A Message from
Mrs. Laidlaw Otto
Dear SJE Families;
Each year I set a goal for a peaceful, prayer filled Advent season. Over the years, my time away from school has certainly become significantly more relaxed. The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is still busy, but time to stop and take in the beautiful messages of Advent and the blessings of Christmas is definitely more abundant than when we were raising a child. Here at school, though, Advent continues to pass by in a flurry of planning and execution of many different activities. Our students are so busy learning, growing, and enjoying the season. Last night’s Christmas program was a huge success. Today our students took time to pray together while they experienced what it might have been like for Mary and Joseph to make their long journey to Bethlehem. Before we dismiss for Christmas break at 2:45 on Friday, students will take plenty of time to celebrate together. After a well-deserved Christmas break, we will be right back at it on Monday, January 6th, ready to take on the challenges and blessings that 2020 will bring.
Shortly after we return, our students will participate in our second round of Star testing. It will be wonderful to learn about their growth when we meet for conferences on Thursday, January 23rd.
During January we will be preparing for the beginning of our re-enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year. The highlight of this process is our Open House, scheduled for Saturday, January 25th, from 2:00 to 4:30. Mark your calendars for this event, including the opportunity to tour our classrooms, celebrate 4:30 parish mass, and enjoy a spaghetti dinner provided by our Home and School Association. You won’t want to miss this! This is a wonderful opportunity to bring friends along to see what our school has to offer. Please consider reaching out to share our wonderful school.
Wishing you all the blessings of Christmas and many joys in 2020.
Mary Laidlaw Otto