Principal's Updates - 1/22/21

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Good Afternoon! What a historic week in our nation! As a woman, I was so proud to see the first woman Vice-President get sworn in to office. It was also such a proud moment for all our students of color to bear witness to all that is possible in our country. Now is the time to heal as a country to have those tough conversations regarding racism and inequities. We cannot just say we want change we need to show we want change. Allowing our students to share their feelings, identify problems, and come up with solutions is what will allow this transformation to take place. It will take time, it won't be easy, but I have faith that our young people, with all of our support, are positioned to make a difference.

I have issued a Principal Challenge to Grades 5-8. They are to watch and listen to Amanda Gorman recite her original poem,"The Hill We Climb", that she delivered at the Inauguration. After deep reflection they are asked to compose an essay on how this poem impacted them personally and challenged them to make this world a better place. Essays will be judged and awards will be presented during Catholic Schools Week.

If you have time please read the following prayer by Pope Francis on Peace. It is very powerful!

Prayer by Pope Francis

In addition, Sabrina Haskins and her daughter Eiliyah Richardson in PreK, were instrumental in getting Target to donate a rich library of books to our students and staff in honor of Black History Month. These books are displayed on the stage in the school hall and are available for teachers and students to borrow. On behalf of the entire school community, I want to thank Ms. Haskins, Eiliyah, and Target for their incredible generosity.

God Bless you all and enjoy a wonderful weekend with your incredible children.

Mrs. Julie Marotta


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