Dear Parents and Guardians,
“This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Each day that we spend together at Immaculate Conception School is a gift from the Father, one which we treasure and during which we commit to utilize all of our God given talents to make it one of learning and growth, academically, socially, and spiritually.
Hope is the mantra for the wonderful season of Advent. Here at Immaculate Conception we, students (Early Childhood, UPK, and Kindergarten – Eighth Grade), faculty/staff, and administration are committed to look for the good in everything and everyone around us - - God’s plan. During our daily morning prayer we shared weekly gospel messages and the meaning of the Advent wreath and of each candle, hope, faith, joy, and peace. To further celebrate the true meaning and beauty of the Christmas season, students from all grade levels performed in the Christmas concert. Students from kindergarten through eighth grade, under the direction of direction of our music teacher, Ms. Mercado, sung Christmas classics ranging from the O Come, O Come Emmanuel and The First Noel, to The Hallelujah Chorus. It was a truly a gift to all in attendance.
Our Christmas mass celebration was yet another demonstration of the unity, the sense of family that we all enjoy here at Immaculate Conception. We celebrated as a parish/school community.
Early this month parents and guardians accepted my invitation to attend Brunch with the Principal to hear ‘I Have a Dream’ for ICS. I shared my dream for Immaculate Conception: To lead ICS to become the best ECH-8th Grade school in the Bronx! The parents and administration committed on Saturday, 12/10 to work collaboratively and tirelessly with our children to make this dream a reality utilizing all available resources, internal and external. At the end of the brunch we concluded that we will be diligent in our efforts to give our children the best chance of academic, emotional, and spiritual success. Lastly, parents and administration agreed that President Barack Obama expressed our commitment very accurately and eloquently when he said, “There is no stronger weapon against inequality and no better path to opportunity than an education that can unlock a child’s God-given potential.”
At Immaculate Conception School our 2017 mantra is WE ARE ONE and ALL ARE WELCOME HERE!
Respectfully, your servant and principal,
Lawrence E. Cooke