Dear Parents, Students, and Friends of Kelly,
We are in the midst of the season of Advent. In the Catholic tradition, Advent is meant to be a time of preparation for the celebration of the birth of our Savior. Our culture tends to fill the time leading up to Christmas with parties, shopping, and many other distractions from the true meaning of the holiday. During these next two weeks, I encourage you to make time for quiet prayer, reflection, meditation, or scripture to prepare yourself for a ‘rebirth’ of Jesus into your life.
- On Monday, December 17, we will have an early release (12:20 P.M.) of students to allow teachers time for final preparations for exams.
- Exams are Tuesday through Friday, December 18 – 21. The actual exam schedule has been published and is posted around school.
- Christmas Break is December 24 through January 4. Classes resume Monday, January 7.
- Students return at our normal 8:15 A.M. time on January 7 and report to homeroom to receive their 2nd semester schedule. In most cases, there will be little or no change.
(Repeat from previous newsletter) Tuesday, December 11 through Monday December 17 is ‘Dead Week’. Although school activities are not totally eliminated, we try to cut back on the number of distractions so students will have time to carefully and methodically prepare for their exams. Please encourage your son/daughter to do so.
We are working on a new, on-line application and registration process which should be ready after the New Year. The plan is that each returning students families will be sent a link which will open to forms containing their current individual information that will need to be reviewed and, if necessary, revised and then submitted. We will discuss this process during grade level meetings in January and February. Students applying to Kelly, both incoming freshman and transfer students, will also be provided an on-line application to complete and submit for admission consideration.
As you are probably aware, Bishop Guillory has submitted his request to the Vatican for retirement. Until he receives an acceptance of that retirement, he will continue to serve as Bishop of the Beaumont Diocese. Please say a prayer of thanksgiving for his lifetime of service to the church, the last 20 or so years have been here in our Diocese.
I pray that every family has a peaceful and restful Christmas break and that you joyously celebrate the remembrance of the birth of our Lord and Savior.
Roger S. Bemis