Greetings Seneca Nation,
Blessings to you for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. As we prepare for the birth of Jesus, I would challenge each of us to focus less on the material aspects of the holiday and remember this is the time of year to focus on the care of others. All seniors at Calvert are required to do a senior project which ideally supports charities or those in need. These projects then in turn infuse catholic moral teachings into experiential learning. I was moved last week when two of our seniors, Madyson and Ashlynn Deats, presented their project in support of babies and families in Neonatal units. They engaged students, faculty, and the community to raise funds that in turn will provide blankets and care packages.
I have shared many times in these memos the value of experiential learning. During my short time here at Calvert, I was never as impacted as having the opportunity to join our elementary students at their weekly mass and witness our own fifth-grade student, Norah Ginnevar, and her younger sister, Posey, be baptized into the Catholic church. Norah, surrounded by her family and classmates shared that she felt the Holy Spirit. These opportunities to witness and learn are examples of our different by design culture.
As we conclude the fall semester, I thank each member of our Calvert community, far and near, for your prayers and support. We are here because of you and to serve our young learners with the mission of formation is humbling beyond description. I challenge each of you to celebrate Calvert, share our story, talk to your neighbors of the value. Value is measured in various ways by different people. I value people, loyalty and commitment. The dedicated commitment of Calvert’s faculty, staff, and broad community of support is immeasurable. That is value!
God Bless, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Dr. Jeremy Marinis
Head of School
Calvert Catholic Schools