Weekly Recap, May 21, 2020

Dear St. Mary Magdalen Families,

My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you as we move through this historic time. I understand the anxiety and stress that happens when the future is unknown and uncertain. I pray for both wisdom and grace at the same time! I know the more things we can be certain about, our stress and anxiety lower and, we are healthier and happier. There are two things of which I am certain moving forward.

First: SMM students, teachers, and families consistently working together in the best interest of student learning and faith formation. Although there are many unknowns about next school year, I assure you whatever the future may hold, SMM will continue to provide a high-quality Catholic education for our students. We continue to work with the Archdiocese as we plan for myriad scenarios for the beginning of school. School will be in session – we just do not know right now how it will look. I will provide updates as I have them. I appreciate your patience more than you know.

Second: For the last several years, SMM has had a decline in enrollment. The current pandemic and accompanying economic downturn have exacerbated these issues. Due to this, SMM is losing some excellent staff. Each staff member at SMM is a cherished member of our community. We want to leave you with the message that your child’s education is of the utmost importance. We are committed to making sure each child at SMM is taught by caring, qualified staff. We want you to know that we remain committed to the quality education and commitment to the whole child that SMM has always been known to provide.

The congratulatory emails and calls I have received from you have warmed my heart. I am committed to SMM and its’ community. It is my privilege to become the next principal. It did occur to me that you may not be aware of my experience and education which qualifies me for the position. Below is just a snapshot of my professional career.

· I received my undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in K-12 Physical Education and 7 – 12 Psychology

· I received my Master’s degree from Antioch University in Psychology with an emphasis on adolescence

· I received my Doctorate from the University of Washington in Educational Leadership

· I hold Washington State Administrative credentials from Seattle Pacific University

· I have over 10 years prior administrative experience as a Dean of Students and Principal

· I have been a teacher, a counselor, mental health worker, coach, and a behavioral specialist

With all the above being said, if you are planning on returning to SMM in the fall, please consider signing your tuition contract as soon as possible. Our school planning, staffing, and funding depends on knowing how many students we have enrolled for the year! We will plan the very best for next year, and for your children, as they move forward in their Catholic education.

Blessings to you and your family. Stay safe and healthy.


Dr. Mahar