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A Message from the Principal

Welcome back, Savio Faculty and Staff

August 02, 2020
By Dr. Enrique Garcia

Welcome back!

 

Eagles, it is time again for Savio faculty and staff to return and start planning for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. The start of this school year already promises to be unlike any other. As you may have heard, we are starting the school year with one week of online classes for all students and then shift to a dual platform of instruction model. 

Savio's faculty and staff are looking forward to a great school year. Please join me in welcoming them back to campus and in saying a prayer for them as they start the school year: 

Lord God, Your spirit of wisdom fills the earth, and teaches us your ways. Look upon Savio's faculty and staff, as they return to work this week in preparation for the coming school year. Let our faculty and staff strive to do their work with gentle patience and endeavor always to bring the truth to eager minds. Grant that they may follow Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life, forever and ever. Amen.

Our Inservice this year will be completely online, so we will not be able to gather for a beginning-of-the-year photo like we did last year. So, for now, here's last year's photo to remind you of the amazing Savio faculty and staff that are getting ready to welcome our students back with open arms! Tune in next week when we will introduce some new faces to the Savio family.

In the meantime, stay healthy, stay safe, and stay strong, Savio!

Blessings,

Dr. Garcia

Pray for Catholic Schools

July 26, 2020
By Dr. Enrique Garcia

Pray for Catholic Schools

Happy Sunday, Eagles. I hope you and your families are doing well and staying safe and healthy.
 

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Austin and around the country are working hard to prepare for the coming school year in the midst of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. For many, this is a trying and challenging time. There are so many difficult decisions to make and many challenges and obstacles to overcome. Nevertheless, it is also a time for us as communities of faith and learning to live our faith and put our schools and each other in God's hands, so our students can see how our Catholic faith sustains us in uncertain times. 

Please join me in praying for Catholic schools  


O Christ, our Teacher, You invite Your faithful people to make disciples in Your name and to announce good news to the poor.  We thank You for the gift of Catholic schools, where the message of Your life, death, and resurrection is proclaimed, Christian community is experienced, service to our brothers and sisters is modeled, and worship of You is cultivated. Increase our zeal for ensuring that all children and families can benefit from a high-quality Catholic education, and that Catholic schools grow in their ability to nurture the soul of our nation. We ask this through the intercession of Our Lady, Mother of Catholic Schools.  Amen.

Please keep Savio and all Catholic schools and their students, families, faculty, and staff in your prayers, that Holy Spirit may descend upon us and grant us the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control and the gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord in the coming school year. 

Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay strong, Savio!

Blessings,

Dr. Garcia

 

Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay strong, Savio!

July 17, 2020
By Dr. Enrique Garcia

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe, and Stay Strong, Savio! 

 

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4

Eagles,

I hope that you and your families are doing well and staying safe and healthy. This has been an eventful week for us with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic and our planning for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. As I noted in my last email to you, we will provide ongoing updates about the start of school over the next few weeks leading up to the first day of school. Communication during this time is especially important, and we will make sure to keep you well-informed. 

In the meantime, because Savio is a community of faith and learning, it is important in times like this that we also maintain our communication with and place our trust in God through prayer: “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6.

Please join me in a prayer of solidarity in the time of COVID-19 (St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Mankato, MN). 

On behalf of the Savio faculty and staff, thank you to our students, parents, board members, and the rest of the Savio community for your continued support and prayers, and know that our prayers with you and your families. 

Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay strong, Savio!

Blessings, 

Dr. Garcia

 

Summer 2020 Letter

July 05, 2020
By Dr. Enrique Garcia

Summer 2020 Letter

 

Dear Savio Families,

I hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy. Thank you for your continued commitment to Catholic education at Savio and our vision of forming servant leaders in the image of Christ. The 2019-2020 school year proved to be a challenging time for us, but it also served as an opportunity to come together as a community of faith and learning in support of our students, especially the Class of 2020. It feels like it was years ago, but we started the school year with an amazing celebration of Savio’s ten years of forming servant leaders in the image of Christ, and by grace of God we came out from under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic and concluded the year with beautiful a Baccalaureate Mass and an equally beautiful outdoor Graduation in which we felt the presence of God, and for which we are thankful. We are truly blessed at Savio.

As we close out the 2019-2020 school year, I want to thank several people for their service to Savio. Sister Katharine Rose and Sister Victoria Marie received new assignments, so they will not return to Savio in the Fall. Mr. Willey is moving back East with his wife, while Mr. Ochoa and Mrs. Ochoa accepted positions outside Savio. Lastly, Coach Stepen and Coach Allard will not return to coach Boys Basketball. We thank all of our departing faculty members and coaches for their service to Savio, and we wish them the very best as they begin new chapters in their lives. Thank you and God bless.  

In light of these departures, we are working hard to hire new faculty and coaches as soon as possible. In the meantime, I can tell you who our new Dominican Sisters will be this year. Sister Maximilian Marie, O.P. comes to Savio from Rhode Island and will teach Theology. Meanwhile, Sister Peter Grace will join Savio’s English Department after professing her final vows this July. Both Sister Maxililian Marie and Sister Peter Grace have Master’s degrees in their respective fields and look forward to joining our Savio family. We are blessed to have Sister Peter Grace and Maximilian Marie at Savio. Please give them a welcome that shows just why every day is a great day to be an Eagle! 

I hope you and your family were able to view the Reopening Savio video that went out on June 30. If you have not viewed the video, please do so. The video contains a lot of important information regarding the systems and procedures we are putting in place in order to ensure a safe and healthy return to the Savio campus for classes in the Fall. Keep in mind that this information is subject to change, and we will keep you informed of changes as information becomes available. Nevertheless, know that the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is of utmost importance at Savio. 

Along with this letter, you are receiving several important forms and documents to help parents and students prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. Please take time to review everything and turn items in by the requested deadlines. 

We are adding updates to the 2020-2021 Student/Parent/Guardian Handbook, including several changes regarding academics and discipline. Additionally, we are incorporating the Parent/Athlete Handbook into the Student/Parent/Guardian Handbook. Please be sure to check the school calendar and our Eagle Weekly newsletters in July in order to locate important dates for the start of the school year. 

Lastly, Please note that our office will be closed from July 1 to July 17 and will reopen on July 20. On behalf of the Savio faculty and staff, I hope you have a blessed summer, and we look forward to seeing you in August. 

Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay strong, Savio! 

Blessings,

Dr. Garcia

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