Dear Parents, October 1, 2017
We have had a great start to the beginning of the school year. We are grateful for a beautiful building, enthusiastic children, Our Lady of Fatima Shrine and wonderful families. The students shared why they are grateful.
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We are all excited about October and the culmination of the 100th year anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. It is heartwarming to see the children and teachers praying the Rosary our Lady of Fatima Shrine. All are welcome to come and pray. We celebrate our monthly school Mass on October 13th. Following the 12:35 pm lunch, all classes will pray the Rosary with their newly blessed rosary beads. We will begin saying the Rosary at 1:00 pm. All family and friends are encouraged to join us.
Happenings in the Classroom
The preschool class is learning the routines of school. It is amazing to watch the children join in prayer, set-up snack and pour their juice. Even at this early date, we can see how the children are becoming more independent in helping their friends, showing compassion and sharing.
The kindergarten children are learning sounds, tracing letters and putting words together. Ask them how to say the word a.
The first-graders are diving into math by learning about themselves; their age, birthday and favorite numbers. They love their special book bag!
The second-graders are becoming fluent in their facts; 16,000 solved as of today! They walked to the Westerly Community Land Trust Garden and planted seeds. Ask them what kind?
The third-graders are learning about the country of Mexico! Ask them to share what they know about the continents. In science they have created clouds and experimented with making thermometers.
The fourth-grade children are discussing all of God’s creations. They can even explain the mystery of the church. They are also experimenting with the different types of erosion.
The fifth-graders are discussing Christopher Columbus, how he landed in San Salvador and related it to the recent hurricanes. Ask them about creating concrete poems.
The sixth-graders are working on narratives and are using their Chromebooks to brainstorm. All of the middle school students are learning the ins and outs of the Chromebooks. What a great way to share their work!
The seventh-graders are studying about the arrival of the first Americans. Ask the students why the first people went over the land bridge. They’re exploring how substances combine and recombine.
The eighth-graders are looking forward to the Theatre Club beginning. They also shared, “We love the new teachers. (and our returning teachers) Mrs. Franklin knows the Spanish language and the culture. Mrs. Persun makes math fun and challenges us every day. If you have read this newsletter send your child in with a note by Friday, Oct. 6th. And address it to Mrs. Rufful for a free tag day. Mrs. Friend is nice and is very spiritual”
We are looking forward to the school “Walk-A-Thon” on Wednesday, October 18th. Each family that gets $50.00 in pledges will get to “Dunk” a member of the St. Pius X School community. For example, if the Brown family gets $50.00 in pledges, each child in the family will get a chance at the Dunk Tank. Pledge sheets have been sent home.
Yearly school calendar is on our website at www.westerlystpiusxonline.org
Matthew: The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
We have a responsibility to nourish our seeds and see that they flourish for the kingdom of God.
Dear Parent and Friends,
Thank you so much for entrusting and sharing your children with us throughout the school year. On behalf of Fr. Najim, the teachers and staff, it has been an honor and a pleasure to work with your children. It is our responsibility to provide positive, Catholic role models, and a rigorous academic education. I believe we have accomplished both. This will be evident to you as you see your child’s report card and STAR testing results. We are truly proud of both the Christian values displayed on a daily basis and the standardized test results that show student growth.
Going forward, we are continually assessing ourselves: How can we do better? How can we continue to live Catholic values and provide a rigorous 21st-century education? We, as the staff, continually participate in retreats that help us to stay in touch with our faith and to deepen it on every level. This summer our teachers and staff will participate in professional development. As we know, there is no finish line in education.
Ms. Magowan, after many years of dedication and service to St. Pius X, is leaving the position of the middle school religion teacher. She will carry on her mission of providing Catholic education at St Pius X Church. We are grateful to Ms. Magowan who will continue to work with us in regards to First Communion and Confirmation. We also wish her the best as she continues to work with the youth at St. Pius X Church. Thank you, Ms. Magowan.
Mr. Kronenberg, after 18 years of service, as the technology teacher here at St. Pius X, is leaving us to pursue the next 70 years of his career. Thank you, is not adequate. Mr. Kronenberg has dedicated his time and skill to us here at St Pius X. He has served countless hours each day, to troubleshooting, teaching Latin and Spanish, in addition to advising our many after-school clubs and activities. We are forever grateful. Thank you, Mr. Kronenberg.
As of September 2017, we will add an Academic Dean position, a middle school math specialist, and 2 part-time Spanish teachers to our staff. The Academic Dean will be Mrs. Maciaone, who has been a loyal and valued member of the St. Pius X staff for the past 13 years. She will focus on federal programs, services to special populations, and the curriculum as it spans over the whole realm of the norm. We congratulate Mrs. Maciaone and feel blessed to have her continue her professional growth, as well as her never-ending enthusiasm for Catholic education here at St. Pius X Regional Academy.
The middle school math specialist will be Mrs. Persun, who joins us from Pennsylvania. Mrs. Persun is certified in middle school mathematics as well as special education. She has experience teaching in Catholic education, and we feel blessed to welcome her to our school community.
We are so appreciative and blessed to have had Mrs. Friend join our faculty this year.
She has stepped into 3rd grade and done a great job. She is a great Catholic role model and has provided a great ending to the academic year. Mrs. Friend is a natural at acknowledging and meeting the needs of all the students. Thank you, Mrs. Friend.
As of September 2017, Mrs. Friend will be the religion teacher for the middle school. We are blessed and honored to have Mrs. Friend take on this position. Mrs. Friend has had experience teaching religion and middle school students. Thank you, Mrs. Friend for accepting this position.
Mrs. Coggeshall will be the 3rd-grade teacher as of September 2017. Mrs. Coggeshall comes to us highly recommended as an experienced teacher and role model for Catholic education. Mrs. Coggeshall is certified in Elementary Education grades 1-6. We feel blessed to have her join our staff.
We are very pleased to welcome Mrs. Francese as the Spanish teacher of pre-k through grade 4. Mrs. Francese is a native speaker of Spanish and has spent the last year teaching Spanish to our preschool students. We are honored to welcome Mrs. Francese to our St Pius X Regional Academy School family.
This fall our fifth-grade class will become part of our middle school program.
The students will be receiving math and science instruction from the middle school math and science teachers. The fifth-grade class will receive instruction in reading, writing, religion, and social studies from Mrs. Forcier, the grade 5 homeroom teacher.
We will be continuing to implement our integrated technology curriculum and are pleased to be adding Chromebooks to the classrooms. We will build upon the use of Google classroom and STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, and mathematics) activities
We will continue to offer lessons of strings instruments and in addition, we will offer the students an opportunity to learn to play band instruments. Band lessons will be offered during the school day. Additional information on the after school enrichment programs will be sent home
We will be working over the summer to make St. Pius X Regional Academy even better than it has ever been. We will strive for excellence in Catholic education in example and word, as well as maintain a rigorous academic curriculum. We will be continuing the interview process for an integrated technology teacher (all grades) and a part-time Spanish teacher for the middle school.
On behalf of Father Najim, the faculty and staff I wish you a healthy, fun-filled summer. I hope you have time to spend time with your family, and especially, spend time in prayer, as a family.
The school office will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. If those hours are not convenient, call for an appointment.
“Catholic schools are spaces where our students can experience themselves as children of God…Catholic schools have continued to pass on the faith, engage the culture, and invite others to experience the persons of Jesus Christ.” Pope Francis