The Swarm News

November Newsletter 2017

The History about Thanksgiving by Jessica Hughes

In 1621 the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag

Indians shared an autumn harvest feast. This day is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual states. It was not until 1863, in the middle of the Civil War that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a National Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. Thanksgiving is usually celebrated on the last Thursday of November.

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The History of Veterans Day by Ethan

Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War 1, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’” As such, this new legal holiday honored World War 1 veterans.

In 1954, after having been though both World War 2 and the Korean organizations- amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

In 1968, the Uniform Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971.

Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on November 11.

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Interview With Mr. Guidry

Mr. Guidry is the music teacher here at St. Mary. He has been teaching for 14 years as a trumpet instructor however this is his first year teaching choir and music theory. Mr. G attended college at Lamar University in Beaumont TX. Mr.G loves teaching in general but he says teaching music gives his life a purpose. He was born and raised in the area and he was baptized at St. Mary church so teaching at St. Mary feels like home to him. Mr. G knew he wanted to be a teacher after his first year in the 6th grade band. Mr. G has liked music ever since he can remember. He would stand up and pretend he was the conductor waving his arms in the air. He was the kind of kid banging on pots and pans, begging for a new drum-set for Christmas, and rummaging through his dad's old record collection. Rhythm and pitch always came naturally to him so it was relatively easy for him to learn how to play instruments. His favorite color is green and some of his hobbies are working, writing, and outdoor activities.
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History of Volleyball by Maggie

Volleyball is a very popular sport in the United States. This game was originally called mintonette. The game was created in 1895 by William G. Morgan, a graduate of Springfield College of the YMCA, designed to be a combination of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball. Many players from all around now know and love the game of Volleyball. Our Volleyball team, here at SMS, plays at the beginning of the school year. Our girls work hard and you can tell their heart and soul is in the game. Go Hornets!

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Birth and Events by Peyton

November 1-

Student Council Convention

Saint Parade

November 3-

Honor Roll 7:45

November 6-10

November 10- Ethan Smith

Book Fair

November 8-

Kelly Shadow Day 8th

November 9-

Veterans Day Program @ 10

November 10-

Student Council State Convention

November 14-17 November 15- Beonca Harvey

Camp Kappe 5th

November 17- November 17- Lauren Corrao

Pre-k Thanksgiving Program

November 20-24 November 24- Sean Nieto

Thanksgiving Break

November 26-Katie Boehme

November 28 November 27- Catherine Doan

Picture Day

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Happy Birthday !!!

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Honnor Roll

Honor Roll

St. Mary Catholic School recognized Honor Roll recipients for the 1st Nine Weeks of the 2017-2018 school year:

St. Mary Catholic School
1st 9 weeks Honor Roll
Distinguished – 95 & Above
1st Grade
Tristan Balthazar
Katie Boehme
Audrey Broussard
Emma Davidson
Luke Laughlin
Matthew Nguyen
Nylah Thomas

3rd Grade
Preston Ewing
Tristan Tran

6th Grade
Madelyn Smith

90 & Above
1st Grade
Kylee Lanting
Sean Nieto
James Van Wright

3rd Grade
Josie Riedel
Evalen Rincon

4th Grade
Catherine Doan
Paige McKee
Grace Wimberley

5th Grade
Hannah Allison
Lauren Corrao
Beonca Harvey
Kiera Howington
Haley Johnson

6th Grade
Kyden Lyon
Bella Tran

7th Grade
Jacob Gonzalez

8th Grade
Maggie Granger
Jessica Hughes
Kaleb Malin
Lily Riedel
Ethan Smith

Saint Parade by Aidan

St. Mary Catholic School students honored different saints on All Saints day with a parade. In the Catholic faith there are many everyday people like you and me that had lived their lives for Christ. Saints are considered “heroes” of the Catholic faith. One of the most common Saints today is St. Teresa of Calcutta. She is more commonly known as “Mother Teresa”.

Students in the Religion classes at St. Mary are each assigned a Saint for the Saint's Parade. They do research and learn about their saint. The younger students make a poster cutout to depict their saint. Older students actually dress in costume. The students then all line up and give a brief description of their saint to the entire student body, staff, parents and friends up in the gym . This is enjoyed by all that attend.

Pictured are (left to right) – Kristi Braquet, Religion Teacher; Callen Tarver, 3rd grader presenting his saint information; Josie Riedel behind him; and Preston Ewing.

Pictured are all students, Kindergarten through 8th grade in the gym.

Pictured is Conner LeJuhn as Saint Denis of Paris.

Pictured is Beonca Harvey as Saint Jacinta marto.

Pictured is Cody LeJuhn as Saint Joseph of Cupertino.

Memes by Derian

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November Summary Photo Collage by Jacob Gonzalez

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St.Mary Catholic School

St. Mary Catholic School emphasizes the education of the whole student by concentrating on academic excellence as well as the Christian values of faith, hope and love. This commitment extends to building Christian community and fostering Christian service to all humankind.