Week Six was a celebratory one with the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assissi, Our Paul Effman Concert Band Music Lessons, our Parent Information Night, and our first PTO Meeting of the school year Tuesday evening The autumn season has arrived and our school is being transformed by our PTO Gardening Club!
Week Five was a celebratory one with many birthdays and our classroom blessing ceremonies with Reverend Father Francis “Frank” O’Loughlin of The Church of Jesus Saviour in Newport, RI. We are very thankful to have our school’s teachers and students blessed to mark our new school year together.
We look forward with much enthusiasm to welcoming everyone on Tuesday, August 30th. For 50 years, All Saints Academy has served the Providence Catholic Diocese, its learners, and their families with a deep commitment to our mission as a school of faith and excellence. I want to thank every member of our school community for the warm welcome I have received as I begin my first year as your school leader. As a military veteran, I welcome and support our military families and their children. With decades of experience as an elementary, middle school, and resource teacher as well as a social worker and in various educational support roles, I have made a career of helping students and families to flourish, and vow to continue this mission as your principal.
Thank you, for each day that you supported your learner in being prepared for school, and for choosing our wonderful faith community for your child’s education journey. Our prayers and good wishes go to all who are traveling on, and to all who will rejoin us next year. each child is a blessing from God, and it has been our privilege to guide your students.
Our June value of the month is Faithfulness. This is a wonderful value to contemplate as we end this year of learning together. Our students are encouraged daily to be faithful to themselves in developing their talents and abilities. They are reminded to be faithful in showing respect and compassion for others. And they are directed to be faithful in believing that their positivity will make the world a better place for all.
This update comes to you earlier this week, as I will be in North Carolina for the remainder of this week with my Army daughter over Memorial Day weekend. Rest assured, the coming events are in superior hands, starting with Mrs. Villareal hosting the Band Concert today at 1pm for band parents and band siblings only.
A whiteboard is traveling from classroom to classroom as I write this update, with a message one of our Kindergarten students wanted the world to know. Everybody be Happy! All of us are signing it, as a commitment to act with justice towards others. This is a great example of the spirit of our All Saints school community. We hear and support the wisdom of our students!
These weeks of May a decade of the Rosary is included in our morning prayers. The students are encouraged to act with respect and justice towards their classmates and teachers. They are encouraged to include others in play, to help others whom they can assist, and to think kindly of others when they make friends.
The return week from our Easter vacation has been full of happy rejoining classes and interesting learning! We are reminded in daily prayer to believe that God is guiding us through our lives, and that our faith can be as strong as that of the Risen Jesus’. In these coming thirty-one days together before our last school day on June 14, reach out to your family and community and treat everyone justly. Justice is our May value of the month.
On this Holy Thursday, we reflect on the journey we have made throughout these weeks of Lent. The times we did not think and act positively in our daily lives with ourselves and others are the poor choices that add to suffering in our world.
Today is Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent. Our students have enjoyed an exciting Spirit Week directed by the Student Council. In this value month of Compassion, our student Chaplains, Katie and Quebel, give their time to lead the school in daily prayer and reflection. Our Student Council representatives show good examples to their classmates and acknowledge their service to others with Respect Cards.
Today is Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent, and we are reminded to continue to pray, fast and give service to others. We can fast from violence and feast on kindness, charity and compassion. I am blessed with the generous spirit of your children to help when others are in need. Our All Saints community is alive with the spirit of giving!
April will be with us next Friday- do you laugh on April Fools Day? In the Catholic faith, one of the qualifications of sainthood is a sense of humor. Pope Francis has called joy and a sense of humor one of the signs of holiness. As we move through Lent, let us smile and laugh with our loved ones. There is nothing more wonderful than to hear the laughter of children!
The vernal equinox is ten days away- SPRING! We give thanks daily for the many blessings in our lives. Thank you, Parents, for the generous donations for our Ukraine drive, and special thanks to Tine Rustad and Tammy Fink for the hours spent in packing up the impressive collection and delivering it to Cardi’s this weekend! These actions are living our Faith- completing the corporal works of mercy to take care of each other in need.
The return to school after our February break was a busy one for our school community. The season of Lent before Easter began on Ash Wednesday with a wonderful Mass led by Fr. Codega. The homily Father shared enlightened all to rend our hearts open to give to others. Classes will be attending Mass and the Stations of the Cross during these coming weeks as part of their Lenten prayer. In our morning prayers, we are adding a Hail Mary to pray for peace in Ukraine. Our thoughts, words, and actions send out to the world powerful messages of love and compassion. Our children are ambassadors of this message.
This Sunday begins an annual week of showcasing the faith-filled quality instruction that is the hallmark of Catholic education. In deciding to become a member of our All Saints school community, you have provided your children with an excellent opportunity to achieve their life goals. Perhaps they will become-
In this month of peace, we continue to direct our prayers and efforts to thinking of others before our own needs, and each day brining joy through our words and actions. This week has been challenging in the number of our school community who are out due to either quarantine as a close contact, or who are experiencing symptoms themselves. At these challenging times, we are reminded how blessed our school community really is!