Weekly Letter (Nov 24, 2014)

Dear Parents and Students,

Every teacher knows that each month has a theme; this is how we decorate our bulletin boards and plan some of our fun academic activities. Lately I have been thinking that November has not several themes but one major theme … remembering.

The month actually begins with a preview. Just as January is previewed on New Year’s Eve; November is previewed by Hallowe’en, or All Hallows Eve. This ancient Irish Druid festival was changed to a Christian Holy Day called All Saints’ Day followed by All Souls’ Day. On these two days we remember all who have gone on before us; the saints recognized by the Church and those who may one day be saints (or who simply haven’t been officially recognized by the Church). We pray for them as well as look to them for guidance.

Armistice Day has long since been changed to Veterans’ Day but both are truly worth remembering. Armistice Day celebrated the end of The Great War (later referred to as World War I) because many believed that it was the war that would end all wars. Now on November 11 we celebrate and remember those who have served our country. We pray for those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those whose lives were forever changed by their experience in uniform.
Thanksgiving is also a time to remember. My immigrant grandparents would look back fondly at the country they came from, but were always grateful for the opportunity to raise their children and grandchildren here in the U.S. I remember a line from an old television show when one character bragged to another of his impressive family lineage. He then condescendingly asked the second character where his family was from. The young man gave a simple but powerful reply, “Ellis Island.”

From all of us on the Faculty / Staff at Star to all of you, “Have a Happy Thanksgiving.” Please take the time to remember this weekend. Remember all the blessings God has given you and remember all the people who have helped you with the challenges life has sent your way.

God Bless You All,


Terrence Hanley

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