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Back in the Saddle Again!
9/13/2016

Hello friends -

It's hard to believe that the last time I sat down to write, there were still 2 weeks before school started! And now here we are, 5 days in and it feels like we never left. The energy was high last week, the kids were so excited and the year ahead is looking beautiful. I hope each of you had a smooth and successful re-entry, and I wish everyone continued joy in this, the first full week of the year.

Thank you | Gracias | Merci | Grazie | Danke

First, I really want to thank all the parents who came out to our first Parents' Association Meeting of the year on Thursday. We had a great turn out and the meeting was fun and productive, and I truly appreciate all of you spending time with us. For those who couldn't make it, no worries! If you want to know more about any of our committees and ways you can get involved, look for the minutes of the meeting which will be archived under the Parents' Association tab on the website, or feel free to email me directly and I'll give you the scoop!

I also want to thank all the families who joined us for a great Welcome Back Picnic on Sunday! What a blast! There was food, there were bubbles, and our kids had the opportunity to sign posters with messages of thanks for our local First Responders, which were delivered right after the picnic. Special thanks to the Social Events Committee for all the hard work they put in to make the picnic such a success, and also to our Spirit Wear sales team, who toiled in the heat to relocate our school store to the front circle and back again!

Outreach | Mercy | Hospitality | Openness | Hope
Helping Other People Eat

We will continue to collect H.O.P.E. Lunches once a month on Wednesdays. Our first opportunity will be on September 21. Students will be provided ahead of time with a brown paper lunch bag to bring home. Lunches should include non-perishable items: a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a piece of fruit, and a cookie (No beverages, please). Students are also encouraged to decorate the bag and write a short note.

Students can drop off the bagged lunch the following morning at Community Gathering. Afterwards, a parent(s) will deliver these lunches to the St. Francis Inn in Kensington. Then, from 10-11 that morning, the Inn will provide these lunches in their courtyard. Staffed by vowed and lay Franciscans and volunteers, St. Francis Inn serves the poor and homeless by addressing both their immediate needs while also striving to empower them as members of the local community. It's a win-win and just another great example of service learning and living the mercy ideal: the students are so proud to drop their lunches off and proud to help someone not go hungry. So keep your eyes open for those brown paper bags! Want to volunteer to drive? We particularly need drivers for September 21. If you are interested in driving, please email Ashley Robinson or Ellen Cordes.

Grab and Go

On behalf of the Parents’ Association, I want to invite all parents to our first Grab and Go of the year, on Wednesday, September 21. Grab and Go is WMA's answer to chatting around the water cooler: once a month after Community Gathering, parents gather for coffee and snacks in the cafeteria, to catch up with friends, listen to one of our occasional guest speakers, or hear about opportunities and programs upcoming at WMA. Can't stay to socialize? That's ok, just "GRAB" and snack and a cuppa joe, and "GO" have your day! Grab and Gos are the first Wednesday of every month, with the exception of September 21 and January 11. This month's Grab and Go will feature Greg Solits and our Outreach Committee, sharing all the great opportunities to serve others such as volunteering at St. Columba's, H.O.P.E. lunches, Family to Family, and more. Join us!

Previews of Coming Attractions:
Coming soon to a classroom near you!

Back to School Night: We had a wonderful back to school night last night for the lower school. This Thursday, our upper school teachers will have their turn, and we will be featuring a Uniform Swap before the official start of the night, and the School Store will be open as well.

Homecoming: Mark your calendar! October 1 will be here before you know it, and we need to get our blue and gold ON! Come out to watch our fall sports teams compete and bring the younger kids for facepainting, pumpkin decorating and a dance party! Stay tuned for much more about homecoming, including Sign Up Genius, details about game times and Spirit Wear sales hours!

Thank you all again for a stunning start to the school year. Here’s to promise and potential!

Warmly,

Eileen

Parents' Association Welcome
8/13/2016

Hello friends!

