Week of June 17 - 19 (2013)
FROM: Sister Cherree
RE: Week of June 17 - 19
As We Wind Down…
It’s hard to believe that another school year has come to an end. Indeed we have been blessed and we have seen these blessings evidenced in the dedication and drive for excellence on the part of our teachers and students as well. Once again, our students had a successful year academically and we did well overall on the Terra Novas this year, and are proud of their accomplishments there, as well as on the Writing Roadmap. As you parents are proud of your students, please know that our faculty and staff are also are proud very of them. I thank our teachers for preparing them and giving them such a wonderful education! Middle State was a great success. You can read the full summary report in our June edition of News and Views.
I may not have “my own children”, but believe me when I say that when I make decisions for YOUR CHILDREN I do so as if they were my own, and I do so with THEIR best interest at heart. Our students’ needs are always our first priority. I have every confidence in our faculty and the team teaching that our academic program will continue to be strong and our students at St. Veronica School will continue to thrive and grow academically, socially and spiritually.
We are looking into a new Math program for next school year; so keep working on those Math skills over the summer and be ready to jump into the fun with some exciting Math! And don’t forget to READ, READ, AND READ some more!!
I’d like to once again thank our P.T.A. for the many wonderful ways they served our school community throughout the year. They have such a tremendous support to us – in every way possible! May God bless them for all they have done. To each of our Class Parents, and all those who have volunteered in any way to make SVS such a great place to work, to study and to BE, I extend and heartfelt thank you and ask God’s abundance blessings upon you!!
Three Months Later, Francis Talks On... Talking
Three months ago on March 13th, Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope. In his homily on the Feast of St. Anthony this past Thursday, June 13th, our Holy Father preached the following profound words. “Pope Francis warned that anyone who "enters Christian life" will have “greater demands made of them than others" and not “greater advantages". He said Jesus mentions some of these demands, in particular the problem of “bad relations among brethren". If our heart harbors “bad feelings” towards our brothers, the Pope said, "something is not working and we must convert, we must change." Pope Francis noted that "anger towards a brother is an insult, it’s something almost deathly ", "it kills him." He then observed that, especially in the Latin tradition, there is a "wonderful creativity" in inventing epithets. But, he cautioned, "when this epithet is friendly this is fine, the problem is when there is another kind of epithet”, when the "mechanism of insult" comes into play, which is "a form of denigration of others."
Pope Francis continued: “There is no need to go to a psychologist to know that when we denigrates another person it is because we are unable to grow up and need to belittle others, to feel more important." This, he said, is "an ugly mechanism". Jesus, "with all the simplicity says: "Do not speak ill of one another. Do not denigrate one another. Do not belittle one another”. The Pope noted, "in the end we are all travelling on the same road", "we are all travelling on that road that will take us to the very end." Therefore "if we do not choose a fraternal path, it will end badly, for the person who insults and the insulted". The Pope noted that "if we are not able to keep our tongues in check, we lose”. “Natural aggression, that of Cain toward Abel, repeats itself throughout history." Pope Francis observed that it is not that we are bad, rather "we are weak and sinners." That's why it is "much easier", to "resolve a situation with an insult, with slander, defamation instead of resolving it with good means".
“I would ask the Lord to give us all the grace to watch our tongues, to watch what we say about others." “It is a small penance - he added - but it bears a lot of fruit." "Sometimes, we go hungry and think, ‘What a pity I didn’t taste the fruit of a tasty comment against another person." But, he said, "that hunger bears fruit in the long run is good for us." That's why we ask the Lord for this grace: to adapt our lives "to this new law, which is the law of meekness, the law of love, the law of peace, and at least 'prune' our tongues a little, ‘prune’ the comments that we make of others and outbursts that lead us to an easy anger or insult. May the Lord grant us all this grace".”
Our End-of-the-Year Liturgy will be Wednesday, June 19th at 9:30 Am. We invite you to come and pray with us as we praise and thank God for all the blessings of this past year and ask His continued blessings for the summer months! Our Kindergarten students will be leading us. J
Tuesday and Wednesday Schedule
TUESDAY, June 18: there will be a 1:05 dismissal; NO PM Extended Care
WEDNESDAY, June 19: there is a 12:00 noon dismissal; NO AM OR PM Extended Care
Be safe and happy!
Safety of our Children
FROM: Sr. Cherree
RE: Safety of our Children
I’m sure you, like we, have been torn apart inside over the tragedy that has struck the families in Newtown, CT. Let us continue to pray for these families that their faith will sustain them and God will be their strength during their healing process.
We wish to assure you that our school safety polices are in place, and we will take the time today, as I already have this weekend to review them. We will continue our efforts to maintain a safe, loving Catholic environment through clear behavioral behavioral expectations, positive behavior interventions, and crisis planning.
Our doors are locked, and as you know there is limited access to our school building. The Howell Police Department monitors the school parking lot on a regular basis. Our students are monitored and supervised in the corridors, cafeteria and on the playground.
Your child’s safety is and always has been our number one priority!
I am including with this memo a Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers from The National Association of School Psychologists for your review.
May God bless us all and keep us safe!