In the first days of November and throughout the month, we at Mercy pause to remember our deceased loved ones and to pray for their intercession on our behalf. We, faculty and students, will gather for special prayer services and will include your families and friends in our prayers. Contact Ms. Teena Weisler or me if you want us to post a picture of a loved one in chapel or want a special person mentioned. May your special people enjoy eternal rest and peace.
Let me take a moment to review with you a section of the faculty/student handbook, something which is a vital component in a Mercy school. “MVHS strives to create a safe and inviting environment for students to learn and grow. To achieve this atmosphere, MVHS places the highest priority on respect.” Actually, all insults, teasing, and bullying are unacceptable and work against building an atmosphere of respect. Whenever these behaviors are seen or discovered, we, at Mercy, address them. If you know something is happening, please be sure to bring it to our attention. Contact guidance, student-services personnel, or administration to alert us to any difficulties. Encourage your children to speak to one of us directly and /or to click the OWL on our webpage to report issues anonymously. Working together, we can keep this school a safe and peaceful place for all.
In addition to our efforts with the four classes at MVHS, we are busy in recruitment efforts for the Class of 2019. Please spread the good word of Mercy to your co-workers, friends, and families and make sure they know of our Open House (11/2/14) and Entrance Test (11/15/14). The Eighth Grade Visitation Day will take place on Thursday, November 13. Your insights and recommendations could prove helpful for prospective parents and guardians. If you need any details about these activities, please contact Mr. Donahue at ext. 148.
Please do not forget to check the calendar on our website periodically for events and any changes and/or additions. Early November signals the end of the first quarter of our school year (11/7/14). The calendar will remind you of important dates regarding the first report-card distribution (11/17/14) and conferences later in December (12/2/14). When you receive the report card, please take the time to review the marks in each course with your sons and daughters and encourage more of the same or a change in direction--as the case may be. Check the comments from the teachers and see if your sons and daughters are doing the best they can. Of course, you can check PowerSchool daily or weekly to keep track of current progress. You can access Edmodo to get details of each class. If you are having any trouble accessing PowerSchool or Edmodo, please let us know. Mrs. Heisler in the Main Office or Mrs. Iffrig in the Studies Office will be happy to lead you through the process. Thank you for your partnership in the education of your children.
You will hear about safe environment training for the students later in November. Since it is the first year of the program for you, the freshman parents will be getting a letter in the report card envelope coming home on 11/17 with additional information. All grades will receive a phone blast about the training. This program is for all students across the Archdiocese. Look at the school calendar for dates. If you have an objection to the training, please be in touch with me on or before November 18.
We mentioned during the September orientations that we were preparing to arrange "Flexible Instruction Days.” This is the official term for cyber-school when school is closed for snow or any other emergency reason. To this end, the teachers will have an in-service day on November 5 to focus on all the technology and details to successfully "have school at home.” Assignments will come to the students by way of Edmodo, and teachers will be online during a two-hour period for questions. Provisions will be made for the very few students who do not have the Internet at home or a data plan on cell phones. The PA Department of Education permits five days of flexible instruction during a school year. You and your children will hear of these details as soon as they are created. I imagine you can easily recall how disruptive the snow days were last year. With this in mind, Mercy and many other schools are moving in this direction. Thanks for your support and understanding of important in-service days and "school at home.”
For those of you who are alums of MVHS, have older children who are or know someone who is, please pass along news of these events. On November 24, at Gustine Recreation Center, at 6:30PM, we will have alum/current student basketball games. On November 29, at MVHS, we will have an Alumni Chat and Chew from 6:00PM until 10:00PM. Thanks for spreading the word.
As November comes to a close, we grow more conscious of God’s many blessings and gather to give thanks. On behalf of the administration, faculty, and staff, I thank you for entrusting your sons and daughters daily to our care. We, at Mercy, are grateful for your many expressions of support and partnership. I will join you in praying that your sons and daughters, our students, will live their lives with attitudes of gratitude. May gratitude be the strongest attitude for all of us. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. I will remember you and your families in my prayers.
May God bless our endeavors and guide our November days. If there is anything that Sister Rosemary, Miss Glatts, Mr. Aument, or I can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your partnership and cooperation.
Best wishes for peace and happiness,