Welcome back! I hope you and your students had a restful and enjoyable Spring Break. We have many special events coming up during this final trimester of the school year. This week we continue our collection of canned food for the Oregon Food Bank. We hope to help many families in need with the food collected.
Tomorrow we begin the Easter Triduum. The Easter Triduum is a single, continuous celebration of the Paschal Mystery: the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and ends with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday. The three days are sacred time. In addition to participating in the liturgies, we try to observe the spirit of the time by setting aside normal activities like work, entertainment, and food (fasting). We do all this so that we might spend time with Christ: to serve, to suffer, to die and to rise with Him.
On Holy Thursday, April 5th at 2:30 P.M., the seventh and eighth grade with the help of the whole school will be having a Passion Play in the gym. Everyone is invited to come participate in this special remembrance. Good Friday, April 6th is a no school day. Archbishop Valazny has asked for all Catholic schools to have this day off so that it may be a special holy day for families. Please help your child to remember Good Friday with special activities, especially during the hours from 12 noon to 3:00 P.M. when Jesus suffered and died on the cross for us.
Easter Monday, April 9th, is a no school conference day. Teachers will be available for parent conferences from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Conferences on this day are optional. If you would like to schedule a meeting with your child’s teacher on this day, please prearrange the conference by calling the school office or your child’s teacher.
Congratulations to all the second trimester award winners! We honor the many students from all grades for academic achievement, service, citizenship, and other accomplishments during the second trimester. We also congratulate the seventh and eighth graders for their accomplishments at the NWSE science fair. Nate and Francis received third place for their experiment, “The Green Eating Machine” in the category of Plant Science. Molly and Naomi received honorable mention for their experiment, “Rainbow Light-Emitting Diodes” in the category of Physics: Electromagnetic, and Olivia received the Naval Excellence in Science and Engineering Award for her experiment, “Water Purification” in the category of Medicine and Health. Two of our fifth graders, Liam and Kristen , also received a special recognition award for placing in the top ten finalists for all of Oregon in the National Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest. Congratulations to all of our student award winners!
I wish you a very blessed Easter!
Carol Funk, Principal