Dear Members of the Saint Mary School Community:
Yesterday, January 6, 2021, the nation watched in dismay the scenes of unrest and violence playing out on the grounds of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. This unprecedented incident reminds us of the urgency of promoting peace and justice in both our classrooms and in our daily lives. The senseless acts of violence and mayhem leave us shocked and heartbroken. The Saint Mary Interparochial School community joins the nation in disavowing these acts. Saint Mary’s will continue our commitment to our school’s mission in building Christ-centered leaders within a diverse environment that recognizes and respects individuals of every cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious background. Now more than ever, our collective efforts to foster a community of respect and empathy are at the front of our minds and hearts. But each of us must continue to do our part to nurture and protect one another and to serve as a model for the Catholic community, for the City of Philadelphia, for our nation, and for the world.
I am aware that many families within our own community may be experiencing trauma and vulnerability during this difficult time. I encourage you to reach out to one another. And even though many of us are physically separated from our families due to the current public health crisis, we must continue to support one another, both near and far. Please know that if your student(s) is in need of individual support in processing these current public events, you may contact our school counselor, Jamie Cross, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment. We will always be here to help support you and your family. And as always, thank you for your continued prayers, support, and love during these challenging times.