There are lots of studies out there about children and anxiety, and many of you have probably read one or two of them already. There has been an increase in reported cases of anxiety in young children over the last ten years. There was a time when children were protected from the “terrors” of the world, but that is impossible now. This makes it all the more important for us to keep up our efforts to create a carefree childhood for our children. I really mean carefree. First and second graders should not be worrying about getting homework done, or getting playing time on the soccer field. Nine and ten year olds should be able to take band or ballet without feeling the need to qualify for high school or college scholarships. Even our middle school students should never have to feel that every test and quiz bears weight on their future prospects. And yet, many of our children are anxious. They worry about you; they worry about the dangers of terrorism and North Korea; they worry too much.
Anxious children have trouble concentrating in class, they struggle with friendships, they might awaken multiple times during the night, or refuse to go outside and just play. We need to remind our children that it’s our job to worry. We need to let them articulate their worries, and then we need to let them know that we will make sure things are okay. This is not the time to share our worries with the children in our care. Of course, we’re worried about many of the same things they are, but that’s part of being an adult!
One of the best things we can do when our children worry is to remind them, as Monsignor Filardi often does, that they can bring their worries to Jesus, and He will help them. You might be surprised to see how effective it can be to take a child to the Grotto or into church to light a candle. These simple acts allow children to hand their worries to God, and reinforces the important message that they are not alone – He is right there with them. Asking Our Lady to intercede for us, or a heartfelt prayer in church will help to ease a child’s mind – oh, and it works pretty well for grown-ups, too!
“Details are the difference between good stuff and great stuff.” Brewster
Thank you! To Pietro and Rosa Tundo, Regina and Mark Vetter, Elena and Chris Mrozowski, Linda Ruszkowski and Lovleen Grewal - for your hard work to make the Italian Dinner a great success.
Band: Classes begin, Tuesday, September 26. Registration is still open - it is not too late to sign up for band! To enroll visit http://adwband.com/form2017.pdf -- or -- register online using our new system, at https://www.adwband.com/orange/index.php/757837
All band students will receive a 30- minute group class, during school hours. All intermediate students who have played their instrument for at least one year, participate with the advanced band ensemble. We will meet from 3:15 to 4:15 pm after-school on Tuesdays, starting next week. If you are concerned about the after-school schedule and balancing other activities, we can be flexible with the after-school band commitment to accommodate students who have a heavy schedule. Beginning band students do not have any after-school commitment. If you are not able to rent an instrument in time before the first class, students should still come and participate on that day. Mr. Varrone will have extra mouth-pieces, similar to the band demonstration.
Please contact Mr. Varrone with any questions about band registration and instrument rental: 301-828-7348; Jpvarrone@gmail.com. We are excited for our new and returning members, but there is still much work to do to fill our band. Register today to get your band year started! We are looking forward to our first classes next Tuesday!
Bake Sale for Sacred Heart School: The eighth grade students will host a Bake Sale on Thursday, September 21st during lunch. All items will be $1.00, and all proceeds will go to The Sacred Heart School in Rockport, Texas.
Fun Friday: The First Fun Friday of the year will be held this Friday night from 6:30 - 9:30pm. Children in K- 8 are invited! The cost is $20. All proceeds go to Sacred Heart School.
Coming Home Today: By the end of today all families at Lourdes will have received a packet of ten raffle tickets. Each family is asked to sell at least ten tickets, for $10 each. All proceeds will go to our Annual Fund.
Support our Lions’ Roar Sponsors! Below are some of our favorites:
Guardado’s Restaurant in downtown Bethesda,
Royal Cup Coffee,
GTM Architects, and
Fun Kids Jump for your next birthday party
Dates to Remember:
21 Individual Fall photos in uniform
$5.00 Bake Sale for Sacred Heart School
22 Mass at noon
FIRST FUN FRIDAY OF THE YEAR!, 6:30PM - 9:30PM, PIZZA!
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
9 NO SCHOOL – Columbus Day
11 HSA Board Meeting, 7:00pm
12 Donuts for Dads, 8:00am – 9:30am
13 Mass at noon
Annual Fund Kickoff Cocktail Party, 7pm – free of charge – adults only
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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