February 5, 2019 Issue 22 Vol.45
Message From Our Principal
Dear SJM Families,
iGEN: I recently attended a meeting where San Diego State University Professor Jean Twenge, Ph.D., was the speaker. She is an American psychologist. Her book iGen is about why today’s super-connected kids are growing up less rebellious and more tolerant, but also less happy and unprepared for adulthood. It states concern for our youth’s obsession with phones. Statistics show the huge impact when in 2011-12 smartphones became more affordable. Please consider joining the movement to put limitations on cell phone usage.
- No phones in the bedroom.
- Take an hour break from the phone during the day (all family members).
- “No phone usage” at school during the day, unless an emergency.
- Children are not ready for a connection with social media until 14 years of age, preferably 16. And even then, limited usage.
- Parents should monitor their child’s screen time and sites visited. Their role in understanding what their child is watching and playing while online is vital.
Dr. Twenge states that “things have clearly gone too far, and screen time needs to be cut.” We must empower our young people regarding the “good” and “bad” uses and effects of technology.
I ask you to visit by 2/12/19 the site www.cmgparent.org also known as Covenant Eyes. It is free. It has video tutorials that educate you with the use of technology.
EAGLES: This is the Catholic Charities program to help children develop valuable life skills. This is an 8-week life series. It provides a safe and supportive environment in which to learn how to improve their problem solving and communication skills. All SJM children will have the opportunity to participate in the Eagles Program.
UNIFORM TIP: Headbands are acceptable to keep hair off the face. Simple bows and barrettes are also acceptable.
Please avoid the addition of fuzzy cat ears and Mickey Mouse ears, etc.
FAITH FACT: – The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes – The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared eighteen times to fourteen-year-old Bernadette between February 11 and July 16, 1858, in Lourdes, France. Bernadette suffered from asthma and cholera. She could not read or write and only spoke the dialect in her area. The first apparition took place while she was out to gather firewood. She saw a beautiful young girl with a rosary of white beads on her right arm. Bernadette knelt and began to pray the rosary. At the end of the five decades, the woman smiled and disappeared. Bernadette went on to become a sister and went by the name Sister Mary Bernarda, but she is often referred to as St. Bernadette. She died at the age of 35. St. Bernadette was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1925.
“The gate of heaven is very low; only the humble can enter it.” – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Blessings on your week,