Fall weather has arrived, and we are feeling good about not having all that heat to wear us out. As we begin our second quarter of learning, I am pleased to see the progress that has been made with many of our students these past nine weeks. Finally getting to know many of them, I feel a great connection with many of your daughters and sons. I am so proud of each of them. Walking around the school and getting high fives and hugs from the littles ones really makes my day.
Thank you to all who came out to the State of the School address two weeks ago. I appreciate all of the support of the parents, faculty, and staff who were in attendance. We have begun the conversation about the future of our school. We will work together to make sure that we not only maintain its current position but also, we will explore the possibilities of future improvements. There is little question that there is much work to do, but I am so thankful for all the parents that have stepped up and volunteered to help through their individual expertise.
Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here. In the meantime, please continue to support our school with your time, talent, and treasure.
Hope to see you all on Saturday, October 19th for our annual Fall Festival.
September 14, 2019
Can you believe that we will begin our 7th week of school starting on Monday? This coming week, as a reminder, we will only have school for four days. All Catholic schools have an In-Service day with the Diocese of Knoxville on Friday, September 20th.
We are very fortunate indeed to have not been involved with the water main break this past Friday. We are blessed, but sometimes we take for granted that electricity and water are so easily accessible. Let us, as a community, continue our prayers for the Bahamas and ask God’s blessings on all their families.
Since my arrival here these past few months, I am thrilled with the excitement from our parents who have stepped up and offered their expertise to help us move the school forward. We have much work to accomplish, but collectively, we should be able to make a strong and positive impact on our future here at OLPH. Service is a large part of our school. If we did not have so many of you assisting us, we would not be as successful as we currently are.
On Tuesday, October 1st at 6 pm in the PLC, I will be hosting the first “State of the School” address. This will allow me the opportunity to review our year so far and to invite you to take part in its future. I look forward to speaking to all of our families. Pizza will be served, and babysitting will be provided.
“ Service is the price we pay for our room [here] on earth” -Author unknown
I hope that everyone truly enjoyed their 3-day Labor Day weekend with their family and friends. Sometimes, just taking a few minutes for ourselves and enjoying everything around us helps us appreciate all the gifts we have been given.
When was the last time you took inventory of your life, of all that you have, and of the gifts that have been given to you? Have you ever taken the time to sit down with God to complete an assessment of your life?
I know that just thinking about that can be a bit overwhelming, but it is necessary if we are going to grow as Christians and as God’s people.
Put some time on your calendar of life and set aside a half-hour just for you. Begin with prayer, and then write down ‘everything’ that you have and recall all of the things that you may have forgotten that you have. I think that once you start, your list will be long.
Take a moment this week to sit down and talk with God about your list to make sure that He knows how appreciative you truly are for what you have been given.
Thank you for all you do to help OLPH.
“ Human life is only a long way of the cross. It is not necessary to enter the chapel or the church to run over the various stations. The way of the cross is everywhere, and we walk along it every day in spite of ourselves and often unknown to us.” -1857 Conference to Sisters
August 22, 2019
I trust that everyone is doing well and that the excitement of the New Year is still upon us. I would like to take the time to remind everyone of our Open House, Sponsored by our Home and School Association this coming Wednesday, August 28th, We will be serving pizza beginning at 5:30pm with announcements starting at 6pm. Hope to see you all there!
Please remember that safety comes first at OLPH. Our car-tag system is in place for the safety of our children. Please know that no one can come for their child without their tag. Remember also that the speed limit on our campus is 5MPH at drop off and pick up. We need to have an injury-free year. Thank you for your cooperation.
As parents, when was the last time you prayed with your child? As adults, we need to be role models for them. By occasionally praying in your own words aloud, you can teach your child a valuable habit. Encourage your child to stop while you are outside enjoying nature together to thank God for the beautiful flowers, the sunny day, the birds in the trees, or other aspects of nature. Praying together and giving thanks is a powerful tool to teach your children.
God bless you all for all you do for our school.
“Catch them doing something right! If you can catch people doing something well, no matter how small it may seem, and positively reinforce them for doing it, they will continue to grow in a positive direction.”