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From the Principal’s Desk
November 13, 2017
HOLY HAPPENINGS AT HOLY REDEEMER SCHOOL
* In our Middle School program our seventh and eighth graders study American History. They use a ninth grade curriculum textbook which they complete in the course of two years. In seventh grade they begin with the land bridge and cover early American history and by November they begin US History. In eighth grade they begin with the year 1840 and study what led to the Civil War. Most recently the eighth graders have studied the Civil War. This area of study culminates in a field trip visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library, Old State Capitol, Lincoln’s home, and Lincoln’s Tomb in Springfield, Illinois. The highlights of the trip for the students are related to the fact that they are able to touch and sit in the same spaces that Abraham Lincoln had also touched.
* On Saturday, November 11, we had several students compete in the Bellarmine Speech Meet. These students learn and practice these speeches on their own time then compete in front of students from area schools. We are extremely proud of our students for their dedication to this program. Here is a recap of their achievements: Red Ribbon- Eva Fox (serious), Maizy Sadlo and Laine Wilhelm (duet); Blue Ribbon- Isabelle Grimes (humorous), Caroline Rohm and Olivia Satchell (duet), Amelia Dino and Libby Wickersham (duet); Gold Ribbon for a perfect score- Molly Seeser (humorous), Elizabeth Guenther (humorous). Wonderful work, Speech Team!!
* I am announcing a new Music program which we will begin in January 2018. Through a generous donation from an anonymous donor we have been able to purchase a collection of both full-size and 3/4 size guitars. Our Music teacher Cathie Laury will be teaching our seventh and eighth grade students to play guitar. Learning to play an instrument, especially in a group situation, helps with coordination, work ethic, patience, team building, math skills, social skills, language skills, logic, and creativity. We look forward to hearing these musicians join us in our celebrations of the Eucharist or perform during our school concerts. Thank you so very much to the family who has made this program possible by their generous donation. We are thankful to be part of such a giving community.
* The staff and students of Holy Redeemer School wish all of you a blessed Thanksgiving holiday!
* If you would like to learn more about our school or schedule a tour, please contact the school office at 314-962-8989.
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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.
Earlier this week I was planting some bulbs; it was a cold but sunny day. I caught sight of the four black gum trees at the end of the parking lot in their splendid red attire, and what came to mind was Thanksgiving and this slightly quirky poem by E.E. Cummings:
i thank you God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
May we never be without wonder and gratitude for all that the Lord has given us. Happy Thanksgiving.