January 28 – February 1

Welcome to Catholic Schools Week!

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Heavenly Father, you formed us in your image and likeness, to give you glory.  Bless our Catholic schools, that they may raise gracious men and women of integrity and compassion.

Jesus, you enlightened, inspired and taught with authority.  Guide our teachers whom you have entrusted with this vocation of formation.  Grant them love,wisdom and patience, and strengthen them in their struggles.

Pour forth your Holy Spirit to empower all teachers to nurture their students to their fullest potential, to be the unique individuals that God has created them to be.  May all students be docile to formation, imbibe knowledge and values and use their gifts for the service of humanity.

Through the intercession of our Blessed Mother and all patron saints, may our Catholic schools flourish to be sanctuaries for all students to thrive and learn in harmony, growing in full measure to be the salt and light of the world.

                                                                                  We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

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Catholic Schools Week Schedule

Sunday, January 27th – School Mass at 10:30 am – please have students wear their Dress Uniform to show their support of STM!

Monday, January 28th – Circle of Prayer and Bake Sale; Crazy sock/jeans (religious t-shirt optional); Jump Rope for Heart (K-3).

Tuesday, January 29th – School Mass @ 9:00am – Dress Uniform; Scavenger Hunt @ 1:45 pm

Wednesday, January 30th – Open House – Regular Uniform; Crazy Hat Day

Thursday, January 31st – Hawaiian Dress Day; Religion Bowl @ 2:15 pm

Friday, February 1st – No School – Teacher In-Service Day

Please note that grades K – 5 will be collecting new adult sized gloves, socks, hats, and scarves.  Donations will be shared with Holy Family Plaza and HAAT Homeless Shelter.  Please have generous hearts and donate as much as you can to those in need!

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CONFIRMATION INFORMATION!

In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised holy Spirit.
~Ephesians 1:13

Confirmation is the sacrament of initiation in which a baptized Catholic, through prayers, imposition of hands and the anointing with chrism, receives a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit that completes Baptismal grace. This sacrament impresses a character, and by it the baptized, continuing on the path of Christian initiation, are enriched by the gifts of the Holy Spirit and bound more perfectly to the Church. It strengthens them and obliges them more firmly to be witnesses to Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith! The confirmation process helps the candidate prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation through the evangelizing and catechizing opportunities they offer.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the 2019 Confirmation classes!  All current baptized 5th graders who have received their First Communion are invited to register for the upcoming Confirmation Classes!  Classes run from March to November, so be sure to sign up soon!  The registration deadline is Monday, February 25th.  If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Catechesis at 303-770-0531

Please use the following link for information and registration guidelines.  https://www.stthomasmore.org/middle-school-confirmation/ 

Religion

We will be working on completing the Baptismal quilt this week!  The kids were able to start it today and will be finishing their piece of it tomorrow.  We will then continue working through the sacraments study, beginning with the Sacraments of Initiation.

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Math

This week, our math classes will be shortened because of Catholic Schools Week; however, we will continue working through chapter 4.  Tomorrow we will begin dividing fractions and finish the week with multiplying and dividing fractions in word problems.

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Science

We will continue chapter 9 with categorizing rocks, learning the Rock Cycle and completing a lab on formation of rocks.  We did not quite finish the volcano projects on Friday so we will wrap them up today and begin presentations tomorrow.  Thank you to all the volunteers that came in to help with the projects last week!  You all were such a huge help and the kids really enjoyed having you in the classroom!

 

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Social Studies

We will continue discussing the Revolutionary War this week.  One of my favorite parts of this chapter is our Battles Project!  Students will reconstruct a specific battle and create a display showing the turning point of the battle.  I will be asking for materials (again, I know – but remember, it beats doing the entire project at home!) in a different manner this time.  I will be creating a sign up with all materials needed for both classes.  This way you can pick and choose what your child will bring in.  I will send an email blast or just post it on my blog when I have the materials list completed.  The students will be having a vocabulary quiz on Thursday, January 30th.  A Quizlet is posted in my teacher page.

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