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A very blessed Holy Week and Easter, Providence Academy.

I wanted to be sure to send my end-of-week message to you before the Triduum begins.  At the end of the second week of distance learning, we remain very grateful to you.  I will share a few quick updates, then a heartwarming story from alumni.

As announced last week, Chef Morris famous hot lunches will be available again starting next Wednesday.  The first two days will feature the fan favorites Chicken Penne Alfredo and then Crispy Orange Chicken.  No better lunch can be found, nor a better deal for five bucks!  We’ll send you an initial order link in a special ebulletin, which will then be featured on our Virtual Learning web page.  Orders can be received up to 4 p.m. for the next day’s lunch.  You will also be able to purchase charitable lunches for the needy, to be delivered by our staff daily to sharing and caring hands.  A wonderful way to help others in this difficult time.

Today you will be receiving a brief survey from each academic division you have a child in.  We’re seeking some early specific feedback about your experience with PA distance learning.  We’re all new at this, and eager to partner with you as we seek to improve.  Thank you in advance for your feedback.

We will be returning live-streamed morning mass to 8 a.m. beginning Tuesday.  LS prayer, announcements, birthdays and Pledge will follow live at 8:25, with MS and US announcements available at 8:55.  We heard from several families that they had appreciated our initial 8 a.m. mass as especially convenient for all family members.  Further–and for this I apologize as we are on a steep learning curve–we experienced technical difficulties this week with the later timeframe.  The chief cause was stress on our PA broadband by having hi-definition live streaming at the same time we were starting many video-intensive classes and conferences.

Here’s a fine arts announcement:  We are rescheduling one of our biggest and most popular spring events, the musical, for summer.   The Wizard of Oz is now scheduled for July 31 through August 2.  There are variables out of our control, of course, and all participation will be voluntary.  But if live theatrical performances are possible by then, well, we think the show must go on!

I announced last week that April events are canceled.  That includes, of course, our annual College Day.  I’m happy to report that there will be a version of this event available virtually the week of the 20th.  More information will be forthcoming from the college office.

And speaking of college, we love our dear seniors who will be headed there in the fall.  We are very aware of how different this spring is from anything they would have imagined or hoped.  We are so proud of their strong spirit.  And I would like to say that PA will do anything in its power to hold a memorable graduation event for them.  The scheduled date is May 29.  Whether it can be then or later, we will celebrate the class of 2020.  And we will never forget them.

I met virtually today with the Parent Association leadership, and they shared powerful stories of learning, joy, and yes, difficulties facing households in this new environment.  Many of us parents are juggling roles in new ways, and with a lot of uncertainty.  Demands of work, family, and schooling-at-home are very real.  I invite all of us parents to be generous with ourselves.  Certainly, we parents at PA have high expectations of ourselves, and we can feel sometimes that we’re not as up for all our changing roles as we’d like to be.  We are unlikely to be all that we wish to be in all of our roles.  You know, it’s okay.  From what I can see, our parents are being absolutely amazing.  I am humbled and deeply impressed with all that is being attempted and managed so admirably.  Thank you!

And finally, a beautiful story from an early alum.  None of the four alumni in the story wished to be identified, which adds humility to their other virtues.  So I’m leaving names out.  Here’s the story:

“I wanted to pass this along to you. I think it’s so important to hear some uplifting news during difficult times and to be reminded of the impact that Providence has had on all of us – no matter how long it’s been since we have walked through its doors. 

To preface, I am a hospital nurse. Last week, I received a call from an old schoolmate  (who recently started working at a company founded by another old schoolmate), who was reaching out to see if there were any needs at the hospital.  They had a desire to provide help, in a tangible way, to healthcare workers on the front lines. Together with my CEO and volunteer coordinator, they and I were able to come to an agreement with the Hospital. They purchased 50 meals from a food company founded by another old schoolmate, and those meals will be delivered to the hospital’s nurses tomorrow. There has also been discussion of providing temporary housing to nurses, whenever the surge hits so that we would not have to go home and risk infecting our families.

I have been overwhelmed by the support of the community and, at the support from my high school friends. I will tell you that I have not seen two of these old PA friends in nearly ten years. So, to have them reach out and donate their time, money and resources to health care workers during this time has been such a testament to the GOOD that is in this world. And, to the GOOD that was instilled in us by our families and our time at Providence. 

I wanted to share this story with you – to shine a light during this dark time and to say THANK YOU. Thank you for all you have given to us, and to the generations that have followed us. Please share this story with others, as you wish. As I said, it’s important to be reminded of the goodness in the world, especially during a time when nothing else seems to make sense. 

From a thankful early graduate”

That’s the PA spirit.  Bless them.  Bless us all.  Have a very happy Easter and we’ll see you next week.

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