Aloha Parents and Guardians!
Mrs. Margaret Rufo
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Ted Dintersmith, the producer of the educational documentary, "Most Likely to Succeed". This film inspires its audiences with a sense of purpose and possibility, and is bringing school communities together in re-imagining what our students and teachers are capable of doing in education today. Mr. Dintersmith has travelled to all 50 States encouraging teachers and education leaders, to concentrate on real learning, character building, creative problem-solving, and the joy of discovery.
On this note, I had the most intriquing conversation with our 8th grade students a week ago. We were discussing how to make their religion lesson relevant to their lives today. Their assisgnment was to present their thoughts to their classmates. One topic that came up was how the overindulgence of social media is sadly desensitizing them to what older generations once thought was strikingly shocking news. In fact they even predicted that in 50 years society may become an "emotionless society". WOW!
Catherine of Siena, a scholastic philosopher and theologian once said, "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on Fire". Our children need to be reassured that there are many ways they can make a change in the world. They need to have faith that "just doing something can do a lot". Hopefully with this being reinforced, they will grow up to become emotionally tolerant of nothing less than Jesus's teachings. The Season of Lent is the perfect opportunity to help our students strengthen their character and faith. What better gift from God could we ask for.
Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent and is a day of penitence or cleansing of the soul. At our Lenten service, the students will be marked with a cross of ashes on their forehead. This symbol is based on a concept from the book of Genesis that humankind came into the world from dust, and will return to it upon death. This Wednesday, March 1, I invite you to attend our Ash Wednesday Eucharistic Celebration, beginning at 8 am.
Mahalo and God bless you and your families!