A Fond Farwell…

As our school year drew to a close, the faculty, staff, administration and students of Saint Dominic Academy had to bid farewell to several beloved members of our staff. Leaving us at the end of this year are three dedicated members of the Saint Dominic Academy family who always went above and beyond for the young ladies of SDA. We wish them well in all of their future endeavors, pray that life continues to bless them, and remind them that they are always a part of our of school community.

Mrs. Gaylor Wade– Business teacher, Guidance assistant, mentor to many of our young ladies; for years she brought wisdom, insight and kind words to the students she taught and to the school in general. Mrs. Wade focused tirelessly on talking to our young ladies about the importance of acting like a lady in all situations, of self respect and self worth, and of how to “make it” in the world. More than just a teacher, she became a confident of many of our seniors each year and the halls of SDA will miss her beautiful smile and gentle laughter.

 

Mr. Joseph Babico– For years, Mr. Babico has been a gift to the entire SDA Community, sharing his talents (onstage in The Sound of Music) his insights as a veteran English teacher, and perhaps most importantly, the gift of his wife, Mrs. Denise Babico who was always on hand to help out in his Honors classroom, support a school event, or attend a trip with the ladies of SDA. A gentleman in every way, his gifted knowledge of English literature touched the lives of the many 9th and 10th grade students who were blessed to be in his classes over the years. As a fellow English teacher, I will say he has been one of the finest English teachers I have had the pleasure of knowing and he will be missed greatly by all at SDA.

 

Mr. Thomas Cantwell- Nobody who ever encountered Tom’s warm laughter and Irish brogue ever walked away without a smile on his or her face. He was, for the past years that he had been with SDA, the heart of the school. Here with the sunrise, Tom was the first person many of us, teachers and students included saw each and every morning- guaranteeing that our day started off well. An immaculate building, a spotless and perfect Siena Hall, beautiful landscaping- all done with a smile and a kind word. There were tears in many eyes when Tom said farewell; his included and he left knowing that he is part of the Saint Dominic Academy family and is always welcome at 2572! He will be greatly missed.

 

My sincere thanks to all three of these dedicated members of the community and my best wishes for all the best life has to offer!

Prayer for Summer Vacation

Take time to claim your strength;
they are gifts of God.
Take time to have fun;
it’s God’s way of teaching you your strengths.
Take time to grow yourself;
only you can grow you.
Take time to trust yourself;
God trusts you.
Take time to be self-reliant;
it is better than being dependent.
Take time to share with others;
they will bless you, and you will bless them.

Take time to have hope,
you are a child of God.
Let’s put ourselves into the hands of the Lord,
and pray that God will bless us and our families
during the wonderful months of summer.
May we all help make our home a place of relaxation,
joy, love, peace and safety.
May we be generous and considerate,
not thinking only about ourselves,
but helping others enjoy the blessings of a summertime.
Lord God, Creator of all things,
guide our steps and strengthen our hearts,
during these months of summer and vacation days.
Grant us refreshment of mind and body.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Thank You To The PTA!

As some of you may know, in addition to my position as Head of School at Saint Dominic Academy, I also hold another title which is almost as special to me. I am First Grade Class Mom at All Saints Catholic Academy. I’ve been the class mom for Abigail’s class since she started at ASCA in Pre-K Three. If you’ve never been a Class Parent or a room volunteer in an elementary school, I am here to say it is a great experience.

As a working mother, I will admit it is a sacrifice at times to volunteer. Most of the work that goes into my role as Class Mom is done in the late hours of the evening or the wee hours of the morning. At times, it is one more errand to run before I get home from work, or one more binge worthy TV program I do not see because I am writing reminder letters. And knowing all that, I must say, I am in constant awe of the members of the Saint Dominic Academy Parent Association. For, when I look at how much work goes into being a volunteer in the kindergarten, I have to multiply it by tenfold to fully appreciate how much work our volunteers here do!

For years, Catholic education has relied in part on the volunteers within the school who are willing to give back; to join a committee, to organize a fundraiser, to coordinate an event for students and without these volunteers in place, how could any school truly run well? Parents are an essential part of the Catholic school community; it has always been that way and it will never change. And so, as the end of the school year is always a time for heartfelt thanks, today I want to express my thanks, my gratitude and my appreciation for those members of the Saint Dominic Academy Parent Association this year.

They are as follows:

President- Mary Dowden

VP/Secretary- Maria Sasso

Treasurer- Stacey Swope

Social Media Coordinator- Peggie Marano

Communion Brunch Chairs: Kelly Lekic/Cathy Sabia

Back to School Chairs: Eileen and Chris Gill

Designer Bag Coordinator: Gigi Diaz

I thank each of you for a wonderful year and from one parent volunteer to another, I hope you know how very much you are appreciated and valued by all of us here at Saint Dominic Academy!

Graduation Remarks 2018

When I was a little girl, much younger than all of the young ladies sitting before me today, my favorite movie was The Wizard of Oz. I could watch it over and over again; much to my parents dismay I am sure. The transition from black and white to color, the sparkle of those ruby slippers, that twisting yellow brick road, and the beautiful Emerald City, where they can even dye your eyes to match your gown…not to mention a beautiful young heroine and a wicked old witch- it was the joy of my childhood whenever it was on the television.

Although I am not quite as “obsessed” with the film today, I still do watch it when it is on and more and more, it brings tears to my eyes. For in essence, the film is all about the transformation from an unsure young girl to a strong and empowered young woman…and in many ways, it tells the story of each and every young lady sitting before me today. Ladies, you are mere moments away from leaving Saint Dominic Academy; a world as unique and as special as Oz itself. Granted, we do not have yellow brick roads or flying monkeys, but over the past four, and for three of you the past five years, a life changing journey has taken place; a journey that will set you on the path for the rest of your life.

You came to SDA in the 8th or 9th grade as suddenly as that tornado dropped Dorothy into Oz. Overwhelmed, a bit confused, more than a bit disoriented, you immediately had to get to know and work with all the people who inhabited the world of Saint Dominic Academy. From the first period on your first day of school, your feet were upon an invisible yellow brick road. Just like in the film, the road turned in various ways, sometimes leading you to a new friendship that you now treasure in your heart, sometimes leading you into a situation in which you needed to work hard to overcome.

At times, you may have sought the advice of a wise mentor and at times, you may have needed to discover your inner strengths on your own. However, each and every one of you persevered, grew stronger, and grew more confident as you journeyed through high school. Today is the culmination of that journey and although I have no ruby slippers to give you; let me call to your minds the scene in the film where Dorothy realizes she has had the power to return to Kansas all the time. The gift to make yourself happy, to make yourself successful, to become the best person you can be resides inside of each of you, and has from the moment you took your first breath. Our role as your guides and helpers is done; it is now your turn to head off on your next adventure and I wish you the best of luck on whatever roads you follow in the future.

It is now time for me to say goodbye to you and I think it is only fitting that I use the words Dorothy herself used to say her final goodbye to the Scarecrow…”I will miss you most of all.” Congratulations, Class of 2018 and you will be loved always.