Meaning, thanks a million! — for a great Oktoberfest party this past Saturday. This sold-out event brought parents and friends together in camaraderie and support for the school. Guests had a great time, and I’m pleased to say that net proceeds will exceed $12,000, which surpasses our goal. Oktoberfest looks like the start of a fun tradition.
Yesterday, following the Solemnity of All Saints Mass, fifty-three fifth-grade students presented, in full costume, their favorite saints. These lovely projects are tangible ways that we are reminded to be saints, only not a saint of the past, but saints in the lives God gives us right now. Today, the Feast of All Souls provides our whole school community with the opportunity to join together in prayer. Now and throughout November, you are invited to share the names of loved ones who have gone before us in faith. Mass will be offered for these intentions in Our Lady of Fatima Chapel and St. Margaret of Scotland Church throughout the month. To request these prayer intentions, use the link here.
Open House. For the success of our school, nothing could be more important. This year, rather than one big Open House with ‘all the bells and whistles,’ we are changing our approach to multiple ‘Open House Fridays’ throughout the year. While our big open house events have been well received, today’s ‘on demand’ parents desire information and opportunity on their schedules. Therefore, with Open House Fridays, an open house is always around the corner through the year. All of us — students, parents, staff members, extended families, friends — have a stake in strong enrollment across our Pre K-12 school. Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to Open House Fridays.
This month, your feedback will be sought in two ways.
- First, the school desires your feedback via our annual Parent Satisfaction Survey. Now in its sixth year, this survey provides valuable information used in strategic planning and preparations for our decennial NEASC accreditation process, set for 2021. This survey will be emailed to you and the results shared in the new year. St. Margaret families will receive this survey in the Spring. I thank you in advance for your thoughtful participation.
- Second, the Diocese of Fall River is gathering parent perceptions for a Diocesan-wide study. You will receive an invitation directly from the Catholic Schools Office to share your perceptions.
Thank you for all you do for St. Margaret Regional School, St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School, and St. John Paul II High School.
Christopher W. Keavy
Head of School