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Finley Fisher

Finley Fisher, Grade 3 is pictured above. 

Spanish lessons in grades K-3 are infused with color, creativity, and symbolism! Sra. Vazquez, the Spanish teacher for these students, introduced them to "Papel Picado," or paper cuttings, which are used in Mexican festivities and "fiestas.” She explains, “they are the main decorative element, from religious feasts to birthday parties, weddings, and any other kind of ceremony. The colors and designs used can vary according to the intended purpose. Papel Picado originated a couple of centuries ago and can be traced back to the early Aztecs in Mexico. 

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St.Katharine Drexel

The Virtue of the Month in April is Justice. One of the saints that truly exemplifies Justice is Saint Katharine Drexel. Born wealthy, Saint Katharine was always taught to love and help the poor. Saint Katharine was a proponent of Catholic education. She started the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, a religious order that taught Native Americans and African Americans who were denied a good education because of their race. She and her fellow sisters also started many elementary, secondary schools and Xavier University. Her true love of the poor and of Catholic education had a lasting impact on future generations. 

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OOTM State Champions

Congratulations to the 4th and 7th grade Odyssey of The Mind teams for placing first in their division in the state-level competition! This achievement qualifies both teams to proceed to the OOTM world-level competition. Through much hard work, creativity, and perseverance, our teams and their coaches overcame many obstacles this year to earn this notable recognition. Qualifying team members and coaches are listed here. Go, Saints!

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Fifth Grade’s Favorite Female Inventors

(Above: Declan Kelly reading about Inventor Mary Sherman Morgan - Efficient Rocket Fuel)

You’ve all heard of famous inventors such as Galileo (telescope) and Alexander Graham Bell (telephone) and Benjamin Franklin (bifocal glasses), but what about Josephine Cochrane (dishwasher) and Stephanie Kwolek (Kevlar) and Deborah Chung (smart concrete)?

Miss Ricardo’s fifth-grade class learned about women inventors during an important lesson this week.

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March Mercy Saints 2021

Mercy is showing compassion and forgiveness to all those who are afflicted. Sometimes that affliction can be spiritual through the loss of faith. As Catholics, we are called to demonstrate this virtue in our daily lives, in every interaction we have. To help us live out this virtue, we have many saints we can look up to as examples. Throughout the remainder of March, ask St. John Vianney and St. Faustina Kowalska in your prayers to strengthen our ability to show Mercy, so we can one day live like them in Heaven. 

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Mercy Month of March

By Erin Allen, 6th-grade Student, and Student Council Chaplain

Mercy is showing compassion or forgiveness to all those who have been afflicted.

Every person on this Earth is a sheep in Jesus’ flock, and we are called to help lead each other back to our Shepherd whenever we fall into sin or are struggling in any way. If we are able to live out this important virtue, we are being the face of Christ to everyone we see, and are setting up a Holy habit of mercy in our lives. 

Read about specific ways to demonstrate Mercy in daily interactions.

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Thank you God, Gratitude

A reflection by Charlie Kelly, 8th-grade student, and Student Council Officer. 

Gratitude - Gratitude is appreciating and thanking God for everything he has provided for us, as well as recognizing how lucky we are to have the greatest gift: God.

"To show gratitude to someone means to tell them that you are so thankful that they have become a part of your life. This virtue shows how much God cares for us. When we really look at the many important gifts and people in our lives, we need to thank God for all of them. He has taken care of us, even when we turn away from Him. God even sends one of his angels to watch over us our whole lives! Our Lord also gave us free will giving us choices on how to spend our life. And during our life, we should choose to be grateful for all of our friends, family, and most importantly, God, especially during the month of Gratitude."

“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart.” (Psalm 9:1)

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