Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year from Wayne Wenzel, Principal
Greetings from St. Joseph Parish School!
On behalf of the faculty and staff, let me welcome all the new members of the St. Joseph family, and welcome back those of you who are returning. I consider it a privilege to include each of you as members of the St. Joseph family because we are knit together by the faith that we profess, confess, and practice. Together, we are part of an established environment that reflects the love Jesus has for each of us.
As a new member of this community myself, I am filled with a level of excitement. This excitement is not related to the fact that I am a die-hard Chicago sports fan and I am already going through Cubs and Bears withdrawal. I know this information may not endear me to a multitude of Seahawks and Mariners fans, but I think I can be afforded a bit of slack after rooting for the same teams for 30+ years and I left just as they both became pretty good.
This excitement is also not related to the fact that some have already mentioned that I, like many native Chicagoans, have a rather unique “accent”. Yes, as a Chicagoan, there will be some that think I talk a bit funny and have a unique vernacular. You will likely be able to pinpoint it especially when I speak too fast or you hear me say words like hot dog, sausage, mom, and pop. I promise, you will get used to it, and I am more than willing to explain.
I am excited because I have been a member of the faculty and administration at schools of similar size as our school and had the opportunity to get to personally know each student and family. I have that opportunity once again! And, this coming year, I hope you take advantage of the chance to get to know me. At my previous schools, students and their families knew me not only as the principal and teacher with the incredible knack to quote movies and who enjoyed everything about Star Wars, but also as one who cared about students and always challenged them to do their very best. Truth be told and with all joking aside, I am honored to have the opportunity to work with each of you and lead a school with a rich educational tradition and a strong commitment to its Catholic identity.
You will find that I hold to two core pillars: Excellence and Unity. I believe it’s our duty to serve an excellent God. In order to do this, a school must be outstanding. This was one of the things that drew me to St. Joseph’s. I believe it is only right that we all put forth our best effort to strive for this in order to honor God. I am eager to bring my skills as an educational leader to this community and work with you and the faculty as partners in education to ensure your child’s success. That success will then demonstrate excellence.
Obviously, the beginning of the school year is upon us. Whether you feel like the summer months flew by or you believe the new school year could not come soon enough, August is here, and God has blessed us richly with growth and new endeavors as we move into the 2019-2020 school year. All of us at the school are eager and excited to begin what promises to be a great year. With that being said, this brings me to the second pillar of unity.
I ask that this year we focus on unity, specifically as it is described to us in Ephesians 4: 2-6. These verses state:
With all humility and gentleness, with patience bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
I believe that these verses guide a school community in promoting a sense of togetherness. These verses share with us that we are baptized brothers and sisters that have been bonded together in the Holy Spirit. Unity will strengthen as we intentionally carry ourselves with humility and gentleness, extending to one another additional patience and grace in times of challenge and frustration. I hope the core principles referenced in Ephesians will always be at the center of all that we do and in each of our interactions.
Excellence and unity are not easy to achieve. As Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors is dedicated and excited to embrace both. When this occurs, it enables St. Joseph Parish School to create an educational environment that is rigorous, positive, caring, nurturing, and fun.
I look forward to working with you as a team to help each student meet their goals and work toward the fulfillment of the mission of this school.
In His Name,
Wayne Wenzel, Jr.
St. Joseph Parish School