St. Helen's School News Sept 8
Thank you for another great week at St. Helen's School! We are working towards going paperless to send out information all in one spot, so please look for this weekly Friday newsletter to see what's going on around St. Helen's School.
At SHS, we have a lot to be thankful for. So many people around our community helped us when we called out last year, it's only right we return the favor and continue to serve others. EVERY WEDNESDAY in September will be $1 Dress Day for our students. The money collected each Wednesday will be donated to a Catholic School in Houston to help them rebuild after Hurricane Harvey. After the last Wednesday in September, a check with the total amount will be mailed with personal cards made by St. Helen's Students to a Catholic School in Houston.
Thank you for all your support,
Mr. Jason Garza
September Family Night Out at Mountain Mike's Pizza
Monday, Sep. 11th, 11am-10pm
5150 East Kings Canyon Road
*In the same shopping center as Panda Express.
We're off to a good start with an active and enthusiastic new group of Junior Kindergarteners. Last week we enjoyed a game board day in our classroom with our 6th grade buddies. Our big buddies gave their little Jr. K'ers lessons on how to take turns, spin the dial, move their markers, and that you sometimes win and sometimes you don't, but it's all fun. Besides the introduction of basic academics (letters, numbers, colors, shapes, scissors use, proper pencil grip, etc.) we've been learning with a lot of hands-on activities: bubble blowing, making mud pies, pouring bird seed, stringing necklaces, doing push pin art and making grape Kool-aid play dough in class. Ooo! It smells so good! The children have learned about God's creation of the world, the story of Adam and Eve, and Noah. We've begun to put bible verses to memory and we sing songs about Jesus who loves us. Next week we'll be having a tasting station (different colors of apples), and we learn new words in American Sign Language every day.
Kindergartners are learning about Adam and Eve to help us discuss good and bad choices. This will tie in nicely with the Social Studies focus of rules and citizenship in our community!
In 4th grade Science, we have been putting the Scientific Method into practice when doing our Ice Cube Experiment. The students started with the question, "Which melts faster-an ice cube on a sunny windowsill or an ice cube under a lamp?" They wrote their hypothesis, plan, and the supplies they needed in their Science notebook. We finished with each student sharing their results in a poster. It was a great time with lots of learning going on, too!
This week in 6th grade we wrapped up our Social Studies lesson about Earliest Humans. One of the interesting things we learned about was cave paintings, so we are going to tie that into our Art lesson this week. The students will create their very own cave drawings on a "cave wall." They are really looking forward it!
7th and 8th grade students have fully immersed into a new Math curriculum, Ready Math, serving as a pilot class for the Diocese of Fresno. Students are building their math vocabulary as they work together to share strategies and discover new patterns in math. They also get their very own online curriculum tailored to fit their own individual needs! We are excited to share our experience and give feedback to the Diocese at the Principal's Meeting in January!
Student-Lead Prayer September 11-15
- 4th grade students will be leading the school in morning prayer.
- 3rd grade students will lead the school in mass Friday morning.
- A big thank you to all the alter servers in grades 4-8 who have stepped up to participate in mass this year!
- The choir seats are overflowing and student musicians are joining Mr. Thornbury in playing music at mass each Friday.
- If you are able, come join us in celebrating at school mass each Friday at 8:15!
Parent Participation Hours and Service Hours for Junior High Students
- Come help clean the church at 8:30AM this Saturday, September 9.
- Come sell raffle tickets after 8AM and 10AM masses on Sundays.
New Hot Lunch This Year!
If your son or daughter is absent from school one day, we can move that lunch credit to a later date, but other special accommodations cannot be made.
Thank you for your help in this great transition in the cafeteria!
Science Camp Meeting for 6th Grade Parents
Tuesday, Sep. 12th, 6pm
4888 East Belmont Avenue
Thank you for your understanding as we take precautions to keep your children safe and supervised at all times!
6th-8th Grade Field Trip to Thinking Outside the Box Conference
Wednesday, Sep. 13th, 8am-3pm
Fresno Convention Center
Saturday, Sep. 16th, 5-10pm
Adults $30/12 & under $8 at the door.
*Children 4 and under are FREE.
Entry includes dinner plate of taco, rice, and beans, or a bowl of pozole, and a drink.
Come enjoy the Canelo/GGG Fight, Mechanical Bull, Photo Booth, Bounce Houses, Face Painting, and Full Bar at this fun family event to support St. Helen's School!!
St. Helen's School and Parish Carnival
Sunday, Sep. 24th, 10am-5pm
4888 East Belmont Avenue
Each grade is responsible for running a Carnival Booth all day. See your child's teacher to sign up for a slot.
Junior K: Fish Bowl Toss
Kindergarten: Mystery Door
1st Grade: Treasure Hunt
2nd Grade: Planco Game
3rd Grade: Cake Walk
4th Grade: Face Painting
5th Grade: Hairspray Paint
6th Grade: Spin Wheel
7th Grade: Basketball Shoot
8th Grade: Bean Bag Toss/Football Toss
Each grade is asked to donate the following items. Please see your child's teacher to sign up for a donation of the following:
Junior K: squeeze bottle ketchup
1st Grade: jar of sliced pickles
2nd Grade: case of water
3rd Grade: sliced cheese
4th Grade: napkins and plates
5th Grade: squeeze bottle mustard
6th Grade: box of assorted chips
7th and 8th Grades: squeeze bottle mayonnaise
St. Helen's Auction
Saturday, Oct. 21st, 6pm
4888 East Belmont Avenue
Cocktail Attire or Oz Theme
$50 per person or $90 per couple
On-site Daycare Available
Tickets are available in the school office.