We are just about finished with another epic Catholic Schools Week! It has been a fun-filled week of so many wonderful activities. It was apparent that the staff loved the events as much as the students. It is also obvious that this environment embodies a love for our faith and one another. We had a lot of visitors, and I am hoping that they felt the presence of Christ. This week especially, that fun and loving atmosphere is even more prominent. I want to make sure I congratulate the 8th graders on their win against the staff!
Welcome back! I hope all of you enjoyed the break and had time to relax. St. Gregory School staff is ready to make 2018 another successful year. The staff and I thank you for all the delicious treats and gifts. As a Christmas gift from all of you, we were able to give Fr. Jim $1,000. Thank you for your generosity.
'Tis the Season! What a wonderful time to reflect on our faith and spend quality time with our families. We are all so excited to celebrate this special month of the Immaculate Conception and our Savior's birthday. Like every year during this time, we will display he Advent Wreath and Jesse Tree, which traces Jesus' family tree. Each day the kids will reflect and pray; this keeps the true meaning of Christmas at the forefront.
We are just about a quarter of the way through the school year, and what a wonderful start it has been! October was a delightful month for all of us. Both volleyball and cross country ended with successful seasons, and basketball and cheerleading kicked off with a fun pep rally and Monday madness. Additionally, the Great Pumpkin Race was a success again! Thank you to everyone who volunteered.
Now that we are over half way done with the first marking period, I would like to thank the entire St. Gregory School community for this smooth beginning. This is already turning out to be a great year. The students are hard at work, and the teachers are creating exciting lessons. Everyone worked so hard on the Iowa testing, and I am so proud of them. This was very different from previous years, because we typically test in the spring. When we receive the results, we will share them with you.
It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the 2017-2018 school year. The teachers and staff are excited and looking forward to the beginning of a new year. I hope you had a wonderful summer break filled with great memories. i am delighted for the opportunities that await your children this year; your child is attending a school with a tradition of excellence.