December 13, 2022
For this third week of Advent, the second grade class shared with us the lighting of the pink candle. This is a symbol of joy in the anticipation of Christmas. Then they led us in a well rehearsed singing of the three verses of our Advent song. Thank you for their leadership with uplifted voices. This was followed by a joyous rendition of Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer by our PreK students.
Our middle school spirit team sponsored a fun “present opening” activity. A student from each grade opened a very well wrapped gift and the fastest student won. The primary level winner was Brooklyn Reilly, the intermediate level winner was Connor Hession and the middle school level winner was Ethan Budge. Thanks for the spirit and fun.
Congratulations to our middle school Speech Team. The team participated in the Bishop Blanchet tournament on Saturday. There were 170 total competitors in 300 rounds of the tournament. St. Anne had 28 speakers in 8 different categories. Stella Tuminello earned a medal as a finalist in the Novice Dramatic interpretive category. And Jack Dailey, earned a medal as a finalist in the Novice Editorial Commentary category. Thank you to coaches Kevin Burkhart, Amy Cunningham and Daniel Talevich for supporting the St. Anne team.
Congratulations to our Debateables Club who had their culminating debate tournament this afternoon with six competing teams made up of fourth and fifth grade students. They demonstrated great speaking skills and the ability to think on their feet. And thank you to Nkiru Onwuneme for organizing and running this wonderful extracurricular event.
In Gratitude for:
- SLE Lunch Winners: We had our SLE drawing at Prayer Assembly this week. Our winners this month are:
- An Active Person of Faith: Dylan Severson who “Quickly offered to help to put away playground chess pieces she had not been playing with, and put away most of them before anyone else began to help.”
- A Life-Long Learner: Léopoldine dePas who “Pushes herself hard and goes the extra mile to get her work complete!”
- A Globally Aware Person: James Thorrington who “Helped out by plugging in all the iPads.”
- A Well Balanced Person: Bo Svrcek for “Being an amazing buddy to his Kindergarten buddy!”
- The Parish Christmas Dinner for our Neighbors in Need on Monday:
- Thank you to all the students in the school who brought in socks and gloves–Mr. Haffey took a car full of extras to the St. Martin de Porres Shelter.
- Thank you to all our students for making festive placemats.
- Thank you to our eighth grade students for setting all the tables.
- And most of all thank you to all the Parish members who guide us in service leadership with this work.
Christmas Pageant on Thursday:
- Thank you to Ms. Faltinson and 6th Grade: They have been preparing since September the presentation of three Christmas stories accompanied by each class singing a Christmas Carol. We are excited that everyone can gather in person!
- Safety Alert: We recommend the wearing of masks due to high levels of illness in the community during the last month and the crowded nature of this event. We will have extra masks available for those who need them. Students in the performance are not required to wear masks.
- Performances at 1:15 and 6:30pm on Thursday.
- Doors open at 6:00pm: Enter the building through the Banchero Hall doors. Students go straight to their classrooms. During the evening performance each class will remain in their classrooms when not performing their songs. After the show, feel free to pick up your students in their classrooms.
Finally, on behalf of our entire faculty and staff, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with your wonderful children. We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, January 3, 2023!
Have a great week everyone.