I just said goodbye to a good friend who stopped by to visit. Somehow she knew I would be sitting here trying to write Wednesday Words at 6:30 at night. She still feels close ties with our school and with the people who taught her son here for 11 years. He’s in high school now, and today I mistook him for a handsome stranger when I saw him in the Library Media Center. Her attachment to Lourdes was born of days and months and years of trusting our teachers to treat her son with the love and care that he needed as he grew up and learned what he needed to learn – about math and reading and social studies – but mostly about himself. She was able to trust us because she knew we would take the time to know her son – what scared him, when he needed a little extra encouragement, when he needed to be pushed and when he needed to be pulled along. There were a lot of years when she was pretty nervous around Mr. Long, and I had to reassure her that he would help her boy become the young man she wanted him to be. By the time middle school rolled around, she had complete faith that Mr. Long would help her boy become an upstanding, strong young man. Her son will be here tomorrow at the crack of dawn to set up for field day – because he wants to be here for Mr. Long and for Lourdes. As our eighth graders leave us, most of them will head off to much bigger schools, where it might take a while for teachers and administrators to know their names. Hopefully, they will be able to connect with a few teachers who take the time and make the effort to know them – what they’re scared of, when they need a little push and a little pull. They will come back to us, some of them after only a few months, and others after a few years. They will come back knowing that we want to know how they are and who they are. We cannot promise you that this process of growing and teaching your children will be easy, quick or without struggle, even when we are all committed to working together. While we will work hard to teach your children everything they need to know, we cannot promise all A’s or high school scholarships all around. We promise two things. We have always promised two things, and I think those two things are the most important things. We promise - We will know your child. We will love your child. That’s it. Everything else comes from that.
23 Spirit Week begins
Joe Novak, Principal for a Day
25 Eighth grade last day of classes
26 Field Day
27 NO SCHOOL - Pastor’s Holiday
30 No SCHOOL - Memorial Day
1 Graduation photos, practice and luncheon for eighth grade students, 9:00am – Church
2 Eighth grade graduation followed by reception. 7pm, Church
3 Quarter ends.
Little Group and Pre-K end of year program, 9:30am
ALL VOLUNTEER HOURS MUST BE RECORDED BY THIS DATE.
8 Seventh grade to Gettysburg
9 Dismissal, 12:10pm
10 Last day of school
Awards Assembly, 11:00am
Dismissal, 12:10pm NO ASC
13 & 14 Teacher work days.
“Be a wonderful role model because you will be the window through which many children
will see their future.”
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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