STREAM FOCUS: Religion and Ethnicity
From Mrs. Coulouras: At our December meeting, we focused on learning about the holiday celebrations around the world. We explored the following holidays: Kwanzaa (America), St. Lucia’s Day (Sweden), Las Posadas (Mexico), Diwali (India), Hanukkah (Israel), St. Nicholas Day (Germany), Three Kings Day (Spain), Chinese New Year, Christmas (USA). Culture Club members got into the holiday spirit with a creation of some festive decorations, among them the nativity scene, three Wise Men, international Christmas tree, jingle bells, and ornaments. Our next meeting is on January 15. At that time, we will be “traveling” to the Middle East.
From Senora Harris and Senora Oliveras: We had a wonderful celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Thursday, 12/12. We learned even more about Juan Diego from Father Sebastian, who presented a great homily and helped us through the Mass in Spanish. Our fellowship over food from many nations was enjoyable and a great blessing! Thank you the students, staff, and volunteers for making the learning festive and fun!
A Round of Applause!
Thank you to Mrs. Rodriguez for arranging the Texas Roadhouse fundraiser. We earned $381 for the STM Home and School Association. We appreciate your participation. Gift cards will be distributed later this week.
Thank you to El Patron, Goya Foods, and Polar Beverages for their gracious donations during the Our Lady of Guadalupe event. Special thanks to Father Sebastian from St. John’s Parish for delivering the Mass for us.
Thanks to Mrs. Lorusso, Mrs. Bukoski, and Mrs. Moniak for arranging the annual PreK & grade 12 gingerbread house decorating. There was much creativity and lots of smiles.
This week and beyond:
Basketball season is upon us. Please be diligent to check stats, congratulate teams, check schedules, touch base with coaches, and/or contact Mr. McAnulty (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Progress Reports were distributed today in sealed envelopes. Please check with your child or in folders for the reports.
December 19th (Thursday) – Out of Uniform Day “For Fallen Heroes” hosted by 7th/8th grade Leadership and Service Classes. Cost to participate is $3.00. Participants must wear the following colors: red, blue, and black. All funds will be given as a Christmas donation to the Worcester Firefighters, specifically McKeon Road Station House, where Lt. Jason Menard served.
December 20th (Friday) – Christmas Program @ 12:30 pm. Please see flyer for details. At the conclusion of the program, elementary students may be dismissed from classrooms by signing out with the homeroom teacher. Students in grades 7-12 may be signed out from the main office with Mrs. Hill.
NO SCHOOL: Christmas Vacation: December 23rd (Monday)–January 3rd (Friday): See you on Monday, January 6th.
Looking ahead to the New Year – Welcome 2020!
1) Lunch orders due: January 3rd (Friday)
2) Midterm exams: January 13th (Monday)–January 16th (Thursday)
3) Texas Roadhouse restaurant night: January 14th (Tuesday)
4) 2nd quarter ends: January 17th (Friday)
5) NO SCHOOL: January 17th (Friday) Professional Development Day (NEWLY ADDED)
6) NO SCHOOL: January 20th (Monday) – Martin Luther King Jr. Day