Letter to Parents from Mrs. Freebes

Jan. 2, 2022

Good afternoon, 

May the Peace of Christ be with you.

As you know, Omicron seems to have a life of its own. Keeping that in mind our school community will try its best to protect our students, teachers, and staff to the best of their ability.

Please do not send your child to school, tomorrow, Jan. 3rd, 2022, if they are sick in any way including: runny nose, cough, sore throat, headache, earache or stomach ache.  If your child or family member was exposed to anyone with COVID, do not send your child to school or if your child or family member is waiting a COVID test result as well.

Tomorrow, school will end at 3PM and there will not be any Afterschool Program because our classes can’t be combined due to COVID. 

If there are many cases of COVID in our school community, we may return to remote learning for a few days until Omicron subsides. 

Children will have temperature checks as they enter school tomorrow. If any student has a temperature, he/ she will be sent home immediately. Please do not forget to fill out the health screening paper for your child/children.

 With all this in mind, we will be opened until 3PM tomorrow.  Let us pray together for an end to COVID and in thanksgiving for all the gifts we have been given on the feast of the Three Kings.

God bless you,

Mrs. Freebes

Christmas Letter from Dr. Chadzutko

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Christmas 2021

Dear Families,

The Advent season has been filled with joyful anticipation for the birth of Christ. We wait each week and watch as the Advent candles glow, increasing in light as we approach Christmas. Lights play a significant role in our celebration of both the Advent season and our preparations for Christmas. Each year, I would spend an often-cold Saturday with my children preparing the outside of our home with Christmas lights. In the days of old Christmas lights, we would take time to check each string of lights to make sure each bulb worked, meticulously changing the bulbs that had gone out. At the end of the day, the kids were always excited to see the finished illuminated product and even as adults, there is something almost magical about the lights of Christmas. 

Our hearts during the Christmas season are like the Christmas lights of the past. It is not enough to simply turn on the lights in celebration. We must take the time to tend to our hearts and prepare them for Jesus. As one would untangle strings of lights and check for missing bulbs, I encourage you to look within your heart to see where the light of Christ may be hindered. Do we hold burdens and anger within our hearts? Are there unresolved conflicts or distractions that dim our light? These are questions that are not just for our adult hearts but also the hearts of our children. During Advent, spend time in prayer with your children and model ways in which we can search our hearts and ask for God’s intercession in areas of need. 

The Christmas season is an opportunity for families to come together and share the light of Christ. As a family, take time to consider ways to open your hearts to the greatest possible light. Just as Jesus is our light, we must be a light for others. Teaching this to our children through our words and our actions is tremendously important. These practices of being the light to others especially during the Christmas season is an opportunity for children to embrace these traditions into their adult lives. Volunteering, donating time and talent, and donating of material goods are just a few ways to guide children in being the light to others. Incorporating daily prayer and praying on behalf of others is also a wonderful way to kindle the light of Christmas.

Christmas lights are a wonderful symbol of the holiday season and provide a sense of magic for children and adults alike, but we must remember that they represent more than the secular celebration of the season. Christmas lights represent the light of Christ that shines within our hearts. Jesus is a light for all the world and the lights during Advent and Christmas are representations of the light in our world. It is a reminder that we can also be a light in the darkness just like Christ. I pray that this Advent and Christmas season is filled with opportunities for you to give and receive the light of Christ. May your Christmas be filled with the joy of the season as we celebrate the birth of the Messiah.

In Christ,

Thomas Chadzutko

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

Letter from Hour Children

 

 

Dear Saints Joachim and Anne School Family,

On behalf of the women, children and families that Hour Children serves and benefit from your generosity, thank you! You have made a gift that truly makes a difference.

Thank you for your support of our mission.

– From everyone at Hour Children

Thanksgiving Greetings to Parents/Guardians from the Superintendent of Schools

Dear Families,

The end of October and beginning of November is often the start of the “holiday season.” For many parents, this is a time of tremendous stress, as you scramble to complete Halloween activities, prepare for family gatherings, and squirrel away the coveted Christmas gifts. This time of year, can be very secular in nature and while that should not be the focus, it is difficult to avoid getting caught up in the frenzy of toy lists and Instagram expectations. 

The month of November provides us two focal points to center ourselves in gratitude, All Saints Day and Thanksgiving. We begin the month with All Saints Day on November 1st.  During this celebration, the Catholic Church recognizes the saints who have come before us, as well as the saints who are not yet known to us.  All Saints Day is a multi-faceted opportunity to share stories of the saints with your child, but also to remind them about the humanity of the saints. The saints are often viewed as holy, almost to the point of being inaccessible. 

One of the greatest lessons we can learn from the saints is that they were ordinary people who were blessed with extraordinary faith. Children can see this in the actions of Blessed Carlos. While he has not yet achieved sainthood, his actions remind us that anyone can be blessed along the path to sainthood and a relationship with God should be our constant goal. By studying the saints, we remind our children to be grateful for all the individuals who provide us with the example of living our faith. I encourage you to take time this month and read about the saints with your child. A short passage can be coupled with a discussion for even the youngest learners. How did this saint show their faith? How did this saint show gratitude? What can this saint teach us about living a faithful life?

The conversation of faith and the saints can be a continuous reminder through the month of November about the practice of gratitude leading to the celebration of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is often watered down to a single day or less and rarely encompasses a true sense of gratitude. In the wake of a long-term pandemic, there is a great sense of fatigue and despair in the world. Our faith reminds us that God’s presence in all things provides us strength and hope if we seek it. Activities such as offering a family prayer of gratitude each day or creating a “gratitude tree” throughout the month of November provide the opportunity for families to share in the daily expression of gratitude. In doing this, you are modeling a positive approach to seeing the world as well as cultivating a relationship with God that is built upon the understanding that He is the provider of all our needs.

In this season of gratitude, I pause and consider the importance of the families that create our school communities. Your commitment to the faith and educating your child in a faith-filled environment is vital to the sustainability of schools and parishes. It is through the parents and families that children embark on a rich and vibrant faith journey. I thank you for your continued presence in our school communities, understanding the choices and sacrifices that are made to partake in a Catholic education.

May you and your family enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving, filled with the abundance provided from our Creator. Take the time to reflect on the greatest blessings of children, family, and friends.

In Christ,

Thomas Chadzutko

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

R. C. Diocese of Brooklyn

 

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