"But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
Greetings from Mr. G
April 3, 2020
We come to the end of another week in quarantine and I continue to witness strength, hope and kindness in our school community. My heart is full of admiration for our dedicated faculty, sensational students and supportive parents. May God continue to guide us on this mysterious journey. As the song goes "Abba Father, you are the potter, we are the clay." Let us have faith that He is shaping our lives for ultimate good.
Dear St. Rose School Families,
One day, your children's children and generations after them will read about this time in their history books. We are pioneers, each day facing challenges and discovering ways to overcome them. Together, the human spirit and God's Holy Spirit make a formidable team.
I hope you all had a chance to attend Scott Driscoll's Internet Safety sessions last night. I am grateful to the HSA for making this happen virtually as the topic is particularly relevant during this time when technology is a big part of our days. Mr. Driscoll is an expert in this field, his insights are invaluable. If you weren't able to attend, I believe you can access the presentation via a link from the HSA.
I am in frequent contact with Monsignor Bob. I trust you all received his letter this week which was so moving and inspirational.
It is attached here in cased you missed it. He continues to be our shepherd, even from a distance. His prayers are powerful and his love for our school immense. Please keep him and Fr. Alphonse in your prayers too. They need to feel our support during this time. As Monsignor said, never in all of his years as a priest could he have imagined the churches would be closed. Thank God technology allows us to worship together. I encourage you to spend time in prayer and related activities during Holy Week. There are many great suggestions Monsignor included in his letter and I know teachers are offering additional suggestions to their classes. Our faith is an anchor in these rough seas -- turn to God and your soul will be calmed.
As we approach Palm Sunday and Holy Week I pray God's blessings on all. This has been a particularly thought provoking Lent as we walk with Jesus and realize new depths of suffering. But remember, when Easter comes the reason for that suffering is revealed. Let us all be Easter people.
I found the Holy Father's recent message to be inspiring.
The next formal newsletter will arrive on April 27th however we will be touching base during the break with updates. Please continue to send photos of your precious children as they learn and explore the world around them. I would love to see and hear about their service outreaches too.
Years Teaching at SRS: 4 years (3 as upper grade Math, 1 as Fourth Grade)
Family: Husband Michael, Son Wyatt (SRS Class of 2015), Son Colten (SRS Class of 2017), daughter Savanna (SRS Class of 2021)
Favorite Book: The Children by Ann Leary
Favorite Color: Navy blue
Favorite Movie: Jurassic Park
Favorite Season:Spring because it gives a new beginning!
Favorite Prayer: The Our Father
Hobbies: puzzles! puzzles! puzzles!!
When asked what her favorite thing about teaching Fourth grade Mrs. Cicarelli said "I love the energy and excitement that each new day brings!"
Her best advice to parents about distance learning is "we are in this together; we are on the same team and we'll discover wings we never knew we had."
We hope this note finds you well and looking forward to the weekend.
Thank you to all who were able to join us last night for Scott Driscoll’s Internet Safety presentations. As parents, we appreciate the insight and tips Mr Driscoll gave us to help keep our children safe while embracing all that technology has to offer. Kate mentioned on the video meeting that we recorded the sessions to replay for those unable to attend. We will be working with Mrs. Doane to determine the best platform to house this secured (and large!) recording file. Once done, we’ll share the details about how you can view the presentation at your convenience.
We wish you all a peaceful and joyous Holy Week and Easter.
A.Everyone was prepared for two weeks of distance learning. Given the longer time frame that has unfolded the Diocese decided that it is important for teachers to have additional professional development in order to assess and plan going forward which is the reason they added the additional 3 days next week.
We have some suggestions for keeping the children engaged during the break. One is to set up daily sessions with IXL Learning which I understand is working very well. The other is to inspire children to spend this time reaching out to those who can use a lift. We have put together a list of various ways students and families can bring their light to healthcare workers, the elderly, religious and clergy. You can read more about that in the email from Mrs. B. Thank you for giving of yourself to others!
Q. Class/Grade Level Specific Issues/Questions
A. I understand that at times there may be some confusion regarding assignments, presentation of information and other class specific questions. The most effective means of communication is for students to use their school email to address teachers directly. If a matter is more complex I encourage you to reach out to Mrs. B. We are all on this new learning journey together and as always appreciate your partnership in the process.