This Week at SHOJ

October 23, 2020

From Mrs. Rhodes

The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:39

You will hear this reading from Matthew during the Gospel this weekend. How perfect for the end of our SHOJ Peace Week. Before this verse, Jesus answers that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God will all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is not new, even the Old Testament reading from Exodus on Sunday mentions observing love of neighbor, especially the most helpless.

Sometimes repeating lessons can be frustrating. It is so important to take the time and to do so with patience because as we grow we understand them through a different lens. The three year cycles of readings for Masses should be proof – it seems that sometimes when we hear a story we have heard many times, we are struck with a new lesson.

This week was important to focus on our behavior expectations at SHOJ. Our handbook has information about bullying. It explains the definition of how it has it be repeated and intentional. Part of our policy is to teach the students to be sensitive with their own actions, how to recognize it, what they can to do help and how to get help. I know one of the most frustrating things that we all have to deal with (especially in bullying situations) is that the only behaviors that we can control are our own.

We know the parable of the Good Samaritan and which passerby modeled being a neighbor. This is not an easy task but loving our neighbor because of a great love for Jesus, at least trying to do better every day, will put an end to bullying!

From the Superintendent's Office

It was great to have Dr. Vince Cascone visit our school this week. With the election coming, he encouraged us to share the following:

" is important for each of us, as Catholics, to prayerfully consider the different candidates running for political office and the public policy positions they hold. This can be difficult with so many issues to consider. With that in mind, I think it is important to share the guidance that our shepherd, Archbishop Naumann, has provided for his flock."

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Upcoming Calendar Events

Oct. 30, 11:30 dismissal (free dress day, no costumes), Last day for uniform shorts until April

Nov. 2 No School - Teacher In-service

Nov. 5 Picture Retakes

Nov. 24 No School - Near and Dear Day Cancelled