National Catholic Schools Week (CSW) is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Now entering its 48th anniversary year, CSW has traditionally been held the last week in January. Yet, even though we have one week out of the school year to recognize the important role that Catholic Schools play…..each day, Catholic school teachers challenge over a million students to engage in innovative learning, to problem-solve, to work in teams, and to stretch their thinking. Our teachers show students how to live a faith that is infused throughout their day and help students create an environment that demonstrates concern for others and for God’s creation.
Thanks to the hard work of our Sister Sharon and Sister Kathleen, we have some wonderful activities and surprises planned for next week. In the meantime, if you are able, you can help us kick off Catholic Schools week by attending mass at St. Augustine of Hippo at 9:30 AM this Sunday.
We will also be celebrating Black History Month beginning next week. Even though most of our activities next week will center on Catholic Schools Week, we will have more information about our various projects and activities through the month of February in our next Thursday envelopes.
Some important dates:
- February 18 – NO SCHOOL
- February 21 – NO SCHOOL
For Your Information:
- We were originally scheduled to have a Sister Thea Bowman Open House for current and prospective students on Tuesday, February 1. Yet, because of COVID, we are trying to limit the number of outside individuals into our building. We are tentatively planning on having our Open House / STEM Night on April 7.
- Regularly scheduled bus transportation will begin back up on Monday, January 31. A few procedural items:
- Morning Drop will be as we have done this week: All students will go to the cafeteria between 7:15 – 7:45.
- All other students after 7:45 will enter through the front doors (we will not utilize the back doors for middle school)
- This also means transportation for Access
- Field Trip opportunity for our Kindergarten through 5th grade students. In collaboration with Metro Theater and the St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature’s Believe Projects…..on Thursday, February 10, our students will be traveling to the Grandel Theater in St. Louis to see a performance of “The Last Stop on Market Street”. The play is based off the award-winning children’s book by Matt de la Peña. It is an inclusive ode to kindness, empathy, gratitude, and finding joy in unexpected places. There is a field trip form included in your Thursday Envelopes.
- Finally, report cards will be sent home Friday with your student. Please look over the reports with your students and discuss areas where there was success and where there could be growth. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s teacher.