June 27th, 2015 1:46 am

First Posted: 6/4/2013

We, the Holy Rosary School community, would like to take this opportunity to offer a huge debt of gratitude and our most sincere appreciation to our beloved principal, Ms. Kathleen Gilmartin.

Ms. Gilmartin has not only lead but also shaped our school community into a marvelous academic and faith filled environment. We honor Ms. Gilmartin for her tireless efforts and endless love for Holy Rosary School.

During her 27 years, she has been a teacher, parent, principal, colleague, friend, confidant and much more to so many of us.

Ms. Gilmartin’s first 15 years at Holy Rosary School were spent in the classroom: first teaching fourth grade and then seventh grade.

She found her true passion when she became the eighth-grade teacher.

Within those years, Ms. Gilmartin not only taught math, but wrote the narration for the Eighth Grade Nativity and Living Stations that we treasure to this day. She also lovingly began many of the eighth-grade traditions that we continue today.

In 2001, Ms. Gilmartin traded in her blackboards and red pens to become principal.

As principal, the daily routine which she tirelessly and successfully took on was often redirected.

She guided us with finite vision, confidence and faith through 9/11, two moves, the reorganization of the diocesan school system, the rebuilding of our school following the flood of 2011, all the while showing us that through Mary’s wisdom, we can be made stronger.

Her personal challenges have been met with grace, always knowing that her school family was there for her, as she has always been for us.

Ms. Gilmartin has exemplified the true meaning of our Christian values and faith in both her words and through her actions.

Ms. Gilmartin has accepted a position as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Scranton and, while we will miss her kind and generous ways, we know she is moving on to a position where she will strengthen Catholic education not just for Holy Rosary School, but for the entire Diocese of Scranton System.

We could not be more proud!

Best of luck to you, Ms. Gilmartin, as you begin this new journey in your professional life.

You will always have a home, and family, at Holy Rosary School.

We love you, Ms. Gilmartin, and will always remember what you have done for us. You have shaped our lives in indelible ways and left a permanent mark on our hearts.

Please accept our gratitude and best wishes as you move forward in your career, knowing that you take the prayers and admiration of your Holy Rosary School Family with you.

New principal

As we say good-bye and thank you to Ms. Gilmartin, we are blessed to welcome Mrs. Candace Lee as principal of Holy Rosary School.

Mrs. Lee has 10 years of experience in teaching and has served at Holy Rosary School as an administrative intern of the Diocesan Schools for the last two academic years.

Mrs. Lee helped to rebuild our school after the flood of 2011, guided us through a Middle States accreditation process and has an in-depth understanding of the day-to-day workings of Holy Rosary School.

We are excited to usher in this new era for Holy Rosary School and we are pleased to have Mrs. Lee at the helm.

Gift certificate news

Listed below is the schedule for gift certificate sales for the summer of 2013:

Thursday, June 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. (checks received on June 20 will be deposited on July 3); Thursday, July 11 from 4 to 6 p.m.; Thursday, July 25 from 4 to 6 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 8 from 4 to 6 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 29 from 8 to 10 a.m. (orders received on Aug. 29 will be sent home on Aug. 30 due to early dismissal.)

Donuts for Dad

“Donuts for Dad” will be held from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. on Monday, June 10.

Reservations should have been submitted to the school office.

Bus/lunch schedule

There will be an 11 a.m. dismissal on Monday, June 10 with busing provided to and from school. Lunch will be served. Our last day of school is Tuesday, June 11.

Students will receive their report cards and will be dismissed immediately following the End of the Year Mass. There is no busing home on Tuesday, June 11.

End of the Year Mass

Please join us for our End of the Year Mass at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11 in Holy Rosary Church.

Dismissal will occur immediately following Mass and all families are then invited to enjoy the day at Knoebel’s Amusement Resort.