Sts. Simon & Jude School will join Catholic schools across the nation in celebrating Catholic Schools Week. Once again, this year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” This theme focuses on three priorities Catholic schools embrace that make them stand out from other educational institutions. Our students are taught Faith, not just the basics of Christianity, but how to have a relationship with God. Students grow in Knowledge, which demonstrates how Catholic schools are held to very high standards, and how our teachers strive to help each child reach his or her full potential. And finally, our students participate in Service, the giving of one’s time and effort to help others; Christian service is taught both as an expression of faith and good citizenship.
I think we can all agree that the historical success of our school has not been due to the physical facilities we use or the resources we have, but through the powerful dynamics that exist among home, school and the parish. We are deeply grateful to the Franciscan Friars, our school families, parish staff members and parishioners who consistently join us in a remarkable partnership of educating our students. Since we are a community that prays, learns and works together, it is not surprising that our end results have always been greater than the sum of our parts. This is what happens when everyone is mutually committed to building a genuine spirit of communion.
Catholic Schools Week is one of the highlights of the year at SSJ. Accordingly, we have planned a variety of activities for our students, and hope you will support us in celebrating Catholic education. Our annual OPEN HOUSE will be held next Sunday, January 31, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Everyone is cordially invited to attend the 9:30 a.m. Mass with our faculty and staff, and join us for the Open House festivities immediately following the liturgy. As always, the PFA Hospitality Committee will be serving delicious refreshments, and Colman Hall will be filled with the astonishingly beautiful art work of our students. This is a fun event, made even more so by the pride our students display in their many accomplishments.
To help us facilitate this annual celebration next week, the students will gather every morning for prayer and announcements, after which Student Council members will be “spinning the wheel” to determine what event/activity the students will be participating in the following day. By doing this we realize that our parents may not have as much advanced notice as they would like to receive for some of the free dress days, but please understand that our students enjoy tremendously this “game of chance.” (We will do our best to publicize the upcoming activity on our school website each day.) As always, you are welcome to join us each morning for prayer and the wheel-spinning results.