Today I am sending home the eighth grade schedule of events for the end of the year to their parents. We have plans for all kinds of activities between now and their graduation on June 1st. We even have things planned for them after they graduate. At this time of year many of us are planning for our summer vacations – chores at home that we never get to, trips to exciting destinations, or maybe just lazy days hanging out with our children and friends. I don’t know about you, but I made lots of plans when I was a young parent. First, I planned to have six children and be married to a man who treated me like a queen. My mother told me once, “You can fall in love with a rich man just as easily as you can fall in love with a poor one. Make the right choice.” As usual, I chose to do pretty much the opposite of what she told me. I got the falling in love part right, and I got the married part right, the queen part didn’t quite work out – but it turned out I really wanted to be a partner more than I wanted to be a queen. We almost had six kids – but that plan was adjusted a little, and I never planned to be an educator. As a matter of fact, I changed my mind after I was accepted to a college program that would have supported that career. I was sure nursing was the way to go. My well-thought-out plans to work at a great job, raise perfect children, keep a lovely home, and create a dream life for my family didn’t exactly come true. After my second son became ill, we had to move on to a plan B, then C, and so on. I got pretty comfortable staying home and raising my five children. I was content, and I had lots of friends to spend time with, until I made the mistake of volunteering to teach PE at my children’s school when their teacher left suddenly. Six years later I was saying goodbye to that job so that I could finish my Masters in Counseling. Without all the details, after two or three other jobs I ended up here at Lourdes, right where I belonged, right when I belonged.
I learned something along the way. I learned that it’s not a bad idea to plan and dream, but I also learned that it’s a big mistake to stick to a plan no matter what else happens. Sometimes life circumstances give us opportunities to rethink our plans, and that’s not such a bad thing. We don’t want to be so wedded to the idea that our children have to be a certain way, do certain things, attend a certain school, or have certain friends that we ignore what and who we see right in front of us. Flexibility and uncertainty can be a little scary, but certainty and rigidity are foolish. Just like all the creatures God has placed on this earth, sooner or later we are going to have to adapt to something we did not anticipate. That adaptation process goes a lot more smoothly when we accept that we can’t always have things our way. When we say things like, “I cannot handle this anymore.” or “This is just too much for me to bear.” or “This cannot be happening.” we can get to the point where we actually believe that life is too much for us. Trusting in one’s self and trusting that God is actually steering the ship can make this trip a lot easier, and even a little more exciting!
"The most radical thing you can do in life is to abandon yourself to the wild adventure of God's will." Bear Woznick
18 Eighth Grade Retreat returns
In-School Planetarium, Grades K – 3
Seventh Grade, HSPT
19 Mass at 9am
20 Practice for Confirmation, in the church, 9:00am
23 Seventh grade to Gettysburg
24 Last day of class for eighth grade
25 Field Day, HALF DAY – DISMISSAL AT 12:10PM – 1:00PM No after school care
26 NO SCHOOL
29 NO SCHOOL Memorial Day
30 Seventh Grade Food Drive Begins
31 Eighth grade graduation practice and picture,9:00am in the church
Eighth grade luncheon in the Library Media Center, 11:30am
Eighth grade Award Ceremony in the gym, 1:00pm
Eighth grade Hall Walk, 2:30pm
1 Graduation Mass, 7:00pm, followed by reception in the gym
2 Fourth Quarter ends
Little Group and PreK last day.
Little Group and PreK end of year program, 9:30am
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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