St. Dominic School 22-23
We are now fully in the season of Lent, which began with a beautiful Ash Wednesday Mass and continues with our popsicle stick activity. Students are praying, fasting, and giving alms in so many different ways each day. We are living the art of Lent at SDS. Please send in paper towels for the L'Arche Home, if you can, before March 19.
Now that all Mustard Seed money has been collected, I'm excited to announce that we have collected $10,000! That is unbelievable. The student who ran the most laps is Dominic Longmeier in 6th grade. The student who collected the most money is Juli Crespo in 6th grade. And the class with the highest participation is 5th grade. They will get extra game time in the gym with Miss Kennedy. Thank you to everyone who supported our runners. If you ever get a chance to travel to El Salvador with the parish, as I have, you will see first-hand how impactful a college education is on our sister community in Chultiapain. On behalf of Jeffrey and the other ESSOC Scholars, thank you.
There are lots of events coming up in March, so be sure to read the Week Ahead. You may have noticed that we added a Wednesday Mass to the calendar on March 8. That day, five men from the El Salvador program will be visiting our school. Oscar, Jesus, Raoul, Herbert, and Aristedes will join us for Mass, visit classrooms, and enjoy a lunch with rectory and school staff. We're excited to welcome them to St. Dominic School.
God bless you,
Mrs. Maureen Covington
Printable March Dates
Catholic Schools Week Movie
Tomorrow's Leaders Start Here
Teachers, parents, and fellow students are encouraged to identify students who lead in worshipping, learning, serving, and connecting. These are students who go above and beyond by giving of their time, recognizing a need, and putting others ahead of themselves.
School parent Michael Murphy recognized Isabel Fain in 4th grade as a connecting leader. After our basketball game this past Sunday at Gilmour, the St. Gabe’s coach approached me and said “I want you to know that #45 showed real sportsmanship. One of our girls fell down, and #45 immediately ran over to help her up.”
Ms. Dunagan recognized 7th grader Brendan Linihan as a learning leader. Brendan patiently explained to his prayer partner how to tie his shoe and then waited while he practiced and practiced.
Mrs. Covington recognized the 8th grade Catholic Schools Week leaders who planned the week, including all of our special dress down days and snacks. They are: Kassidy Boggan, Sofia Boitor, Aubrie Minor, Brooklyn McCroskey, and Will Pecot. They are serving leaders.
Mrs. Blackwell recognized 5th graders Elise Peck, JAC Currid, Adam Suster, Owen Rinker, Maya Hillmon, Hannah Deshpande, and 6th graders Emma Weinberg, Rose Weinberg, Zemira Gardner, Dominic Longmeier as learning leaders. These students wrote stories that were chosen for publication in Twisted Tales - Fictional Fun from the USA.
Mrs. Slemc recognized the participants in the Spelling Bee as learning leaders. She said, “ It takes courage to compete, feel the nerves, make a mistake, and still be okay at the end!” They are:
6th graders Bryce Ashford
7th graders Bianca Berger, Colin McDonald, Landon Mergler, and Auty Mayer
8th graders Kassidy Boggan and Will Pecot
A 3rd grade basketball player recognized a teammate, Charlie Pophal, as a connecting leader. He wrote, “When I got hurt on the basketball court, Charlie encouraged me to go back in the game. He went above and beyond by handing me a basketball so I could see if could go back out and finish the game. Without his encouragement, I would not have played again.”
Mrs. Covington recognized two third graders, Sam Manning and Henry Panzica, as learning leaders. Ms. Dunagan gave the boys a math problem to solve for 100’s day, and they did a great job figuring it out and sharing their answers with the class. Here’s the problem: How many 100 days have there been at St. Dominic School?
Miss Kennedy recognized Isabelle Fain in 4th grade as a connecting leader. Isabelle took the time to talk to a student who was upset about getting eliminated during a gaga game. She helped calm him down.
