A letter from the Principal
The Great Commandment
The Ten Commandments are fulfilled in Jesus' Great Commandment: “You shall love...God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength....You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30-31)
The New Commandment
Before his death on the cross, Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another” (John 13:34).
(Loyola Press: a Jesuit Ministry web site.)
Racism. Classism. Activism. Our students are seeing and hearing information about the changing landscape of American culture, and while some are comfortable, vocal advocates for their questions and ideas, there are other children who hold their questions close, are afraid to ask and are not sure what any of the changes, discussions, marches and debates are really about. Some students have raised the issues with one another - overtly in person or covertly (in text messages and the like) testing their new constructs of power and reality in light of the changes both positive and negative happening around them.
Why do I raise this point here? There are two things that we will be working on in light of the current climate. 1) We will reinforce the teachings of Jesus. The greatest commandment to love one another applies always and to everyone. This is true across races, classes, cultural groups and even countries. We are called to love, and will be reinforcing this idea throughout our work at the school. And, 2) Any objection to a statement, idea, policy, action or the like that causes one to voice a reaction or protest should always be done in a spirit of respect and non-violence.
Clearly, not all children are aware of the issues, but many are. If your child expresses an awareness, please take time to talk about your views and perspective. You might be surprised to learn how much students pick up from the media, internet and each other. Talking through questions and concerns maybe helpful both to comfort and to head off situations where children test their ideas about the new climate with one another which can sometimes have unintended consequences.
As always, we will be praying for peace and unity as we ask for God's will to be done here on earth as it is in heaven.
P.S. Please bring your friends and neighbor's to Saturday's Open House event. I anticipate a wonderful turnout.
This week in Toddlers, we were able to visit church. We were in awe of the statues and the windows. We saw the altar where Mass is said. We also learned that God is always present.
A special thank you to Mrs. Lane for explaining what a financial analyst does. We also enjoyed our talks from Father Vincent and Mr. Batman.
In our Montessori lesson this week, we have been enjoying "what sinks and what floats?" We are also working on the nursery rhyme, "I'm a Little Teapot". We have been exploring our faith with a variety of stories of Jesus' teachings.
We WELCOME BACK Ms. Mabugat!!
It's Catholic Schools Week! In Religion the children visited the church in small groups as they practiced their manners by sitting, standing and kneeling. We went over the Sign of the Cross while genuflecting facing Jesus. We also practiced how to put the kneeler down and up quietly. It made it more meaningful with our interaction with Father Vincent and the blessing of the throat with Father Maurice. The culminating activity was the flower collage that the children made and gave it to someone special.
Our Community Helpers this week!
Father Vincent came to visit the class and talked about his job as a priest.
Mrs. April Lane, Drew's mom from toddlers came to talk about her job as a Principal Financial Anylyst.
This week in kindergarten, students celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a variety of events. They particularly enjoyed celebrating those in and around our community. The students decorated and wrote heart warming cards to our priests. Additionally, the kindergartens learned about all kinds of jobs staff hold at our school and their importance. They presented their special community people to the class too!
First grade writers are busy at work as we write about one of our favorite subjects: Catholic Academy! The class worked together to create a template for our Catholic Schools Week essay. Individual students then inserted words, phrases, and sentences to make the writing unique. Stop by Room 1 to see our latest work!
The second-graders were very participate during the CSW activities. Aron even won the most-coveted award for his clothes and accessory.
But to these children, the celebration does not stop there. It will live in their hearts as they have done service programs and gradually internalizing how to be a "man for others."
This week the 3rd class started their seating arrangement project. The class read Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! The plot highlighted the challenges of having unexpected guests at a dinner party, and how it could alter seating arrangements. The class is using their skills of multiplication and arrays to create multiple seating charts on how a certain number of guests could be seated differently. Students are working in groups to come up with these blueprints.
And the plot thickens:
This week Fourth Grade finished reading their new anchor text, Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. Last week the focus was on tracing the movement of the story through the main conflicts. Then students worked to identify the conflicts as internal or external. This week the focus is the vocabulary associated with plot. Students first identified the main goal of the story, then found the main protagonists, antagonists, and mitigating complications.
This week in 5th Grade Robotics, the students participated in the 5th Annual CAS Science Fair. Our class bagged two trophies! Marisa won Best in class and Gael won second place in school!
Gaby's project was about testing different types of water to water plants during the drought. Kaylynn's project concluded that insulin, when taken as an injection is much better than when taken as a pill. Courtney researched on which plants are good at stopping soil erosion. Marisa's project was to test different types of drinks to find out which drink causes the most damage to our teeth. Emily's research was on candy chromatography.
James' project was on magnetism and how it can be used in recycling. Diego's project was about how to make our own litmus paper with red cabbage. Gael's experiment was to try Pepsi, gingerale and water and observe how acid reacts with different metal samples.
I want to take a moment to congratulate Gezan D'Souza (best in class) and Eiian Reyes (honorable mention ) who took home awards at the Science Fair. This week in 6th-grade science we are learning how tornadoes, hurricanes, and typhoons form. More importantly, the students are discovering where these extreme storms gain and lose energy their energy.
The seventh graders were super busy getting ready for the Science Fair and Art Exhibition.
Congratulations to the seventh grade winners:
Bianca Cantos for placing first in the Science Fair.
Andrea Radu won for Best in Class, and William Haberstock for Best Young Robotics Engineer.
Congratulations to all the students that won an award and great job to every participant.
Great job to the STEM team, special thanks to Mr. Donovan Williams and Mrs. Divya Pai for all of their incredible work.
As we read further in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the 8th grade has been conducting research on the Great Depression. Students are using knowledge gained from our reading, in-class discussion, and the internet to create a character based on that time in U.S. History. Some lucky students have even been able to speak to grandparents who have first-hand experience. We look forward to interviewing our fictional characters and learning a bit more!
PHYSICAL EDUCATION and HEALTH
This week in HEALTH, all students from 1st through 8th grade have been studying about the dangers of smoking and its effects on their bodies and those around them. Younger students learned about the symptoms smoking has on people both internally and externally. The middle school students have begun pre-writing storyboards and scripts for 'public-service' announcement-style videos which will be shown to the younger students as to how they can avoid smoking and peer-pressure.
In PE, we are approaching the conclusion of our football unit by practicing coverage and receiver route play-by-plays in the gym and in the field. We also ran football obstacle camps for some of our younger players for ball control and gross motor development. Our 3rd and 4th graders got their first preview of their mile-run test of 7 laps around our field.
This week is CAS week, so the students learned the Chinese words of "community" and "nation" based on themes of each day. The Chinese words are "社區shè qū" and "國家guó jiā." The sentences are "I love my community 我愛我的社區 wǒ ài wǒ de shè qū ," and "I love my nation 我愛我的國家 wǒ ài wǒ de guó jiā." On the other hand, the students presented a few of countries such as Philippine, Mexico, and China. I also introduced my country, Taiwan.
community 社區shè qū
nation 國家guó jiā
love 愛 ài
This week in Extended Care we have had a mix and match of sun and rain, having fun both inside and out. In sync with the season, we have been busy with Chinese New Year and Super Bowl activities. Next week we are gearing up for St. Valentine's Day.
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