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The Blessings of a New Beginning

For a while now, we’ve known this:

Teachers from St. Thomas Aquinas in Cleveland, who have been back in class for three weeks.

A pandemic hasn’t stopped us; a heat wave in Cleveland and flooding in New York were no match for determined Partnership educators, who are already deep in the work of this school year.

Faculty, staff—and even a staff spouse—at St. Athanasius in The Bronx helped sweep away a little bit of flooding from Hurricane Ida.

And weeks of work by operations and facilities colleagues, who were busy ordering supplies and updating classrooms, meant we were all ready to start learning from Day 1.

The youngest learners dove in—with help and encouragement.

A St. Charles Borromeo student arrives for her first day of school.

Kids who have been waiting for months to get back to learning and growing with their classmates got right to it.

St. Charles Borromeo students, hard at work already.

Already, teachers and students had questions.

Middle school learning kicked into gear this week at Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary in East Harlem.

And the thrill of working for an answer came back, as strong as ever.

Students at Our Lady Queen of Angels in East Harlem tackle math problems.

Students resumed building each other up and helping each other learn—because they know we are made for greatness, and we are better together.

Fourth graders at St. Thomas Aquinas collaborate.

And they mastered classroom routines, like signals to let their teachers know they’ve got an answer.

Students at St. Mark the Evangelist in Harlem, using a hand signal to update their teacher on their progress.

Sure, there was some waiting. But that can mean time for a good book.

Immaculate Conception students enjoy a few minutes of reading.

With everything else going on in our world, it is delightful to know that this week, in all nine Partnership Schools in two cities, over two thousand students were doing just what we hoped: working hard, playing hard, and—as St. Mark the Evangelist principal John Bacsik noted about some of our littlest learners—resting harder.