I’ve always fancied myself a nomad. Before teaching, I enjoyed the challenge of mastering a job to then move on to the next. From broadcasting booths to business meetings, I’ve experienced an array of working environments in different fields. Even as a teacher, I had the pleasure of representing a multitude of mascots in just one year! They included a Jaguar, an Eagle, a Sting (or wasp rather), and a Bengal.
During this season of giving, we are grateful for all who choose to support BSM. Donations, both large and small, fill in what is needed beyond tuition to meet our yearly operating budget. In addition, donations allow BSM to do more for our students. We can add new curriculum, increase our learning supports, offer more tuition assistance, and build new spaces for our students to learn and grow.
In the spring of 2017, in connection with our upcoming move from Chicago to the Twin Cities, our family began exploring high school options for our son Peter. We started in a typical fashion, researching schools online and talking to numerous admissions offices. In March, we scheduled shadow visits for Peter at Catholic and nondenominational schools that seemed to be the best fit for him and our family.
Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is one of my favorite stories. Many of you who have read it know that the Grinch does all in his power to take away the spirit of Christmas. However, we also know that in taking the trees, ornaments, food, and presents, he fails in his attempt because he does not stop Christmas from coming. Somehow or another, it comes just the same.
November and December are the months of the year that bring Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas in rapid succession. The number of family get-togethers is unmatched during this time of year, and each has its own traditions. Games, feasts, prayers, conversations, and shopping seem to be mainstays in many households.
Students Talk With NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei '85
This morning a group of students, faculty/staff and some alums had the opportunity to chat with NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei '85 who is currently aboard the International Space Station.
A number of students had the chance to ask Vande Hei questions about his experience on the space station and how he has adapted to life 250 miles above the earth.
I felt deeply honored and humbled the first time I was referred to as “the Benilde-St. Margaret’s rabbi.” It was initially in jest, but there was an undertone of truth in those words. The students, administration and faculty knew me, not because of my name or my role at Beth El, but because of the relationship we have and the welcome and invitation I’ve received to participate in the BSM community. Eventually being “the BSM rabbi” stuck.
Benilde-St. Margaret’s School offers our students a challenging college preparatory curriculum that guides each individual toward his/her “highest potential in body, spirit and mind." In that light, each fall our students and families focus on future college and university choices. A vast majority of our seniors prepare college applications to meet the national November 1 deadline. Many others, at various grade levels, visit college campuses.
I would like to think that being raised in the Catholic faith since birth, having earned a BA in Theology, a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership, and after over 30 years’ experience as a professional in Catholic education, 20 of which have been spent as an administrator, I would have it all figured out. The truth is, I don’t.