May 18, 2023
Well, this week was certainly a flurry of activity! On Monday we send our 3rd and 4th graders on an overnight field trip to Shetek Environmental Camp and on Tuesday we all spent the day at Camden State Park! So much was learned on these beautiful days outside of our school building. Yesterday we said “Goodbye” to our 8th-grade students (Elizabeth, Ian, and Sam). Today we had our final mass as the students and faculty of 2022-23 played kickball together. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for pictures of these events!
As I write this letter, the school is largely empty. An empty school is a lonely place. Fortunately, we will welcome more than 30 children into our summer program in just over a week’s time!
Today the children said “Goodbye” to Mrs. Traen. The teachers have a few more days with her and we will say our goodbyes on Tuesday. If you did not get the chance to wish her well, I am sure she would appreciate an e-mail at email@example.com. (We will keep this open for her for the next few months.) We would like to publicly thank her for her years of service here at St. Edward School. To teach is to touch the lives of students, parents, colleagues, and the entire community. She has certainly done that!
Report cards and NWEA scores were sent home with Kindergarten – 8th grade students today. If you have questions, please contact your classroom teacher. We will be in the building as a staff until next Tuesday afternoon. If you need to contact one of us, please e-mail or leave a message at the school.
I sent reading logs home with each of the 1st – 8th grade students today. They are not required to fill them out, but if they do I will have rewards for them when they return in the fall. I cannot stress enough the importance of reading and practicing math skills over the summer. Nationwide educators see a phenomenon called the summer slide. When children do not exercise their brains, often their test scores fall (slide) when they come back to school. Let them read what they want, as long as they are reading. Practice math skills needed for everyday life. Everything helps.
Totus Tuus begins the week of June 4. If you have not registered your children, please do so here .
As school has come to a close this year, I would like to reintroduce the Peace of Mind videos. I urge each of you to visit the Peace of Mind site to view any videos you have missed (or start the series). There is so much good, practical information there about raising healthy families. The last video of the year will be released on May 30.
May God Bless,