Principal Weekly Letter
Message from the Principal - September 16, 2020
Dear Parents, In his autobiography, Ignatius explains how, toward the end of his life, the thought of his own death filled him with intense joy. The prospect of soon being reunited with his Creator and Lord made him "melt into tears." At the same time, Ignatius was in love with life. He could find God in all things and serve him in every activity and event, just as his spirituality teaches us. There was no need to wait until after death to taste the joy of God's presence. In practice, finding God in all things gives us the opportunity to consider our lives here and now as the precise place where we can already experience the fullness of God's love. Ignatius, with his genuine insight into human nature, warned against two possible pitfalls in the spiritual life: nostalgia for the past and needless dreaming about the future. It makes sense to look back on past experiences, for in doing so we can trace specific moments of God's presence. We recognize his presence in experiences of peace and joy, vitality and trust. Our past can provide a rich source of learning, especially since we can use times of reflection to inspire our choices. Such ongoing reflection gives us the opportunity to adapt our lives now so that they're more closely linked to the ways God is drawing us. But we can also get stuck in our own past and end up watching the same film over and over. Whether that is a consequence of regret or anger, the result is the same: we allow ourselves to withdraw from the only time that really exists-the present. -Excerpted from Jesuits Telling Jokes:A (Serious) Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality by Nikolaas Sintobin, SJ
Notices: Book, Lab, and Supply Fees were due and payable in the office on August 1. If you have not yet done so, please remit your payment by the end of the month. Any outstanding fees as of September 30 will be added into your next scheduled FACTS payment. Thank you for your attention. Before/After Care bills went home with your children today--they will be sent every Wednesday. School pictures will take place on Friday, October 9. The flyers will be going home next week; however, you are encouraged to place your order on-line to avoid paper processing. Click here for on-line ordering. You will get more from Lifetouch in free gifts, and it will help with contactless picturedays. We want to minimize the number of envelopes coming in from home. In addition to paperless ordering transactions and paperless check-ins (now being done via camera), Lifetouch's protocols for COVID also include eliminating all props (students and staff will stand for a picture and touch nothing), as well as converting all standing classroom groups to a "classroom composite" to solve social distancing issues and account for absenteeism. After retake day,we will receive a complete classroom composite with every student in the class that has been photographed. Safe Environments Abuse Prevention Training Announcement In the Diocese of Norwich, all volunteers who have regular contact with minors, all employees, all clergy, and all religious, are required to complete safe environments training. This training is also available to any parishioner, or parent of a parochial school child, regardless of whether or not they wish to volunteer at their parish or school. The Diocese of Norwich offers two Praesidium programs. Both cover the same material, just in different formats. You can take the on-line program, Armatus, or attend a one-time DVD presentation, Called to Protect. Due to the current pandemic, the in person Called to Protect classes have been postponed. Armatus is available and the preferred training at this time. As soon as in person gatherings are permitted, Called to Protect in person training will resume. Please contact the Child Advocate at your parish or school office (Mrs. Breault) in order to be enrolled, or for more information. Our children's safety is a priority.
God Bless You-