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Kicking off Our Spiritualty Program with Mitakuye Oyasin: We are all related.
One of the things that impressed me most when I was considering the possibility of coming to serve at All Saints in 2004 was the school’s unofficial tagline, Mitakuye Oyasin – a Lakota expression that roughly translates “we are all related.”
As we kicked off this year’s Spirituality Gathering on this same theme, I was touched to learn that Ms. Beesley had a similar experience when she was interviewing with our school. Ms. Beesley has given me permission to share the story she told in our gathering this week. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
My intention this week is Mitakuye Oyasin: We are all related. As I was thinking about what I was going say today the first thing that came to my mind is the song “We are the World.” Maybe you have heard it? It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie and performed by USA for Africa which was basically a group of something like 40 different musicians.
The crisp fall air served as a fitting context for our joyful return to school. After a lovely, relaxing summer, it was wonderful to see so many happy faces return, and to welcome our new families. The revival of our Back-to-School BBQ was a big hit and earned rave reviews from students and families alike.
One of the things I enjoy most about working in schools is the feeling of a clean slate in September – a sort of empty canvas on which the year’s “masterpiece” can unfold. And this year’s Arts Initiative, funded with proceeds raised at last year’s Spring Auction, is sure to yield quite a canvas! Ms. Therres and others have done a wonderful job setting the stage for a rich year of learning and exploration. Our Summer Teacher Retreat got the creative juices flowing, and teachers are eager to experiment with ways in which the arts can enhance and enrich classroom learning.
Last year our Student Government asked if we could offer a healthier lunch option for our students. After months of research, we are pleased to announce that All Saints has partnered with SMART Lunches. We anticipate that this new provider will allow our students to benefit from healthier lunch options while families maintain the convenience of being able to order online. This program will be ready for the first day of school! Hoboken Hot Bagels will remain a lunch provider for All Saints. Additionally, our Fourth Graders will continue to run their Pizza Friday Program to raise funds for their New Jersey Adventure Week field trips.
New Enrichment Offerings
The All Saints Enrichment Program provides a wide-range of unique courses that allow our students to sample new areas of interest and expand their skills. Course offerings are diverse and include the arts, STEM, fitness and wellness, and so much more. This year, we are excited to announce several new additions to our Enrichment Program: Craft Market, Fashionable Designs, Metal Jewelry Creations, Airplane Pilots, Robo-Adventure Earthbots, Flying Spacebots, Super Duper Tennis, Power Brain Yoga, and Capoeira Self-Defense. Courses typically run for 12 weeks and are taught by highly qualified individuals and organizations that provide age-appropriate curriculum. Registration for All Saints families begins on September 6; space permitting, registration will open to the public on September 11. For more information about the courses, click here.
On the last day of school, All Saints hosted our annual Mission Awards Ceremony. Students, faculty and staff, and parents joined together to celebrate the outstanding achievements of students in our community. Awards recognized community service involvement, leadership, academic achievement, as well as accomplishments in physical education and the arts. Congratulations to all honorees!