“Mr. Long, You forgot me!.” It was said in a raspy deep voice. The four-year-old was sure that Mr. Long would want to include this announcement, and of course he was right. Some people thought the child might be corrected - he spoke up just as they were starting prayers. But this little boy knew that it was important for all of us that he be seen and heard. He trusted us to understand that he had something to contribute. He trusted us to think that what he had to say was worth hearing, and of course, we did.
There is a great saying that children cannot learn from us unless they trust us. They cannot trust us unless they are sure that we love them - just the way they are. That doesn’t mean we won’t help them become better versions of themselves, and it can’t mean that we won’t correct them when they go wrong. We can correct the children at Lourdes, and we can expect them to be respectful and polite and caring with one another because they know we love them. They are seen and they are heard. We won’t forget they are here, and they need us to notice. When we miss seeing a sad face in the morning, or a raised hand - they let us know. They let us know because they know for sure that we want to hear what they have to say. We want to see what they have to show us, whether it’s a gaping hole after a lost tooth, a picture of mom’s latest sonogram, or new shoes.
These things might not be reflected in test scores or increased instructional minutes, but they are important to us. The relationships we establish with your children are far more important than the math facts and the state capitals.
Children are quick to trust. Parents not so much. That’s the way it should be. Parents should be cautious. These are, after all, your precious children. But most of you know us pretty well by now, and if you have somehow gotten to this point in the year without knowing that your children are the most important thing to us, you should probably stick around in the mornings. You’ll see adults who truly enjoy and love your children. You’ll see children of all ages who feel safe announcing whatever is important to them - sometimes five things that are important to them. You’ll see young people enjoying one another, and cheering one another on. It’s a great way to start the day.
“Trust is built in the small moments.” Brown
Dates to Remember:
May 24 Field Day and hot dog lunch, 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
8 Little Group and PreK end of year program, 9:30am
Last day for Little Group and PreK
Cardboard Challenge K - 7
11 Cardboard Challenge
Half day, dismissal at 12:10pm,
12 Cardboard Challenge on display, 9 - 11:30 Parents invited!
Half day, dismissal at 12:10
13 Awards Assembly, 11:00am
Dismissal at 12:10pm
Faculty Luncheon, 1:00pm
14 & 15 TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DAYS
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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