Volume XXlll/ January 18, 2019

THIS WEEK AT ST. ROSE SCHOOL
Dear St. Rose School Families:

I was so happy to be back in the halls and classrooms this week, observing the exciting lessons our students are learning. In Mrs. Zmek's Third Grade class students were examining fossils and meteorites and I could see the light of discovery on their faces! Over in the Science Lab our 8th graders were absorbed in an experiment to extract DNA from a strawberry. Second graders studied proper nutrition and healthy eating by measuring how much sugar is in a can of soda. Hands on learning makes lasting impressions and encourages a curiosity that fosters future endeavors. Our students are making great strides as we prepare them for tomorrow.

I'm sure that our Middle School students and parents are feeling a sense of relief. I am pleased to say that Mid Term exams ran smoothly and the students took them very respectfully. My thanks to the teachers for the time and effort they put in to preparing our students for the exams and for the work entailed in grading them. I am also grateful to parents for ensuring that your children were well fed, rested and on time. Team work is key as we strive to provide our students with an exceptional learning experience.

Plans for Catholic Schools Week are shaping up. We will kick off with a school-wide Knowledge Bowl on Friday January 25th followed by our OPEN HOUSE on Sunday January 27th, 1:00-3:00 PM. I hope I can count on everyone to help us spread the word so we have maximum attendance. I have included the links for two important segments: The Catholic School Fit: A Parent's View and A Student's View that are worth watching and passing along. Thank you! A full schedule of Catholic Schools Week activities was emailed today and is also included in this newsletter. You can plan for a Pep Rally on Monday the 28th where our teams will be introduced and the famous Pig Races will take place; on Wednesday the 30th we will have a Faculty vs. 8th Grade Beach volley ball game at 1:00 PM. Please join us for the fun!



Our school family continues to grow! This week we welcomed Preschoolers Cloe Walton and Brek McGrady as well as Fifth grader Pablo Necco and I am happy to say they are settling in nicely. Next week former student Isabella Criscuola will return to our Sixth grade class and Anna Cardita  will join Mrs. Damalas' Fifth grade class. Isabella's brothers Jack and Ryan are in Kindergarten and Fourth grade so we are delighted the whole family will now be at St. Rose School and Anna is coming to us from the Brookfield public schools. We hope both girls will feel a warm welcome and look forward to helping make their transition a smooth one.

There are a few housekeeping notes to address before we head in to the long weekend:

* The parent portal viewing option will be turned off at 5pm on Friday so that end of the quarter and semester grades can be calculated and report cards generated. 

* For the current quarter and going forward in order to achieve Honors or High Honors students will need to have a 1 or 2 in conduct; grade requirements remain the same.

* Due to construction at the church, the school will not attend mass on Fridays in January and February. Instead we will use this time for prayer services, service outreaches and other community building activities for our students. Thank you for your patience; we realize that Friday mass is a highlight that many anticipate each week. This is just a temporary change and we look forward to sharing that special Mass time as a school community again when the renovation is complete. We will keep you posted.

Now it is time to take a break from school and enjoy a long weekend with your family and friends. We remember to focus on peace as we recall Dr. Martin Luther King and his contributions to our country. Please stay safe in what looks like a brewing storm.

When we return on Tuesday it will be the official start of the Third quarter -- let us all work together to make it a productive and kind one.

God Bless,


Mr. Bardhyl Gjoka
Principal
CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS
Learning, Laughing and Living Life to our fullest potential is what it's all about in the classrooms of St. Rose School!










Second Grade Focus Wall

Third Grade News


ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS NOW AVAILABLE

Click on the club to find details about dates, deadlines and fees.

Model UN -- we are delighted to offer this wonderful opportunity to students in 5-8th grade. Click here for details.


“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

  • St. Teresa of Calcutta
THE SOUND OF MUSIC!

Mrs. Salustri is excited to announce that the Spring Musical will be Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic, The Sound of Music.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students who are interested in theater as well as for our school community to gather together and enjoy the show which will be held on May 9th at Edmond Town Hall.

