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January 10, 2020

Jeffrey Howard
Back to School
And so, just like that, we are back at school! 
 
I trust you and your family had wonderful times together over Christmas Break and that you are looking forward to a happy and healthy 2020.

We started January at school with a full day of professional development for the faculty and staff on Monday, and it was a terrific way to get back together and to get energized for the rest of the school year. We discussed topics as practical as the learning management system we will be implementing next year (which I think is going to be great for students, parents and staff alike!) to our continuing efforts on humanizing our pedagogy to admissions to hearing an update from Dr. Cardenas. It was a full day, and a good one. 

Then your students joined us on Tuesday… it’s great to be back together!
Communication with Teachers
As we come back together, I wanted to take a moment to remind the community that, if your student experiences challenges or issues in class, we ask that they address those concerns directly with their teacher first. If follow up beyond the teacher is required, they should speak with the department chair. If that is not helpful, they should engage one of our assistant principals and, finally, if need be, they can speak with me as principal. We are all in partnership to serve your students as well as we can!

February 7 - We Have Classes!
I want to call our attention again to a coming schedule change: we will have classes on Friday, February 7, 2020 for all students. This change has already been announced, but reminders are always good!

2020-2021 Calendar
Within the next week or so, we will be able to publish our major dates for next year - first day of school, holiday breaks, trimester exams and the like. The faculty and staff are engaging in the process of developing the full calendar - which will be shared later - and we want to get the key dates out to you as soon as possible.

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Next week on Thursday, January 16, we will hold Parent/Teacher Conferences. Conferences will begin with a session from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Faculty will have a dinner break and then conferences will resume with a session from 5:00pm - 6:30pm. We are looking forward to seeing you!

National Migration Week
From the United States Council of Catholic Bishops: “For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. The theme for National Migration Week 2020 - “Promoting a Church and a World for All” - draws attention to the fact that each of our families have a migration story, some recent and others in the distant past. Regardless of where we are and where we came from, we remain part of the human family and are called to live in solidarity with one another.” We have been pleased to pray along with our bishops this week for those who are in these challenging situations, and I am grateful to our students who developed our prayers and who shared them with the school. 

Have great weekends! It’s great to be back!

Peace,  
Jeff
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