Greetings! Spring has finally arrived and brought with it the beautiful blooming tulips, daffodils, and crabapple trees refreshing all of creation and reminding us of God’s tremendous love for us. May Spring bring many blessings to you and your family.
I would like to thank all of the parents who have already returned their registration packets. If you have not done so, we ask that you please return them as soon as possible. Since we are already a few weeks into the fourth quarter, we are beginning to prepare book orders and supply lists for next school year, and it is very helpful if we have an accurate count on the number of students we will have in each class. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
We continue to work with the Webster Groves Police Department to ensure that we are keeping our building and grounds as safe for our students as we possibly can. In fact, tomorrow Mary Ann Gaffney, Kerry Fitzgerald, and I will be attending a 4 hour training session (1-5PM)at Mary Queen of Peace School. We will be learning ways to secure the building or disable an intruder until the police could arrive. The three adults who are attending were chosen because we are the three full-time employees who work on the bottom floor nearest all of the possible entrances. Eventually, it is the hope of the police department that they will be able to train all of the school staff in each of the three Webster Groves Catholic schools. Since both Mary Ann Gaffney and I will be out of the building in the afternoon, Jackie Stevison has agreed to come back and work in the office. If you have the opportunity, please stop by and say hello since I know she would love to see everyone.
I wanted to inform you of all of the positive feedback we have recently received about the behavior of the students in our building. Many of the presenters from our Abilities Awareness Day have either contacted me directly or sent a note to let me know that the children of Holy Redeemer are the most polite children they have ever taught. The historical storyteller, guest speakers in Mrs. Martz’s class, and Officer Nunnally have all commented about the thoughtful and polite attitudes of the children. Since you are the first and primary educators of your children, I wanted to pass on the good news. I know you feel as proud of these children as we all do! I would also like to thank the faculty and staff for reinforcing and guiding these positive character traits in our children.
I would like to congratulate all of the children who participated in the Read, Right, and Run program this year. These children dedicated themselves to spend extra time in reading, doing acts of kindness, and exercising. It was wonderful to come to work on Tuesdays and see so many parents and children running and/or walking in the gym. Mrs. Dunn who organized this program told me how hard all of the students worked this year. We are proud of all of you, and we hope many more students will choose to join you next year. Courtney, thank you for your dedication to this worthwhile program.
I would also like to congratulate Miss Lane, the Glee Club, the band ensemble, and both musical choirs for an incredible Spring Concert. I cannot remember the last time I had so much fun enjoying a great night of music. We are all so proud of you, and we applaud your dedication to sharing your God-given talents in music.
We are having our last two Fine Arts presentations. On April 22 from 9-10AM a storyteller will make an Earth Day presentation to the Kdg-2nd grade students in our library. On April 29 at 9-10AM a historical storyteller will present music and stories about the Civil War to the 6th-8th grade students in the library. Parents are welcome to attend either presentation.
As always if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.