Dear St. Isaac’s Families,
It somehow must be a sign from God that a few minutes before I sat down to write this letter the clouds parted and the sun is now shining! I feel like God has taken care of us these past few months as His guidance was with all of us as we figured out what e-Learning would involve and how to proceed to help our children. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the continual encouragement and support you offered to our teachers. They showed us each and every day how flexible, creative, supportive, and committed they are to their students. We often hear the term, “life-long learner”; COVID-19 taught us that the learning never stops for not only our students but for their teachers as well.
On May 22nd our Kindergartners would have “graduated” into first grade, a ceremony we all look forward to. Mrs. Louwagie, Ms. Ferguson and Ms. Nelson have some special treats for these soon to be first graders that you will find upon picking up your child’s things from St. Isaac’s. We celebrated graduation for the Class of 2020 via Zoom at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26th, the original day scheduled for graduation. I know so many of us can not wrap our brains around missing all of these traditions, but I hope and pray that as the years go by, it won’t be the events that we remember missing, but we’ll remember the care and love the children felt as their teachers tried every day to continue to connect with them. That feeling of being loved and cared for is internal and helps all of us to face disappointment or failure in the future.
Of course you know I will continue to be in touch with all of you throughout the summer as information becomes known about our reopening. In the meantime, I have asked each grade level team to share some suggestions of how our children might continue to build their skills over the summer. Kindergarten has already sent their packet, and I will send any suggestions for skill retention to all of you the week of June 1.
Until then, and I know you might think I’m not telling the truth, I will really miss my daily messages. Sometimes I sit down and think, “I have nothing to say today,” and then I take a minute and start typing. Somehow it just comes easy when I think about our children and all of you.
I’m sharing a picture with you from Father DeSalvo, Father Twaruzek, and Ms. Sullivan, sending their good-byes and wishing you a wonderful summer.
I leave you for today with a prayer for summer….
May you walk with God this summer in whatever you do and wherever you go.
May God bless our families during these wonderful months of summer and help
us to make our homes a place of relaxation, joy, love, peace, and safety.
May God put us in His hands and help us to enjoy the blessings of summertime.
I truly hope summer brings peace and many blessings to all. My prayer is that I’m sending out a note sooner than later about the reopening of St. Isaac Jogues Elementary School for the 2020-2021 school year….what an amazing feeling that will be!
Mrs. Carol Burlinski