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Paw Prints: September 20 - 27

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A Message from Ms. B:

Every year, the start of the year is fraught with change and adjustment. Consistent bedtimes and wake-up times, new teachers with different expectations in the next grade, and more teachers seen in one day. What used to be easy for students has now become another challenge to overcome. With the addition of the Common Core and the Archdiocese commitment to higher standards, school for some can be, well, truly difficult. School work is not the only thing our students are doing, our students are more involved with athletics, activities, and…technology. One skill that has been lost, due in part to technology, is memorization. The advent of “smartphones”, Google, and many online services, we no longer have a true need to memorize…anything. I know that every other time I dial my parents’ phone number, I dial their number from when I was in high school. (Yes, I still ‘dial’ numbers!) I thought perhaps it was age or some other neurological reason, so I decided to ‘poll’ random students, grades 5-8 about phone numbers and street addresses. While not very scientific and no closer to a solution, it satisfied my curiosity and provided me with some insight. I asked several boys and girls if they knew their mom or dad’s phone number that we should call in an emergency. Out of 14 students, one could tell me a phone number. Most students, when asked about their home addresses could answer immediately however, 2 of 16 students could not answer (one didn’t know the house number and another did not know house number or street name). Could those same students tell me when the American Revolution was or their 9 times tables? I’m not sure. I do know that many students have trouble in Math because they do not know their Math facts and that we are having to reteach a lot of common lessons longer the older the students get. Review used to be for only the first couple of weeks, now some classes are reviewing for several weeks, only moving on because of time constraints. Needless to say, some of our students are taking longer to adjust to their schedules, homework (using their planner), and teacher expectations. We are doing our best to make sure our students are learning sound organization and study skills while learning the curriculum. You can help by reviewing your student’s planner with them and his/her nightly homework (including studying nightly for tests). If you and your student develop an idea that you believe works, please share with us (not only so we can encourage your student but also to share with the class). Be patient and keep encouraging your students.


Parents of second grade students who will be celebrating their First Penance/Reconciliation are invited to attend a parent educational meeting on Wednesday, October 9, at 7 p.m. in Trinity Hall. Parents will receive important information to help them prepare their children to receive this sacrament of God’s mercy and forgiveness. At least one parent of each child preparing for the sacrament is expected to be present.


Beginning on Sunday, September 22, at the 11 a.m. Mass, children in grades K-3 will again have the opportunity to participate in Liturgy of the Word with Children. After the Introductory Rites of the Mass, Father Len or Father Paul will invite the leaders of Children’s Liturgy of the Word and the children who wish to participate to come forward to stand in front of the sanctuary. The priest will then dismiss the leaders and children to the Archive Room. The leaders will proclaim the Scripture readings, engage the children in reflections, and lead the Prayer of the Faithful (petitions) in language children can easily understand. Children return to sit with their parents as the collection is taken up. We invite your children to take advantage of this service which helps them to understand the Liturgy of the Word at their level. Please contact Kristina Krimm, Director of Religious Education, at or at 347-2646 if you have any questions.

What’s Coming Up?:

  • 9/27: Grades 3&5 will be visiting Governor Bebb (a reschedule from last spring)
  • 9/27: First Student will be presenting Bus Riding Etiquette to Grades K-2 at 9.45. October Events:
  • 10/4: Midterm for 1st trimester and the Dina Dash
  • 10/5: OLL’s Soccer Homecoming
  • 10/9: First Penance Meeting for 2nd grade parents/ guardians, 7pm
  • 10/10: COSI on Wheels for K-6; Education Commission Meeting 7pm
  • 10/11: Kindergarten SuperHero Day!
  • 10/16-17: Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • 10/18: No School
  • 10/21: Camp Joy for the 7th graders
  • 10/22: 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee (State Testing)
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