The SPIRIT of SKS

Saint Kateri School's Weekly Newsletter ~ May 25, 2020

Today's Background

This weeks background is brought to you by a "moment in time". The main entrance of the school has been left much as it was on the last day of school in our building. Here are the balloon bouquets waiting to be delivered to our 5th graders. They bring a bit of festivity and excitement to brighten up the space ~

Remembering those that served

Hear Our Prayer This Day


In the quiet sanctuaries of our own hearts,
let each of us name and call on the One whose power over us
is great and gentle, firm and forgiving, holy and healing ...


You who created us,
who sustain us,
who call us to live in peace,
hear our prayer this day.


Hear our prayer for all who have died,
whose hearts and hopes are known to you alone ...


Hear our prayer for those who put the welfare of others
ahead of their own
and give us hearts as generous as theirs ...


Hear our prayer for those who gave their lives
in the service of others,
and accept the gift of their sacrifice ...


Help us to shape and make a world
where we will lay down the arms of war
and turn our swords into ploughshares
for a harvest of justice and peace ...


Comfort those who grieve the loss of their loved ones
and let your healing be the hope in our hearts...


Hear our prayer this day
and in your mercy answer us
in the name of all that is holy.


The peace of God be with you.

- Austin Fleming

Pentecost Parade at Christ the King on Sunday, May 31

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Supply Pick-Up Day was just what we needed!

#SKSproud

Hello Saint Kateri School families,


We have been given an updated end of school date of Friday June 19, 2020 by the Department of Catholic Schools. Some public schools have already announced changes to their last day of school and it was important for us to get a definitive last day so we can finalize plans. That week will be filled with celebration and SKS spirit ~ with Preschool and Kindergarten celebrations and a Rainbow School Mass led by our graduating 5th graders. Details to follow ~


This past week we really showed our SPIRIT and our SKS school community is simply amazing!


Last Monday we held a Supply Pick-Up Day for families to pick-up items left at school by their children, to drop off library books and exchange learning materials. It was very well attended and worked like a well oiled machine! It was great for everyone to see each other, even if from a distance, to talk and laugh and share air hugs! Thank you for everyone that brought treats for our teachers ~ we feasted on Panera cookies, homemade cookies, Genesee Valley Bakery treats and more!


If you were not able to come please contact Mrs. Morgan (Terri.Morgan@dor.org) to make other arrangements to pick up your bag.


Then on Thursday ~ teachers gathered at Saint Kateri School to begin a traveling celebration of our graduating 5th grade students. We delivered lawn signs and balloon bouquets (there were some balloon escapees ~ sorry ~ we tried real hard). We were beeping and honking and waving and yelling best wishes from windows. It was SO much fun for the teachers, students and families but also for all those in the community that witnessed our SPIRIT! Some pictures are included below ~ more to come!


God bless you all and your families each and every day ~ There is no other school community I would rather spend this pandemic with ~


Mrs. Terri L. Morgan, Principal

Terri.Morgan@dor.org

A voicemail messages can be left at (585) 467-8730

The moment you realize that the Car Parade is for YOU!

On Thursday, May 21st teachers held a Car Parade to celebrate our graduating 5th graders. This was their last year at Saint Kateri School and some have been a part of this community since before they entered Preschool. For some of our 5th grade families this was also their last year with children at Saint Kateri School. There are many SKS traditions that this group have not been able to enjoy so this Car Parade needed to be spectacular! I think we succeeded ~ everyone was so surprised and many were speechless. Godspeed 5th grade! We will miss you all!
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Happy Retirement to these two amazing SKS Teachers!

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Letter from Miss Eveland

Dear Saint Kateri School Community,


It is with mixed feelings that I share with you that I will not be returning to Saint Kateri School for the new school year. I feel some sadness, because Saint Kateri School is a wonderful place, filled with wonderful children, wonderful families, and a wonderful faculty and staff. I also feel some sadness because being a teacher and school principal in the Catholic Schools has been my mission since 1982. I have been blessed to interact with many young people during that time, and that interaction has brought great meaning to my life. I wouldn’t change a moment of it.


At the same time, I feel the excitement of looking forward to something new in my life. As Ecclesiastes tells us, to everything there is a season, and the “season” is changing for me. We all know when the time comes for a change in our lives, and that time, for me, is now. I will not be stepping completely away from education, as that is what I do. I will be seeking a new role in a classroom as a teacher’s assistant, or possibly a one-on-one aide for a particular student. I will continue to be involved in the world of teaching, but in a new way for me.


