The Trekker Times

November 8, 2021

Principal's Pen

Dear Bishop Baraga Trekkers,

Good morning! What a great November weekend it was!

Traditionally during the month of November, the Catholic church remembers the souls who have gone before us. If time permits and the weather is agreeable, consider taking your children to a cemetery to visit loved ones or even just walk among the stones and stop to pray. Another great practice is to recite this prayer whenever passing a cemetery in the car:

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed , through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

I knew a family who attached that prayer to the end of their prayer before meals. What a wonderful idea! They remembered to pray for the dead at every meal throughout the year. What a great way to honor those who have gone before us!

If you haven't yet done so, please be sure to list your phone carrier in your SchoolSpeak profile. This allows us to send text messages in case of a delay, snow day, or any other type of emergency. Please check your SchoolSpeak profile today so that you'll be in the loop!

We are working hard cleaning out years of things stored away in our school basement. In our entryway we have boxes of wine glasses available for purchase, most boxes never even opened. These would come in handy for your holiday entertaining or may even be useful for Christmas crafting. Any money raised through this sale will support the Parent Association which provides enrichment activities and events for our students. We are asking for a free will donation per box. Stop in the office if you are able to support the PA in this way.

On Monday, November 15th, there will be no hot lunch. We have school that day, but Breitung Township does not. Students should bring a cold lunch to school or we will have pizza available for purchase. The pizza will be $1.00 a slice. Students may purchase cheese or pepperoni. There is an order form in the Monday Mailer. Please return your order form and payment by Friday so we know how much pizza to order.

Our Caught Being a Christian Award this week goes to Braxton Mayes. Braxton helped another student find their place in their book and was also a good friend. He was practicing the virtues of kindness and affability. Great job, Braxton!

Have a wonderful week and God bless,

Angela Oller

Second Grade Writing Workshop

The second grade class has been engaging in Writing Workshop this year which is designed to give them extended opportunities to write and illustrate their own books. Each day, the students hear a mini lesson designed to help them become better writers. After that, students write and illustrate on topics of their choice. When they are finished with a book, each student conferences with Mrs. Smith to revise and edit their piece before sharing it from the Author's Chair. Books are saved in a Writer's Crate and the students hope to present their finished books to their parents at the end of the year.

Rod Snow

Last week our students attended a presentation by Rod Snow, who is a ventriloquist and chalk artist. Below you can see some of our first graders standing next to the picture he drew. In the second picture the students are holding a black light so that eagle he drew glows.

The presentation was full of fun, laughter, and words of faith. It was such a treat to attend and wonderful to hear and see our students laughing. Thank you to the Parent Association who sponsored this event.

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Kindergarten Events

Our kindergarten took a trip to the post office to learn about how our mail is delivered and to mail a letter themselves. I also had to include pictures of the kindergarten from Halloween and All Saints' Day so you could see their costumes!