Today is the day! Our students are invited to dress up as their favorite book character as we kick off Read Across America Week and our Scholastic Book Fair! We are especially excited to have parents, and one special surprise visitor, come read to our classes today, too. Be watching for a video look inside this special day!
Starting in Kindergarten, St. Patrick Students work one grade level ahead in our Saxon math series. This means, our students are working at an advanced pace from the minute they start school - using hands on, active engagement to enhance their number sense from the beginning. As students move through our program, they have the opportunity to move up at their own pace in math. By middle school, our students have the option to test into Algebra or to receive small group extra instruction at their own personal level. At St. Patrick School, we believe in meeting kids where they are and working to improve their skill level every step oft he way.
Also at St. Patrick, we believe that number sense is the key to lifelong math understanding and ability. We believe that students should be given opportunities daily to experiment with math concepts through a variety of "real life" experiences in and out of the classroom. While practicing math facts at home is a great addition to what students are learning at school, in our younger grades we focus more on creating a true understanding of numbers and how they work in our world.
Be watching in the days ahead of a glimpse inside a math classroom at St. Patrick School, so you can see our "Math Mission" in action!
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Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos is a series of commemorative days dedicated to those who have died. It is celebrated generally between Halloween, Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, and coincides with the Catholic holy days of All Saints (Nov. 1) and All Souls (Nov. 2). Families often come together over this period and preparations can be made during the entire year leading up to the Day of the Dead. This is a solemn occasion, with few actual festivities. Instead, people visit and repair graves of their dearly departed. It is common to light candles, leave offerings of prepared foods, often a favorite meal, and to pray and play music. Private altars are built as focal points for small, private religious observances. This year, St. Patrick School will be honoring this tradition with our own Dia de los Muertos altar. Beginning next week, students are invited to bring photographs of loved ones, friends, or pets who have passed away. Starting the week of October 28, students will be learning about this Mexican tradition and will visit the Dia de los Muertos altar with their class where they will display the photograph(s). The altar will be displayed throughout the week and at the end of the week, Father Matthew will pray a special blessing over our altar and for those we have lost.
Would you be willing to donate items to display on our altar? We are looking for some flowers, fruit like guava, limes, or bananas, religious candles, or other religious statues to display. We will return your items at the end of the week - just be sure to label them!
If you have experience with creating a Dia De Los Muertos altar, we could use your help in designing ours! If you're willing to share some thoughts or ideas, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year, we are grateful to have the S.O.S - Signs of Suicide Youth Suicide Prevention Program for Middle School students coming to St. Patrick School. The goals of SOS are:
On Wednesday, November 13 at 5:30pm, St. Patrick School will host a parent information night where you will learn more about this program. Parents will have a chance to understand how the program works, gain access to a parent portal where you can find a lot of great information, and ask any questions you may have.All parents of middle school students are encouraged to attend. After the parent information night, you will have the chance to opt your child out of this program or to allow your child to participate in this program fully. Please make plans to attend!