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I wanted to update you on some of the decisions that have been made for the three year old preschool program. After much discussion with the entire staff and Father Brown, we have determined that the preschool will be located in the current Art and Music room since a bathroom already exists in this classroom. For the short term the Art and Music programs will be housed in the cafeteria. This solution will allow both programs to spread out in this larger space. Music will now have some additional room for dance for the younger students, and Art will still have access to water. We will be adding some storage solutions in the cafeteria conference room for all of their supplies. Mrs. Riggle and Mrs. Laury support this short-term solution. For the long term we are looking at possibly expanding some current locations in our building to house Art and Music. I will keep you updated as those plans come to fruition.
We have decided to keep the three year olds in our same uniform. The main difference is that the navy shorts and long pants will have an elastic waist with no zipper, snaps or buttons. Although there were some other options that were very cute, they were not as sturdy as our current uniforms. Our current uniforms can often be worn more than one year which would not be the case with some of the other options. For the long run we felt staying with the same uniform would be more economical for our parents.
Our curriculum will contain instruction of numbers, colors, letters, expanded vocabulary, social skills, instruction and stories about our faith…but many of these skills will occur through dramatic play, painting, crafts, free choice shelf work…Learning through play and interactions with staff and peers will be an integral part of their day. As the curriculum is completed we will put it under Links on Fast Direct and on the website so it is available to everyone. Once the classroom is set up we will have a mini Open House to invite people to visit. This will be a good opportunity for students and parents to get a sneak peak at their classroom. This will not occur until the summer since the space is in use until the end of this school year.Read More
Our parishioner, Carol Bahmueller has been working over this past year on developing constructive ways to dialogue about race in our country and in our local community. The events of the past several weeks both locally and nationally have served as painful reminders to us all of how divided a nation we remain. Where we have to begin is with honest conversation, and to that end, the parish is sponsoring the first of a series of forums taking up some of the topics that shape our attitudes and actions. The first is coming up on August 17th and it is entitled “Thrivers and Strugglers-A Growing Economic Divide.” Carol has developed the forum with the help of Marie Kenyon, the director of Human Rights Commission for the Archdiocese and our own parish Just Faith group. In our current political climate where the value of listening compassionately to others has seemingly been lost, this evening program can be a great opportunity to open ourselves up to hearing the voices of those we don’t often hear from. Our neighbors from surrounding churches, both Catholic and other Christian churches, have been invited to participate. I realize this comes at a time when families are just beginning to adjust to a new school year, but making the effort to share at the forum would be time very well spent for advancing the cause of understanding and accepting all the citizens who make our country what it is today.
Saturday Vigil: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Weekday: M-F 6:15 & 8:15 a.m.
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Saturday: 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
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.