It can be easy to forget what our children were like in September. Each day there are small changes, and by the end of May, we just know they are different - taller, thicker, thinner, smarter, sassier, sadder, happier. We don’t even know when it happened that our middle school boy began paying attention to the quality of the work he turned in. When did he stop crossing out and start erasing? On what day did our six year old find himself able to stand in line at prayers with his hands folded and his body still. Was it last month or this week when our four year old found the confidence to make her first announcement in the gym in the morning? What day was it that our child read his first word, then his first sentence? When did she read her first book - cover to cover? There are so many small changes that we miss a lot of them. It usually happens that we suddenly look down (or up in the case of a middle schooler) and find that our child has grown - matured - changed.
Each morning as the children leave the gym Mr. Long and I stand on either side of the doors saying good morning to each child. While we love saying good morning, we are actually doing this for a reason. When we take the time to see them every single morning, we can recognize when a morning hasn’t gone so well, or when someone has something important to share. We can also see that they are growing up, and now understand how we expect them to act, just by the way they look at us and speak to us.
This is a good time of year to “take stock” of and appreciate all that your children have accomplished this year. Those who learned to read - they have now embarked on a journey that will take them all over the world - the universe if they let it! Those who now know how to add or subtract or multiply or divide have the foundations that will open up the worlds of chemistry,biology, physics, and medicine. Those who began to appreciate the art of writing - a story, a poem, a sentence, or their name - think where this will take them!
Maybe your child learned how to be a better friend this year, or how to climb on the play equipment, or how to say the Morning Offering. Probably he learned all of those things and more. We can’t mark each step or each accomplishment, but we can take the time to recognize how much our children are learning and growing. We can also take the time to recognize that none of this progress happens without teachers who know them, appreciate them and love them enough to push them to do a little more, a little better. I am grateful for the gift of the teachers of Lourdes, and I know you are, too.
"The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith."
A Note from Michelle Harmon and Susan Apgood: Save the Date for Mrs. McGann’s Retirement Party on Saturday, June 9 at 5:00 p.m. - Join us on Saturday, June 9, 2018 for 5:00 p.m. Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church to celebrate Mrs. McGann as she will retire from her position as Principal of Our Lady of Lourdes at the end of June. After Mass, families are cordially invited to attend Mrs. McGann's Retirement Celebration from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the Lourdes turf field. We will celebrate in style with fun for the whole family to include: a DJ, photo booth, the magician the Great Zucchini, dinner from Mission BBQ, crafts, an ice cream truck, and a special tribute to Mrs. McGann! If you plan to attend the Celebration, please RSVP via this link no later than Thursday, May 31 so we have an accurate count of attendees: http://evite.me/Z3YpJhCeqs. Questions? Please contact Michelle Harmon at email@example.com or Susan Apgood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates to Remember:
May 16 Eighth grade to Patrol Picnic
4-9 Potomac Pizza Fundraiser
17 Sixth grade to Forensics Lab
18 Mass at Noon
21 Eighth Grade Etiquette Luncheon, 10:45 - 12:45
23 Volunteer Breakfast, 8:30 am
Eighth Grade girls to Mrs. McGann’s for manicures
Nationals Trip for Auction winners
24 Field Day, dismissal at 12:30pm NO ASC
25 & 28 NO SCHOOL FOR PASTOR’S HOLIDAY AND MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY
30 HSA Board Meeting
31 Second and Third grade to Adventure Theater
Middle School Choir Party, 11:30am
June 1 Last day of classes for eighth grade
Last school Mass, 9:00am
4 Eighth grade graduation practice and pictures, 8:45am - 12:00pm
Eighth grade Award Ceremony, 1:00pm
5 Eighth grade Graduation Mass, 7:00pm, followed by reception in the gym
7 Elementary Choir Party, 3:15pm
9 Little Group and PreK end of year program, 9:30am
Last day for Little Group and PreK
11 Half day, dismissal at 12:10pm
12 Half day, dismissal at 12:10
13 Awards Assembly, 11:00am
Dismissal at 12:10pm
14 & 15 TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DAYS
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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