Dear Parents and Community of Manhattan Catholic Schools,
The first day of school is here! We had a fantastic turnout for the Knights of Columbus social gathering. It was great to see everyone. Remember next Monday is Back to School Night with PTO and the staff at Manhattan Catholic Schools.
This year we are introducing the Olweus Program. It is an anti-bullying program for the students. We want to do all we can with our resources to better the school community. With Love and Logic and our Religious studies, this will just compliment our endeavors. For accreditation purposes, we are implementing MAP testing to monitor the progress of the students. This is a requirement to maintain our accreditation for AdvancEd. It will be conducted three times per year and the student s will take them during their computer classes so direct instruction will not be affected.
We have approval from the bishop to conduct a capital campaign. We are organizing a campaign cabinet and campaign committees now. More information will be communicated by the school and in church bulletins. We need to improve the facilities of the school and I believe we can accomplish many of the improvement priorities with your help and financial support.
I have been challenged by numerous students and families to take the Ice Bucket Challenge. Although I believe it is fantastic people are recognizing and supporting those inflicted with a horrible disease such as ALS, I am conflicted morally to donate to an organization that supports the use embryonic stem cell research. Although I could do the challenge to support awareness of the disease, I will decline these invitations respectfully. I pray everyone respects and understands my feelings on this matter.
Saint John Paul II stated that "any treatment which claims to save human lives, yet is based upon the destruction of human life in its embryonic state, is logically and morally contradictory, as in the production of human embryos for the direct or indirect purpose of experimentation or eventual destruction." I choose to support The John Paul II Medical Research Institute founded in 2007. It is a secular organization that is grounded in a pro-life bioethics that respects the dignity of every human life, from the moment of conception to natural death. Please check out the institute!
Yours in Christ,
Mr. Scott Hulshoff
Tuesday, September 30, 2014