“Love, Creative Hope, and Fidelity – the IHM Spirit”
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! It is a blessing for me to join “the Pride of South Philly” and be a part of the St. Monica Family. Along with many new families we also welcome to our staff this year Sister Margaret John IHM – Early Learning Center, Matt Barbato – Grade 6, and Linda Fee as Kindergarten Aide. We ask your prayers and support for our new members as they make this transition.
I would like to share a little about myself as way of introduction. I have most recently returned to the states from Peru, South America, where I was principal for six years and English teacher for two and a half years while learning Spanish. Before that I was principal in Bristol, CT and BVM in Darby. I also have many happy memories of teaching in various schools before being principal including a school in this neighborhood, St. Edmond’s. It gave me great joy to see that Potito’s Bakery, Dad’s Stuffing, Nick’s, and Ralph and Ricky’s were still going strong. A typical IHM, food places are my landmarks! My roots are in Nebraska which makes me a Husker fan at heart but I have grown to root for Philadelphia’s finest over the years. Back home I have five brothers, three sisters, twenty six nephews and nieces and a constantly changing number of grands. Being a religious has blessed me with not only this wonderful immediate family but an extended family throughout North and South America, of which you will soon be a part. I look forward to meeting you and your dear children in the days to come. Until then, I share with you the following communications:
September 8 First day of school for incoming third to eighth graders
September 9 First day of school for incoming first and second graders
September 10 Grades 1 to 8 report
September 11 Grades 1 to 8 report
Dismissal will be at 11:30 AM for the first week of school.
September 14 First day of school for Kindergarten
September 14 Back to School Night for Grades 1 and 2
Band Meeting for parents in the Senior School gym 7PM
September 15 Back to School Night for Grades 3 to 8
Clean, gently used uniforms may be brought to the Main Office of the Senior School for the Uniform Exchange. You may also check out the stock Tuesdays through Thursdays between 9:30 and 2:30.
Please refer to the school web page for additional school up-dates and information.
Christ’s peace and special blessing be with you and your family as we begin anew and as we near the historical Church event in Philadelphia, the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis. May God’s love fill your hearts and homes. Know you are remembered in my prayers.
Sister Mary Regina Matulka IHM
The First Day of School
Bless this child at the start of a new school year.
Keep all the children safe and on the right track.
Strengthen me in my role as waker-upper, homework-checker, limit-setter, supply-finder, coach, and appreciator.
Help me to guide without coercing, encourage without nagging, challenge without pressuring, shore up bruised egos while respecting the hurts and slights every child endures.
I want to be firm but not unbending, strong but softened by love.
Help me to keep my own perspective so that I can offer compassionate hearing, wise counsel, and even wiser silences.
May I show in my own life the satisfaction that comes from steady progress at good work well done.
And, God, keep before me the big picture, which has Your love as our origin and life with You as our destiny.
May the promise I see in my child’s eyes this day grow to fulfillment as the year unfolds. Amen.