Is it for fuel? Is it to get out all the energy and talking before silence envelops the student for the rest of the day? Is it to give the teachers a break? These are all good questions.
At St. Mary’s the purpose of Lunch is to provide opportunities for students to sit at table and share their lives with one another. In order to accomplish that mission and purpose we have extended lunch, which ensures all students have the proper amount of time to relax, eat, and enjoy the company of friends. In addition we intentionally moved to round tables so that the students could share a meal and life together in a more communal atmosphere. Lunch is a time for building relationships between the students as well as students and faculty. This is why we encourage our faculty to join our students for lunch and to share in their interests.
Something new that will be coming to the cafeteria this week is an Administrator led read-aloud. I have selected a book for each lunch period with the hopes of engaging the students in discussion and reflection. This activity has a two-fold purpose. First it will assist us in maintaining order and helping students to focus on their eating during the start of lunch. This will be a benefit for those students who might get distracted by all the excitement of the lunchroom. The other, more enriching, purpose will be to model the experience of true leisure. (Not sure what I mean? “Word on Fire: Meet the Bulmans” did an episode on Leisure and Work. There is also an article by Fr. Billy Swan about the importance of rest, here.)
Enjoying a book for the sake of a book and reflecting on its message and implications for our lives is a uniquely human experience and one of the main purposes at St. Mary is to continue to cultivate what makes us human.
Please be on the lookout for the following information soon!:
Mom and Dad,
This newsletter is for you! Please, if you have events going on or types of information you would like to see in the newsletter email me and we can see how to make this the most effective mode of communication.
I thank you all for your patience and I look forward to growing this newsletter with all the pertinent information to make a parent’s life easier.
Download the full copy of this newsletter with details via your FACTS Family Portal.
St. Mary School recruits and admits students of any race, color, or ethnic origin to all its rights, privileges, programs, and activities. In addition, the school will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or ethnic origin the administration of its educational programs and athletic/extracurricular activities. Furthermore, the school is not intended to be an alternative to court or administrative agency ordered, or public school district initiated desegregation.
Inspired by our Mother Mary, and rooted in our Catholic faith, the St. Mary community nurtures spiritual growth, academic excellence, a responsibility to self, and service to others.