Highlight Reel…

This is almost mind blowing to me, but as I sit here in my office typing…I am typing my 100th Blog! Little did I know when I was asked to write a blog as I stepped into the role of Head of School, that it would become perhaps one of my favorite weekly tasks, and that I had so much to say on such a variety of subjects. (Stop laughing those who know me well!) And so, in talking blog ideas out for the month, I threw out the idea of having the 100th blog be a “highlight reel”- statements from previous blogs that truly stood out to me. Well, readers, that meant that I had to go back and re-read at least twice, every single blog post I have written. A daunting task for Labor Day weekend, but one that I wholeheartedly enjoyed. And so…here are the most important pieces( in my mind) of wit and wisdom I have offered in blogs written from 1-99. Happy reading!

I encourage your daughters, not to fear the transitions that wait ahead…the year may be different, it may bring the unexpected, but anything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve.

Small acts of kindness are taught every day by a faculty who can recall history’s past mistakes.

Together, we can continue to inspire young ladies to be active, be healthy and most importantly, be happy both with themselves and the world around them.

We do not presume to lay an individual’s dreams out in a catalog and tell her what she should want. Instead, we allow the space to grow and learn, so that each girl determines what she wishes for herself.

What happened in Salem in 1692 is just one example of a grave injustice toward woman and although it may not receive more than a paragraph in a history textbook, it is one that should be called to our attention…until we ensure that blind persecution does not occur in this day and age.

Annie is the perfect musical for SDA- it is at its heart a tale of an empowered young girl, one who does not let the world stand in the way of her dreams.

Be thankful, for all you’ve been given. Be thankful for the love that surrounds you.

We teach…that no matter what lies in store for them, they are heroines of their own life stories…women do not need to be rescued, they do the rescuing.

And, isn’t that what education is all about? For young people not just to memorize but have a spark fanned into a flame…the current Hamilton craze has many educational benefits!

I have been a teacher for years and will be a teacher for my life-I thank all teachers especially those who chose to shape lives here at Saint Dominic Academy.

My father is the backbone that allows me to be the woman I am; the woman I hope inspires young woman daily.

We need to keep throwing our hats in the air until the glass ceiling shatters above us! We are strong, we are empowered and ladies…we’re gonna make it after all!

Friendship, I have learned, spreads its mantle far and wide.

It is at all girls Catholic school that girls truly learn that intelligent, faith filled women can change the world.

If we are to be successful, we must be supportive of ALL Catholic educational endeavors.

Whether we are mourning an end of a relationship, the loss of a friendship, physical illness, the death of a loved one….our sadness is not ever unnoticed by God.

I am in agreement that sometimes, unconventional teaching reaches students that rote lessons and by the book memorizations cannot.

I would be lost without the daily grace and love my mother brings to my life.

Let us remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, so that America could truly be one nation, under God.

With my heart and mind rooted in character education, I cannot help but wonder, isn’t Character Education what Catholic school has been about since its inception?

If we reflect daily on the beauty and wonder of God all around us, our days will be filled with a sense of peace, of faith and of love.

In our school, there is always that sense, that felling that every girl cares about the well being of others.

It’s tough to be a sister at times…but it is also one of the nicest things in the world to be.

Celebrate the autumn season..the beauty of nature that occurs between the first day of fall and the advent of the holiday season.

During the season of pumpkin spice, allow God to carve in your soul a new, smiling face and allow the gift of His light to shine inside you for all the world to see.

I am a Mom and Moms show no fear!

It’s ok to be afraid, as long as you do not let fear overwhelm you. It’s ok to be nervous about being in a new situation as long as you recognize the strength within yourself to adjust and make a place for yourself.

As a parent I spend so much time being nervous and scared that I am not in the mood for horror movie shrieks this October.

For we know it’s not the monster under the bed that matters, but the one who lurks behind the computer screen who is the real threat.

How many more tragic tales do we have to hear before our youth finally learn that WORDS DO HURT?

That’s the magic of November, the ongoing prayer of Thanksgiving between each of us and God.

The love of God is within the girls this Christmas season and it shines a bit brighter and gives each young lady that extra sparkle I see daily.

Maria Von Trapp….a leader in a society falling under a dangerous regime, and a brave and protective mother putting the safety of her stepchildren before her own safety at all times.

Remember always, the true spirit of Christmas lies within your heart.

For me, a perfect winter would begin with a light dusting of snow on Thanksgiving, sprinkle some flakes in the purple December twilight, gift us with a fluffy white Christmas, and then pack it in on New Years Day…if only I lived in Camelot!

For many of my readers, the concern already is…how much tech time is too much?

Fathers have been supporting us since the moment we took our first breath in the world. They are our quiet caretakers, the ones that help us grow to be strong women.

I remember Columbine…I remember Virginia Tech…I remember Sandy Hook. I remember the others, too numerous to name. My heart is heavy, as is the heart of every parent, every educator and everyone who has been too close to a tragic incident such as the one that occurred at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School.

I know that we, as mothers have to reach a point where we are comfortable with letting go. By that I mean letting small things go; its ok to leave my coffee cup in the sink if it means I can do Abigail’s read aloud with her…let me share with you one important quote that makes me feel better as a mom. Don’t be hard on yourself, that mom from E.T. had an alien living in her house for days…and never even noticed!

I believe in Catholic education, I believe in girls. I believe that catholic girls education is essential if we want to change society for the better.

We (mothers) see the amazing amount of potential in the tiniest human and …we take on the arduous and sometimes trying role of shaping our little ones so they grow to do wonderful things.

In that theater I learned two very important things…if we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane…breathe in, breathe out, move on. What an amazingly wonderful experience.

God is creativity in its purest form.

Keep writing, keep dreaming…we need more creative minds in our daily world.

The film ( The Wizard of Oz) is all about the transformation from an unsure young girl to a strong and empowered woman…and in many ways it tells the story of each young lady sitting before me (at graduation) today.

The gift to make yourself happy, to make yourself successful, to become the best person you can be resides in each of you and has from the moment you took your first breath.

Parents are an essential backbone to the Catholic School community; it has always been that way and it will never change.

I am wary of movies that empower women at the expense of the man looking like a moron…We can be heroes but only if the men are incompetent? What kind of empowering message is that?

Stop waiting..for Friday afternoons, for fall, for someone to fall in love with, for your life to begin…Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it, and take active steps to be your own best person, to live your own best life….then, everything else you dream of falls into place.

 

So, that is indeed a lot of food for thought…please drop me a comment, give me a call and let me know what spoke to you most over these 100 blogs!

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