With the start of the second semester, the rhythm of the school year changes just a bit. Half of the academic year is behind us. Routines have been established; expectations are clear. It’s sometimes easy to get a bit complacent, despite all of the new things which the winter months inevitably bring.
For example, the end of January brings Catholic Schools Week, an opportunity to celebrate all of the unique things that make our faith-based education so special. We are particularly excited this year to welcome a new Archbishop to our diocese in Cardinal Joseph Tobin, and to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Marist Brothers, whose mission to “make Jesus known and loved” has become an essential part of our Catholic identity here at St. Joe’s.
January also showcases twelve performances of this year’s school musical, West Side Story, one of the most honored shows in the history of musical theater. It will be the fourth production of this Broadway classic in the Inserra Theater, making it the most performed musical in SJR history.
During the first weekend in February, we will officially welcome the Class of 2021 to our ranks. It is a time of great excitement and anticipation, both for our school as a whole, and for the students who will be taking the first step in their high school journey at SJR on Registration Day.
And, of course, the winter sports season is in full mid-season swing; thus far, all four winter sports are enjoying winning seasons (winter track, which is built around invitational events, does not post a won-loss record). Playoffs and state tournament competition follow at the end of the February.
It is easy to look at the winter months as a time to be endured, rather than savored. Winter, after all, gray and cold, will soon enough give way to the bright, warm days of April and May.
But of all of the resolutions a new year may bring, perhaps the simplest one is best: don’t look too far beyond the moment; there is much to enjoy and celebrate right now!
God bless you.
Barry Donnelly ‘71