Weekly Newsletter – October 29, 2015

We are Children of The Way, The Truth, and The Life

ANNUAL FUND

Have you turned in your Annual Fund envelope? It’s due tomorrow!

This is the first of our two fund raising events. You may make a donation, include a prayer for our school, or do both. 100% participation is needed.

PAINT THE GYM

Thank you to all of the parents/guardians, students, alumni, and friends who helped “Paint the Gym” on Saturday! Although there’s more work yet to be done, this was a huge success in our makeover of the gym. (Roberta Trost, Advancement)

FIELD TRIP REFLECTION

On Tuesday, October 13, the Second Grade went on a field trip to the Watershed Nature Center in Edwardsville.  Five other second grade classes from the Belleville Diocese went with us.  It was cool to scoop plants, like duckweed, out of the lake and look at them under a microscope.  We used our “fox feet” to creep on the nature trail to a tree house and look for clues about animals.  We found a plant that smelled like root beer when we scratched it.  We ended the day with lunch and a big group picture.  We received lots of compliments from the guides.  We hope we can go again. (Second Grade)

REPORT CARD CONFERENCES

Thank you for your attendance at report card conferences last week. We appreciate your understanding of the importance of having your child present, and your willingness to listen and help set goals for the rest of the year. Parents/guardians, students, teachers….together, we fulfill our mission to “inspire, prepare, and empower…the next generation of wholesome, responsible, and dedicated leaders of their communities and our world.”

MIX-IT-UP DAY

What an “adventurous” day we had this past Tuesday…full of meeting new friends and learning to work as a team. As a part of this year’s “Mix-It-Up” Day, students in grades 5-8 visited Immaculate Conception School in Columbia, Illinois.  Time was spent getting to know each other through a team building program: “Adventures in Learning”. Students worked in groups of four to identify different instruments; build an ark out of supplies given to them that would float and carry some of Noah’s animals; construct Stonehenge in a minute out of dominoes; identify Egyptian rulers whose names were written in hieroglyphics; and create a three dimensional  mythical creature. A pizza lunch was shared by all. We wish to give a sincere thank you to all at ICS, especially Mr. Kisch and Sue Lewis who made this day possible and helped us build a little more appreciation for each other.

LIVING ROSARY

Wednesday found us praying the rosary as a school with eighth graders leading the way.  The “son” shone and all was right with the world.

AWARD MASS

This Friday at 8:30am we will have our quarterly awards Mass over in the chapel. Students who have earned awards will receive certificates for Perfect Attendance, Peacemaker, Honor Roll, or High Honor Roll for the First Quarter.  All family members are welcome to attend.

TRUNK OR TREAT

Our 12th annual “Trunk or Treat” event will be held tomorrow, Friday, October 30.   Students are invited to bring a costume to change into for a 2:00p.m parade through the school.  We count on our parents/guardians to make sure that costumes are appropriate for the child’s age and for wearing at a Catholic school event. Traditional Halloween costumes such as skeletons, scarecrows and witches are fine.  Costumes/masks of famous singers or stars who use violent, foul or degrading lyrics or images are not allowed, as well as anything bloody and/or violent in nature. Props, including toy guns and swords, etc., are also not allowed.  Please note that students do not have to have a costume to participate in Trunk or Treat.  Your child should bring a container for the Halloween treats they receive.

Parents/Guardians who are participating are invited to come between 1:30-1:50p.m.  A staff person will be on hand to show you where to park your car out on the playground area between the school and the church.  Feel free to come in costume and to decorate your car in Halloween style!  Have the Halloween treats, (wrapped candy, stickers, and pencils) you plan to hand out in the trunk of your car.  Please note that for safety reasons, all entrances to the parking lot will be closed at 2:00pm and won’t reopen until 3:30p.m. dismissal.  
After a class has been to each car, they will go back into to their classrooms to enjoy their treats until dismissal time at 3:30p.m. Parents/Guardians are welcome to enjoy some refreshments in the staff room until dismissal time.  If you are unsure of the appropriateness of your child’s costume for this event, or if you have any other questions regarding this event, please call the school office. Thanks for all you will do to make our 12th annual Trunk or Treat event a huge success!

SHORTS

The last day to wear uniform shorts and capris is October 30. Uniform slacks are required through March.  Thank you for your cooperation.

EXTENDED DAY

The 2nd Session of Extended Day ends next Friday, November 6. If you are interested in your child participating in Session 3, please fill out the attached form and return with your payment by that Friday. Session 3 begins Monday, November 9.

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