Students eased into a more aggressive academic week, discovering each subject with greater focus and content. Hopefully, your student is sharing some of their newly learned knowledge at home, as this is highly encouraged and very consistent with the rhetoric component of our new educational model.
It was a pleasure to observe several classrooms celebrating Our Lady’s birthday on September 8th, through a special craft or discussion. As a whole school, we honored Mary by enjoying a piece of cake at lunch time. We shy away from sweets being brought into Star, so on special occasions we aspire to make it memorable for all (please refer to the handbook in regard to student birthday procedures).
Finally, it has been a delight to see our wonderful school families support and adhere to the new uniform policy of shoe colors. Families quickly adopted this transition, and now it truly enhances the uniform’s overall appearance. Thank you, parents.
In Kindergarten, young science learners discovered dinosaurs within their Cradle of Civilization Year. Sister Mariana’s surplus of dinosaur books is quite impressive along with her collection of high quality dinosaur paintings. She truly knows how to grab their attention.
New and returning parents, please acquaint yourself with The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education’s brochure as they guide us through our 2 year transformation. See attached document.
We have begun!!! This was a monumental week of implementing our new Catholic liberal arts curriculum in multiple subjects, in all grades. Yes, we are on a two-year plan to complete this transformation, and are passionate about moving forward with the greatest guidance from ICLE (Institute for Catholic Liberal Education). The students may or may not be aware of all the changes, but nevertheless, it has commenced. Your child’s instructors have actively adopted the pedagogy of supporting parents in the full formation of the whole person. Teachers are not merely conduits of knowledge, but rather facilitators of wonder and discovery of Truth. However, this just doesn’t happen without great effort, planning and practice. I am grateful for a staff who understands the necessity of sound instructional methods and content for an authentic Catholic education.
We started off our week with a special school Mass that included a blessing on staff, a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to our beautiful school chapel, and blessing of the classrooms. This is quite a sight to see and an experience students look forward to each year. Also this week, students encountered new “specials” classes of choir and Latin. Welcome Mr. Meloche and Ms. Ryalls. As expected, a few hiccups were experienced along the way with the closure of the P-Z parking lot and sack lunches being offered, rather than hot. The week ended with our regular Friday celebration of the Eucharist, with students being given a reprieve from the weekly interrogation by Fr. Lappe about the Gospel’s meaning. Be prepared next week, kids!
I want to thank you again for your patience as I acquaint myself with this new role as principal, and likewise learn all the names and faces of our school families (cars as well). Please introduce yourself to me if possible. I look forward to building a strong school community linked heavily with our parish, as we regain our true Catholic identity.
I’ve included a weekly section that displays (in blue) ways we have moved toward the freeing of souls to learn salvation history with joy and intrigue.
CATHOLIC LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION IS:
This week, Second Graders discovered the art of Roman tapestry and replicated pieces of their own. The varying colors and patterns were amazing as this integral lesson involved history, art and literature.
Have a safe, relaxing, and “last chance of summer” weekend.