Dear IJP Families,
For denominations that celebrate Advent, the holiday marks the beginning of the church’s liturgical year. Advent is primarily observed in churches that adhere to an ecclesiastical calendar of liturgical seasons, feasts, memorials, fasts, and holy days. Those churches include Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican / Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist, and Presbyterian.
The season of Advent is a period of both repentance and celebration. Christians spend time in spiritual preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. Believers remember not only Christ’s first coming to earth as a human baby but also celebrate his continued presence with us today through the Holy Spirit. Advent is also a time for worshipers to anticipate his return at the Second Coming of Christ.
American Psychological Association suggests these tips to help parents effectively manage holiday stress:
- Strengthen social connections – We know that strong, supportive relationships help us manage all kinds of challenges. So, we can view the holidays as a time to reconnect with the positive people in our lives. Accepting help and support from those who care about us can help alleviate stress. Also, volunteering at a local charity on our own or with family can be another way to make connections; helping others often makes us feel better, too.
- Initiate conversations about the season – It can be helpful to have conversations with your kids about the variety of different holiday traditions your families, friends and others may celebrate. Parents, you can use this time as an opportunity to discuss how some families may not participate in the same holiday traditions as others. Not everyone needs to be the same. It is important to teach open-mindedness about others and their celebrations.
- Set expectations – It is helpful to set realistic expectations for gifts and holiday activities. Depending on a child’s age, you can use this opportunity to teach kids about the value of money and responsible spending. We need to remember to pare down our own expectations, too. Instead of trying to take on everything, we need to identify the most important holiday tasks and take small concrete steps to accomplish them.
- Keep things in perspective – On the whole, the holiday season is short. It helps to maintain a broader context and a longer-term perspective. There will be time after the holiday season to follow up or do more of things you have overlooked or did not have the time to do during the holidays.
Our Junior, Senior, and Symphonic Bands, along with the Kingsmen Choir and Show Choir, performed at the Marian Catholic High School Auditorium on Tuesday, December 11 at 7:00 pm. Our students did a great job!
Our parent Meet and Greet assembly was great on December 12th at 7:30 pm at the parish hall! We discussed many concerned topics to include discipline, lack of communication, school board functions, classroom concerns and many other issues.
Leslie Newhuis is the Director of Supervision for the cafeteria and playground. A revised policy was put in place and Mrs. Newhuis discussed the new policy during the lunch periods on Wednesday December 12. Please check your child’s book bag for written communication about our revised cafeteria/playground discipline policy.
Join us as we celebrate the season with our traditional Christmas program on Tuesday, December 18th at 7:00 pm. Mrs. Barnick, the IJP choirs, musicians, narrators, and all the students have been working very hard to present this year’s production. Take time to pause and reflect on the reason for the season as we await the wondrous coming of the Lord.
The PTO sponsored Christmas Pizza Lunch is Friday, December 21st. Just a reminder that the kitchen is closed on that day. Students may wear jeans, and a red, green or appropriate Christmas shirt to celebrate the last full day of the school year and the beginning of Christmas vacation. The school gym shoe policy still applies.
We will be hosting our Open House for prospective students on Thursday, January 31st during Catholic Schools Week. If you know of a family that is looking at school options for next fall, please encourage them to stop by and see what IJP has to offer.
Peace to you during this Advent Season,
Dr. Wanda Murphy Fulford