Welcome to School Year 2018-2019!
The school day at Brent is no small feat for our community. In the morning, students begin classes at 8, teachers and administrators prepare at least an hour beforehand, our staff prepare the hallways at 6, and our bus drivers jump into their seats at 5. A challenging day of class, teaching, and work takes place until 2:30 PM, after which many students, faculty, and staff stay on to take part in Brent’s many extracurricular activities. After the last bus leaves at 5:10 PM, our work often continues: students persevere with homework, while faculty and staff plan once again for the next day. A lot can happen in 24 hours – especially when you are a member of the Brent community.
Our busy days are an important reminder that we must take the time to heed our Chapel Theme for SY 2018-2019: be healthy in mind, body, and spirit. All of us – students, faculty, and staff alike – need to sleep well, eat well, and treat each other with respect, camaraderie, and compassion in order to achieve the goals we set for ourselves each day. A good night’s rest is necessary to take on the next big test; balanced meals each day are essential for our activities, whether academic or extracurricular; and in doing unto others as we would have others do unto us, we can learn and grow together.
Our Bible verse for this year, Philippians 4:13, reads: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” By taking each day one step at a time and doing our best to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit, we empower each other through Jesus to be better versions of ourselves. This school year, we will inevitably face many challenges, both in and out of the classroom. Our Chapel Theme reminds us that no matter the task at hand, the best way for all of us to prepare is to take care of ourselves and of each other. Just as Jesus remains our steadfast guide in every moment, let us use this school year as an opportunity to be kind to one another, to help and pray for one another, and to love each other.
No matter what the next day brings, let us help each other stay healthy in mind, body, and spirit.
Have a wonderful School Year 2018-2019!
Fr. Benjamin A. Jance III