Principal's Message 8/21/2019
Welcome Back!! It has been wonderful to see all of you again. We have many exciting things happening this year and we are thrilled to get started! First of all, let us welcome our new staff: Miss Elise Temkkit-1st Grade, Miss Hannah Stephen - 3rd Grade, and Ms. Amber Steindler - 4th grade. We also welcome all our new families. We look forward to working with you.
Here is what's new!
Crusader Connection: Each family in grades K-8 will receive a notebook that is filled, and I do mean filled, with a lot of information that is intended for you to be informed. Please take advantage of it and know that at the end of the year we will ask for them back to update next year. I will also be asking for feedback at the end of the year about its effectiveness. Some items are for specific grades so there will be a few forms absent.
Liturgy Club: This year students can qualify to be a member of the liturgy club through an audition process that is objective and subjective. Per the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, attention is to be given when selecting a lector for Mass. “In texts that are to be pronounced in a loud and clear voice, whether by the Priest or the Deacon, or by a reader, or by everyone, the voice should correspond to the genre of the text itself, that is, depending upon whether it is a reading, a prayer, an explanatory comment, an acclamation, or a sung text; it should also be suited to the form of celebration and to the solemnity of the gathering. Consideration should also be given to the characteristics of different languages and of the culture of different peoples. (GIRM, no. 38)” Parents of those who qualify will be contacted within the next week with additional details.
Class Adoration: Every second Thursday of every month, each class will go to adoration for 30 minutes in the church. We will follow the format from Children of Hope. Children of Hope was founded in France by Father Antoine Thomas, of the Community of St. John, at the request of a mother to lead a holy hour for children. Since then, Children of Hope Eucharistic Adoration has spread throughout the USA and the world. Pope John Paul II gave his Apostolic Blessing to this program as it responded to his own appeal that the youth be exposed to Our Lord in the Eucharist on a regular basis.
Enrichment: Fourth through eighth-grade students will have an opportunity to join an enrichment class on most Fridays. The purpose is to give them a chance to explore some areas that are not necessarily part of the core curriculum. The classes will not be graded but full participation is expected. A handout is coming home today with descriptions of the classes. Please look over it with your child/ren to help them decide what class they want to sign up for. There will be a limited number and specific grade levels for some classes so encourage them to have a few choices in mind. Eighth grade will sign up first, then the seventh, etc.
The service program for students in Kindergarten to 8th grade is entitled “Called to Serve”. The purpose of this program is to
provide students with the opportunity to make a difference in our church and the surrounding communities through various service and support programs. Each grade will participate in a service project. Please see page 21 of the school handbook for additional details.