Director’s Newsletter May 2017

Dear STAT Families,

Happy May! Congratulations to all of you who have labored diligently through this school year! Well done! Let’s finish strong! I am thinking thoughts of summer to give me strength. As Michelle Cooley wrote to me recently, “Summer is my love language.” Ahhhhhhhhhhh. Summer is never so sweet as when it comes at the completion of deeply good and meaningful work. So many challenges this year! Thank you for all the support and encouragement you have sent my way.

Thank you for trusting STAT with your beautiful children. I see the fruit of your hard work each STAT day. Their loving-kindness and their sweet faith give me great hope for the future.

A Special Prayer Request
Our beloved tutor and friend, David Szostak has had chronic lung disease since his childhood. This condition was stable for years until he contracted an additional non-contagious mycobacterial infection which has destroyed most of his remaining lung tissue. You might have noticed that David attends STAT some days with oxygen. Although God has given him sufficiently stable health to teach our children, his condition has recently begun to deteriorate. While certain medical options have been proposed, no remaining option offers any long term solution and would place his life at risk. While David plans on finishing the year teaching at STAT, his family is at a crossroads. Realizing that the Resurrected Christ intends that new life and healing accompany the life of the Church in its everyday mission (Mark 16: 15-18), David and his family believe the merciful Lord wants to heal his condition. At the initiative of STAT, we are beginning a Rosary Novena beginning this Thursday, May 4th and finishing the day before May 13, the 100th anniversary of Mary’s apparition at Fatima. Please pray with us for the complete healing of David’s lungs. We are also asking for wisdom and peace for David and Karly as they navigate this great trial.

As David has come to our rescue this year by stepping in to teach humanities to our 6th grade students after Mrs. Lupinski’s departure, let us now return his gift with fervent love, prayers, sacrifices. Come, Lord Jesus!

STAT Events

An Evening of Poetry, Monday, May 8th, OLF, 7pm: Come listen to the beautiful recitations of our students who have been working so hard! There will be a reception immediately following.
St. Tarcisius Top Four – Athletic Challenge: The fourth grade is hosting this fundraiser to support the seminarians of Baltimore. They will offer 4 athletic challenges for the students during the lunch recess period. They are asking for a donation of $5.00 from each family. Please send your $5 donation in with your students in an envelope labeled with your last name/St. Tarcisius.
8th Grade Quest Play, Monday, May 15th, 2:30pm, OLF Church Hall: Each year the 8th grade showcases some of the truths they have encountered by incorporating them into the plot of a play. All STAT students and families are invited to attend this year’s play,True Freedom.
STAT Used Book Sale,Wednesday, April 17th, 9:30 am, at STAT. Out with the old and in with the new! Come shop for next year’s curriculum items at a discount. Please assign a price to any used items you wish to sell.
Last Day/Field Day/8th Grade Promotion, Monday, May 22nd: Please bring your families for a fun,wonderful ending to our school year! PLEASE REMEMBER TO LABEL ANYTHING THAT YOU BRING WITH YOU TO FIELD DAY!
Field Day Little Sibling Teams: Parents may bring their younger children to participate on a siblings team. The Younger Sisters team should wear a pink T-shirt, the Younger Brothers team please wear a maroon T-shirt.
STAT Family Potluck Picnic, Lake Waterford Park, Wednesday. May 31st: Come celebrate the school year’s completion with STAT tutors, families, and friends. Details to be announced soon!

Staffing Changes

As you may have already heard, my time as STAT Director is drawing to a close. As the position is a three year commitment, I have been praying for more than one year that God would raise up someone from among us who loves our mission and can lead STAT forward with renewed energy and vision. I am incredibly happy to announce that Lorraine Landerkin will assume the leadership of STAT after our ceremony on May 22nd! I believe Lorraine’s extensive experience in Communications Policy Development, Solutions Implementation, Project Management, and Systems Analysis, will greatly benefit the STAT community. She also has a fantastic sense of humor!
Amy Zaleski will be leaving the STAT Board in order to become our 6th grade tutor! Marie Richardson will be our next Director of Admissions. Thank you, Marie, for your willingness to serve this community. The admissions process is in great hands!
I will continue to serve as President of the Board assuming responsibility for STAT Curriculum, and as a STAT parent to my soon-to-be 8th grader, Ellen.
Tutor Line Up for 2017/18 academic year:

2nd Grade Ruth Gwynn
2nd Grade Asst. Open
3rd Grade Open
4th Grade Monica Ruppert
5th Grade Rina Brown
6th Grade Amy Zaleski
7th Grade Kathy Kirby
8th Grade Christine Butrim
PE Bernard Weinbaum
Choir Monica Ruppert
Choir Assts. Ruth Gwynn/Open
Art Naomi Popp
Science Open
Latin Open

As you can see we are seeking to fill the several positions: 2nd Grade Asst., 3rd Grade Humanities, Science, and Latin. Unfortunately, Mrs. McFarren will not be returning to teach Latin as she has accepted a full-time position. Please send me any tutor leads you have for the open positions. Thank you to those of you who are applying for open positions yourselves!

Fundraising

Please help buy up the last of the scrip from this year! Stacy has Safeway, Bath and Body Works, iTunes and a small amount of Giant gift cards left. Contact stacy.golden100@msn.com to purchase!

STAT News

Our new STAT website was launched over the Easter break as I am sure all of you have noticed by now! Many thanks go out to Larry Kirby for all of his time and effort in creating a beautiful new website for our school! Please take note of the updated Mission, Vision, and About Us statements. While our intentions have not changed, we get better at articulating them. We hope these new statements provide added clarity and understanding about what STAT seeks to offer.
Math Placement results will be emailed on May 10th.

Girls on the Run completed their 5k on April 22nd over the Easter break. More than 1000 girls participated. It was such a joyful event! Each girl selected a “running buddy” to join them for the 5K. Many moms, dads, brothers, sisters, and friends ran with them. It was so wonderful to see all the girls cross the finish line after the hard work they put into training! Our own Elizabeth Freymann won the entire 5k, finishing a full minute before the 2nd place runner. Check out her picture (at the bottom of this newsletter) crossing the finish line behind the pace car! The runner in blue behind her is Elizabeth’s running buddy. She got a work out that day!

Family News

Please join me in welcoming Cecilia Jane Scrivener to the STAT family. She was born on her due date, April 7th, 2017 and weighed in at 9 lbs. 4 oz. She is just beautiful! Christine Scrivener ran the Girls on the Run 5K 15 days later with her daughter Lizzie! You read that correctly.

Special Thanks To . . .

All the parents, tutors, staff and friends of STAT for supporting us and one another through a very challenging year!
All those who are planning the final events of the academic year!
Our Choir Director, Monica Ruppert, and her assistants, Helen Kirby and Ruth Gwynn, for bringing beautiful music to our community!
Our Board Members: Amy Zaleski, Kim Flater, and Larry Kirby for doing so much work behind the scenes this year!
Everyone who made pizza day possible: Cathy Sitzwohl and Amy Zaleski!

In gratitude,

Ruth Popp
Director, St. Thomas Aquinas Tutorial