Dear Parents and Community of Manhattan Catholic Schools,
We are happy to announce the appointment of Fr. Kerry Ninemire as pastor of Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Manhattan Catholic Schools superintendent. Fr. Carlos Ruiz has also been appointed to serve the Seven Dolors parish. St. Thomas More will receive a new pastor and deacon, Fr. Frank Coady and Deacon Chad Stramel. St. Isadore will have two new Dominicans serving their parish, Fr. Michael Demkovich and Fr. Robert Barry. We want to welcome all the new religious into the Manhattan community. What an exciting time for Manhattan!
We want to wish Fr. Joe Popelka well on his sabbatical for rest and Spiritual rejuvenation. We want to thank Fr. Don Zimmerman and Fr. Jarett Konrade for their support for Manhattan Catholic Schools. They have been wonderful spiritual leaders and will be missed.
We will have registration on July 23, 2015 in the elementary gym. All the forms are posted on the website. If any parents are interested in touring the school, please contact me. We can accommodate any K-8 students in the school since we have two classes for each grade level. We still have a few openings for 4 year-old preschool in the afternoon session. We have 10 openings for 3 year-olds in the morning session as well. Our childcare for enrolled students is almost full; we have 3 spots available. The after school program has a waiting list.
All of our teachers are returning next year to deliver a faith-based education to our students. Stability is the key to a strong organization and the experience and willingness to help each other makes a remarkable difference in the atmosphere at MCS. We push the students to excel spiritually, academically and physically. We set higher standards but the results in high school are remarkable. All eight students that went to MHS from MCS last year earned a GPA of 3.8 or higher.
We would like to announce that Bridget Larkin has joined the staff at MCS. She will serve as part-time counselor for the school on Mondays and Thursdays. Her responsibilities will include directing the anti-bullying Olweus Program, character studies, positive climate in the classrooms, etc. She will also serve students that have particular issues or needs, guiding them to manage needs effectively. I am personally ecstatic to have her help. She will be a great asset for our students and families.
Of course, your commitment to Catholic education is key to a wonderful school. We need help with various activities and events just like any other school does. Currently, we need volunteers for PTO and Booster Clubs. Please contact the presidents of each organization if you are willing to help. We meet once a month and most of the committee work is not time-consuming as one believes. Your support is vital!!!
God Bless You All!
Thursday, July 02, 2015