25 May 2012
We hope your children enjoyed the summer break with you. They will return this June with quite a few new faces in their midst! We are happy to say that we have an increased enrollment this year and would like to thank you, dear parents, for being part of this positive development.
We teachers, had our much needed summer break as well. We made sure however, to prepare for the coming year. The kindergarten and lower school faculties had a four day in-service training from May 2 to 5 while the high school faculty will have theirs from May 28 to 31. As we have many new teachers, Raph Lazo, a steward of MWS, was also asked to give talks on anthroposophy on a few Saturdays.
The rains have already begun. As I happily look at the lawns recently turned-green, I cannot help but feel gratitude to the community that has kept the school spirit alive and thriving throughout the years. This year, I will be taking a third group of children under my care — I eagerly look forward to what our destinies will bring! The greenery also moves me and the faculty to celebrate the start of what we foresee will be a good year! What better way to do this than to do something together?
We have scheduled June 9, Saturday, to be Bayanihan Day. This we hope will be a community activity that will be held every year before classes begin with parents, teachers and children busily working together to create a healthy and beautiful environment. We will plant, hammer, scrub, and do whatever work is needed — together!
Attached herewith is the list of materials/plants needed, the areas, coordinators, and the activities to be undertaken. We ask that you please come, plants and tools in tow, in bayanihan clothes.
On our first year, remember that you came and helped lazure the classroom walls. You graciously heeded our call for help. This outpouring of goodwill and love for the school resulted in more than just beautiful classrooms. As classrooms slowly transformed one after the other, from white to the colors of the rainbow, friendships were forged and most definitely a wonderful renewal of community spirit was felt in this new blessed site.
Let’s begin the year with the same spirit! Share your time and energy over hard work, warm banter, and potluck merienda and lunch. Those who cannot attend, we will appreciate donations of plants and snacks! Our Bayanihan will start at 8:30 A.M. and will end at 3:00 P.M. For those who wish to ride the school bus, please contact Karren at 570-70-38 for seat reservations.
Lastly, on June 11, Monday at 8:30am, our Flower Ceremony will be held to joyously welcome children in Grade 1 as they begin their 12 year journey in MWS. We will also warmly welcome our new students on this occasion. Grades 1,12 and new students must be in their Sunday best.
Dismissal times on June 11 are as follows:
Grades 1-2 12 noon
Grades 3-12 2:30 pm
We look forward to the school year ahead of us and we hope to see you on Bayanihan Day!
Mary Joan Fajardo, For the College of Teachers