Thursday Newsletter

Thursday Newsletter

Thursday (November 2, 2017) News… By Sue Brown, Assistant Principal/Coordinator of Religious Education
What a week! Short, Scary and Sweet!
Monday, October 30—Fr. O’Toole made the first of three pre-First Reconciliation meetings with second graders who will celebrate this special sacrament on Sunday, November 12 at 1:00. I sat in with them in Ms. Burke’s homeroom, and was very impressed by their knowledge of the Great Commandment, the Ten Commandments, the Act of Contrition, the difference between mortal and venial sin, among other concepts. Father will meet with them again on Monday, November 6, and in church for a “walk-through” on Friday, November 10.
Helpful Trick: It might be a good idea to plan on attending Mass at 4:30 on Saturday, November 11, before the “Feast on Flad,” (Treat!) so that all will be well-rested and well-prepared on Sunday to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Parents and siblings are welcome, too. There will be a good number of priests available, so wait time should be brief.
Tuesday, October 31 (aka, “Halloween”)—All manner of characters showed up for school on Tuesday--everything from dinosaurs to Dracula to dopplegangers!
One of my favorites of the many photos I was able to capture is this one at left of Wyatt Simmons (8A) channeling Mr. Adams—respectfully and perfectly!
At right, we began the day, as we always do…with prayer…led by a bunny on this particular day! The day ended with a well-organized and executed Halloween Fest, thanks to the eighth graders who provided games, treats and prizes—for everyone!
Wednesday, November 1 (All Saints Day!)—What a beautiful liturgy we celebrated, commemorating the Communion of Saints, to which we belong as we are right now. We sang the Litany of the Saints and Fr. O’Toole taught us about what sainthood entails, and encouraged us to start now, because “In the end, it’s the beginning that counts.”
On Wednesday afternoon, we turned out thoughts to our theme for November: “Feedback is a gift!” We will focus on thanksgiving for safe classroom environments where it feels “OK” to take risks in learning, and to make mistakes. We will remember that our world is full of distractions (like Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays) and information overload (like Parent-Teacher Conferences and Standardized Test Reports).
Throughout November, we focus on self-control, and our emotional intelligence element is self-awareness. Our “super skill” is COMMUNICATION! (Pictured above, students in 6F lead the congregation in song at the All Saints Day liturgy.)
Thursday, November 2 (All Souls Day)—We remembered our loved ones who are awaiting or enjoying the presence of God in heaven. (At Mass on Wednesday, the sixth graders in Ms. Finnegan’s class shared their “Visions of Heaven,” a class writing project they had shared with Fr. O’Toole who encouraged us all to dream of heaven as our ultimate destination.
Later that day, teachers met to discuss standardized test reports to inform future instruction, and continued their meetings with their students’ parents. In some grades, these conferences were led by the students themselves. (I always wondered why students should be nervously waiting at home for their parents to tell them “what their teacher said.” As the focus of this conversation, it seems logical that they should at least be present, and at best, be in charge! Now, they are!)
Friday, November 3—A Well-Deserved Free Day for All! We have worked, played and prayed HARD. Now, it is time to rest. Monday will arrive soon enough…
In Other News…We are ready for anything! Fire drills have been conducted with near perfection, and the St. Louis Fire Department made a recent visit to the preschool and kindergarten classes.
At right, an all-school evacuation completed in approximately 60 seconds!
Green cards mean “All present and accounted for!”
From the Respect Life Committee—Scott Wilson reports that the Our Lady's Inn Baby Bottle Collection, with the SMOS children’s support, provided $3,084.00 for this pro-life organization. Many thanks! Those pennies, nickels and dimes add up! Centennial Gala--Calling all alumni, parishioners and school families! Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 3rd! The celebration continues, as we mark the occasion with Dinner and Dancing at the Palladium St. Louis. Doors open at 6 pm. Dinner and a full bar will be provided. Music will be provided by Gateway City Big Band. Tickets are available on WeShare on our website for $100 per person. If you have any questions, please email us at centennial@stmargaretstl.org. Thanks, and hope to see you there! Walk-A-Thon Update—We have accomplished our goal! Thanks to all who supported this fundraiser/fun-raiser!! Please take the day before Thanksgiving to be with your families and friends and prepare for an extra-long Thanksgiving holiday full of blessings! (No School—Wednesday, November 22, 2017!)
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