Saying thanks to Sister Anne for 40 years of education excellence


  • Sister Anne O'Donnell volunteers to be the "client" to be massaged by 4th graders Megan Briggs (10, on left) and Gracie Goeller, 10 while the Professional, Meredith Ball shows them the "Kneading Techniques" they should use.
Sister Anne O'Donnell volunteers to be the "client"… (Photo by Brendan Cavanaugh,…)
May 23, 2011|By MaryLee Saarbach

Cockeysville Neighborhood: Saying thanks to Sister Anne for 40 years of education excellence at St. Joseph's School

The year was 1971, and a young Sister of Mercy was fufilling her dream of teaching elementary school children in Columbus, Ga.

This young woman was about to embark on a journey that would be a true milestone in her life. This was the beginning of the story of Sister Anne O'Donnell, principal of St. Joseph's Parish School in Cockeysville.

After 40 years of dedication to the children and school, Sister Anne will be retiring at the end of June.

When she first arrived at St. Joseph's, her nervousness at coming to a new school and state was offset by the openness and caring of the parents, children and staff. During her tenure as principal, she has brought significant change through a new library-media center, state-of-the-art science lab, development of a school board, a technology committee and a comprehensive foreign language and kindergarten program. 

In an age of diversification, Sister Anne has proven that she was in the vanguard of this movement.  Her legacy is one that will be remembered for years to come. 

There will be a celebration of her work at a reception on Sunday, May 22, immediately following the 10:30 Mass at the multipurpose room of St. Joseph's, 100 Church Lane, Cockeysville.

For more information, contact the Parish Office at 410-683-0600, ext 2507.

Best wishes to Sister Anne, and thank you for making a difference in so many lives.

Cockeysville Middle School artists received the most awards of any school at the second annual Baltimore County Middle School Juried Art Exhibit held March 8 at Patapsco High School. 

CMS artists submitted 12 pieces and, seven were selected as winners. More than 300 pieces of art were submitted for the exhibit overall. Among the winners in various categories were:

Claire Emerick, seventh-grade, first place; Dasom Park, seventh-grade, second place; and Rose Reyes, eighth-grade, second place

Honor mentions were won by eighth-graders Charlotte Slaughter, Julia Reid and Conor Twohy; and seventh-grader Veselina Mineva. 

"Cockeysville Middle School staff, the Art Department, and I are very proud of these young artists," said Samuel Georgieff, chairman of the art department at Cockeysville Middle.

Children's Mental Health Awareness Week kicked off at a reception on April 28 at Catholic Charities' My Sisters' Place Women's Center. 

Part of Children's Mental Health Awareness Week is the annual creation of artwork to support the Campaign in advertising and other promotions. This year, children from Catholic Charities Child and Family Services created a beautiful poster of children playing in a park-like setting that will be used widely across the state. 

The five students who created the poster art — Latisse, Dominic, Blaine, Greg and Phillip — attend Villa Maria schools at St. Vincent's, Timonium, and also in Harford County. (The school does not release the last names of children.)

The students were assisted by art teachers Noel Alexander and Melissa Sugar.

Congratulations to the students and their staff on such a wonderful honor.

At the ceremony, Maryland First Lady Katie O'Malley, leaders of the Maryland Coalition of Families for Children's Mental Health, the Mental Health Association of Maryland and the state's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene spoke of the importance — as well as the difficulty — of recognizing mental and behavioral health symptoms and obtaining information and treatment for the youngest members of our community.

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