St. Genevieve Elementary Home
Building Our Hearts for God!
Is our theme for the 2017 – 2018 school year.
O HAPPY DAY!
Our school’s theme for the year is Pursuing Happiness. Our faculty and staff at both schools have been meeting periodically in order to talk about ways to increase our long term happiness. Did you know that it is possible to put certain practices in place, develop certain habits, which have been scientifically proven to increase happiness quotients? Even people who suffer from depression have been able to use certain practices to develop daily habits which helps alleviate depression.
Some of our guest speakers this year have also inspired us on the topic. By the way, it makes me happy to see more parents than ever attending our speakers’ series.
Here is a link to an interview with former New York Giants Defensive End, Michael Strahan. This week he released a book titled, Wake Up Happy. In this short interview, he provides some of the practices he uses to wake up happy.
A HUGE MISTAKE…AND A LESSON TO BE LEARNED!
I found it refreshing and even inspiring to be a first young adults behaving in a manner that many of us adults and most young people can take a lesson from.
Mr. Patrick Palmeter, Head of High School
From DISNEY HALL to CITY HALL
Today I accepted an invitation to accompany our fourth graders on a field trip. We had a great day together. First, we traveled to Disney Hall to listen to a live performance by the LA Philharmonic; it was a performance of Peter and the Wolf.
Next, we walked to City Hall where we were graciously welcomed into City Hall Chambers during a Los Angeles City Council meeting. After being introduced to the entire city council, we were escorted by an aide of Councilwoman Nury Martinez into a photo op room. Ms. Martinez took time away from the meeting to have several pictures taken with our group.
Ms. Martinez and the photographer both remarked about the great manners and behavior of our students. Our councilwoman credited good education and good parenting as she said our fourth graders were among the best behaved students to visit.
Perhaps the best comment I heard all morning was from a student who said, “this day has been an anointed moment, right?” I couldn’t agree more.
Here is a picture from the Councilwoman’s facebook page.
HAPPY EASTER TO ALL!
APRIL 4, 2015
If you are traveling, be smart and safe. Put down your phones and watch and look where you are walking or driving. I wish everyone a restful and enjoyable break. I invite all students to come back to us refreshed and prepared to go strong to the finish line!
He is Risen!
Unusual Prayer Partners!
Enjoy a short video featuring some of our first graders along with their prayer partners in the 9th and 10th grades. Today they enjoyed some beautiful Southern California weather as they played a game which reinforces symbols of Lent. It is a joyful sight.
CASINO NIGHT: A GREAT WIN!
I’d like to add my 2 cents to the buzz going around regarding last Friday’s Casino Night. What a great win for anyone who attended! There was a general feeling of fun and celebration in the air. It was special for me for one main reason…a true sense of community and unity. At one point I sat playing 21 with parents from both elementary and high school, as an amazing jazz band, Saundra and the Brunotes, performed. The band consisted of band directors from both schools and the jazz singer was our newest addition, Miss Saundra, elementary music teacher.
It was less than two years ago when Father Alden announced the restructuring of our parish schools. The large attendance and joyful spirit on Friday evening reminds me how far we have come and what great potential we have!
My sincere gratitude goes out to all of the parents and teachers, who worked so hard to plan, decorate, encourage and invite. Obviously your efforts proved successful. Thank you also to everyone who attended and so many of you who brought guests. People are already talking about next year’s casino night.
In other words, whether you won or lost at the table games…judging from the smiles on people’s faces and the comments…our community had a big WIN on Friday!
MANNY PACQUIAO? Is that you with Ms. Yao?
JUST THE TWO OF US!
Catholic Schools Week 2015
WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS
DON’T BE SCROOGED!
THINGS AND PEOPLE FOR WHICH TO BE THANKFUL
November 20, 2014
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BISHOP WILKERSON!
RECENT ANOINTED MOMENTS
It was a pleasure to have so many elementary school kids and their parents walking in the parade. Hopefully, next year the number will grow.
HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: Our elementary school raised over $14,000 during the carnival last week. That has to be a record. More than the money was the great community spirit that was raised as well. The crowd of parents and grandparents looked like it had doubled from last year. It was so impressive to see so many of our community out for the day determined to make a success of our carnival. You have my gratitude!
