This week Friday, September 30th, at 2:30 P.M., we will be celebrating the Feast of Saint Francis with a Blessing of the Animals. Saint Francis reminds us to care for all of God’s creation, and to work peacefully with others. Through the example of Saint Francis, the students are reminded to grow in our Schoolwide Learning Expectation of I respect and appreciate that all people, cultures and the environment are a part of God’s creation. Please join us for the Blessing of the Animals at 2:30 P.M. in the back field behind the main school building. Parents may bring pets for students at this time. Please check with your child’s teacher if bringing smaller pets in cages ahead of time. Also students who are not able to bring a pet may bring a picture or stuffed animal to represent their pet.
October is dedicated to the Month of the Rosary, and Friday, Oct. 7th is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. On Friday morning, Oct. 7th, following the school Mass, Visitation School will gather as a community in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary by having an all-school Mass at 8:30 A.M. followed by the recitation of the Rosary immediately after. We hope you can join us for Mass and the Rosary.
There has been a recent amendment to the required VIP hours. The School Advisory Committee and Parents Club have voted to change the required hours to 40 for two parent families and 20 for single parent families and new parent families. This change more closely aligns Visitation’s VIP requirement with our neighboring schools requirements. The Parents Club will also be using Edline to record and report VIP hours to parents. Just as parents receive a private report telling their child’s grade, they will also receive a report telling the VIP hours they have completed. Parents are also able to email completed VIP hours to firstname.lastname@example.org to be logged. I appreciate the many hours families give that make Visitation a stronger school.
The Visitation community spirit was very evident on Saturday with the Sauerkraut making party. Parishioners, parents, and students gathered to make barrels of the wonderful, well-known dinner sauerkraut. It is truly amazing what can be accomplished in a few hours with a sense of community. We thank the chairs and volunteers who made the sauerkraut possible. If you have never been to one of the pre-dinner events, I challenge you to come to our next event, sausage making and grounds cleanup, where you will find the Visitation community spirit welcoming you.
May God bless you for all you do!
Carol Funk, Principal