Auditions have taken place and the cast will be announced this weekend. Mrs. Salustri is so impressed with the talent and commitment of our 4th-8th grade students who auditioned and will work together to bring this beautiful story to life. She is also delighted to be assisted by Mrs. Michelle O'Donnell and St. Rose School alumnae (Class of 2017) Siobhan Reidy and Nicole Kolitsas, who are now at Immaculate High School and spent many years doing the St. Rose School shows.

Attached are important documents regarding participation in The Sound of Music:




STUDENT LIFE UPDATE:
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK COMING SOON !

We are so excited to celebrate all that makes Catholic Schools, and in particular St. Rose School, so special. Beginning on January 25th and going through February 2nd, we will be engaging in a variety of fun and meaningful activities that bring us together as a community and highlight the ideals by which we teach, learn and live.



NEWS TO NOTE!

ST. ROSE PRESCHOOL SPECIAL FEATURE AT EVERWONDER MUSEUM WEEK OF JANUARY 15-21st. Click here for details.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE ST. ROSE SCHOOL LIBRARY!

If you can give some time to help with various library activities we would be grateful! Please contact Mrs. Locke for details, dlocke@srles.com.

GOOGLE CONTEST -- CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

SCOUT MASS FEBRUARY 9TH . Click here for details.
Looking for something creative and colorful to engage your children during the colder winter months? Consider Art Smart. This creative program is offered by Mrs. Kathy Vincent, an Art teacher who is also the mother of St. Rose School graduate Evan. The cost is reasonable and the projects are really fun and unique.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

January 25th - - 1:00 PM -- Knowledge Bowl for Preschool-8th Grade students. Parents invited.

January 26th -- Basketball and Cheer photos by Life Touch. See Athletics for details.

January 27th - - 1:00-3:00 p.m. -- OPEN HOUSE! Spread the word!

January 28th -- 1:00 PM Pep Rally and Pig Races -- all invited

J anuary 30th -- 1:00 PM Faculty vs. 8th Grade Beach Volleyball game/Student Appreciation Day


February 9th - - St. Rose School Scout Troops Mass at 5:30 PM

February 13th -- Mock Trial Competition

February 13th -- Snowman Party for Preschool - 2nd graders. Details to come.
HSA NEWS

Dear Friends:

We hope you had a great week and are looking forward to some snow this holiday weekend! 

Catholic Schools Week is rapidly approaching and with it, some HSA activities that we need volunteers to pull off.

Both events take place Friday, February 1, which is two weeks from today. The first event is our Teacher's Appreciation luncheon, and we thank Ann Budinsky for stepping forward to chair this important event. Below, you will find two links for Sign Up genius related to volunteering your time (or donations) to the luncheon. Please choose one of the two and sign up! Our teachers are integral to the positive and thriving educational and faith experience here at St. Rose School - let's show them our appreciation for all their efforts!

That evening, we are hosting a HSA Family Fun Night. This is a cost-effective opportunity to feed your family dinner for $20, let your kids play with their friends at several organized activities, and visit with your friends as well - a win win win! Thank you to Isabel Almeida, Isabel Fappiano, Kelli Guido and Erin Nordt for pulling this fun evening together. Please remember to sign up early!

And we'll close with another plug for our next HSA meeting February 7th - please be sure to put it in your calendar. 

Enjoy the holiday weekend and thanks for all you do to support our school!

Regards,

Your HSA


Please visit Sign Up Genius to help with Teacher Appreciation events:




Questions? Suggestions? Email hsa@srles.com
NEWS FROM ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT

Get ready for the Pep Rally on Monday January 28th at 1:00 PM. Basketball players and cheerleaders can wear their uniforms to school that day. Team introductions will be made.

Come cheer on the RAMS in 2019!

Upcoming home basketball games

Wednesday, January 30th, VG vs St. Peter 6:00PM, VB vs St. Peter 7:30PM
Thursday, January 31st , JVB vs St. Mary 6:00PM, VG vs St. Mary 7:30PM


Girls Varsity Schedule:

Boys Varsity Schedule:

Boys JV Schedule:

BASKETBALL AND CHEER PHOTOS JANUARY 26, 2019 at HOLY INNOCENTS HALL

JV Boys 11.30AM
V Boys 12:00PM
Cheer 12:30PM
V Girls 1:00PM

Please contact John Moulder at  athletics@stroseschool.com with questions.
We appreciate your support!
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