Thursday, June 11, 2020
Dear St. Margaret Families,
HAPPY LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!
Our theme during this Year to Lead, “I have called you by name”, had a very special meaning to me. Although I have been a part of the SMS community for many years this was my first year as your Principal. What a memorable first year it was! As a school and parish community, we showed strength, dedication, resilience and most importantly our faith in God and Catholic education through a pandemic and school closure that kept us out of our buildings for months! I am SO PROUD of all of our students, teachers and parents. You truly did rise up and face this challenge with faith and courage.
In my previous Principal’s Posts I have given you the information from The Archdiocese of Baltimore on “The Planning Ahead Task Force for Catholic Schools”. This group has been established to design a comprehensive plan for the safe return of students to the classroom. I will continue to update you throughout the summer months with any information we receive and any plans that are being made, including updates to our 2020-21 calendar. We will be preparing for several different scenarios as we await the state mandates for the reopening of Maryland schools.
Thank you for your faith in us and your continued support as we work through these challenging circumstances together. If you have any questions, thoughts or concerns over the summer please email us. We will resume school office hours in July at the Elementary School campus. We will send an email soon with the days and times that the ES office will be open in July and for the remainder of the summer. The Middle School office will be closed until mid August.
As we close our 2019-2020 school year, I want to thank Fr. Kevin, Fr. Nicodemus, Fr. Matt, our deacons, our families, my administrative team and our faculty and staff for their dedication not only to St. Margaret School but to Catholic education. We have all experienced the sacrifices as well as the rewards that the commitment to Catholic education brings to our lives. I pray that our schools will rise up through this crisis and we will continue to “rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulations, (and) be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
Students, remember your homework from Fr. Kevin - say an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be every day! Remember to see the face of Jesus in others and make choices on the side of peace. You are and will continue to Be The PEACE in our world. Congratulations 8th Grade class of 2020! We know that you will “go make a difference”! I hope you have a wonderful, restful, well-deserved summer break. Pray, read and HAVE FUN!
I don’t think any of us will ever forget our 2019-2020 school year! As much as we look forward to summer, we really can’t wait to see all of you back at school! May God bless you and keep you safe and healthy.
Thank you for being a part of the SMS family.
Anna C. Shanahan
St. Margaret School
2019-2020 The Year to Lead
“I have called you by name.” Isaiah 43:1