Weekly Letter (Oct 29, ’18)

Dear Parents and Students,

As we enter this new era in the 109 year history of Star of the Sea School it is important for all of us to think positively and focus on the opportunities before us. I watched a film last weekend on television called Up In the Air. In that film, the actor George Clooney played a character whose job was to fire people for companies that were downsizing. He always began his termination speech with, “I am here to talk to you about new opportunities.”  It is a bit of spin, a bit condescending to be sure, but it is also true.

We are in a time of transition at Star, a time for new opportunities. Some of the old patterns and routines have changed. It is natural that we may feel unsteady. But these are also the times when we are most amenable to change. Now is the time to begin anew, to explore, brainstorm, and consider carefully the changes to the school before we begin to naturally solidify into new patterns. We have a unique opportunity to begin in a new way. This is the time to think outside the box.

But it is difficult to do this all on our own. We will need to continue to develop new relationships, to lean on each other for support. We need to have realistic expectations, to have patience and understand that it may take some time to get the school back on solid ground again. We will need the constant support of our truly outstanding parent volunteers. They have already done so much for the school just in the first two months of our gradual transition into being the first school in the Archdiocese of San Francisco to adopt a Classical Education curriculum.This positive spirit of community has always been a hallmark of Star and it is what will help us keep perspective on what lies before us.

A time of transition is when we toss off the old but have not yet stepped into the new. While the circumstances are always different, some things stay the same such as the distinct spirit of the Star of the Sea School Community. Like that Star spirit, the skills and attitudes needed to successfully move ahead are always constant, namely being positive, patient, proactive, and recognizing that Star of the Sea remains true to its mission: to help our students develop their God-given potential in order to lead them to Jesus.

A new journey awaits.

Take Care and God Bless,

Mr. David Gallagher

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