Our Virtue-of-the-Month for June is Heroism. Our young people are in dire need of heroes—people who are willing to take on a challenge, often facing their fears and shortcomings, to do great deeds for the benefit of others. Heroes are different from the celebrities that our culture so much focuses on today. Heroes are known and remembered for noble and worthy deeds, serving as role models for the upcoming generation.
“April showers brings May flowers” is the refrain. We are seeing the May flowers, but it seems we will also be seeing May showers. Because of the weather, as you know, we had to postpone our twelfth annual Race for Education scheduled for last Friday until this Friday, May 3. Whether the weather will cooperate this Friday remains to be seen. However, never fear, we definitely WILL have the event—sooner or later.
Welcome to spring! Springtime signifies rebirth as trees begin to bud and flowers bloom. We are grateful to God for the life-sustaining environment he/she provides for us. God is trusting us as good citizens to take care of the Creation. Also, with spring break coming up soon, we hope that you and your child(ren) will be able to spend some time together.
The Virtue-of-the-Month for March is Compassion. This is an important virtue for building a true community. It requires that we move in the difficult direction of otherness, of getting beyond ourselves and being sensitive to the situation of others. Compassion means sensing the distress and needs of our friends and neighbors and acting on their behalf. Community service is the natural expression of compassion.
The Virtue-of-the-Month for February is Loyalty. History illustrates the critical importance of loyalty and love of country. Loyalty does not mean an uncritical acceptance of everything that a country does. It does mean affective attachment and solidarity. When parents and schools cultivate loyalty and love of country, we increase the likelihood of raising young citizens who will be agents for betterment and change. That means celebrating the good and learning from those who exemplified such traits. From Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King, our greatest reformers have been our strongest patriots.
As we approach the new year, we would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for all your support during the first four months of the current school year. With your support, we have already conducted many activities, including the Harvest Festival, Scholastic Book Fair, our annual clothing and food drives, and most recently our Winter Concert. Most important, however, is your support of your own child(ren) as they engage in their work in the classroom and at home. Parental engagement is key to children’s educational achievement. Let us continue to work together for the academic and character development of your child(ren).
Our virtue for the month of December is Generosity. December is a time when, more than usual, we turn our thoughts and hearts towards the needs of others. It is a time to look beyond what we normally do and is expected in our relationships with others to consider what we can do to enhance the lives and wellbeing of others.
In this spirit, we wish to thank all of you who so generously donated food items during our Food Drive. Last Tuesday some of our middle school students packed up these items and brought them to St. Peter’s Haven Food Pantry. They were used for needy families in the area on Thanksgiving.
A big thank you to all the parents who gave so generously to our October clothing drive. Judging by the mountain of bags of clothes in Dr. Beebe’s office, it appears to be our most successful clothing drive ever! The lighter clothes will be sent to Liberia as part of a project of the Women’s Federation for World Peace. Other clothes will be donated to the Vietnam Veterans of America.
Next, we are launching our annual food drive to help needy families and individuals in time for Thanksgiving. Please help this great cause by donating any canned foods and other nonperishables anytime between now and Tuesday, Nov. 20. Food items will be brought by our 6th-8th graders to the St. Peter’s Haven food bank on Clifton Ave.
Finally, after a very hot August that lasted into September, the weather seems to be changing. Let’s hope for a mild and pleasant October. We wish to thank everyone who could attend our recent Back-to-School Night. Nearly all of our families were represented--a wonderful show of support for your children. The new school year is off to a great start. We look forward to a good collaborative relationship with you throughout this year. We especially hope that you will find time to volunteer to help us in some of the many activities being planned.
As principal of New Hope School, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year, my 15th year with this learning community. We are all excited to have students back in our classrooms. It is our mission to teach our students God-centered universal values and service to others as the basis for personal integrity, harmony in the family, and peace in the world. We look forward to partnering with you in the coming year to achieve this.