A Note From SPES Principal, Kellie DesOrmeaux
October 14, 2022
October has been another busy month but we have seen so much growth and beauty in our students in every class and every event. Our fall sport seasons are almost over and we cannot begin to say how proud we are of the way our Cougars and Lady Cougars represented the school. Thank you for your participation in our first Blessing of the Pets last week. It is an event we look forward to becoming tradition here at SPES.
This month is recognized by the Catholic Church as both the month of the Holy Rosary and Respect Life Month. Our students led a beautiful school-wide living rosary on October 7th and Father Poirrier called us all to pray the rosary frequently during the homily on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on the 8th. This week, our SPES faculty, staff and students have begun to examine how we “Respect Life” on a daily basis. I extend an invitation to you to engage your children in a conversation about this - we have asked them to reflect on the respect they show for family members, their friends and others they encounter then begin extending the reflection to how they currently show, or can show, respect for the homeless, the elderly and the less fortunate.
On a final note, I have great news to share with all of you. Many of you will recall that, last year, we underwent our COGNIA accreditation review and scored very high. We recently received notification that St. Pius Elementary School has been recognized as one of 96 schools in the United States with an award for excellence. COGNIA, the international school improvement organization that accredits schools across the world, conducted 1500 school engagement accreditation reviews during the 2021-2022 school year and SPES has been named as a “School of Distinction.” COGNIA President and CEO, Mark A. Elgart issued a statement saying, “Congratulations to the 2022 Schools and Systems of Distinction for demonstrating excellence in education in meeting the COGNIA Performance Standards. Based on the results of their 2021-2022 accreditation reviews, each of these schools and systems demonstrated evidence of growth in learning, a healthy culture for learning, engaging and high-quality instructional environments and effective leadership for learning.”
We remain committed to excellence in all we do and giving each of your children an education that will not only prepare them academically but one that will prepare them spiritually, emotionally and socially for later life.