Thank you to all who donated to our Scare Out Hunger Food Drive this week! In all, our school donated a total of 3,868 canned or boxed food items. All items were delivered today by our 7th graders during their Mission Service Day at Catholic Charities (specifically Sister Visitor Center's Food Pantry), Dare to Care, and St. Vincent dePaul. The homeroom winner (of who donated the most items) of the popsicle or ice cream sandwich party will be announced on Wednesday's WHTS.
Congrats to 5th grade student, Barrett Lockhart, who placed in the top 25 in the Cross Country “Meet of Champions”. She finished #24 in a field of 389 in the 6th grade and under girls championship race!
This week, they visited Bernheim Forest on their science field trip to learn more about various habitats. This trip supports both the plant unit they just finished and the habitat project that they have due at the end of the month. To prepare for this project, students have viewed a Flocabulary video “Foodchain” and Ducksters.com to research different ecosystems around the world. They also used an “Untamed Science – Ecosystem” video on Pearson Realize, which is part of their science textbook to explore habitats. Through the use of these technology resources and the study of the habitats at Bernheim Forest – both plants and animals, students are working to prepare and design their individual habitat projects. Great learning, 3rd grade!
First Grade has been learning about plants in their science and reading classes. Today, they had a Center Day themed around pumpkins. They did a pumpkin investigation, pumpkin slime, tried pumpkin pie, made a pumpkin glyph, and tried to build the tallest pumpkin tower. Thank you to all of our volunteers that led centers in each of our classrooms.
4th Graders Use Technology to Connect with Canadian Pals
The 4th graders are participating in the Global Read Aloud, connecting students from all over the world with one novel, The Wild Robot. They are reading chapters each week, and using the technology tool, Padlet to communicate their thoughts and respond to the text with students in Toronto, Alberta, and Ontario, Canada. The students will be sharing text, pictures, and voice notes on their Padlet with their partner in Canada!
They will also complete Mystery Google Hangout sessions where they will give another class clues as to where we are located in the world and they will guess our location. Then our students and Canadian students will video chat to ask and answer questions about the book!
Annually, our fifth grade students lead the whole school in praying the Rosary, after learning about this form of prayer in their religion classes. This year, students made a large sized model of the rosary with candles throughout the church. As each student led those gathered in a prayer of the rosary, they lit their candle. At the end of the Rosary celebration, the dimly-lit church was aglow in the shape of a rosary. Thanks to all who joined us for our rosary prayer event in October, the internationally recognized Month of the Rosary.
Annually, our school hosts an Annual Drive, a fundraising campaign in which we raise money for school projects that vary year to year. This year, we focused on adding new water fountains that allow our students to refill water bottles easily. Focusing on Pope Francis's calls to care for our environment in Laudato Si, we know that these water fountains will enable our students to create less waste with refillable water bottles instead of plastic one-time-use water bottles.
All together, our 2017 total dollars raised exceeded our goal - we raised $50,500! The top three grades, based on participation (not amount raised), will receive an ice cream treat in the next two weeks. The winners are FIFTH GRADE with 100% participation, followed by SECOND GRADE and PRE K who both had 90% participation. Thank you to all who donated!
Our Annual Drive efforts conclude with our Walking Sole to Soul event. No longer a walkathon, but instead a celebration of our families efforts to support the Annual Drive! On this day, families gather with their students to hear the amount raised, celebrate those who donated with a Pie in the Face event, music from a local high school drumline and our in-house DJ, Counselor Ms. Probus, posicles, and dancing! New this year, local business sponsors welcomed parents, grandparents, and guests with coffee, donuts, and other morning snack treats!
Special thanks to all of our faculty who volunteered to take a pie in the face, as well as our Walk sponsors!
Parish and school families can now recycle markers (any that are in a plastic tube- permanent, highlighter, felt-tip, dry erase, washable coloring markers, etc.) by bringing them to our school office to be given to our art teacher. Throughout the school year, Ms. Given is partnering with the Crayola Color Cycle initiative to recycle these markers. "Crayola has partnered wtih JBI, Inc. who will take the used markers and using an environmentally friendly, cost-effective process will convert the waste plastics into diesel and other liquid fuels that need no refinement before being used." Thanks for the support with this new Laudato Si' initiative.
5th Graders Create Stories to Share Science Class Learning
Our 5th grade students have been learning about complete and incomplete metamorphosis in their science classes. As part of their learning, they created short stories on their iPads using various apps. The stories included pictures, text features, and diagrams, as well as facts they had learned. This week, the 5th grade students shared their learning with 2nd graders. The 2nd graders truly enjoyed learning from their older peers and seeing the stories the students created. Great work, 5th grade scientists and writers!
High School Mentors Lead 6th Graders in Reach for the Stars Program
Reach for the Stars, which comes from The Ophelia Project, recognizes mentoring as an important vehicle for inspiring youth to initiate positive change. Mentoring provides that important bridge - it lets youth know that someone cares, someone is invested in their personal success. The program is designed to help students develop a positive self-identity, successful conflict resolution skills, and healthy trusting relationships. REACH FOR THE STARS has been created to help 6th grade students understand the social and cultural forces that will invite them, over the next 5 years, to hide or change their True Selves.
The reality is that more and more students/adolescents are prey to depression, unhealthy relationships (or at least ones that could benefit from healthier interactions), eating disorders, addictions and self-harm behaviors than ever before. Unfortunately, they live in an image-obsessed and media saturated culture that is often sending messages that are not consistent with the Christian based values and messages we promote. This culture can tend to stifle their creative spirit and natural intelligence, and ultimately have a negative impact on their self-esteem.
With Reach for the Stars, 6th grade students are mentored by specially selected and trained high-school students (these mentors are from Sacred Heart Academy with school counselor, Mrs. Emily Johnson and St. Xavier High School with school counselor, Mrs. Amber Wissing). It is designed to help these young women and men discuss and discern what is important to them, who they really are (their identity), and most importantly how to live out their values and keep their true selves.
The program uses experiential exercises and takes place over three time periods on three different dates which have been worked out to take place over the course of a month. Thank you to our high school mentors and Lifetime Eagle alums who have returned to work with our students!