grades 8 and 2
Fifth grade presents the Wax Museum of Historical Figures
7 Mass, 9am
CBN Scholarship breakfast
10 Confessions for 5-8, 1:15pm
11 Stations of the Cross, 9:30am
13 Holy Thursday, Dismissal at 12:10pm No ASC
24 School resumes
25 Performance Series final test, grade 8
26 Seventh grade to Learning Lab
28 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.
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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