In the words of Mary Poppins, “Well begun is half done,” and I am delighted to let you know our first quarter is successfully in the books. Several indicators support my confident appraisal of our first quarter. Our parent-teacher conferences netted a nearly perfect rate of parent attendance. Truly, that doesn’t surprise me, as our parents demonstrate a sound commitment to their children’s education. The fact that 97% of our students in grades 3-8 achieved some level of the honors recognition, supports my belief that our parents and teachers are working together to encourage our children to work to the best of their abilities. In addition to the honor roll, I did not need to remind a single child beyond third grade that eye contact was necessary between individuals when they were shaking hands. I still had to remind our 3rd graders to look up, but that is to be expected the first time they receive recognition.
Our Veterans Day Program was very well attended, and our program was lovely. I noticed several misty-eyed patrons in the audience. The 8th graders recited the Gettysburg Address as the rest of the student body softly sang The Battle Hymn of the Republic, my personal favorite, was especially moving. If you were not able to join us this year, I hope you will clear your schedule for next year’s program.
The sound of music continues to fill our hallways with Christmas just a few weeks away. The STREAM activities are engaging our students in opportunities to explore alternative means of propelling a vehicle. I took notes!
Our entire school community is looking forward to Thanksgiving and spending time with family and friends. Though it is hard not to look ahead to Christmas, I am making every effort to enjoy each holiday as it comes.
May you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving celebration. As always, thank you for being part of our Immaculate Conception School of Allegany County Family.