FROM THE DESK OF SR. MARIE HANNAH
Hello parents, faculty and friends,
Happy Easter! I hope you are aware of the immense graces the Lord has gained for us through His Resurrection. It is hard to believe we are now approaching the end of another school year, and on May 26, we will celebrate the graduation of our eighth grade students. Watching our students go on to high school is always a bittersweet experience; we cherish the relationships formed with our students and their families and it can be hard to see them move on. But as many educators know, witnessing former students go on to reach new heights and successes is one of the greatest rewards of the field.
As we enter the home stretch of the school year, there are a few items I want to address.
Shellee Godfrey Named Assistant Principal
We are excited to announce Shellee Godfrey as our new assistant principal. She has over 17 years of experience in private and public education, 11 of which have been spent in educational leadership. With a focus on academic achievement and building school culture through positive relationships and social and emotional well-being, she is passionate and dedicated to serving the students and families of SJS while supporting teachers and staff so they can reach their greatest potential.
Shellee is married to Dr. Chris Godfrey. They have two daughters, both of whom are graduates of Saint James Catholic School.
Tai Le Service Project
In 2018, our Saint James family faced tragedy when we lost seventh grader Tai Sy Le. Since then, our students have pursued numerous projects to honor his memory, including a memorial at Freeman Lake Park and a literacy program at area schools. This year, our middle school students will be sprucing up and defining the entrance to the Stations of the Cross area, and will be dedicating the renewed space in memory of Tai. The dedication is set to take place Wednesday, April 27 at 9 a.m. I am so proud of our students for pursuing these projects in honor of Tai. A key tenant of our mission is to help students enter young adulthood as people of integrity, virtue and holiness, and this project exemplifies our mission.
Angela Kirchner Memorial Scholarship
We recently announced a new need-based tuition scholarship known as the Angela Kirchner Memorial Scholarship. Made possible through a partnership with the Central Kentucky Community Foundation, this scholarship was established by SJS fifth grade teacher Patty Kirchner and her husband, Paul, and was set up to honor the memory of their daughter, Angela. The scholarship will be awarded to a middle school student based on financial need. One scholarship award will be given per year and will continue annually as funds permit. The scholarship will be given out for the 2022-2023 school year, along with the Amy Alinca Scholarship. I want to personally thank Patty and Paul for giving to Saint James students through this new scholarship in honor of their daughter.
Mark Your Calendars!
As we approach the end of the school year, I’d like to remind all Saint James families to keep an eye on the school calendar for all the year-end activities. And speaking of important dates, May 4 is National Teacher Appreciation Day! At Saint James, we have so many wonderful and hard-working educators who we appreciate not just on May 4, but on every day of the year. Our teachers dedicate themselves to establishing a love for Christ and life-long learning among our students. And for that, we are beyond grateful.
On that note, let’s all put our best foot forward and finish this academic year strong!
Sister Marie Hannah