Hello Parents, Guardians, and Staff,
Peace be with you.
This week, our governor shared that she plans to release the state requirements for school startup on June 30 th . A team of staff has been working on a template for our restart at St John Vianney. After June 30 th , the team intends to share and to invite your input. We hope to send regular and step-by-step updates once we get the directives. Per the state and diocese guidelines, we will consider the best means of safe return for each family and all students and staff. We will continue the online component for those who are not ready at that time to return. There will be many changes to embrace for our face-to-face restart.
For now, I want to thank each of you for the ways you respected and followed our guidelines during each stage of the COVID19 crisis. Your sensitivity and care during the graduations, material pick-up and book and report card drop-off was outstanding. Your diligence with the new protocols kept it safe and positive for everyone involved.-
The human tragedy of racism continues to take a toll on our society. The strong, multicultural aspects of St. John Vianney Catholic School have much to share with our society about Living in the Light of His Love. Below is a quote from the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops:
“People of good conscience must never turn a blind eye when citizens are being deprived of their human dignity and even their lives. Indifference is not an option. As bishops, we unequivocally state that racism is a life issue.” USCCB, May 2020
Above is a photo to Fr. Augustus Toltan for whom Pope Francis advanced the cause for sainthood. He was the first African American priest. In spite of prejudice and strife, he was a holy example of character, integrity, peaceful resistance, and graciousness. During times such as these, we need to keep in mind the saints and great people who gave a holy standard of truth, respect, and fortitude to society, and give more vision and hope to our youth, in spite of the wrongs done in society. We were made for times such as these to be the example, the prayer warrior, the next saint, the one filled with faith in God, who hears our anguish, heals our ills, and restores our brokenness. Most of all He is a God who will always do miraculous actions.
We have new staff who will be training to sustain the emotional-social part of our lives. St John Vianney has a Therapy Dog-in-training -- Murphy! Murphy is presently 10 weeks old. I am his owner and trainer for the therapy dog classes. He is a pure bred standard poodle. He will help with recess, reading, and some 1-1 classroom visits if/as COVID19 protocol allows.
Also, Sr. Sarah Draper has been with us since February working on gaining social work hours. She will continue with us in the summer and be working in a new setting in the fall. We are thankful to God for Sr. Sarah Draper. Her prayer, fun, and social worker support has been so important for us and we are grateful to God for her time with us.
God bless each of you. May the heart of Our Lord Jesus keep you strong, whole, and in the center of His Sacred Heart this holy feast day.
Dr. Theresa Marshall
St John Vianney Catholic School
School is such a beautiful place to learn, love, and grow. God bless you.