“And here the first word that I wish to say to you: joy! Do not be men and women of sadness: a Christian can never be sad! Never give way to discouragement! Ours is not a joy born of having
many possessions, but of having encountered a Person: Jesus, in our midst.”
– Pope Francis, The Church of Mercy
I’d like to share with you some wonderful news that I have recently received, truly a great honor for our dear St. Francis Academy. Fordham University, Graduate School of Education, Center for Catholic Leadership, will be honoring two schools from each of the tri-state area dioceses on June 1st at their Lincoln Center Campus for advancing school programs that teach and practice the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy in this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, as proclaimed by Pope Francis. I am delighted to say that St. Francis Academy has been chosen along with Seton Hall Prep, we are in excellent company! Without your generosity, dear parents, our works of mercy and Franciscan compassion for our brothers and sisters could not be undertaken. This year we have provided food for the poor, have reached out to those impacted by the earthquake in Ecuador, and supported a lending library and birthday cakes for children in foster care. St. Francis Academy and our students are grateful that we have been recognized as a school which practices Justice and Mercy each day in keeping with our Franciscan charism.
Our TerraNova scores have arrived at SFA and we will be spending many hours reviewing them and aligning our curriculum with any needs for improvement. I am delighted with the overall scores which continue to exceed Blue Ribbon cut scores for the fourth year in a row! The pattern I most look for is that each student is meeting or exceeding their potential, we cannot ask more of our children. In areas where the child is not meeting their potential remedial action must be taken. Sometimes this remediation is as simple as turning off the electronics and reading for a half hour each evening. When we meet on May 20th for TerraNova score distribution please be sure you are aware of your child’s anticipated score and discuss possible strategies for improvement with your child’s teacher.
We are quickly coming to the end of our academic year, May and June are the most busy of months. Let us not allow the beautiful month of May to pass us by without dedicating ourselves and our families to Mary, our dear Mother. The children are praying the Rosary in school each day, perhaps a decade of the rosary before bedtime would be a relaxing and prayerful tradition.
Dearest Mothers and Grandmothers, may God bless you on Mother’s Day and everyday of the year for your unremitting love and dedication to your children. You are truly women of joy!
God bless you,
Ms. Deborah Savage