On Friday, 15 November we had a very special visit from Brother Robert Schieler, FSC, Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Brother Robert is currently on a pastoral visit through the District of Eastern North America. As part of his many responsibilities as Superior General he visits all the Lasallian Regions and Districts during his seven-year term. The Lasallian mission stretches over 80 countries and hundreds of different schools and ministries. We are very humbled that Brother Robert selected The De La Salle School as part of his pastoral visit to DENA.
Accompanying Brother Robert were
Region of North America (
RELAN) General Councilor Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC and Brother Lawrence Goyette, FSC Auxiliary Visitor of DENA. During their time at The De La Salle School, they met with students, administrators, teachers and Board members. During a student assembly, Brother Superior General spoke to the students about their role in the Lasallian family and mission. He stressed the global works of the Brothers institute that are carried out around the world in the name of Saint La Salle, 300 years after his entrance into glory. Brothers Robert, Timothy and Lawrence were very generous with their time answering the many questions presented by the students. The assembly was followed by a lunch with a representative body of students, faculty, staff and board members who had the opportunity to continue the dialogue of Lasallian solidarity.
For the past two weeks, several student teachers from Molloy College under the direction of Dr. Kevin Sheehan, have been conducting social studies lessons in the sixth and eighth-grade classes. Great energy filled the building as the student teachers challenged The De La Salle students to be creative and to think outside their comfort zones and their traditional educational setting. Social Studies teacher, Ms. Christina Buttigieg also participated in the program and will follow up with the students as she incorporates the presentations in her lessons.
Sixth grade will be deciding if Ugandans or Americans are happier. They must first look at the history, society and culture of each and then decide what true happiness is and what makes an individual or group happy. They will look at happiness in its many forms and decide what the most motivating and fulfilling type of happiness is. The eighth grade has been looking at the Industrial Revolution
it means to have a growth mindset. Together they will look at the great minds of the industrial revolution and decide if their success would have been possible without numerous setbacks and failures to learn from. Both groups are challenged to look within themselves to become better persons as well as happier people as they look at the examples of others and what is truly important for success and happiness.
I am eager to learn their results from both classes.
We wish all of our friends a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!