Tuesdays are a good day to check your social media and the news when we highlight a teacher at our school. Our faculty is dedicated to providing our students with faith-filled quality education and we would like you to meet them.
This week we feature Miss Mary Donnelly, 7th-grade ILA teacher. She believes it is her role to be Christ's aide, to be a messenger of His teachings, helping our students to become Saints, Stewards, and Scholars. Thank you, Miss Donnelly, for your words and direction "to read is to learn, explore, question, and empathize: to write is to communicate, persuade, teach, and engage with others."
Lent is our time of preparation. A 40-day journey of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, Lent is a journey that spans Ash Wednesday through Holy Week, culminating in the great celebration of Easter. As Catholics, the spiritual pillars of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving guide us in daily reflection on our own lives as we strive to deepen our relationship with God and neighbor—no matter where in the world that neighbor may live.
The third pillar of this season of sacrifice is ALMSGIVING. Bishop Burbidge has asked that we support the CRS Rice Bowl, a Catholic Relief Services' Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities. Through this program, our students will deepen their personal experience of Lent, and hear stories from our brothers and sisters in need worldwide. We devote our Lenten prayers, fasting, and gifts to transform the lives of the poor.
Our families support our classroom instruction by encouraging your sons and daughters to collect money for the poor in their rice bowls. Here is a link to resources that will help you at home with daily reflections and prayer as well as week-by-week stories about people around the world.
Congratulations to our 2020 National Geography Bee Winners! The Basilica School of Saint Mary's Geo Bee was held Friday, January 31, organized by Mrs. Jacklin McKee, grades 7 & 8 social studies teacher.
After several exciting finishing rounds of the competition, the winner is Erik Gunderson, an 8th-grade student, who repeated his victory after winning this school competition in 2019. The second-place winner is Alec Woods, an 8th-grade student, and the third-place winner is Olivia Reilly,seventh-grade student. Erik Gunderson will go on to compete at the state level Geography Bee later this spring, in Richmond, VA.
The Basilica School of Saint Mary Student Council sponsored their annual drive for donations for the St. Vincent de Paul program providing Christmas presents for families in need. This year our students and their families provided gift-wrapped presents for 13 families. Thank you for your generosity!
Saturday, December 7th, from 8-10 am, in the school cafeteria.
Enjoy the beginning of the holiday season with your family, have your picture taken with Santa, and let the kids get creative with crafts too! Plan to buy your Christmas tree on your way out or as a beginning to your day for The Scottish Walk in Olde Town.