Proposed School Opening for 2020-2021

Dear Our Lady of Victory Catholic School parents and students,
 
My name is Ryan Hellem and I am humbled and excited to be joining Our Lady of Victory as the Principal of this amazing family! It is a blessing and joy to be part of a vibrant and diverse community that is centered on Jesus Christ. I come to you having taught in Catholic schools in Nebraska and Maryland. Most recently, I served as the Assistant Principal at St. John Regional Catholic School in Frederick, MD.
 
One of the many things I have learned while working with students is that you can never take yourself too seriously. This is why I like to tell them that, “being famous on Instagram is like being rich in Monopoly.” Unfortunately, I’m not sure many students have played Monopoly, so this analogy might be lost on them. In a day and age where students judge their value and self-worth through the number of likes on social media or how many followers they have, how can we, as educators, teach young children to live significantly?  
 
As an administrator and educator, I have strived to approach each day with the purpose of living significantly. This means teaching and showing students that it is ok to take risks and fail. It is ok to choose the road less traveled or the well-beaten path as long as you are true to yourself. In order to live significantly, I believe that we must teach and show students how to lean into our faith, live each day with courage and passion, and go make a difference wherever they may go.
 
Throughout my years in education, the one thing that I have always found to be true and that transcends grade levels and schools is that relationships are the key to education. Relationships with each other, relationships with teachers, relationships with families, and most importantly, a relationship with God. It is an honor to be able to partner with the Our Lady of Victory School community to grow those relationships and continue building on the history of academic excellence rooted in faith and service.
 
By now, I am sure you are all wondering what the 2020-2021 school year will look like. Attached to this letter is a message from the Archdiocese of Baltimore COVID Task Force. I know you will have many questions, but I am thrilled that we are planning to return for five day, in-person instruction this fall. We have already begun the process of preparing the school building for students to return. In the upcoming weeks I will continue to keep you up to date with plans, procedures, and any other information regarding our school.
 
Please keep the OLV school community in your prayers, and I look forward to meeting you soon.
 
Sincerely,
 
Ryan Hellem
Principal, Our Lady of Victory Catholic School

Task Force Letter