President’s Blog – November 16, 2018
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November 16, 2018
To All in our Coyle and Cassidy Family:
This will be the last President’s Blog post until after the Thanksgiving Holiday. May you all enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. May we all take time to thank God for all the blessings we have in our lives and to remember all those throughout the world that for whom life is very difficult. May God’s love and grace shine in all parts of our world and on all our brothers and sisters. May we continue to bring the light and love of Jesus Christ to all we meet. Amen.
Today marks the last day at Coyle and Cassidy for our wonderful Director of Guidance, Ms. Mary Haynes. Although God has blessed us with the great additions of Ms. Mozzone and Ms. Araujo, we will all miss this amazing woman and professional who has given so much to the students of Coyle and Cassidy. This morning our senior class gave Ms. Haynes a wonderful send off, with lots of tears and hugs, that included them presenting her with a special picture of their class that each member of the Class of 2019 signed. What a fitting and special tribute for one of the BEST! May God continue to bless and lead Mary down the path He has prepared especially for her.
This was another exciting week of firsts for me at CC. Spirit week started this week with the incredible decorating of the halls. I cannot get over the level of thought, detail, and creativity that went in to this effort. After school the halls were packed with class moderators and lots and lots of student volunteers. The spirit shown by our students and faculty members has been outstanding. Today we are celebrating “Decades Day.” The outfits are great and add so much fun to this great week. Thanks to all who organized and worked so hard to make this week a fun and memorable experience for all!
This week I had the honor of joining over 50 students and invited guests in participating in a Hunger Banquet put on by our own Mr. Michael Cote and Mrs. Kerry Payson. Mr. Cote and Mrs. Payson were joined by Ms. Rebecca Driscoll, class of 2007 and former student of Mr. Cote, who now serves as the Assistant Minister at the First Baptist Church in Attleboro, who served as the leader for the program. The purpose of this program is to reinforce to all of us how deep the problem of hunger is in our world. This program, put together by Oxfam America, was so poignant as we all get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving where we acknowledge how blessed we are to live as we do in our great country. For more information about this program, check out this link: Oxfam America Hunger Banquet.
This past week Coyle and Cassidy took the next step toward formalizing another exciting program with the First Parish Church in Taunton and Stonehill College. Rev. Christana Willie McKnight has worked with our own Jack O’Brien, Director of Admissions and Institutional Advancement, to spearhead a program that will provide our students opportunities to work on projects based on the original primary source documents held by the First Parish Church and dating back to the mid 1700’s. This project will be directed by Mrs. Kara Lawrence our Social Studies Dept. Chair in collaboration with Ms. Nicole Tourangeau Casper, Director of Archives and Historical Collections at Stonehill College. This is an amazing opportunity for our students and one that is rarely offered at the high school level. Once again, we are so blessed that God continues to provide outstanding opportunities for our students at His school!
This week I also had the pleasure of celebrating with our high school students who received personal best awards from their teachers. In total we honored about 50 students for always working to their best and for showing personal grit and determination even through their toughest work. We also were able to honor about 60% of our middle school students who earned honors or high honors on their first quarter report card. These wonderful events are such special times to celebrate the excellent achievement of so many. May God bless all these students for their tremendous effort and dedication to personal excellence.
On Saturday, November 24th we are excited to have our food pantry partnering with the Knights of Columbus for their Coats for Kids Program. That morning, in addition to serving hundreds of families at our food pantry, the Knights will be here to distribute 400 new coats to those in need of one. We are also thrilled that Bishop da Cunha will be joining us that morning as well for this wonderful ministry work being done at Coyle and Cassidy.
So many in our community have reached out to members of the administrative team to comment on how great our social media posts have been. This is all because of the hard work and talent of Ms. Brooke Bigda, our Assistant Director of Admissions and Institutional Advancement. Ms. Bigda, along with her great group of student photographers and videographers, have really brought our social media posts to a new level. Please continue to support Brooke’s efforts by liking and, most importantly, sharing her posts!
Finally, with our first snow storm arriving too soon, the following email was sent to all in the school community as a reminder of our procedure for inclement weather:
To All Parents and Guardians: As we face the first “snow event” of the year, we felt it was best to remind everyone about our procedure for announcing a school cancellation or delay. We will do our best to let all know as early as practical regarding a delay or a no school day. We realize that it is most helpful for everyone to have as much notice as possible, but our ability to provide that notice depends greatly on the forecast for each event. When either a delay or school cancelation is issued, all parents, students, and faculty members will receive a school reach call from Mrs. St. Laurent. In this call, Mrs. St. Laurent will provide the details of the delay, cancellation, and if the day is a Structured Alternative Learning Day. During a Structured Alternative Learning Day, teachers will post assignments on the portal that are to be completed at home. In this way, learning continues and the days do not need to be made up at the end of the school year. In addition to the school reach call, we will report this delay or cancellation to the following news outlets: · WBZ 4 · WHDH 7 · WCVB 5 · Boston 25 (Fox) · NECN · Rhode Island Broadcasters We will also be sure to post this on our social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) as well. It is our hope that we have very few of these days this year. However, with the crazy weather we have been having, we are not sure what this winter will hold. Also, given the wide geographic area from which we draw students, if school remains in session and you feel it is unsafe to send or bring your child to school, we certainly respect your decision that you feel is in the best interest of your child’s safety and well-being. May God bless us with a mild winter!
God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving!
Dr. Bernie Audette