This week was jam packed with so many activities and events. Our students, faculty, and staff were not only busy at school but they were giving back to our community in a variety of ways.
Part of the ASTRA Club leadership team went out to shop for items for shelter kits. These kits are used when children must be placed into foster care and do not have any belongings to take with them. Additionally, they shopped for a child from our School and Church Angel Tree. They purchased items for this child for Christmas. The faculty and staff also adopted 11 other children for Christmas and provided gifts for them.
Third and Fifth grade took turns visiting the local animal shelter this week, with donations such as pet food and toys for the cats and dogs.
The middle school students created Christmas cards for our Church's homebound individuals.
In school on Monday, third, fourth and fifth graders had their Advent retreat with Sr. Philomina. Middle School students had their Science Fair as well. Students presented their projects to the younger grades. On Tuesday, our soccer team beat Resurrection Catholic School for the first time ever. It was a tough game but they played as a team and worked together to prevail. Wednesday, the kindergartners, first and second graders took a "ride on the Polar Express" and dressed in their favorite pjs and watched the movie on the big screen in the Social Hall. We celebrated our last school Mass of 2021 with Fr. Bob on Thursday, and he gave every student a special gift-an ornament with Jesus and the Three Wise Men, depicting the Feast of the Epiphany. Grades five thru eight had a "Christmas Around the World" Party at lunchtime and parents and grandparents attended. We enjoyed delicious food from all over the world complements of our families. Students had created Google Slides presentations on various countries and their Christmas traditions in tech class, and shared them in their English classes.
Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders wrote Christmas stories for students in K-2 in my ELA classes the past two weeks; some went into the classrooms and shared their stories with the children. We really have some creative writers! Our middle schoolers completed their midterms and can finally take a break from their studies.
I pray that as we prepare to celebrate Christ's birth in the week ahead, that you have the opportunity to give thanks for your family's many blessings. We thank you for being a part of our Epiphany family and look forward to seeing everyone back safely in 2022.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy your time with your children and other family members and friends this season.
Yours In Christ,
Rita M. Klenk