It was an emotionally moving morning. At 10:00 a.m., our Middle School students and faculty gathered on the athletic field for seventeen minutes in a circle. Fourteen students and three faculty members formed an inner circle, and each read a short biography of a student or faculty member who lost his or her life one month ago in Parkland, Florida, due to gun violence. Many of the students targeted at that Florida high school were fourteen at the time. Lighted votive candles for each of the seventeen students and teachers were arranged in a circle with a white carnation beside it. We prayed together and then quietly returned to the daily routine. There were hugs and some tears, as would be expected. Sadly, it was a reminder of the world we live in and innocence that is lost much too soon. Yet, as I stood in the circle with our precious students and faculty, I was struck by the compassion, love, and care that flowed among us. The circles got smaller as we moved closer together.
When I speak with prospective parents, I share with them how special this school is, and I often say that our kids are normal kids. In reality, however, our students are anything but normal. Why is that? Because they know how to be kind and because they love their classmates. All of them. In spite of differences they may occasionally have, our students would do just about anything to help a friend or member of our student community. Compassion runs deep, so when one member suffers, we all suffer. I have seen students come to talk with a teacher, an administrator, our nurse, or our chaplain because they are worried about a friend. In that same vein, adults in the community will approach a student that may seem sad, too quiet, or alone. The kindness and compassion I see every day make a difference. Every child is noticed, and rarely does someone slip below the radar. All of this contributes to making this a place where students feel comfortable, cared for, and safe. Perhaps it is why there are so many tears when we say our goodbyes at the end of each year.
Today, we remembered the fourteen young lives that ended too soon. Today, we remembered the adults who stood beside them and in front of them because they cared. Today, we were reminded that having the courage to be kind, to care, and to reach out to one another gives us all strength and makes the burdens we might carry a little bit lighter. This is just one of many reasons why St. Michael’s is special. Here in our community, we care.
Head of School
The eighth grade project for the Art Expo is a beautiful quilt. The squares are being made by the kids, but we are looking for some guidance on how to put it all together. If you would be willing to help, please contact Susie Huerta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you know, our children enjoy playground time during the lunch hour. We are in need of a few more parent-volunteers to assist our hired monitor, Jodi, in watching the kids play. Playground volunteering is a lot of fun and a great way to interact with your kids and their friends. If you are interested, please email Alisa Reed at email@example.com.
On Saturday, March 17, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Bernard Siquieros, Education Curator and Acting Administrator for the Cultural Center & Museum of the Tohono O’odham Nation, Topawa, Baboquivari District, will share photos, personal insights, and lived knowledge about Tohono O’odham culture and history. Expect gentle humor, long perspectives, and historic photos.
9 a.m. coffee, conversation. 9:25 introductions, presentation, and discussion.
The event takes place in the Smith Parish Center.
Gentle reminder — Tucson lives, works, plays, and worships on traditional lands of the Tohono O’odham. We thank them for welcoming those who arrived later, and for what they teach us about living as desert peoples, in harmony with the land and all its dwellers.
Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors will meet in the Smith Parish Center this Friday, March 16, from 3:10 – 4:30 p.m.
We had a very successful Math-a-thon this year. Thank you to everyone who donated and supported our technology program.
Thank you to the teachers for administering the tests, and in some cases grading them too. Special thanks to Ms. Hart, Ms. Hayward, and Mrs. Breault for allowing their hair to be colored!
Thank you also to Kristen Greenwood, Susie Huerta, Breanne Tirrito, Stephanie Lui, Julia Rebert, Shannon and Jen Thorn, Marsha VanDalen and Cathryn Rose.
Finally, thank you to the students for all their hard work and for raising so much money!
–Dina and Joe Corrado, Math-a-thon Co-chairs
Guatemala Project Prospective Team & Delegation Meeting:
Sunday, March 18, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
First Christian Church, Parlor
740 E. Speedway
Enter: Patio entrance doors on Speedway, closest to Euclid. Parlor will then be to the left of the patio.
Parking: Church parking lot is unrestricted on Sundays, except for special needs marked spaces.
Light refreshments. All welcome.
Thanks to First Christian for making their lovely and welcoming parlor available.
Reminder: Protect everyone’s health. First Christian Church is an alcohol, smoke and weapon free facility.
For further information: 623-3063, firstname.lastname@example.org
Because we did such a wonderful job in our Math-A-Thon, there will be a relaxed dress day this Friday, March 9th. There will also be an Eegee’s party in front of the office after school. Make sure your students come by and get a free frozen treat!
Great job on this fundraiser!
Thank you to all who made it out to Coffee Corner this past Friday. And a big thank-you to DSA Travel for sponsoring the event!
Our annual Book Fair is in full swing. If you haven’t had an opportunity, please stop by. The hours are as follows:
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 pm
Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 pm
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm
We hope to see you there!