Letter from Mr. McKenna

Dear Saint Ann Families,


As I reflect upon the 2016 – 2017 School year, I am filled with a sense of joy and gratitude. I am grateful to each of you for entrusting your children to the Saint Ann School staff to continue the spiritual and educational formation that you began as their first teachers. Your participation as our educational partners will help us to continue to grow as a vital learning community. I am grateful to our teachers who strive for academic excellence as they model the Gospel values to you, your children and one another. I am grateful for the many service projects completed by our students in hopes of reaching out to help those in need. In general, I thank God for all that has been and I look forward to all that will be during the 2017 – 2018 school year.

We are all so proud of our Eighth Graders who have reached another milestone in their lives. It gives us great joy to see them grow and mature in their lives and in their faith. We want to encourage all of our graduates to follow their hearts. Remember to work hard and treat everyone the way they would like to be treated. Listen and respect those you come in contact with as you will never know what you may learn or how you may impact another person’s life. Regarding your goals, strive towards them and make them happen as we know you can do it! You are special and important . God loves you, and if you ask, He will lead and direct your life. We pray for God’s continued blessings as our graduates begin new chapters in their lives. Thank you for your leadership, and know that we will miss you all very much. Congratulations!

As this school year comes to an end, we must take a special moment to bid a fond farewell to our Saint Ann students and staff members who will be leaving us this year.

Thankfully, most of our teachers and staff will be returning in the fall, however Mrs. Ginny Kulak, after 27 years of service to our school will be retiring. Mrs. Kulak has done much to enhance the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of children over the past several years and whether it was as a Religious Education Teacher, an Afterschool Director, or a Classroom Learning Assistant, she always did her job well and with enthusiasm. Best wishes to you Mrs. Kulak and know that we will miss you very much. Mrs. Jill Carlin will be leaving us after three years of service to our students in grades K & 2. We thank her for her dedication and hard work. We truly appreciate all that she has contributed to our school. Miss Elizabeth Downs will be leaving her

Third Graders and traveling to the Boston area where she will be attending classes an for an 18 month Masters Program which she will be attending in the fall. Ms. Erika Barash, our Grade 5 Teacher will also be leaving us to pursue other goals in the world of Education. We wish these teachers nothing but the best, and want them to know that they will be missed by all of us here at Saint Ann’s. We send them off with our prayers, love and support. We know we have rooted them firmly in Christ at Saint Ann School, and now we give them their wings to continue to be like Jesus and be about the Lord’s work wherever He will lead them.

Thanks go out to our parent volunteers who support the school in so many ways. Whether it was coordinating and selling super dollars, volunteering in the lunch room, chaperoning a field trip, coaching a team, or a number of many other possibilities… I thank everyone who has given of their time, talents and treasures to support and improve our school. We could not possibly operate without the support of our parents and volunteers who give with a generous loving heart.

Thank you to everyone for this wonderful school year. Saint Ann School is blessed with kind and caring students, supportive parents, a very dedicated and committed teaching

and support staff, dedicated PTA, and committed School Board. This combination along with our very supportive Pastoral Team has made our year very rewarding and enjoyable.

On behalf of everyone here at school, I pray that your time with families and friends this summer is safe and enjoyable. I also want to encourage each of our families to take time for “spiritual renewal” as well. Taking time to have the family pray, meditate and engage in evening talks about our days and “where we saw God today” can bring a spiritual tone

to all that we do. It can also help make everyone aware of our goal to love each other and enjoy our time together. Have a wonderful and restful summer!

Class Dismissed!

Have a Great Summer,