Parents can now view a school’s evaluation of its implementation of the Wellness Policy for the 2013-2014 school year. This information is available at www.eriercd.org/schools.asp at the link for Parent Resources. Only schools that participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast program were required to complete an evaluation. The Wellness Policy guidelines are also available for review at this site.
PARENTS AND TEACHERS, AN UNBEATABLE TEAM“When I was a child, my speech, my outlook, and my thoughts were all childish. When I grew up, I had finished with childish things.” So says St. Paul in 1 Corinthians. Who could possibly say it better? Working with God’s gifts, our children, for many years, we have learned that children interpret events in light of their own age and maturity. Their rendition of school happenings can miss the point. Parents would do well to remember exaggeration is a very common “childish” technique to influence an adult. If your child comes home with a negative report involving an adult, child, or event, a very solid recourse is to check with the primary source, his teacher. Neighbors, not on the scene and/or his peers cannot give you a complete picture of a situation that is a problem to your child. They do not have all the facts. If you decide to support your child against an authority figure, you are undermining some of that person’s ability to help and educate your loved one. At school we also follow this bit of wisdom. We take some of our children’s accounts of home and neighborhood happenings with a grain of salt ourselves. Mutual trust and charity between home and school can be a win, win situation for both of us. The main winners, however, are our children.
BREAKING NEWSHats off to the Sixth Grade “To Know and To Serve” Team! The team members include John Campbell, Nina Mangini, Michael O’Laughlin, Clair Razanauskas, and Katie Zellefrow. This talented group won their Regional Competition on Tuesday, October 21st, by answering 40 out of 40 questions correctly! They then went on to the Diocesan Competition on Tuesday, October 28th, coming out victorious again, this time answering 50 out of 50 questions correctly! This group showed great dedication and perseverance studying each day before school, as well as on their own, for over a month. We, as a school community, are very proud of their accomplishment. Congratulations! Mrs. Brennan
STUDENT SAILORSOn October 14 eighth graders set sail on the Brig Niagara as “student sailors.” After a lesson on the role of Erie in the War of 1812 and the importance of the Battle of Lake Erie, students helped to steer the ship, learned how to tie knots in the riggings, and adjusted the mast and sails. The highlight came when the crew fired the cannon. It was an extremely windy day, so the Brig sailed in the Bay, but that did not dampen the excitement. Special thanks to patrons Dr. and Mrs. Robert Guelcher whose generosity made it possible for our students to experience an opportunity very few people get – to sail on an 1812 ship. Students came to appreciate the hard work required to sail such a ship, as well as the teamwork needed. Local television stations were also present to report the event on the news. Sr. Mary, C.D.S.
What does it take to be happy, healthy and successful? You may answer that by saying a good education and knowledge in a specific field such as electronics or math. There is more to it. Life skills are an important part of everyone’s day to day existence. During the month of October Grade 7A students concentrated their efforts on learning these important skills. Using the Life Skills Training program to promote health and personal development they reviewed the information presented and discussed how it can be applied to their lives every day. Some of the skills taught were: how to communicate effectively, resisting advertising pressure, and saying “no” to unfair or hurtful requests. The students learned nine ways of saying “no”. With all of these ways to choose from no one has an excuse. “Just say no!” Sister Martha, C.D.S.
What can you “learn” in a grocery store? Would this field trip be boring? Let’s find out! Mrs. Gibbons (whose children went to St. James) was our guide through Giant Eagle. Fruits and vegetables were first. Huge displays of apples – red, yellow, green – dominated this department. Mrs. Gibbons opened 2 bags of “Halos” (small cross between an orange and a tangerine) and gave one to each. We discussed the nutrients in fruits. On to the cheese department (each enjoying a slice) and the meat department noting serving size (a deck of cards). We checked dates on packages and noted how important to be fresh. The bakery department looked scrumptious: every type of bread besides cakes and cookies. Mrs. Gibbons noted that many outdated items are much appreciated by Second Food Harvest. On to the seafood department where Mr. Kevin pulls out a live lobster and explains its body parts including 2 kinds of claws. When one is purchased, he tells it that it will be going to a hot tub! On to more cheese, milk, yogurt. By the way, each case had thermometers to ensure proper cooling for each item. Even some medications were in a cooled case. When we came to the Eagle’s Nest, each student received a bag of goodies including one of those delicious apples, a nutri bar, a G.E. hat, a pencil, and data sheets. As we rode back to S.J.S., Mrs. Margosian and Mrs. Marzka, our chaperones, asked questions recalling what we had learned. No one could say that this trip was boring!!! Sr. Rita, C.D.S.