Ms. Monaghan's Minutes - Feb. 27
Challenge, Inspire, Empower, & Serve
Important Upcoming Dates
Mar. 6: Ash Wednesday services @ 8:00am and 6:30pm (Please invite school families to attend the 8:00 mass with us)
Mar. 7: "Leave the Lights On" Adoration Opportunity from 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Mar. 8: Stations of the Cross @ 9:00am; Fish Fry
Mar. 11-14: Cafeteria Closed; Lunch provided by St. Joseph's table group - watch for more info
Mar. 15: No School - Diocesan PD @ St. Therese; Simple Soup Dinner
Mar. 16: Snake Saturday Parade
Mar. 18-22: No School - Spring Break
Mar. 19: St. Joseph's Table
Mar. 26: PTO meeting @ 6:00pm
Mar. 29: Stations of the Cross @ 9:00am; Spirit Day; Fish Fry
Students will each receive a pebble and will be asked to think of one word they'd like to be their focus for lent. (We will do a brainstorming activity with this). Ex. Hope, patience, love, kindness, respect, positive, etc.
Then, I will have each student write (or will help them write) their word on their pebble. Students will receive a little note and ziploc to place the pebble in. This can also be a focus on daily journaling. The note will say:
Keep your Word close at hand to remind you of your intention. Try to do something each day to demonstrate your commitment.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you...
Alleluia: Please have your students bring their colored "Alleluia" to mass with them.
Families: Please invite and encourage school families to attend mass with us this day.
Activities: What are you doing in class to note Ash Wednesday? Let me know, so I can stop by!
Craft Idea: Students create a self portrait with a cross of ashes on their forehead. At the bottom or in a dialogue bubble they write, "This lent, I will focus on (fill in the blank)." (see picture below.)
Journal: Having students create a "Lent Journal" where they can do daily reflections on scripture or any other writing you give them is a great way to work on writing skills, while focusing on prayer and meditation during the lenten season. Teachers, I encourage you to create your own Lenten journal and model your own prayer and meditation!
Daily: There will be a daily "challenge" in the morning announcements. Be sure to talk about it with your class and at the end of the day, have them reflect on whether or not they met the challenge.
Great daily ideas (including a neat Ash Wednesday activity): tps://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/resources/40-ideas-for-40-days/?utm_source=cj&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=lent2019
Stations of the Cross
Please see below for Stations of the Cross dates and classroom assignments for each. Be sure to practice these with your groups and be sure to invite families to attend. It's a great idea to start getting these dates in your newsletters now, so families have time to prepare to attend.
March 8 - 6th Grade
March 29 - 3, 4, 5
April 5 - 7th with 1st and 2nd (They can hold the posters)
April 12 - K and 8
Adoration Opportunity - Grades 2-8
Please coordinate with the other classes to ensure we don't overload the chapel.
Book Fair - March 4-10
March 6 - End of 3rd Quarter
If you have a student who is really falling behind right now, it would be a good idea to schedule a parent/teacher conference ASAP. Getting parents in now might just help the student get back on track for the rest of the school year.
March 8 - 5:00 - 7:00pm
Please send home a reminder about this in your newsletters this week!
March 11-14 - Cafeteria Closed
Good News: The St. Joseph's Table ladies are catering in lunch each day FREE of charge to students and staff. A menu will come out soon.
March 14 - Dress Down Fundraiser for Middle School Glow Party
$1 - Wear Jeans and a T-Shirt
$2 - Wear Sweat Pants
$3 - Wear Any of the Above and a Baseball or Other Hat
Stipulation: Money must be collected by March 13 in order for student to participate in the Dress Down Fundraiser.
Please add this to your newsletters for the next couple of weeks.