May 19, 2016
Weekly letter to the Bishop Chatard parent community:
As we head toward the end of the school year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people who make Bishop Chatard the great school that it is.
Thank you to an awesome faculty and staff. Our building is full of adults who love kids. They show this love by challenging students to push beyond what they thought was possible, by creating an environment in which kids are comfortable being themselves, by holding students accountable, and by being available and willing to do whatever is necessary to help them be successful. They are people who heard and answered the call, and who buy into a philosophy that says we’ll take students wherever there are and move them forward – academically, socially, and spiritually. Bishop Chatard is blessed with educators and support staff who get it. We don’t teach Math or Science or English – we teach children. Thank you to our entire faculty, staff and administration on a job well done!
Thank you to our nearly seven hundred students. Thank you for meeting the challenges placed before you head on and for pushing yourselves beyond what you thought possible. Thanks for understanding (or at least attempting to understand) that our rules are not just arbitrary restrictions, but attempts to guide young people to a life of honor and integrity. Thank you for getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things and taking advantage of opportunities. Thank you for shining your light and sharing the gifts with which God has so graciously blessed you.
Thank you to our parents, our families, and our community. Thank you for your countless hours of service and for the sacrifice you’ve made to send your child(ren) to Bishop Chatard. Thank you for holding us accountable to our mission and for all of your support – we are just another school without a supportive community behind us. Thank you for making us more than just another school. It takes a village to raise a child and the Bishop Chatard community is an incredibly loving village.
We celebrate the successes of the 2015-2016 school year. We look forward to re-charging our batteries over the summer and returning in August focused on how we can better serve our students in 2016-2017.
I am a better person because of the opportunity to serve Bishop Chatard – thank you to everyone for that!