“O Lord, how worthless this knowledge would be, if it were not for the
enlightening of my mind for thy service, or for making me more useful to my fellow men.”
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Patron of Catholic Schools
September 1, 2017
Peace and Greetings:
They’re back … and we’re absolutely thrilled and ready for them! While there is the anticipated change of seasons in New England and respective holidays with each of these times of year, nothing beats the annual ritual and related excitement of the first day of school. It’s a very special moment to watch smiling teenage faces walk through our doors and hear the abundance of youthful excitement fill the halls and walls bringing this school to life in just a few short minutes. It’s priceless! There’s only one first day each year and today’s that day!
There’s a quote that says, “Start your day with gratitude.” That was easy to do this morning looking out over a filled auditorium. However, I’d also like to say, on behalf of all of us blessed to be part of the ministry of this school, THANK YOU for choosing St. Paul and the sacrifices you make in giving your child this educational opportunity. We take this responsibility and partnership with you along their high school journey seriously.
I’m happy to report that opening day enrollment is 460 students, our targeted capacity, and the highest since the late 1980’s. We are pleased to “Welcome Home 109 students into the Class of 2021 as well as ten new transfer students. Please welcome these families into our community.
Opening Mass for the 2017-2018 academic year will be Tuesday, September 5 at adjacent St. Gregory the Great Church at 10:30 a.m. As always, you’re invited to join us. Academic classes will be in full swing next week. Fall athletic teams have already begun practicing. Drama rehearsals are around the corner. The Welcome Back dance is next Friday night. We’re off and running … it’s going to be a great year!
Happy New Year! Enjoy your Labor Day weekend.