Keep Holy the Sabbath
“He blessed the seventh day and set it apart as a special day.” (Genesis 2:3)
How special is your Sunday? With Lent upon us it is a good time to think about our weekend routine. Let Sunday be a family day, a day that begins with the entire family worshiping together at Sunday Mass and includes activities fostering family love and sharing. Too often we have let Sunday be a catch-up day, on which we hurry to complete tasks left undone during the week. We’ve lost the concept of rest and renewal of spirit. Monday morning finds us tired from the hectic pace of the weekend and far from ready to face the week ahead.
Plan ahead to make Sunday special. Involve the children in planning Sunday activities that all can share. Whatever you choose to do, the way you spend the day will make memories for your children. As adults, will they think of Sundays as holy days when the grass seemed greener, the sky more blue and the love of God and family a warm and comforting protection in an uncertain world?
There is much talk today about core curriculum and high standards. What does it mean? What, if any, is the role of parents? How does it differ from the role of the school? How does it complement it?
Before a child even begins school, and even more so once the school experience has begun, the home should be a place of loving care and safety. It should be an environment in which there are good role models who set clear rules and are consistent in their affirmation of something well done and equally consistent in their reminders when there has been an infraction of the rules. Relationship to God should be an integral part of daily life. If parents choose to send their children to a religious school, religion should be seen by the child as important.
Healthy living should be practiced and advocated. A good balance between work and leisure predisposes the child to life in the school. Great care, too, should be taken of the child’s health: proper nutrition, sufficient rest, regular physicals, all contribute to the child’s success in attaining high standards.
When the child comes to school from an environment in which good music is available, good art is appreciated, visits to museums or historical places are valued, questions are asked, conversation is encouraged, achievement in school tends to be greater.
Parents need to convey high expectations. This, obviously, does not mean “Straight A’s or else,” but it does mean valuing what is taught, supporting the learning of each child, and ensuring that the child develops good habits so that he or she reaches the full potential God has given the child. It, too, means supporting decisions made by the school on behalf of the educational process.
Thanks, Thanks, Thanks
We are grateful for the 5th grade parents who help us in the cafeteria, playground and library etc. –
Mrs. Bonnie Casane
Mr. Ken McCurdy
Mrs. Maria Dinner
Mrs. Lisa Filutze
Mrs. Chris Kruszewski
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March 27 – April 2
Grade 2 has been working hard since the beginning of the new year. We are subtracting 2 digits in Math. We have been working on our writing of how to articles. Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs everywhere in our classroom. We have been learning about all kinds of dinosaur interesting and fun facts. The students worked on a recyclable dinosaur project. They had to make a dinosaur out of anything that is recyclable. They did a Dino-mite Job! They all turned out awesome. Super job second grade!
In a recent science lab class 7th graders learned how to use a microscope. They were then placed in groups of three which rotated using various kinds of microscopes. Students had to draw at least 5 specimens that they observed. Their reaction was absolute amazement.
“Looking at objects far away is nothing compared to what is under the microscope.” - Linden Hoover
“ A feather looked like it was knitted together.” - Molly Hammer
“I never thought there was another world to see.” - Alyssa VanSlyke
Sr. Mary, C.D.S.
The 6th graders have worked diligently the last several months on a Computer assignment titled BIZWORLD. BIZWORLD is a hands-on program to teach the children how to run a business. Throughout the process, students had to work together to design, manufacture, market, and sell a product. Each of the four groups had a President, Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Sales, Vice President of Marketing, Vice President of Design, and Vice President of Manufacturing.
The students “manufactured” bracelets. Although groups only had to make thirty bracelets each, most groups produced more than forty. After bracelets were finished, bagged, and priced, the students sent out notices to every class about the sale.
The sale was held in the cafeteria on Thursday, February 14th, 2013. All of the bracelets were sold in less than a half hour. This was quite a learning experience for all involved.
It may be the shortest month of the year, but there are many things to cover in February.
We start with Groundhog’s Day and predict whether or not he will see his shadow. Seven of us predicted he would not see his shadow and we would have an early spring. Next, we celebrated the 100th day of school. Most of our activities throughout the day revolved around the number 100. We then celebrated Valentine’s Day with a few games and treats. February is also Dental Health Month and we have been learning how to take care of our teeth.
On February 1st, we started a daily math journal. Everyday, we have a problem that needs to be solved in our journal. I am sure you have heard of a writing journal, but what about one that you use to help reinforce your math skills? The students enjoy solving their Problem of the Day.
Let’s hope our March is as successful as February.
Many schools have mottoes or themes like – Honor, Respect, or Loyalty. Here at St. James – WE CARE! It’s painted on our walls, written in our classrooms, posted on our bulletin boards, and hopefully, by the end of this year, it will be a part of our lives. By showing each other that “we care” about God, others, our world and ourselves we can make a difference in the way we live. With all the violence and pain around us, there is so much we can do if “we care” to do it. So here at St. James, our entire faculty, staff and student body dedicate themselves to caring and try to make each day a little better – maybe by sharing our time or selves, helping our neighbor or just giving a smile. Remember, at St. James, WE CARE! Won’t you?