Weekly Email (May 21, ’18)

Dear Star Families,

I missed a prime opportunity on May 4, to share some Catholic humor as a mother of Star alumna who attended public high school. You see, my wedding anniversary date has now become known far and wide as Star Wars Day. On this day, everyone who is in the know greets others with a: May the Force (fourth, ha ha) be with you. So popular is this day, in fact, that my former students assumed Albert and I specifically picked May 4 as our wedding date because we are Star Wars fans.

Star Wars Day first came to my consciousness during my daughter’s first year at Lowell High School. She came home wearing a Star Wars T-shirt and announced, “So, now I know all the Catholics at Lowell.” As you can imagine, my immediate impulse was to ask, “What? How?”

So, she explained how she’d gone around school greeting people with a, “May the Force be with you.” She looked me squarely in the eye and related with all seriousness, “Mom, you know who the Catholics are when you say that because they always reply, ‘And also with you.’” It’s one of my most vivid memories of our numerous after school conversations. These days, I imagine the automatic response might be, “And with your spirit.”

The gospel this week is St. John’s version of Pentecost, how Jesus came through the locked doors and breathed the Holy Spirit into the apostles, saying, “Peace be with you.” The calming of the disciples’ anxiety in the form of the Spirit is the sort of peace that I have prayed for our Star family and continue to work toward this year.

There is the beginnings of a settling down that is happening here at school. It was felt at all of the Star activities I took part in this weekend: The 8th grade dance, the Teddy Bear picnic, and I also joined longtime parishioners during Star’s celebration of Flores de Mayo. It must be the comfort of continuing the familiar rhythm of the school year, the comforting cadence of saying the rosary, listening to the kids’ laughter in the halls and schoolyard, and greeting happy alumni as they come back to visit. Our earliest anxieties are starting to quiet as we make decisions that are best for our families. And while our graduates are on the cusp of saying goodbye, so many families remain, excited to welcome others into this beautiful space. As our most recent confirmandi know, our spiritual peace will continue to come as we exercise the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom. Understanding. Knowledge. Counsel. Courage. Reverence. Wonder and Awe.

It is with wonder and awe that I thank God for the blessings of you and your family. Everything you continue to do to strengthen the best of our school community does not go unnoticed. We at Star are so grateful for your dedication to the school, the children and our teachers.

This week, may peace be with you.

Mrs. Theresa Poon
Principal

Weekly Letter (May 14, ’18)

Dear Star Families,

It is Saturday and I am in the principal’s office writing this week’s letter. The sound of laughing children, the whir of the air filling the jumpy house, the hooting of horns and clanging of fire truck bells fill the air and has me reminiscing about all of the other Star festivals I’ve attended.

Though downsized since the time of warm October fall fests, there’s still a lot that is the same. The booths are still manned by parents cheering the kids on, the food, popcorn and corn dogs, are still readily consumed and the beer garden is still well attended. The Parent Club leaders continue to do amazing things using the plethora of stuff in the stockroom to create a carnival-like atmosphere.  I’m still impressed by the versatility of black and white striped cloth! The hula dancers still bring some Aloha to our little corner of San Francisco. The sight of all our volunteers who took time from their busy Friday and Mother’s Day weekend to help put on the event remains one of the most heartwarming aspects of Star’s Festival.

All of this we do because of tradition and the kids – from the youngest babies in strollers, to alumni now bringing their own children back to explore the trucks on 8th and every age in between – the smiles, the pleas for more tickets, the squeals of triumph when winning a game, it all sounds and feels the same.

Joy.

It is this innocent, fun-loving joy that we as parents – mothers more specifically – that we treasure and seek to preserve for our children. So, here’s to all the moms reading this on the day after the celebration of you. During May we celebrate our Blessed Mother, and through this celebration of Mary, we are reminded of the importance of our vocation as parents. I hope your Mother’s Day was one in which you felt the gratitude of your children for the unconditional love you give to your family. I hope that you were praised for the grace you give your child/ren even when they might not deserve it. I hope you were thanked for the belief and faith you have in your child/ren.  And I know your compassion and concern were recalled and reciprocated with love – all likely commemorated with artsy self-portraits, macaroni jewelry and a handwritten booklet of coupons for hugs and kisses.

