The Magazine Drive continues this week. The students are buying a lot of farm animals for children in Africa by selling subscriptions. Let’s give it a big push during these final weeks. Thank you all who have supported this fundraiser.
We have more than 40 parents volunteering as Harvest Festival Chairs this year. The 2013 St. Rita Harvest Festival Weekend promises to be better than ever! Follow Tim Shepard’s suggestion to “ask 3″ which means ask for donations from at least 3 friends or 3 places of business that you frequent. That alone will generate over 60o additional items for our auction. Everyone needs tax deductions and this is a great way to give to a non-profit school and keep a few tax dollars in your pocket. Parents, the beautiful “Masters” painted by every class last spring are beautifully framed and ready for the auction. Next week, I hope to publish a list of the great packages and single items we have already booked for the auction.
This Thursday is the PTO General Meeting for all parents in O’Malley Hall at 7:00 pm. When I was a parent here, we had PTO general meetings every month. Now we have instant digital communications, so I host the start of the year and the end of the year meetings to give you an opportunity to spend a short time enjoying good company, great refreshments while getting to see who’s who here at your school. I will introduce the teachers and staff, talk a bit about what’s new or in the works and then turn it over to our PTO board members. There will be babysitting in Gara Hall. Please call the school office for reservations. . We typically take reservations for about 14-20 children and usually 50 or more show up. We love surprises but would appreciate a call ahead of time so that we have plenty of supervision for your children.
This Sunday, our school and PTO will have displays at the Ministry Fair. We could take up the entire space if we told our full story but we will do our best to limit it to a table (or 2). You chose St. Rita School because you know that we educate the whole child, spiritually, academically and physically. Public education can’t recognize God therefore children don’t learn to talk and walk with Jesus everyday while at school. (Do they serve two Masters as last Sunday’s Gospel taught?) A Catholic education is truly unique and has made one of the greatest positive impacts on American culture. American Catholic educators (nuns and priests) worked tirelessly to elevate people out of poverty and ignorance into the middle class. That commitment to social justice and to a better future is still a core value of a Catholic education. When we say that we develop the whole child, it is true and we continue to add more opportunities to enrich the souls, minds and physical aptitude of our students. In addition to incomparable faith formation and academics, St. Rita students also have so many enrichment opportunities available right here at school. Such as:
- CYO Championship sports for girls and boys year round.
- Speech, Debate and Drama
- Art and Music Instruction
- Jedi Camp along with karate, skateboarding and chess classes after school (just to name a few).
As I always say, St. Rita School is a “little slice of heaven” on earth.