No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us. I John 4:12
It is here!! It is the end of the school year already. Where has all the time gone? It wasn't too long ago that I was just beginning my tenure and this year's 8th grade students were in 1st grade. Now they are getting ready to leave us and start a new journey. Congratulations to the class and to you, the parents, who have nurtured and supported them through their elementary and middle school years. The eighth grade Class Night will be Wednesday, May 15th. During this event awards and recognitions will be given. The Celebration Mass of Graduation will be Thursday evening, May 16th.
Other important dates for the month of May are:
· May 10th the BVM awards will be given during all school mass.
· May 10th is our volunteer appreciation brunch after mass.
· May 17th is the date for the end of the year celebrations for our Pre-K and our Kindergarten.
· May 22nd is the "Growing in Faith" celebration and retreat for the 7th grade.
· May 23rd is our Field Day.
· May 24th is our last day of school, and it is a half day.
Also during this month our transition meetings are taking place. These meetings are with your child's next year teachers to give you some information about what to expect.
As always, there will be some changes next year. As most of you know, Mrs. Pack and Mrs. Meinert are retiring. Ms. Laura Goodhard will be going to 2nd grade and Mrs. Ann O'Brien is going to 7th grade. We are now in the process of interviewing for the openings in art and 7th grade language arts. Another change next year is going to be in the school uniforms. Next school year, the blue polos (instead of the white) will be worn by the 6th graders as well as the khaki pants (instead of the blue ones) just as the 7th and 8th grade students wear now. The 5th-8th grade girls will have the option to wear a new skort instead of the skirt. The skort is in the same plaid as our skirts and may only be gotten at Educational Outfitters. We are phasing out the skirt, and this process will be completed in 4 yrs. At that time the skort will not be an option, but it will be mandatory. We are also making changes in the shoes. Although brown leather loafers and tie shoes are still an option, we are no longer allowing the deck/boat (Sperry) shoes. They have been too dangerous and sloppy. We are; however, adding some color options to the tennis shoes. In addition to the all white tennis shoe, we are allowing all black and all gray. Our Friday dress code is going to be more in line with the other Diocesan schools. Our middle school boys will be wearing a white oxford shirt and school approved tie, while the girls will be wearing their skirts/skorts with white oxford shirts and knee socks. This is just a summary of the changes. Our uniforms in the CAG closet are still available. Attached is the formally written up dress code that will be in your handbook. This gives you more details and information.
We received our TCAP Writing and our IOWA test scores back, and you will be receiving them with the report cards. As expected, the scores are lower than they had been in the past. However, our composites are still above the national average. If you recall, they are newly normed tests and they match the Common Core Standards which we are now implementing. We will be analyzing the data and making adjustments to our curriculum maps so that we continue to be a school of high academic standards and expectations.
Some miscellaneous information:
· A flyer went home about a soccer camp at UTC headed by their soccer coach J.D. Kyzer. If you are thinking about sending your child to this camp, please write in OLPH in the "school affiliation" line. They will be donating some of the registration fees back to us.
· Tomorrow, May 4th, the Junior League of Chattanooga is having a free public event at Coolidge Park entitled "Kids in the Kitchen" which is geared to healthy eating and lifestyles.
· For Field Day this year, Mrs. Mohler is bringing her Gyro-X-treme ride. There will be a $5.00 charge to ride this as it is a fundraiser for the rising 8th graders. This is an option; it is not required. More will be coming out before Field Day.
I wish you all a wonderful and safe summer.