Dear St. Stephen families,

March certainly came in like a lion, and I am waiting patiently for it to become a lamb.   Like my tulips trying to break through the soil in anticipation for sun and warmth, we are also preparing for the warmer days to arrive.  March is ‘Reading Month’ so the students have invited ‘Mystery Readers’ to come to their classrooms to read various stories and books to them, and we have a schoolwide competition called, “Pages for Prizes.”  The goal is for the students to keep track of the pages they have read so that they can earn a prize at the end of the month.  The 5th and 6th graders ventured off to St. Mary’s in Wayne to participate in the ‘Celebration of Books’ held every year.

The school office was fortunate enough to host a student as ‘Principal for the Day’ at the beginning of the month.  Kindergartner, Molly Hamel, won the raffle at the Parent Guild Spaghetti Dinner and was extremely excited to work at her desk in the principal’s office. Principal Hamel sat with me at the all school Mass, and we visited all the classrooms where she greeted everyone with an enormous and contagious smile. I believe she enjoyed the day in the office as much as we did!

As part of our ‘Serving Lent with Love’ project, the students created a goody bag for first responders. The Student Council had a ‘Wear Green for St. Patrick’s Day’ fund raiser to help purchase the items for the bags.  Thank you to Mrs. Spradlin for the idea, and input. We were very happy to do something to thank our local first responders.

The whole school went on a Pilgrimage to the Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue, Ohio. What a beautiful and peaceful place to visit.  The teachers enjoyed the time of quiet and prayer with the students.  I think we all appreciated the change of scenery and felt a bit rejuvenated after our visit.

Blessings to all,


Mrs. Christine Vaughan