Dear Parents and Guardians,
As you have read in the announcement from Brother Thomas, I am honored to have removed the word “interim” from my job title and stay on to serve as principal for your sons. Thank you to all for your patience during this discernment period. I have received a wonderful welcome back after my year away.
The school year has been going very well. In late January, we finished the first half of the year and are off to a great start in this second semester. On January 27th, we kicked off the second semester, as well as Catholic Schools Week, with an all-school assembly in our gymnasium. Faculty, students and parents all contributed to our celebration and honored the wonderful work that takes place at La Salle and why we all choose Catholic education. It was a great way to inspire and invigorate all members of our community as we prepare to tackle the second half of the year.
Our students continue to have their educational experiences enhanced through assemblies, including our latest one honoring Black History Month, and field trips, including trips to the New York Post, the New York Stock Exchange, the Botanical Gardens, Repertorio Espanol, among others. Students are also experiencing their annual retreats where they reflect and strengthen their spiritual lives. We are also happy to be continuing our Guest Lecture Series, in which professionals in various fields come to teach a class in all the academic disciplines, bringing real world experience to our curriculum. We strive to use all that New York City has to offer to enrich our students’ academic journeys and educate the whole person.
The Class of 2020 is moving along very well in their college application process. To date, our seniors have been accepted to over 70 different colleges and universities, with 80% of the senior class having been accepted to a school at this point. With last year’s class earning over $21 million in scholarships, we have no doubt that the Class of 2020 will match, if not surpass, this amazing accomplishment.
St. La Salle tells us that, “This work of teaching is one of the most important in the Church” (MTR 7.1 [Med 199.1]). All members of the La Salle Academy community strive to embrace this important work every day and help shape our students to be the best versions of themselves. Thank you for entrusting your sons to our care and partnering with us on his educational journey.