April 8, 2014

The sun is shining and the days are getting warmer. Spring is coming. The snow is a distant memory.

The teachers have worked very hard along with the children so there will be no make-up days.

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The 6th grade play was just fabulous. The children were remarkable. Their voices and dancing so professional. Thank you to the teachers who worked with them and encouraged them. The two nights were such a success. The 8th graders managed the sound and the lights and scene changes. All of this is so important. It was hard to watch them slowly walk the halls on Monday. It is not easy to let this experience go.

Now the kindergarten is working on Peter Rabbit. This show is after Easter break. Then we will be on to Mother’s Day.

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Congratulations to seventh graders Joseph Fernandez, Matt Lingle, Misha Suttora, and Stephen Kish, who spent the last four months working on their Ad Altare Dei medals with Boy Scout Troop 461. Ad Altare Dei, which means "to the altar of God," involves studying the seven sacraments and the Catholic faith as it relates to both Scouting and everyday life. To receive the medal, the boys met weekly with adult counselors for discussion and activities, completed several community service projects, participated in a retreat, did readings and written assignments, and worked with Fr. Cusick to understand Church traditions, symbols, and sacraments. Monday night, they finished the program with a Scout Board of Review at the Archdiocese of Washington, where they participated in one-on-one interviews on what they'd learned with religious emblems counselors from all over the metro area. Earning Ad Altare Dei is an accomplishment and we are proud of them!

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We are finishing up with the Mixed Bags event. All orders must be in by Friday. These are very handy for overnights, sports and general use.

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Our Advanced Band played at St. John’s on Sunday. What a crowd of talented children. We were very proud of them as they filled the stage and played with gusto. Congratulations!

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A team from AdvancEd spent last Wednesday observing in our school. AdvancEd is the group used by the Archdiocese to evaluate their schools. They were so impressed with all aspects of our school. They interviewed teachers, principal and pastor. They spoke with the Student council and the HSA and School Board members. We were very pleased with their parting remarks.

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When the children return from Spring Break they may change to the spring uniform. That means polo shirts, shorts and no ties.

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Have a wonderful break and enjoy the warmer weather. When we return it will be a whirlwind until the end. These are the good days, enjoy them.