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Mary’s Message

November 2017


Dear Parents,


Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Bill and I have much to be thankful for around here and your family is one of them. Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to cook and serve for their child’s Thanksgiving feast.


Food donations for Amanda Strong are due on Friday, December 1. This is our twenty-fourth year collecting for the Amanda Strong Foundation. The Amanda Strong Food for the Needy, Inc. is a not-for-profit effort. The program was created in 1980 by Westfield native Amanda Strong, who actually lived on Sycamore Street. She started this program in her home, turning her garage into a food, toy, and clothing pantry. Today, Amanda’s foundation is run by Sharon Hodson, who was Amanda’s assistant since 1981.  Some years, as many as six hundred families have received food and gifts. There are collection boxes at each entrance.  Each class has made a choice to collect one or two items. Please take your child with you to shop for these items. Modeling this behavior to your children is invaluable. The toddlers are collecting toys, Children’s House 1 is collecting canned fruit, Children’s House 2 is collecting cereal, Elementary 1 is collecting peanut butter and jelly, Elementary 2 is collecting toiletries and Middle School is collecting diapers and wipes. Feel free to shop for any items on our list. Thank you for your generous donations. I think the recipients “thank you” too!


Elementary and Middle School Christmas Program is Friday, December 22. Dismissal for the whole school is at noon, with no aftercare.


Some of you may know Judi Sumski, Mother of Garry, lost her hard-fought battle to cancer on Sunday, November 12. The services will be held at Saint Maria Goretti on Saturday, November 25 at 1 pm. Please join us, if you can, as we celebrate her life. There will be a reception immediately following the service. Please sneak in a prayer for their family and all the families at MSW who have lost a loved one this year.


Bill and I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!


Love and God Bless,