VBS Summer 2016

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Training Hard; Practicing the Beatitudes
We explored the 8 Beatitudes and learned why it is important to put them into practice if we are going to become a Champion for Christ.

If we want to be good at something, we must practice and train hard. Great athletes will work hard to strengthen their physical muscles.
Picture during our opening song. The kids know their moves!

What we did today at the 5 FAITH STATIONS: 
Virtue Of The Day : Fortitude

We learned about fortitude, which is when we are brave and strong in the midst of our trials.
We saw in our demonstration how a feather can be thrown about in the wind, but a weight stays firmly planted like we should in our faith.
We read "The Little Engine That Could" to further illustrate fortitude.

    Saint Of The Day: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

The Saint of the Day was Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.
Saint John Paul II named him, the "Man of the Beatitudes"
Because he lived the Beatitudes with all his heart.
His Feast Day is July 4th.
This strong, athletic young man, who loved to mountain climb,  defended his faith
and had a great love for the poor. 


Today's Bible Verse:

"I can do all things in Him who strengthens me."
Philippians 4:13

In the faith station, we learned another Bible verse song.
Just as the Commandments teach us to love God and one another,
so do the Beatitudes.
The Beatitudes are 8 lessons that Jesus taught us.
If we practice them, they will help us live an awesome, joyful life.


"Lord Jesus, we love you.
Thank you all your graces, especially during the times we need them the most! Teach us how we can practice the 8 Beatitudes in our lives each day. Help us to remain strong in body, mind and spirit. Amen."


Another fun filled day in Music today! It is awesome to see all ages embracing the words and actions. The songs learned were

"Courageous" and " Rise Up."

At closing ceremony we had another outstanding performance,
this time by the 3rd and 4th graders performing "Patience"
Below is the schedule for when each grade level will perform their VBS song for the remainder of the week.
Thursday opening 9:00 am - Kindergarten
Thursday closing 11:45 am - 2nd grade
Friday opening  9:00 am - 1st grade
Friday closing 11:45 pm - Pre-K
(Pre-K practicing for their big performance pictured below)
Have your kids put on a performance for you at home, they are fabulous.

Students completed a mosaic of all the beatitudes

Your kids get to take their crafts home every day so be sure to have them show you and tell you what they learned! 

An extra hot day for our "Cathletes" as the surged through
an obstacle course. They were challenged to navigate a balance beam, slide, tunnel, hurdles and a trampoline to make it to the finish line.
They learned  "fortitude" and to be brave and strong in the face of trials.

Snack today was Animal Crackers and Banana,
and lots and lots of water!!!

Today we talked about training hard to be a follower of Jesus. 
 To do this we studied the Beatitudes.  
The 10 Commandments are God's list of what NOT to do while the Beatitudes are God's list of what we SHOULD do. 
 If we do these things we can be great followers of Jesus.  
  After snacks and skit time we learned about 5 different saints that really lived out the Beatitudes as followers of Jesus.

Be A CHAMPION FOR CHRIST and support one (or both) of our
Mission Projects!

OUR LADY OF UNITY sports equipment and

68 dried beans on Monday, 209 bags of rice on Tuesday.
Today we collected 249 pasta boxes!!!
  Great news for the Food Bank!
Gold Medal Winners - 3rd and 4th Graders, 84 boxes!
Silver Medal Winners - 1st Graders, 49 boxes
Bronze Medal Winners - Kindergarten, 39 Boxes

Great showings from Pre-k 35 boxes, 2nd Graders 22 boxes,
GetREAL 20 boxes

Tomorrow we shall be collecting PASTA SAUCE

Don't forget to bring in any sporting equipment.  We still have a few flags left for right and left handed gloves. Thank you.

Donated items may be dropped off in the labeled bins in the cafeteria as you enter VBS each day.  Please place items in appropriate bin/box labeled with your child's grade.  THANK YOU!

Parents are  the first and foremost Catechists of their children...both a huge honor and responsibility!   Help your child(ren) to get the most out of their VBS experience by following up at home or in the car with a couple of these sample questions:

Which is your favorite Beatitude?
How are you going to practice fortitude?

What was the best thing that happened to you today at VBS?

Parent to Parent note FROM THE DIRECTORS
Lisa Comfort and Jessie Mallicoat 
We are having an awesome VBS week!  Your children are training hard to be "Champions for Christ" and hopefully having fun too!  Just a reminder that you are welcome to join us for our VBS Mass on Thursday morning at 9:15am right after VBS opening.

May God bless you and your family,
Jessie Mallicoat & Lisa Comfort

A link for the Parents to the Beatitudes

St. Michael the Archangel Staff Liaison is  Shawna Davidson, Coordinator of Religious Ed.
During VBS week, please call Shawna's cell at (913) 669-8288 for immediate assistance.  

  • Most RSVP's for the VBS family picnic on Friday are in. Please check and make sure you have submitted yours.
  • All are welcome to join the VBS group for Mass tomorrow morning, at the church,  after the opening ceremonies.
  • Our food drive item for tomorrow is pasta sauce
  • Kindergarten are performing at the opening ceremony and 2nd graders will be performing at 11.50am in the closing ceremonies. come and cheer them on if you are able.
  • Thank you for doing the extra laundry and keeping your kids looking great every day in their VBS shirts!