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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.
Big crowds in churches, beautifully decorated sanctuaries, glorious liturgical music and chocolate bunnies–can’t forget the chocolate bunnies–all because He is Risen! All of these things were added to this day as time went on. But what is at the heart of it all is that God’s promise to his people has been kept. In Jesus risen from the dead God has said once and for all time: My love for you is stronger even than death. This is what we in joy and peace, in fear and trembling, hold in our hands, hold in our hearts. Because of the saving action of Jesus’ death and Resurrection everything in our lives must change. No longer do we suspect that God might have abandoned or forgotten his covenant. No longer do we look into the faces of our brothers and sisters and not find the face of Jesus. And every time we encounter gentleness, peace, generosity and self-sacrifice we know that it is because He first loved us and has made such a world possible. What he asks of us now is that we simply embrace that kingdom which is taking shape in our very midst. “Simply” but not easily, as there continues to this day both within us and in the world around us so much counter movement, but because the Lord Jesus has shown us the way, because his love will not fail us, we will greet each new day with a faithful resolve to live a resurrected life.
May all who are with us today know such peace and joy. Happy Easter indeed! This greeting comes from me as pastor, deacon, staff, school faculty, our newly received Catholics and the whole HR community. We hope that our visitors who are with us today know that they always have a welcome place among us. If you are looking for a home where your faith might be supported and nurtured by frail but earnest believers like ourselves, please come and see, learn what has given us life and hope for the future