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Celebrating 90 Years of

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May 3, 2017

 

Dear Families,

 

In the past week I have been made aware of a recently released Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, which has become a concern for me and many others.

 

This show relates to the very sensitive topics of teen suicide and depression.  It is based on the book by Jay Asher, and follows teenager Clay Jensen as he returns home to find a box with his name on it lying on his porch.  Inside he discovers a group of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate, who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier.  The recordings detail the thirteen reasons why Hannah committed suicide.  The series has been rated TV-MA for mature audiences, however, many middle school aged children have been viewing the series.

 

While we should by no means avoid the discussion of mental health issues, our concerns stem from the idea that this series may glamorize teen suicide for some of our children.  The series present the aftermath of the suicide in a captivating and dramatic fashion not in a realistic manner.  Critics have expressed concerns that the series doesn’t treat the very real problem of teen suicide seriously or realistically, and, have expressed concern that the series, in fact, romanticizes teen suicide.

 

Please read Dr. Walsh’s letter concerning this same series listing resources that can be of assistance to you.  Please note that if you have concerns about your child viewing this or other TV-MA show on Netflix, and are looking for information regarding their Parental Controls, please check the following link for help with making the desired adjustments: https://help.netflix.com/en/node/60850.

 

If you ever feel that your child needs support or someone to talk to, please contact me immediately.  We need to work together to help our children.  God bless.

 

In Mary’s Immaculate Heart, I am

Respectfully,

 

Sister Ruthanne, IHM

 

 

Principal's corner and announcements

Principal’s Corner…for May 7, 2017

 

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, also known as Good Shepherd Sunday.  We are all aware that Our Lord is certainly our Good Shepherd.  However, we also refer to our local pastor as our “shepherd”, so this Sunday gives us the perfect opportunity to express our gratitude to Father Chuck for all that he does for us as his “flock”.  This year in particular we are so grateful to have Father back in our presence after his health ordeal and pray daily for his continual improvement.  We certainly can say with him, “God is good – All the time!”

 

You will notice that there is a second collection this week specifically for Catholic Elementary Schools on Long Island.  Half of whatever is collected here at St. Raymond’s stays with us.  The other half is shared with the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation to assist with their scholarships throughout the diocese.  Many families both here and throughout the Diocese receive some financial aid from the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation.  Thank you for all that you do for our school and for helping with this cause in particular.  Please know you are always in our prayers.

 

Speaking of prayers, please know that we have not stopped praying for all of you who helped make the Parish Dinner Dance such a special evening.  It goes without saying that everyone present had a wonderful time – lots of laughs, lots of tears (happy ones, of course), and lots of shared memories!  It was indeed a memorable tribute to our 90 years of excellent education at St. Raymond School.  I know that I for one could not have been prouder to be a part of such a warm and loving “family”.  Thanks especially to Father Chuck for arranging an enjoyable night for all of us as the head of that family.

 

This is another full week of activities for our school.  Let’s take a closer look at what’s ahead:

  • Monday:  School Math Bee ;Baked ziti; Chorus practice after school; Spirit baseball vs St. Christopher’s
  • Tuesday:  Deli sandwiches; NYS Science Field Test for Grade 4; Student Council Nominating speeches after school; Children’s Choir from 5-6 PM in the auditorium
  • Wednesday:  SCHOOL NURSE’S DAY; Experienced Band from 8-9 AM; Beginner Band from 9-10 AM; Pizza day; Spirit softball vs St. William’s
  • Thursday:  PSA sponsored MOTHER’S/FATHER’S DAY BOUTIQUE; Hot pretzels; Junior Sodality’s MAY CROWNING after school; Spirit baseball with LBCRS
  • Friday:  Grades 4-6 trip to Pancho’s ; Bagel day; Book Club for 6-8 (Counting by Sevens) after school

Congratulations to all of our second graders are their FIRST COMMUNION!  We are most proud of you.

 

Thanks also to those folks who are making an effort to give blood today in our Parish’s semi-annual BLOOD DRIVE.  Every gift is the gift of Life.  Come to save a life!

 

Have a wonderful week.  Thanks again for everything.  God bless you all.

 

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