Dear St. Mary Families,
St. Mary School has been blessed with many wonderful, dedicated teachers who cared about the students not just here but beyond St. Mary. Two of those dedicated, hard-working teachers have decided to retire at the end of this year.
Mrs. Pedryc has dedicated her life to Catholic education for 43 years; 16 of which has been spent here at St. Mary creating award-winning writers. Our students write poetry during the month of April and many of our students are published in a book entitled A Celebration of Poets. Every year students return to see Mrs. Pedryc and tell her how well they are doing in high school. She and Mrs. Keehn have been guiding lights to the eighth graders. Together they have done a wonderful job preparing the students for the Living Stations and graduation. Mrs. Pedryc is looking forward to spending time with her husband, who has been retired for many years, and her many nieces and nephews. God bless you Mrs. Pedryc, and we will miss you. We hope you will visit frequently.
Mrs. Mary Lou Taylor has taught at St. Mary for nineteen years. Her entire career was spent in second grade preparing our students for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Mrs. Taylor loved her students and worked to ensure that they all did well. There were always fun science projects and rigorous standards. She has served on several faculty committees and has been the teacher partner to FSA. She especially enjoyed McDonald’s McTeacher Night. I have no doubt that Mrs. Taylor’s journey will be an interesting and fun-filled one. Who knows, maybe we will see her owning or managing a McDonalds. God bless you Mrs. Taylor, we will miss you. You are welcome back at any time.
Please take time to read their letters which can be found in the virtual backpack. There is also a hard copy of their letters going home today in the Thursday envelope. I will begin the process of finding the highest qualified teacher to replace Mrs. Pedryc. In second grade, Mrs. Buscemi and Mrs. Turek will be going full time and each of them will have their own 2nd grade classroom next year.
I ask you to keep both of them in your prayers as they embark upon a new phase of their lives.
God bless all of you,
Dear St. Mary Families,
In the Virtual Backpack you will find a calendar for next year that gives you the days off and the early dismissal days. A more extensive calendar with activities will be sent to you in June.
Please note that we will have a different Easter break than normal next year. This will only occur for this one year. The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) will be in Chicago next year. Traditionally, it is always the week of spring break. The Archdiocese of Chicago is requiring all schools to attend the NCEA on April twenty-third and twenty-fourth. Therefore, our Easter break will be the week of Holy Week, April 15th-19th, and Easter Monday, April 22nd. There will be no school on Tuesday and Wednesday so that all teachers and administrators may attend the NCEA. School will resume on Thursday, April twenty-fifth. The students will only have one extra day off than normal.
Thank you so very much for your understanding as our faculty and staff attends this wonderful opportunity that will nurture them spiritually.