Dear All Saints Families:
Welcome to the third week of school. Just a reminder that school is in session on Tuesday, August 28th. Unlike some public schools, Catholic schools are not voting stations on elections day. However, St. Peter Church is one and we must be sensitive to the extra traffic and parking conditions for this day. Let us be courteous to all in the parking lot. Please see the weekly schedule to the right of this letter for many meetings and events happening this week.
Last week, we had our first Parent Coordinator meeting. In planning for the year some issues arose. The amazing volunteers were reminded that their positions are to support the classroom teachers in any way possible. Administration also discussed some concerns that had been vocalized last year regarding bringing issues of classroom concerns to the Parent Coordinator. Please be reminded that it is not the role of the Parent Coordinator to accept and report concerns. If a parent has a specific concern he/she should discuss the issues first directly with the teacher and then the administration. Further, classroom closed Facebook pages will no longer be used for organization and planning of class events. Unfortunately, these groups have lost their initial function and have become a forum for opinions and misinformation. Administration is well aware that social media can hurt persons or individuals with issues discussed. Please respect all our faculty, staff, and families when using social media. We need to model Christian values to our children when using social media.
In the past few weeks our Catholic Church has been once again rocked with incidents of sexual abuse and cover-up. As a Catholic, these incidents truly keep me up at night. As a Catholic woman and mother, I look up to the Church clergy for knowledge, guidance, and leadership in my faith. Incidents like these leave me at a loss for words. I must always remind myself that my faith is in Jesus Christ, and He will never fail me. I recognize that the Church must no longer hide such behavior and all clergy who do such things must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. If you have not done so already, please read His Holiness Pope Francis' and Bishop Barbarito's letters on this issue on the Diocesan website,
. However, I do wish to acknowledge that I have had the privilege of working with many amazing priests who take their vocations seriously and are heartbroken over these latest tragedies. I want to thank our six Pastors who truly support this school and put the well-being of children at the forefront in all decision making for this school. As I repeatedly state......it is all about the children. Let us all pray for the victims, our Church, and all who have been hurt by these latest events.
Have a blesses week.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Jill Broz