Dear St. Rose Families,
We are blessed to have October on our calendar. October holds many, many opportunities for celebrations, gatherings, and lessons of faith and service. A month of change, not only in weather and landscape, it is a time for us to make changes as well, to settle into routines and after the beginning weeks of school behind us and mastered, we are ready for lessons, challenges, and activities that move us forward individually and as a school community.
Last week our middle schoolers stepped up to share their ideas and hopes for the school as they delivered their speeches on Student Council Election Day. We are so proud of our students, not only in their drive and the maturity they show as leaders, but for the amazing ideas and inspiration they shared in their speeches. After meeting with our newly elected Student Council officers I am more impressed by the way our students, not only bring ideas forward, but also bring a plan of action with them. Our students are blessed to have such enthusiastic leaders representing them.
This past week we were surrounded by many different role models, from the community, as well as from the history of our faith. Our preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders were visited by the Newtown Hook and Ladder Engine 112 crew to learn about fire safety and share more about their role in the community. Officers from the Newtown Police Department shared the morning with our Kindergartners, who have adopted the Police Department and plan to send them gratitude and appreciation with cards and treats throughout the year. Our seventh graders are on their journey towards confirmation and a tradition at St. Rose is to chose a saint to learn more about and then share those lessons with each other. It is always inspiring to not only see the lives of saints come to life in the classroom, but to hear how the children see the influence of the saints becoming a part of their lives.
Of course I couldn't resist capturing on camera the visit with our first graders and Newtown fireman when he began talking about Stop, Drop, and Roll. They were very aware of what to do and were answering all his questions. So it wasn't a surprise when he decided to demonstrate that they joined in; showing us once again, our children are always ready to put into practice what they learn.
We look forward to busy days in our halls and classrooms that are planned for these last weeks of October. Please be sure to check our calendar and announcements for events and clubs at the end of this newsletter. You don't want to miss all the exciting things happening at our school. We are also grateful to those students who are devoting their time to practices as our Basketball and Cheer Program get underway. Your fans can't wait to fill the stands and show their support!
It looks like the peak color of the season is just around the corner. We wish you safe travels and time to pause to enjoy the beautiful days that God is sending us.
Mrs. Mary Jo Bokuniewicz (Mrs. B)
Dean of Student Life