We have a very busy week ahead for our 8th Graders (and their moms), so do take a look at the notes below.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the Spring Concert at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

In love and faith,

Mrs. Theresa Poon

Weekly Letter (May 07, ’18)

Dear Star Parents,

It is Teachers Appreciation Week. This week, we take some time to pay tribute to our hardworking, dedicated instructors who work tirelessly to help guide and promote the academic and spiritual growth of each child in their classrooms. Not only do Star’s faculty members teach and inspire our students, they do the same for one another and especially for me. My colleagues have been central to both my professional and personal growth and are among the chief reasons I stayed at Star for nearly 18 years. These men and women are among the most thoughtful, prayerful, loving, humorous, and intelligent co-workers with whom I have had the pleasure to work. It is with great pride that I have always spoken of my Star colleagues. And it is with great pride and joy that I welcome into the fold our most recent hires for Grades 3 and 8 (see below).

As we begin this very busy week, I have to give an advanced shout out to all of the parents volunteering to cover yard duty and for those planning the much-anticipated Friday teachers’ lunch. How wonderful it is to hear from so many parents who have had such wonderful things to tell me about our amazing instructors. While the teachers have asked to keep things simple this year, I know from experience that a handwritten card, or a thoughtful email, has always been a most cherished teacher gift. Such a sentiment would be very well received if you are wondering (and hopefully not stressing over!) what to give.

I also want to take this opportunity to give a very special, heartfelt thank you to Ms. Meghan Parent, and all of the volunteers on the Hospitality Committee. Each has given so generously of their time, talents and treasures this year to help put Star in her best light – from each of our fall Open Houses, to this week’s most anticipated Grandparents & VIP Day. I would not have been able to have managed all of this, or dealt with the initial jitters of talking to a room full of adults (and not just 5th/4th graders) without Ms. Parent’s assistance, pep-talks, and good cheer.

As I close this letter, I offer my deepest condolences to the Sellai family – and to all our Star family members who have lost a loved one this school year. It is truly a testament to the strength of our community that despite the many collective and personal hardships, we still continue to lean on and love one another.

I am so grateful to each of you for all that you do for Star and this school family. See you at the festival!

Have a wonderful and happy week,

Mrs. Theresa Poon
Principal

NEW TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ms. Michaela Ruiz, well known to our Kindergarten parents, will be our 3rd Grade teacher next year. Ms. Ruiz is graduating this month with an M.A. in Teaching and a California Credential from USF. She earned her B.A. in Sociology, Minoring in STEM Ed with an emphasis in Computer Science and Asia Pacific American Studies. She has recently been published with UCLA’s Amerasia for her work on Pacific Islander linguistic and cultural maintenance. This year, she has additionally acted as our substitute teacher covering just about every grade level (our not-so-secret way of putting her through the rigors of Star’s unique teaching practicum). It was a pleasure for me to observe Ms. Ruiz put into daily practice all that she’s learned at USF. But, as each teacher in the building knows, everything we ever really need to learn about running a classroom we learn teaching Kindergarten. Ms. Ruiz has truly earned her stripes under Mrs. Robinson’s tutelage, going solo with our youngest students for what will be a total of four weeks before the year’s end — a most daunting task even for this long-time educator! We are so pleased to officially welcome Ms. Ruiz onto the faculty.

We also welcome Ms. Debra Dharmer, our new 8th Grade teacher. She comes to us from Kittredge School where she has served as the 7th and 8th grade Literature and Language Arts teacher for 12 years and is well-versed in navigating San Francisco’s high school admission processes. She is a seasoned educator with a dual degree in History and English from SUNY Stony Brook and an MFA in Creative Writing from USF. Ms. Dharmer began her teaching career in high school at both public and charter schools in Massachusetts and in California, but serendipitously found her way to teaching middle schoolers, a population she finds engaging and inspiring. A crux of her teaching philosophy is that the teacher must take into account the mind as well as the heart of each student and seek to educate the whole child. Not only do we welcome Ms. Dharmer to our faculty, but she also recently joined our Catholic community. We are delighted that she has chosen to begin her career in Catholic education with us here at Star of the Sea.

Weekly Letter (Apr. 30 ’18)

Dear Parents,

Your decision about where your sons and daughters go to school is one of the most important that you will ever make and will often influence the decisions that they make later in life: choice of career, enduring friendships, pastimes, faith and worship practices and primary values. Therefore it deserves great attention and discernment on your part.

