Principal Spotlight

Dear Parents,

Catholic Schools Week opened with Sunday Mass and accompaniment by our Children’s Choir. Thank you to Ms. Sheckels and Ms. Elledge for guiding our wonderful melodic students.  And thank you to Mrs. McDermitt and her team of parent and student ambassadors for presenting STM in a positive light and representing us so very well.  

Bishop Burbidge will celebrate Solemn Vespers on Sunday, 21 November at 4:00pm. Please see the information attached and join the Cathedral Community for this beautiful event.

The end of the first trimester is 23 November and therefore, in preparation, the PowerSchool Portal will close tomorrow. Teachers will be entering grades and report cards will be run for delivery on 3 December.

As many of you know, our morning arrival and afternoon dismissal have the potential to be some of the most dangerous evolutions of the school day. I am happy to report that the Arlington County School Board voted 5 to 0 to approve the creation of a School Slow Zone around our school campus. This is the first application of a permanent 20 mile per hour speed limit permitted under Virginia law. Moving forward, the County anticipates adding ten Slow Zones each year, meaning that the 40-plus public and private schools in the County could be updated within the next three to five years. Congratulations to STM for, once again, being the leaders: in education and in safety for our students.

I hope that you all enjoy our extra days away from school as we take next week off. Please check with your  student(s) as all teachers assigned two days of asynchronous instruction to foster learning.

We celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving, so I leave you with this thought.  "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them" – John F. Kennedy

Chat soon,