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Blog posts by Julie Gajewski

2023-2024 School Year

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Fall: September 6-27

Winter: January 8-29

Spring: May 20- June 10 


June 11

Embracing Change: A Journey of Faith, Leadership, and Renewal

Change can be daunting, but it's a necessary part of growth. Before delving into discussions about using data to inform instruction and crafting an engaging curriculum, it's crucial to address recent developments, particularly those concerning the Road to Renewal. As someone deeply rooted in Catholic education, with three children attending Catholic school, and actively involved in leadership within our Catholic community, I'm wholeheartedly committed to my faith, even amidst the challenges facing the Diocese of Buffalo.

The closure of my alma mater, St. Andrew’s Country Day School, brings forth a mix of emotions - sadness, anger, and disappointment. Yet, in the face of adversity, I have a choice: to harbor frustration and anger, or to respond with love and action. Having navigated the complexities of leading St. Gregory the Great School during the COVID pandemic, where plans were in constant flux and adaptation was paramount for student and staff safety, I found solace in the

Serenity Prayer:

“God grant me the Serenity To accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And the Wisdom to know the difference.”

As our department gears up for the summer, my focus shifts towards personal growth and learning, as a lead learner for the Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Schools. Recognizing the importance of self-leadership, I'm committed to sharpening my skills. Recently attending a conference hosted by the Road to Renewal team, I gleaned three key steps for the renewal of our faith and Church: fostering a welcoming environment, prayer, and healing.

This summer, I'll reflect on how I can embody and foster a spirit of hospitality. Do I greet my colleagues daily? Do I take the time to check in with them?

Prayer is integral to my daily life. How can I deepen my prayer life further? And how can I integrate prayer seamlessly into my daily routine with my children?

Lastly, healing stands as a pivotal aspect of my leadership journey. How can I extend forgiveness to those who've caused me pain? How can I reconcile the hurt caused by those in the past in the Diocese of Buffalo and actively contribute to the solution?

These questions will guide my path towards personal renewal and healing, positioning me to be an agent of positive change within our Catholic Schools. Gratitude extends to all the leaders involved in our Catholic schools and parishes. Together, may we remain steadfast in our support for Catholic education, nurturing students to live, learn, and lead as disciples of Christ.

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