Dear SKS Families,

Six summers ago, in late August, I received a phone call from a family in Connecticut who were relocating to our area due to a job transfer.  They were very interested in continuing with Catholic education. Three children were looking to enroll in school and I gladly told their mother, Susan Schuller, that we had openings and we would be happy to have their children join us. Susan then went on to explain that her son, Michael,  entering the second grade, has Down Syndrome.  This conversation started a month long process before the start of school as to whether we would be able to provide for him, and resulted in our accepting the whole family. Michael’s story at SKS is much longer than this page can do justice, however I can tell you this journey for both Michael and for our school has been one of the most rewarding ones in my many years of Catholic education. It has been a tremendous team effort by many people: Michael’s family – his parents, Susan and Dan, his five siblings, his teachers and staff,  and Michael’s classmates. We have taught Michael much these last six years as he finishes up his 7th grade in June, however Michael has taught us much more. 

I like to tell the story that when Michael first arrived he was the
Mayor of SKS. Every student  and staff member made a fuss over him and welcomed him with open arms. As time went on, it was a beautiful thing to watch as Michael was no longer the mayor;  he just became one of us. It was a credit to him, his family, and our entire community.  Most especially Michael’s classmates, who have been his friend, look out for him, and truly love him. As with any school, family and student there have been challenges for all of us in his journey.  However, I do believe the Holy Spirit has guided all of us, and Michael was meant to be with us. He has been a gift to SKS. 

On Sunday, 4/25/21 at 3 pm, there will be a mass at the Cathedral in Philadelphia celebrated by Archbishop Perez.  At the mass, Michael Schuller, his family and our school will be honored by a brief presentation after the mass to recognize him, the Schuller family, and our school‘s efforts to be an inclusive school.  Anyone is welcome to attend. The event will  also be lived-streamed at:

Livestream link:

As a school community we are humbled and honored to be a part of this celebratory mass.

Here is the spring edition of Spirit newsletter  with my thanks to the Spirit team: Jason Griesser, Elise Parisi, Anne Condello, Audrey Groseclose, Lisa Lopez Carickoff, J.P. Boles, and David Heacock.  There is some great information in it and we are really proud of it. If you would like a hard copy, we have them at school. Also, if you have any feedback or suggestions about an idea for an article for the next school year or would like to join the Spirit team, please contact me at school. 

When I meet with prospective parents I am often asked how our students succeed in high school. This past week I was mailed a program from the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur’s National Honor Society. The following SKS students were inducted in the school’s National Honor Society: Sarah Bowen, Kiera Chambers, Serafina Peluso, Gabriella Recchilungo, Lauren Leibezeit, Mary Livingood, Isabel Oliver, Grace Quirk, Madelyn Schultz, Margaret Searing, and Sydney Worrell.  

Next week grades 5-8 will take a survey from our Family Life/Education Advancement. Feedback from our students is important and helps us plan to make decisions on how we can best serve them.  Here is a preview of the survey

May 4th at 7 pm there will be a virtual  SKS Family Rosary. The link will be provided by Home and School in the near future. We encourage all families to participate in this event to honor our Blessed Mother in the month of May. The May Procession will be virtual as well, and the link to the event video will be shared with you later in May.

On May 6th we will have a Zoom assembly here at school just for grades 6, 7 and 8. The students will listen to Pete Sousa who is originally from this area. He played football for SKS while he attended St. Thomas of Villanova grade school, and then Archbishop Carroll. Currently he is a newscaster in Waco, Texas and a radio reporter for ESPN. Pete is a recovering addict and is ten years sober. He speaks to adolescents and young adults by sharing his story so they can learn from his journey.  This is part of our school’s mission in educating the whole child. We believe our middle school students need to hear his story. A reminder email will go out next week to the 6, 7 and 8 grade parents.

As of this writing, there are less than 30 full days of school left.  As a community we have navigated our school journey well and the ship is nearing close to port. I see light. Thank you always,  in all ways!

Take care,