Monday, May 11, 2020

Daily Update - Monday, May 11, 2020

Fr. Doyle Family,

In one of his famous Father Brown Mysteries, G.K. Chesterton remarks:

"One can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place."

I like to think that this is true for each one of us in this current situation: teachers, students, and families alike.

We certainly find ourselves in the wrong place. We are not at all where we are supposed to be right now. We should be in our school building, at our spring sporting events, and preparing for exciting end of year activities; however, we found ourselves apart, at home, socially distant.

Yet, maybe - just maybe - we're just the people to do some good in this not so great situation. So let's remain rooted in Christ, let's remain steadfast in hope, and let's stay #FJVDStrong. We could just be the right people in the wrong place.

Until tomorrow,

-Mr. Peloquin

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Daily Update - Thursday, May 7, 2020

Dear Fr. Doyle Families,

We persevere. We carry on. We hope.

These times are not easy, but deep down we know that - together - we will get through this.


Until Monday,

-Mr. Peloquin

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Daily Update - Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Fr. Doyle Families,

As this crisis stretches on some things do get easier - like mastering certain learning platforms or completing your assignments in a reasonable amount of time - but other things do not.

We still miss our friends and family that we cannot see. We still miss all our sports and other extra-curricular activities. We long for regular end of year activities. We miss a sense of normalcy. We miss community.

There isn't an easy solution to all of this. The fact is, may not get easier for awhile; but I'm glad to be a part of this school community in this very moment, glad to have the support of amazing teachers and parents and glad to be serving such a vibrant and wonderful group of students. I hope you, too, can find some gladness in the days ahead.

Looking forward to our family parade tomorrow!

Until then,

-Mr. Peloquin

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Daily Update - Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Fr. Doyle Families,

I was reflecting this afternoon on the words of Mother Theresa of Calcutta:

"God has not called me to be successful; He has called me to be faithful."

In this current crisis, success can be hard to find. Stress levels are high, patience is thin, and we have been collectively fighting against this pandemic for what feels like months on end. Indeed, sometimes we may wonder "what does it even mean to be successful amidst all of this?"

Maybe that's when it is most essential that we acknowledge that our calling is not to success. No, our calling is to something even greater - faith, and with it, hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Until tomorrow,

-Mr. Peloquin

Monday, May 4, 2020

Daily Update - Monday, May 4, 2020

Fr. Doyle Families,

In her daily press briefing today, Governor Raimondo remarked that she has "never been prouder to be a Rhode Islander."

I think it's safe to say that I've never been prouder to be a member of the Fr. John V. Doyle School community. The way in which our staff, students, teachers, and parents have risen to meet this unprecedented challenge has been nothing short of inspiring. Never has a Teacher Appreciation Week been more apropos nor more well deserved than this week.

As the end of the year approaches, we are reminded of the unfortunate reality that many end of year events will look differently; however, let us also remember the incredible successes we have shared. Student learning has continued, our community continues to support one another in innumerable ways, and we look with eyes of hope to the return to regular school activities in the Fall.

Thank you to all of our teachers, and thank you to all of you, for making Fr. John V. Doyle School all that it is.

Until tomorrow,
-Mr. Peloquin

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Daily Update - Thursday, April 30, 2020

Fr. Doyle Family,

Another day of distance learning comes to a close. We worked hard today!

Time to take a breather. Let go of the logistics of tomorrow, the decisions you'll have to make, the work still undone... It'll be okay. We'll be okay.

Until tomorrow,

-Mr. Peloquin

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Daily Update - Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Fr. Doyle Family,

We're already more than halfway through the week with the conclusion of distance learning today, and the end of this week marks the start of May! As we look towards the end of the year, be assured we have some exciting plans coming for end of year activities. Stay tuned!

While we're still working hard to bring you the best distance learning experience possible, it seems as though today, right now, is a good time to reflect upon just how far we've come. We have strong systems in place, students are successfully accessing platforms and turning in assignments, and learning is undoubtedly continuing at a great pace. I'm grateful for each of your contributions to our overall success.

The journey has not always been easy, and it is far from over, but let's not forget all that we've accomplished today.

Until tomorrow,

-Mr. Peloquin