Merry Christmas to All
On behalf of the faculty and staff at Divine Redeemer Catholic School, we would like to wish you a very blessed Christmas. It is our fervent hope that 2016 will bring peace of mind to each of our school families, and of course our parish and community. Sometimes the daily news can get us down, with so much violence and destruction in the world, but we have to remember that we are only in this world temporarily. Our focus needs to be on serving the Lord, and bringing about his kingdom. We endeavor to do this in our work with your children, teaching them to love others unconditionally, as Christ has loved us. Let the season speak to our hearts; as Jesus came to us as an innocent child, so we need to be pure of heart and mind in serving all of our brothers and sisters, despite our many differences. God bless you and your families as we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child…the Savior of the World. Please keep our school community in your prayers until we meet again in January. Together, as a community, we are doing a mighty work for the glory of God. Merry Christmas!
Thanks to all of our students and their families for their generosity in providing toiletry items for the Our Lady of Mercy Outreach. Without your help we could not have presented over 200 boxes to Neighborhood House on Thursday. Please pray for those who will open the boxes and derive pleasure from our humble gifts. Soap, shampoo, and toothpaste are not what we would ask for on Christmas morning, but for the clients of Neighborhood House, these necessities give them hope that someone really cares for them. A special thanks to Mrs. Pease who organizes this drive each year, and to all of our middle school “elves” who packaged the goodies, and to all of the parents who wrapped the boxes, and to everyone who contributed these pragmatic items…your kindness will no doubt be rewarded many times over. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me…whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:35-36, 40)
Our annual Christmas Pageant, last night, was another stunning success. Our adorable and talented students performed admirably, putting everyone in a holiday mood. The actors, the singers, the scenery, and the musicians all came together to bless everyone in attendance. After the performance a dessert potluck was held in Caddell Hall, and all students had the opportunity to speak with Santa Claus for a moment or two. With a twinkle in his sparkly blue eyes, Santa wished us all a Merry Christmas, and then he had to rush back to his workshop to oversee the toy making. He will see you all on Christmas! Ho ho ho!!!
Just a reminder that when we return to school on Monday, January 4th, we will be starting a new calendar year and a new semester. During Christmas vacation, make sure your students have their supplies replenished, and their uniforms checked for length and wear. Some of the skirts may need to be let down, as our young ladies’ legs have grown much longer since August. Some of the boys may need new navy pants, and everyone should be wearing the proper socks and shoes. Start out the new semester right! Report cards for the first semester will be sent home on Friday, January 8th. Encourage your children to work to his or her full potential, and learn, learn, learn! The teachers would also appreciate parents reminding students that they should be respectful and polite to all adults on campus, and take a more serious approach to studies. Thanks for your help!
- Christmas Vacation – two weeks, beginning Friday, December 18, 2015
- ESP and school resume on Monday, January 4, 2016
- Report cards for the second quarter will go home on Friday, January 8th
- PTO Meeting/Potluck Dinner on Monday, January 11th @ 6:30 p.m. in Caddell Hall. Bring a dish to share for dinner, and be entertained by students in grades 3 & 4
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18th – no school or ESP
- Open House on Sunday, January 31st
- Catholic Schools’ Week begins January 31st and runs through Friday, February 5th.
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