Notes from the Principal's Desk: Dress code for tomorrow, 6th grade update, and more

A Christmas Prayer:

Dear Lord,
As the Christmas star led the Magi to worship the Newborn King, we pray that your perfect light will guide us to love one another.  Amen.

Tomorrow we celebrate, as a school, the beginning of the Christmas holiday.  Pre-firstwill hold their Christmas pageant in the undercroft beginning at 8:15 AM. Pre-first parents are invited to attend; it is a real treat!  At 8:30 AM, the school band will perform in the gym; parents are welcome and invited to attend. The 8th grade breakfast in the cafeteria and any class parties in the classrooms will begin at 9 AM.  

The Christmas Convocation will begin at 10:15 AM in the Cathedral.  The program should end no later than 11:30 AM. Students should dress in their red and green “Sunday best” tomorrow. Students will return to school for dismissal at 11:50 AM.  A reminder that there is no CED tomorrow. Don’t forget to make arrangements to pick up your son or daughter!

We return from Christmas break on Thursday, January 2nd.  We will have the school-wideLiturgy that day.

Exam review for grades 3-8 should begin for most students on Monday, January 6th. Exams begin on January 21st and go until the 24th.  The week of January 6th is also Fountas & Pinnell testing in the lower school. Oh! I almost forgot to mention that Friday, January 24th is the 100 Days Until the Ball event!  Stay tuned for details.

Finally, I’d like to give an update regarding the 6th grade homeroom and math teacher position.  After conducting numerous phone interviews and bringing in a couple of candidates to teach sample lessons and meet with the hiring team, we have made an offer to a candidate and he has begun to complete the paperwork. Once all of the paperwork and HR requirements have been completed, we will be able to share more details.  Please know that this candidate was selected on the strength of his content knowledge, experience tutoring using differentiation, desire to establish a good relationship with the students, and willingness to work with the middle school team to grow in his teaching practice.

He taught a sample lesson in 6th grade, met with the middle school and intermediate teachers who observed the lesson,  and met with Mrs. Czarnecki and me. I also spoke to many of the students who experienced the sample lesson and the overwhelming consensus was positive.  If needed, Mrs. Czarnecki and I will be in the classroom, should the processing of the paperwork take longer than expected over the Christmas holiday.

I pray everyone has a safe and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  See you in 2020!

God bless,
Michael Wright