Today was day two for homecoming. My day began with a visit to our youngest Valiants…the pre-schoolers. We pride ourselves at St. Gen in being a patriotic school. Take a look at the video of our pre-school as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing our National Anthem. You’ll enjoy it.
Our afternoon assembly had an energy all of its own. There were some great competitions on the gym’s court, but the best show was what was happening in the stands. There was dancing, singing, cheering and an overflowing sense of school pride.
I hope many parents will take time to join us for Thursday’s guest speaker, Chris Koch and/or homecoming mass on Friday at 6:30. During one of the songs on both evenings there is going to be a banjo solo followed by an accordion solo…talk about fun!
Today we kicked off homecoming with many activities as usual. The not- so- usual part of homecoming was having all the grades, kindergarten through seniors present in the gym for a spectacular show of Valiant Spirit. All the grades were represented in the opening skits. The day concluded with the faculty and staff “puttin it to” the seniors in an epic tug-of-war.
Everyone is invited to attend:
Thursday’s guest speaker, Chris Koch at 7:00 p.m.
Friday’s mass at 6:15 p.m.
Saturday’s parade at 4:00 and the varsity game at 7:00
Here’s a short video showing our kindergarten, through 6th graders kicking off today’s assembly.
Monday, October 13th is the official start of homecoming week, a week that is one of the highlights of the year for many a high school student. This year will be the first year in the history of our two schools that homecoming will be celebrated all the way from kindergarten through seniors. It promises to be an exciting week for the Valiants and Junior Valiants. To kick off the week our elementary school held a Walk-A-Thon to help raise money for the school endowment and for our Parish Improvement Project (PIP). Two things impressed me most about our Walk-A-Thon. One was the great enthusiasm from our students. The second most impressive feature was the number of parents who were on hand to help ensure the safety and care for our student body. Thank you to all of the parents, grandparents, and guardians who joined us today! PIP PIP HOORAY!
On Monday I’ll be attending a celebration for former President Carter’s 90th birthday. As a gift, I asked our high school choir to sing for him. With only one day’s notice here is the video that they, our musicians and video advisers, Matt Ma and Christian DeGuzman created. There is some incredible talent on display both in front of and behind the camera. My gratitude to everyone who helped with this endeavor. This kind of team-work is what makes our community great!
Homecoming week is less than a month away. It is going to be a bigger event than ever. Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will be celebrating with various activities throughout the week of October 13th to 19th.
On Thursday evening, our homecoming speaker will be Mr. Chris Koch. Chris has also accepted our invitation to be our Grand Marshall in Saturday’s parade at 4:00 p.m. Chris will be speaking to our community on the topics of self-acceptance and perseverance. I can’t think of anyone better to motivate us on those topics than Chris. Meet Chris by checking out the short video on the attached link.
We all know who built the arc, but do you know who painted the beautiful arc that now graces the outside walls to our kindergarten classrooms?
Our art teacher/librarian Ms. Sarah Sugay braved the blazing hot summer sun during July and August to paint her rendition of animals making their way to the arc.
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.
The Valiant crowd was comprised of alumni, current students, elementary school students, families, friends, faculty, their families, former coaches and their families. It almost felt like a homecoming event.
One of the sights that caught my eye was that of so many elementary school students and their families attending the game and having such an obviously good time. I remember the days when elementary school students usually attended as “special guests.” Not last night…they were there routing for their team Valiant football team. A great sight indeed!
Hopefully last night was the beginning of a new Roscoe Blvd rivalry that we can all look forward to continuing into the future.
My gratitude to the principal of Poly High School, Mr. Ari Bennett for extending the invitation!
25 August 2014
Some are calling it:
The Rumble for Roscoe Blvd
Others are calling it,
The Big Show on Roscoe
They’re referring to this week’s football game between our Valiants and Poly High School Parrots. It is the first time in our school’s history that the two Roscoe Blvd schools have played each other in football. Since St. Genevieve uses Poly stadium as our home venue, it means for this event, we will experience sitting in the visitor stands!
Whatever you’re calling it, it promises to be an exciting game.
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!
Pictures are of the our junior varsity team at today’s practice.
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!
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!
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!