Principal's Update 3/31/17

Dear Families,

As I type this letter I am looking out at the snowfall. It's certainly does not look like tomorrow is April 1st! The wonderful part of spring snow is that it won't stay away too long. We had such a fun week of learning here at St. Mary of the Hills. Students have been studying Oceania, doing science experiments, making puppets, growing in their reading and math abilities, studying the human body, talking about genetic modification, writing persuasive letters, practicing their cursive handwriting skills, working on poetry and science fair projects, and learning about their faith. Sadly, I was told that General Mills adds bleach to our cereals. Who knew!

Today the 5th graders had a visit from Sister Mary. Sister is a retired Sister of Saint Joseph who lives on campus at Fontbonne Academy. She shared her faith with the students as they prayed the Stations of the Cross. Sister was impressed with how faith filled our students were and how well taught in the Catholic faith. That made the teachers and me very proud.

After lunch I went to the church with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders as they made their sacrament of penance. They were very reverent and respectful. One student said afterwards that his heart was filled with joy! We could all learn a lesson from that young man. Forgiveness is so healing. We must all learn to forgive each other always and treat others the way we'd like to be treated. Wouldn't our world be a much happier place?

I had the great privilege of working with the 8th graders in Algebra 1. Their teacher had an important meeting and I filled in for a short time. What a great group of students. It is no wonder that they have received acceptances from many prestigious high schools. I thanked them for making my day as I still miss being a classroom math teacher. I know that I am where God wants me to be right now and I don't think I will ever stop feeling this way. I am grateful to all of my teachers for welcoming me into their classrooms every day. Even though I did not choose teaching as a career right after college I look back at my early childhood and I used my little brother as my 1st student. He tells me that I was hard on him. He never earned an A!

Report cards went home today for Grades 5-8. Please take some time to read them with your child. They will need to be signed and returned to their homeroom teacher.

The next two weeks promise to be fun-filled and busy. The 5th through 8th graders are working so hard on their spring drama production. It will be at the Pierce Middle School next Friday and Saturday. The students have worked so hard and are SO excited to share their talents with you!

Also Sunday April 9th my band, The Sharon Concert Band, is doing a benefit concert at Fontbonne Academy at 3pm. All proceeds will go directly to St. Mary of the Hills School. Invite your friends and family. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale at Intermission. I am so excited to share my group's gifts and talents with all of you. The students can see how I spend my Thursday nights!

Please check the April calendar for all of the monthly events!

As always I hope that you have a fun weekend filled with family time and moments that you will always treasure.

Mrs. Julie Marotta


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