RSM Begins with Teacher Retreat

Thursday, September 1, 2016

St. Mary's started the first week of school with in-service and teacher/staff retreat on Monday and Tuesday, August 22 and 23. Kris Schiltz, Spiritual Life Director, and the RSM administration had two well-planned days of activities starting with introduction of new faculty and staff and prayer on Monday. New Assistant Administrator, Les Douma, and Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the diocese, Dr. Dan Ryan, and Fr. William McCarthy were the main speakers. Tuesday was retreat day which began with Mass at St. Mary's Church, breakfast at Three Sisters' Bistro, and the balance of the day with speakers and activities at the American Bank meeting room. Wednesday faculty/staff and students gathered at the Grotto for the opening school prayer service followed by the raising of the flag and pledge. The ringing of the "Old school bell" (brought out on a cart) signified the official beginning of the 2016-17 school year. Students and faculty/staff then each went to their respective buildings. At the high school, Mr. Douma addressed the high school students on expectations and their role as students to be the light of Christ throughout the school year. A special thanks from St. Mary's Schools goes to American Bank for donating and serving the noon lunch and dessert and providing their meeting room for the RSM faculty/staff retreat; along with Ann Muller at Three Sisters' Bistro for her hospitality. Thank You!