Labor Day and the Dedication of our Staff

This past Monday, our country celebrated the unofficial end of summer on the day dedicated to recognizing the efforts of our national workforce. On September 5, 1882, the celebration of the first Labor Day occurred in New York City. It became a national holiday in 1894 when President Grover Cleveland declared it as such. Today, we use this joyous event to both celebrate the industry of our country’s workers, as well as offer a fitting conclusion to our extended break from school.

The week leading up to the Labor Day found the return of the St. Agnes faculty and staff. Although this week does serve as a transitional period for my colleagues, it is anything but a relaxing endeavor for TEAM AGNES. While the teachers are busily preparing their classrooms to serve as engaging learning environments for the young people of BEAR NATION, much more goes into this week then merely positioning anchor charts and word walls within their instructional settings. This week also provides our staff an opportunity to engage in professional development and dialogue about forward thinking practices that will further our commitment to providing an excellent educational program to our students. The following summary will provide a glimpse into the week of August 27-31.

The week began as it rightfully should, centered in the mission of our Catholic ministry. At the 8:00am mass on Monday, August 27 at St. William of York church, our faculty and staff gathered together to celebrate the gift of our Eucharist. Followed by this liturgical celebration, we then met as an entire TEAM to learn more about the focal points of emphasis for the 2018-2019 school year. Then on Tuesday morning, our teachers came together for a seminar hosted by two members of our School Board. I would like to thank Ms. Pat Barton and Mr. Mike Doyle for the leadership they offered with regard to merging the standards of our curriculum within an innovation mindset that will further nurture the 4C’s of 21st century learning skills (communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking). Then later that morning, our entire TEAM collaborated in the name of Christ to serve the needs of our disadvantaged brothers in the Catonsville area. On this day, our staff assembled 240 lunches for the gentlemen at the Westside Men’s Shelter. I would like to thank Mrs. Eileen Leaman for leading this project and Mr. Ben Jahn the General Manager at Shoppers Food for the charitable donation of lunch items. Then on Wednesday morning, we again gathered as a faculty and enjoyed a TEAM Building experience. I would like to extend my appreciation to Mrs. Jane McCaul for generously leading this workshop dialogue. Then on Thursday, the entire Archdiocese of Baltimore met at the Church of the Nativity for our annual Convocation with mass celebrated by Archbishop Lori. And before this week would conclude, we once again arranged our Intake Conference Day. The goal of this event is to begin to form and strengthen the partnership between parents and school. We use this occasion to learn more about the parent’s child as we establish a working relationship and open dialogue with our school families. What a blessed week to celebrate the labor and ministerial efforts of our staff.

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