Weekly Newsletter – January 8, 2015

JOY IN THE MORNING

We’re back in school! Alleluia!!  It was wonderful seeing everyone’s smiling face on Tuesday morning. It was good to have a break, but it’s also good to be back.  Hope your Christmas season was filled with peace and joy. Welcome to 2015, and thank you to those of you who remembered our staff members with Christmas cards and gifts.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

NEW YEAR RESOLUTION: EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS

How many of you see the New Year as a time to start anew, eat a bit healthier, drink more water, set time aside to pray each day? At STBCS, we know our students can be exceptional. So to help them on this journey, each month we will focus on specific behaviors. January’s focus is the uniform and reverence in prayer.

How can you help? In the evening, as your child is getting ready for school the next day, do a quick check to make sure all parts of the uniform are ready for morning…white/forest green shirt? khaki slacks? brown/black leather belt? white or black tennis shoes? white undershirt/socks? neat hair?  lanyard/nametag at school ready for the day? positive attitude ☺

For our second resolution, teachers will discuss with students the importance of showing reverence at Morning/Evening Prayer, and when they enter the chapel. They will discuss what this looks like and why it’s important. When we say the Peace Pledge, we want to “walk the talk”…We are respectful in actions and words to GOD, self, others, and all creation. Thank you for your commitment to working alongside us to create students who are exceptional in all they do.

CATHOLIC URBAN PROGRAMS

Ms. Widener, our kindergarten teacher, worked at CUP prior to Christmas filling bags for over 200 families with food, toys, and warm socks, gloves, hats, and scarves donated by STBCS families. They were truly thankful for your generosity. It is in giving that we receive and through service we are known as followers of Christ.

SENIORS HERE

We welcome Erika Gordon and Antonio Chevis, seniors at Althoff Catholic High School and alum of Sister Thea Bowman; and Thomas Donlin and Michael Rupp, seniors at St. Louis University High School.  All are here to do their Senior Service Projects at our school.  While they are here, they will assist teachers and have opportunities to work with students.  We are glad they chose our school and grateful to all of them for their service to us.

BALLROOM DANCE

Students in Grades 6-8 will begin a semester of ballroom dancing on Thursday, January 8.  We look forward to welcoming back our instructor, Mr. Tom Obermeyer, of Just Dancing Ballroom Studio and sharing the work of Mr. Obermeyer and the students at the Spring Concert!

EXTENDED DAY-SESSION 4

Session 4 began on Tuesday, January 6 and ends on Friday, February 17.  Due to the holiday, registration will be open until tomorrow, Friday, January 9.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION

Although there is no school on Monday, January 19, in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., our Extended Day Praise Dancers, under the direction of Rev. Tracy Holliway-Wiggins, will minister at St. Joseph’s Parish in Lebanon, Illinois at 7pm.

END OF QUARTER

The end of the Second Quarter is this Friday, January 9. Report Cards will be sent home next Friday, January 16. Please note that all outstanding balances must be paid in order to receive these reports.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

WINTER WEATHER

When school is closed due to inclement weather, you will be notified by the School Reach System. It will also be announced on Channel 5 television station and posted on ksdk.com website. In order to receive the full message we send to School Reach, it is necessary to have someone answer the phone or to have an answering machine that activates in less than three rings. Please notify us immediately if your phone number has changed.

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