Aloha Parents and Guardians!
Pope Francis' recent Lenten message to the youth emphasized the importance to follow Jesus' request to "do good because it is good and not for the praise that follows." This isn't to say that praise "for a job well done" is not important. Pope Francis acknowledges that exterior things are also important, but we should always choose to live in the presence of God, who sees us, loves us, and awaits us. The Lenten season provides us with a good opportunity to teach and help our students reprioritize their intentions of performing a good deed.
Meanwhile, play time at recess gives students a wonderful opportunity to practice goodness... taking turns, helping a friend up, or wanting to cheer up a sad face sitting on the bench ... I absolutely love visiting our students out on the playground and I am so proud to witness their spirits of compassion and kindness on a daily basis. Let us never underestimate the importance and value of play, laughter, and joy for our children; as "the body heals with play, the mind heals with laughter, and the spirit heals with joy."
We will be launching our "Summer Extravaganza" enrollment this Wednesday, March 15. Don't miss out on the excellent assortment of classes that are being offered. In the meantime, as we wrap up the quarter, I would like to extend my blessings for a rejuvenating and fun-filled spring break.
Mahalo and God bless you and your families!
Mrs. Margaret Rufo