This Week's Newsletter
May 18, 2018
Dear St. Finn Barr Families,
It’s hard to believe we are already wrapping up the 2017-2018 school year. It certainly has been a year of great learning and excitement!
As Mrs. Mortonson mentioned in her last newsletter, Father McCain, Mrs. O’Reilly, Ms. Bruno, and I will work together to fill in as Mrs. Mortonson spends time with her son and family. Beginning in August, I will act as interim administrator and Sr. Pauline Borghello as interim consultant. Ms. JaNeka Jackson will take on the role of Middle School Social Studies Teacher until Mrs. Mortonson returns. Ms. Jackson has subbed with us throughout the school year, and the students know her well. She is a graduate of Southern University and A&M College where she received a bachelor's degree in Child Development and Education. She returned to the Bay Area where she taught grades 2nd - 10th and specialized in Special Education. We are so grateful she is joining us in the fall. With an Archdiocesan background, she has found it to be a very easy adjustment. She’s excited to be with us during this time, and we are just as excited to welcome her!
While Mrs. Mortonson prepares for a new chapter in her life, two of our teachers are off to exciting new adventures as well. After six years at St. Finn Barr and having recently completed his Masters program at the University of San Francisco’s School of Education, Mr. Poland is returning to his hometown of Portland, Oregon where he plans to continue teaching. He has ensured us that he will take every opportunity he has to visit San Francisco and will always consider St. Finn Barr his home. We are very excited for him and send him warm wishes as he embarks on new opportunities in his teaching career.
As Ms. Bouvet enters her eleventh year in education, she has decided to move to Lake Tahoe. While she will not be on campus, she will remain as a fixture at St. Finn Barr in a new capacity. Her role will allow her to work with our new first and middle school language arts teachers as they make their transition into the community. She will also continue to focus on the literacy needs of SFB as a whole. Although she will not be on site full time, she will visit periodically and still remain engaged in the reading and writing programs as they continue to grow.
While we say goodbye and send our well wishes with Ms. Bouvet and Mr. Poland, we are thrilled to welcome Mrs. Alice Lawrie as the first grade teacher and Ms. Caroline Shimeld as the Language Arts teacher. Mrs. Lawrie is a native San Franciscan who attended San Francisco Catholic schools through high school. She received her BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University. Her sons also attended San Francisco Catholic schools where she spent many years volunteering. She worked for organizations whose mission was to benefit others. She spent 13 years as Development Director for St. Gabriel School before deciding to return to school to get her teaching credential. She is looking forward to teaching 1st grade at St. Finn Barr, and we are delighted to welcome her!
Meanwhile, Ms. Shimeld currently teaches Humanities (English and History) at Main Street Scholars Day School while attending University of San Francisco. At USF, she is working towards a Teaching Credential in English and a Masters in Teaching and will finish her program in May 2019. Her current work and school program emphasize the importance of differentiating instruction to meet students' individual needs, which is a big part of her teaching pedagogy and one of the many reasons why we are excited to welcome her. Literature is her passion, and she looks forward to a year full of fun and learning with the students of St. Finn Barr. We are eager to welcome her to our middle school team and SFB community!
We have much to be grateful for and celebrate in our community as we welcome all of these exciting new changes. We appreciate continued prayers for Mrs. Mortonson as she awaits the arrival of her son, our teachers who are leaving, and our teachers we look forward to welcoming. We also wish you the most wonderful summer. I pray it will be a wonderful time and you make meaningful memories along the way!
In the News
Teacher Appreciation Week
On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, I would like to extend a huge thank you for your very thoughtful and generous breakfasts, treats, lunch, and more. We are truly blessed to work with such a caring group of parents and caregivers, and we all felt very appreciated. Thank you!
What an awesome and talented group of students we have! It was so fun to see many of our students brave the stage to display their talents through singing, dancing, playing the piano, and beatboxing! Our students brought so much joy to Goode Hall last Friday night, and I know I was not the only one amazed by how talented our community is.
Shamrock Gazette & Adult Leadership
We are actively seeking a new adult leader to meet with the students every other week to continue this wonderful tradition. If you are interested, please call or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Space Day - May 23rd
We are pleased to announce that Former astronaut and International Space Station Commander Leroy Chiao (http://www.leroychiao.com/) is coming to St. Finn Barr to meet our students! We are celebrating the occasion by making this “Space Day” on campus, with students in all grade levels exploring space themes in anticipation of his visit. Parents & guests are welcome to join the assembly in Goode Hall on Wednesday, May 23rd at 10:45am.
Recruiting Yearbook Committee Members
Gina Bruno is actively recruiting new parent volunteers for the yearbook committee. This group works together throughout the year (with most work completed on their own time) to produce our beautiful documentation of each school year. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help, please email Ms. Bruno at email@example.com.
SAVE THE DATE
Tues 5.22 Shakespeare Performance Grades 6/7 @ 115pm
Wed 5.23 SPACE DAY! Assembly with Astronaut Leroy Chiao, PhD @ 1045am
Fri 5.25 8th Grade Confirmation @ 6pm in St. Finn Barr Church
Mon 5.28 No School – Memorial Day
Tues 5.29 7th Grade High School Information Night (Parents Only)
Thurs 5.31 8th Grade Graduation
Mon 6.4 End of Year Class Parties
Wed 6.6 Kindergarten Graduation @ 10am
Thurs 6.7 Last day of school – No extended care