From The Principal’s Desk …
Welcome to March! It’s supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. I would say we’ve had our share of the lion. It is certainly time for spring to join us. We could use a bit of sunshine, warmth, and outdoors.
March 7 is the end of the second trimester. Report cards will come home on Friday, March 14. Also coming home will be a letter regarding the March 21 optional parent/teacher conferences. Please return the conference letter even if you do not need a conference time. Conference times will be determined by the homeroom teacher on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that teachers will be available both in person and by phone.
Terra Nova testing begins Monday, March 3 for all 3rd, 4th, 5th 6th, and 7th graders. Please make sure your children get a good night’s sleep, eat a good breakfast, and come to school on time equipped with #2 pencils and a healthy snack. It is important to be in school and on time as tests take place first thing in the morning and teachers will not be able to start over for tardy students as the tests are timed. Tardy students will therefore not be able to enter the classrooms once testing has begun. Also encourage your children to take Terra Nova Tests seriously and to do their very best. However, remind them these tests are nothing to fear, and they do not impact students’ report card in anyway.
How about joining St. Damian School and the city of Oak Forest for the Fleadh SK or parade on Saturday, March 8? Wear your favorite green St. Damian shirt and join in the parade. See the flyer in this Family Gram regarding all of the events of the day.
We had NO WINNER in this past month’s Tombola. That makes the March Tombola worth $804.00! You could easily pay the remainder of the year’s tuition or get a jumpstart on next year with that kind of cash. Get checks in by Wednesday, March 12. A winner will be drawn on Thursday, March 13.
Consider joining us for the Lenten Fish Fry on Friday nights from 4:30-7:30 beginning on March 7 through April 11. Friday, April 4, the school will host the Fish Fry. You could have dinner served by your favorite teacher or principal. We will also offer homemade desserts.
Please keep our second graders in your prayers as they prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Monday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 12. Also on our road to 40 hours of prayer, our third through eighth grade students will also share the sacrament of Reconciliation on Monday, March 10.
On Friday, March 14, students will attend Stations of the Cross in church and we will join together for a Holy Thursday paraliturgy before we dismiss for Easter break on April 17.
Finally, during this season of Lent we are called to grow in our relationship with God through meditation and contemplation. The road to Easter is a spiritual journey that we do not need to travel alone. Jesus promised us the gift of the Holy Spirit, and it is that spirit who will enlighten us to see God’s purpose for us. So our praying, fasting, and almsgiving is something the Holy Spirit does in us as the principal agent, though our cooperation and dedication is of course essential. At the heart of our Easter journey is our Christian Faith. We are therefore called, especially as we move closer to Easter, to be active participants in this journey. How are you spending your forty days of Lent?
Mrs. Colleen Domke