Principal's Message

Welcome back to the new 2018-2019 school year at Mater Dolorosa School. First day of classes for K-8 will be Monday, August 27th and Pre K 3 & 4 will commence on August 29th. We have made some changes to our upper grades to ensure the most engaging classes taught by specialty teachers of each area. We are continuously striving to improve our curriculum and materials with which to teach our students. Our rooms are set and teachers, old and new, have already been working on their curriculum and their classrooms. PLEASE ATTEND A MEETING ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 23rd at 6:30pm in the gym.

We want to welcome some new staff who will be joining us this year. Mrs. Michelle Castonguay will be the new Kindergarten teacher and Ms. Patrycja Salamon will be in First Grade. Mrs. Lynn Wall will be the homeroom teacher for Fourth Grade working with Mrs. Wheatley. Our Fifth through Grade Eight classes will be as follows: Mrs. Margaret Brown Grade 5 Homeroom and all English (5-8), Mrs. Mary Fedora Grade 6 Homeroom and all Social Studies (5-8), Mr. Mitch Koziol Grade 7 Homeroom and all Science (5-8) and Mrs. Colleen Forest Grade 8 Homeroom and all Math (5-8).

Mrs. Jocelyn Molitor, PE teacher, retired this summer as did Mrs. Maryann Menard. We thank both Mrs. Molitor and Mrs. Menard for all of their years of service and dedication to Mater Dolorosa School. Our new Physical Education teacher will be Mr. Michael Gill.

All of our students will continue to have access to breakfast and lunch at no charge through the community eligible grant to the City of Holyoke Schools. If a student brings in a cold lunch of their own, they can purchase milk for fifty cents. Our calendar for lunch will be available each month online and through hard-copy sent home with the students. Students who come in for the 7:00-7:30am paid early drop-off as well as all other students will be able to access breakfast until 7:45am. ALL STUDENTS SHOULD BE IN SCHOOL PRIOR TO 7:50AM.

God bless you all!

Linda Rex, Principal

“Catholic schools prepare every student to meet the challenges of their future by developing their mind, yes, but also their body and their soul and spirit.” David Vitter