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Friday, September 25, 2020

Dear Families,


What a week!  In my effort to get information out quickly on Wednesday, I didn’t follow the advice I often give students - look your work over carefully before hitting send. 
Here are some corrections-

  • The Monday after Thanksgiving is November 30th.
  • EWCC follows the school calendar and will not be opened on Friday, October 9th, teacher in-service day, or Wednesday, October 21st through Friday, October 23rd Parent/Teacher/Student conference days.  
  • The last day of EWCC is Tuesday, October 27th
  • In-person learning for 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades begins October 28th.

Phew!  Those are all of the date changes for right now. There are bound to be more.  All of our plans are based on what we believe to be our best information at the time. When we begin bringing classes back to the building, we will learn a lot. What happens in King County will also matter.  What the last seven months have made abundantly clear to me is that information changes.  Thank you for your flexibility and grace as we continue to navigate this new normal.

The other day someone said, “It must be really tough being a school principal right now.” That person was correct.

Things are more difficult for most of us right now, but I am lucky. I am the principal at St. Francis of Assisi School. I cannot imagine another group of teachers, students, or parents, or any other staff, Pastor or school community with whom I would rather walk through these times.

In the spring of 2011, I interviewed for the principal position at St. Francis of Assisi School.  I had interviews for two other principal positions scheduled for the following week. I went into my interview with St. Francis thinking it would help me practice for those. My husband knew this.

After my interview, I walked in door and told my husband, “That’s my job.”
He said, no, I was interviewing for the job that I really wanted the following week. That was before I knew what God had planned for me.  When I interviewed at St. Francis, I felt like I had come home. 

Take a deep breath. Pray. Thank you for being a community that rises. Thank you for continuing, through it all, to feel like home. I hope that it feels like your home, too.  Reach out if you need help or can help.


Peace and blessings,
Rosemary Leifer

STFOA 9.25.2020 Newsletter