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

God Bless,

Janet Rufful/Principal

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.