Letter from Principal

August 2016

Welcome Back!

"God planted a seed of faith in our hearts, so all we had to do is water it with prayers, fertilize it with words of God and cultivate it with lots of love."

We have chosen "The Seed" as our theme for the 2016-2017 school year.

It is incredible that so much can be said about something so small. In Matthew 13:31-32 we hear The Parable of the Mustard Seed:

He told them another parable "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches."

Reflecting on this parable we can discern a variety of messages:

First, our faith- our faith is much like this tiny seed, for as small as it is, it carries with it great potential, the impossible becomes possible when we have Faith in our Lord. When we take that tiny seed and share it with someone else, we spread the word, the message, and ultimately His kingdom- our faith keeps growing. Through the spreading and tending of our faith we reap great blessings; blessings of hope, love, trust, etc. However, if we neglect that tiny seed, or keep it to ourselves, it does very little and it is at risk of disappearing altogether. As Catholic educators, we are blessed with the gift of this tiny seed, our faith, and are given the responsibility of cultivating it.

Second, attitudes- Letís consider these seeds to be a packet of attitudes, qualities, or virtues. We determine what they represent and what we choose to plant and spread. Once again, from something so tiny so much greatness can happen, but we need to choose carefully what we plant, plant it, and care for it. So, letís commit to planting seeds of positivity, love, humor, kindness, compassion, generosity, patience, humility, cooperation, gratitude, etc. Let us commit to not allowing the seeds of negativity to take root or spread, they have no place in our garden. Those seeds become weeds, they spread, they poison and they kill. We, the gardeners of the St. Agnes Academy family need to tend to our garden; we must care for its survival by ensuring that we remove those weeds, and in their place plant handfuls of "GOOD" seeds. When we plant these Good seeds, they will take root, spread, and reap a beautiful harvest blooming with the brightness that springs from Joy, enthusiasm, positive words, love, kindness, compassion, etc.

Finally, the seeds represent our students- Every year we are entrusted with a brand new packet of seeds, some are herbs, others flowers, we get vegetables, fruits, etc. Each is completely different, but our task, as the gardeners, remains the same. We must take those tiny, fragile seeds and plant them, however, they canít all be planted in the same place; some need direct sunlight, some indirect, some shade, you get it. Once they are planted then we must care for them- we obviously care for them all, but the way in which we care for them may be different. Some may need more water, some go days without water; some grow at a faster rate, while others require our patience. Some very special seeds require special conditions. They need be talked to, music helps them grow, or a completely different environment is necessary in order for them to thrive. While tending to the seeds, in their unique way, we must also diligently clean the garden, ridding it of the critters that can destroy it- the negativity, the put downs, exclusions. Our gardens must be full of fertilizer that ignites growth, that promotes positive virtues and attitudes, and that fosters success. As the year unfolds, we will harvest our little seeds, we will rejoice in what they have become, or are becoming. The harvest will be bountiful! There will be trees, bundles of flowers, bushels of fruits and vegetables- it will be plentiful!

"Plant a seed. Watch it grow it will go so much farther than youíll ever know. And whether that seed be action or word, whether harsh or kind, its power will be heard. And whether its fruit will bring joy or distress you are the one who will injure or bless."

Blessings,

Mrs. Susana Rivera,
Principal