FRANK DEANGELIS: We had the former principal of Columbine High School deliver an inspiring message of triumphing over tragedy. It was a moving evening. Frank remarked numerous times that God had sent him to our school and that visiting St. Gen was one of the memorable and moving moments of his entire life!
CLASS OF 2000: We hosted approximately 13 members of the class of 2000 on the night of Frank’s visit. Most of them had been lifers…meaning they had gone from kindergarten to high school at St. Gen. Sonny Sandel, one such lifer, wrote this morning:
ON THE 2ND DAY OF HOMECOMING…
ON THE FIRST DAY OF HOMECOMING…
Thursday’s guest speaker, Chris Koch at 7:00 p.m.
Friday’s mass at 6:15 p.m.
IT’S HOMECOMING EVE!
Birthday Video for President Carter
Friday, September 26, 2014
ANNOUNCING OUR GRAND MARSHALL FOR 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
WHO PAINTED NOAH’S ARC?
September 3, 2014
The mural is a beautiful addition to our campus; make sure to offer a compliment to Ms. Sugay the next time you see her.
BOTH SCHOOLS WON!
August 29, 2014
Last night the Valiants played the Parrots of Poly High School for the first time in our schools’ history of football. Who won?
Both schools did. It was a FANTASTIC COMMUNITY EVENT. Both Schools play home games at Poly Stadium. The stands were full on both sides. To begin the evening, both bands took to the field to play our national anthem together. Both sides boasted enthusiastic cheerleaders, student cheer squads and loyal fans. It was an old-fashioned neighborhood event.
25 August 2014
Others are calling it,
Junior varsity plays at 4:00 p.m.
Varsity game is at 7:00 p.m.
Come out and support your Valiant team in our first game of the season!
A Short Video and Other Thoughts:
See the link below to hear "One Moment in Time" being sung by our elementary school and their parents. This was filmed at Sunday’s Back to School Mass. It was an Anointed Moment.
Latin in the Air: This is the first year in several decades that the school is offering Latin. Students in grades 6th through 12th have the option of taking a Latin class. Not only is this excellent preparation for eventually taking the SAT’s and ACT’s, I’m hearing that students are enjoying the class, the content, and the teacher. Good job, Mr. Blasdel. The positive word is getting around.
Gym Remodel: In case you haven’t heard, a grant from the Fritz B. Burns Foundation is allowing us to realize a remodel to the gym. We’ve already installed two large screens, a new scoreboard, and new hoops. The painting of the ceiling began today. We are painting the ceiling and ducts black…see attached link for a picture of the painting in progress. Next there will be a customized paint job to all of the walls followed by new seating and aisles.
Auditions for All Shook Up: Next week, from Monday through Thursday, auditions will be held for the Fall musical, All Shook Up. All Shook Up is a jukebox musical with Elvis Presley music and the story is based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. If that isn’t exciting enough, this is the first time that auditions will be open to students in grades 6th through 12th. A school first!
Sunday’s Back to School Mass and Meeting
A great turnout…great spirit…great support. Thank you to all of you who came and filled our church with family and community. Overall, it was a wonderful event. I don’t know about you, but there were several moments during the Mass which I found to be Anointed Moments. My favorite was when parents and students together sang, One Moment in Time. I filmed it, trying to get some of it up on this site.
Watch a video of Tuesday’s music practice.
What made Tuesday’s music practice so much fun? Over 1,100 students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade rehearsed for Friday’s Mass celebrating the Assumption of Mary. The church was crowded and hot, yet there was energy in the air that made our hour of practice both productive and fun. There definitely is a very positive vibration…positive energy that is palpable on both sides of our campus. When you watch this short video, keep in mind that this is only the 7th day of school for those kindergarteners sitting in the front. Also, make certain to notice the musicians…all home-grown here at St. Gen. In years past we have usually hired professional musicians to play for special Masses. This is the first year that all our musicians are either part of our staff and the majority from our student body. That’s a proud feeling!
Welcome to Everyday Matters!
This is the launch of my blog, Everyday Matters! I intend this to be a place to provide some general thoughts, updates, reminders, and shout-outs…all from this principal’s perspective. The two schools which comprise St. Genevieve are a hub of activity buzzing mostly with a positive energy fueled by exciting and excited students, staff and parents. From time to time, I want to comment on the happenings around our schools, hopefully recognize some of you who work hard to make our corner of Panorama City a place of pride…someplace special!