The intent of this week’s letter is to emphasize the value Catholic Liberal Education (CLE) can provide your child and to address the concerns that have been expressed to me from the various conversations that I have had with parents regarding a move to a liberal model. Many do not fully understand what exactly is meant by a Catholic Liberal Education and some, at this point, are not sure of its value.

More than simply preparing children for high school, college, and career, a liberal education focuses on developing a coherent vision of life by means of a curriculum rooted in truth, goodness and beauty. It has proven a most effective preparation for developing the practical skills and technical education so needed in today’s technological careers. Rather than educating for immediate test scores, it focuses on learning to think in in the broadest application for all disciplines. CLE develops in the child capacities of wonder and awe. In this way it fosters true creativity rather than mere productivity.

I would like to emphasize that as Star of the Sea moves forward into CLE, we will do it slowly and purposefully. There will be no changes in the core curriculum or textbooks during the 2018-19 school year. During this time our teachers and administrators will participate in CLE training beginning with my trip to Washington, D.C. in July. We will develop professional connections and relationships with other schools who have had success with CLE, particularly St. Theresa in Alhambra. We will form committees of parents, teachers, parishioners, clergy, and experts in CLE to study curriculum, pedagogy, and how to strategically market the school. We will conduct meetings and surveys to gain input from parents, answer their questions, and listen to their concerns.

The first meetings will be this week – and we do apologize for the short notice but we are keenly aware of the need for information and clarity –

Wednesday, May 2, for parents of kindergartners and first graders

Thursday, May 3, for parents of students in grades 2 and 3

Friday, May 4, for parents of students in Grades 4 and 5

Meetings will begin at 7pm on Wednesday and Thursday nights; on Friday the meeting will begin promptly at 6pm.  Childcare will be provided in the AV/Extended Care room on all three days.   Parents should gather in the techology lab on the second floor across from Mrs. Poon’s office.

Catholic elementary schools in San Francisco face the challenge of dwindling population year after year.  Each year there are closures.  If Star of the Sea is to remain viable for the foreseeable future, work must be done to update, invigorate and market our school every year.  Sometimes the emphasis is on marketing, sometimes on test results, sometimes on the WCEA/WASC evaluation.  This year it is on curriculum and through the Archdiocese, the suggestion of adopting a liberal curriculum will give Star of the Sea a unique spot on the spectrum of Catholic education; it is hoped to rally the community, inspire the faculty, and renew the school once again.  Looking at the satisfaction level associated with this model makes projection for Star of the Sea very positive.

In sum, we wish to support you in developing an understanding of the Catholic Liberal Education. Visit the websites of schools that currently use this model particularly St. Therese, Alhambra.  https://sainttheresecarmeliteschool.com/

Read the educational plan of St. Jerome’s Classical school, particularly the sections that apply to your son or daughter’s grade level where you will find concrete information on curriculum: kindergarten begins p. 23.  St. Jerome School Educational Plan

Every family is valued at Star of the Sea and it is difficult to see even one family leave. Studying the value of a move towards a new curriculum model is done solely with the interest of the Star community in mind. Under my leadership the faculty will continue to provide quality education in a community of care and love.

Yours in Christ,
                                            
David R. Gallagher

Weekly Letter (Apr 23 ’18)

Dear Star Families,

“The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.”

~ Stephen R. Covey, educator and author of, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Change.

Like it or not, change seems to be the theme of our 2017-18 school year. Despite all the crazy we’ve had to deal with these last 8 months, I’d like to believe that we have weathered, and continue to courageously face, all the bumpy, scary stuff by gathering a deeper understanding of who we are as a school community, identifying the best parts of who we are, and continuing to steadfastly hold onto what we value most.

No one has lived up to this belief of mine better than my colleagues who show up every day to hold my hand, pat my back, tell me jokes, and offer advice as I endeavor to serve you as principal. Star’s faculty and staff bring the best of themselves to their work, especially to the most precious part of our vocation: our kids. Though each of us have, and continue to weather our own personal challenges, as always, we lean on one another, giving each other the strength and support to continue doing what we value most as a faculty: ensuring our students’ growth in every aspect of their beings, their happiness, and their safety. This is what we make priority and hold most dear.

