Principal's Fall Newsletter 2018
November 19, 2018
This time last year, my letter to you began:
“With the Thanksgiving season upon us, we have so much to be grateful for this year. We could dwell on our losses, such as the new school annex, or we could stay positive and focus on our blessings. For me, I choose to stay positive …”
What a difference a year makes! Although we were so disappointed that we were not going to be allowed to build the hoped-for annex on the blacktop, something much better came along a few months later!
Grades 3-8 have moved into a wonderful, modern, new building just up the street.
The Upper School’s new building provides:
- 13 classrooms
- A recording studio
- A full-size gym
- A science laboratory
- Some rooms with movable walls, enabling grade-wide learning experiences
The Lower School (pre-K through grade 2), therefore, has been able to spread out throughout our familiar building:
- Music now has an appropriate room.
- The Library no longer shares its space with a homeroom.
- The small-group instruction has been able to move into a full-size classroom.
- There are two new book rooms with student and teacher resources.
- The new STEM Room means we now have dedicated space and opportunity for STREAM activities at all grade levels.
- Our Maker Space has re-opened, and this year even preschool students will be able to use it.
- We have an additional kindergarten section and another Pre-K-4 class, too, with room to grow.
- We still have our courtyard! We did not have to sacrifice that space for a new building.
- The initial steps have been taken toward the renovation of Upper Victory Hall. Just last week, an architect paid us a visit, along with a contractor. Before long, we will have a plan.
- Additionally, Father Bryan has pledged to match our raised funds, up to $150,000 in order to renovate Upper Victory Hall. That would be a grand total of $300,000!
In addition, we have technology upgrades in both buildings, including:
- Grades 4-8 have a one-to-one Chromebook device program.
- 3rd grade also has one-to-one policy with the iPads.
- Large-screen monitors with Apple TV’s are already in use in the 1st and 2nd grade classrooms, and an order has been placed for the kindergarten classes. Use of them enhances teaching and learning.
- We also now have a 3-D printer in each building.
I am happy to say that Sacramental Preparation has returned to our school with a strong connection to the church. Furthermore, Father Bryan has celebrated Masses in the Upper School and grade level clusters have visited the church for Mass.
Finally, I can tell you proudly that, just as our school has grown, so has our administrative team. We are so fortunate that we already had several outstanding members of our faculty who completed their advanced degrees or bring years of experience to their new position. They have been indispensable in the smooth transition from one school building into two, and will be the essential to the success of OLC going forward. Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to:
- Vice Principal, Tom Keating, Math Coach/Middle School Math Teacher;
- Dean of Students, Christine Zarsky, Safe Environment Coordinator/Eighth Grade Coordinator/Religion Teacher;
- Language Arts Supervisor, Madeline Martineau, Reading Specialist/Small Group Instruction (Upper School),
- Language Arts Supervisor, Jenna Sier, Reading Specialist/Small Group Instruction (Lower School).
- Project Manager, Kelly Lillis
- Social Worker, Kaitlin O’Connor.
Lastly, thank you, to our OLC School families for your continued support and involvement. Together we have built an amazing school community.
We are truly blessed and have much for which to be thankful!
May God continue to bless our OLC family,
Anna Mae Stefanelli, Principal