Dear St. Rose Families,
Happy Friday! I decided to delay this week's Adventures in Student Life until this morning and I hope you will agree it was worth it. Yesterday afternoon we gathered out on the field for our annual Pumpkin Bowl. For our new families, this has been an 8th grade tradition for many years; our class divides into two teams and takes the field for a friendly game of flag football. It was originally known as the Turkey Bowl, until one very cold November when we almost turned to ice sculptures while watching, we decided then that maybe a Pumpkin Bowl in October would be the better choice. God has provided, as he always does, and we have had the most beautiful October afternoons over the years. Please be sure to click on the link to the photo album of yesterday's game. I think seeing, not only the excitement of play on the field, but the joy in the faces of our children just to be out together, the whole school family, made it an event that will be at the top of our list as one of this year's favorite events. In addition to our game, we also had a half time, football kick competition, coordinated by our seventh graders. We are grateful to our coach, ref, and PE teacher, Mr. Chris Fournier, for working so diligently with our 8th graders and making this an amazing experience for them. I also want to give a shout out to our two ESPN-SRS announcers Matt Belisari and Will Lampazzi. When I asked them to take on this role, they gladly and quickly said yes; I actually believe, after seeing them in the musical last spring, and now yesterday as announcers, that we have our own comedy team in the making. Yesterday was truly a day when we again realize how blessed we are to be together at St. Rose.
Many other fall traditions are unfolding during the October days. Apples, leaves, and pumpkins are taking over our art activities and filling our bulletin boards; our room parents have been busy down the hallways putting the finishing touches on Fall and Halloween classroom door decorations; and celebrations over the next few weeks are being planned.
Today we are looking forward to our Student Council Elections; 13 candidates on Friday the 13th, sounds just right! Our candidates will be making speeches this morning and voting will follow. Once we have our officers elected, we will be coordinating elections in our classrooms for 2 class representatives per grade. While our officers will meet weekly; this year we are planning one monthly meeting during the school day and one after school each month for the entire Student Council, including our class representatives. We will use this time for planning, working on projects around the school and service activities. We look forward to sharing their work with you throughout the year. They are all ready with lists of ideas and our students can look forward to some wonderful events, updates to spaces in the school, and strong leadership for student voice in our school.
The chill of the autumn air, the sight of colorful swirling, twirling, falling leaves, the smell and sound of crackling bonfires, and the delicious fall treats we can make after apple picking while getting ready for trick 'r treat, not only fascinates the senses, but also energizes our soul in a special way. Everyone is busy and happy in their work and we are seeing so much being accomplished, our children are growing and changing as they find their way and take on new responsibilities, completing one tasks and ready for the next. Our students are also discovering ways to make a difference and seeking ways to help others. Speaking of helping others, I am seeing many full boxes of coats already filling the hallways. We still have a few weeks to go to donate coats to send warm hugs to those in need.
We look forward, not only to our Fall Harvest fun, Halloween parades and parties; but, also to learning about the saints as we get closer to All Saints Day. Many of our classes are working on saint activities and projects and we look forward not only to sharing what we learn; but to putting those lessons into practice.
Wishing you warm hugs on the chilly days and time to pause to take in the sights and sounds of fall that God sends to remind us that change can be beautiful.
Mrs. Mary Jo Bokuniewicz (Mrs. B)
Dean of Student Life