Dear Star Parents,
This is the third week of Advent and we light the pink candle. The Candle of Joy. I didn’t know this when I first began teaching. My fourth graders protested loudly when I lit the purple one for my first Star students 17 years ago. I sourced their 9-year-old insistence about the practice by speaking to Sr. Mary Elizabeth. She said, “We light the pink candle in joyful anticipation of the birth of the Christ child.”
What a wonderful word and feeling! And it’s all over the place here at Star. From the 2nd graders’ thoughtful and sometimes hilarious write-ups of the snacks they’re leaving Santa, to the 4th graders’ descriptions of ugly Christmas sweaters and the random Christmas carols being belted down the hall as students walk by on the top floor. Joy is all around.
And my joy is coming in every day to witness it all. Despite the sadness and turmoil of the beginning of the school year, I find myself contented and happy to be serving all of you as Star of the Sea’s principal. Each of you has made me feel incredibly supported as I continue work to bring to fruition the vision that Terry and Fr. Illo began together. Thank you for all that you have done to help ease my transition into this position of service and leadership.
I am also so fortunate to have such a dedicated and hardworking staff and faculty, men and women who go the extra mile to provide our students with the best possible education. It is a joy to work with each of my colleagues and I do love seeing and interacting with them every school day.
And it is a surprise joy now to have students of all grades coming into my office “telling on one another” for doing something that warrants a Citizen of the Week Award. It’s gotten so popular to praise one another that I’ve now a long list of good Samaritans and have to think of a new way of awarding STAR behavior in the new year. But this is exactly what I love about Star. When goodness is acknowledged, everyone begins seeing it everywhere. What a true joy it is to see so many living out our student learning expectations!
May we continue to strive to be the best we can be as we journey toward 2018. And may this Christmas season fill all of you with God’s choicest blessings and a New Year filled with happiness and good health for you and your families.
With much joy,
Mrs. Theresa Poon