Dear Parents and Students,
The Lenten season is upon us! Lent signifies a new beginning and it is fitting that Ash Wednesday falls on the first day of March. We will be celebrating with a prayer service in the morning that will offer students the ability to receive ashes. Students will also have the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation the morning of the 27th when more than twenty priests from neighboring parishes will be available to hear confessions. This will enable us to enter the Easter Season with renewed hope and promise within our hearts.
March will prove to be a busy month here at Holy Angels. I am hopeful that students and parents will take advantage of many of the wonderful events occurring during the month. Some of the highlights include:
Friday 3rd, International Night
Saturday 4th, State Basketball Game
Friday 10th, Sophomore Semiformal
Tuesday 14th, Sports Dinner
Friday 24th, Junior Prom
Friday 31st, Angelic Evening (I hope to see you there!)
March is also an important month for academic reasons as well. The third quarter is officially ending on Friday, the 17th. Many juniors are taking their SAT’s and ACT’s for the first time. Several subject area Honor Societies will be inducting new members; these ceremonies celebrate students’ hard work and achievement and offer them the ability to be of service to other students as they become official members of our peer tutoring program. On the 22nd, Students will be taking part in our Awareness Day. This year’s theme, Empowering Girls: Making the Connections: Mind, Body and Spirit, offers students the opportunity to reflect on their personal, spiritual, health, academic, and professional goals—supporting our commitment to educating the whole student. It also reflects many of the articles I’ve shared with you so far this year.
Lastly, students and their parents will be finalizing course selections for next year. Teachers spend considerable time examining each student’s performance indicators before recommending their course level for the following year. A student’s past and current performance is the strongest indicator of her future performance. Students cannot be placed in classes based solely on desire for challenge or growth. These are necessary components, but need to be accompanied with solid proof of ability. The prerequisites for placement will be available in our updated curriculum guide which can be found on our website under the College Counseling tab beginning on March 6th. You can also find descriptions for the electives that will be available to you.
Please pay special attention to your calendars for all events. The days will become longer, our lives busier and our hearts more hopeful. May the promise of the Lenten season be yours in these coming days.