Dear 7th and 8th Grade Families,
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Plans for this year's Passion Play are well underway. We recently heard a very interesting fact from one of our alum. In his 9th grade religion class, his teacher explained that there are various stages that an individual goes through with regard to his/her religious beliefs. A young child shares the same beliefs as his/her parents. In early adolescence, a pre-teen or teenager may begin to question his/her beliefs. The beliefs that take shape during this period become their beliefs as adults. The ninth grader who shared this with us went on to say that he went home that day and was thinking about whether what his teacher had said was true for him. He realized that it was true for him, and he further realized how much of an impact his being in the Passion Play in 7th and 8th grade had on developing his religious convictions. Re-enacting and re-living our Lord's Passion has an enormous impact on our children and their growth in the faith, perhaps even more than we realize. If your child is debating being a part of the Play, please encourage them to join. The rewards are immeasurable.
If you were unable to make the parents' meeting, please sign and have your child sign the Passion Play Commitment Letter, and send it in an envelope marked "Passion Play". There is a mailbox at school where all such items can be sent.
In addition, we are asking that each family donate $35. This money will be used to feed a hearty snack to the students at the start of each practice. Over the years, we have found that the children behave and perform better at practices when they have been well fed and are not uncomfortable with hunger. The sizable "snack" gives them good fuel to burn. As you will see in the SignUpGenius link below, we are asking parents to take turns providing the hearty "snack". Food suggestions are listed on the SignUpGenius. The parents who provide the snack submit their receipts to Dorothy Aschenbrenner, and she will arrange for reimbursement from the kitty created by the $35/family donations. Please send in the $35 along with the signed Commitment Letter by Monday, December 4. Checks should be made payable to "St. Ignatius".
Furthermore, as you can imagine, a production such as the Passion Play involves quite a few tasks. Many hands make light work. In a separate email, you will receive a link to a SignUpGenius inviting you to sign up for a sub-committee. At the meeting, several parents signed up to chair subcommittees and/or help with sub-committees. Please review the list of job descriptions so you can begin thinking about what you may want to do. We are most appreciative of any/all help provided.
Next week, we will talk to the students during their religion class about the Passion Play, including what are the various 7th and 8th grade roles, what is expected of them at each practice, etc. Auditions will be held on Wednesday December 13th from 3:30-6pm. That day, we will bring the 7th & 8th graders directly to the old rectory after school unless otherwise communicated to us. A few days before auditions, we will have the students pick a number out of a hat corresponding to their place in line at auditions. If your child draws a later number, your child may choose to go home first and come to the old rectory by 4:30 for his/her audition. Furthermore, if your child has a later number, and you need to switch for an earlier number, please feel free to reach out to each other to switch. We will need a few chaperones for auditions, as is indicated on the SignUpGenius. Snacks will be provided that day by the directors.
Please see the link below to sign up to chaperone auditions and/or provide a snack for the practices beginning in January:
As always, please feel free to reach out to any of us if you have any questions.
Mary Alice LaMorte