While everyday is a celebration, we REALLY celebrated during Catholic Schools' Week. Some highlights from our week included getting to speak to and ask questions of Seminarian Nathan Frankart, solving math mysteries to save Chuck the Groundhog, and making mini shrines from Saint we had researched in small groups. Catholic Schools' Week was so much fun; we can't wait to see what else we do this year!
In the fall 2nd and 8th graders visited The Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue, Ohio. This inspired us to make shrines to some of Saints. Please stop by the SJS Chapel on Sunday Jan. 29th during Open House.
Second grade took some time to get up close and personal with Scripture. After listening to Matthew 6:25-34, reminding us not to worry because God will take care of us, we decided to build something with Kinetic Sand to remind us of God's love and protection! Some students built sparrows, flowers, or even tried making Jesus! We then used our objects to explain to other groups in our class what the Scripture story was and how our build related to the story.
What a fantastic start we have had to this school year! I am so excited at the prospects of our year together! After running one week of a "normal" specials schedule, we kicked off our first Flex Friday with TREMENDOUS success! The students practiced their problem solving and resilience with different STEM themed centers. They tried to build a free-standing pencil tower out of pencils, play-doh, and 5 pieces of tape. Some students tried to "get to school on time" by building a ramp that would get their car from "home" to "school" in 5 seconds or less. We practiced our problem solving skills with logic puzzles that used unifex cubes or pattern blocks. We even got to work on our creativity with Legos and STEM bins with a back to school theme. If this Flex day was an indicator of our whole year, then we are in for some amazing learning!
I am so excited to be starting another school year with so many students! To all our returning students from SJS, welcome back! It's a pleasure to see you again! To all our new students, welcome to the Trojans family! We are so happy you are here with us. This first week of school will be all about settling into our new routines and schedules, but I know that next week we will be ready to hit the ground running with our new learning and our first Flex Day of the 2022-2023 school year!
We have missed you this past summer at SJS! To all our returning students, welcome back! To all our new students, we are so excited to meet you! I am looking forward to a fantastic year with our big class and all the great things we have to learn from each other. I have been busy preparing my classroom, preparing your books, but most importantly, I have been busy praying for you! I know that we are going to do great things together, and I can't wait to show you just how AMAZING second grade is! See you soon!
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