With fall just around the corner, we have begun to see the return of many of our fall favorites! Some people look forward to everything pumpkin, as the local coffee shops and restaurants offer flavored coffees, muffins and other treats. Others start to look forward to the changes in the weather (albeit slight for us Floridians) as the leaves change colors and the air feels crisper. I remember when I was a child living in Patchogue, NY, that every fall my dad would travel upstate to the apple orchards and bring back bushels of apples to share with family and friends. When I was a college student in upstate NY, I would go to the orchards with friends, drink hot apple cider, buy fresh apple butter, and go on hayrides and run through hay mazes. I loved jumping in the piles of leaves as a child, which almost made all of the raking we had to do in the neighborhood yards, worth it! I was reminded of all of this as I watched and heard about the first graders unit on Apples this week. Watching them eat apples in various forms, investigate with apples and making apple volcanoes, brought back the childhood memories.
Much like the change in seasons, with each passing day, we are called to reflect on our relationship, with God, self, and others. We have opportunities every day, to explore new things, study, and grow in our faith, academics, family, and personal well being. Developing these new experiences can allow us to "turn over a new leaf" or just enjoy the beautiful leaves we have accumulated, through the many gifts and talents that God gives each of us.
I hope to see you next Monday, September 20th. for our first HSA (Home School Association) meeting, and I look forward to us coming together to plan and prepare for upcoming school activities and events that will allow us to enjoy some fun and fellowship together as a school and parish community.
Have a wonderful "end of summer " weekend.
Yours In Christ,
Rita M. Klenk
"Faith in action is love, and love in action is service."
St. Teresa of Calcutta