This week April School Vacation begins for our students and teachers. These school vacations continue to be reexamined and some communities have opted out of February and April vacations for a longer break in March. East Greenwich continues the traditional vacation periods. So this week OLM School and public schools are closed.
Last weekend the OLM School’s Science Olympiad Team, made up of nineteen 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, placed second in the middle school division at the RI State Science Olympiad Competition. Certainly the OLM School Middle School Scholars earned their time off. After a two year hiatus from the competition, OLM’s Science Scholars proved they remain a force to be reckoned with, tallying 4 gold medals and 3 bronze. Out of 23 teams, OLM finished in the top 10 or higher in 19 of the 22 events. Points are awarded based on the teams’ finish in each of the 22 events.
We truly congratulate our Science Olympiad Team on this great achievement. They took on some of the best schools in the state. They bested the blue-ribbon team from Archie Cole Middle School and the new middle-schools recently established at three of our local Catholic High Schools. We thank our many parents who volunteered considerable time and talent to working with the students to properly prepare for the big competition. The OLM Olympiad Team proved that old-fashion hard work, deeply committed parent volunteers and a zeal for scholarship still prove to be the winning formula. Congratulations one and all! Your Pastor, your Principal and your Parish are very proud of you!!
A great event on the horizon is the Annual OLM School Play. If their past performances are any indication this should be another great event for our community. The last two shows, the Wizard of Oz and the Lion King, were spectacular and quite entertaining. This year the OLM School Drama Club is planning a production of the Little Mermaid, Jr. We are grateful to the RI Youth Theater program for producing the play. Our talented students from almost every grade participate in this great opportunity for fun and drama. I hope you might come out for a performance and watch the students display their talent for all to see. The Little Mermaid, Jr. is to have two showings. One on Saturday, June 11, at 7:00pm, and the second on Sunday, June 12, at 4:00pm. Both performances are to be held in the East Greenwich High School Auditorium. Mark you calendar to come watch a Broadway style show!
In the name of the OLM School community I wish to publically thank Mr. Frank Mattos, a school parent and OLM parishioner, for his recent generous donation of 22 IPads to our school. We are grateful for his generous spirit in giving to OLM School these great devices from his company, ServPro of Providence. Our excellent Technology Teacher, Mrs. Bea Lukens, is already putting them to good educational use! Thank you Frank and family for your generous support of OLM School. Implementing the use of these IPads in our school’s curriculum is another step in moving forward technologically. OLM School now has complete Wi-Fi for our faculty and students and these IPads are an excellent addition to enhancing our technology at the school. Just another great thing about our excellent school to be proud of as a parish.
This weekend we mark Good Shepherd Sunday which is also the Annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Please take some time to pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. Pope Francis suggests: “Dear young friends, how wonderful it is to be surprised by God’s call, to embrace his word, and to walk in the footsteps of Jesus in adoration of the divine mystery and in generous service to our neighbors! ” A continued Happy and Holy Easter Season! Be well. Do Good. God Bless. Go Sox!