Principal's Updates - 12/18/2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We had such a wonderful week here at St Mary of the Hills. The magic of Christmas is all around. The students and staff have been busy doing God's work helping those who need our help. We are partnering with you to help them understand that it is better to give than to receive and even at a young age they understand this importance.

Catholic Charities picked up the food donations from the Student Council Food Drive. We will be sending the socks to the Shattuck Shelter. I am very proud of the Student Council for initiating this drive. Charles Gamere, Class President, awarded dress down days for Monday and Tuesday for a job well done by all.

Speaking of giving, we are very grateful to the Susi/Montillio families for their generous donation of Gingerbread cookies for all of the students to decorate. It was such a sweet gesture and filled the student's hearts with so much joy!

Today the Early Childhood and Kindergarten students recorded Christmas songs and the Nativity Pageant. We needed to be creative because of COVID protocols but the "Show must go on". Please look for the announcement next week about where to view this very special Christmas gift and feel free to share it with friends and family.

Thank you to Father Bennett for live streaming mass for the students and staff today. Everyone really misses attending school mass but we know we'll get there soon once again.

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

Mrs. Julie Marotta



Please read the following letter from our Superintendent.

December 18, 2020

Dear Parents, It has been a most challenging year for the world, our country, our Church, our schools, our students and for you - our parents. I recently sent a similar Advent message as this to our school leaders, teachers and staff and wanted to share some of that with you as well since, without you, we would not be celebrating the success of our students and their achievements during a world-wide pandemic that shut down life as we knew it. In my entire career I have never seen people more committed to their work than what I have witnessed since March of this year from our schools. But it was done with your support, prayers and patience. No one escaped the challenges of 2020 but despite days (or perhaps weeks) when you faced tremendous challenges over PPE, work, social distancing, virus concerns, technology break downs, and the in-person or remote question of the week, you and the school community persevered. Our students, your children, have been given the opportunity to learn in person with their classmates for the most part while public schools made other choices. As a result, their social and emotional wellbeing is thriving compared to a year of what could have been at-home zoom classrooms. This took an incredible amount of preparation and devotion, which has not gone unnoticed and is greatly appreciated. As we continue through our spiritual season of preparation this Advent, I remember you and your families in my own prayers. Our Church, in its wisdom, gives us this season each year to prepare ourselves for Christ's coming and reminds us to put aside the challenges of these times, slow the pace of the commercial Christmas all around us, and reflect on God's incarnation which brings Hope, Peace, Joy and Love - not just at Christmas but throughout the year. I thank you for your commitment and the way in which you have served Christ's church. May His hope, peace, joy and love remain with you and yours as we all welcome a new year ahead. Blessed Advent and Merry Christmas. In Christ, Tom Thomas W. Carroll Superintendent of Catholic Schools Archdiocese of Boston

Reflection of the Month

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor." // Isaiah 61:1 - Courtesy of the USCCB

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