As we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension on Sunday morning, Catholics were reminded that before Jesus ascended into Heaven, he visited the apostles and made a promise that he would always be with us. I am reminded of that promise every day in my duties as principal at Star of the Sea. Jesus’ goodness shines through in the smiles of our students and even in their tears. He is present when they show me their ability to persist through the issues we have dealt with this school year. He is present when they follow directions, when they perform acts of service and when they resolve conflicts. He is present when they raise their voices in song at graduation mass and even when they are telling me that they are having a hard day. Throughout it all, we have been there for each other this year.
Summer is fast approaching. The students are already talking about upcoming adventures: hiking, biking, traveling, and summer camps. It is a great time for them to try a new sport, develop a new hobby and meet new friends. Summer days are long, so there is more time to read and maintain math skills that sometimes regress over the summer. Even though the excitement of vacation is in the air, we still have a full week of school ahead.
Monday is a 2:30 dismissal. Tuesday is our last full day of school, with Wednesday and Thursday being 12:30 dismissals and Friday, 10:30. The students are still in uniform on Monday and Tuesday and should dress nicely on the final day of school for our prayer service and awards ceremony in the church.
Our final graduation ceremony took place last Friday. Congratulations and good luck to the Class of 2019. Thank you to Mrs. Dharmer and Mr. Gresens for helping to put together a memorable ceremony.
My final words to our graduates, and to all of our students, come from author and weekly Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, “Keep your faith. If you lose it, get it back. It is the thing you will need most, the thing without which nothing is real. Everything good in your life will spring from it.”
Have a great summer and God bless,
Mr. David Gallagher