May 18, 2016
+Dear Parents and Guardians,
Please note that there is a change in the calendar for this month. Friday, May 27th will be a half day of school, with dismissal at 11:30 AM. Our Second Graders have prepared the school mass for this month at 8:45 that morning. It is a special time for them and all of us, as they again wear their First Communion outfits and share in the Eucharist with the school. (Second Grade will have their annual “Communion bagel breakfast” following the mass, kindness of the parents.) The 11:30 dismissal will begin our Memorial Day weekend.
Please also be aware that Sister Lorraine Studley will be celebrating her Golden Jubilee on Saturday, May 28th with a special liturgy at 11:30 AM in the Church. Sister has spent her entire religious life in education and we are most grateful for her years of service to the Church in general, and to St. Raymond’s in particular. All are welcome at this special Mass in gratitude for her vocation.
Remember that St. Raymond School’s Band, the Golden Rays, march in the annual Memorial Day Parade in East Rockaway. The parade begins at 10:00 AM and travels along Main Street, Ocean Avenue, Centre Avenue and Atlantic Avenue. Won’t you cheer them on? They love the excitement of meeting family and friends along the parade route.
Finally, let me put a plug in for our annual GOLF OUTING. I am delighted to say that we topped out with golfers. However, all are welcome to attend the dinner that follows. Be sure to check with Rich Madden since reservations must be made.
Thanks so much for your help and understanding with everything that we do at St. Raymond School. Know that it is all for your children and the greater glory of God.
In Mary’s Immaculate Heart, I am
Sister Ruthanne Gypalo, IHM
Principal’s Corner…for May 15, 2016
Congratulations to all of our FIRST COMMUNION children as the final groups had their special day this weekend. We are so happy to be able to share the Eucharist with you each week. God bless you all.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all as we joyfully celebrate Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. Here at St. Raymond’s, we always make this day extra special as we acknowledge the many talents and gifts of ALL the many ministries of the parish. When you take time to list the many groups that serve the people of our parish, it is utterly amazing! There is really something for everyone!
That includes our students as well, as you can see from their weekly schedule. Here’s a look at this week:
- Monday – Baked ziti; Student Council meeting at lunchtime; Chorus after school; Spirit baseball vs Kellenberg @ 4 pm at Pony Field
- Tuesday – Deli sandwiches; Junior Art Club for 4-8 after school; Parish Children’s Choir from 5-6 pm in the auditorium
- Wednesday – Full Experienced Band from 8-9 am; Beginner Band from 9-10 am; 11:30 AM dismissal for all; Faculty meeting at noon
- Thursday – Hot pretzels; Math Enrichment at lunchtime for Grade 8; Chess Club after school
- Friday – Bagel day; Student Council Election; Spirit baseball vs LBC @ LB Rec at 3:45 pm
Please save the date of Wednesday, May 25th for our annual SPRING CONCERT. The experienced band, the beginner band, the violins and the chorus will all perform (and trust me, they ALL sound amazing!!). It will be a most enjoyable evening, so plan on joining us for “the sounds of spring.”
Finally I would like to inform you that Sister Margaret Mary Caulson (aka Sister Mary Ronan) has gone home to our Father this week. Sister had been stationed at St. Raymond’s several years ago and remained in the area doing Spiritual Direction and Hospice Care. It was that same gentle care that led her into the arms of our God. May she rest in peace.