STEADFAST IN MISSION
Dear OLGC School Families,
“My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ
Jesus.” (Phil. 4: 19)
I am very excited to share with you joyful news about our parish school. We are blessed to have a school where our children are formed in the Catholic faith as disciples who know and love the Lord, have an eagerness to serve, and are leaders who will transform the culture. We are steadfast on this mission!
During the course of the year, I have been in awe at the devotion of our teachers, school staff and administration. It takes a true team to work together, support one another and create a joyful environment where our children can flourish. I thank God for such an amazing blessing! This type of school community is something I value and want not only to preserve, but to enhance. To have a group of teachers who are bound together by mission, ready and eager to teach, form, encourage, and inspire is a gift. As the Principal Search Committee and I worked together, the gift of our school team and the joyful school environment was front and center in my own heart.
I am grateful for the time and wise counsel of the members of our Principal Search Committee who shared my commitment to find the right person to lead our school community. I also thank those who served so generously on the interview teams, listening carefully to the candidates and providing very helpful feedback. The Archdiocese also supported the process along the way with the guidance of our Associate Superintendent.
The good work of the parents, teachers, and administrators in the principal search process helped us identify a candidate who would lead with this mission driven spirit, understanding our culture and being aligned to our community values. However, after an initial acceptance, our candidate discerned this wasn’t the right time to assume a new leadership role and declined the position. As a result (and by trusting always in God’s Providence), we prayerfully considered the best pathway forward for the school, a pathway not just to maintain our course, but to move us forward and advance our mission with confidence and joy, allowing us to thrive in our mission as we live out our shared commitment as staff, students, families and the community.
And so with a desire to preserve and strengthen the spirit of cooperation which has been cultivated with our staff and community this year, and to magnify the professional gifts already within our community, we are restructuring the leadership team of the school. With the support of the Search Committee, I am pleased to announce that Karen Ervin has stepped forward generously to serve as the Interim Principal for next year with Leanne Sauve as the Assistant Principal and Jon Schneider, who will assume a new position as the Dean of Students for the school. They will work together with Leigh Fitch and Laure Falzon to create a dynamic Leadership Team eager to advance the mission and initiatives of the school.
Throughout the year, we have been blessed by Ms. Ervin’s wisdom, spiritual insight, and educational experience. She has been so generous in sharing her 23 years of experience in schools, having worked as a teacher, counselor and principal. With the development of a new campus at St. Peter’s and the reconfiguration of our current school, there has been a tremendous amount of work done in anticipation for next year. Ms. Ervin has skillfully guided that process and has been serving as the Administrative Mentor for Mrs. Sauve. She has also been actively working with administration and staff on several initiatives, including curriculum development and other projects we are excited to implement next year.
The school is on a wonderful pathway, and by God’s Providence, we are blessed that Ms. Ervin has offered to lead us for the next year as we continue to navigate our campus expansion, advance our curricular program and stay focused on Jesus Christ. I am very excited and confident that with Ms. Ervin and the new leadership team in place, our school will continue to thrive as we undertake these new initiatives and remain steadfast in mission!
Though it’s not always what we thought it would be, God always has a plan, and that plan is good. Please join me in thanking the Lord for his provisions, for Ms. Ervin, our new leadership team, and our teachers and staff who selflessly share their gifts to serve this community. Lastly, please pray for Ms. Ervin, the leadership team, teachers, staff and students during these final weeks of the school year. May our hearts be united to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Good Counsel, who always guides us by the hand to the Heart of her Son, Jesus.
In His Peace, Msgr. Todd
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“Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. 1 Cor 15:58”
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