Mrs. Silberberg recognized some 2nd grade helpers who stayed after art class to help her clean up a painting mess. They are Tiffany Ahyi, Minnie Villanueva, Leila Crump, and Emma Lockhart.
Mrs. Silberberg recognized 8th graders Maya Uchino-Garcia, Sofia Boitor, and CJ Crosby as serving leaders. They helped her put up her Black History Month display.
Mrs. Silberberg recognized 3rd graders Isabel Lowery and Julian Smith as serving leaders for helping her set up her classroom in the morning.
The Family Education Association
A Message From FEA President Katie Sislak
Spring is almost here which means we’re right around the corner for the annual St. Dominic Show. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and really depends on volunteers to make this show run smoothly. Please take the time to open the Sign Up Genius and see what opportunities we have for you to get involved. We are calling for all handymen and handywomen! We have a HUGE need for adults to help build sets with the stage crew. We also have slots available for ushers on the night of the show, costume coordinators for different classrooms and dressers for the night of the show. If you have any questions about a position you might be interested in but want more information please contact me at email@example.com.
Do you own a business? Wouldn’t it be great to advertise your business to a captive audience for an extremely reasonable price? Please consider placing either a business or family ad in the St. Dominic Show program. Contact Pantshia Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org for business ads. For any parent ads wishing your child “good luck” in the performance please contact Meredith Manning at email@example.com. Order forms for the program will go home soon.
FEA supports our teachers and our students. Every bus we have to rent for a field trip is $400-$500! Please help our largest fundraiser be our most successful one yet by volunteering and/or placing ads in the program.
Bulldog Club Information
A Message from Athletic Director Treye Johnson:
The Bulldog Club wants to extend a huge THANK YOU to Mark Pecot for leading this year's St. Dominic Basketball Tournament, as well as all the volunteers that made it a great event! Kudos also to all the players for their efforts and sportsmanship and to the parents, family and friends that came out to cheer on the 7th and 8th grade teams! In the Championship games, our 8th grade St. Dominic boys team were runners up to St. Stanislaus. Our 7th grade St. Dominic boys (Team Hillmon) won against St. Paschal.
Additionally, spring sports will be starting up in the very near future. We will be hosting Rugrats Track (grades K-2) and CYO Track (grades 3-8). For sports that St. Dominic will not be hosting teams (ex. Lacrosse, Volleyball), kids may be able to participate with other local area schools. If you have any questions or concerns, contact athletic director Treye Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, Dave Dahnert will once again be offering tennis clinics for 3-8 grade students. Interested families can register directly with him at email@example.com.
Community Outreach Corner
Parenting Tips, Community Engagement Ideas, and Much More from Meredith Manning
Social Emotional Learning at SDS
Recent research has shown that schools that promote social and emotional development were the most effective at supporting long-term student success, as students in these schools had fewer absences, and more students graduated and went on to college.
At St. Dominic School, teachers at all grade levels incorporate components of social-emotional learning (SEL) during their day. These include concepts regarding self-awareness and relationship skills, just to name two. 5th-8th grade students, however, meet weekly for a 30-minute Advisory Class, during which various SEL lessons are covered. Some of the topics have included community-building, goal-setting, conflict resolution, and negative vs positive thinking. We also just completed some sessions about gratitude. After learning how gratitude is associated with greater happiness, improved health, and stronger relationships, students reflected about sources of gratitude in their own lives, specifically in regard to St. Dominic School. The 3 minute video below is a compilation of their answers.
Partners in Faith
Helping our children grow in their Catholic faith.
Catholic Education in the News
School vouchers expansion would qualify family of four earning $111,000 a year under Gov. Mike DeWine proposal
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Gov. Mike DeWine asked the legislature on Tuesday to expand vouchers for K-12 private school tuition to more Ohio families. Families are eligible for EdChoice scholarships by either living in the boundaries of a low-performing school or by household income.
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