Saints Speak from Mrs. Marshall - 9/9/2021 - Remembering September 11 - Twenty Years Later
This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11th tragedies. In preparation for this day, our junior high history teachers asked the faculty and staff to share some of their memories from that day. These memories and recollections will then be shared with the students, who were not alive to experience this day, to help them understand a little more about how these tragic events impacted our country and our history.
As I reflected on my own experiences on this day twenty years ago, as well as how this day has impacted our nation long-term, I realized how easy it is to feel helpless when we think about goals like world peace. As individuals, we may not have a direct impact on world peace, but we can have an impact on peace in our worlds. At any age, we can bring peace to our relationships and to our communities. As adults, we can model peaceful actions for our children by treating others with respect and kindness, even in conflict. We can help our children work toward peaceful resolutions when they disagree with siblings or classmates. And, of course, we can pray! One of my favorite prayers is the Prayer of St. Francis:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
As we each do our part to make our world a more peaceful place, let’s continue to pray that we may always be instruments of His peace.
We are looking forward to welcoming grandparents and VIPs for Grandparents Day next Friday, September 17th! The morning will be an opportunity for grandparents to see the school and visit their grandchildren’s classrooms. Please see below for some key details.
- All grandparents/VIPs should enter Door 1 beginning at 8:30am. There will be refreshments, classroom visits, and mass. Masks are required.
- To prevent overcrowding in classrooms during the pandemic, we are limiting this year’s event to one grandparent per child. Thank you for your understanding.
- If a grandparent is unable to attend, that’s okay! Each homeroom will either provide a virtual opportunity to connect or send something home to be shared with the grandparent(s). All students will still be included in the morning’s activities to ensure no one feels left out.
- One grandparent can visit multiple students. We’ll have volunteers available to help direct the grandparent(s) to the classrooms. While grandparents can travel from room to room, students will stay in their homerooms for the morning.
- After grandparents leave at 11am, we will continue with lunch and academic classes for the students. If your grandparent/VIP plans to take their student out to lunch or home early, please notify your child’s homeroom teacher in writing in advance. The grandparent will then need to sign the child out at the welcome desk. We cannot allow students to leave with grandparents/VIPs without parent permission.
Our 2nd-8th grade students will begin their CogAT and IOWA assessments on Monday. Testing will take place each morning, Monday-Thursday, and regular classes will resume following testing. You can expect a lighter homework load and no other tests during these assessments, so students do not become overwhelmed. All testing will take place online using the students’ Chromebooks and iPads.
There is nothing your child can do to study for these tests. However, there are a few things you can do at home to help your children do their best on these assessments:
- Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep
- Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast each morning
- Make sure your child is on time for school each day during testing
- Encourage your child to do his/her best each day
- Remind your 5th-8th grade student to bring his/her Chromebook to school, FULLY CHARGED, each day.
We are excited to announce the return of Band! Band is available to 4th-8th grade ASCA students through Music Education Services. Click here for more information.
Our school COVID-19 response protocols have been updated slightly based on guidance from the DuPage County Health Department. Please click here for the updated guidance on how to proceed if your child is experiencing a COVID symptom.
Charleston Wrap Update:
We are almost halfway to our goal of $30,000 in sales – let’s beat last year’s sales! So far we have 81 families registered, and these families have collectively earned $5,500 toward their FFO (Family Fundraising Obligation). Prizes went out last week and more to come for those who send invites to 10+ people.
Charleston Wrap is a great way to fulfill your FFO! Share with friends and family so they can help, all while getting great gifts. There are 16 days left to participate!!
We have another group of students to recognize today! Thanks to these students for receiving Saintly Acts this week: Samantha C. (5th grade), Rhett S. (5th grade), Edgar M. (2nd grade), Hannah N. (7th grade), Adalyn Z. (3rd grade), Leyla W. (1st grade), Anthony C. (4th grade), Gavin F. (5th grade), Nathan G. (8th grade), Henry L. (2nd grade), Megan B. (7th grade), Parker J. (2nd grade), Jake B. (2nd grade), and Miss Catalano (2nd grade). Keep it up, Saints!
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