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From the Principal’s Desk
March 30, 2019
HOLY HAPPENINGS FOR HOLY REDEEMER SCHOOL
During the season of spring, classrooms often take field trips to enhance the curriculum they have learned. Our fourth graders all year have been participating in Eco-Act, a class led by Nerinx seniors who have been trained and funded by the Missouri Botanical Garden to lead lessons on ecology. Recently, they traveled to Litzinger Road Ecology Center to practice some of the skills they had learned. One of the activities involved looking at a deer skeleton and guessing the age of the deer by looking at its teeth. In another activity about animal habitats, they learned how to use qualitative and quantitative data to make hypotheses about how many trees or deer bones were located near the pond. A third activity used a water table that was filled with sand and rocks. The students were tasked with building homes and dams in this box and placing trees and sticks to create a habitat for humans. The students knew that this area would later be flooded, and they were to build in the areas which they thought would offer some natural protection to their structures. After seeing their structures swept away by flooding, they determined the safest area to build on is high ground.
In a couple of weeks, the fifth grade will be heading to Dubois Center for three days. They will focus on hands-on experiential learning covering topics of social and physical science, math, art, and physical education. The camp practices a “challenge by choice” philosophy which helps facilitate team building by encouraging students to choose their level of participation, work towards achieving their goals, and push beyond their comfort zone. Some of the activities our students have participated in while at Dubois Center is: shelter building, night hikes, campfire building, archery, horseback riding, and team building. This camp experience is always a student favorite. Parent volunteers attend to support our staff in keeping our students safe.
Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is open. Please contact the school office at 962-8989 if you would like a registration packet or have questions about the process. If you are interested in a personal tour, please contact the office.
Holy Redeemer Parish School of Religion (grades 1-8) acts as a support for the students and families of the parish as they live out their Baptismal call and give witness to the Good News in word and deed. It is the desire of the program to incorporate the students and their families into the faith life of the parish community.
The celebration of Memorial Day signals for many the end of the school year, the beginning of the vacation season and the time when here at HR when the 8:15 daily mass becomes the 8:00 daily mass. There is so much more to this day of remembrance. As most know, the day had its origins in the aftermath of the Civil War. So divided and broken, so deeply mired in grief for all those who had died in the worst war this country had ever seen, the leaders of the nation were hoping to use the day as a way to bring healing to the many families who had suffered. Even though now the day is greeted with sleeping in, a parade here or there and plenty of barbecue, the day originally was a serious, even a somber one. Most of us are so far removed from first hand involvement in the combat of wars that we almost overlook how devastating such conflicts can be. One of the things every Christian should do on this day besides pausing to remember those who have died in the service of this nation, is to resolve to continue in this difficult but necessary work of building peace. As Pope St. John Paul II said emphatically just before this country went to war in Iraq, “God does not want war. God does not want war. God does not want war!” In a time like ours when it seems so many can speak so glibly about going to war, we should remember his words. Every one of those soldiers or civilians who dies in a war is someone’s son or daughter, husband or wife, father or mother of another dies. Celebrating Memorial Day properly should have us promising ourselves and our nation to never go to war again unless there is absolutely no alternative to it.