January 24, 2018
Each year I look forward to the last week in January, when we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, a week set aside each year to celebrate Catholic education. The theme this year is "Catholic Schools - Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed".
Since 1885, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School has educated thousands of children. We will spend next week celebrating the success of our school, the excellence displayed by our students, and the difference we make in our community. High standards are nothing new for Catholic schools, which have long been known for their emphasis on faith development, academic excellence and commitment to service. OLMC School community
is a family, adults and children sharing common goals, experiences and celebrations.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School continues to educate the whole child.
The wonderful reality of Catholic Education is seen every day at our school. It is visible in the hard work and accomplishments of our students who are learning, growing and gaining life experiences. It is seen in the commitment of our parents, guardians and others who give selflessly of time and talent. It is present in the on-going support of parishioners who give generously of their treasure and prayers to keep our parish school diverse and affordable to the many families who desire Catholic Education. And, finally, it is reflected daily in the dedication and commitment of the
educators who are excellent role models to all.
Catholic education integrates faith in all the subjects. And it is through the school's robust and well-developed Community Outreach Program that we encourage our students to share their gifts with those who have less. Service is an integral and important part of the children's school experience. We are in the planning stages of our annual Lenten drive which benefits our sister parish in Tanzania, and just finishing our "Vests & Veils", drive to provide first communion clothing for children in our parish, as well as neighboring parishes, who might need this special attire and have limited resources. The 7th grade will soon spend a morning giving of their time to the San Francisco Food Bank, where they will sort and package food. The eighth graders are amazing yard leaders and are busy planning and organizing our school-wide activities for next week.
Thank you to all of the adults who, through their dedication and commitment, make Our Lady of Mount Carmel School an excellent example of how faith is lived, academics are learned and service is practiced. It is the common goal of all who give so generously of their time and talent to form lifelong learners, lifelong Catholics. However challenging this might be, it is the reality, the challenge and the hope of all who minister in Catholic education.