Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and although not a holy day of obligation, please feel welcome to join us on the live-stream for school Mass tomorrow morning at 10:00. The link is in the students’ schoology. The reception of ashes is a symbol of how very sorry we are for our sins, and how we hope to share in the life of Christ. The ashes are also a public expression of our love for our faith. The holy season of Lent is a good time to reflect, and discern what is important in our lives, and eliminate what we have allowed to become part of our lives that is simply noise and distractions. Let go of grudges, don’t waste time and energy on things that don’t matter. Focus on the children and help them become faith-filled followers of Christ. ”Repent and believe in the Gospel.”
During Lent students will meditate on the Stations of the Cross using a digital version we created last spring during the early days of the pandemic. The Stations are so moving and help us to appreciate the magnitude of Christ’s love for each of us, and reflect on whether we are living the life Christ wants for us.
I am very excited to share the news that Bishop Burbidge will celebrate Mass and visit with our students on Friday, March 5. We are blessed to have a bishop who is so committed to the success of Catholic education..and he truly enjoys visiting schools and meeting with students! The Bishop’s visit also brings with it a schedule change and Friday, March 5 will be a half-day of school for students. Students will have an early dismissal.
In our COVID-19 update, Fairfax County has a current 7-day moving average of 8.77% positivity rate. Neighboring Loudoun County has a positivity rate of 11.5%, and Prince William County also has a 11.5% positivity rate. The rates in each of these counties is significantly down since last week, a trend we pray continues. The rates are still well above the rate when school opened in August, and children now make up 13% of COVID-19 cases.
The Virginia Department of Health has identified at least one case of the UK COVID-variant and two cases of the South African COVID-variant in the Commonwealth. The CDC urges extreme caution as we learn more about these strains. The mitigation strategies remain the same …..Wear your mask, keep your distance, please do not gather with individuals outside your household, and wash your hands.
Found at this link is the form to request a change of learning platform for Trimester 3. Fill out this form if you are requesting a CHANGE. The change window is open until Friday, February 19 at noon, and no exceptions will be made for missing the deadline. Please consider the needs of your children, only. At the school, we have been blessed with good health to this point, but there are no guarantees, and the coronavirus can be severe, particularly in cases where there are underlying health concerns. We are in a pandemic, and parents assume the risk of sending their children to school at this time. Mitigation strategies are strictly enforced at school for in-person learners.
Mark your calendar for the upcoming general PTO meeting planned for Wednesday, February 24, at 7:00PM. This will be a virtual event and a link will be provided.
Also, please note below, and as announced last week, that our book club will meet tonight so as not to conflict with Ash Wednesday evening Masses.
Please let me know if you have any questions, or if I can be of any assistance.
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