Ms. Monaghan's Message - Nov. 26

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear St. Patrick Families,

Every Thanksgiving, I take time to reflect upon the year and am always overcome with gratitude for our St. Patrick families. I can honestly say that there is never a morning where I wake up with anything other than joy and appreciation for the job that I have been blessed with. From the time I pull into the parking lot in the morning to the time I pull out at night, I am filled with love and excitement for my students, staff, and parents. It is truly a blessing to be a part of such a magical place.

There is something different at St. Patrick. It's not something you can necessarily describe, not something you can capture in a picture. It's a feeling. A feeling when you walk through our doors, as you walk down the halls, as you listen to conversations taking place in classrooms and on the playground. We are a family here. We are a group of people who have banned together for a common mission and a common goal, people who put the needs of our students as our top priority, people who desperately want to see our students succeed in and out of the classroom. But it is NOT something we've created on our own.

They say, "it takes a village" to raise a child and I believe that's true. Without our amazing parent support, St. Patrick wouldn't be the place it is. This kind of community starts at home, it starts with you, it starts with parents who put their children first. I see you every morning. I see you smiling, no matter how rough the morning may have been. I hear you say, "I love you!" as your children climb out of the car. I watch you greet them at the end of the day with smiles and hugs, I watch you cheering them on at their sporting events, showing up for late night practices, driving to FLL tournaments in the wee hours of the morning, putting together pies for a pie eating contest, bringing in canned goods for the canned food drive. I see you working tirelessly to be able to send your child to St. Patrick School, and all the while being the kind of parent who shows up for their child each and every day.

You are what makes St. Patrick a family. Being a parent is hard. Our children are growing up in a much different world than what we experienced and it makes parenting harder than it's ever been. Add to that the daily stresses of work and home and some days, I can't even believe we're all still standing....let alone smiling.

I see you, and I appreciate you, and St. Patrick is so thankful that you choose to send your child to our school. This is not something we take lightly. We are truly blessed by each one of you!

My wish for you this Thanksgiving is that you find time to relax, find time to do something just for yourself, and find time to take care of YOU. You do so much for those around you: your children, your family, our school. I pray God blesses you with the gift of time, so that you are able to spend a little of it doing something YOU enjoy. See a movie that YOU choose, go to a restaurant that YOU like, read a book that is YOUR reading interest, listen to music that relaxes YOU. Through all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I hope that you remember to fill your own tank, too. You matter. You matter to your family, you matter to your friends, and you matter to me.

Happy Thanksgiving to you! May God bless you today and all throughout the year!

Kaci Monaghan

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Happy Thanksgiving from My Family to Yours!

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St. Patrick School

The mission of St. Patrick School is to develop young men and women with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs. We stress the total development of each child: spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical. Encouragement is given to students to bring their lives into conformity with God's will and plan, so that He is glorified.