I will be forever grateful for all that my career thus far has taught me. I will cherish the memories of the children and families I have known. I look forward to a new challenge at a time when our world is changing in many ways. You will all stay in my heart as I move on to my new adventure!


With sincerest appreciation,

Debbie Eveland

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Letter from Mrs. Wilson

To all my dear Saint Kateri School families,


I knew when I was a very young child how much I wanted to be a teacher. I would “play school” at home, and dream of the day I would be a real teacher. I can still remember that first day walking into my Third Grade classroom at Saint Andrew School, closing the door, and looking at my first class of 30 sweet little faces in front of me. I thought “They are all mine!”


Over the last 30 years, I have worked with so many beautiful children, and been enriched in so many ways. From teaching Preschool, to Spanish classes, to Second, Third, and finally First Grade, I have been so blessed. It has been a truly incredible journey, with so many memories and so many lessons learned. I have treasured being not only an instructor, but a cheerleader for many, a coach, a supporter, someone who could help them recognize their amazing talents, and a recipient and giver of countless hugs and words of encouragement. Some of my most treasured memories over the years include being a dance teacher leading dance

and theater productions of Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and the Little Mermaid, doing our

annual Easter play, having our special “Apples with the teacher” lunches, our Ascension Thursday liturgical dances, our bowling trip to celebrate our year together, our Read Alouds, and our legendary Freaky Fridays.


For me, going to school each day was never a “job” for me, but so much more, guiding my students to be great thinkers, mathematicians, learn about Jesus in their daily lives, and how to be kind to everyone they meet. So many lessons, so many moments where I could witness the “light bulb” discoveries of learning something new, and so many stories I could hear and learn to gain insight into the lives of all my precious children. Building strong relationships with both my students and their wonderful families has motivated me to continue doing what I do each day, despite the normal and ever changing challenges every teacher experiences: technology, curriculum changes, and many more.


I am so grateful to have been in Catholic Schools for most of my teaching career, where I had the joy of being able to bring God into our classroom discussions each day, helping children realize that with God, all things are possible, and that His love for us is never ending. I have been blessed in each of the schools I have taught in, to work under tremendous administrators, who have always put their love for the students first. I have, over the years, worked with unbelievably gifted colleagues, who have enriched my life beyond words. I thank each and every one of them for their friendship, support, and sharing of themselves.


As I reflect on all of my treasured memories throughout my teaching career, I feel so

overwhelmed with gratitude for all who have shaped my life and helped to make my dream of becoming a teacher and helping to shape the lives of so many children possible. With the recent events in our country, more than ever I know how precious the gift of time is for each of us. So now- it is time to begin a new journey- that of retirement! I am excited to join my husband in retirement, and become a full time grandparent! Recently I was blessed with the news that my daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren who lived in Buffalo relocated to Rochester, and they now live right around the corner from us. It seems the perfect time and right decision to retire and be available full time to spoil those little ones and also to enjoy more time with my family. So while I say goodbye to my “second family”, I take with me a piece of all of you, and my priceless memories, and a heart full of gratitude to each of

you for impacting my life, as I hope I have done for each of you in a special way.


Thank you for all you have given me, most importantly your beautiful child(ren) and your friendship. Stay healthy, and I hope our paths will cross again.


Much Love and gratitude, Nancy Wilson

N.E.W.S. Club doing Morning Prayer and Announcements

We have our each N.E.W.S. Club doing Morning Prayer and Announcements Tuesday and Thursday morning. The Zoom Meeting begins at 8:45 so we can get organized and make last minute updates. Please email me if your child would like to participate and I can send the link. We would love to involve any members of the SKS family that has interest.

Reddington Scholarship Deadline, June 1st

Financial Aid for our families will be especially important during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow the link to apply for the Reddington Scholarship Application. This application includes a written piece from the school, please email me at Terri.Morgan@dor.org to complete this before the deadline.

ABC Countdown 2020

VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR!

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that participated in Saint Kateri School Virtual Book Fair! All proceeds from the Book Fair will go to support any needs for books in our building. Thank you!

We Are Currently Enrolling for 2020-2021 School Year

We are continuing to register both new and current families for the 2020-2021 school year. Registration paperwork can be found on our website, https://www.saintkaterischool.org/


Saint Kateri School and the Diocese of Rochester-Department of Catholic Schools offer a variety of scholarship and financial aid opportunities, click below to find out more.


Ambassador Program
Building a Brighter Future Scholarship

Reddington Scholarship (Deadline was extended from April 30, 2020 to June 1, 2020)


Saint Kateri School continues to receive mail, as well as any voicemails left on our Main Office phone number. Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding Registration or Financial Aid process.


Thank you!