Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Guardians,
When I began my teaching career decades ago, our first day of school historically was the day after Labor Day. Well, here we are at St. Peters beginning our fourth week, or shall we say, third full week of school.
I think you would be so, so proud of our children that we are blessed to have as students. They have been so cooperative and understanding about wearing their masks all day long. The only time I get to see their cute faces completely is when we share lunchtime. I can honestly tell you that I have not had one student complain in any fashion about this new part of our school uniform.
We are accomplishing much. As the first weeks progressed, I could see a familiarity forming with skills that they have already learned. Taking teacher-directed notes, creating outlines using various colors of ink and pencil, following directions carefully, orally reading with attention to punctuation and vocal inflection, are just a sampling to those daily activities that are reminding them of their jobs as a student. Despite the months that the pandemic separated them from our classrooms, I am so proud of their progress.
Last week, our third, fourth, and fifth grade students attended and participated at Mass in our beautiful Basilica. Mrs. Wall and we teachers seated the children, distanced from each other, and helping them to see that the beauty of Mass does not get lost because we have to sit farther apart from each other. My fifth grade students will be presenting the readings and prayer intentions next week; I know they are excited about that.
In closing, I would like to wish you the gift of finding God's presence in each day. He is always present, and oh-so-happy to hear from us. So, with that said, I would like to send him a special prayer of thanksgiving for my oh-so-sweet students.