Farewell our Treasured Leaders

“Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again.”

William Shakespeare

Last week, our community enjoyed the final days of the school year. And on these concluding days, I felt the bittersweet joy of saying farewell to those who have generously served our school. To this point, on behalf of St. Agnes I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the following list of departing colleagues whose dedication to our students and their families represent a telling tale of the unique vocational calling it is to serve as a Catholic school educator: Phuong Vu - Science (18 years), Kathy Majerowicz – Kindergarten (13 years), Linda Payne – School Receptionist/Secretary (10 years), Ellen Alvarez – Library (2 years), and Kaitlyn Solloway - Physical Education (1 year). We wish our TEAM AGNES colleagues all the best.

I also want to extend my gratitude two special groups whose members have kindly offered their leadership to St. Agnes. To begin, I am thankful for the following parents who have served on this year’s Home and School Association Board (H.S.A.): Ray Short, Angela Romeo, Kathy Acosta, Simone Johnson, Lisa Washington, Cecelia Assam, Kristin Young, Sherita Thomas, Robin Reed and Kathy Majerowicz (faculty liaison). I am also grateful to the following group of parishioners and school parents who have thoughtfully governed our community as members of our School Board: Mike Forest, Fr. Foppiano, Sr. Peter Verona, Pat Barton, Mary Lou LaMartina, Tracey Calderone, Eileen Farmer, Karen Horvath, Mike Doyle, Pat Kearney and Ray Short (H.S.A. liaison). Thank you all for your service to St. Agnes.

It has been said that we should never say goodbye. For goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting. And how could we forget the loyalty, the leadership and the love that each of the aforementioned employees and volunteers have offered in support of BEAR Nation? So although we will not be saying goodbye, we do say thank you. Similarly, we also extend our gratitude to the St. Agnes and st. William of York parishes for all of the prayers and support that they have extended in helping to provide the gift of a Catholic school education to our students. We are appreciative of the collective support that has made St. Agnes School a tapestry of God’s goodness and blessings. This ongoing and communal investment proudly represents another chapter in the St. Agnes storyboard which has been generously sustained by co-workers in Christ’s vineyard.

As this concludes my final blog post for the 2017-2018 school year, I believe that a passage found in 2 Corinthians 9:15 says it best, “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” And what a gift these past ten months have been! May the Lord bless you and your family with many joy filled memories of summer.

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