Working from Home due to a Snow Day
Writing this blog has been on my to-do list for several years. Due to the recurrent hazardous weather conditions, I am going to work from home today and decided that today was the day to begin. Well, here goes!
What a crazy few weeks for me!
- At the nth hour, I agreed to serve as a chaperone on the March for Life Pilgrimage. What an amazing experience! I absolutely love the opportunity to interact with our students, especially in activities where they have the chance to step up and out, representing so well themselves, their families, their faith in a God who loves them, and MCC. This was one of those experiences. I could not be more proud of them. They were true Crusaders - respectful, accountable, caring, responsible, and Christ-like - at every phase of the pilgrimage. I came home, tired from the March sandwiched between two long bus rides, yet refreshed and renewed because of my interaction with a special group of MCC students. I loved being able to attend the March with them and look forward to sharing the Mission Trip experience with our students in the spring.
- In all honesty, maybe the toughest part of my role as President is making a school closure decision. As Kathy can attest, I truly stress over the decision. These past two weeks we have been closed due to "extreme" weather conditions more than we have been in session - certainly not the norm for MCC! We are used to going to school no matter the weather. The extreme wind chill or "feels like" temperatures below a benchmark of -20 along with what seems like never-ending lake effect snowfall amounts have created conditions that have caused us to make school closure decisions. Always, the main focus of that decision is the safety of our students, their families, and the MCC staff. Five school closures due to weather in an 8 day period, when was the last time that happened at Muskegon Catholic Central. My prayer is that we are able to regather tomorrow for an important day of learning and growing for our students.
- The fact that this is all happening during Catholic Schools Week is so unfortunate. This week allows us to step back and remind ourselves of the incredible impact a Catholic school education has on our students, families, staff, community, and church. And yes, I do believe that the impact ripples that far and wide. Our Mission requires that we provide an excellent Catholic educational experience that transforms our students comprehensively - in spirit, mind, and body. Again, with God in driver's seat, we work diligently and purposefully to make that Mission "real" in the classroom, on the field an court of play, on the stage, at home, in the community and at church. My sense is that it is working.
Part of the reason that I have interest in writing a blog flows from my desire to share with a wider audience information - also, my thoughts, insights, and vision. I am totally committed to a Muskegon Catholic Central that is vibrant and transformational for the Crusader family for many years to come. Though I might try sometimes, I realize that I cannot do it alone. With God at the wheel, it can only happen if we are on the same bus all moving and pushing in the same direction.
One of the many roles that I have is to make sure that accurate information is shared and disseminated regularly. My plan is to utilize periodic President's Remarks and this blog (hopefully written weekly) to keep the Crusader family informed and in the know. I will also use events like the Crusader Forum and Creating Connections - Building Bridges....Together with Ken to maintain the conversation and dialog. Keep in mind that I am serious when I say that my door is always open. I can be reached at 231.291.0324 or [email protected] to arrange a time to share.
Now that I have written this first Thoughts and Musings, look for others in the near future. I thank you for taking the time to read it.
Blessing and Peace!
St. John Paul II pray for us now and forever!
Posted on Wed, January 30, 2019
by Kimberly Plyler