Welcome to October! With the busyness of starting a school year, teachers and staff always welcome the end of September and the start of October. With all of the rules, routines, beginning of the year assessments, and expectations established, the real work of the school year moves forward in full force. Fall is upon us and we are set for a fun-filled and productive week ahead.
Reminder – Blessing of the Animals
Just a reminder that tomorrow morning is our annual Blessing of the Animals. The “chaos” begins at 8:30am in Banchero Hall and all pets are welcome, as Ron Ryan leads us in this special blessing. If bringing a pet to school is too difficult, your child is welcome to bring a photo or a favorite stuffed animal and they will receive the same blessing. The playground will be available for parking beginning at 8:10am allowing you to bring your pet directly into the gym. Students will go directly inside the building at drop-off time. Following the blessing, all live pets need to return safely back home.
This coming Thursday at 1:30pm, all K-8 students will gather in the gym for the Move-a-thon. Following a few warm-up exercises and a pep talk from Mr. Sauvage, classes will begin the hour- long laps around the campus. Kindergarten through fourth grades will head north from the playground, through the church parking, along First West and back to the playground. Fifth through eighth graders will head south from the playground to Highland Drive and circle back to the school via 1st Ave W. The weather looks promising for the energetic and exuberant event!
No School – Friday, October 6th – Inservice
This Friday there will be no school as teachers participate in an archdiocesan Catechetical Certification inservice. We will be exploring the “Christ in the Classroom” program which helps participants formulate their theology of Catholic education rooted in the Scriptures and traditions of our faith and lived on a daily basis in service to our school.
Save the Date – Hanna Bogen
As I’ve mentioned previously, thanks to last spring’s auction Fund It!, we have contracted with educational specialist Hanna Bogen, who will be with us over the course of the year to coach teachers on differentiation strategies and approaches to help students reach their highest potential. She will be onsite, October 12th and 13th observing in classrooms and having individual consultations with each teacher. On Wednesday night, October 12th at 7:00pm in Banchero Hall she will be presenting a session for parents on ways to support your child’s achievement of learning targets. She is a dynamic speaker and has a wealth of strategies that expand classroom-based support to home and community environments. Don’t miss it!
Student To Student Hurricane Relief Drive
Don’t forget our NCEA Student to Student Hurricane Relief Drive taking place next Tuesday, October 10th. We are asking students to bring donations for Catholic schools damaged by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. All donations will be sent to the National Catholic Educational Association for distribution to the schools in need.
Have a great week!