I'm Eileen, mother of Alexandra (Alex) in 4th grade, and Carly in 1st grade, your PA President for the coming year, and lover of all things Waldron!! September has always been a little magical for me: the start of new school year, the possibilities of freshly sharpened pencils and clean white pages of empty notebooks. I’m thrilled about this upcoming year and excited about this new form of communication between the PA and the parents! Every second and fourth Tuesday of each month, make sure to check your email for our Parents’ Association newsletter. Here, you will find all kinds of tidbits and invitations, Sign up Geniuses, and announcements. The newsletters will be chock full of great information about what the PA is up to, and easy to search for in your inbox. Look out for Who’s Who in the Parents' Association, Save the Dates, and Did You Know? sections in upcoming newsletters!

For now, I just wanted to take a minute to say hello and welcome you to the 2016-17 school year on behalf of the Parents’ Association. I can already feel the energy and good vibes for September and can tell you it's going to be a fantastic year!! I know many of you are already gearing up for September, so I thought it would be a good time to let you know about some open opportunities for anyone who wants to get involved!

Volunteer Opportunities

We have some openings for homeroom parents in grades K - 7. Homeroom parents work with the Grade Coordinators to disseminate information to each homeroom. Most, if not all, of the work is done via email or phone. If you are interested in becoming your child’s homeroom parents, please email me. We are also looking for a Grade Coordinator for Pre-K: the Grade Coordinator functions as a liaison between the lead teacher and the homeroom parents to circulate information.

This year, I am beyond excited to work with Greg Soltis, our new director of religious education and outreach. In the time I have spent with Greg, I can already feel his warmth and kindness, and I am thrilled our children will get to know him and grow in the Spirit from his example. Greg will be joining us at our first Grab and Go, on September 21, directly after Community Gathering, in the cafeteria. Come and say hi!

Greg has so many wonderful ideas and thoughts about supporting the beloved outreach projects we treasure at WMA, while also introducing new ministries and plans. But he needs your help! He is looking for parents interested in spreading Mercy and supporting our children in doing so as well: Grade Outreach Liaisons and Book Club Chaperone.

Since students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades have the opportunity to leave in the morning once a week for service, the Grade Outreach Liaison would play an additional but vital role. He/she would reach out to the scheduled parent driver, determine the amount of students that could be transported, and relay this number to both Greg and the grade's religion teachers (Dennis or Bob). The teacher would then determine the students who would leave campus. And for weeks when there are no parent drivers available, the parent liaison would reach out to their respective grade's families hoping to recruit a driver for that week.

Several years ago, Waldron students visited the retired sisters at McAuley Convent on a monthly basis to read books to each other. We would like to offer this opportunity to our students again. We are also looking for several parents to serve as Book Club Chaperones/Coordinators, a club which would gather monthly. Students who may not be comfortable reading could also have the chance to play games with the sisters. By offering a regular opportunity for students to visit, we hope to develop and nurture relationships between the sisters and students.

Those interested in participating as readers and/or leaders for this book club, or in serving as grade outreach liaison should or contact Greg Soltis directly.

Save the Date

Finally, I want to invite everyone, especially our new families, to the Back to School Picnic on Sunday, September 11 from 3-5 p.m. Bring the whole family for some great food and lots of fun! Stock up on Spirit Wear and reconnect with friends. If you would like to volunteer to bring food or dessert, please register on the picnic Sign Up Genius. We will be hosting our first Uniform Swap of the school year during the picnic. As always, we ask that only gently used donations be sent for the swap (a good rule of thumb is: only donate items that are in a condition in which you would send your child to school). Contributions to the swap can be dropped off at any time during the picnic, but it is not necessary to make a donation to take advantage of the swap.

That's all for now, folks! I am really looking forward to this year and hope to see a lot of you at our first Parents’ Association meeting on Thursday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the library. Join me in the magic of beginnings...

Be well,

Eileen

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