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School UPDATE: Wednesday, May 13
School UPDATE: Wednesday, May 13
St. Mary's High School
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

St. Mary's Families,  

LOTS to cover today, please read the ENTIRE message CAREFULLY (like you always do...)  

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
- More about Our Lady of Fatima: www.franciscanmedia.org/our-lady-of-fatima/  
And an amazing bit of HISTORY to go with May 13:
- May 13 also means today is the 39th anniversary of the attempted assassination of Pope St. John Paul II.  It was a shocking and miraculous event.  Shocking is obvious.  As to the miracle, as John Paul II is quoted as saying:  "In the designs of providence, there are no mere coincidences."
- St. John Paul II believed that the reason the Turkish and allegedly communist assassin Mehmet Ali Agca did not kill him with any of the four bullets that struck him was because our Blessed Mother guided the bullets to prevent him from being killed.
- Supporting his belief, the doctors who operated on the Holy Father said because of the paths of the bullets, they believed the bullets must have been fired from two different guns, and from two different angles.  But there was one shooter, and one gun.  Coincidence?  No.  The word you're looking for is "miracle."
- The Holy Father subsequently visited the assassin in prison and forgave him for attempting to kill him, and stayed in touch with the assassin and his family over the years.  The word you're looking for now is "mercy."
- The Vatican ambulance that took the Pope to the hospital was brand new and had never been used.  The day before, John Paul II blessed the very same ambulance, and also gave a blessing for its first patient.  That first patent would be him the very next day.
- One of the bullets that struck Pope St. John Paul II is now in the crown of the statue of Mary at the Marian shrine in Fatima, Portugal.  See the image below.  The bullet is in the center, under the top portion of the crown (under the light blue jewels).  

- Daily Mass readings:
www.usccb.org/bible/readings/051320.cfm    
- Readings for the Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima
cms.usccb.org/bible/readings/0513-memorial-our-lady-fatima.cfm    

Updates.
- MEET CODE for TOMORROW (Thursday) Prayer, Pledge, Announcements:  
http://meet.google.com/qsv-meri-mku  
- VERY FOND FAREWELL.  We ask you to join us in extending a very fond farewell to Mrs. Anna Sanzo.  Mrs. Sanzo will not be returning to St. Mary's in the fall.  She relayed to us this was an unexpected and difficult decision for her, but one that she feels is best for her, her family, and her future. She is looking forward to her next teaching position at Watson Middle School.  Mrs. Sanzo remains a part of our board of directors' Academic Committee; a committee composed of board members, staff members, and Catholic educators from the community; so her experience and expertise will continue to influence the direction of St. Mary's High School.  Thank you for your service to St. Mary's!
- IN CASE YOU MISSED IT.  Congratulations to three very special seniors from the amazing Class of 2020:
   -- Valedictorian:  Katie Morales
   -- Co-Salutatorians:  Sarah Connors and Lauren Sauley  

COVID-19 coronavirus.  
- As always, stay informed.
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html  
covid19.colorado.gov/    

What's Next?  
- SOPHOMORES.  You're HALFWAY through your high school experience.  Where did the time go?  What are the GOOD things that you've been doing that you're to KEEP doing?  What are the things you'd like to do DIFFERENTLY for the second half of your time in high school?  This summer is the time to think about that.  No one plans to fail, they just fail to plan...
- SUMMER SCHOOL.  No in-person summer school this year.  HOWEVER, we will have some offerings for self-paced online instruction.  We have a plan for Geometry, which is one of our most popular summer school selections, and we're working on some more.  Details to follow soon.
- E-MAIL UPDATES.  Thank you for allowing me to invade your e-mail every day (almost every day) for the last two months.  With the conclusion of school this Friday, we will probably shift to a WEEKLY update, PROBABLY on MONDAY.  If something important changes in between weekly updates, we will send an out-of-cycle update as required.
- NEXT YEAR.  There are numerous reports of what other states and other school districts are going to do this fall:  In-person, distance learning, a blend.  We believe it is premature to make that significant of a decision three months before the next academic year starts.  To reinforce that, we informed our families that we were moving to distance learning TWO months ago today on March 13.  The fall semester doesn't begin for THREE months.  As we reflect on how often things have changed during the last two months, and how significant those changes have been, we feel it is not prudent to make big decisions about the fall semester three MONTHS in advance.  We have plans for all contingencies, and we continue to adjust and adapt those plans.  The core element of those plans is:  WHAT IS BEST FOR THE STUDENT?   

How You Can Help.
- SENIORS!  This is a reminder to send your favorite St. Mary's memories to our Communication Director Amy Partain.  We would like to hear from you.  The story can be short or long, funny or inspiring.  Make your voice heard!  apartain@smhscs.org
- SENIOR PARENTS.  Encourage your seniors to share those stories.  We all know how crazy the last two months have been, let's refocus on the good stories from the 3-plus years before COVID-19 imposed its will on us.  

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

THE MEMORARE
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.
Amen.  

Respectfully,
Rob Rysavy
President
St. Mary's High School