Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sharing A Great Moment

September 24th was an extraordinary day both in the United States and at Resurrection College Prep High School.  It has been a historical day with Pope Francis addressing the Joint Meeting of Congress, and the Nation.  Here at Resurrection the entire school participated in the extraordinary event by coming together in the gym and watching the Holy Father on two large screens.  It was a moving event and a wonderful opportunity for all of us to feel connected closely as a Catholic/Christian Community and as American Citizens. 

Viewing the Pope Francis' Address to Congress

After the Holy Father delivered his address three members of the faculty:  Ms. Marianne Boe, Sr. Mary Ann Meyer, and Mr. Brad Mulick shared reflections on the historic and pastoral implications of the Pope's address.  Their summaries and highlights were so inspiring that I want to share them on the blog.  Their ability to concisely articulate the Pope's message and to connect it with the goals of Catholic education and content covered in classes was truly awesome! 

        Ms. Marianne Boe

   Sr. Mary Ann Meyer  Mr. Brad Mulick

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Resurrection Men's Club Sponsor 2015 Golf Outing

Thank you to the Resurrection Men's Club for planning and running a great outing.  It was a beautiful day and a lot of fun.  Although heavy rains from the previous day caused major flooding at the Tam O' Shanter Golf Course and made it impossible to golf, everyone had fun participating in the other events.  It was wonderful to have a large number of alumnae among the guests at the event.  Twenty-four alumnae attended and are pictured below.  If you were not able to come the event this year, make sure to plan on coming in 2016. 

Thank you to the Men's Club, you did a great job!  

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Reaching Out to a Family in Need

This past summer, one of our seniors, Allison Liesz reached out to help a family in Coal City, Illinois who suffered devastating damages from a tornado.  With the help of her mom and a friend of the family, Allison was able to raise $600.00 and then purchase supplies for a needy family.  They travelled down to Coal City to deliver the supplies and visit with the family.  Allison was able to make a difference in the life of one family in Coal City this summer.  

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

My Secret Garden

September has a lot of wonderful feasts dedicated to Mary:  September 8th is Mary's Birthday, September 12th is dedicated to her holy name, and today we celebrate the feast of Mary under the title of Our Lady of Sorrows.  So I thought this might be a perfect time to share my secret dream come true.

When I was young I had a secret dream that someday I would plant a "Mary Garden" and grow flowers that would remind everyone who saw them of Mary and all the wonderful qualities we can learn from her.  Well finally my dream came true.  Three years ago I began planting my Mary Garden.  Today I have over 100 different types of flowers that bloom from early spring to late fall.  From each flower we can learn about Mary and the special qualities she possesses. 

I would like to take you on a tour of my secret Mary Garden where you will see white fall clematis and scarlet Rebecca clematis, clinging to an arbor and reminding us of Mary's fidelity to Jesus as she clung to His cross on Good Friday.  You will also see chrysanthemums that symbolize joyful reassurance, and purple asters that symbolize loyalty and love.  And many other flowers.

Please notice the beautiful large arbor and patio block path, which a Maine South Eagle Scout and his team built as their project this spring.  These expanded my dream beyond what I ever imagined.

So never stop dreaming.  Some dreams can take years to come true, but as the song goes:  " If your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme."


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Welcome to the New Main Entrance

The day has finally arrived for the reopening of the main entrance, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th! 

The entrance has a grand new look with gray and red pavers instead of a black top surface on the internal roadways,  new parking areas, large concrete planters with lovely flowers, and colorful perennial plants on both sides of the entrance way!  The new look says "Welcome" and "We are Proud of Our Resurrection Family and School".

Ms. Kathie Foszcz, Bailey White, and
Nicole Le Boeuf Welcome Everyone
A look at the new roadway from above

Friday, September 4, 2015

Resurrection Engineers

Mr. Merle Green
Mr. Merle Green has taken students at Resurrection College Prep High School to a new and exciting level of learning!  Engineering, robotics and using the principles of math and creativity to build a better tomorrow!  There is a whole new excitement in the school as students begin to use the challenging principles of math and science to dream and create simple solutions today and maybe some life changing solutions tomorrow!

Res Students Engineering the Future
Creativity in Action

Mr. Green, did your students actually create this robotic equipment to help install the pavers for our school's new roadway?

New Energy in the Library

Ms. Ann Marie
Ms. Ann Marie Schneider is always looking for new ways to make the Resurrection College Prep Library the ideal place for students to study and work on projects.  This year Ms. Schneider added to the Library several new chairs called Safco Zenergy Ball Chairs!  These chairs not only create an environment with a fun and spunky look, but also provide support for better posture and balance.  These chairs are believed to help provide some physical movement which helps keep the body relaxed, and the mind open, focused and engaged in studying.  So students let Ms. Schneider and her assistant Ms. Olker know if these chairs help you study better!
Ms. Ellen Olker &
 Safco Zenergy Ball Chairs

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sneak Preview of the Main Entrance

It is exciting to see the progress being made on the internal road way in front of the school.  Today the construction team began the work of laying the semipermeable pavers! 

The upgrades to the landscape at the front entrance of the school also looks wonderful. 

The new roadways and parking in the front will create a safer, environmentally responsible, and   welcoming entrance.

Semipermeable pavers being installed


Close up of pavers

One of the new concrete planters