Bishop Joseph Brennan, Glendale Mayor Paula Devine, GPD Officer Lynch, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, HF School Alumni, HS & GS School Board Representatives, Deacon Ron Baker, Fr. Jim Bevacqua, HS Principal Dr. Ed. Robillard, GS Principal Miss Fidela Suelto, Student Ambassadors, and the Students celebrated the Blessing and the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the renovated facilities of both schools last Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Central in the teachings of both the elementary and secondary schools at Holy Family is the Word of God and the quality of academics, two schools where Jesus Christ is centermost. Meeckaczarina Arlante, Student Council General Commissioner and Jeremy Reyes, SC Commissioner delivered a speech thanking the church, school, and parents for all the renovated facilities.
In both schools, parents, teachers, pastor and alums are wholehearted with all that is within them for the school to become an institution that brings highest honor to God’s name and for families to entrust their child’s faith-based education. Fr. Jim Bevacqua, pastor, continues to raise the bar and has maintained the improvement of the schools’ physical plant and its over-all upkeep. All school personnel and in the new systemness are growing in Christ.
Speech of Jeremy and Meeka:
As most of you know, I am Jeremy Reyes, and I am Meeka Arlante! We are both from the eighth grade, and we are here to discuss the benefits of our new school renovations. Before we begin, we would like to start off with a quote, “To live is to change and to be perfect is to have changed often.” This quote was stated by Cardinal John Henry Newman, who was an important figure in religious history in the 19th century. This quote emphasizes that life is full of changes and one has to change to improve. Did you know that our school is 91 years old? Within 91 years, Holy Family Grade School has undergone numerous changes to ensure the academic success of each child.
During our time at Holy Family Grade School, we have witnessed several developments to the school’s overall environment, not only for the students, but also for the faculty and parents. A school’s job is to offer individuals a sense of safety and love in its community, which we both believe that it had achieved. As students, we are able to utilize the remodeled restrooms. The parents also have the opportunity to take care of personal matters in the new main office, relax in the school’s lobby, and sometimes, enjoy a fresh cup of coffee at the serving kiosk. Having these renovated facilities reflects how important and cared for the students, parents, faculty, and staff, are here at Holy Family Grade School. We are extremely grateful for these new opportunities in our school.
All of these renovations further enhance the school as a community. The new restrooms provide more space and offer a modern change, where students can freshen up. The school lobby and the main office give a sense of organization and professionalism to our school, which are important factors in order to be successful. Holy Family also understands how important it is to handle business matters efficiently. The new and improved glass windows help speed up the process. Just bring what you need, give it to the office, say thank you, and poof…..your matters have been handled. Last, but not least, the serving kiosk creates an “at home feeling” where parents can mingle during our important PTO general assemblies.
In all, our school would not be as wonderful as it has become without these amazing people, Bishop Brennan, Father Jim, the Church, Miss Suelto, the faculty, staff, students, and the parents. They are the reason why our school is improving and growing. After all, there is a reason why Holy Family a Grade School was voted the number one private school in Glendale. Let us give a round of applause to those who made these renovated facilities possible. Now, let us conclude this assembly, with our School Prayer.
Dear God, our Father, help us in our work and everyday life; to respect one another and to appreciate our faculty. Bless our parents and all those who help the school. We thank you for the gift of life, which you have given us. Be with us and enlighten us as we join together as a school. We thank you for all you have given us, the happiness of being with our friends and for helping us to grow in every way. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.