This morning at our faculty reflection we talked about reading – not the mechanics of reading, not sight words, not fluency, not those topics that we cover in most of our discussions. We talked about that wonderful experience of becoming totally lost in a book, of entering that zone where the noise of the world around us, the responsibilities, even the people near us cannot intrude. Deep reading is a singular investment of heart and mind. We cannot multi-task when we are reading. We either read or we do all the other stuff. It was easier for you and me to be readers when we were young. We weren’t constantly enticed by email, I-message, Snapchat, Netflix and Twitter. There are so many things that compete for our children’s attention that many children have never experienced total immersion in a story. I cannot imagine never having wept with Celie in “The Color Purple”, or laughing out loud with Fannie Flagg in “Fried Green Tomatoes”. How can one grow to adulthood and not know Jane Eyre or Heathcliff or Holden Caufield, or what about Scarlett and Rhett?
The stories that lift us up and drop us into a world we don’t know, like “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “The Stand”, are the stories that teach us that not everyone thinks, dreams or lives as we do. They teach us to look beneath the surface, to try to understand someone else’s experience. If we start now, we can give our children the true gift of reading, of becoming lost in a world that’s just waiting for them in the pages of a good book. What if you put down the computer or the People Magazine or the newspaper, and set aside some time to read as a family? What if you got some friends together and started a mother-daughter or father-son book club? It’s not hard to find a great book to read with your children – we can help. Imagine where you could go – and you never even have to leave home!
“We read to know that we are not alone. We read because we are alone. We read and we are not alone. We are not alone.” Zevin, in “The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry”
8 Sixth grade to Q?rius.
Fourth Quarter Hot lunch ordering opens
10 NO SCHOOL, All teachers to professional development at Saint Francis International School
12 Sugarloaf Hike
13 Catholic Schools Superintendent Mr. Ryan visits Lourdes
1:15pm Confessions for grades 5-8
14 All Fired Up
1:30pm – Stations of the Cross
15 Seventh grade field trip to Museum of Health and Medicine
Fourth Quarter Hot lunch ordering closes
16 Kindergarten and first grade to the Building Museum
Confessions for grades 2 - 4
17 Third quarter ends
Mass at noon
Drama Production – Alice in Wonderland – 7pm
18 Drama Production – Alice in Wonderland – 7pm
20 Stations of the Cross, 9:30am
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 Wax Museum of Historical Figures
7 Mass, 9am
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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