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School UPDATE: Friday, April 24
School UPDATE: Friday, April 24
St. Mary's High School
Friday, April 24, 2020

St. Mary's Families,  

TODAY:  Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, pray for us.    

TODAY:  Daily Mass readings: 

TOMORROW:  Mass readings for the Feast of St. Mark:   

- MEET CODE for MONDAY (April 27) Prayer, Pledge, Announcements:    

COVID-19 coronavirus.  
- In the next few days it is likely we will exceed 1,000,000 COVID-19 cases and 50,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.  Stay informed.    

Seriously, what is going on with the world?  
- Students, parents, community; can I be honest with you?  I'm really frustrated by the world we're living in right now.  And we know you are too (seniors, I've seen your petition.).
- This week is a perfect example.  A few days ago we received guidance from the state that effectively said:  No in-person learning for the rest of the semester, but after June 1 schools can do what they need to do.
- So we finalized our plan for a June graduation.  Mr. Champion sent that graduation plan out to the seniors yesterday.  AS HE WAS SENDING THAT E-MAIL...  The state issued a pretty draconian set of graduation restrictions.  I'm not criticizing our elected officials, they have a very, very difficult job right now.  But just a few days after we got "Do whatever you need to do after June 1," we get updated state rules that basically say, "Nevermind, you can't do anything, and if you want to, we have to approve it."  Just INCREDIBLY frustrating.
- So now what?  Well, we can pitch a fit and rant and rave and complain about the unfairness of it all.  Or...  We can take a breath and work the problem.
- As always over these last 40 days of distance learning, we're going to skip pitching the fit and we're going to work the problem.
- We will continue to keep you informed.  Please continue to hang in there with us as we work through the challenges imposed on us.  

How you can help
- SENIOR PARENTS.  Mr. Champion sent out an article that gives some guidelines to help you guide your senior (seniors for the Sorensons) through the loss of so many of their senior activities.  It's a good article, please take a few minutes to read it and let's cooperate in helping our seniors work through their challenges.
- PARENT SURVEY.  The feedback thus far has been VERY helpful.  We are keeping the survey open until SUNDAY night.  Please take a few minutes and answer the ten (just 10!) brief questions.  As I said before, rants are welcome (we've had a couple of those), but constructive feedback is helpful (you've given us a lot of that).  Again, survey closes SUNDAY night!   

Parents, Students, how are you doing?    
- ALL PARENTS.  Be careful with the platitudes with your students.  I'm a platitude guy myself:  "This too shall pass," "You'll be stronger for having gone through this," "Life isn't fair," etc.  But the psychology and chemistry of the teenage brain is such that our students truly feel emotions more intensely than adults do.  So as we're helping our young adults navigate a set of challenges, let's not lose sight of the fact that they have been asked to shoulder some legitimate suffering right now.  That said, let's never leave anyone we care about to wallow in their suffering, but at the same time let's recognize that their suffering is real.  


- No e-mail update tomorrow.  We'll check in with you on Sunday.  It's been quite a week, let's all try to catch our breath and tackle next week with open minds and soft hearts.  

Prayer.  Please continue to pray with us and pray with our community:  

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy, hear and answer me.

Rob Rysavy
St. Mary's High School