Our dedication to Star students will not waver even if within our ranks there is a changing of the guard. So, keeping all of this in mind, here’s the news you’ve been waiting to hear.

Our dedication to Star students will not waver even if within our ranks there is a changing of the guard. So, keeping all of this in mind, here’s the news you’ve been waiting to hear.

Star’s classroom teachers who will be returning next year are: Mrs. Mimi Robinson, Ms. Erin Scoblick, Ms. Cindy Conway, Ms. Rosie Dominguez, Ms. Jasmine Mosuela, Mr. Christopher Kaiser, Mr. Frank Chen, and Mrs. Maureen Lundy.

We are all excited for Mrs. Bianca Hill, who is on her way to achieving a longtime goal. She’ll be making the leap into high school to teach United States History. We are also very happy for Ms. Leila Stoner, who has decided to take a year’s leave to focus on being the best mom for her beautiful daughters. She has graciously offered to remain on our substitute teacher list next year and we, of course, have happily accepted.

Our Specials instructors (Library, P.E. etc.) and other hourly staff members (aides, extended care etc.) were given their offer of continuation of employment letters last week and have a few weeks to consider whether they will return. A full staff and faculty roster will be included in our end-of-year mailing.

Our search is underway for our new 8th grade, 6th grade and 3rd grade instructors. The candidates who we’ve already begun interviewing, and from whom we have received resumes, are veterans in education and have expressed excitement to join our team at Star. Mr. Gallagher, Mrs. Lundy, and I are hopeful that within the next few weeks we’ll be able to announce our new teacher hires.

I now hand off to both Ms. Stoner and Mrs. Hill to finish off this week’s letter:

Dear Star Community,

I am writing to let you know that I will not return to teach at Star next year because I have accepted a position to teach United States history at the high school level. I have always envisioned teaching at the secondary level and after ten years at Star, I am ready for new challenges and opportunities for growth. I am so very grateful for all the support and encouragement that you have given me over the years; teaching your children has been one of the greatest gifts in my life. I love Star, I will always feel connected to this community, and I am confident that Star will continue to thrive in the coming years.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Bianca Hill

~ ★ ~

Star Community,

I am writing to let you know that my family and I have made the decision that I will not return to teach full-time at Star next year, but will be taking a year to focus on my family.  This was a hard decision, but the the best one for our family’s needs right now. I want to make it very clear that even with all the changes over the past year there is still no place I’d rather work than Star of the Sea.  If I could keep my 3rd grade teaching role forever, I would! I know the students and families will be in great hands next year and I hope to be present in a different capacity to help wherever I can. Star is a family, and I am proud to be a part of it.  Thanks for all your love and support over the years. See you in the halls! 😉

Love,
Ms. Leila Stoner

~ ★ ~

It is with big hugs and many well wishes to both Mrs. Hill and Ms. Stoner that I sign off this week.

I want to additionally thank you, each and everyone, for all that you do to make Star a place we will always consider home.

In faith, love, and partnership,

Mrs. Theresa Poon
Principal

Weekly Letter (Apr 16, ’18)

“My job is not so much to teach my students what they have to learn, but to teach my students how to learn and tolove doing it..”
– Mrs. Poon to 5th grade parents at Back to School Night, annually

Dear Star Families,

I am overjoyed that Mr. Gallagher is Star’s new principal. Having worked with him for nearly two decades, I am confident in his ability to lead Star as the Catholic Liberal Education (CLE) model is investigated.

This letter is jointly written by Mr. Gallagher and myself and is meant to inform you of our current professional understanding of the methodology and why putting a name to the work we do in educating your children is an idea we both welcome and embrace.

While Star’s faculty is excited about the possibilities of this new model, we do share your questions. As lifelong learners, we must find our answers before moving forward. We assure you that School Year 2018-19 will not see any significant curricular changes. During this time, a focus group will consider the model’s viability in our school. A curriculum adoption plan will be carefully developed and firmly established before any implementation will occur.

Currently, we know that CLE is neither Catholic indoctrination nor is it exclusively for Catholics. At our school, faith has always been an invitation, never an imposition. This has always been and will always be true. We also know that CLE means: Catholic Liberal Arts Education. Such a model has the potential to give Star’s faculty the vital instructional tools and support to help us more effectively fulfill our mission of “helping children develop their God-given potential in order to lead them to Christ.”

