School Opening November 7th

Nov 06 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Dear Parents and Students,

 Tomorrow, Kellenberg Memorial will open school after nearly two weeks of suspended classes.  The last time the students were in class was on Thursday, October 25, 2012.  On October 26th and 27th  Kellenberg Memorial  hosted a two day conference which all of our teachers and some of our senior students attended.  On Sunday, October 28th we quickly converted our school from conference center to shelter area housing elderly and infirm residents from Catholic Charities Homes.  Then Sandy arrived and we have all been living with its devastating effects.   The next few days will require patience, understanding, and gradual re-integration into school patterns.


We will follow the Morning Assembly Schedule (Cycle Day B) on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.  The homeroom period will be extended by 45 minutes.   Our faculty and staff will be particularly attentive in addressing the needs of the students as they re-acclimate to scholastic life.   We realize that transportation will be an issue.  Lateness due to transportation is completely understandable.   We have posted on our website information that we have been able to obtain from school districts regarding transportation.   Students who need uniform parts and other clothing items will be able to choose  whatever is needed from the donations that have been received.

I would also like to share with you some other decisions regarding the school calendar:


  • XLT has been cancelled for Wednesday, November 7, 2012
  • The Days of Reconciliation (Wednesday & Thursday) are cancelled
  • PREP will resume next week
  • The Sophomore Homeroom Challenge on Thursday, November 8, 2012 is postponed
  • EMT Classes on Thursday, November 8, 2012 are postponed
  • The following athletic teams will meet to determine the rest of their season: Boys JV and Varsity Soccer, Girls Varsity Soccer, Girls JV and Varsity Volleyball, Boys and Girls Cross Country
  • The Varsity Football Playoff Game is scheduled for Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. against Saint Francis Prep with the site still to be determined
  • Freshman and JV Football seasons have been cancelled by the CHSFL
  • The History Tribute Dinner on Friday, November 9, is cancelled
  • There will be no classes on the observance of  Veteran’s Day,  Monday, November 12, 2012


Weekly Activity and Club Meetings will resume at the discretion of the moderators and the availability of student participation based on transportation.  As much as we would like to keep all of these activities on our calendar, we realize that sponsoring after school events in the near future presents challenges in transportation for students.

The generosity of so many members of the Kellenberg Memorial Family has been very inspirational.   When Pope Benedict XVI called for a “Year of Faith” he was mindful of the 50th Anniversary of the Opening of the Second Vatican Council.  In one of the documents from Vatican II the Church Fathers wrote,


“We must admire those Christians, especially young Christians, who volunteer their services to help other peoples, and we must give them our support.  Indeed it is a duty of the whole People of God under the guidance and example of the bishops, to do everything possible to alleviate the hardships of our times.  It was the ancient custom of the Church to give generously not merely out of what was superfluous, but even out of what was necessary.”


We join the long tradition of faith, hope, and charity in the Church in reaching out to all those who are suffering.  Interestingly enough, we were contacted by a school in Atlanta Georgia who has similar devotion to Mary our Mother desiring to help in any way they possibly could.


May we move forward from this tragic event stronger, kinder, and more compassionate toward others.  May we also draw closer to the Body of Christ which has suffered in the past, continues to suffer today and will suffer in the future.    “We are One Body, the Body of Christ, and we do not stand alone.”



Brother Kenneth M. Hoagland, S.M.