As we inch closer to the end of Holy Week and approach the celebration of Easter and Jesus’ resurrection, I wanted to take a minute to say “Thank You” on behalf of our entire faculty and staff. Since Father Andre’ Coindre bought the building that would house our very first school, the Pieux Secours in Lyons, France, the Brothers of the Sacred Heart have always understood the value of real partnership. At Brother Martin High School, we have always valued your partnership, and perhaps now more than ever.
As partners in Mission committed to evangelizing the young through the educational tradition of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, our faculty and staff are committed to caring for our students with compassion, understanding, flexibility, and patience. These characteristics have never been more important than during our current crisis. We will continue to provide your sons with a sanctuary from afar. As we continue to provide instruction through Remote Learning, we will continue to examine our practices and methods to ensure that they align with our students’ needs throughout this dynamic situation we currently face. Please continue to communicate with us about your son’s experience.
We will follow our regularly-scheduled Easter holiday from April 9-13 with classes resuming on Tuesday, April 14. Following the Easter holiday, we will communicate more extensive updates regarding exam schedules. Our Administration and Academic Council are currently working together to put into place appropriate designs for year-end assessments that reflect potential scenarios in which we return to campus after April 30, later in May, or not at all this school year.
I recorded two video messages on Schoology on Tuesday morning - one addressing our entire student body in which I commended them on behalf of our faculty for the resilience they’ve shown over these past four weeks. The resiliency of the young is truly inspiring. The second video I recorded was for our seniors, the Class of 2020. I reminded this senior class of what I told them at their Ring Mass on August 22nd, that we needed their servant leadership throughout this entire school year. That we had unfinished business. I implored them then, “Don’t move.” And here we are now, with the unfinished business of celebrating our seniors and all that they’ve accomplished in their years on Elysian Fields Avenue. Just as I told our Class of 2020, while we do not know when or how exactly we will celebrate and honor our seniors, we know that we absolutely will celebrate this class with all the pomp and circumstance befitting a Brother Martin graduating class. As soon as we have a clear timeline from our government and public health officials, we will communicate our plans moving forward.
Thank you for your compassion, understanding, flexibility, and patience. The support and encouragement that you have extended to our faculty means so much during this difficult time. Our partnership has never been stronger as we face this adversity together. Please know that you are all in our prayers, and please let us know what we can do for you and your son(s) as we continue to navigate this situation together. Have a blessed Easter.
Your Partner in Mission,
Ryan Gallagher '00