As educators, we recognize the pedagogical tenets in CLE. The instructional methods are ones we already use but, admittedly, not to their fullest potential. At its foundation, CLE’s goal is to develop in students those abilities that will more deeply establish the habits of lifelong learning. This is one of our primary goals but is only one part of our mission here at Star.

The CLE model, in our view, gives our faculty professional recognition as Catholic educators who teach through the lens of our faith. Star’s administrative team is committed to hiring professional instructors of the highest caliber. The commitment and support from Fr. Joseph and the Archdiocese mean regular professional training which further strengthens our work as faith-based educators. The result will be the sort of instruction that cultivates not only active lifelong learners who meet high academic standards but also ones able to face the future with a deeper sense of their spiritual and moral selves.

Further, the CLE model validates our current teaching methods, which include most of the educational buzzwords.  Our current academic and spiritual “baseline,” as recognized through our 6-years WCEA accreditationStar Renaissance Testing Scores, and ACRE test results, when informed and enhanced with dedicated professional development training can only serve to improve our work as your children’s instructors.

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With love, faith and hope,

Mrs. Theresa Poon & Mr. Dave Gallagher

Weekly Letter (Apr 9, ’18)

Dear Parents and Students,

We at Star understand how difficult it is to keep up with how our children use new and ever- changing technologies. Our children are immersed in a society that seems to have become dependent on powerful computers, including iPhones, gaming stations, tablets, and other portable digital devices. Children as young as elementary students are extremely savvy in the use of technology. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Internet is now the favored forum for socializing, and the preferred method of communication among children and teens.

Students communicate with each other via text, and on the Web through text, IM, email, chatrooms, blogs, and other social networking sites. The addition of social networking apps make it very easy for children to post personal information about themselves including their name, age and photograph, their likes, dislikes, interests and friends. It is a common and disturbing reality that while students would not share this information with a stranger on the street, they somehow feel comfortable when sharing such information on the Web for everyone to see. These networking sites and apps also provide features such as instant messaging and email so that visitors, and strangers included, can communicate and have a direct discussion with your child.

Star of the Sea School uses the GoogleApps suite for education and other safety features implemented by the Tech Committee to restrict access to these websites and apps in school. With the safety of our students foremost in mind, we strongly recommend that parents limit and monitor their children’s Internet use and screen time at home. We also encourage parents to learn about Internet safety and to play an active role in discussing the issue with their children. Please remind your children that posting pictures, videos or comments about another person on line without their consent can be construed as harassment according to Archdiocesan and school guidelines and in some cases may also lead to legal problems.

Through lessons provided by classroom teachers, and the Technology and Cyberbully Prevention programs we have through the Archdiocese, we do our best to provide Star of the Sea students with the awareness and knowledge they need in order to recognize and avoid dangerous, destructive, or unlawful behavior and to respond appropriately. It is, However, only through a collaborative effort between parents and teachers that we will succeed in creating responsible and safe cyber citizens.

Oh, and by the way, 5th grade families: Yay, Family Life!

Welcome Back

Mrs. Theresa Poon
Principal

Weekly Letter (Feb 20 ’18)

Dear Star Families,

Last week, we celebrated St. Valentine’s Day on Tuesdaywith red hearts and candy and received our cross of ashes during Star’s Ash Wednesday School Mass prepared by Fr. Joseph and the 5th Grade. Some of our classes received the Sacrament of Reconciliation and attended Friday Stations of the Cross with Fr. John. As we began our solemn observation of our Lenten season, there was another tragic school shooting. The teachers and staff here at Star of the Sea were shaken by this news and our hearts go out to the students, families, and educators who were directly affected.

Even before this tragic event, due to the recent earthquake, fires, and what seemed to be an early rainy season, the faculty and I have been revisiting all of our safety procedures and updating all of our first aid and emergency kits. The school protocol for responding to emergencies, like an earthquake, has been long established as has our lockdown drill.

