A Letter from the Principal
Welcome to another new and exciting school year at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School. Our theme this year is “Keeping Our Eyes Fixed on Jesus.” In order to help our students, keep their eyes fixed on Jesus, and to grow in virtue, we will begin a three-year Virtues in Practice program. This year we will grow in the virtues of faith, reverence, stewardship, generosity, gratitude, honesty, mercy, justice, and zeal. This, combined with our daily religion class, daily prayer, weekly Mass, regular participation in devotions and personal witness of our staff, our students will grow in holiness. I am so excited to work in partnership with you this year as we help our students grow spiritually, academically, and socially. I can promise you I will work diligently, each and every day, to provide a school where all who enter understand “Jesus is the reason for this school.”
As many of you know, I have a long history with Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School. You could say I grew up here! My brothers and I attended Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School. I was a member of the last 9th grade class of the junior high school, (Thomas P. Beahan Junior High School). I must admit, I was that junior high student who loved school. I met my best friend in 7th grade and am Godmother to her daughter. My 3 children and nephew attended OLS where they have also made lifelong friends. I worked in the OLS Kids’ Club program before becoming a teacher. I started my teaching career in Kindergarten, then moved to 5th grade and finally 4th grade before moving up to Assistant Principal. For me, the truth lies in the adage “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” And I DO love my job! It won’t always be easy, but as long as we remember that we are disciples of Jesus fed by the Eucharist, with Him by our side we will succeed together. Together, we are going to have a great year.
We have made some important campus improvements over the summer months:
- Security Cameras were installed across the school campus, inside and outside
- TeachLogic audio systems were installed in every classroom
- Hallways and doors were freshly painted
- A new ceiling was installed in the Middle School hallway
- New carpet was installed in the 6thand 7th grade classrooms
- New security doors were installed to replace the doors in the lower elementary
- Internet was upgraded
- Technology was upgraded allowing every classroom to have a dedicated Chromebook cart, including the library
- A new sound system was installed in the cafeteria
- The ECC entryway and sidewalk concrete were replaced and safety concrete bollards were added to increase pedestrian safety
- New sinks and countertops were installed in the ECC classrooms
- ‘Re-visioned” the school Christian Service program to offer a combination of service in action, both on and off campus.
- Safety flags were moved in the ECC parking lot to protect students playing on the ECC playground and 3 parking spots were added
- Exterior campus lighting was upgraded with LED lights
- Front entry doors were secured and are scheduled to be replaced in September
- Campus Signage is scheduled for installation in the late Fall
- The gym floor was refinished and our current OLS logo was added to reflect our Brand
- New second grade desks were purchased
In addition to promoting and maintaining our Roman Catholic identity, Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School is constantly developing a rigorous curriculum; teaching self-discipline with a Christian focus; establishing high expectations for its students; and is the beneficiary of the selfless commitment of its parents. The commitment and creativity of our entire Our Lady of Sorrows Family enables us to provide the BEST Catholic School education possible for our students. While our current enrollment is at 855 students, our class size remains low, between 18-25 students per section. We thank you for your commitment and support of our Catholic school, your sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
Please keep our school, faculty, and staff in your prayers as we embark on this new school year.
Once a Saint Always a Saint,
Mrs. Katherine Ambrose