As you know, last week on Ash Wednesday, we began the season of Lent. We attended mass together and received ashes as a symbol of our faith. Before going to mass, I talked to the children about the ashes they were going to receive. The children had many questions about the ashes and were very curious. Some of the children seemed a little unsure since this was their 1st time receiving ashes, but they all did a very nice job and were very respectful during this time. Hopefully they’ve shared with you some of the things they’ve learned about Lent so far. I talked to the children about fasting (mostly “adults”), almsgiving (helping others) and praying (more) during this time. Of course, I had to explain much of this in terms that they could understand a little better. I explained to the children that during this time many people (especially adults) “give something up,” but we can also try to do things to help us better ourselves, help others and to get closer to God. We talked about making a Lenten promise so that we can “help Jesus carry the cross.” We talked about how even Jesus “fell” when he carried the cross so if we “fall” we need to get back up and try again. We are not perfect and Jesus loves us. We had a nice discussion. I was very impressed with the Lenten promises the children came up with to work on during Lent. These are displayed outside of our classroom so the children can keep track on their individual “Lenten paths” over the next 40 days. The children should have brought home a page last week from their Religion books titled “Lent is Good.” I asked the children to hold on to this paper at home throughout Lent to keep track of the good deeds that they do for others. The children came up with a nice list of good deeds that they could do for others. Many of these good deeds included their family so hopefully you’ll see some of these things at home.
Ali was our STAR student this week! She was born on March 21, 2010. Not only was this a SPECIAL day for Ali’s parents and siblings, but also for her grandpa since he was blessed with a beautiful, new granddaughter on “his” birthday! Although Ali was too little to enjoy the “cookie cake” that was brought to the hospital for her and her grandpa that day, they have shared many birthday treats together since then we’re pretty sure. Ali LOVES her family very much! She really looks up to her older brother and sister, Josh and Gracen who are in 4th grade here at St. Rose. They sure do take good care of Ali and always set such a good example for her! After looking at one of Ali’s baby pictures, we asked her if she used to like to put her feet in her mouth. She quickly told us that picture was to show us how flexible she was as a baby. 🙂 Next, Ali showed us her baptism picture at St. Rose of Lima Church with Fr. Tom, her family and her Godparents. Ali is “daddy’s little girl!” She likes to help her daddy take care of the animals on their farm and she also likes to play Legos with him. Ali likes to cook with her mom and play catch with her too. She enjoys vacation time at the beach with her family. Ali also enjoys just “hanging out” with her family and friends whether she’s on a field trip, skating, cheering on her brother’s football team or at the pool eating a snow cone. She shared fun pictures of some “firsts” in her life such as: her 1st birthday, her 1st Christmas, her 1st pet dog (Kobe), her 1st day of Kindergarten, her 1st elephant ear at the state fair and her 1st Super Bowl Hoopla experience when the Super Bowl was in Indianapolis. Wow! I’d say Ali has enjoyed a lot of things in her 5 1/2 years. Ali loves St. Rose School! Her favorite colors are pink and purple. Her favorite toy is her stuffed pig. Ali likes to watch Ninja Warrior and even practices some of their “moves” sometimes. I hope I get a front row seat to cheer her on when she competes. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Ali!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DR. SEUSS!
