A Message from Ms. B:
After Friday afternoon’s Safety Talk, I think that our students are able to quickly and creatively problem solve in the event they see something or hear something. We discussed various scenarios in small groups and large groups. We planned, developed, and agreed that, for the moment, we are prepared! Sadly, we can never be completely prepared for anything that might happen on campus involving an intruder or active shooter.
We can be more aware and sensitive to the needs of those in our classes.
We can be more observant with our surroundings and with people.
We can empower our students, talk with them at an age appropriate level, and continue to remain vigilant.
The Lourdes’ faculty and staff take your students’ safety and health seriously. We continually seek grants to upgrade safety equipment around campus and in the school buildings. We have added Mrs. Brown, licensed social worker and school counselor, to our staff to work with students individually and as small groups. She works on social skills, problem solving, conflict and stress managements.
As parents and teachers it is imperative that we work as partners and speak with our students keeping our lines of communication open about safety. Please encourage your students to talk with you, a friend, or a teacher. I think this is the greatest take away from our Safety Talk.
It is also important to remind all students that end of the year events, field trips, and “parties” are not a given right but a privilege that every student earns through good school attendance, good grades, and good behavior. Should a student not meet the expectations, they might not have the privilege to participate. Please discuss this with your student.
Finally, we have reached the beginning of Easter Break, right in the middle of Holy Week. Everyone is tired and ready for the end of the school year but, we cannot give up, we must keep preparing. Today Fr. Jim talked about how we need to be ready and prepare for Easter and Jesus’ resurrection. We can continue to prepare and invite you to celebrate Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Mass with us here at Lourdes. Fr. Jim quoted, “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. Not only was he telling us to prepare for Jesus but to prepare for everything in life that we might encounter.