Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope that this message finds you and your families well and the snow far behind us. Speaking of snow, I hope you heard the blast and read the website that the three days (April 22, May 29, and June 13) are now school days to make up for snow days. I am still searching for one more. Hopefully, that will be all that is necessary.
I am sending along my heartfelt thanks for all the parents and guardians who participated in our Middle States re-accreditation process-- from filing in the survey late in the previous school year to coming to the reception and parent meeting. Many of your children represented Mercy well with their presence and conversations with the Validating Team. Together as a school community, we represented the present and planned for the future of MVHS. The team was impressed with our efforts and will recommend that the Middle States Association approve our re-accreditation until 2021. May God bless our plans and guide our actions for “Mercy by Design.”
As this school year “marches” on quickly, I encourage you to stay informed of all the happenings at Mercy. Enjoy the new look to our website and watch it grow. While there, visit the web calendar to keep yourselves aware of upcoming events.
Let me take this opportunity to point out the special March and early April occurrences:
- March 6: Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences from Noon to 7PM by appointments – No classes that day.
- March 15: Operation Katrina-Sandy 9 Teambuilding—service to the people of Toms River, New Jersey, as they continue to rebuild after the destruction of Superstorm Sandy
- March 20: Spaghetti Dinner and Family Bingo—free dinner and fun for all -Contact Mr. Carchidi before March 13.
- April 2: Second Parent/Guardian meeting at 7PM- Two $25 Visa cards will be awarded. You must be present to win. Come and join us.
- April 6: Family Mass at 9:30 AM followed by a continental breakfast
I hope you can come and worship with us. This is an opportunity to meet some of the other Mercy families. Please send in your number if you have not already done so. Call Teena Weisler at ext. 132, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. There were details sent home with the report cards. There is information on the home page.
There will be meetings in April for parents and guardians of grade 9 (April 23 at 7PM) and grade 12 (April 10 at 7PM). Juniors celebrate the reception of their high-school rings at Ring Mass (April 19 at 7PM). Please come to the meetings/events that pertain to you. I look forward to seeing you at these functions. In addition, I would appreciate your telling friends and families about the Open House on March 30 from 12 Noon to 3 PM. This is primarily for grade 7 students and families, but all are welcome. Thanks for spreading the word.
Hopefully, PowerSchool has helped you to stay informed of your children’s progress. If you ever have any questions about entries in PowerSchool or printed report cards, please do not hesitate to ask. Check on the third-quarter progress. Marks close on April 4. Many students have accomplished wonderful things to date. Others need a good third quarter. Thanks for your involvement, encouragement, and participation.
This month holds the days of the Lenten season in prayerful anticipation of the celebration of Easter. We commemorate these holy days with prayer services and opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. May these days of Lent and the promise of Easter brighten our hearts and minds with the wonder of God’s love for us. May peace fill our hearts, our lives, our families, our city streets, and our world. You and yours remain in our prayers.
Best Wishes and prayers,
Sister Susan Walsh, RSM