Wednesday, March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday! We are planning to celebrate Dr. Seuss and his WONDERFUL books the whole week of February 29th-March 4th. We will be doing several activities during this week and we need your help! We are looking for 2 volunteers a day (except Monday; only 1) to come in and read YOUR FAVORITE DR. SEUSS book to our class. We read a story every morning and afternoon. If you are available to read, please let me know ASAP which date/time will work for you (see below). The 2 slots a day fill up quickly. This will be on a first come/first serve basis. I will also need to know which book you are planning to read so we can hear a VARIETY of DR. SEUSS books. You can e-mail me at [email protected] or send in a note to let me know what will work for you to read. Please let me know by Monday (2/22) so that I can make a schedule & confirm with my guest readers. Please let me know your 1st & 2nd choice for a reading date/time in case one of your choices is already taken. Our schedule can be flexible so if you REALLY want to read, but you need to come a little earlier or later due to your schedule, let me know & we’ll see what we can work out (depending on if it interferes with a “special class”). Once I hear from “you,” I will send a message to confirm the date, time and book for our guest reader. Dr. Seuss is NOT the same as PD Eastman, which has caused some confusion in the past. Dr. Seuss has a couple books in which he uses his real name Theo Geisel or his pen name Theo LeSieg (Geisel spelled backwards), please be sure you choose a Dr. Seuss book. Thanks for your help! We look forward to hearing from you! Here are the available times for the week of February 29-March 4: Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday morning @ 8:10 a.m.; Thursday morning after mass @ 9:15 a.m. OR Monday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoon at 2:20 p.m. and Tuesday and Friday at 12:30 due to PE and Spirit Day. We will kick off our week by having Mrs. Floyd be our 1st guess reader on Monday (2/29). She will read Green Eggs and Ham and then we will have a “green eggs and ham” breakfast. I do not see any “food coloring allergies” on my emergency forms. If I
have overlooked this and your child should NOT have scrambled eggs w/a dash of green food coloring in them, please let me know in the comment section of the Friday folder.
*2/19 Knights of Columbus Fish Fry 4:30-7:00 p.m. in the PLC.
*2/20 Mass at 4:30 p.m.
*2/21 Mass at 7:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. (Includes Liturgy of the Word)
*2/23 Lenten Mission Mass @ 5:45 p.m. followed by Soup Supper @ 6:15 and Lenten Mission Presentation @ 7:00 p.m.
*2/24 NUT day for a donation to support our Resource program (see blog for flyer).
*2/26 Knights of Columbus Fish Fry 4:30-7:00 p.m. in the PLC.
*Be sure to check out the Sign Up Genius www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0849ABA72CA4F58-strose to see how you can help with the upcoming Dinner Auction in May. It’s a night you won’t want to miss!
*Please remember, weather permitting, we go outside in the winter as long as the temperature is 25 degrees or higher. We were able to get outside a few days this week, however, a handful of children did not have hats and gloves. Please be sure they are bringing these to school EVERY day in the winter so they are warm enough during recess. We love to get outside when we can so “cabin fever” doesn’t kick in.
*Students need to wear tennis shoes every Monday and Tuesday for PE. If students wear snow boots to school due to the weather, please be sure they bring a change of shoes for when they arrive to school.
*Library books are due every Wednesday.
*Now that winter is here, there is always a possibility of school closings or delays. Please note that St. Rose follows Franklin Community School for cancellations and delays. When delays or cancellations occur, they will be announced on local stations (CBS, ABC and NBC) under ‘Franklin Community Schools’. St. Rose will also send out an email through Jupiter. On the morning of, you may call the school office at 738-3451 to verify any delays or cancellations.
*Please be sure you are checking out the St. Rose website frequently to keep up to date on all that is going on at St. Rose School.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
*Thanks for all of the prayers, kind notes, meals & Valentines that were given to me (and my family) last week! We are truly grateful!
*Thanks to Mrs. Arnold, Mrs. Salazar, Ms. Edwards and Mrs. Larmour who all helped last week when I was out!
*Thanks to all who helped in any way with our Valentine’s Day party on Friday! I heard that everyone had a great time!
*Thanks for all of the donations that were sent in last week to help the Johnson County KIC-IT program that helps homeless teens! Thanks to Student Council for all of these wonderful service project opportunities!
*Thanks for your help with our daily snacks!
*Thanks for all you do!
ASK ME ABOUT…
…the letter sound for “U” (short & long) and some words that begin with the “U” sound.
…which consonant is sometimes a vowel and what sound it makes when it’s a vowel.
…how seeds travel.
…what kind of tree grows from an acorn.
…the life cycle of an Oak Tree.
…the story of The Legend of the Three Trees
…”my” Lenten promise (how “I” am helping Jesus carry the cross).
…how long the season of Lent lasts (40 days).
…how we are keeping track of our “Lenten path.”
…the name of the 2 Presidents we honor in February (their birthday months); which one was our 1st President.
…what George Washington liked to do as a boy; what Abe Lincoln liked to do as a boy.
…where the President of the United States lives.