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Lower School Director's Notes

A message from Director of Lower School, Jessica Hallin: 

Last week we recovered from Halloween and this week we fell back an hour and for daylight savings, I hope you all have adjusted well. Along with the fall changes, I will remind families to please be mindful of the weather. We are past November 1st, which means that students should not be wearing uniform shorts. Please dress warmly and send winter wear for outside, as children are outside almost daily for recess and Phy Ed.  

Last week, the 3rd grade students presented their All Saints Day projects to their loved ones and for our entire school during Mass. This project is a project of love, research, hard work and faith. It showcases the dedication our students make to their learning and allows loved ones to see that faith in action. We are very proud of all of our students for helping to lead during the All Saints Day Mass.

We wrapped up the week with a school-wide assembly. During this time together we started in prayer with a few 5th grade prayer leaders. Then we celebrated the wonderful things going on in our Lower School. We were able to announce and recognize our first group of Salesian Stars. These are students that were celebrated for going above and beyond with their practice and modeling of our little virtues. Students from Montessori all the way up to 5th grade were celebrated, and it was quite a joyous event.  

Unfortunately, last week the Lower School saw an increase in illnesses. Please see this reminder from the Health Office, and we ask that you continue to monitor your children for cold, virus and flu-like symptoms and keep your children home when they are sick. We also appreciate your support in reminding children to wash their hands often. 

Thanks to the amazing collaboration of our Library Team, Maddy Kochevar and Agnes Koehn, with The Red Balloon Bookshop, we were once again able to welcome an award-winning author to campus. On Monday, bestselling author Christina Soontornvat engaged 3rd-8th grade students in an assembly. She brought great energy and enthusiasm, and inspired many of our students to go pick up a book, to start writing and creating, and to let their imaginations run wild! What a blessing!

Starting November 14, our wonderful Kayla Christy, Coordinator of Extended Day and Summer Programs will be out on medical leave after a surgery. We ask all families that need to make adjustments to their schedules, please contact Kayla Christy by Friday November 10. She will work hard to honor those updates prior to her leave. While Kayla is on leave, only established contracts and schedules will be honored. We will not have drop in days, especially over the holidays and Christmas break. We thank you for supporting Kayla and our program while she is on leave. Please keep her in your hearts and prayers!

As a reminder, we do not have school on Friday November 10. We value the day for professional development and teachers will all be working hard on upcoming report cards. You will notice our Lower School report card has been modified and updated, allowing us to better focus on your children’s academic growth and progress. Report cards will be mailed home by Friday November 17. We look forward to meeting with you the next week during our in-person conferences. 

November is also a month to focus on gratitude. Being the Director of Lower School is one role that I am forever grateful for. I appreciate the community, the connection to faith, and the overall joy that this Visitation School has brought to my life. 

As always, I will thank you for sharing your amazing children with me each day. It is an honor.

With gratitude,

Jessica Hallin
Director of Lower School