December flew by with a frenzy of activity.
St. Nicholas made a quick visit on December 6 and left small tokens of his love for all the students. December 13 the opportunity was offered for grades 3-8 to participate in the sacrament of reconciliation. The year ended with a beautiful play, “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey”, presented by all the students as a gift to their parents and families.
January marks the beginning of a new year and the return to school for the beginning of a new semester.
Our enrichment program led by Mrs. Laura Shoemake is doing some fun things!
Grade 1 is preparing a Reader’s Theatre to perform for a fellow class.
Grades 2 & 3 completed separate Reader’s Theaters with holiday themes. They are conducting Science lessons to complement their curriculum.
Grade 3 will begin weekly Spanish lessons in Feb. Two new Spanish Enrichment classes continue in January, before and after school options. Currently, sixteen students are participating in Spanish Group. “Juego de Tornado” (Twister) is a unique way to learn Spanish!
Grade 4 students are in the groove with personalized “moves” to perform on their online “Move Mixer Creation”. Our 4th graders also continue to work in small groups to polish their public speaking by participating in morning Prayer Service and announcements.
Grade 5 published their second newspaper in December and are working on Edition #3.
Junior High students continue with Leadership Class in small groups.
Our Second Graders have participated in another beginning! On Thursday, January 12, they made their First Reconciliation. This event was presided over by Fr. Bachman with families of the students joining in.
This is the year our 7th and 8th Graders will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. The students are involved in preparations. There was an Inscription Ceremony at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on January 15. There will be a meeting for Parents and Sponsor Thursday, January 19.
The annual Science Fair for Junior High students will be held on Thursday, January 26. Students will be judged on their projects and presentations from 3:15-5:30 p.m. They are busy collecting data and assembling their projects.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
Catholic Schools Week this year will be January 29 through February 3rd. We will be kicking off this special week with our Open House on January 29 from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. Please encourage any parent looking for a school for their children to pay us a visit. They will be able to tour the school and meet the teachers. There are plenty of signs remaining in the workroom, so be sure to pick one up to display in your yard.
There are special events being planned for students and staff during Catholic Schools Week. On Tuesday, January 31, our Student Council Members will be joining with Student Councils from other schools in the area at the Cathedral downtown for Mass.
BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION
Thank you to Jill Zerhusen and Debbie Holderman for cutting and submitting the boxtops collected by the students and their families. We are pleased to tell you that St. Louis School just received a check for $647.40! Keep those boxtops coming!