School is well underway. Today we had some tears when some of the youngest children realized that they were expected to come here every day, and that this wasn’t just a pleasant diversion. Last night we welcomed our middle school parents to Back to School Night, and did our best to explain the complicated high school application process to our eighth grade families.
I was happy to be able to connect with the principal of a Catholic elementary school in Texas, whose school was badly damaged in Hurricane Harvey, and arrange to provide them with some funds to purchase materials and books. It sometimes seems like all there is is bad news! Hurricane devastation, angry demonstrations, hate speech and more inundate the airways. I wonder how it must be to be a child today, exposed to so much information. There was something very safe about growing up in a time when children didn’t have access to 24-hour news, and their parents were able to read the paper, and then put it down and go back to talking, reading and playing with their children. It seems that the only way to create some balance in our children’s lives is to purposefully remind them of the positive things in their lives. We need to speak aloud about the blessings in our lives that we often take for granted. We need to talk about a beautiful tree, a glorious sunset, a kind person, a good friend, an opportunity to learn something new, a delicious meal. We can teach the children to focus on the positive - to appreciate all that they have, and we might also reassure ourselves that our lives aren’t nearly as bad as we sometimes think they are! As we collect for the Sacred Heart School in Rockport, Texas we will also write letters to the children of that school. We will tell them about ourselves, but we will also encourage them and remind them that they are in our prayers. The best way I know to get out of a funk is to reach out and help someone else. It’s amazing how quickly our problems and worries can fade when we help someone in need.
“Cultivate an optimistic mind, use your imagination, always consider alternatives, and dare to believe that you can make possible what others think is impossible.” Costa
Family Survey: We are missing many of our family surveys. Please complete the survey and turn it into the school office. We need to submit this data in order to receive funding from the state for our building and for books.
Back to School Picnic: What a wonderful event this was! Many thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Deausen and their amazing crew of volunteers!
Catholic School Matters: Mrs. McGann was interviewed by Dr. Tim Uhl. The Podcast can be heard at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/catholic-school-matters/id1158967390?mt=2. There are a number of very interesting interviews on Catholic School Matters, and it’s a great way to pass the time on a long car or train ride.
Save the Date! Our Lady of Lourdes 5th & 6th Grade Parent Social on 9/23 at 6:00 p.m.
In Lourdes tradition, please join us for an adult social organized to give the 5th & 6th grade parents the opportunity to get to know each other better. The social will be at the Apgood home on Saturday, September 23 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more details and to RSVP, please contact Tsehai at Tsehai0604@gmail.com.
Attention Men That Man is You! Meets Saturday mornings in the LMC at 6:20am. This program is a men's program combining scientific research with the teachings of the Catholic faith. Please email Dominic Nathan at email@example.com for more information.
Twitter: We will use Twitter to update parents on events and happenings at the school. Be sure to follow us @OLOL_Bethesda.
Need an extra calendar? Extra calendars are available at the school office for $10.00.
Handbooks: Please read and review our Parent Student Handbook, complete the acknowledgement page, and return it to the school office.
Volunteers Needed: The Parish Office is seeking two volunteers to help count the weekend collections on Monday mornings twice a month. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking: Please do not park in the spaces along Pearl Street when you come to pick up your children in the afternoons! These spaces are designated for the church, and when you back in and out of them, you cause traffic jams, and even accidents. Please park in the lot to retrieve your children.
New Lourdes Gear: We have beautiful water bottles, baseball caps and lanyards for sale! See the samples on the lobby desk.
Dates to Remember:
14 New Parents’ Coffee 8:45am
15 Opening School Mass, 9:00am
16 Parish and School Italian Dinner, following 5 pm Mass
17 Catechetical Sunday, 9:00am Mass
19 Back to School Night, Grades K - 5, 6:00pm
21 Individual Fall photos in uniform
22 Mass at noon
23 Fifth and Sixth Grade Social
26 Band begins
29 Mass at noon
30 Third and Fourth Grade Social
4 Outdoor Ed, Grade 7
5 Outdoor Ed, Grade 7
6 NO SCHOOL, ALL TEACHERS TO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Outdoor Ed returns
Mrs. McGann, Principal
OLOL Wednesday Words by Patricia McGann is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.