Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope all of you are preparing for a special Easter break with your families. We are at the end of our Lenten journey; on Holy Thursday we enter into the Triduum. The Easter Triduum recalls the passion, death, burial and the resurrection of Jesus, as portrayed in the Gospels. As we go through this journey with Jesus, we feel the pain and sadness of Good Friday and we also experience the wonderful celebration of His resurrection on Easter Sunday! I wish you all a meaningful and joyous Easter holiday.
Our school is extremely busy with so many activities. We have Title I tutoring for math and reading four days per week, choir practices, band practices, Science Club, play practices, our basketball clinic, soccer, and track practices. I would like to expand our offerings to the younger grades. Please let me know if you have an interest in moderating an after-school club or coaching a team. Perhaps you have a hobby you could share or a special talent that could benefit our children (this could count toward volunteer hours).
Many of our parents are interested in learning more about the BOOST scholarship offered by the state of Maryland. This scholarship helps Maryland students (who have a financial need) pay for tuition (K-12) to attend private schools. Thankfully it looks as though the Maryland BOOST scholarships will be funded again this year! The budget conference committee finalized the negotiations between the two chambers and BOOST was renewed and funded to include nearly $6 million in program funds for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. While the budget language stipulates that last year’s BOOST scholarship recipients should continue to receive scholarships so long as they’re income-eligible, there will be a significant amount of new money to allocate for new scholarship awards. To apply or reapply for the BOOST scholarship, please visit www.educationmaryland.org/BOOST. We encourage anyone who is struggling to pay our tuition to apply for the BOOST scholarship.
Twelve of our 8th-grade students received the Sacrament of Confirmation with Bishop Knestout this past Friday. Our students did a wonderful job representing our school and parish; they were brave souls and answered some challenging questions from the Bishop. Many of our second graders will receive First Holy Communion on May 14th: the English speakers at the 11:00 am Mass and the Spanish speakers at the 1:00 pm Mass. If possible, please come and join us for these wonderful celebrations. It is amazing to see our students grow in their faith. As always, please stop by or call me if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you all for your continued support of our amazing school!
Chris Buchleitner Principal