TO: School Families FR: Fr. James Meade DT: 10 July 2014 RE: School Enrichment Programs and Activities for 2014-2015
I hope God is blessing all of you with a rejuvenating summer! I wonder how your students’ Summer Assignment work is progressing. One student told me years ago that the last week of July was her favorite time in the summer because, “it is too late to actually learn anything from the Summer Assignments while it is yet too early to cram for their completion!” I still think those Summer assignments, when done bit by bit, are just enough to get the curious mind to keep thinking; moreover, we hope these assignments help our students in becoming responsible, self directed learners. I would even argue that such are the kids with whom it is easier to live in the summer, as they are not so dependent on parents and others for entertainment, or simple containment as the case might be!
One of the Summer Assignments of our Faculty is the review of education enhancing programs and activities. I was pleased with this past year’s Student of the Month and the Wrestling innovations. I believe that the people involved in the Scouting programs are doing the work of God on earth because there is no program that I know that gives so many learning, producing, cooperating, and leadership experiences at the youth’s personal pace as Scouting. We all have to be proud of Science Olympiad performances. It is my personal opinion that the parent coaches are striking a proper balance between every team member getting a chance to participate in sporting games while remaining students and participants with their families. Depending on undiscovered assets in our community, faculty members are on the look-out for other educational experiences that could release talents and open horizons for your children and their students.
Mrs. Laura Thorstadt and Mr. Rick Rupcich are working together on the school schedule and educational expectations which have to deal with the amount of time children and their families have to devote and invest in maturing experiences. Our school is so much more than high test scores because we think about the possibilities and challenges for our students’ success. We think you parents have some ideas about this.
Rick Rupcich has responded to my feeling that each family ought to have the experience of thinking about improvements for our programs and how they could happen. Starting July 14, Mr. Rupcich will collect your ideas which I hope you might get to him by 5 August. You may want to Email him, or you may more generously (but, I think more productively) phone him to schedule an appointment. Our School is a real community that depends and profits from the sacrifices and commitments which parents, faculty, students, and the larger parish make in providing at St. Patrick School the best learning environment available in this community, and one of the best in the nation. I want you to share your creative ideas with us.
Contact Mr. Rupcich by Email: email@example.com; by Telephone: 219-309-0443.
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