We know that children cannot learn from us unless they feel safe with us. We know that children need to be able to trust their teacher before they can take the risks that are essential for real learning. As Catholic school teachers, we know that we are called to be in honest and productive relationships with our students, and in that way we can teach them how to be in honest and positive relationships with others and with Jesus. While we feel it is very important to teach our children the rituals and traditions of our Church, the lives of the Saints, and the foundational tenets of the faith, we know it is just as important to teach them how to live lives of integrity and respect - lives of faith, hope and charity. We can only teach these lessons by the things we do and the way we treat others. We know that children watch. They may not always listen, but they are always watching. They watch what we do and what we don’t do. They watch how we treat other children, and they watch how we interact with other adults. The children in our care learn what it means to be in relationship with others and with the world by watching us. As we begin a new school year, we all have a new chance. Let’s commit ourselves to being kind and supportive of one another. As Mr. Long says, “Everybody has stuff.” Let’s remember that, and let’s promise to work together, and be patient with one another.
“Only the brave should teach. Only those who love the young should teach. Teaching is a vocation. It is as sacred as priesthood; as innate a desire, as inescapable as the genius which compels a great artist. If he has not the concern for humanity, the love of living creatures, the vision of the priest and the artist, he must not teach.” Pearl S. Buck
Volunteers Needed: We need volunteers to help with the Parish/School Italian Dinner. The Dinner will take place on Saturday, September 16 following the 5pm Mass. Please contact Mrs. Vetter to volunteer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Survey: Please return your survey to the school office by Friday, September 8th. The family survey secures federal and state funds (which support reading programs, technology and textbooks) for the children in our Catholic schools.
Don’t Miss the Picnic: Join us for the Back to School Picnic this Thursday, from 4pm to 7pm. We will have great food, great music, face painting and more!
Catholic School Matters: Mrs. McGann was interviewed by Dr. Tim Uhl. The Podcast will air tomorrow, Thursday, at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/catholic-school-matters/id1158967390?mt=2.
Enrichment Opportunities: 4th and 5th graders can sign up for Math enrichment after school, Middle School Students can sign up for Math enrichment after school and/or Latin before school. The deadline is Friday!
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.
Band: Any student in grade four through eight who is interested in participating in band will fill out a card at the demonstration, providing parent contact information and indicating the instrument in which they are interested.Mr. Varrone will contact those parents whose children have indicated a desire to participate in Band. For other information visit http://www.adwband.com/jointheband.html.
6 Home and School Association Board Meeting 7-8pm
7 Back to School Picnic, 4 - 7pm
Deadline for ordering hot lunch
11 Room Mothers’ Coffee, 8:45am
Hot Lunch Begins
12 Band Demo, Grades 4-8
Back to School Night, grades 6-8, 6:00pm
Eighth grade parent meeting - 8:00pm
14 New Parents’ Meeting, 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
Mrs. McGann, Principal
OLOL Wednesday Words by Patricia McGann is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.