Principal’s Blog

Principal’s Blog 2017-09-27T18:00:24+00:00

November 7th edition

The Foundation of Learning - Reading / ELA From KG to 8th Grade during the school year, I will ask the students a basic education question: What is the fastest way to get smarter?  The answer is a simple one word answer. It's four letters begins with an "R," ends in a "D," and has two vowels in the middle. Got the answer? It's READ! All academic learning starts with mastery of reading and language. Our English Language Arts (ELA) classes encompass many facets: Reading, Writing, Grammar, Vocabulary, Spelling, Listening, Speaking, Library and [...]

November 7th, 2017|

October 18th blog

Dear SKS Families, I tell our teachers regularly, and I will say the same to you as our families, that we are all proud "Ambassadors for St. Katharine of Siena School. We had a busy open house last Thursday as families shop for the best fit for their child.  Our phone has been busy with calls from families asking about our Kindergarten program and other grades as well. In case someone asks you about where we stand academically as a school and what do we do here, please feel free to share [...]

October 18th, 2017|

October 3rd Blog

"Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. Will you plan a tower to reach the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility."  - St. Augustine Dear SKS Families, Welcome to October! We seem to have gotten some beautiful fall weather the last few days. Cool and crisp mornings with brilliant sunshine are welcome to all that appreciate the changing of the seasons. I am waiting for the flurry of colors that the season of autumn will bring - the paintbrush of God's work in nature. Some of you know that I [...]

October 3rd, 2017|

Welcome Back to School!

Dear St. Katharine of Siena, This summer I significantly downsized my office. Complete feng shui, including the addition of nice plants! Eight huge - not the kitchen size - trash bags of files that no longer had any place in my office hit the shredder. Next up is the attic at home! I was advised by my top notch SKS Communication Team of Anne Condello and Elise Parisi that their philosophy that less is more would be better received in my blogs as well. So here is my first blog [...]

September 20th, 2017|

The Brain Needs a Safe Place

"The brain needs a safe place" -Rose Wallace  The quote above is one I have used before in my educational journey. The brain does need a safe place in order to function optimally. I am sure someone may have said this before, but the quote is from my sister, Rose.  I respect her greatly as an educator and friend.  This past year, I have blogged about our PSB System (Positive School Behavior):Expected Behavior Model/aka Golden Ticket Program that we have implemented.  I have also referenced  both last year and this year about [...]

June 10th, 2017|

Almost Home!

 Almost Home ! The ship is coming into port shortly and it's the busiest time of the school year.  Families are scurrying around trying to balance school, children's activities, family, and work as the school year approaches the last few weeks. At school, we are busy too. I lean on teachers/staff to do their day to day plans, end of the year work, and plans for next year.  Like you, they have a lot at their plate. The other day in church, I reminded the students that they need to [...]

June 9th, 2017|