On Tuesday, we had a House Sorting Ceremony as our middle school students joined houses along with their Gr. 5-8 peers. They will stay with their mentor, the classroom teacher assigned to each house, and their fellow students until they graduate from Our Lady. In the spring, we will have the rising fifth graders join each house. The goal of the house system is to build community, belonging, care for one another and service to others. Members do things for their own good and that of their house members. Examples include completing homework, making good grades, competing to bring in the most canned goods, earning extra points for the Principal’s Challenge and joining in on monthly fun activities challenging other houses.
The Our Lady House System and mentors include: St. Peregrine House (Bob Hornung), St. Thomas Aquinas (Sarah Carver) St. Joseph House (Sam Willis), St. Joan of Arc (Christy Russell- Read), St. Nicholas (Andrea Bergeron), St. Bernadette House (Sonja Russell) St. Francis (Sarah Summers), St. John Bosco House (Anne Woods). Students will receive a shirt with their house color and name. They will create a motto, cheer and house crest, building this sense of identity and community.
Isn’t that what Jesus calls us to do? To be members of the family of God; to belong to the Father and have our very being, spirit and identity connected to being Catholic believers? We are called, just as our students were on Tuesday, to be disciples of Jesus; to be part of His House. We will be talking a lot about houses this year at Our Lady. Think about the houses you belong to, who you are identifying with and serving along the way.
Dear Our Lady Students,
We work hard independently each day in our classrooms as we study and learn, but more importantly, we work together to know, love and serve God. We help each other become better people and we raise each other up. We can make a huge difference when we collaborate to work as a house or team. I am so proud of the gifts you bring to Our Lady’s school family. Thank you for sharing your nurturing spirit, concern for others and using your talents to give God glory. He certainly is in this House!
Mary Ann Bennett