Dear St. Rose Families,
It's that time again, time to turn another page of the calendar; and we find that we land, not only on a new month, but on the last page of yet another year. We anticipate and look forward to so many things and before we know it they become fond memories that we share when talking with family and friends. As we enter the joyful month of December and all the waiting and anticipation it holds; I pray that, while we can't slow the clock down, or pause the days as they pass, that we can find ways to slow ourselves down a bit, to give us the time to take in the beauty and wonder that December is filled with as we focus on the true meaning of the season. We are blessed with a faith that teaches us so much and as we put up decorations, give and receive gifts we are reminded of the connection and meaning of those treasured traditions to the very first Christmas and what our true love, our Father, gave to us.
Of course there is no place like the halls and classrooms of a Catholic school to spend the Advent season. As much as our children get excited about all the things going on around them and make their lists, when they stop to pray, to listen to the story of the first Christmas; the awe and wonder of our littlest learners, and the deeper questions from our older learners bring us adults back to the most simple and precious meaning of why we are doing all that we are in this month.
As you look through the pictures today, I hope you see that childlike wonder and awe in how our children are beginning their Advent season. We are excited to spend the weeks ahead with them and hope we can celebrate the season with you through the lessons and stories they bring home to share.
While Thanksgiving is now a memory; I hope you know we are always praying in gratitude for our St. Rose community. Each day we are grateful that you entrust us with the most precious gift God has given you, your child.
We are grateful for your support and dedication and the generosity you showed through the food drive and Giving Tuesday. This is what, not only keeps our doors open and school moving forward; but it helps to foster our mission and set important examples for our children, which we see in their desire to serve through kindness, compassion, and generosity.
We truly had a beautiful and joy-filled month of November! From the 50th Day of School to the Book Fair to the Turkey Trot Food Drive to the Buddy Service Projects to Honoring our Veterans to the many creative ways we brought the Thanksgiving theme into our classrooms and into the hearts of others through our good works; it was a time we will look back on over and over again!
Now here we are on the first day of December, almost at the end of the first week of Advent; we have many ways we plan to celebrate the days ahead, including opening our Advent calendars each day, and following our Advent calendar of kindness.
The days will go quickly by, but I do pray for you to have the time to pause and slow down and experience the peace of the season, the time to reflect on the joy and love that comes from God, and the hope that renews itself each year at this time. We look forward to celebrating through the gifts and talents of our children on December 13th as we bring back our Christmas Concert with a few new additions. It will definitely be an evening to remember and will bring you even more joy of the season to fill your heart!
Wishing you a blessed Advent Season,
God of Love,
Your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us.
He is a sign of your love.
Help us walk in that love during the weeks of Advent,
As we wait and prepare for his coming.
We pray in the name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen.
“Come people of Israel,
let us walk in the light of the Lord.” (Isaiah 2:5)