Aloha SJES Family,
Blessings to you and your respective families and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March is typically a great teaching month and it’s apparent as I conduct my daily walkthroughs that your wonderful children are engaged in learning in and outside the classroom. I’ve enjoyed watching our kids not only in the classroom but while competing in athletics in addition to the Arts as they prepare for The Little Mermaid on April 7th and 8th. Thank you for your support in ensuring a conducive study environment at home replete with 20 minutes of nightly reading. The research is 100% accurate that continual daily reading can make a significant difference in your child’s academic journey so thank you for modeling this!
Today at Town Hall I offered a dual message to your children. First, as we continue our Lenten Journey, I invited your children through your loving example to truly walk with Jesus by praying The Stations of the Cross as a family. I shared with them my vivid memories as a child in our Italian-American church of St. Ann’s my first encounter of the Stations. It was here my Mom said that Jesus and our Almighty Father in heaven above showed how much we are loved. I pray that it is also here in the Stations we are able to walk with those who are suffering in our world today and showing mercy and love as God always shows us mercy. Lastly, I encouraged your children to take notice of the Stations whenever they enter a new church as I have my entire life. During the year Annie and I took a sabbatical we spent almost 7 months in Tuscany often times visiting several churches a day. What a blessing it was to see so many Stations of the Cross from as many as 1,000 years ago! Please join us for Stations each Friday at 7:00pm at St. Joe’s.
My second message today was one of gratitude as we prepare to launch our Annual Auction next Saturday night, March 25th. The gratitude goes directly to our adults within this blessed faith-learning community for the incredible example you set for your children revolving around “service above self” and caring for one another. I am especially grateful to Rosana Shook and Marci Stewart for the many hours of planning and preparation that they have logged chairing this year’s auction. I saw this work ethic first hand at El Rancho with Ann Marie Anderer and her crew and then throughout the school year as our PTG just keeps doing and doing. In all of my years as a school leader which began in the Reagan Administration to now, I’ve never seen a PTG produce such amazing results! Add in the fact that most of the time everyone seems to be having fun in whatever they’re doing to serve our school community.
The saying apples rarely fall far from the tree can often times have pinpoint accuracy and I believe that the message you are sending to your children will be paid forward when it’s their time to be good stewards. I cannot emphasize this enough: your children are watching you and when they see how hard you work so that all of our children can benefit, they are more apt to adopt a “team first” approach to life, work, relationships, and the many storms which occur in life. Thank you parents for your example!
In closing, as we continue our Lenten Journey, please know that the other adult role models in the SJES community, our amazing faculty and staff, will keep loving your sons and daughters unconditionally by challenging them to do and be their very best, by spreading Jesus and Joy in our classrooms, by holding your kids accountable with love, by supporting their hopes and dreams, and by teaching with excellence. I invite you to contact the appropriate adult should you have any questions or concerns and wish you and Happy St. Patrick’s Day and we’ll see you next week at the Auction! Lastly, I hope to see the entire SJES community at St. Joseph Day this Sunday beginning with Mass at 11:30 and a wonderful celebration in the SJND Gymnasium of culture and great food! Have a great weekend with your family and friends.
With Much Aloha and God’s Blessings Always,
Dr. Jacky Rizzo