While we regularly practice our emergency drills with the students, we have not discussed the details of the lockdown protocols with them. We believe it is more developmentally appropriate for us to focus on preparing the adults to respond effectively if faced with a crisis. The faculty will be working with SFPD in March to ensure our current lockdown procedures are as safe and effective as they can possibly be. Once we review our protocol with SFPD, we will then practice the lockdown procedure with the students. This needs to be done with care since I am fully aware that just practicing this sort of protocol can be really scary.

Last week, while we prayed and offered a moment of silence for victims and their families, we did not formally discuss the tragedy with the children. We were, however, prepared to discuss and provide any needed support, particularly for our older students. The links below provide some valuable advice as you consider discussing the Parkland tragedy with your child(ren).

For families observing the Season of Lent, here are some helpful resources: http://www.catholicfamilyfaith.org/lent.html.

Star’s own Lenten services schedule may be found here.

Let’s all give our kids some extra hugs this week,

Mrs. Theresa Poon
Principal

Weekly Letter (Feb 12, ’18)

Dear Parents and Students,

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the liturgical season of Lent. The entire student body will attend Mass at 9 a.m. with Father Joseph celebrating. The Lenten season is a time when many Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.

Many of us see this as a time to get ready to celebrate Easter. In a sense it is the preparation period for us. And just like we prepare to have visitors in our home, we want to be ready to celebrate and share in the resurrection of Jesus. I would encourage you and the kids to both give up something (bye-bye internet after 9 p.m.) and take up something (hello expanded prayer life).

During Lent the students in grades 4 – 8 make a practice of attending Stations of the Cross. This is a way to remember and reflect on the trials and tribulations of Jesus. This year we will be attending Stations every Friday in the church, either at 1:30 on our class Mass days or 1:15 when the whole school attends Mass. Please feel free to join us if you can.

Mrs. Theresa Poon
Principal

Weekly Letter (Feb 5, ’18)

Dear Star Family,

And just like that, January breezed by, making way for lots of February fun and, hopefully, continuing warm, sunny days!

With the end of our Catholic Schools Week celebration, I want to express my continued appreciation for the sacrifices you make to send your children to Star of the Sea. We are so blessed to have your family as part of our ever-growing and evolving parish school community. Our students are a constant bright light in a rapidly moving and complicated world.

We have had a great time celebrating Catholic Schools Week, with dress-up days, learning about our class’s chosen saint and our culminating annual class olympics last Thursday. It was the one day I was sad not to be in possession of a rainbow tie-dye T-shirt to cheer on all the teams, but our ever enthusiastic Tech/Science teacher and Student Council Supervisor, Mr. Christopher Kaiser, more than made up for my lack of appropriate rainbow attire. My thanks to him and our hardworking student council for planning an active and fun-filled week.

With Kindergarten acceptances being sent out this week and the completion of our 8th graders’ high school application process, we now return our focus on refining the inner workings of what makes Star an awesome place to learn.

We begin the month with another round of STAR Renaissance testing to help inform our teachers about student progress. The ACRE test, too, will be administered to our 5th and 8th graders. The ACRE helps us Catholic school educators assess the strengths and challenges of our catechetical programs.

Teachers are incorporating the celebration of African American History Month into our curriculum, some are going on various educational field trips. Robotics will soon be part of our tech classes which have also been working on coding and keyboarding. Students will.continue to be involved in project-based learning and STEM work with our upcoming science fair and a number of in-class projects from developing group videos about the quadratic equation for our 8th graders to the Mission Project in Grade 4.

Last, but certainly not least, I would be remiss if I failed to effusively thank our enthusiastic Campus Enhancement Committee led by Mr. Terry Trevino and our ever-vigilant Tech Committee being led by Mr. Owen Tran. It is through their tireless work in partnering with the parish staff that we are able to maintain the best possible physical environment we can possibly provide for our kids and staff.

The new fountains project is underway, with the 1st grade/Kindergarten fountain already placed thanks to Mr. Jim McCarthy, dad of two star students, and one graduate now at Sacred Heart. Our heating system is back up to speed and may soon be automated. Our hallways are getting cleaned up and I am working on updating our emergency procedures and upgrading and replenishing our emergency supplies.

The spring-like weather brings me great joy and I am so happy for the blessing of having all of you with whom to share in this sacred work of educating our children. Thank you for all that you do. Oh, and don’t forget to buy your Crab Feed tickets. I can’t wait to see you all there!

In partnership,

Mrs. Theresa Poon
Principal