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

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