Principal's Update - 12/15/17

Dear Families,

First of all I apologize for not being visible at dismissal this week. I am dealing with a family emergency and needed to be at the hospital each afternoon. Thank you for understanding.

Once again we have had an extremely productive week here. I have received such wonderful compliments on our annual Christmas concert. The student's performances were so joyful. This really adds to the spirit of the holiday season. Thank you to Miss Cronan for preparing the singers and thank you to our band instructors too.

We enjoyed a truly special gift this week. Sister Lisa Valentini from the Pontifical Mission Societies of the Archdiocese of Boston shared her ministry through songs and storytelling. She was so inspiring. Here is a quote from one of our families about their children's take away. "I wanted to share with you how much Fiona and Nolan enjoyed Sr. Lisa's visit yesterday. Fiona said she her visit was "inspirational." They both loved how she brought the stories down to their level with a great sense of humor. And showing them how to be reverent and fun at the same time. Thank you for adding this to the school community it makes such a difference." Thank you to Mrs. Vasta and Dylan Michuki in Grade 7 for making this happen.

As always the drama Club put us in the Christmas spirit with their wonderful production of Believe. Not only did they perform on Thursday evening but they also performed for the entire school this morning. We certainly have a lot of talented students at St Mary of the Hills. Thank you to Mrs. Etienne, Mrs. Norton, Ms. Veitz, Mr. Faherty, Mrs. Paris, and Mr. Braga for all their hard work! Bravo!

1st-3rd Graders did their annual good deed and created tasty treats for the animals. This annual tradition helps us remember the works of St Francis and lets the students see how they can make a difference. Speaking of making a difference, the PreK students entertained the older parishioners by singing to them at their breakfast after morning mass. I was so proud of them and happy to be invited to attend.

Lastly, your children got to experience the spirit of giving as they worked with upper-class students to shop for their parents and family members. It was so heartwarming to see how carefully they were in choosing just the right gifts and wrapping them with help from their older friends.

We have lots of special events next week too. The ECC pageant is on Thursday at 9:30am. Early dismissal on Thursday at 12 NOON to begin our Christmas vacation! This will also be a dress down day for $1.

Enjoy time with your beautiful families this weekend.

Mrs. Julie Marotta

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