Principal’s News – June 6th

June 6, 2018                                                   

Dear Parents,

Yes, this is my final parent letter. My twenty-seven years at St. Edward School has been such a blessing. I had no idea when I arrived in 1991 that I would be here until 2018. Where has the time gone? St. Edward will always hold special memories for me and, of course, it is my favorite place this side of heaven. Thank you all for your support and love. You have made my final years as a principal one that I will cherish forever. Know that each of you has a place in my heart and prayers. I now leave you in the hands of Sara Lasica who brings many gifts to St. Edward School.

Father Michael Cronin, our pastor, will be retiring on June 30th. We thank him for his eight years of ministry to St. Edward Parish. He was a great supporter of the school and a good friend. We wish him well as he begins another journey in his life as a priest. Thanks you Fr. Mike, you will be missed.

A big thank you to my secretary, Cathy McGill, who kept the office afloat and wore many hats over the years. I could not have done my job without her. She was indispensible. Thank you Cathy, for keeping things going for twenty-six years.

Father Dominic Clemente has endeared himself to St. Edward School and Parish. We thank him for all he has done for us and look forward to his many visits next school year.

As we end another year, we must say good-bye to several people. First, we bid our eighth graders farewell as they start a new chapter in their lives. Thank you for the leadership you have shown this year and good luck in high school.

Mrs. Kim Malinowski, our junior high science teacher, is leaving us this year.   We will miss her but know that she will enjoy having more time with her son, Mason, and her husband, Steve. Thanks, Kim, for your many years as a science teacher, friend, and mentor. We know you will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Nicole Applegate, our fourth and fifth grade science teacher will be leaving, also. She plans to spend more time with her daughter, Allie, and her husband Al. Nicole will surely be missed on the second floor by students, her colleagues, and the parents.

Mrs. Marie Murphy, Kindergarten Rm. 101, is expecting a baby in July and will return to school toward the end of October. She will be missed but we will welcome her with open arms upon her return..

A big shout out to Tracy Mortimer for the many hours she worked on the Blue Ribbon School Application. We are so proud that our school received this distinguished honor this year. WE ARE A BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL. This honor is bestowed for five years. We will be considered a Blue Ribbon School until 2022.

Special thanks to Cindy Rosasco (305) and Debbie Polli (203) for all of their hard work and effort with the History Fair this year. The students did a wonderful job in researching the fascinating projects they presented.

We are also grateful to our Student Council for all of their dedication to our school this year. Special thanks to the teacher moderators Nicole Applegate (205), Barbara Carabio (202) Kim Malinowski (301) and Caitlin Sammon (303), The Students planned many wonderful activities for our school during the year.

To our Prayer Committee, chaired by Sister Shirley, and the members: Matthew Bates, Kim Malinowski, Debbie Polli, Caitlin Sammon, Karen Valentino and Pat Weiland, we thank you for the wonderful prayer services and liturgies we shared this year.

Thanks to Kim Malinowski for her work with the Quiz Bowl, Cindy Rosasco for her work with Fundraising and Hospitality and Caitlin Sammon for her work with Math Club,  We are grateful for all of their efforts of time, talent, and treasure.

Thanks to Mike Kelly, Athletic Director, for the many hours he has worked for our students over the years and provided them with a top notch athletic program. Special thanks for introducing Track this year. Kudos for your hard work, Mike!

I want to thank all the organizations that do so much for our school: S.E.P.O., Sarah McCann and the St. Edward School Board and Ann Tudor who did an amazing job as School Board President. A special thank you to two outgoing board members: Krista Dustin, our Social Media guru who keeps the world informed about all the activities at St. Edward, and Kristin Mazinowski who managed the Selective Fundraising account with accuracy and fidelity.

We thank the T.R.I.P. Committee, Cindy Rosasco and Julie Anderson, Marketing Committee, Kim Danahy and crew, Big Red Auction Committee, Wendy Shear and Sharon Sintich and to all those who help with the many different projects that take place over the year. Thank you to Gallery 43 taught by Ann-Marie Greenberg who did some amazing art work with the students in grades Pre-K to 5 and to Ann Corty who teaches Art to the students in grades 6,7,8 (several of her former students have gone on to be graduates of the Art Institute of Chicago). Once again our students loved Field Day thanks to Kristy Gibbs and her crew. What a great day for our teachers and students. My prayers for each of you and blessings in all of your endeavors.  

Thank you to all those who helped with the Eighth Grade Garden Party, the new principal reception, and the final board meeting. Kudos to the board and seventh grade parents. Thanks to the Big Red Run Committee for all their work on the awesome race. It was a winner!

To Bob and Julie Andersen, our Volunteer Guru’s. Both of you would be hard to be replaced for the hours you volunteer at our school. What would we do without you?

To all those who volunteer countless hours to keep our school running like a well oiled machine thank you for sharing your time and treasure. You are what makes St. Edward a great place to educate children and build community.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank our teachers and staff for their hard work and dedication to our school. They are to be commended for all of their efforts during the year. They spend many hours doing before and after school activities and helping our students. Thanks to the parents for your support and commitment of time, talent, and treasure. You are all responsible for making St. Edward a great school!

Room assignments and pertinent information about the 2018-2019 school year will be mailed to you during the first week of August. You will, again, be able to make your Tuition, Book/Supply and Tech Fees on–line through Smart Tuition.

 Gentle Reminder: Students entering Preschool, Kindergarten or Sixth grade next year must have a Medical Exam and Immunization update. Medical forms etc. were sent home in February. Parents must complete the section marked Health History and sign that section as well. Any form not signed will be returned. Please turn in the completed Medical Forms to the school office before the end of school or mail them in during the summer.

We hope you have a happy, safe, relaxed, and prayerful summer. We look forward to celebrating Eucharist with you on the weekends. May the Lord bless you and your families.

Sincerely,

Sr. Marie Michelle, O.P.
Principal