All Grades Complete November Service Learning Project for Local Community Partners
Over the last two weeks of November and prior to our Thanksgiving Break, each of our homerooms completed their November Service Learning Class Projects. Each grade level is partnered with a local community partner that serves a specific group in our larger Louisville community. The students either shopped for much-needed items with their parents or created much-needed items for the organization within their classrooms.
For it is with a grateful heart, that we give this holiday season. Thank you to all of our families who participated. We'll resume our service learning activities in January during Catholic Schools Week with an all-school project, before hosting grade level drives again in February and April. Rice Bowl and WaterStep drives will take place during Lent, before we have our annual school supply and book drive in May.
We love our Kindergarten Thanksgiving Celebrations! This year included songs and movements, as well as some costumes to accompany our favorite stories. We missed our annual feast, but loved making bracelets, pumpkin pie, and other Thanksgiving themed ideas.
Spanish Students Write Notes of Thanksgiving to Themselves
In Sra. Claudia's Spanish classes, our Jr. High students wrote thank you notes to themselves this week. Using Spanish nouns, verbs, and adjectives they've learned, they thanked themselves for what they've accomplished and the person they are currently. Practicing gratitude is great for our mental health. This activity helped our students practice their Spanish speaking and sentence writing, while also being grateful for the person they are and the attributes which they have developed.
While learning about life cycles, our first and second graders were able to learn first hand about the development of chicks. Through a partnership with Kentucky Farm Bureau and the UK School of Agriculture, both our first and second graders had eggs in their classrooms for 3 weeks. The first graders experienced their eggs hatching prior to Fall Break in mid October, while our second graders received their eggs after break and experienced their hatchlings in November!
In previous years, our 1st graders researched Saints, dressed as them, and presented what they learned at our weekly all-school mass and/or in their classrooms on All Saints Day. This year, with COVID restrictions in place, the project changed a bit.
During their study of Saints, our first graders met with Father Bill twice to learn about Saints and the feast of All Saints Day. Each student picked a Saint, did a report, and made a paper Saint. They have been presenting them the past two weeks and we’re so proud of them!
They used the book, Sitting like a Saint, in the classroom to highlight some Saints, too. What’s your favorite saint?
Third grade recently studied and discussed the important commitment of veterans on Veteran’s Day. They read about Veteran’s Day in Social Studies and watched a video. They then connected it to religion and wrote a prayer for Veterans. In reading, they learned about the history of the flag, connecting the 13 colonies to the 13 stripes, as they are currently doing their American Revolution Magic Tree House unit. They also did a directed drawing of the flag to put on cards they made to send to veterans they knew or those at the VA Hospital in Louisville.
Ms. Mitchell’s class had a special guest on Veteran’s Day, too! Her dad, who served in the Vietnam War, joined her class via Zoom to discuss Veteran’s Day and the role veterans have in our communities. Thank you for your service! 3M sent their cards to him, in appreciation of his time in the service, as well as his time spent with the class.
The students really enjoyed learning about Veteran’s Day and we appreciate our teachers sharing this lesson with our students.
Congratulations and thank you to our faculty members for their continued commitment to Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Louisville! At this past week’s virtual faculty meeting, we recognized those celebrating milestone years.
Student Council's Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Committee encourages HTPS families to participate in December's Thankfulness Activity.
During the first week of December, consider writing a thank you card/email or sending a quick thank-you video to our amazing St. Matthews Campus cafeteria staff who have made hot lunches and fresh snacks available to our students and faculty all year! With us being on NTI, the notes/videos can be emailed to Donna Hall at email@example.com or practice your address writing skills and mail it to our campus (423 Cherrywood Road, 40207, Attn: Cafeteria Staff).
Those who make our lunches possible include:
Joe Pennington, Chef Manager
Chris Hutton, Sous Chef
Donna Hall, Administrative Assistant, who collects lunch orders, collects payment, and delivers lunches daily!
Edna Weathers, Sabrina Willis, and Arthur Stephenson, Cafeteria Staff who prepare, package, and serve our lunches daily, as well as clean up all the dishes!
Jr. High Zooms with Virology Specialist Studying COVID
This morning, our Jr. High students are participating in a guest speaker zoom with virology specialist, Baylee Heiden! Later today in science classes with Mrs. English, they’ll participate in individual germ labs, testing their own abilities to wash their hands and appropriately rid them of germs. 🧪🔬
Baylee is sharing her research experiences in the Muhlberger Lab at the Dept. of Microbiology at Boston University School of Medicine with our students, specifically her current work with the COVID virus. 🦠
From their website, the lab shared: “Based on our experience in studying emerging viral diseases, the Mühlberger lab recently joined the efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic by providing virology service to members of the research community who do not have access to high containment space. We are currently performing SARS-CoV-2 infection studies in the NEIDL high containment facility for more than 20 investigators with highly diverse research interests, including antiviral drug screening, tissue engineering, molecular imaging, droplet stability, omics studies, and host response mechanisms.”
Thank you to Mrs. English and our Jr. High teachers for making this opportunity possible! Thank you also to the Heiden family for connecting us with Baylee in Boston!
Thank you to all who have already collected and donated bottle caps to Student Council's efforts to build a prayer walk bench from recycled bottle caps. All donations can be dropped off at Mrs. Davenport's office on students' way into class. We're on our way to collecting 200+ pounds, but still need more!
Presentation Academy's National Honor Society is also now collecting for us - so a big shout out and thank you to Pres families for being supporters, too!
Some ideas to remember:
All bottle cap donations must be cleaned before donating!
Its only caps/lids - not bottles, not contact lenses cases, not prescription bottles - just caps and lids!
Its only solid plastic items - no cardboard or styrofoam inserts (check prescription lids for these), no stickers, no metal canning tops with plastic rims - all plastic and only plastic, please!
Not sure if a cap/lid will work? If it has a 2, 4, or 5 in the recycling triangle, we'll take it!
Thanks to all for your support of this ongoing recycling effort!