This Week's Newsletter
September 21st, 2018
Dear St. Finn Barr Parents,
The first month of a new school year always offers something truly special. There’s an air of excitement when the bell rings at the beginning of the day, a buzz as students settle into the routine and teachers put their new strategies to work. From kindergarten to eighth grade, students are engaged and enthusiastic about the new concepts presented to them as they learn more about each other and the teacher they work with.
As the interim principal of the school, I have a unique opportunity to step into each classroom and witness this joy and enthusiasm on a daily basis. As I witness this joy and the support and encouragement that accompanies it, I’m especially amazed at how much growth has occurred in just the first few weeks of school. Wow! Gone are the jitters of the first days of school; they’ve been replaced with giggles, cheering, and engaged discussions in the classroom.
I spoke with the middle school parents at Back to School Night and would like to share this message with each and every one of you reading this letter. The teachers and staff at St. Finn Barr do not take our job lightly, nor do we forget the awesome task at hand of teaching your children. We are here to help our students along their journey in becoming critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and compassionate children of God. We are excited to partner with you to help each and every student reach their goals, and we are so grateful you chose our school because we consider it a true honor and blessing to teach your children.
IN THE NEWS
Traffic Safety: A special thanks to everyone who is helping us keep the children safe by driving east down Hearst Avenue and pulling into the white loading zone. Please remember to drop off/pick up students only on that side of Hearst Ave. It is dangerous to drop off your child across the street or on Edna St. and have them walk across street. Thanks for your cooperation as we work together for the safety of your children.
Kindergarten Tours have officially begun. This is a very exciting season for our whole community as we welcome new faces to our campus and share all of the wonderful things our teachers and students work on throughout the year. Thank you to each and everyone of you for sharing with family, friends, and neighbors your experience at our school and your continued support in getting our name out! You are the core of our amazing community, and it is a privilege to introduce others to our school through these tours.
SFB Festival is right around the corner! This is our biggest event of the year and we encourage you to invite family and friends. The parish and school plan this annual event; it is always a joy to see our community enjoy the music, live entertainment, international foods, and carnival-like games and activities. This year the festival will be held on Saturday, September 29th.
10:00am - 11:00am Family Mass at St. Finn Barr Church
11:00 - 5:00pm Festival on the school yard and in Goode Hall
Blessing of the Animals will take place on October 4th at 7:55am. This is a special tradition in our school when we honor the patron saint of our city, St. Francis, with the Blessing of the Animals. Family members are welcome to bring contained or leashed pets for morning assembly to be blessed by Deacon Willie of St. Finn Barr parish. Students are also welcome to bring a stuffed animal or photo of a beloved pet as well. We ask that all live pets stay on the perimeter of the school yard and go home with parents after the assembly.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held during the first trimester progress report period from October 15th-October 19th. This is an excellent opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss their progress and to create goals they can pursue through the course of the year. La Chon sent out a SignUpGenius earlier this week so you can choose the time slot to meet with your child’s teacher. SignUpGenius will close on October 4th.
Our School Walk-a-Thon is scheduled for Saturday, November 10th at Archbishop Riordan Track. The event will begin at 9:00am and end at 1:00pm. This event will support our ever-expanding tech program. Families are asked to raise about $125 in pledge donations. There will be an online SignUpGenius for volunteering and donations. There will be prizes for laps walked and funds raised by participants!
SAVE THE DATE
9.24 Minimum Day 12:30 Dismissal
9.29 St. Finn Barr Festival (10am Mass, 11am-5pm Festival)
10.01 Shamrock Spirit Day and Fall Sports Pep Rally @ 1:00pm in the school yard
10.04 Blessing of the Animals @ 7:55am in the school yard
10.15 Parent-Teacher Conference Week (12:30pm Dismissal Mon-Fri)
10.25 School Picture Day