I hope everyone has enjoyed the beginning of our Catholic Schools Week and as we move towards the end of the week, thank you for joining us in Honoring our Past, Inspiring our Present and Transforming our Future.
It is extremely difficult for me to have to relay to you that our revered colleague and 7th grade teacher, John McDonough, has decided to resign effective February 5, 2021. After several conversations with John over the last few weeks it is clear to me that John has labored over this very difficult decision and has not entered into his decision lightly. He has spoken with his family and together they have considered all available options and have decided that it is in the best interests of their family that he begin a new chapter in his life.
Throughout Mr. McDonough’s tenure here at Saint Francis of Assisi School he has worked diligently to maintain a sense of educational stability and fun for our students, camaraderie amongst our staff and an environment of inclusiveness for our families. I would like to take a moment to highlight some of his accomplishments and contributions to SFA. While this list is by no means all inclusive, it clearly demonstrates the positive and irreplaceable impact Mr. McDonough has had on our school community. While at SFA, Mr. McDonough has:
Taught at Saint Francis of Assisi School for 16 years, presented curriculum in the areas of Religion, History, English and Literature for 6th/7th & 8th grade students, Has been part of the SFA Leadership Team, Student Council Moderator, Middle School Chair, History Chair, Electives Moderator, Geography Bee Moderator, CJSF Moderator, WCEA Member, Baccalaureate Breakfast Coordinator, Frankie Awards Facilitator, Presidents Day Prayer Service Coordinator, Haka Performance Coordinator and Christmas Show performance moderator, received a Yearbook Dedication in 2013 as well as a recipient of the “Oh Captain, My Captain” Student Award.
Mr. McDonough has asked that the following message from him be included in this newsletter:
“It is with a heavy heart that I leave St. Francis of Assisi School. I would like to acknowledge Sr. Noreen, Sr. James, and all the Sisters of St. Joseph, who generously welcomed me to the school 16 years ago. Their tireless efforts in making St. Francis a place of love, kindness, and learning were a model of inspiration for me. I would like to give tremendous thanks to all my students and their families; they have provided love, laughter, and support over the many years, and I will always be grateful. I look forward to hearing about your lives, adventures, and successes. Also, I extend my sincere thanks to the staff for their camaraderie, collegiality, and many memories. I wish St. Francis of Assisi a fond farewell”.
As a testament to his commitment and dedication, Mr. McDonough has graciously agreed to continue teaching digitally until February 5, 2021 so as to allow us time to find a suitable replacement for the 7th grade teaching position.
I ask that you all join me in expressing our heartfelt appreciation to Mr. McDonough for his years of dedication to our students and the Saint Francis of Assisi family. His commitment and enthusiasm have been a huge part of who we are as a community and his presence will be missed. Thank you Mr. Mac!
Over the past week I have interviewed several applicants for the 7th grade teaching position and on Wednesday I extended a job offer to one of the candidates. This offer was accepted and we are in the process of finalizing the employment process with HR. I will be making the official introduction once everything is finalized.
Grounded in Grace,
-Please be sure to visit the website to read the updates (in red) to the Reopening Plan for Saint Francis of Assisi School.
-Students should carry extra masks in their backpacks