I hope the holidays were very relaxing for you and your family. They certainly were for the Muldoon household. However, they are over and we now think about the new term and year. January is the time when people make resolutions. Last year I looked at the resolution of improving attendance. I will still have resources on attendance at the end of the article. However instead of looking forward to the new year I would like to look back to Pope Francis’ message at Christmas. Pope Francis said in a message to an international gathering on December 10 that each person had to protect the fundamental rights of individuals. He went on to say ...
“Each person is ... called to contribute with courage and determination..., to respect the fundamental rights of every person.”
He went on point out that we should look after the rights of the dispossessed, especially of those who are “… naked, sick, a stranger or imprisoned, who live on the margins of society or are discarded.”
As Christians the Gospel asks us to face the least of our brothers and sisters and to alleviate their suffering. During the Christmas season we do much to help our families in need. St. Paul School, like all Holy Spirit schools, worked hard in this respect. Now that the new year is here we forget that the families still need our help. We, at St. Paul, will do our best to make things easier for our brethren with our sock and mitt drive in January.
One other important pre Christmas date is December 12. It is the feast day of our Lady of Guadeloupe, when Mary appeared to Cuauhtlatoatzin also known as Juan Diego in 1531. That date has been set aside as the National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. The message this year is, “ Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. It is believed that young people can follow the words of the Prophet Joel who said that, “Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams’ (Joel 2:28). The Pope’s comment speaks to how one generation is connected to the next. For young people to achieve their potential they are in need of the dreams of their Elders.
This is where attendance comes in to play. Young people will reach their potential when they work with their elders, whether that is in the home with their parents, in the community with their coaches and community leaders or in school with their teachers. For the last part of the puzzle to happen they need to be in school. Through education young people can develop the skills and knowledge that will propel them to be the leaders of tomorrow. Also education is a fundamental human right. Countries with high levels of education tend to be stable, have democratic governments and are less likely to have high levels of economic inequality.
If you need our help to get your little ones to school please call the school and we will do everything we can to help. Also see the links below that show the importance of being in school each day.
http://attendanceworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/toosickforschool-2_4.19.17-1.pdf - When is too sick for school?
http://attendanceworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Attendance_ESP1PG_English_062614.pdf - Elementary School Hand-out on Attendance.
http://attendanceworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/AW-PRESCHOOL-FLYER-FINAL-5.7.15-1.pdf - Early Learning Hand-out on attendance.