Principal's Friday Letter

April 13, 2017


Dear Parents/Guardians,

When you receive this letter, Easter vacation will have begun for the students and staff. Classes will resume on Monday, April 24.

THANKS to all of you who made a gallant effort to have your children in attendance last week for the ACT Aspire Tests. There were only a few students who were ill who had to take makeup tests.

With today's letter your children arc bringing home Walk-a-Thon packets. Forms include permission slips, volunteer slips, t-shirt design form, t-shirt order form and pledge sheet. Most forms are due on May 1. Pledge sheets must be returned by May 4. Every student is required to bring in a minimum of $15 in pledges to participate. This is the last fund raiser of this school year. Any balance for fundraising will be added to the May tuition.

On Saturday, April 29, at 4:00 PM, the last "Family Mass" ofthis school year will be celebrated. Students in grades 1 and 5 will actively participate in this Mass. There will also be a "children's choir" to lead the congregation in song. Any student from grades 3-8 is invited to be a member of the choir. A permission slip was sent home on Monday. Following the Mass, an ice cream social will be held in the school hall.

We will reach the mid-point in the third trimester on Friday, April 28. Mid-trimester reports will be sent home on Monday, May 1, to parents whose fees are paid and who are current in tuition payments. If you owe tuition and/or fees, please get these paid so that you may see how your children are progressing.

Some of our students in grades 6, 7, and 8 participated in the "Do the Write Thing Challenge." Over 1400 essays were received and 100 were chosen as finalists. two of our students were selected as top finalists - Isabela Avila and Bryant Alvarez. They will be honored at an Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 9th. Congratulations, Isabela and Bryant!

The seventh and eighth grade students will be having a field trip to the Field Museum on Wednesday, April 26.

There will be a Used Book Fair on Tuesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 27. Please support this event. The profit from the Used Book Fair will be used to purchase library books for our school library.

If your children did not have a behavior form during the month of April, they may enjoy a dress down on Friday, April 28.

Today begins the triduum, the three most solemn days of the Church's liturgical year. I encourage you and your family to attend the services scheduled for tonight-- Holy Thursday -- at 7:00 PM, services for Good Friday tomorrow at 7:00 PM, and the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening with the blessing of the water and fire at 7:30 PM ..

Sunday is Easter Sunday. We celebrate the joy and glory of the Risen Lord. The crucified one has been raised from the dead. The Gospel tells us that the women who discovered the empty tomb ran back to tell the good news. How can we share this life-giving news? Go out into the world and proclaim the good news: Jesus is risen!

May the Risen Lord bestow abundant blessings upon you and your family! Happy Easter from the faculty and staff of Our Lady of Grace!


              Sr. Rita Marie Range, O.P