New School Year Off to a Great Start!

The 2013-14 academic year is well underway, and students and faculty alike have hit the ground running.  Students have quickly acclimated to the daily routine, and special classes such as art, music, gym and languages, are in full swing.

We are privileged and grateful to have three priests alternately offer Mass for our school community this year.  Fr. Michael Monette, pastor of St. Patrick/St. Joachim parish, Fr. Robert Biron, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima parish, and Fr. Rene Butler, director of the Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette, generously visit campus each week on a rotating basis.  Weekly Mass and rosary continue to anchor our school prayer life.

Our National Honor Society members organized a brief commemoration of Patriot Day on Sept. 11, complete with prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and patriotic music under the direction of music teacher LeAnn Bek.

All soccer teams are off to a strong start and we are thrilled to have enough student-athletes to comprise both a girls and boys 5th and 6th grade team, as well as JV girls and JV boys.  Both JV teams participate in the NHIAA.  Go Knights!

Our school’s virtue of the month program has been a long standing tradition at Mount Royal.  Each month we focus on a different virtue,

talking to students about what it means and what it looks like in practice. This year we are taking the program a step further, asking students to notice and share examples of these virtues in their peers. We have a display in the lower school hallway featuring Nick the Knight, courtesy of Mrs. Dabrowski's class, where students can nominate their peers for exemplifying virtue in the classroom, on the playground and around campus.  These students are recognized at morning assembly and we will have a small celebration for them at the end of each month. Hopefully this will be an effective way for the kids to better understand virtue in action and shine a light on good acts taking place all around them.

Back to School Night will take place this week (9/18) for all parents. It is a great chance to receive important information about the many activities and classes taking place on campus.  School-to-home communication is a top priority, and we value the opportunity provided through this yearly event.

Stay tuned for more information about upcoming happenings.  We are excited by all the possibilities the new year brings!

St. Joseph, pray for us.