Weekly Update Sept 23, 2016


Mission Possible

As you may recall, during the spring of the 2015-2016 school year, we had an internal review for accreditation through SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).  One of the required actions necessary for our school was to revisit and revise our school Mission Statement.  (In case you’ve forgotten what the Mission Statement entails, look at the end of this and every Weekly Update.)  Mrs. Omilak, and a group of her peers, are heading up the process of revising the Mission Statement, but will need the help of all stakeholders.  For this reason, you will find a request for input in today’s packet.  Please take a few minutes to give us your ideas so that our “new and improved” Mission Statement will reflect the ideas of our entire school and parish community.  There will be more information coming out throughout this school year, so we thank you in advance for all your help.

Help is on the Way!  Wait…She’s Here!!!

Divine Redeemer Catholic School has had an incredible increase in enrollment over the past year or so, for which we are very grateful.  The classrooms are beginning to look almost crowded, and we once again need to add to our staff so that the needs of all students will be met.  For this reason, we have hired an additional Teaching Assistant for the Kindergarten/First Grade classroom.  Mrs. Alycia Busche (mother of Emma Grace, gr. K5, and Michael, gr. 8) joined our staff today.  Mrs. Busche will be working with our young scholars Monday through Friday, from 8:00-11:30 a.m.  She will be tasked with helping small groups of students master essential Reading and Math skills.  In addition to raising five children of her own, Mrs. Busche holds a BS degree (she attended the College of Charleston, and received her degree from MUSC), so she will be an outstanding and qualified addition to our staff.  I know Mrs. Rebuck, the classroom teacher, and Miss Rebuck, the other Teaching Assistant, are thrilled to have her.  Welcome, Mrs. Busche!!!  (Mrs. Busche joins our most recent faculty and staff additions – Mrs. Kellie Wells, who was hired mid-year 2015-2016 to teach middle school Math, and Mrs. Kathleen Carney, who is the teaching assistant in grades 2/3.  Our goal at DRS is to increase enrollment over time, and eventually have a separate classroom and teacher for each grade.  We are close to achieving that goal!  Keep telling your friends about our school, and see what happens!

Box Tops, Please

As you probably know, one of the ways we raise funds is through the “Boxtops for Education” program.  It is easy and “free,” and anyone who buys food at the grocery stores can help.  Several times a year we submit our collection of Boxtops, and wait for the check to roll in.  Mrs. Hughes, who is our Boxtops counter, is asking that you please send in any boxtops you have now by Monday, September 26th.  She will get them submitted as soon as she can count them up.  Thanks for all your help in this fun and easy fundraiser.  And…thanks to Mrs. Hughes for taking on this project, year after year!  Now…go eat something, but be sure to cut the coupon off the boxtop before you throw the container away!!!

Big Fiesta Planned for Spanish Heritage Month

On Sunday, October 2nd, the school and parish will be hosting a very special event, which will involve educational displays, oral reports, music, entertainment, and of course…FOOD!  We hope you will plan to join in for this exciting event.  The “fiesta” will begin right after Spanish Mass, which is at 1:00 p.m.  If you haven’t attended our Spanish Mass, make it a goal.  It is a wonderful opportunity to worship our Lord in a warm and lively setting.  After Mass, head over to Caddell Hall for the celebration.  Learn about Spanish heritage from our students, and support our community by purchasing your delicious lunch from our devoted Hispanic community, who will be providing authentic cuisine.  See you there!

Are You Ready for a Picnic?

Have you marked your calendar yet?  The Divine Redeemer Catholic School Picnic will be held at Wannamaker County Park (Cottonwood Shelter) on Saturday, October 8th, from 11:00-3:30.  We hope to see you there!  Don’t forget to RSVP so we know how many people we need to feed!

Upcoming Events:

  • Grades 7 & 8 Retreat on Wednesday, September 28th, on campus.
  • Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Sunday, October 2nd.
  • Family Honor on Monday, October 3rd.
  • All-School Rosary after Mass on Wednesday, October 5th, in the grotto.
  • Columbus Day – Monday October 10th – No School!!!
  • Barrier Island Camp for grades 5-8 on October 10-12.
  • School Advisory Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 12th @ 6:00 in room 5.

Watch for It!

The following are a list of things to watch for today in this packet:

  • Survey for revision of Mission Statement (English and Español)

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