Good morning Angels,
It is with heartfelt gratitude and appreciation that I write this final Angel Update for the 2019-2020 school year.
What a year 2020 has been! This will be the year that we continue to talk about moving forward. We would never have anticipated this ending to your school year but we are pleased to announce that all of our Angel staff and students kept on soaring through this time of turmoil and uncertainty!
Monday night was an amazing sight to see as we participated in our Grade 8 Drive-Thru Celebration and Virtual Graduation. Seeing all our students dressed up with their families, coming for the last time to St. Michael’s was emotional, but also memorable. Physical distancing prevented us from saying goodbye and good luck the way we wanted to but my hope is that all of our graduates felt the care and compassion of the staff in celebration of this major accomplishment. We know that our graduates will continue to thrive in high school next year!
It has also been such a pleasure to welcome you back into the school community to pick up your student belongings and to get a chance to say goodbye to staff as you start your summer vacation. As people of faith, we are “Called to Belong” and we have truly tried to gather as community virtually through our online learning platforms, on Twitter and through Newswire communication. The hope is that you were still able to feel that connection of belonging to our amazing St. Michael Community. We want all of our students to know that they belong here with us and will continue to be included in all aspects of school life.
We couldn’t be prouder of our families for surviving and thriving during this time. The persistence of parents who navigated the online world to ensure that their children continued to learn did not go unnoticed. We appreciate all of the efforts you took to connect and reach out during these last 3 months. We know it has not been easy, and the entire St. Michael staff would like to thank you for all of your hard work! Our staff had a significant learning curve, and you met them with patience and kindness as we learned together through this phase of distance education. We are truly grateful and would like to thank you for supporting us and trusting us to take care of your children.
As we get ready for the long, hot days of summer, we pray that all our our families get to enjoy the outdoors with each other, engage with nature, read books, play board games and most of all enjoy each other’s company. We cannot wait to have you back to school as quickly as possible, healthy and happy!
Continue to look for Newswires throughout the summer as information about the school start up becomes available.
We know that whatever obstacles are placed before us – that we can navigate them and move forward together as a school community. We will also ways be stronger together. It’s been another wonderful year of amazing Angels and amazing Angel families! Continue to be safe.
Heather Papp – Principal