It is with great pleasure that I announce the opening of Catholic School’s Week, along with the beginning of the second semester of school. Immaculate Conception School continues to learn and grow in the traditions and faith of our former generations. Our mission statement is how we begin our daily prayer: Dear Jesus, we ask that you be with us today as “We strive for excellence in our Catholic Education by crating a Christian environment in which everyone is respected and encouraged to develop in their faith.”
Our motto this school year speaks of how we all work together not only to make a difference, but to raise our standards. “Together as One, I.C.S. Raises the standards.” On any given day, if you visited our school, you would have the opportunity to see first-hand how teachers and students work together spiritually, academically, and within a faith-filled learning environment to develop and prepare to become strong Christian leaders in the community.
Students have taken part in several service projects the first half of the school year, such as: a food drive for St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Pantry, Charitable donations to the Devin Kohlman family, The American Red Cross, The Holiday Bureau, and Heartbeat. We also collected items for Care Packages for our military overseas. Our service to others will continue during the second half of the year as well. Teaching students to share their gifts and talents with others is a vital lesson and one we consider of great importance here at Immaculate Conception School.
The preschool students presented a beautiful Christmas program and the Kindergarten through grad five students participated in a stunning Christmas program with songs in the languages of their ancestors. These programs left the audience with not only smiles on their faces but songs in their hearts. From the performance of little ones comes a feeling of joy and peace.
As I look to the future of our Catholic School, I am reminded of the many generous donors who have contributed not only their time but also talents by volunteering or with monetary donations over the years and continue to do so today. St. Joseph’s Parish, Marblehead, are very generous contributors this year with the presentation of over $56,000 to our Parish School. They say it ‘takes a village to raise a child’ and I do think this is true, but I believe it takes committed and dedicated individuals to help it continue and rise to the next level. The staff and I humbly say ‘THANK YOU’ to all those who came before, those currently helping, and those who are still to come in order to continue passing on our Catholic faith and traditions to our little ones. Listed below are other programs that help further Catholic Educations at Immaculate Conception School:
• Adopt-a-Child program
• Kroger Rewards
• Bassett’s Family Market (grocery receipts)
• Community Market (grocery receipts)
• Box Tops for Education
• Ink Cartridge Recycling
• Campbell Soup Labels
• Shop-a-Roo (New, call school office to inquire)
• Market Day
• Tuition Assistance
• Pop tabs and aluminum cans
• Labels for Education
• Target-Take charge for Education
Our Catholic School Week celebration holds many fun activities for our students with some of the following taking place: Spirit Day, Inside Out/Crazy Sock Day, Bible Bingo, Mystery Readers, Book Fair, Silly Headgear Day, Students versus staff Beach Volleyball game, Movie and Popcorn Day with pillow and blankets, and more. Memories should be made this week, ones that will be remembered for a long time to come.
It has been said that ‘Word of Mouth’ is the very best way to advertise something of importance. I would like to challenge each of you to pass on the Good Word about the Excellent Opportunity ICS gives each child who enters through its doors to a world of L.I.F.E. (Learning in a Faith-filled Environment). The gift of a child to Immaculate Conception is one of the best things that happens to our school.
As we hold each of you in prayer each day, I ask that you continue to hold us in your daily prayers. The staff and I wish you a day filled with love, a week filled with memories, a month filled with family adventures, and a year filled with dreams.