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From the Principal’s Desk
March 16, 2019
HOLY HAPPENINGS FOR HOLY REDEEMER SCHOOL
On a recent visit to the Kindergarten class, the students were divided into two groups. One group was in the classroom doing hands-on activities with coins while the other half was in the Art room. The group in Art was beginning to make dinosaurs. Initially, they had watched the video “If Dinosaurs Came Back” which fantasizes about all the things dinosaurs could do for us if they came back, such as, be a good pet, give people rides, be your lawnmower… After completing the dinosaurs, the students will create a scene for their dinosaur. After 45 minutes, the teachers will switch classes so that all of the students receive the same curriculum but in small groups for more interaction between the students and staff. This practice of divided classes happens frequently throughout the day in grades Pre-K-3, and this is why we have assistants preschool through third grade with a shared assistant in fourth and fifth grade.
When I visited the preschool classroom, they were working in learning centers where the students have some voice and choice on what they will complete that day. Some of the activities offered were: creating patterns of color with Fruit Loops, a pot of gold alphabet match, dramatic play, puzzles and building with blocks. They are currently studying the author Eric Carle and his book “The Hungry Caterpillar”. The students are creating their own puppet plays to retell the story and are experiencing many varied language literacy activities. Displayed in the classroom were leprechauns they had made where the students’ names were spelled out with gold coins.
Registration for grades 1-8 opened on Monday, March 11. For existing families, the registration packets went home in the backpacks with the oldest or only. If you are interested in receiving a packet, you may drop by the office or give us a call to mail one to you. In addition, if you re interested in a personal tour, please call the office at 962-8989 to schedule
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.
Through the generosity of an anonymous donor we have purchased a new piano for church. The piano we had been using–which also was donated some years ago–was ninety-three years old. And while that instrument served us well across several decades, it has of late developed some significant problems. The repairs which it would require amounted to thousands of dollars. The piano you see in church today is actually a loner; the piano we purchased will arrive in several weeks. This one currently in church has a high gloss finish, our model will be a bit more subdued with a softer, matte finish. I am told by those who should know that this new piano will produce a much richer, fuller sound.
Another project we are taking up this spring is to replace the fences that surround the perimeter of the parking lot. Portions of those fences have been in place for over sixty years. The high fence (12 feet) on the northern end of the upper parking lot has been giving way over the past several years and is completely covered with honeysuckle ( a terribly invasive plant that is nearly impossible to eradicate) and wild euonymus. Our plan is to replace all those fences–both the falling down wooden fence and the chain link– with the solid vinyl fences that one sees everywhere. The wild growth that has taken over the fences will not be able to climb the new fences easily. So we are doing our small part to remove this noxious plant from our environment, as well as improve the appearance of our grounds.