Weekly Update, Jan 15, 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday

Don’t forget…there will be no ESP or school on Monday, January 18th, due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. ESP and school will resume on Tuesday, January 19th. Please plan accordingly.

PTO Meeting/”Dollar Dog” Night Well Attended

We had a large crowd in attendance on Monday night for our second of three annual PTO meetings. The meeting began with entertainment by our third and fourth graders, under the direction of their teacher, Mrs. Lisa Tanner. They are a wonderful class, and willingly performed a variety of poetry for us. They also told some corny but funny riddles! After the “show,” families lined up at the window to get their “dollar dogs,” sodas, and chips. Many thanks to Miss Lori, and her lovely assistant, Maria, for preparing this fun meal for all. Once all were enjoying their hot dogs we opened the “business meeting.” We heard reports from various School Advisory Board members, including Renee Darnell who gave us a good overview of the upcoming Silent Auction, to be held on April 16th. We also heard about the yearbook from Mary Wijetunga. Regina Soriano reminded everyone about the many opportunities to fulfill your volunteer hours. At the end of our business meeting we had the pleasure of watching several Eagles, from little to big, take to the planks as they modeled various pieces of our new school uniform. Sally and Charlie Cease, Meilani and Zayden Wijetunga, Sierra Soriano, and Tyler Burbage wore the new “blue-themed” uniforms, which will be implemented in the 2016-2017 school year. It was also the first opportunity for families to see the completed new logo, which was created by Mrs. Cynthia Kirby. More information will be forthcoming, but the uniforms will be provided by Land’s End, and will be ordered via the internet or the phone. Land’s End has a quality product for a reasonable price, and we can even sell Land’s End scrip, allowing us to make a percentage on every piece sold. Many thanks to all those who helped to make our January PTO meeting fun and informative. The next meeting will be on Monday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m.

Volunteers Needed

Just a reminder…each family is required to perform 25 hours of volunteer work at the school or parish each school year. Some of our families have already met and surpassed their obligation, but some of you have not completed even one hour. There are still many opportunities to complete your volunteer work in the second semester, but don’t wait until the last minute. Catholic Schools’ Week, to be celebrated January 30th – February 5th, will have many activities which need the help of parents and grandparents. Watch the Weekly Update for ideas, or call Miss Lori, and she will guide you to the perfect volunteer event for your schedule.

Eagle Message Yearbook Ad

The yearbook staff is offering something new this year! Eagle Message is a new type of ad that costs less. For $5 (a message) you get 149 characters and emoji’s to send in a message. Kids can send them to their friends and teachers, or parents can send them to their students; and you are not limited to only 1. Send as many as you want for $5 each. This is a fun way for students to leave lasting messages in the yearbooks! If you have any questions please contact Mary Wijetunga at marywijetunga80@gmail.com.

My Father’s Wisdom

My father has been gone for nearly three years now, but I still hear his voice in my head, reciting his many witticisms about life. One of these gems is, “We are doing the best we can with the equipment we’ve got.” This is an accurate statement about life at DRS. Admittedly we don’t have the best and newest equipment and furnishings. We don’t have a lot of “bells and whistles.” However, I can truthfully say that every member of our committed faculty and staff is working incredibly hard to give your children the best education possible. The faculty and staff at Divine Redeemer care about and consider the individual needs of each child. This is the time of year when people start thinking about the future, including, “What is the best school setting for my child?” I respect that you have many choices in your child’s education, and I encourage you to do what you think is best for your child, even if that means we will be saying good-bye in June. In the meantime, though, please consider the effort and energy that our faculty and staff exert each and every day, and instead of being critical, show some appreciation for these fine people. We really are doing the best we can with the equipment we’ve got. For some of you, it will never be enough, and we wish you well in your search for the perfect school. For those of you who endeavor to emphasize the positive aspects of DRS, we thank you for your support. Yesterday was a very long day, between “principling,” teaching, and having a PTO meeting. The very best part of my day was this: In the afternoon we had a little celebration for the middle school students who had achieved an entire month (December) without any behavior or homework infractions. Twenty-seven students were treated to an Ice Cream Social. Overall they were grateful and polite, but one young lady made my day when she told me she had never had an ice cream sundae with whipped cream and toppings before. She was so pleased with herself to have earned this treat. THAT’S why we are here! To open the doors of learning, and provide new life experiences to ALL of God’s children!

Upcoming Events

  • 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:
    • Saturday & Sunday, January 30 & 31 – students readers at all masses
    • Sunday, January 31 – Open House from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    • Monday, February 1 – Parent Appreciation Day – Come for lunch!
    • Tuesday, February 2 – Students Appreciation Day – 60’s themed dress down/no homework
    • Wednesday, February 3 – Faith Appreciation Day – Join us for 8:00 mass
    • Thursday, February 4 – Teacher Appreciation Day – eighth graders teaching today
    • Friday, February 5 – Earth Appreciation Day – Geography Bees @ 8:00 and 1:00
    • Mardi Gras on Tuesday, February 9th @1:30 p.m.

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