We are now in Lent, which means the 7th grade will be presenting their beautiful and moving Stations of the Cross every week at 9:15 on Wednesdays. These are live Stations of the Cross, each one based on a particular theme or focus. In these presentations, you can truly see what makes MIS such a special place. Through our faith, we show our strength.
Also in March, we have Spring Break so I want to focus on family time as it relates to activities outside the home. Throughout the 22 years I have been teaching, one area that worries me is the decrease in museum attendance. We have wonderful museums in this city and in neighboring Ft. Worth. In fact, some of the best in the nation are here in the Perot Science museum in Dallas and the Kimball Art Museum in Ft. Worth.
I would like to emphasize the importance of the arts and how they can help us grow. I was recently at a choir concert and heard the visiting director describe art and music as a doorway to our potential as a society. A way for us to see what we could and should be. As a family, my wife and I have always felt it necessary to expose our children to the arts in all forms—from the Winspear Theater to the Nasher Sculpture Garden to the Biblical Arts Center. We recognize that these are wonderful places for our children to grow in their humanity and see pieces of art or hear music that truly speak to the soul.
Now, I am also very frugal so I always try to get to these for the least amount possible. The good news is that the Dallas Museum of Art (a beautiful arts center just downtown near Clyde Warren Park) has free admission to all of its permanent exhibits during the day. This is a great place to start your children and yourself in appreciating some wonderful pieces of art. The Nasher Sculpture Garden does charge for adults but anyone under 12 is free. The Crowe Collection of Asian Art, across the street from those two museums, is always free as well. I cannot think of a more soul-teaching day than wandering the museums and seeing the beautiful pieces of art in a wonderful space. I also strongly believe our young students can all appreciate the work it takes to make these pieces and the talent involved. Consider taking a moment this Spring to appreciate the art around us in our community and see what we can be.
Lastly, I want to talk briefly acknowledge the unfortunate events in the news that continue to happen in schools across the United States. I want you as parents to know that we take safety very seriously at MIS. With drills and work to keep the building secure, along with your help, I feel confident that we are doing what is needed to keep our students safe.
Have a great month!
The Pope’s Prayer Intention for March 2018 is Evangelization: Formation in Spiritual Discernment...That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.