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Welcome to May!  The last week of Easter, plus May crowning, field day, the approach of summer vacation…and still lots of learning to pack into these last few weeks of school!

6th graders continue their study of the Divided Kingdom, when Israel split into two kingdoms, Israel and Judah.  They are also learning about the prophets that spoke during this period.  The Divided Kingdom is one of the most fascinating parts of the Old Testament, and understanding it is crucial to understanding the prophets and the remaining periods of Old Testament history.  I encourage all parents to read 1 Kings 12 and discuss it with your students.  Many of the passages that follow this chapter will say things like, “While…was king of Israel, …took place in Judah…” These passages are so confusing to readers who have not read 1 Kings 12, and so clear to those who have read it!

Watch for info this week about one last field trip for the year.  On May 23, all middle school classes will travel by bus to Saint Mary of the Woods in Terre Haute, to visit the shrine of Indiana’s very own saint, Mother Theodora Guerin.

May is traditionally considered Mary’s month.  Have you ever wondered why?  Even before the time of Christ, the Greeks and Romans celebrated the beginning of new life during the month of May.  Even among non-Christians, Mother’s Day is celebrated in many countries during the month of May.  In our part of the world, May is a time of new life in nature – tiny green plants sprouting and soon bursting with colorful blossoms.  During May, Catholics celebrate Mary as the mother of Jesus, who brings new life to a world that was dead because of sin.